Patriots rule wide receiver out for Eagles game, get update on Rhamondre Stevenson
Attention, fantasy owners: the New England Patriots got a pair of updates on two key pieces of their offense heading into Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
First, the good news: running back Rhamondre Stevenson is expected to play, as reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Saturday night. Stevenson was listed as questionable for the game on Friday, after missing practice due to an illness.
The Patriots have also been managing Stevenson’s workload throughout the off-season, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he had “maintenance days” during the season, as well. But it’s good news for those who drafted Stevenson as one of their top-2 running backs in their fantasy leagues.
The bad news, however, comes at the wide receiver position. DeVante Parker is not expected to play Sunday, as reported Saturday night by Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Parker was limited in practice throughout the week with a knee injury, then listed as questionable for the game.
Parker likely wasn’t going to be started in many fantasy leagues on Sunday, outside of the deepest leagues. But it’s news worth knowing for owners who took a flyer on him late in their drafts.
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Parker was projected as a major piece of the Patriots offense. When he’s healthy and available, we expect him to play virtually every snap as the Patriots’ primary “X” outside receiver and big-play threat. It’s a disappointing start to the season for Parker, who has struggled to consistently stay on the field due to injury throughout his career.
This could mean a big day for rookie wideout Kayshon Boutte, whom the Patriots drafted this year in the sixth round out of LSU. Boutte projects as more of a perimeter receiver than fellow rookie Demario Douglas, who is better suited in the slot. But it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw plenty of Douglas, or some kind of timeshare between the rookies.
The Patriots also have former Eagles and Vikings receive Jalen Reagor on the practice squad, but the deadline to elevate him to the main roster has already passed. The Patriots also signed receiver/running back hybrid Ty Montgomery to the main roster. He will back up a group that’s headlined by Kendrick Bourne and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
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