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New England Patriots TE Dalton Keene (knee) is expected to miss the entire 2021 season after recently undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, placing him on Injured Reserve (IR), per Ian Rapoport.
Keene was virtually unused during his rookie season in New England, totaling five targets across six games. The Patriots signed two top-tier tight ends during free agency, acquiring Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith to bolster the weakest position on their offensive unit. In 2020, the Patriots ranked 31st in tight end target share percentage (7.9%) but will almost assuredly funnel the majority of targets to Henry and Smith in 2021. Expect Keene to make a full recovery and return in time for the 2022 season.
Dalton Keene caught one pass for a gain of two in the Patriots' Week 15 loss to the Dolphins.
This was just the second catch of the season for the rookie tight end. He's a non-factor in fantasy leagues of all sizes right now.
Patriots TE Dalton Keene (knee) has been placed on IR.
The Patriots were already down their other rookie tight end, Devin Asiasi. With Keene going on IR, that leaves Ryan Izzo as the lone tight end seeing legitimate snaps on offense. He’s not very involved however, so he can be left on the waiver wire.
Patriots rookie TE Dalton Keene (knee) has been downgraded to "out" for Week 9 against the Jets.
Ryan Izzo will once again be the Patriots' only tight end for this Monday night matchup against the Jets. Keene has one reception for eight yards so far this season.