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- Josh McDaniels
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- Special Teams Coach
- Joe Judge
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New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is making a serious case to break camp with the team and play a role in Week 1. Meyers has stood out countless times throughout camp, making catches all over the field. He has backed that up with six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the first preseason game. Veteran Phillip Dorsett still is in the teams plans but has been banged up at times during practice sessions. The Patriots wide receiving room is in a state of flux, with players like Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman on the cusp of practicing for the first time all season. With key players playing catch-up, Meyers could play a role early on in the season for the Patriots.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel caught all 19 passes thrown his way during competitive practice drills on Monday. Michel is playing catch-up after missing the beginning of camp recovering from minor knee surgery but is already impressing the coaching staff. Michel was a fantastic rookie runner last season, rushing for 931 yards and six touchdowns. But he was a one-dimensional weapon, albeit a highly effective one in the red zone (ranking sixth in the NFL in red zone touches among running backs). If Michel can be trusted in the passing game, he could take his game to another level this season.
New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is expected to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Tuesday. The 31-year-old was a disappointment with both the Broncos and Texans last year and tore his Achilles late in the season with Houston. It looks like he has a chance to be ready for Week 1 in his first year with New England, but the odds of him putting up big numbers with the Patriots took a hit when Josh Gordon was reinstated from his suspension. The team's receiver depth is actually quite deep now with Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, Braxton Berrios and rookies N'Keal Harris and Jakobi Meyers. Leave Thomas to the waiver wire in standard-sized leagues.
New England Patriots running back James White should serve as quarterback Tom Brady's safety valve once again in the passing game this season. White caught a career-high 87 passes last season for 751 yards with seven receiving touchdowns. He also added 425 rushing yards with five touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. The veteran running back is not immune to dropping a fantasy dud from time to time but posted 10.4 fantasy points or more 63% of the time last season. White is a solid RB2/3 selection in upcoming fantasy drafts.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's fantasy value has taken a few hits this offseason with his advancing age and the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. But the 42-year-old certainly got a lift when wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated, and Gordon will be allowed to join the team on the field this week. It is uncertain whether Gronk would ever unretire to hitch his wagon to one more Super Bowl run, but Gordon should help Brady's fantasy value. Brady posted more than 23 fantasy points in a game only 19 percent of his starts last season and posted 15 or less in 38 percent of his starts. Those type of numbers should keep Brady out of the top-10 quarterbacks taken in upcoming drafts.