3. Kayshon Boutte
Last week, the stage was set for Boutte to appear in his second career game and first since Week 1. With top receivers Kendrick Bourne (knee) and DeVante Parker (concussion) both sidelined, there was an obvious opportunity for the 21-year-old rookie wideout to at least dress for the game, if not play in it.
Instead Belichick shockingly made Boutte inactive for Week 9, as he still apparently hasn't seen enough growth from the sixth-rounder in practice. Boutte probably wouldn't have made a difference in the 20-17 loss, but it was still surprising that he wasn't out there.
If Boutte wasn't active last week, there's no way he's going to be active this week. Parker returned to practice on Wednesday and appears to be on track to return this week, making Boutte's window of opportunity even smaller.
Boutte didn't catch any of his 4 targets in Week 1, but it's weird that we haven't seen him since. Look for him to get more playing time after the bye week/once the Patriots are officially out of it, especially if they lose again on Sunday. They need to give him some chances eventually and see if he's worth keeping around.
Just don't expect that to happen this week.
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