|Date of Birth:||07/20/1993|
|Drafted:||2016 | Round 4 | Pick 112|
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The Patriots have released Malcolm Mitchell, according to Ian Rapoport.
As Rapoport says, it was "a move weeks in the making" due to Mitchell's knee issues. This move really opens the door for Eric Decker to make the team and Phillip Dorsett to potentially have a big role to begin the season with Julian Edelman out. Right now, New England has Chris Hogan and Edelman atop their unofficial depth chart with Dorsett and Decker on the second team, Kenny Britt and special-teamer Matthew Slater on the third team, and Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios headlining the rest of the group. As for Mitchell, hopefully he can get healthy to get his career back on track, but things aren't looking great for the former fourth-round pick.
Malcolm Mitchell's knee procedure was minor.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the third-year receiver had a knee procedure, which was reported yesterday, that "was more aimed at hoping to accelerate healing." It was also reported yesterday that Mitchell was on the trade block, and Rapoport says the Patriots are "poised" to move on from the injury-plagued receiver. It sounds like Mitchell could be done in New England one way or another, which would give more clarity to a crowded receiving group.
Malcolm Mitchell's season "looks to be in jeopardy," according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.
Daniels says Mitchell had a knee procedure today that will force him to miss the start of training camp and that "his season looks to be in jeopardy." This comes hours after NFL Network reported that the Patriots had Mitchell on the trade block, so obviously it's going to be tough to trade him at this point. Hopefully Mitchell's knee procedure allows him to get back on the field soon, as it's a shame he's dealt with knee issues out of his control after a promising rookie season.
Malcolm Mitchell is on the trading block, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
The Patriots presumably do not feel they can rely on Mitchell, who missed all of last season while dealing with knee issues, despite his production as a rookie for a Super Bowl team in 2016. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport again noted, which he did when the signing first happened during the offseason, that the Patriots are high on veteran Kenny Britt's potential in the offense. If no trade partner is found, then Mitchell has the talent to carve out a role in the offense despite this report emerging. But for now, it appears Mitchell could be on his way out of New England. This report could also be a message to Mitchell that he needs to be healthy if he wants to stay on a team that allows him to catch passes from Tom Brady.
Malcolm Mitchell said "we'll see" when asked if he'll be ready for training camp.
The team didn't come out and say anything, but the thought during offseason training was that the Patriots were limiting Mitchell so that he would be healthy for the season. However, Mitchell could still be having issues after he missed all of last season with lingering knee problems. Perhaps Mitchell just didn't feel like talking in-depth about it, but the fact that he said "we'll see" instead of saying that he'll be out there for the start of camp might not be a great sign. It could also be up to the Patriots if they have a plan to limit him throughout the summer. In a crowded receiving corps with a big role potentially up for grabs, Mitchell's status will be one to watch over the next couple of months.
The Patriots are being cautious with Malcolm Mitchell this offseason.
According to The Providence Journal, the teams plan is the "bring him along slowly this offseason." It sounds like Mitchell, who apparently didn't practice much at all during offseason training, won't be full-go for the start of training camp. With Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season (pending appeal), there is a prime opportunity for Mitchell to have a big role on offense. However, he's going to need to stay healthy after he missed all of last season with knee issues. Mitchell's status will hopefully become more clear when training camp begins late next month.
Malcolm Mitchell has been working at TB12, according to multiple reports.
TB12 is of course Tom Brady's training center located in Foxborough right near Gillette Stadium. Mitchell has dealt with knee issues dating back to his college career at Georgia, and he's certainly aware of what his quarterback's training method has done for his career. After missing all of last season with a knee problem, Mitchell could be a huge factor in New England's offense in 2018; and working with the TB12 team could potentially lead to Brady having more trust in his young receiver, who he already appeared to have a lot of trust in during Mitchell's rookie season a couple years ago.
Malcolm Mitchell won't be activated off injured reserve, according to Ian Rapoport.
Today ends Mitchell's window to be activated for this season, so he officially won't be playing in the AFC Championship or potentially the Super Bowl. The second-year receiver dealt with a knee issue in the preseason that forced him to injured reserve, and he was never able to get healthy enough to appear in a game. It's unfortunate after Mitchell showed so much promise as a fourth-round rookie last season. Looking ahead to next season, Malcolm is a good bet to at least be someone that rotates in the receiving group for New England.
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is practicing for the Patriots.
Mitchell has been on injured reserve all season with a knee issue, but his return to practice opens up a three-week window for him to be activated to the active roster—which would happen as early as this week. The second-year receiver emerged as a reliable target for Tom Brady during the team’s Super Bowl run as a rookie, and he’d give a nice boost to the receiving corps if he does return. Hopefully Mitchell is able to get out there and contribute for the Patriots.
The Patriots are placing Malcolm Mitchell on Injured Reserve, according to Ian Rapoport.
Mitchell has been dealing with a knee issue dating back to his rookie season last year and his knee was reportedly a concern coming out of college, but this is a surprise just hours ahead of the season opener and it's unfortunate for the young receiver. During last year's Super Bowl run, Mitchell stepped up as a reliable target on the outside for Tom Brady, so this is another big loss for the offense after they lost Julian Edelman in Week 3 of the preseason. Recent acquisition Phillip Dorsett looked like he'll be a top three or four receiver for the Patriots, but the team might also rely more on running backs James White, Rex Burkhead, and Dion Lewis. Mitchell will miss the first eight weeks of the season at least, but there's a chance the Pats bring him back as one of their designated to return players.
Malcolm Mitchell is listed as questionable for Week 1.
