Dalton Keene

New England Patriots
Tight End #44
New England Patriots
Tight End #44

Dalton Keene News

Still in backup TE mix

Following the 2022 NFL Draft, Keene (knee) and Devin Asiasi remain in the Patriots' backup tight end mix, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While neither of the two 2020 third-rounders are threats to supplant the team's top two tight ends, Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, the Patriots would no doubt like to see added contributions from Keene and/or Asiasi. Since being taken 101st overall out of Virginia Tech, Keene has recorded just three catches for 16 yards in six regular-season NFL games. The 23-year-old spent last season on IR, but he's presumably past the knee injury that landed him there and will look to reclaim his roster spot ahead of the 2022 campaign.

May 6, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Moves back to IR

Keene (knee) was reverted back to IR from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Keene underwent season-ending surgery to repair a meniscus injury in August and was ruled out for the season. Now that he's cleared COVID protocols he can return to rehabbing his knee at the Patriots' facilities to prepare for a return at full strength for the 2022 season.

Dec 21, 2021 5:05 PM EST

Shifts to COVID-19 list

Keene (knee) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Keene underwent season-ending surgery to repair a meniscus injury in August and isn't expected to play this season. However, after being placed in COVID-19 protocols, he will have to produce back-to-back negative tests at least 24 hours apart or complete a 10-day quarantine before he is able to return to team facilities.

Dec 13, 2021 3:45 PM EST

Out for season

Keene (knee) recently underwent season-ending surgery to address a meniscus injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Patriots placed Keene on the preseason PUP list with an undisclosed injury before training camp kicked off, and the aforementioned procedure will send him to injured reserve for the entirety of the 2021 campaign. According to Rapoport, Keene had a similar surgery during his time at Virginia Tech, and he also spent time on IR last season with a knee issue. In any case, the 2020 third-rounder won't be a part of the Patriots offense this fall, leaving tight end to be covered by newcomers Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry (as expected) and fellow second-year player Devin Asiasi.

Aug 7, 2021 3:25 PM EST

Shifts to IR

Keene (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It's still unclear what Keene is dealing with from an injury perspective, but the fact he essentially was downgraded from the physically unable to perform list to outright injured reserve has to be concerning. The 2020 third-round pick was a massive disappointment his rookie season compiling just three receptions for 16 yards across six games, and with the offseason additions of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith it's entirely possible Keene could be already phased out of the offense entirely by the time he returns.

Aug 7, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Shifts to PUP list

The Patriots placed Keene (undisclosed) on the PUP list Thursday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Keene can be activated from the PUP list at any time during training camp, but given that he's coming off an unimpressive three-catch rookie season, it will be somewhat concerning if he has to miss a significant number of practices. With Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith having joined New England's tight end corps in free agency, it will be pivotal for Keene to make the most of every opportunity he's given this offseason.

Jul 22, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Three catches as a rookie

Keene finished the 2020 season with three catches on five targets for 16 yards in six games.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow rookie Devin Asiasi logged two catches on seven targets for 39 yards yards and a TD in nine contests. Tight end was was a big need for the Patriots heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, and when the team took Asiasi, then Keene with third-round picks, it was hoped that the duo could make an immediate splash in the offense. Neither play did, however, and the duo's fantasy upside in 2021 is tied to what offseason personnel changes are made, in particular at TE and QB.

Jan 7, 2021 10:30 AM EST

Limited snaps Monday

Keene logged just three snaps on offense in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: In five games this season, Keene has caught just two passes for 10 yards. Meanwhile, fellow third-round tight Devin Asiasi is still looking for his first NFL catch. Both players will need to have strong showings in training camp next year in order to gain any attention in 2021 re-draft leagues.

Dec 29, 2020 6:42 AM EST

Catches one pass Sunday

Keene caught one of his two targets for two yards in Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Keene was on the field for 29 of the Patriots' 55 snaps on offense Sunday, while fellow rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was out there for 27 snaps, en route to logging one target. Neither player has made a fantasy impact thus far, though it's possible that Keene may be a bit more involved over New England's last two games, with the team out of playoff contention and perhaps inclined to get more of a look at some of its younger players during that span.

