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Colts hired Patriots assistant special teams coach Raymond Ventrone as special teams coordinator.

Indy was at least able to lure one coach out of Foxboro. "Bubba" was a dynamic special teamer in his playing days, which spanned nearly a decade, and jumped right into a coaching gig with New England in 2015.
Feb 16 - 9:35 AM

The Broncos can save $11 million in salary cap space by releasing CB Aqib Talib.

The Broncos had originally hoped to trade Talib, but general managers quizzed on the subject during January's Senior Bowl predicted Talib would eventually be released. If Talib does hit the free agent market, the Patriots are expected to show interest while allowing free agent Malcolm Butler to walk.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 10 - 7:55 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports Ohio State DC Greg Schiano is not leaving to join the Patriots.

Schiano has been linked to New England as outgoing DC Matt Patricia's replacement. Perhaps the Patriots will now turn to in-house LBs coach Brian Flores.
Feb 7 - 10:50 AM

Lions hired Patriots DC Matt Patricia as head coach.

A Patriots assistant since 2004, Patricia had coordinated the defense since 2012. He's being hired by GM Bob Quinn, who overlapped with Patricia for 11 years in New England. Thanks in part to his aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Patricia arrives with a reputation for being cerebral. Part of that is just the afterglow of coaching under Bill Belichick, who is famously adaptable/multiple on defense. Only 43 years old, Patricia is the latest in a long line of ex-Pats tasked with building a Belichick clone. The Lions haven't won a playoff game since the 1991 season.
Feb 5 - 3:02 PM

According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports 1, Ohio State DC Greg Schiano hasn't decided whether he'll accept the Patriots' defensive coordinator position.

Multiple outlets have reported that Schiano is expected to replace Matt Patricia as New England's DC but Feldman cautions that it's not a done deal. The job is Schiano's to lose but perhaps he's having second thoughts with so much uncertainty surrounding the Patriots. If he does accept the job, it will be Schiano's first NFL gig since being let go by the Buccaneers following the 2013 campaign.
Feb 5 - 11:11 AM

NBC Sports' Gary Tanguay reports the Patriots are expected to interview Greg Schiano for their defensive coordinator vacancy after the season.

Incumbent DC Matt Patricia will be the Lions' head coach, and highly-regarded LBs coach Brian Flores may not be ready for coordinator duties. Schiano is currently Urban Meyer's defensive coordinator at Ohio State, and remains well thought of in the coaching community. He has a long history with Bill Belichick.
Feb 1 - 10:53 PM

Free agent James Harrison is visiting the Patriots on Tuesday.

This was one of the risks the Steelers were running when they cut Harrison loose. It's tempting to view Harrison's visit through the typical cloak-and-dagger Patriots lens, but the visit makes sense for football reasons. The Pats have needed pass-rushing help all year. 39-year-old Harrison barely saw the field in Pittsburgh, but he's worth a flier in the Patriots' situation.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 02:01:00 PM

49ers claimed DE Cassius Marsh off waivers from the Patriots.

It took Marsh roughly 24 hours to resurface after being let go by New England on Tuesday. The Niners are his third team in less than two months. Marsh holds PFF's worst grade among 4-3 defensive ends this season.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Patriots waived DE Cassius Marsh.

DE Eric Lee was signed in a corresponding roster move. Acquired from the Seahawks before Week 1, Marsh played 266 snaps over nine games, making one start. He tallied one sack. The No. 108 overall pick of the 2014 draft by the Seahawks, Marsh turned 25 in July.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Free agent QB Brian Hoyer is visiting the Patriots on Wednesday.

Hoyer, of course, began his career in New England as a Tom Brady backup. New England traded No. 2 QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers on Monday, costing Hoyer his job. Hoyer was actually originally part of the trade coming back to the Patriots, but the money was an issue. He's fully expected to sign with the Patriots on Wednesday and slide in as Brady's rest-of-season backup.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 09:57:00 AM

49ers acquired QB Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick.

