33-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Anthony Gonzalez in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Anthony Gonzalez Contract Information:
Waived by New England in May of 2012.
The Patriots have released Gonzalez, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
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Anthony Gonzalez: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Anthony Gonzalez.
Anyone who has a reasonable chance for a prominent role on the Colts deserves mention, but we might be stretching it with Gonzalez. After a promising rookie year and a moderately disappointing sophomore one, Gonzalez has missed all but three games over the last two seasons due to knee and ankle injuries. At press time, he's healthy, however, and given Pierre Garcon's inconsistency and Austin Collie's concussion problems, Gonzalez could be in the mix. At 6-0, 195, Gonzalez isn't much of a red-zone threat, but he's fast, moves well in and out of breaks and has good hands. If he can ever stay on the field, that is.
Last year was a lost one for Gonzalez as he hurt his knee in Week 1 and could never get back onto the field. Moreover, rookie Austin Collie and second-year man Pierre Garcon established themselves as major parts of the offense, and Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark arenít going anywhere, either. The 6-0, 195, Gonzalez has good speed and lateral quickness and has performed well when healthy. While heís expected to be healthy for the start of training camp, his role with the team is unsettled at press time.
With Marvin Harrison out of the picture entirely, the door is finally open for Gonzalez to break out. While Gonzalez didnít match his incredibly efficient rookie season (11.3 yards per on 51 targets), he did put up a respectable 8.4 mark on his 79 looks last year. While Gonzalez roped in just about every pass thrown his way (72 percent catch rate), Peyton Manning looked to him on shorter routes (just 11.7 yards per catch). As a result, Gonzalez did little damage down the field (just seven catches of 20-plus and one of 40-plus). Expect that to change in 2009. Now that Harrisonís gone, Gonzalez will be the teamís undisputed No. 2 receiver, and heís got more deep speed and lateral quickness than Reggie Wayne. At 6-0, 195, Gonzalez has only average size, but the Colts typically target their receivers frequently from in close, and between Joseph Addai and Donald Brown, the Colts still donít have a prototypical short-yardage back. Another factor in Gonzalezís favor is the teamís lack of a proven third receiver Ė meaning there should be more targets to go around for Wayne, Gonzalez and tight end Dallas Clark. One knock on Gonzalez is his propensity for nagging injuries. He missed three games during his rookie year with a bruised foot and a broken hand, and though he played all 16 games in 2008, he was nagged by hamstring and shoulder injuries. Still, heís completely healthy at press time, and as Manningís No. 2 wideout, is playing in ideal conditions.
Of all the receivers who saw 50 looks last season, Gonzalez averaged the most yards per target with 11.3, narrowly edging Santonio Holmes. Of course, you don't want to make too much of a 51-target sample, and Marvin Harrison was sidelined by a knee injury the entire time. But Peyton Manning will still be throwing Gonzalez the ball, and Harrison, who will turn 36 before the start of the season, is still rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery and has legal problems. If Harrison is out for either of those reasons, Gonzalez is primed for a breakout. At 6-0, 195, Gonzalez has just average size but excellent speed and good change-of-direction skills. He runs good routes and isn't afraid to go over the middle. Heís not much of a red-zone target, but the Colts like to use all their receivers from in close, and if Gonzalez were starting, we'd expect him to see some looks there. Assuming Harrison returns to form, Gonzalez will be one of the top slot men in the league Ė still potentially useful in deeper formats.
Gonzalez, Indy's 2007 first-round pick, could be a faster version of Brandon Stokley as Indyís slot receiver. He has the speed (4.4 in 40-yard dash) to excel right away down the middle of the field.