Player Outlook
Bourne had some good moments in 2021 for the Patriots, but he was never consistent. And now he has plenty of competition for targets with New England adding DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton. Bourne is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. Last year, Bourne had six games with at least 13 PPR points, but he also had eight games with six PPR points or less. He also had just four games with more than five targets. His target share should be minimal again with Parker and Thornton now in New England, especially since the Patriots are a run-heavy team. Now, if Bourne takes a step forward as a prime weapon for Mac Jones then add him off waivers, but we don't expect that to happen in 2022.

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2021 55 800 14.55 5 125 10.42 1277.5
2020 49 667 13.61 2 0.00 805.3
3y Avg. 45 608 13.51 4 42 10.50 905.6
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Not seen in warmups Friday

    Bourne wasn't spotted in warmups in advance of Friday's preseason contest against the Panthers, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. Though the Patriots aren't compelled to announce inactives in advance of preseason games, Bourne's absence from warmups is notable. While Bourne doesn't have any known injury concerns, Mike Reiss of ESPN points out that wideout was ejected from practice Tuesday following a practice scuffle.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: In crowded WR corps

    Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald relays that over the past two weeks, Bourne logged the fewest catches in team drills during practice. Bourne finished the 2021 season with 55 catches (on 70 targets) for 800 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games, and as training camp approached he looked to reestablish his key role in a WR corps that also includes DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and second-round draft pick Tyquan Thornton. Though Callahan suggests that Bourne's roster spot appears secure, the 27-year-old does face added competition for targets this season and a rebound at practice in the coming weeks would no doubt help solidify his role. With the Patriots expected to play their key healthy skill players some in Friday night's game against the Panthers, Bourne appears poised to make his preseason debut.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Part of crowded pass-catching group

    Bourne is expected to face a tougher path to snaps in 2022 with New England heading into training camp with a wideout group that includes DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports. Meanwhile, second-round draft pick Tyquan Thornton looks like a roster lock, while 2019 first-rounder N'Keal Harry is a candidate to be traded or waived before the end of the preseason. With the Patriots also rostering a pair of capable pass-catching tight ends in Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, there's a lot of mouths to feed in the team's offense. In that context, any potential uptick in Bourne's production this coming season hinges on the continuing development of second-year signal-caller Mac Jones, as well as his volume not being suppressed due to the potential of the team spreading the ball around to its many targets. Bourne -- who turns 27 years old in August -- finished the 2021 season with 55 catches (on 70 targets) for 800 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Averages 14.5 yards a catch

    Bourne finished the 2021 regular season with 55 catches (on 70 targets) for 800 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games Bourne, who averaged 14.5 yards per catch, also logged a 25-yard TD pass and is slated to remain a key cog in New England's passing offense next season, per Paul Perillo of the team's official site. The 26-year-old, who is signed through 2023, once again should be joined by Jakobi Meyers (a pending restricted free agent) and Nelson Agholor (signed through 2022), but how the team's WR depth chart will look beyond that trio remains to be seen.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Reaches end zone twice

    Bourne recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 47-17 wild-card round loss to Buffalo. Bourne finished second on the team in targets, but he was by far the most productive receiver for New England. Nearly all of his production came in the second half with the game out of reach, but he tallied a long gain of 43 yards and found the end zone from three and four yards away, respectively. Bourne remains under contract in New England for the 2022 season, though the team could release him with him little penalty in terms of dead cap space. Should he return to the Patriots, Bourne would likely work behind at least Jakobi Meyers and potentially Nelson Agholor as well as any other offseason upgrades at the position.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Finishes season with 55 catches

    Bourne logged 36 of a possible 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. In the process, Bourne carried once for eight yards and caught three of his four targets for 24 yards, bringing his final regular-season receiving line to 55-800-5 on 70 targets, to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games. In the Patriots' playoff opener this coming Saturday, the 26-year-old will square off against a Buffalo defense that surrendered a league-low average of 163 passing yards per game during the 2021 campaign.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Team-high yardage total

    Bourne brought in five of six targets for 76 yards and rushed twice for 17 yards in the Patriots' 50-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. The veteran led the Patriots in receiving yardage while posting his best total in that category since Week 10. Bourne also logged multiple rush attempts for the second time in the last three games, and his role as a rusher has expanded some in the second half of the season. Bourne needs three receptions in the Week 18 clash against the Dolphins to eclipse the career-best 49 he recorded in 2020 with the 49ers.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Activated from COVID list

    Bourne has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills, per the NFL's official transaction log. Given that Nelson Agholor (concussion) has been ruled out for the contest, look for Jakobi Meyers and Bourne to head the Patriots' Week 16 wideout corps, with N'Keal Harry (hip/questionable) a candidate for added work, if active. The last time New England and Buffalo played each other (back in Week 13), windy conditions led to Bourne not seeing any of QB Mac Jones' three passing targets. This time around, Bourne -- who caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and ran twice for 19 yards in last weekend's loss to the Colts -- is a candidate to see enough touches to help out those looking for Week 16 wideout help.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Clears protocols, per report

