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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

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots are out on free agent QB Johnny Manziel.

The Patriots brought a scout to Manziel's Pro Day at the University of San Diego and it appeared the team had genuine interest in bringing in the former Heisman Trophy winner for an additional workout. But that ship sailed as soon as New England used a seventh-round pick on LSU signal-caller Danny Etling. The 25-year-old has the CFL to fall back on if he doesn't get another shot in the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 8:56 AM

Patriots waived OT Antonio Garcia.

He was cut with a non-football injury designation. It's a stunner as Garcia was under consideration to replace Nate Solder at left tackle. The Patriots traded up to snag Garcia in the third round of last year's draft but he never saw the field in New England, missing his entire rookie season while battling blood clots in his lungs. The 24-year-old is finally healthy but needs to gain back weight after losing 40 pounds during his illness. Despite his health issues, it shouldn't take Garcia long to resurface.
May 11 - 1:24 PM

Free agent DT Ra'Shede Hageman worked out for the Patriots.

Hageman was cut from Atlanta and spent 2017 out of the league after getting hit with a six-game suspension. The Patriots are the first team that's been linked to him this offseason. A former second-round pick, Hageman could land a non-guaranteed deal as a veteran flyer.
May 9 - 5:00 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss confirms the team was interested in Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process.

Per Reiss, the Pats requested a meeting with Mayfield's agent, but he turned it down on account of the Pats having just the No. 31 pick. Once the Pats acquired the Rams' selection at No. 23, Mayfield's rep gave the go ahead. He met with OC Josh McDaniels the Monday before the draft. Ultimately, the Pats didn't select a quarterback until the seventh round, LSU non-spect Danny Etling.
Source: ESPN.com
May 1 - 4:16 PM

Baker Mayfield's agent says he was informed during the pre-draft process that the Patriots considered moving up to No. 2 to select his client.

The plan would have, of course, been contingent on the Browns passing on Mayfield at No. 1. The Patriots were connected to collegiate quarterbacks throughout the spring, most notably Louisville's Lamar Jackson. The Pats had two first-round selections, but at Nos. 23 and 31, they weren't the kind of ammunition that would get you into the top five. The Pats would have had to sell the farm to even have a chance at making the necessary move for Mayfield, and even then it might not have been enough. The takeaways are that the league loves Mayfield and that the Pats are aggressively looking to life beyond Tom Brady.
May 1 - 1:24 PM

Browns traded up with the Patriots to select Florida WR Antonio Callaway with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Browns gave up the Nos. 114 and 178 picks to move up nine spots. Callaway (5’11/200) exploded onto the scene with 89/1,399/15.7/7 receiving and three special teams return TDs as a true freshman and sophomore before sitting out the entire 2017 season for multiple suspensions stemming from marijuana possession, credit-card fraud, and multiple other drug issues. On tape, Callaway looks like a young Santonio Holmes, and he blazed a 4.41 forty in Indy. Unfortunately, he also failed a drug test at the Combine. Multiple scouts suggested before the draft Callaway was this year’s most-talented receiver. He should put heat on Corey Coleman for the Browns' third wideout job behind Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry right away.
Apr 28 - 12:24 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Patriots are talking to the 49ers about a possible trade involving San Francisco RT Trent Brown.

After the Niners picked OT Mike McGlinchey No. 9 overall Thursday night, they have Pro Bowl LT Joe Staley on one side and McGlinchey on the right until Staley is ready to hang up the cleats. 25-year-old Brown started all 10 games he appeared in last season, grading out really well as a pass blocker at Pro Football Focus. But he suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder and needed surgery in December, requiring 5-6 months of rehab. Brown has one year left on his deal.
Apr 27 - 9:40 AM

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports the Patriots have been "all over" Arkansas G/C Frank Ragnow.

The Patriots have a bigger need at tackle than on the interior, but perhaps they believe Ragnow would be too good to pass up at No. 23. Ragnow seems all but certain to hear his name called on Thursday evening.
Apr 26 - 2:01 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots' interest in Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is "legit."

Jackson had two separate workouts with the Patriots this draft season, holding a private one in South Florida with OC Josh McDaniels and then visiting the organization on a top-30 visit in Foxboro. The Patriots, holding pick Nos. 23 and 31 in the first round, probably aren't going to have the desired firepower to move up to the top 10 of the draft, so they could be eyeing second-tier passers like Jackson and Mason Rudolph in the second half of the first round. Still, New England would probably have to come up some to take Jackson.
Apr 25 - 1:22 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Louisville QB Lamar Jackson had a top-30 visit with the Patriots.

