New England Patriots
New England Patriots
AFC East | 6-9-0
Avg PTS
20.4
Rank: 27th
Avg Yds
341.9
Rank: 27th
Avg PYds
195.2
Rank: 29th
Avg RYds
146.6
Rank: 2nd
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Posted 7/20/2021 3:41 pm GMT
New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith (hamstring) will be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Smith will team with Hunter Henry as a dynamic duo, but they'll offset each other in fantasy. Peg both as low-end TE1s.
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Posted 7/18/2021 11:22 pm GMT
New England Patriots RB J.J. Taylor has shown himself to be an 'excellent make-you-miss type of back,' according to assistant coach Ivan Fears.
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Posted 7/18/2021 4:09 am GMT
New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith can be used in 'a gazillion different ways,' according to an NFL offensive coordinator. 'Blocking at all levels, jet sweeps, motion, and he's improved as a receiver,' the coordinator said.
Huddle Up: Smith is coming off a nine-touchdown campaign in 2020, and there might not be a better coaching staff to take advantage of his versatility than the one in New England. Even if he doesn't post huge yardage and reception totals, his ability to cause matchup problems in the red zone should keep him in the TE1 mix.
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Posted 7/18/2021 2:39 am GMT
New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry had one drop on 93 targets last season.
Huddle Up: Henry has seen his reception and target totals increase in each of his four seasons, and he topped 600 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020. Landing in New England's offense doesn't necessarily boost his ceiling, but Henry should have a steady role in the offense and provide low-end TE1 production.
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Posted 7/15/2021 6:52 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton said Thursday, July 15, that the 2021 season is 'put up or shut up' time. 'For me, the Patriots' organization has been impeccable ... my time there has been everything I could have asked for, Newton said during a radio interview. 'I guess it's now time for me to uphold my end of the bargain, through and through.'
Huddle Up: Newton is outside of the QB2 radar for now with everyone needing to see more of him as a passer after a disappointing first year with the Pats. Newton is still a capable runner, though, and certainly has low-end QB1 upside if his passing efficiency and production come back around.
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Posted 7/13/2021 6:14 pm GMT
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris is 'off to a really good start in preparation for the season,' according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: ESPN.com's Mike Reiss went so far as to say Harris is the "surefire No. 1 option" in the Patriots' backfield, which is a phrase that hasn't been uttered much about New England running backs in the Belichick era. With that said, it is unlikely Harris will ever get a chance to be a true feature back given the Patriots' adherence to a committee backfield, but it does suggest Harris is a good bet for 15 touches per week behind one of the league's best run-blocking offensive lines. Consider him a decent low-end RB2 for fantasy purposes.
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Posted 7/13/2021 2:07 am GMT
New England Patriots WR Nelson Agholor's average depth of target was 15.5 yards as a member of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 - the deepest average for any player with at least 70 targets last season.
Huddle Up: The expectation is that Agholor will stretch the field in the same way for Cam Newton and Mac Jones that he did for Derek Carr. Whether either quarterback will establish the same kind of chemistry he did with Carr is another story. Considering how much New England paid him in free agency ($22 million over two years, including a $10 million signing bonus), he is expected to take over for Jakobi Meyers as the top option at receiver. Given the Patriots' run-heavy ways and questions at quarterback, Agholor's fantasy upside might be limited to WR4 territory.
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Posted 7/09/2021 4:23 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton said Friday, July 9, in a video posted on YouTube that his shoulder injury suffered in December 2016 affected him and his style of play for the ensuing three-plus years. He added that he began to feel fully recovered only last season.
Huddle Up: Given his rushing ability and the ample room to improve his passing numbers, Newton certainly has upside as a preseason QB3, but there's also the Mac Jones factor to weigh now if Newton doesn't get off to a strong start (assuming he opens the season as the Pats' starter).
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Posted 7/06/2021 8:21 pm GMT
New England Patriots first-round pick QB Mac Jones (Alabama) signed a four-year contract worth $15.6 million Tuesday, July 6. The deal includes a signing bonus worth $8.7 million and a fifth-year team option.