    Bourne has reportedly cleared COVID-19 protocols and is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, according to Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald. We'll wait confirmation from the Patriots once the team's Saturday transactions are posted, but with Nelson Agholor (concussion) ruled out for the contest, look for Jakobi Meyers and Bourne -- if available -- to head the team's Week 16 wideout corps.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Could play this week

    The Patriots hope to have Bourne (illness) available for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports. The wideout reportedly is vaccinated and thus stands a chance to be removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list this weekend. Bourne could have a larger-than-usual role if he plays, with Nelson Agholor (head) ruled out and N'Keal Harry (hip) listed as questionable. Harry does appear on track to play, and could be looking at a near-every-down role if both Agholor and Bourne are out.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Could play this week

    Bourne still has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Bills after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Bourne is vaccinated, and the timing of his placement on the COVID list gives him several days to test negative on back-to-back days. It's still probably no better than 50/50, and the Pats also have other issues at wide receiver with Nelson Agholor (head) and N'Keal Harry (head) both getting banged up during Saturday's loss to Indianapolis.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Lands on COVID list

    Bourne (undisclosed) has been placed on the reserve/COVID 19 list, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. With Nelson Agholor (head) having suffered a head injury during Saturday's game against the Colts, N'Keal Harry (undisclosed) possibly banged up and Bourne now on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski are the Patriots' top available WR options who are free of any Week 16 availability concerns.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: No targets in windy win

    Bourne was not targeted during Monday's 14-10 win over the Bills. He did have one carry for three yards. Bourne posted a two-touchdown, 61-yard performance against the Titans prior to being shut out against Buffalo, a game which was played in extremely windy conditions and saw the Patriots offense lean on its running game almost every snap. In fact, quarterback Mac Jones attempted just three passes in the divisional win. After the team's Week 14 bye, Bourne will get a chance to bounce back on the road in Indianapolis.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Two TDs in Week 12 win

    Bourne caught five of six targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-13 win over the Titans. Bourne scored a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but most of his damage came on a 41-yard touchdown grab in the third. New England's offense tends to rotate its featured options on a weekly basis, but Bourne has emerged as the top scoring threat among the team's wide receivers. Bourne's five receiving touchdowns rank second behind tight end Hunter Henry's seven, and Nelson Agholor (three) is the only other player on the team with more than one. Building on this effort won't be easy for Bourne in Week 13 against the stingy Bills secondary.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Team-high receiving yardage tally

    Bourne secured all four of his targets for 42 yards in the Patriots' 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. He also rushed once for seven yards. Bourne's yardage total narrowly outpaced that of Nelson Agholor's (40) for the team lead. The 26-year-old now has at least four receptions in four of the last five contests, and he's become an increasingly reliable target for rookie quarterback Mac Jones with a catch rate that now sits at an impressive 78.7 percent. Bourne's next opportunity to add to his numbers comes in a Week 12 home matchup a week from Sunday against a Titans defense that's been very generous to wide receivers all season.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Leads team in receiving

    Bourne caught four passes for 98 yards and one touchdown on four targets against Cleveland on Sunday. Nelson Agholor (two catches for 21 yards on four targets) has played more than Bourne this year, with the latter mostly playing in three-wide formations. However, production like Sunday's might force the Patriots to reconsider how they distribute playing time among their wide receivers. Agholor has more speed to offer than Bourne, who doesn't have much himself, but the former is much less adept in traffic. The playing time split between Bourne and Agholor is worth monitoring as the Patriots face Atlanta on Thursday.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Leads receiving unit with 34 yards

    Bourne caught three of four targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Panthers. The Patriots led comfortably for the majority of this contest, so the air attack wasn't asked to do much overall. Bourne ended up leading all wideouts in targets, receptions and yardage. The veteran wideout has posted a couple of strong statistical games this year, but his upside is generally capped by a conservative offensive gameplan. Bourne and the Patriots will face a stiff test against the Browns' tough pass defense in Week 10.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Catches four passes Sunday

    Bourne caught four of his seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Chargers. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Bourne's 23 snaps in the contest were a season low, as he mostly stayed on the sideline after a third-quarter fumble. He'll look to bounce back this week against the Panthers, but with Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and N'Keal Harry also in the team's wideout mix, Bourne's weekly production could be sporadic.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Active against Chargers

    Bourne (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Bourne, who practiced in a limited fashion this week, will give it a go Sunday, but he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, while sharing the Patriots' wide receiver looks with Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and N'Keal Harry, to a lesser degree. In last Sunday's 54-13 win over the Jets, Bourne - who is averaging four targets and 50 receiving yards a game to date -- caught all four of the passes thrown his way for 68 yards, while adding a 25-yard TD toss to Agholor.
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  • Patriots' Kendrick Bourne: Listed as questionable for Sunday

    Bourne (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this week. That said, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald relayed Friday that Bourne is expected to be available this weekend. Official confirmation of the wideout's Week 8 status will arrive upon the release of the Patriots' inactives prior to Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff, but it looks like Bourne -- who caught all four of his targets for 68 yards last weekend in a win over the Jets -- is trending toward active status.
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