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NESN's Doug Kyed reports the Patriots "have been in contact" with free agent RB Mike Gillislee.

Gillislee was let go at final cuts when the Patriots decided to keep Jeremy Hill instead. Both Hill and Rex Burkhead have since landed on injured reserve, however, opening a need at running back. It would not be surprising if this reunion happens.
Oct 8 - 9:45 AM

Free agent WR Jeremy Kerley worked out for the Patriots on Wednesday.

New England's top receiving options this year have been tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back James White and a ham sandwich. Jokes aside, the Patriots are desperate for play-makers on offense, though help may be on the way with Josh Gordon expected to debut this week and Julian Edelman eligible to return from suspension in Week 5. Kerley was let go by Buffalo earlier this month. He'll just be a depth option if he signs.
Sep 26 - 5:22 PM

Patriots released RB Kenjon Barner.

The 29-year-old lasted one week with the team. CB Cyrus Jones takes his spot.
Sep 19 - 10:17 AM

Patriots waived WR Corey Coleman.

They found an upgrade who goes by the name of Josh Gordon.
Sep 17 - 4:32 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are "getting close" to acquiring Josh Gordon.

Remain calm. Gordon to the Patriots would be a true dream outcome for those who took the Gordon plunge in the early/mid-rounds of their draft, but we should not lose sight of the fact that Gordon will be on extremely thin ice wherever he ends up. The Pats are known for giving players second chances. They're also known for immediately moving on when those players do not live up to their expectations. Either way, it's hard not to be giddy at the thought of Gordon catching passes from Tom Brady.
Sep 17 - 3:04 PM

Free agent WR Kenny Britt will work out for the Patriots on Monday.

Wide receiver has been a revolving door for New England following the offseason departures of Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks. Britt went to training camp with the Patriots this summer but was cut following a hamstring injury. Monday's scheduled workout would suggest Britt is nearing 100 percent. Even if the Pats decide to bring him back, the journeyman wideout won't be a fantasy consideration.
Sep 16 - 8:52 AM

Free agent RB Orleans Darkwa visited the Patriots Tuesday.

Free agent RB Charles Sims and WR Brandon Tate also worked out for New England Tuesday. The Patriots made a splash in the market already, signing former first-round pick Corey Coleman, WR Bennie Fowler, and RB Kenjon Barner to replace the lot of Riley McCarron, Chad Hansen, and Jeremy Hill (ACL, I.R.). It's surprising Darkwa hasn't found a home yet.
Sep 11 - 6:42 PM

Patriots waived WR Riley McCarron and WR Chad Hansen.

McCarron made his own bed, failing to catch his lone target and muffing a punt at the Patriots' 16-yard line in the team's Week 1 win over the Texans. Chad Hansen, recently claimed off waivers from the Jets, will also look for another team. Patriots receivers now include Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Matthew Slater.
Sep 10 - 5:48 PM

Free agent Corey Coleman visited the Patriots on Monday and will visit the Eagles on Tuesday.

Both teams have drastic needs at wideout, while the 2015 first-rounder is still only 24 years old. Coleman's career has been derailed by fluke hand injuries, though his attitude has also been a legitimate issue. Either spot would offer a dream shot at turning his career around, but Coleman will be in a "one strike and you're out"-type situation wherever he lands.
Sep 10 - 3:55 PM

Free agent WR Kendall Wright worked out for the Patriots on Wednesday.

RB Kenjon Barner, DB Quin Blanding, RB Matthew Dayes, WR Brandon Reilly, RB Aaron Ripkowski, LB Martrell Spaight and LB Anthony Winbush were also in attendance at Wednesday's workout. New England's pass-catching corps is unusually thin at the moment following the offseason departures of Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola along with Julian Edelman's PED suspension. Wright has never lived up to his first-round billing but he can still be a useful slot target, as he proved last year when he led the Bears in receiving yards. Even if New England passes, Wright should find a new home soon.
Sep 5 - 5:50 PM

Patriots waived WR Amara Darboh.

It is a bit of a surprise considering Darboh was just added off waivers on Sunday and the move leaves the Patriots with just four receivers on the active roster. It is possible New England hopes to slip Darboh onto the practice squad.
Sep 4 - 1:05 PM

Free agent TE Stephen Anderson worked out for the Patriots.

Anderson was waived at final cuts by the Texans. He does not offer much as a blocker, but Anderson can be a weapon in the passing game.
Sep 4 - 11:12 AM

Dolphins signed RB Brandon Bolden.

Bolden spent the last six seasons with the Patriots, but he was released at final cuts over the weekend. Like in New England, Bolden's primary role should be on special teams. C Travis Swanson was cut in a corresponding move.
Sep 4 - 10:56 AM

Saints signed RB Mike Gillislee to a one-year contract.

The Saints were always a foreseeable destination for Gillislee given that the club kept only Alvin Kamara and rookie Boston Scott in the backfield on their 53-man roster (that excludes Mark Ingram, who is serving a four-game PED suspension). Gillislee has scored 13 touchdowns over his last two seasons and makes for an ideal short-yardage complement to Kamara with Jonathan Williams and Terrance West now out of the picture. Although goal line touchdowns are now likely to be vultured by Gillislee, Kamara remains a projected workhorse until Ingram returns (and perhaps even when he's back).
Sep 2 - 6:08 PM

Bills claimed CB Ryan Lewis off waivers from the Patriots.

The Bills also raided P Corey Bojorquez from the Patriots' cuts. A second-year UDFA, Lewis made zero regular season appearances as a rookie.
Sep 2 - 12:57 PM

Patriots waived/released WR Riley McCarron, DL John Atkins, P Corey Bojorquez, OL Luke Bowanko, OL Cole Croston, RB Kenneth Farrow, OL James Ferentz, DL Trent Harris, OL Jason King, LB Harvey Langi, DL Eric Lee, WR K.J. Maye, DB A.J. Moore, FB Henry Poggi, OL Brian Schwenke, OL Matt Tobin, DB Damarius Travis, TE Will Tye, DL Vincent Valentine, RB Ralph Webb and CB Jomal Wiltz.

McCarron had been fighting for slot reps while Julian Edelman is suspended. His release is a bit surprising since he sat out Thursday's preseason finale. The Pats should look to stash the 2017 UDFA on the practice squad.
Sep 1 - 6:07 PM

Patriots released RB Brandon Bolden.

The Pats released Bolden at final cuts last year before re-signing him after Week 1 so that his salary was not guaranteed. It's possible they are repeating that maneuver this year. Bolden has long been a core special teamer in New England.
Sep 1 - 6:06 PM

Patriots released LB Marquis Flowers.

Flowers registered 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks over 283 defensive snaps for New England last season. He'll look to resurface as a backup/core special teamer.
Sep 1 - 4:13 PM

Patriots waived QB Danny Etling.

Etling humorously scored an 86-yard rushing touchdown in the Patriots' preseason finale but predictably showed little else. Etling is not an NFL-level thrower, but he will probably get the opportunity to develop on the practice squad.
Sep 1 - 3:25 PM

Patriots released RB Mike Gillislee.

Gillislee's release means Jeremy Hill has likely won a 53-man roster spot. Gillislee was a ballyhooed arrival last season and had a three-touchdown Week 1. He then did close to nothing the rest of the year, spending most of the second half as a healthy scratch. Gillislee is a one-trick pony who did not perform that trick up to coach Bill Belichick's standards. He will undoubtedly make the workout rounds and earn a flier elsewhere at some point in 2018.
Sep 1 - 2:18 PM

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