Huddle Up: Jones appears primed to give Cam Newton a run for his money for the right to start Week 1. Even if he falls short, the odds are strong he will get in multiple starts this season. However, even if/when the rookie overtakes the veteran, his fantasy upside would likely fall into the low-end QB2 range.
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Posted 7/01/2021 8:46 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton is working out with WR Jakobi Meyers and TE Jonnu Smith during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Newton should enter training camp as the favorite for the starting job but will have to compete with Mac Jones for the job. He would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts. Meyers and Smith should be big parts of the passing game and could be starting options in some leagues.
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Posted 6/28/2021 8:44 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton and QB Mac Jones will have a legitimate competition for the starting quarterback job during training camp and the preseason.
Huddle Up: Newton likely will enter camp as the leading candidate, but Jones can win the starting job if he is a standout performer during practice and preseason games. Fantasy players can monitor the situation, but neither quarterback is more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback at this point.
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Posted 6/26/2021 4:58 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton tops NFL analyst Gil Brandt's recently released list of nine players who he believes are 'guaranteed to play better' in 2021. Brandt cites Newton's full 2021 offseason with the team, his 2020 bout with COVID-19 and the Patriots' skill-position upgrades as reasons he's expecting a much better season out of Newton.
Huddle Up: There is tons of room for Newton to improve after he averaged a career-low 177.1 passing yards per game in 2020. He's worth a late-round gamble in deeper standard-scoring leagues if you were one of the last teams to draft your first QB.
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Posted 6/20/2021 4:24 pm GMT
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris performed very well during offseason workouts despite being pushed hard by the coaches, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: Harris is on track to be the starting running back for the Patriots will still need to share playing time with Sony Michel, James White and possibly Rhamondre Stevenson. Harris can still be a No. 2 or No. 3 back in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/19/2021 3:55 am GMT
New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry has been 'catching everything thrown his way' during minicamp, according to Mike Dussault of Patriots.com.
Huddle Up: The Patriots overhauled their tight end room this offseason, and while Henry has delivered TE1 numbers when healthy, his ceiling is going to be limited while playing alongside Jonnu Smith in a run-heavy offense.
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Posted 6/15/2021 9:39 pm GMT
New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith (hamstring) was present for practice Tuesday, June 15, but did not participate in any drills.
Huddle Up: Smith probably will not return to the field until training camp, so he will have multiple weeks to recover from the injury. He was one of the big-ticket signings the Patriots make this offseason and should be a big part of the passing game. He can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/14/2021 11:25 pm GMT
New England Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson has flashed more pass-catching ability than expected during the early days of the offseason, according to MassLive.com's Chris Mason.
Huddle Up: Stevenson tends to draw comparisons to LeGarrette Blount because he reportedly weighed around 245 pounds at one point in college, but this report really just serves as confirmation for what Stevenson did at Oklahoma. Stevenson appeared quite adept in the passing game with the Sooners, but it was his ability to run physically that was in question at times. If he consistently runs with more power in the NFL, he could quickly push Damien Harris for touches in 2021.
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Posted 6/14/2021 6:26 pm GMT
New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith (hamstring) left practice early Monday, June 14, after suffering an apparent hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Smith was one of the high-priced tight ends the Patriots signed this offseason, so he should have a significant role in the passing game. He posted eight touchdowns last season and should be a threat in the red zone. He can be a No. 1 tight end in most leagues.
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Posted 6/14/2021 6:04 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) will be a full participant at the mandatory minicamp this week despite his hand injury.
Huddle Up: Newton will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting job and will have to hold off Mac Jones during practices. He had some success with his legs last season but did not do much in the passing game. He would only be a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
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Posted 6/14/2021 3:33 pm GMT
New England Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers had a strong spring, in the opinion of beat writer Andrew Callahan.
Huddle Up: Meyers is expected to be the WR1 for the squad after a 59-729-0 line last year. He figures to be a high-end WR3 with room to improve.