Coach Kyle Shanahan gets his quarterback, and the Patriots get something for Garoppolo in the final year of his contract. Tom Brady has shown no signs of slowing down and wants to keep playing for multiple years, making it pretty much impossible to keep Garoppolo in New England at a much higher salary only for him to continue to hold the clipboard as the No. 2. The Patriots have traded both backup quarterbacks in the past two months, first sending Jacoby Brissett to Indy. In San Francisco, Garoppolo may need some time to pick up the offense, but he'll start as soon as he's ready. Rookie C.J. Beathard has been a complete disaster in two starts after replacing a benched Brian Hoyer. This very likely puts the Niners out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes this offseason.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 08:28:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha is a name to "keep an eye on" as we close in on the trade deadline.

A 2015 second-round pick, Kikaha recorded four sacks as a rookie but suffered a torn ACL in his left knee for the third time and missed all of 2016. He has played 82 rotational snaps this season and has two sacks to show for it. Kikaha could bring back a late-round pick for a pass rush-needy team, but wouldn't fetch more than that. NESN's Doug Kyed mentions the Patriots as a possibility.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 10:32:00 AM

Free agent Will Tye was seen at the Patriots' facility on Wednesday.

He was joined by undrafted rookie Evan Baylis. It would be classic Patriots for Bill Belichick to sign Tye, who played with the Jets earlier this year, with a game against the Jets on Sunday. Tye's presence can't be a good sign for backup tight end Dwayne Allen, who has yet to catch a pass this season.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Free agent Lamarr Houston worked out for the Patriots.

Houston has been making the rounds after visiting the Saints this week. Released from Chicago with an injury settlement in early September, Houston should be close to fully recovered from his knee issues. The Patriots have a 4-3 based scheme, but may view Houston as a fit in the old Rob Ninkovich role.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 06:14:00 PM

Patriots worked out free agent WR Kenny Lawler.

They also had in WRs River Cracraft and Nelson Spruce for the workout. It is not surprising the Patriots are turning over every leaf with the current state of their receiver corps, but it is unlikely any of these guys make a fantasy impact.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 11:43:00 AM

Cardinals signed RB/WR D.J. Foster off the Patriots' practice squad.

It's an acknowledgement that David Johnson is headed to I.R. Foster is a tailback-receiver hybrid with experience in the slot and running the ball, which makes him similar to current Cardinals RB Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams to a slightly lesser extent. Injured rookie T.J. Logan also fits this player mold. Foster will be brought in to practice and learn the offense, and whether he gets to dress on game days will be determined by how he performs behind closed doors. Williams and Ellington remain the best two waiver-wire grabs in the Cardinals' backfield.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 04:42:00 PM

The Patriots worked out free agent QB Matt Barkley on Friday.

They also worked out David Fales and Matt McGloin. The Patriots are down to two quarterbacks after trading Jacoby Brissett to Indianapolis prior to final cuts last week. Barkley spent the summer with San Francisco but ultimately lost the backup role to third-round rookie C.J. Beathard.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 03:19:00 PM

Free agent WR Marquess Wilson will work out for the Patriots on Friday.

New England struggled to move the ball without Julian Edelman on Thursday night and could be down another receiver with Danny Amendola now in the concussion protocol. Wilson showed flashes during his time with the Bears but has rarely been able to stay healthy. Even if the Patriots sign him, it's unlikely he'd carry much fantasy weight.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:15:00 PM

Free agent OLB Akeem Ayers worked out for the Patriots.

It's the first team Ayers has been connected to since his Colts release. Ayers played for the Patriots in 2014 and knows New England's scheme. He would be a veteran depth signing.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 06:10:00 PM

Bills claimed OT Conor McDermott off waivers from the Patriots.

McDermott joined the Patriots as a sixth-round pick this offseason but didn't make it out of training camp. He gives Buffalo some depth at tackle with Seantrel Henderson still serving a suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 12:55:00 PM


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