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Patriots RB Jeremy Hill was being used ahead of RB Mike Gillislee at camp Sunday.

Considered to have equal roles when camp initially opened, Hill has seemingly buoyed his 11-51-1 performance in Thursday's preseason opener into reps ahead of Gillislee. With Rex Burkhead battling an unspecified injury and Sony Michel (knee) still out, Hill has suddenly entered the picture as the Patriots' true No. 3 back behind the former two. James White will remain New England's passing and third-down back.
Aug 12 - 6:12 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Ravens and Patriots remain interested in free agent Bashaud Breeland.

Breeland left both visits without a deal but expects follow-ups this weekend. The Raiders are also still keeping tabs on Breeland. Money has been holding up Breeland talks to this point, but he looks close to signing.
Aug 10 - 6:02 PM

Patriots RB Jeremy Hill finished with 11 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Redskins.

He also caught two passes for 14 yards. Hill has notoriously been competing for a roster spot with teammate Mike Gillislee throughout camp, but it was Hill who shined brightest Thursday. Gillislee slugged his way to a 14-43 rushing line (3.0 YPC) while undrafted free agent Ralph Webb mopped up the Redskins' fourth-string for 14-46-2 and two two-point conversions. As it stands, Hill is the clear-cut No. 3 behind Rex Burkhead and No. 31 overall pick Sony Michel.
Aug 10 - 12:07 AM

Patriots released WR Jordan Matthews with an injury settlement.

Matthews was reportedly dealing with a "significant" hamstring injury when he landed on injured reserve on August 1. He will now be free to sign elsewhere once/if he gets healthy. Injuries have completely derailed the former No. 42 overall pick's once-promising career.
Aug 7 - 5:42 PM

Free agent Bashaud Breeland worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday.

The Pats have been doing their due diligence on cornerbacks of late. The Pats are always one of the league's most aggressive teams in terms of working out available talent. Breeland visited the Ravens late last month. He has also visited the Colts, Browns, Raiders and Chiefs this summer. So far, the league isn't willing to pay Breeland what he's asking for.
Aug 7 - 3:43 PM

Patriots waived WR Malcolm Mitchell.

Unusually hyped for a fourth-round pick in 2016, Mitchell caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns in a promising rookie season. He went 6/70 in the Pats' Super Bowl LI victory. Knee issues — which were the reason he fell in the draft — have kept him sidelined since, however, and it's unclear when he might be healthy enough to contribute. The fact that the receiver-needy Pats are pulling the plug now is not a great sign for Mitchell's NFL future. He turned 25 in July. A second chance will be about first finding a team that will give Mitchell a passing physical.
Aug 6 - 1:37 PM

Eric Decker is listed ahead of Kenny Britt on the Patriots' first unofficial depth chart.

It's a surprise given that Decker joined New England only 48 hours ago. Although he's currently listed ahead of Britt as the team's No. 3 receiver, Decker's one-year deal with the Patriots includes just $75,000 in guaranteed money and doesn't make him a virtual lock to land on the 53-man roster. Malcolm Mitchell is listed as the other starter behind Chris Hogan.
Aug 5 - 1:37 PM

Rex Burkhead is listed ahead of rookie Sony Michel on the Patriots' first unofficial depth chart.

Burkhead was always going to play an integral role in New England's offensive game plan and being listed as the team's starting back only confirms that notion. James White is listed as the other starter with free agent acquisition Jeremy Hill slotting in as No. 3 ahead of Mike Gillislee. Whether Michel (knee) is ready to go in Week 1 or not, Burkhead's seventh-round ADP is sure to skyrocket in the coming weeks.
Aug 5 - 1:22 PM

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell returned to camp Saturday.

Mitchell wore full pads to the field but did not practice Saturday. It's a huge development given that he's long battled knee problems and has been a rumored release candidate following a "procedure" just last month. If Mitchell is able to return to practice this upcoming week, it would be an enormous step in the right direction for a Pats receiving corps that recently released Jordan Matthews (hamstring) and will be without Julian Edelman for the first four regular season games.
Aug 4 - 11:35 AM

Free agent WR Cobi Hamilton worked out for the Patriots on Friday.

