New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd118.1 (10th)276.1 (2nd)
Defense28th114.8 (19th)251.2 (29th)

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Patriots' Vincent Valentine: Plays limited role in preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Valentine played 14 snaps during the team's first preseason contest.

Valentine's 14 snaps was the first game action the Nebraska product received since landing on injured reserve last season. It's been almost a year coming, but Valentine seems ready to put his knee injury in the rearview mirror with the 2018 season on the horizon.

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Patriots' Jonathan Jones: Standing out in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jones has impressed those close to the team since his rehab stint and could have the "inside track" at the slot corner position, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.

Jones is only one week removed from the PUP list, so there's still plenty of room for evaluation. Still, it's encouraging to hear the positive praise directed at him. At the very least, Jones seems to be in comfortable position to make the team heading into the regular season.

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Patriots' Dwayne Allen: Exits with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Allen left Tuesday's practice with an injury, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports.

Given the timing of Allen's injury along with the fact Rob Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason for years, Jacob Hollister seems to be in line for regular work with the first-team offense during Thursday's exhibition against the Eagles. Allen only caught 10 passes last season, but he was useful to the Patriots as a blocker while logging 42 percent of offensive snaps. The Patriots probably would've brought in more competition during the offseason if they were ready to move on from Allen and his scheduled $5 million cap hit.

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Patriots' Tom Brady: Expects to play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brady said he absolutely expects to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Kevin Duffy of reports.

Brady was held out of the Pats' preseason opener with a sore back, though he may not have played even if he'd been completely healthy. He'll probably only play one or two drives in Thursday's exhibition, making his first in-game appearance with a wideout group that no longer includes Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. The Patriots used Julian Edelman (suspension), Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan as the first-team wide receivers for Brian Hoyer in last week's win over Washington.

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Patriots' Eric Decker: Off to slow start since signing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Decker isn't pleased with his on-field results at training camp thus far, the Boston Globe reports.

Specifically, the veteran wideout has dropped some catchable balls in practice of late. Meanwhile, Decker was on the field for six offensive snaps in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington and was not targeted in the game. We'll chalk up some of Decker's current struggles to the fact that he remained unsigned until the beginning of August, and was thus deprived of minicamp and OTA reps. With Julian Edelman set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Decker is competing for slotting (behind starting wideout Chris Hogan) with Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt (hamstring), Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron.

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