Keene (knee) recently underwent season-ending surgery to address a meniscus injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Patriots placed Keene on the preseason PUP list with an undisclosed injury before training camp kicked off, and the aforementioned procedure will send him to injured reserve for the entirety of the 2021 campaign. According to Rapoport, Keene had a similar surgery during his time at Virginia Tech, and he also spent time on IR last season with a knee issue. In any case, the 2020 third-rounder won't be a part of the Patriots offense this fall, leaving tight end to be covered by newcomers Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry (as expected) and fellow second-year player Devin Asiasi.
The Patriots placed Keene on injured reserve Saturday after he recently underwent surgery to address meniscus damage to his knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network repots. Keene opened camp on the PUP list with the knee issue, and after he apparently didn't progress as the Patriots had hoped, he was sent in for the season-ending procedure. Despite facing a lack of established competition for reps as a rookie last season, the 2020 third-round pick was a major disappointment, compiling just three receptions for 16 yards across six games. With the offseason additions of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, Keene wasn't expected to have a major role on offense in 2021, even before he underwent the procedure. He'll likely have to fight for a roster spot if he returns healthy for the 2022 season.
The Patriots placed Keene (undisclosed) on the PUP list Thursday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. Keene can be activated from the PUP list at any time during training camp, but given that he's coming off an unimpressive three-catch rookie season, it will be somewhat concerning if he has to miss a significant number of practices. With Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith having joined New England's tight end corps in free agency, it will be pivotal for Keene to make the most of every opportunity he's given through training camp and the Patriots' preseason slate.
Keene finished the 2020 season with three catches on five targets for 16 yards in six games. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Devin Asiasi logged two catches on seven targets for 39 yards yards and a TD in nine contests. Tight end was a big need for the Patriots heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, and when the team took Asiasi and Keene with third-round picks, it was hoped that the duo could make an immediate splash in the offense. Neither player did, however, and the duo's fantasy upside in 2021 is tied to what offseason personnel changes are made, in particular at TE and QB.
Keene logged just three snaps on offense in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills. In five games this season, Keene has caught just two passes for 10 yards. Meanwhile, fellow rookie third-round tight end Devin Asiasi is still looking for his first NFL catch. Both players will need to have strong showings in training camp next year in order to gain any attention in 2021 re-draft leagues.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@New York Jets||9||2.00|
|3||09/26||New Orleans Saints||7||2.00|
|4||10/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18||6.00|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||9||2.00|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||9.00|
|3 Year Avg||5||3||16||0||0||5.33||1|