Bourne caught five of six targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-13 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Bourne scored a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but most of his damage came on a 41-yard touchdown grab in the third. New England's offense tends to rotate its featured options on a weekly basis, but Bourne has emerged as the top scoring threat among the team's wide receivers. Bourne's five receiving touchdowns rank second behind tight end Hunter Henry's seven, and Nelson Agholor (three) is the only other player on the team with more than one. Building on this effort won't be easy for Bourne in Week 13 against the stingy Bills secondary.
Nov 28, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Bourne secured all four of his targets for 42 yards in the Patriots' 25-0 win over the Falcons on Thursday night. He also rushed once for seven yards.
Analysis: Bourne's yardage total narrowly outpaced that of Nelson Agholor's (40) for the team lead. The 26-year-old now has at least four receptions in four of the last five contests, and he's become an increasingly reliable target for rookie quarterback Mac Jones with a catch rate that now sits at an impressive 78.7 percent. Bourne's next opportunity to add to his numbers comes in a Week 12 home matchup a week from Sunday against a Titans defense that's been very generous to wide receivers all season.
Nov 18, 2021 9:03 PM EST
Bourne caught four passes for 98 yards and one touchdown on four targets against Cleveland on Sunday.
Analysis: Nelson Agholor (two catches for 21 yards on four targets) has played more than Bourne this year, with Bourne mostly playing in three-wide formations, but production like this might force the Patriots to reconsider how they distribute playing time among their wide receivers. Agholor has more speed to offer than Bourne, who doesn't have much himself, but Agholor is often a zero in traffic whereas Bourne is largely known for making memorable catches in traffic. The playing time split between Bourne and Agholor is worth monitoring as they take on Atlanta on Thursday.
Nov 14, 2021 1:55 PM EST
Bourne caught three of four targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: The Patriots led comfortably for the majority of this contest, so the air attack wasn't asked to do much overall. Bourne ended up leading all wideouts in targets, receptions and yardage. The veteran wideout has posted a couple of strong statistical games this year, but his upside is generally capped by a conservative offensive gameplan. Bourne and the Patriots will face a stiff test against the Browns' tough pass defense in Week 10.
Nov 7, 2021 2:03 PM EST
Bourne caught four of his seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Bourne's 23 snaps in the contest were a season-low, as he mostly stayed on the sideline after a third-quarter fumble. He'll look to bounce back next Sunday against the Panthers, but with Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and N'Keal Harry also in the team's wideout mix, Bourne's weekly production could be sporadic.
Nov 1, 2021 12:14 PM EST
Bourne (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Bourne, who practiced in a limited fashion this week, will give it a go Sunday, but he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, while sharing the Patriots' wide receiver looks with Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and N'Keal Harry, to a lesser degree. In last Sunday's 54-13 win over the Jets, Bourne - who is averaging four targets and 50 receiving yards a game to date -- caught all four of the passes thrown his way for 68 yards, while adding a 25-yard TD toss to Agholor.
Oct 31, 2021 11:53 AM EST
Bourne (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this week.
Analysis: That said, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald relayed Friday that Bourne is expected to be available this weekend. Official confirmation of the wideout's Week 8 status will arrive upon the release of the Patriots' inactives prior to Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff, but it looks like Bourne -- who caught all four of his targets for 68 yards last weekend in a win over the Jets -- is trending toward active status.
Oct 29, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Bourne (shoulder) is one of 15 players listed by New England as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Cox notes that Bourne came down on his shoulder on his 46-yard reception in this past Sunday's win over the Jets, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the wideout's Week 8 status is in danger. That said, Bourne will presumably need to practice fully Thursday or Friday in order to head into Sunday's game against the Chargers minus an injury designation.
Oct 27, 2021 2:21 PM EST
Bourne logged 41 of a possible 76 snaps on offense in Sunday's 54-13 win over the Jets, en route to catching all four of his targets for 68 yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bourne's Week 7 fantasy stat line was bolstered by a 25-yard touchdown pass that he threw to Nelson Agholor to open the scoring in what turned into a blowout. Though seven games this season, Bourne -- whose only catch in Week 6 resulting in a 75-yard score -- is averaging four targets, a context that makes him a hit-or-miss lineup option heading into New England's Week 8 road tilt against the Chargers.
Oct 25, 2021 10:18 AM EST
Bourne caught one of two targets for a 75-yard touchdown in Sunday's 35-29 overtime loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: In a wild back-and-forth contest, Bourne was involved in maybe the two wildest plays of all. On the first ball Mac Jones threw his way, Bourne let the pass tip off his fingers straight to Trevon Diggs, who returned it 42 yards for a TD that put Dallas ahead 26-21. On New England's very next possession, Jones looked Bourne's way again and this time the receiver hung onto the ball between two defenders before racing to the end zone for what proved to be the final points of the game for the Pats. Despite the big catch, his two targets were a season low, and Bourne's inconsistent usage makes him tough to roster in most fantasy formats heading into a Week 7 clash with the Jets.
Oct 17, 2021 7:20 PM EST
Bourne caught all three of his targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Bourne logged 32 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in the contest, while Jakobi Meyers was out there for 58 snaps and Nelson Agholor saw action on 43 plays. Prior to Sunday's modest statistical effort, Bourne had caught 11 of 13 targets for 154 yards and a TD over his previous two outings. He'll look to pick up the pace in this coming Sunday's game against Dallas, but as long as Meyers, Agholor and TEs Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith command their share of targets, Bourne's PPR production could be hit-or-miss.