It is interesting because the Patriots both need a developmental quarterback behind Tom Brady and have two picks at the end of the first round, Nos. 23 and 31. Expected to be selected in the first 20 picks, Jackson might not fall to New England, but they have the firepower to move up and get him if they are interested. Jackson also visited the Ravens last week.
Apr 23 - 8:45 AM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports the Patriots expect both Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady to play in 2018.

A source with "knowledge of the situation" told Florio the Patriots are expecting both stars to return for this upcoming season. More importantly, what appeared to be a non-story all along is slowly being unveiled as such. Brady never indicated he was considering retirement and had even planned normal off-site offseason workouts with his fellow teammates. The Athletic's Jeff Howe also recently reported Gronk told members of his inner circle he's strayed from voluntary workouts because "he's happy living life and generally just taking a little extra time away." Both are expected to be full participants when New England opens training camp in July.
Apr 22 - 4:03 PM

Rob Gronkowski won't participate in the Patriots' offseason workouts.

When asked if he'll participate in the team's voluntary workouts, Gronk said he won't because he's "got dirt-biking skills to work on." He also candidly mentioned the Patriots will see a "freek-a-leek" when he comes back, perhaps hinting he'll be a participant in camp. Team workouts are completely optional, but the 28-year-old will miss out on a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018.
Apr 21 - 12:42 PM

Ex-Jaguars and Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney has given up football to try for a major-league baseball career.

Gaffney had some promising preseasons in the NFL, but he couldn't stay healthy. At age 26, he's trying his hand as an outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization. "My dream has been the big leagues my whole life," Gaffney said. "I think I've been tasting that every time I was hurt. You have time to think about things like that. So now I'm here, putting in my work." A multi-sport star at Stanford, Gaffney doubled as a college baseball and football player and was drafted in the 24th round by the Pirates in 2012.
Source: MLB.com
Apr 20 - 2:37 PM

NESN's Doug Kyed reports the Patriots have "expressed interest" in UCLA QB Josh Rosen.

It's a virtual lock the Patriots are going to use some of their four first- and second-round picks -- or package multiple together -- to pick a passer, and Rosen seems to be the one falling the most in recent mock drafts. He's no sure thing to go in the top 10, but Rosen should be off the board in the top half of the first round. New England would have to move up for Rosen, and it holds the Nos. 23, 31, 43, and 63 overall picks in rounds one and two.
Source: NESN
Apr 18 - 2:38 PM

James Harrison announced his retirement after 16 seasons in the league.

The seemingly immortal pass rusher finished up his career in New England and spent a year with the Bengals, but he will be remembered for his 14 seasons with the Steelers. Those Pittsburgh years resulted in two Super Bowl victories including his iconic 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl 43 and Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008. Harrison is the only undrafted free agent to ever win the DPoY award. He finishes his career with 84.5 regular season sacks and another 11 in the playoffs. Harrison will have a case for the Hall of Fame when he is eligible.
Apr 16 - 8:11 AM

Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of New England's offseason program Monday.

Tom Brady won't be present at the start of New England's program either as he's on a business trip in Qatar. Schefter continues that Gronkowski is still considering whether to play this upcoming season, and has had "good communication" with the Patriots. Gronk reportedly told friends at one point during the 2017 season he was "likely to retire" but ESPN's Jeff Darlington has since noted the 28-year-old is "pretty certain" he'll return. Sources also told Darlington that any "friction" between Gronkowski and head coach Bill Belichick should ease once the tight end fully commits to football again.
Apr 15 - 3:30 PM

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has been "increasingly tied" to the Patriots.

The Patriots are in the market for a quarterback with two late first-round picks. Rudolph was in New England for a top-30 visit and fits the profile Bill Belichick looks for in a Tom Brady backup. With five quarterbacks expected to go on Day 1, the Patriots may ultimately be targeting Rudolph with their early second-round pick.
Apr 14 - 3:06 PM

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reports "the Patriots are the team most interested" in Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Freeman adds Jackson's "popularity" is "rapidly" increasing around the league, and the quarterback has impressed teams "with his intelligence and football acumen." Based on the buzz, Jackson appears to be a lock for the first round, and it does not seem likely he falls to New England at No. 23 overall. With four of the first 63 picks, however, the Patriots have the ammo to move up if they so choose. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph could also be an option as New England looks for its next quarterback of the future.
Apr 12 - 9:35 AM


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