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After requesting a trade last month, N’Keal Harry reported to New England Patriots training camp this week. The WR isn't "worried about anything trade-wise." Harry's worried about working on his agility for the Patriots - or his new team if a trade occurs - saying, “I feel like the past couple years I’ve been focusing on playing so big and just trying to just play big. I feel like I lost a little of my wiggle. So this past offseason that’s what I focused on a lot. A lot of agility drills and stuff like that just to try to get that wiggle back.” (Source: MassLive.com)

Fantasy Impact: Harry said he's pleased with the way he's started camp and that he would "absolutely" be happy if he's still a Patriot by the start of the season. The former first-round pick's confident that working on his agility in the offseason will pay dividends, adding, "I just feel like I can really help this team win. And I feel like I can have a big role within this team.” In his first two seasons with the Patriots, Harry totaled 45 receptions on 81 targets for 414 yards and four touchdowns.

Category: Rumors


Patriots head coach stated Saturday morning that “Cam [Newton’s] our starting quarterback.” (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the first time Belichick has come out and openly said who the starter is between Newton and rookie Mac Jones. It’s still possible Jones could have an amazing camp and take over the job, but it’s clear it’s Newton’s job to lose. As long as Cam’s the starter, he should be considered a high-end QB2 option given his rushing ability.


Rhamondre Stevenson appeared in his first practice in 2021 after suffering a non-contact injury that caused him to miss the first two practices. The injury suffered was not disclosed. (Source: Evan Lazar on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stevenson being a fourth-round NFL draft pick in 2021, while also playing behind Damien Harris, James White and Sony Michel, does not create much confidence for the rookie. However, getting healthy is important if Stevenson wants any scraps leftover from his counterparts. New England's running back rotation seems to change week-to-week - if not quarter-to-quarter - so fantasy managers could find value in Stevenson later in the 2021 season. Stevenson currently has no fantasy draft stock and is ranked as the RB72 within FantasyPros' Preseason Consensus Ranking.

Category: Injury Updates


Bill Belichick believes Damien Harris is in a different spot this year and looks ready to compete for the top role. This is an uncommon statement from Belichick and paints a picture of how highly Harris is viewed. (Source: Phil Perry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harris missed the first and last three games of the 2020 season, but from Weeks 4–14, he received 137 carries and ran for 691 yards. Over a 16-game season that would have come out to 219 carries for 1,109 rushing yards. The third-year pro is unlikely to be involved in the passing game, but that doesn't mean Harris isn't valuable in fantasy. He's currently being drafted as the RB35 and fantasy managers should be all over that price. Harris could be a "Josh Jacobs-lite" type of fantasy running back. One thing that will continue to hold him back, however, is Cam Newton. Harris only scored two times last season, while Newton racked up 19 carries inside the 5-yard line. However, if Mac Jones is the starter at any point, Harris' value will increase because he will be in line for all of those goal line carries. The Patriots' invested heavily in their offensive line this offseason and their defense is getting a lot of key contributors back this season. Fantasy managers should be expecting the Patriots' offense to play old-school, power football. They signed two tight-ends in free agency and figure to use Harris a lot to control tempo. The former Crimson Tide running back could easily be looking at 240 carries this season. Such volume will easily allow him to return value at his current price point.


Trent Brown placed on PUP list

Tue, Jul 27th 6:06pm EDT
By Elvin Ryan

The New England Patriots placed OT Trent Brown on the PUP list. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The highest paid offensive linemen in league history, Trent Brown, has been placed on the PUP list. The injury is nothing major and he can be activated at any time during the course of camp. Stay tuned.

Category: Injury Updates


New England Patriots OLB Kyle Van Noy (hip) was placed on the team's active physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Tuesday, per Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Van Noy returns to New England from Miami in 2021, signing a two-year, $12 million deal during free agency to rejoin Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Van Noy's placement on the active PUP list suggests that he received the active designation, meaning he is able to be removed from the PUP list at any time, which will allow him to begin practicing. Van Noy recorded 69 tackles, 10 TFLs, six sacks, six pass deflections, and forced two fumbles for the Dolphins in 2020 while battling through a hip injury. His return to New England instantly strengthens their front-seven, as his familiarity within Belichick's system reduces the typical learning curve players tend to experience when adapting to a new team.

Category: Injury Updates


Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Patriots have placed CB Stephon Gilmore on the PUP list. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gilmore reported to training camp, after skipping June's mandatory minicamp, and was subsequently placed on the PUP list due to a partially torn quad sustained in December. He has publicly expressed his desire for the Patriots to upgrade his contract, something we continue to monitor. When healthy Gilmore remains one of the best defensive backs to roster in IDP formats.

Category: Injury Updates


Jonnu Smith is expected to be in attendance when the Patriots kick off training camp next week, according to Doug Kyed of PFF. The former Titans tight end had been dealing with a hamstring injury. (Source: Doug Kyed on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith's hamstring injury flew under the radar when he first suffered it a month ago, and the expectation was that it would not carry over into training camp. That indeed appears to be the case. Signed by New England this offseason, Smith will compete with fellow newcomer Hunter Henry for reps in a fairly quiet receiving corps. There is also some belief that Smith could take some snaps out of the backfield. He ranks as the TE14 in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Injury Updates


Patriots beat writer Tom Curran says " I’d still put my cash on Meyers being the most reliable and productive Patriots wideout in 2021." (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Meyers led the Patriots' anemic passing game last season with 729 yards on 59 catches. Meyers is a candidate for positive regression on touchdowns as he has yet to score in his career. The departure of Julian Edelman leaves more room for him to eat up targets. Tom Curran is plugged in on the happenings in New England, so this is a promising endorsement. If Mac Jones wins the starting job for the Patriots, Jakobi can be a valuable WR3 or flex option.


