The New England Patriots shall be as wholesome and stocked at WR as they’ve been all season on Sunday vs. the Houston Texans.
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Patriots Activate Donte Moncrief
The Patriots activated veteran wideout Donte Moncrief, and that places the workforce’s wholesome broad receiver quantity at six. With Moncrief’s activation, here’s a take a look at who is anticipated to be lively on the place, per ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss:
- Jakobi Meyers
- Damiere Byrd
- N’Keal Harry (questionable/shoulder)
- Isaiah Ford
- Donte Moncrief
- Gunner Olszewski
Meyers has emerged because the workforce’s No. 1 receiver, however there’s positively room for a second, reliable possibility within the passing recreation. That publish is clearly up for grabs with the regular Damiere Byrd, the underwhelming and banged-up N’Keal Harry, and now Moncrief is within the competitors.
Moncrief’s Potential Contributions on Sunday
Moncrief has been part of Patriots practices for the previous 10 days or so, nevertheless it’s apparent, he’s nonetheless studying the workforce’s system. Moncrief is an skilled veteran, so it’s potential he may grow to be acclimated a bit faster than a really younger participant.
Nonetheless, the Patriots have by no means been the sort of workforce to throw a participant on the sector with too huge of a task earlier than he’s able to contribute on a number of ranges. Working example, rookie Isaiah Zuber was solely allowed to run a number of jet sweeps and finish round in his first appearances earlier than lastly getting a few snaps within the passing recreation.
As I mentioned, Moncrief is a veteran, and he may see extra on Sunday, however I additionally wouldn’t be shocked if he performs in 5 or fewer snaps.
Nonetheless No Julian Edelman
In case you’re questioning, Julian Edelman didn’t apply all week, and that nearly 100 % ensures he is not going to be activated for Sunday’s recreation with the Texans. Edelman appears extra more likely to make it again for the Week 12 assembly with the Arizona Cardinals. Fairly actually, the Patriots ought to have sufficient to deal with the 2-7 Texans, however I’d count on Houston to convey their finest effort.
They nonetheless have some proficient veterans like quarterback Deshaun Watson, defensive lineman J.J. Watt, and speedy broad receiver Will Fuller. They aren’t about to lie down, so Moncrief and anybody else who will get a chance should be on their video games if the Patriots are to increase their profitable streak to a few video games.