Oct 11, 2021 10:45 AM EST
Bourne logged 36 of a possible 59 snaps on offense in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Buccaneers, en route to catching all five of his target for 58 yards, NESN's Zack Cox reports.
Analysis: Bourne, who opened the season with two modest efforts, now has 11 catches on 13 targets for 154 yards and a TD over his last two games. While Jakobi Meyers (27 catches for 246 yards to date) has emerged as QB Mac Jones' favorite target, Bourne's recent chemistry with the rookie signal-caller suggests that he could maintain PPR utility in Week 5, with what looks like a favorable matchup versus Houston on tap.
Oct 4, 2021 10:45 AM EST
Bourne had six receptions (eight targets) for 96 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Bourne broke out in a big way after posting just three receptions for 17 yards over the first two games of the season. A big reason for the uptick in production was Mac Jones' inability to connect with top target Nelson Agholor (two catches on eight targets), who had to deal with the return of shutdown corner Marshon Lattimore (hand). Bourne remains third on the wide receiver depth chart, so fantasy managers shouldn't overreact to this huge performance. Up next is a matchup with the Buccaneers next Sunday.
Sep 26, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Bourne caught two of his three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Bourne, who was out there for 31 of the team's 58 snaps on offense, was once again out-snapped by fellow WRs Jakobi Meyers (52) and Nelson Agholor (50), en route to his second straight three-target contest. Down the road, there will be games where Bourne is more involved in the team's passing game, but for now he profiles as a complementary option in an offense that spreads the ball around.
Sep 20, 2021 10:37 AM EST
Bourne was on the field for 33 of a possible 75 snaps on offense in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bourne was out-snapped by fellow WRs Jakobi Meyers (74) and Nelson Agholor (64), en route to catching one of his three targets for 17 yards. Though he'll no doubt have weeks where he's more involved in the team's passing game, steady volume may be hard to come by for him with RB James White and TEs Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry also commanding their share of targets on a weekly basis.
Sep 13, 2021 10:33 AM EST
Bourne caught one of his two targets for 23 yards in Thursday's 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Per NESN's Zack Cox, Bourne logged 31 snaps in the contest, while Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor "got the starting wideout treatment, playing 15 and 14 snaps, respectively." Cox also noted that the trio look "like sure bets to be the Patriots' top receivers this season." In that context, Bourne could emerge as a fantasy factor in deeper formats, though it must be noted that New England's attack could well feature a run-heavy approach and plenty of two-TE sets, a scenario that could make steady volume hard to come by for any of the team's key wide receivers.
Aug 20, 2021 12:57 PM EST
In his latest 53-man roster projection, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site predicts that Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, Bourne and Gunner Olszewski will head the team's wideout corps out of the gate.
Analysis: Perillo's projection supposes that N'Keal Harry, who's had a strong training camp to date, remains a candidate to be dealt, though that's not a lock to occur if the 2019 first-rounder continues his strong play. Either way, Bourne -- who signed three year, $15 million contract with New England this offseason -- seems destined for a key role in New England's passing attack in 2021, with his ability to line up outside or in the slot an asset in that regard. That said, steady volume may be an issue for Bourne, if the team leans heavily on the run and/or two tight-end sets in 2021, which is quite plausible.
Aug 8, 2021 2:10 PM EST
Bourne has an opportunity to emerge as the Patriots' top slot option with Julian Edelman having retired, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Like fellow free-agent acquisition Nelson Agholor and returnee Jakobi Meyers, Bourne has the versatility to line up outside or in the slot. Edelman's departure following a productive stint with the Patriots that began in 2009 sets the stage for a revamped wide receiver depth chart in New England this coming season. As things stand, Bourne -- who logged a 49-667-2 stat line in 15 games for the 49ers in 2020 -- is in line to be a key target for Cam Newton. If Agholor is extensively as a deep threat by New England, it's plausible that Bourne's share of the team's slot targets could translate into PPR relevance for the 25-year-old.
Apr 13, 2021 10:04 AM EST
The Patriots and Bourne agreed to terms on a three-year, $22.5 million contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: On the first day of the legal tampering period, New England has restocked its receiving corps with the additions of Bourne, wideout Nelson Agholor and tight end Jonnu Smith. Bourne's versatility should allow him to stay on the field regularly, and he's coming off career bests in both catches (49), receiving yards (667) and targets (74) in 2020.
Mar 15, 2021 3:57 PM EST
Bourne and the 49ers are discussing a new contract, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Bourne acknowledges he won't be the team's top priority this offseason, but he still hopes to work something out. The 2017 UDFA is scheduled to become a free agent for the first time, following a 2020 campaign with career highs for targets (74), catches (49), receiving yards (667), yards per catch (13.6) and yards per target (9.0). Bourne never saw a ton of volume, but his ability to play both outside and in the slot helped the San Francisco offense stay semi-respectable amidst an onslaught of injuries. Bourne will turn 26 in August, and he believes his experience in Kyle Shanahan's offense will serve him well even if he doesn't stay in San Francisco.
Feb 3, 2021 12:33 PM EST
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