QB Mac Jones signed his four-year, $15.6 million rookie contract with the Patriots on Tuesday. The deal also includes a fifth year option. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 15th overall. He will compete with veteran QB Cam Newton for the Patriots starting quarterback job. The rookie will head into training camp behind Newton on the depth chart but could end up starting later in the season. According to Mike Giradi of the NFL Network, “a legit competition is on tap” between Jones and Newton this summer. Jones is the Patriots' future QB and currently 37th among all signal-callers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings in 2021.

Category: Transactions


Patriots tight end and offseason acquisition Hunter Henry suffered an apparent lower body injury during OTAs Thursday. While participating in a 7-on-7 drill, Henry reportedly fell and favored the area of his left foot/ankle. The former Charger had it re-taped but did not return to practice. (Source: Ryan Hannable on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The initial description of the ailment doesn't sound too worrisome, but given Henry's lengthy injury history, this should be monitored closely. The 26-year-old signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with New England this offseason after five years in Los Angeles. While working in offenses led by Philip Rivers and Justin Herbert, he appeared in 55 games, catching 196 passes for 2,322 yards and 21 touchdowns. He missed all of 2018 and has yet to play in all 16 games during an individual season.

Category: Injury Updates


The Texans signed former New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead to a contract on Tuesday. (Source: John McClain on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Burkhead signs with Houston and joins a crowded backfield that includes David Johnson, Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and Dontrell Hilliard. He underwent knee surgery on December 1st but is progressing well in his recovery. The 30-year-old RB rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 67 attempts across 10 games for the Patriots in 2020. He also hauled in 25 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Burkhead’s signing with the Texans gives fantasy managers another reason to avoid Houston’s backfield altogether.

Category: Transactions


Former professional baseball player and free-agent RB Tyler Gaffney has signed a deal with the New England Patriots, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels continue to add depth to the Patriots' backfield, signing former professional baseball player and running back Tyler Gaffney. Gaffney last played as a member of the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad in December and could see a similar role in New England. This is a minor signing that should not impact the value of Damien Harris, James White, Sony Michel, or rookie Rhamondre Stevenson.

Category: Transactions


The Patriots are re-signing veteran QB Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer will return to New England on a one-year deal. The Patriots now have Cam Newton, Mac Jones, Jarrett Stidham, and Hoyer on the QB depth chart. The 35-year-old started one game for the Patriots in 2020, completing 15-of-24 passes for 130 passing yards and one interception. Hoyer served as Patriots third-string quarterback in 2020 and will compete with Stidham for the third-string spot in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Patriots signed OL Alex Redmond to a contract on Monday. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Redmond started 24 games for the Bengals the past three seasons and was considered the team’s best run-blocking guard. He ends up in New England and his presence only helps the Patriots rushing attack. Redmond adds offensive line depth and he’ll back up starting guards Michael Onwenu and Shaq Mason.

Category: Transactions


Marqise Lee signs with the 49ers

Mon, May 17th 11:34am EDT
By Brad Camara

Free-agent wide receiver Marqise Lee agreed to a contract with the 49ers on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lee was released by the Patriots during the offseason with a failed physical designation. He opted out of the 2020 season and didn’t suit up for New England. The 29-year-old lands in San Francisco as a depth signing. Lee hasn’t played since Week 8 of 2019 and finished that season with three receptions on four targets for 18 yards across six games for the Jaguars.

Category: Transactions


Wide receiver Damiere Byrd signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Byrd is coming off the best year of his career with the Patriots where he hauled in 47 catches for 604 yards and one touchdown. He joins a relatively thin Bears wide receiver core where he could see some immediate opportunity as the No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver in Chicago.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots have picked up the fifth-year option for OL Isaiah Wynn. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wynn is now guaranteed a salary of $10.413 million and will remain in New England for the next two seasons. The No.23 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has started in every game he’s played (18) over the last two seasons. He’s missed time over the years due to injuries. Wynn is expected to serve as the Patriots starting LT and his presence only helps rookie QB Mac Jones and New England’s offense.

Category: Transactions


Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Patriots are expected to decline the fifth-year option for RB Sony Michel. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michel would have been guaranteed $4.523 million if his fifth-year option was exercised. The Patriots currently have Damien Harris, James White, Brandon Bolden, JJ Taylor, and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson on the running back depth chart. The 26-year-old RB logged 79 carries for 449 rushing yards and one touchdown while also hauling in seven receptions for receiving 114 yards and one touchdown across nine games for the Patriots in 2020. Michel has a lengthy injury history and missed six games last season due to a quad issue. With the emergence of RB Damien Harris (5.0 YPC) and plenty of other options to turn to in the backfield, the Patriots could move on from Michel altogether.

Category: Transactions


Jason McCourty visits Giants

Fri, Apr 16th 7:21pm EDT
By Joshua Kellem

The New York Giants hosted Jason McCourty Friday, according to Ian Rapoport, and are exploring a possible move in the future. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCourty totaled 30 tackles and three passes defensed last season. He'll be 34 at the start of next season.

Category: Rumors