Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots DE Adrian Clayborn injured his quad during workouts last week.

The injury could limit Clayborn's availability for "Phase 3" of OTAs, though the veteran defensive end should be back at full strength by the time training camp opens in July. Clayborn led the Falcons with a career-high 9.5 sacks last season with six of those takedowns coming in a Week 10 win over Dallas.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 8:58 AM

Phillip Dorsett had his training camp workout bonus reduced from $450,000 to $150,000.

The bonus is due on the fifth day of training camp. By accepting a smaller bonus, Dorsett gives himself a better chance to stick on the Patriots' 53-man roster. Even if Dorsett makes the team out of camp, he'll face an uphill battle for playing time behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell at wide receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 9:56 AM

Patriots signed second round CB Duke Dawson to a four-year contract.

The No. 56 overall pick, Dawson has the inside track for the New England's slot corner role. He'll compete with Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones in training camp.
May 16 - 5:02 PM

Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia said the team will "take a look at" first-round rookie Isaiah Wynn at left tackle.

Wynn earned All-SEC honors at left tackle last season but played left guard at the Senior Bowl in January. He'd be a great fit at either position, though New England's biggest need is at left tackle after losing Nate Solder in free agency. "He's played left tackle in the best conference in America," said Scarnecchia. "We're going to take a look at it and see how it goes." Wynn will miss the early part of OTAs while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 2:15 PM

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is expected to participate in the team's upcoming OTAs.

Mitchell showed flashes as a rookie in 2016 (32 catches, 401 yards, four touchdowns) but spent all of last year on injured reserve with a knee injury. Even if Mitchell stays healthy, he's unlikely to carry much fantasy weight with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan occupying most of New England's targets.
May 11 - 1:16 PM

Patriots LG Joe Thuney will undergo foot surgery.

The surgery is reportedly minor and will not affect his availability for the regular season, but he will sit out the offseason program and could be limited in training camp. A third-round pick in 2016, Thuney has been a mainstay at left guard for New England since entering the league. With big questions at left tackle, the Patriots need Thuney to be healthy.
Source: ESPN
May 10 - 9:44 AM

Patriots signed seventh-round QB Danny Etling to a four-year contract.

Etling will have to make quite an impression this summer to convince the Patriots to keep a third quarterback behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer. The LSU product has a ton of work to do with his mechanics and (in)accuracy.
May 9 - 12:08 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots are working on "tweaking" Rob Gronkowski's contract.

The Pats are apparently trying to "assuage" Gronk's reported grumbling with his deal, a displeasure that seemingly led to him considering retirement this offseason. Perhaps some easily-attainable bonuses will be in order.
May 7 - 2:39 PM

According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Mike Gillislee will be "fighting" for a roster spot this offseason.

Gillislee began last year as the Patriots' lead ball-carrier but faded quickly and was scarcely used down the stretch. He didn't log a single snap during New England's postseason run and now finds himself in danger of losing his roster spot. Dion Lewis left in free agency but the Patriots retooled their backfield by adding first-round pick Sony Michel as well as former 1,000-yard rusher Jeremy Hill. Michel, Rex Burkhead, pass-catcher James White and special teamer Brandon Bolden are all roster locks, leaving Gillislee and Hill to fight it out for the final running back spot. Even if Gillislee survives final cuts, he's unlikely to carry any fantasy significance.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 9:55 AM

Patriots OT Trent Brown could start at left tackle this season.

Brown primarily played right tackle with the 49ers since Joe Staley was the team's regular left tackle. With Nate Solder gone in free agency, Brown will likely start on Tom Brady's blindside, leaving Marcus Cannon as the team's primary right tackle. Patriots first-round pick Isaiah Wynn played tackle in college but is expected to move to guard, competing with incumbent LG Joe Thuney.
May 4 - 10:28 AM

Patriots declined WR Phillip Dorsett's 2019 team option.

Dorsett isn't higher than the No. 4 receiver on New England's crowded depth chart. He needs a strong training camp to avoid getting cut. The Patriots also declined fifth-year options on Malcolm Brown and Danny Shelton.
May 2 - 5:00 PM

Patriots declined DT Malcolm Brown's 2019 team option.

Brown was one of the better tackles in the league last season. He's also missed just three games to injury, so there wasn't much downside in picking up his option. The Patriots may try to extend Brown for lower than the $7 million he would have made in 2019.
May 2 - 4:45 PM

Patriots declined DT Danny Shelton's 2019 option.

New England traded a third-round pick for Shelton in March. He's coming off a solid 2017, but the Patriots don't view him as worth a $7 million salary. Shelton will play out the final year of his rookie deal and become a free agent this offseason.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 2 - 4:16 PM

When asked if he feels properly appreciated by the Patriots, Tom Brady responded "I plead the Fifth."

Brady was speaking with longtime confidant Jim Gray at the Milken Institute on Monday. After his eyebrow-raising comment, Brady went on to demur and qualify his original statement but made it abundantly clear he's not getting the love and appreciation he feels he deserves from hard-nosed coach Bill Belichick. "He’s not the easiest coach to play for, but he’s the best for me," Brady eventually said. After 2017 drama and offseason rumor that Brady could be retiring, the most successful duo in NFL history will be back for 2018, likely deep into the postseason.
May 1 - 2:47 PM

Patriots signed Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb.

Webb (5’9/202) was snubbed for a Combine invite despite graduating as the Commodores’ all-time leading rusher with a 931/4,178/32 line on the ground, managing just 4.5 yards per carry with 68 career catches. Webb showed he belonged in the NFL discussion with a 4.49 forty and 10-foot-2 broad jump at Vandy’s Pro Day, although his 7.15 three-cone time was a disappointment. Webb is a try-hard overachiever with just enough talent to hang around the NFL if he can earn snaps on special teams.
Apr 29 - 10:15 AM


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