Bourne finished the 2021 regular season with 55 catches (on 70 targets) for 800 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games
Analysis: Bourne, who averaged 14.5 yards per catch, also logged a 25-yard TD pass and is slated to remain a key cog in New England's passing offense next season, per Paul Perillo of the team's official site. The 26-year-old, who is signed through 2023, should once again be joined by Jakobi Meyers (a pending restricted free agent) and Nelson Agholor (signed through 2022), but how the team's WR depth chart will look beyond that trio remains to be seen.
Jan 24, 2022 12:51 PM EST
Bourne recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 47-17 wild-card round loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Bourne finished second on the team in targets, but was by far the most productive receiver for New England. Nearly all of his production came in the second half with the game out of reach, but he tallied a long gain of 43 yards and found the end zone from three and four yards away, respectively. Bourne remains under contract in New England for the 2022 season, though the team could release him with him little penalty in terms of dead cap space. Should he return to the Patriots, Bourne would likely work behind at least Jakobi Meyers and potentially Nelson Agholor as well as any other offseason upgrades at the position.
Jan 15, 2022 9:34 PM EST
Bourne logged 36 of a possible 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In the process, Bourne carried once for eight yards and caught three of his four targets for 24 yards, bringing his final regular season receiving line to 55/800/5 on 70 targets, to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games. In the Patriots' playoff opener this coming Saturday, the 26-year-old will square off against a Buffalo defense that surrendered a league-low average of 163 passing yards per game during the 2021 campaign.
Jan 10, 2022 9:58 AM EST
Bourne brought five of six targets for 76 yards and rushed twice for 17 yards in the Patriots' 50-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran led the Patriots in receiving yardage while posting his best total in that category since Week 10. Bourne also logged multiple rush attempts for the second time in the last three games, a role that's expanded some for him in the second half of the season. Bourne needs three receptions in the Week 18 clash against the Dolphins to eclipse the career-best 49 he recorded in 2020 with the 49ers.
Jan 2, 2022 5:13 PM EST
Bourne caught two of four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 33-21 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Damien Harris scored all three of New England's touchdowns on the ground as the passing game struggled mightily. Case in point, Bourne finished second on the team in receiving yards and tied for second in catches, trailing only Jakobi Meyers, who had six catches for 59 yards. Since his two-touchdown outburst in Week 12 against the Titans, Bourne has mustered just five catches for 77 yards in three subsequent appearances. Perhaps a Week 17 visit from the Jaguars will help Bourne get back on track.
Dec 26, 2021 2:13 PM EST
Bourne has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Given that Nelson Agholor (concussion) has been ruled out for the contest, look for Jakobi Meyers and Bourne to head the Patriots' Week 16 wideout corps, with N'Keal Harry (hip/questionable) a candidate for added work, if active. The last time New England and Buffalo played each other (back in Week 13), windy conditions led to Bourne not seeing any of QB Mac Jones' three passing targets. This time around, Bourne - who caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and ran twice for 19 yards in last weekend's loss to the Colts - is candidate to see enough touches to help out those looking for Week 16 wideout help.
Dec 25, 2021 2:17 PM EST
Bourne has reportedly cleared COVID-19 protocols and is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, according to Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald.
Analysis: We'll wait confirmation from the Patriots once the team's Saturday transactions are posted, but with Nelson Agholor (concussion) ruled out for the contest, look for Jakobi Meyers and Bourne -- if available -- to head the team's Week 16 wideout corps.
Dec 25, 2021 9:37 AM EST
The Patriots hope to have Bourne (illness) available for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: The wideout reportedly is vaccinated and thus stands a chance to be removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list this weekend. Bourne could have a larger-than-usual role if he plays, with Nelson Agholor (head) ruled out and N'Keal Harry (hip) listed as questionable. Harry does appear on track to play, and could be looking at a near-every-down role if both Agholor and Bourne are out.
Dec 24, 2021 2:10 PM EST
Bourne still has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Bills after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bourne is vaccinated, and the timing of his placement on the COVID list gives him 5-6 days to test negative on back-to-back days. It's still probably no better than 50/50, and the Pats also have other issues at wide receiver with Nelson Agholor (head) and N'Keal Harry (head) both getting banged up during Saturday's loss to Indianapolis.
Dec 22, 2021 11:52 AM EST
Bourne (undisclosed) has been placed on the reserve/COVID 19 list, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Nelson Agholor (head) having suffered a head injury during Saturday's game against the Colts, N'Keal Harry (undisclosed) possibly banged up and Bourne now on the reserve/COVID 19 list, the Patriots' top available WR options who are free of any Week 16 availability concerns are Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.
Dec 20, 2021 2:58 PM EST
Bourne was not targeted during Monday's 14-10 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Bourne posted a two-touchdown, 61-yard performance against the Titans prior to being shut out against Buffalo, a game which was played in extremely windy conditions and saw the Patriots offense lean on the running game almost every snap. In fact, quarterback Mac Jones attempted just three passes in the divisional win. After the team's Week 14 bye, Bourne will get a chance to bounce back on the road in Indianapolis.
Dec 7, 2021 7:34 AM EST
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
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