Dorsett finished the 2017 regular season with 12 catches on 18 targets for 194 yards in 15 games.
The 2015 first-rounder joined the Patriots in early September via a trade that sent backup QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts. At the time, it wasn't hard to picture the speedster turning into an occasional deep threat for the team, at a minimum, but he never caught more than three passes in a given game this past season, despite the fact that fellow wideout Chris Hogan missed seven games. Perhaps a full offseason with the team can help Dorsett push for a bigger role in 2018, but that's hardly a lock, with late-season acquisition Kenny Britt under contract next season and Julian Edelman (knee) set to return from injury, bolstering a wideout corps that's also slated to include Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Malcolm Mitchell (knee), health permitting. Moreover, Danny Amendola is eligible for free agency this offseason, but it wouldn't surprise us if he's re-signed by the Patriots. The bottom line is that Dorsett figures to need at least a couple breaks to go his way next season before he hits the fantasy radar.
Dorsett caught three of his five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Jets.
The speedster saw added snaps Sunday, with Chris Hogan (shoulder) still out, but that didn't translate into a significant statistical impact. With Hogan on track to return in the postseason, Dorsett figures to remain off the fantasy radar unless additional injuries hit the Patriots wideout corps.
Dorsett, who was on the field for 25 of 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers, caught his only target for four yards in the contest.
Dorsett saw added snaps Sunday, with Chris Hogan (shoulder) out, but that didn't translate into much added production. The speedy wideout remains off the fantasy radar unless additional injuries hit or a scenario exists in Week 17 where the Patriots have nothing to play for and elect to rest key players.
Dorsett did not see any snaps on offense in Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Dolphins.
The return of Chris Hogan (shoulder) to the lineup Monday squeezed Dorsett out of the mix, confirming that he's fourth in the team's wideout pecking order behind Brandin Cooks, Hogan and Danny Amendola. Dorsett is thus off the fantasy radar, and it will probably stay that way unless additional injuries hit or a scenario exists late in the season where the Patriots rest key players.
Dorsett likely will see his role decline with Chris Hogan (shoulder) expected to return for Monday's game in Miami, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Dorsett averaged 42 snaps per game during Hogan's four-week absence, after falling between eight and 20 snaps in each of the previous six contests. With Danny Amendola locked in as the slot man, Hogan's return pushes Dorsett all the way back from the No. 2 role to the No. 4 spot. Dorsett was unable to take advantage of Hogan's injury from a statistical standpoint, catching only three passes for 59 yards during the four-game stretch. The Patriots may use more four-wide sets than usual in Monday's game while trying to cope with the absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension).
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