Dec 21, 2020 12:43 PM EST

In lineup for Week 13

Keene is active for the Patriots' Week 13 matchup against the Chargers, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Heading into a matchup against the Charger's 10th-ranked pass defense, the third-round rookie has one catch for eight yards, with Week 7 marking his lone game appearance. Keene resided on IR from Nov. 10 to Dec. 5 because of a knee injury, but now he'll work in tandem with Ryan Izzo as the only active tight ends for New England.

Dec 6, 2020 12:28 PM EST

Moves off IR

Keene (knee) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 2020 third-round pick will make his return to the field after missing the last five games with a knee injury. Keene has played just 24 offensive snaps in his young career to date, but it's possible the rookie tight end might be pressed into action if Ryan Izzo (hamstring/hand) is unable to play Sunday.

Dec 5, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Designated for return

Keene (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, opening the three-week window for the tight end to be activated from IR, Mike Reiss of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

Analysis: Keene can be removed from IR whenever the team deems him ready, but he'll need to show that he's good to go in practice first. Given New England's lack of tight end usage in the passing game this season, Keene's unlikely to make much of an impact even once deemed healthy.

Dec 2, 2020 11:05 AM EST

Heads to IR

The Patriots will move Keene (knee) to injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Keene will be sidelined for at least the Patriots' next three games as a result of his move to IR. The rookie third-round pick hadn't seen a major role behind starter Ryan Izzo through the first half of New England's schedule, but his absence weakens the Patriots' depth at the position nonetheless. The Patriots added reinforcement at tight end earlier this week, when the team claimed Jordan Thomas off waivers from Houston.

Nov 10, 2020 1:31 PM EST

Out for MNF

Keene (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Keene didn't travel with the team for Monday's matchup, leaving just Ryan Izzo (hamstring), who is listed as questionable, as the only remaining tight end on New England's roster. Perhaps Rashod Berry, who is on the practice squad, will be elevated, otherwise, Izzo will handle a hefty workload if he's able to suit up.

Nov 9, 2020 8:33 AM EST

Listed as questionable for Week 9

Keene (knee) did not travel with the team to New York, but he remains questionable for a Monday night matchup against the Jets.

Analysis: With an extra day to work with, there seemingly is a chance Keene may be able to take a private plane Sunday night and still suit up for kickoff. Keene made his NFL debut Week 7 against the 49ers, catching his lone target for an eight-yard gain. Last Sunday against Buffalo he was ruled out with the same knee issue, and he's seemingly in danger of missing his second straight.

Nov 8, 2020 1:01 PM EST

Handed questionable tag

Keene (knee) is questionable for Monday's game versus the Jets, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Keene strung together three limited practices this week, offering a good chance for the rookie third-rounder to return to action for Monday's divisional tilt. It's noteworthy that he practiced with a knee brace, and he could utilize similar support. Top tight end Ryan Izzo (hamstring) is also considered questionable.

Nov 7, 2020 5:12 PM EST

Another limited session

Keene (knee) was a limited participant in Friday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Keene was spotted with a large brace on his left knee during Friday's practice. He's trending in the right direction after sitting out last week against the Bills, but there's a good chance that he's handed at least a questionable tag following Saturday's practice. The rookie third-rounder has played just one game this season, and Ryan Izzo (hamstring) is the only other tight end on the active roster.

Nov 6, 2020 2:54 PM EST

Still managing injury

Keene (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Keene sat out last week's loss to the Bills with the knee issue, and he appears to still be battling the knee issue. The Patriots' tight end depth chart is currently pretty banged up, with Keene and Ryan Izzo (hamstring) battling injuries, along with Devin Asiasi (undisclosed) hitting injured reserve Tuesday.

Nov 5, 2020 3:50 PM EST

Inactive against Bills

Keene (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Devin Asiasi (personal) also unavailable Sunday, the Patriots' Week 8 tight end duties will be handled by Ryan Izzo.

Nov 1, 2020 8:50 AM EST

Questionable for Week 8

Keene (knee) is questionable for Sunday's contest in Buffalo.

Analysis: Keene was added to Friday's practice report with a knee issue, a hint that his injury may have been sustained during weekly practices. The rookie third-round pick played 24 of 52 offensive snaps during his pro debut Week 7, in which he caught his only target for eight yards. Keene isn't yet on the radar for fantasy production, but New England's offense is in dire need of a boost, so it'll be worth monitoring what the young tight end does with his opportunities if he's able to play against Buffalo.

Oct 30, 2020 1:27 PM EST

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