The Patriots added Eric Decker to their pass-catching corps earlier this week and could be looking for more depth at that position with slot Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season. Hamilton appeared in three games for Houston last year, amassing one catch for eight yards on six targets. The 27-year-old would just be a camp body.
Aug 3 - 1:35 PM

Patriots released WR Jordan Matthews.

Matthews suffered a "significant" hamstring injury on Sunday and has been sidelined ever since. The Patriots were deciding between either releasing him or sending Matthews to I.R. and chose the former. Injuries have crippled Matthews' career, and the Patriots are again/remain in the market for a wideout.
Aug 1 - 12:36 PM

ESPN's Field Yates reports free agent Eric Decker worked out for the Patriots on Monday.

The Pats are injury depleted in their receiver corps. Speaking in a June radio interview, Decker said he would "love" to play for the Pats. Decker was drafted by OC Josh McDaniels in Denver. Now 31, Decker was horrendous last season, but if he was going to bounce back, New England would be an ideal spot.
Jul 31 - 4:34 PM

Patriots released TE Troy Niklas.

His roster spot has been absorbed by WR Paul Turner. There was some thought that Niklas could challenge Dwayne Allen for the backup tight end position this year, though obviously that didn't materialize. Primarily a blocking tight end, the 25-year-old has logged just 19 career catches over four seasons.
Jul 27 - 4:20 PM

Patriots waived S David Jones.

Jones signed with New England as an undrafted free agent last year before spending the season on the practice squad. A college playmaker with good measurables, Jones could get another shot.
Jul 23 - 8:30 AM

Former Jets, Bucs, Patriots, and Chiefs CB Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

The former No. 14 overall pick in the 2007 draft, Revis was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro pick. Revis turned 33 last weekend and spent eight seasons with the Jets across two stints and spent one each with the Bucs, Patriots, and Chiefs, winning Super Bowl 49 with New England. Revis picked off 29 career passes, but quarterbacks were so afraid to throw at "Revis Island" during his initial six-year stint with the Jets. He's a lock for the Hall of Fame and will likely see his name in the Jets' Ring of Honor.
Jul 18 - 10:51 AM

Free agent WR Eric Decker "would love" to play for the Patriots.

Decker is 31 years old and has been greeted with a cold market after a bad 2017 in Tennessee. He dropped too many passes but also played in an unimaginative offense. Decker ended the year strong with a good playoffs and was drafted in Denver by now-Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. Unfortunately for Decker, the Pats already have plenty of slot-capable wideouts on hand.
Jun 20 - 1:05 PM

Free agent QB Christian Hackenberg visited the Patriots on Thursday.

With minicamp over, coach Bill Belichick is trolling the football world. The Patriots drafted a Hackenberg-ian talent in seventh-rounder Danny Etling. Hack would be a camp arm if he ended up in New England.
Jun 14 - 3:40 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss doesn't expect the Patriots to sign free agent Dez Bryant.

With Julian Edelman suspended, the Patriots are down their top receiver for the first month of the season, but are expected to stay in-house to fill Edelman's targets. Bryant's free-agent market has been dead since turning down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April. He's waiting for training camp to sign with a team.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 9 - 6:16 PM

Patriots waived WR Chris Lacy.

The Patriots needed to clear a roster spot for OG Jason King. Lacy lasted just two weeks in New England after going undrafted out of Oklahoma State. He was always a long shot to make the team with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and Phillip Dorsett blocking him at wide receiver. Look for him to catch on elsewhere as camp depth.
May 18 - 2:58 PM

Jets claimed OT Antonio Garcia off waivers from the Patriots.

The 85th overall pick in last year's draft, Garcia missed his entire rookie season with blood clots in his lungs, then was cut by the Pats with a non-football injury designation late last week. Garcia is a worthy flyer as a 24-year-old left tackle prospect, but he'll ultimately be a long shot with the Jets.
May 14 - 5:39 PM


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