The Pats kickoff the season tomorrow night against the Chiefs, and Mitchell, who has battled knee issues for a while now, is listed as questionable for the game. New England might limit his reps, but it's likely he'll be out there to open the season. Mitchell has some boom potential on a weekly basis playing with Tom Brady, but it'll be nice to see what his role is after the addition of Brandin Cooks this offseason.
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) was a limited participant in practice today.
Mitchell has dealt with knee issues for a while now, which might be a concern for his long-term outlook. However, he should be good to go for Thursday night, and we'll know for sure when the injury report is released tomorrow.
Malcolm Mitchell catches two passes in 2017 preseason debut.
Mitchell caught two-of-three targets for 13 yards. The second-year receiver was noticeably shaking out or stretching his knee/leg a couple times in the game. Given Mitchell's past knee issues, it's a bit of a concern, but hopefully he's fine. It appears Chris Hogan is locked in as the number three receiver behind Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks, but Mitchell will certainly have a role this season for the Pats; though, he might not deliver much consistent fantasy value if he's the fourth or fifth receiver.
Malcolm Mitchell "was kept on the sidelines" this spring.
Mike Reiss thinks this is because the Patriots want to keep Mitchell healthy long-term, given his injury history at Georgia and last year with New England. Chris Hogan received most of the snaps in three receiver sets throughout the spring, but he is likely to give a decent amount snaps to Mitchell. The second-year receiver is expected to be a participant for the start of training camp. He'll be a contributor for the great New England offense, but he might not be a consistent fantasy option with so many other good players to get the ball to.
Rookie Malcolm Mitchell comes up big in the Super Bowl.
Mitchell caught six-of-seven targets for 70 yards in the game. He navigated the sideline perfectly and was a steady target for Tom Brady as the Pats were working their way back into the game. Mitchell will have some upside late in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Malcolm Mitchell (thigh) is questionable for the Super Bowl.
We expect Mitchell will be good to go against the Falcons. He should get his chances in the big game.
Malcolm Mitchell (thigh) again limited in Patriots practice.
We expect Mitchell to be good to go, but he will likely be listed as questionable when the official designations come out after Friday's practice.
Malcolm Mitchell (thigh) was a limited participant Wednesday.
Mitchell should be good to go for the Super Bowl, but we'll keep you updated on his status.
Malcolm Mitchell catches only one of four targets in AFC Championship.
He had one catch for five yards. The rookie Mitchell will play in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
Malcolm Mitchell is active for the AFC Championship against the Steelers.
This was expected after Michael Floyd struggled a bit last week with his timing on routes. Despite being a rookie, Mitchell has been a consistent target for Tom Brady when he has been on the field.
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) out for the Divisional Round.
Meanwhile, Danny Amendola and Michael Floyd are both active. It's unclear whether this is injury related or if Mitchell was victim to a numbers game.
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) officially listed as questionable for the Divisional Round.
He was a limited participant all week in practice. Meanwhile, fellow wide receiver Danny Amendola was a full participant all week and is not listed on the injury report. In a crowded wide receiver corps that now includes Michael Floyd and a healthy Amendola (who can also return punts and kicks) it'll be interesting to see if any of these receivers are inactive tomorrow.
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) a limited participant in Wednesday practice.
After missing Week 17 and getting the first round bye, Mitchell should be good to go for the Divisional Round after getting in a limited practice on Wednesday.
Malcolm Mitchell (knee) out for the Patriots tomorrow against Miami.
Mitchell didn't practice all week with his knee injury. The Patriots will try to get by without him against the Dolphins. With Danny Amendola also out, new acquisition Michael Floyd could get a good amount of work and is a good FLEX option against the Dolphins.
Malcolm Mitchell had three catches for 29 yards in Saturday's win over the Jets.
Mitchell scored two times in the first meeting with the Jets, so this was a bit of a disappointment. He will be a good FLEX option next week against Miami, especially if Byron Maxwell (ankle) sits again for the Dolphins.
Malcolm Mitchell held to one catch in win.
It went for 14 yards, and was inside the 10-yard line. Mitchell should bounce back as a solid FLEX for Christmas Eve against the Jets. It's unlikely new-Patriot Michael Floyd sees significant playing time at the rookie's expense.
Malcolm Mitchell catches fourth touchdown in four games.
Mitchell had four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Mitchell seems to have really earned Tom Brady's trust as a rookie, and is averaging 12.3 fantasy points in his last four games. Mitchell has worked his way to a great WR2/FLEX option. He's a tough sell next week against the Broncos, however.
Malcolm Mitchell keeps it going in Patriots' win.
The rookie had eight catches for 82 yards, and was targeted 10 teams, second to only Julian Edelman. Mitchell now has 222 yards and three scores over the past three weeks. The Patriots are going to more three wide receiver sets with Gronk out, and Mitchell is clearly ahead of Danny Amendola for targets. He's a good FLEX option for Week 14 versus the Ravens.
Malcolm Mitchell clutch in Patriots' 22-17 win.
The rookie caught five passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score late in the 4th quarter. Mitchell now has three scores in the past two games, and remained a part of the offense even with Chris Hogan's return. Hogan did play the most snaps on the team, but Gronk leaving and Bennett being banged up opened up a role for the rookie. Mitchell probably will probably put up a zero soon, but there's no problem with starting him while he's hot.
Rookie Malcolm Mitchell scores first career TD in Week 11.
Mitchell had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. His 56-yard touchdown was on a nice play by Brady and poor defense from the Niners. Mitchell took advantage of his five targets and would be a decent FLEX option if Chris Hogan was to miss more time with his back injury. Mitchell is someone to look out for in future years, as he's already appeared to have gained Tom Brady's trust as a rookie.