Player News - Patriots

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NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran doesn’t consider contract-year DE Trey Flowers a lock for an extension.

Flowers led New England's defensive front in snaps last season despite missing two games. He graded as a top-15 end at PFF, but the Patriots have multiple linemen on expiring deals after declining fifth-year options for Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton. There should be a strong market for Flowers if the Patriots let him walk.
Jul 14 - 2:20 PM

Mike Gillislee reported to spring work at 216 pounds after playing last season at 212.

It was a planned addition of pounds, and Gillislee is more muscular and feeling healthier after battling hamstring issues multiple times last year during training camp and in-season. Gillislee is competing with Jeremy Hill for the big-back job in New England, and RBs coach Ivan Fears said Gillislee will get the first crack at the gig. Only one of Gillislee or Hill will make the team.
Source: Mass Live
Jul 6 - 9:54 AM

Patriots DE Adrian Clayborn was a full participant at minicamp.

Clayborn pulled his quad muscle at OTAs, but he participated fully in June's mandatory workouts. Per the Boston Globe, Clayborn "turned heads and blockers" at pre-training camp workouts, "typically getting the jump on any tackles who were trying to keep him at bay." Especially up front, this year's Patriots defense looks far more talented on paper than last year's group.
Jul 4 - 3:10 AM

Julian Edelman's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied by the NFL.

He'll miss games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions, and Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski will handle most of the Weeks 1-4 receiving load, with Chris Hogan in the No. 1 wideout role. We may also see Rex Burkhead used frequently in the slot. Edelman's four-game ban still has a chance to render him a value in fantasy drafts. He should return immediately as a WR2 beginning in Week 5.
Jul 3 - 7:20 PM

The Patriots could ask TE Dwayne Allen for a pay cut.

Allen has two years and $12.4 million remaining on his contract. The Patriots can save $5 million from cutting Allen this year but don't have any strong in-house replacements for him, with Jacob Hollister, Troy Niklas, and Will Tye more pass-catching options. None of Allen's remaining money is guaranteed, so he should be open to a restructure.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 30 - 9:59 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss considers Rex Burkhead the favorite for goal-line work in New England this season.

Burkhead filled a similar role last season, finishing the year with eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) in only 10 games. First-round rookie Sony Michel will obviously be a big part of the Patriots' running attack but he'll need to prove himself to the coaching staff first, particularly after struggling with ball security at times in college (12 fumbles at Georgia). James White will be the Pats' primary back on passing downs while Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill both find themselves on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 4:17 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Jordan Matthews to "emerge in some form" during Julian Edelman's four-game suspension.

Matthews would be a logical replacement as he and Edelman are both primarily slot receivers. The 25-year-old struggled while battling injuries in Buffalo last year but should benefit from a change of scenery. Catching balls from the greatest quarterback who ever lived also won't hurt. Matthews carries some appeal as a late-round flyer, particularly in PPR formats.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 3:54 PM

Julian Edelman's appeal of his four-game PED suspension is scheduled for Monday.

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Edelman plans to argue the suspension should be thrown out because the NFL mishandled his results. As MMQB reported last week, the league's testers also could not identify the substance which triggered a positive test. The most likely outcome remains Edelman serving the four-game ban, but he seems to have a better chance than most to get the decision overturned.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 9:03 AM

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is unsure if he'll be ready for training camp.

Mitchell was held out of offseason workouts. He's over a year removed from his knee injury, so it's possible the Patriots have just been moving him slowly. With Julian Edelman suspended, Mitchell is competing for a role in four-wide sets.
Jun 23 - 4:17 PM

Patriots signed first-round OL Isaiah Wynn to a four-year contract.

As with all first-round picks, Wynn's contract includes a fifth-year team option. The 23rd overall pick in April's draft has experience at both guard and tackle but figures to begin his career at left guard. First-round RB Sony Michel remains as New England's only unsigned draft pick.
Jun 22 - 4:17 PM

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Patriots are likely to give OT Trent Brown "first crack" at left tackle.

Brown will enter training camp as the favorite to replace Nate Solder on Tom Brady's blind side. First-rounder Isaiah Wynn, who played both tackle and guard during his tenure at Georgia, is penciled in at left guard with David Andrews (center), Shaq Mason (right guard) and Marcus Cannon (right tackle) filling out the rest of New England's O line. That leaves Joe Thuney as the odd man out.
Jun 17 - 11:08 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Patriots RG Shaq Mason to command more than $10 million annually on his next contract.

Reiss suggested Mason, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, could land a deal similar to the five-year, $66.5 million pact Andrew Norwell signed with Jacksonville this offseason. If Reiss is correct in his assessment of Mason's value, there's a good chance the former Georgia Yellow Jacket will be playing elsewhere in 2019.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 9:31 AM

Patriots signed LS Joe Cardona to a four-year contract extension through 2022.

The Patriots actually used a fifth-round pick on Cardona in 2015. Analytics on snapping the ball a longer distance than it is usually snapped are scarce, but Cardona must be quite adept at it.
Jun 14 - 7:34 PM

Patriots signed FB James Develin to a two-year, $3.8 million extension through 2020.

The Pats' lead blocker, Develin played 344 solid snaps last season. He also matched his career-high with six receptions. Develin turns 30 in July.
Jun 14 - 1:58 PM

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, Rex Burkhead and James White have been handling the "majority of the first-team reps" this spring.

No. 31 overall pick Sony Michel has been right behind them, however, and Kyed says it wouldn’t be surprising to see the rookie surpass both Burkhead and White prior to Week 1. Burkhead inked a new three-year deal in March but had injury issues in his first season with New England. In true Patriots fashion, we expect all three backs to be involved week-to-week.
Source: NESN
Jun 13 - 10:54 AM


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