The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder didn't do much in his first campaign with New England, logging just 12 catches for 194 yards in 15 games, but the 25-year-old did enter the league as a highly-touted first-round pick, so there's some untapped potential here. Currently, Julian Edelman (who is bouncing back from a torn ACL) and Chris Hogan top the Patriots' wideout depth chart, but with Danny Amendola now in Miami, there will be competition for slotting behind the aforementioned duo. Also in the mix along with Dorsett are Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson. Moreover, the Patriots could add further veteran depth or draft a receiver later this month. It's therefore difficult to project Dorsett's role in 2018, but he does have an opportunity to make more of a splash in his second season with the team after being a pre-Week 1 trade acquisition last September in the deal that sent QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts.
A 2015 first-round pick, Dorsett caught 12 of 18 targets for 194 yards in 15 games after joining the Patriots in a September trade that sent Jacoby Brissett to the Colts. Given that he was unable to make his mark despite injuries to Julian Edelman (knee) and Malcom Mitchell (knee), it's hard to envision Dorsett landing any higher than fourth or fifth on the depth chart heading into the offseason program. The Patriots aren't going to use the fifth-year option, which would put him under contract for 2019 at an injury-guaranteed salary around $9 million. It isn't out of the question that Dorsett is released or traded before Week 1.
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.
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