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Posted 6/13/2021 4:11 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) made some throws during practice Friday, June 11, and may participate in the mandatory minicamp this week.
Huddle Up: Newton's hand injury is not serious, so he could participate in some drills during minicamp. He will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
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Posted 6/10/2021 9:27 pm GMT
New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry (leg) is expected to be fine after leaving practice Thursday, June 10 because of a lower leg injury.
Huddle Up: Henry may sit out the mandatory minicamp but should be ready for training camp. He should be one of the main targets in the passing game in 2021 and can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end.
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Posted 6/10/2021 5:27 pm GMT
New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry (leg) suffered an apparent lower leg injury during practice Thursday, June 10, and was not able to return.
Huddle Up: Henry probably will not return to the field until training camp, but fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few weeks. He should be a big part of the passing game this season and can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/10/2021 5:05 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 10, but should be fine, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: Newton should be fine for the start of training camp and will enter camp as the leading candidate for the starting job. He was productive with his legs last season but did not have much success in the passing game. He would be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
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Posted 6/06/2021 4:23 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Mac Jones had some notable missed throws during practice Friday, June 4.
Huddle Up: Jones is expected to compete with Cam Newton for the starting job but may need more time before taking over the job. He probably should only be an option in keeper leagues at this point.
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Posted 6/04/2021 11:58 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) has been diagnosed with a slight bone bruise in his hand after hitting the hand on a helmet during practice Friday, June 4, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton should be fine for training camp and will be competing with Mac Jones for the starting job. Neither Newton nor Jones should be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2021.
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Posted 6/04/2021 8:07 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) does not have any broken bones in his hand but is scheduled to undergo more tests, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Newton probably will not do much during the upcoming minicamp but should be ready for the start of training camp. He will be competing with Mac Jones for the starting job during camp but would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
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Posted 6/04/2021 4:39 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Mac Jones is steadily making an impression in the team's OTAs, head coach Bill Belichick said Friday, June 4. 'He's working hard. He puts in a lot of time (and) certainly giving his very best effort to do everything we've asked him to do and do it the way we've asked him to do it, which is a great place to start,' Belichick said of the rookie first-round pick. 'He's earned a lot of respect for that. But he's got a long way to go. We'll see how it goes.'
Huddle Up: Expect season veteran Cam Newton to start the season, but if Newton's 2020 throwing woes crop up again and the Pats are struggling, look for the rookie Jones to get the nod over more established commodities Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham as Belichick and Co. will be eager to see what they have. Outside of dynasty and super-deep two-QB leagues, though, Jones' fantasy value is next to nil.
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Posted 6/03/2021 4:54 pm GMT
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton understands the offense much better in his second season, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Thursday, June 3. 'He came back this year at a much different position,' McDaniels said of Newton. 'He has a different grasp of the offense, a different understanding of the terminology. Now we're working on refining the precision, the details.'
Huddle Up: Newton's grasp of the offense should most definitely be better in Year 2, but Newton's execution will be the key after he threw for only 2,657 yards and eight TDs while tossing 10 interceptions in 15 games. If not, count on the Pats seeing what rookie Mac Jones can do. It all makes Newton a far backend second option in two-QB leagues, mainly because of his legs.
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Posted 5/28/2021 5:52 pm GMT
New England Patriots TE Hunter Henry praised his new head coach (Bill Belichick) and offensive coordinator (Josh McDaniels) during a recent interview at OTAs. 'On the outside looking in, obviously they're great coaches,' Henry said. 'And then when you get hands-on with them, they're phenomenal as well, even more than you think. They're two of the best minds football can offer, so just trying to pick as much as I can from them and continue to learn.'
Huddle Up: Henry averaged 10.4 PPR points per game last season as a low-end TE1. Now he's moving to an offense which is expected to run an abundance of two-tight end packages with Henry and fellow free agent addition Jonnu Smith so sharing the duties should temper some of Henry's numbers. It's also a slight downgrade at quarterback, meaning we should value Henry more as a mid-level TE2 this season.
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