Player News - Patriots

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According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, the "expectation" is Mike Gillislee will "essentially fill LeGarrette Blount's role" in the Patriots' offense.

Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (18) and finished second in the league in carries (299), so this would be a huge win for Gillislee's fantasy outlook. Reiss considers Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White "locks" to make the roster, with Dion Lewis "rounding out the top four slots on the running back depth chart." Over the past two offseasons, the Patriots have pried Gillislee, Stephon Gilmore, and Chris Hogan from the division-rival Bills.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 24 - 5:08 PM

Bills declined to match RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet, making Gillislee a New England Patriot.

Because Gillislee was a restricted free agent tendered at the original-round level, and was originally drafted in the fifth round, the Bills will get the Patriots' fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall). Albeit in limited duty behind a strong Bills run-blocking line and with a dual-threat quarterback to help free up running lanes, Gillislee was one of the most efficient per-play backs in football last season, averaging 5.71 yards per carry with nine all-purpose touchdowns. He will compete for snaps with Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. James White is locked in as New England's primary passing-game specialist.
Apr 24 - 4:01 PM

According to MMQB's Peter King, the Saints are "leaning toward" keeping their first three picks rather than trading one or more for Malcolm Butler.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11, 32, and 42 picks in the top first round-and-a-half of action this coming weekend. They also have picks 76 and 103, making that five selections in the first two days of the draft. The thinking has been that New Orleans would part with No. 32 to land Butler, but King reports the Saints value the top-75 of their draft board and would prefer to use those picks rather than surrender one or more for Butler and then have to sign him to a massive deal.
Source: MMQB
Apr 24 - 9:51 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reiterated Sunday that a Jimmy Garoppolo trade is "not happening."

Schefter doesn't miss, and he has been adamant about this one for months. He acknowledged Garoppolo's name "continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation" amongst the media, but resolutely tweeted Garoppolo "isn't going anywhere." After Garoppolo spends another year backing up Tom Brady, perhaps the Patriots will consider franchise tagging Jimmy G next offseason and using him as a trade chip then -- assuming Brady shows no signs of decline at age 40. It's what they did with Matt Cassel after the 2009 season.
Apr 23 - 6:51 PM

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald considers it a "long shot" that the Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo before or during next week's draft.

The Browns are still gunning for Garoppolo but the Patriots don't seem to have much interest in dealing their backup quarterback. With Tom Brady planning to play several more years, it's puzzling that New England would allow Garoppolo to leave in free agency without pursuing a trade. If Garoppolo does find his way to Cleveland, the Patriots would likely draft a quarterback as insurance for Brady, who turns 40 in August.
Apr 23 - 11:22 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, if the Patriots trade Malcolm Butler to the Saints, "this is the week for it to happen."

Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the No. 32 overall pick (which they received from the Patriots in last month's Brandin Cooks trade) or No. 42 and another pick with New England throwing in a late-rounder. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't have any qualms" in keeping Butler around at his $3.91 million salary. Butler was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016 and graded out as PFF's No. 5 corner out of 119 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 8:57 AM

The Bills have until Monday to match the Patriots' two-year, $6.4 million offer to RFA Mike Gillislee.

The Bills immediately bowed out when Chris Hogan signed an offer sheet with New England last offseason, but that hasn't happened this time around. ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss says his "gut feeling" is that Buffalo will match the offer, though he expects the Bills to "take this right up to the deadline." The Bills would net a fifth-round pick if Gillislee winds up in Foxboro.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 9:54 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Patriots and Saints continue to haggle over compensation in a potential Malcolm Butler trade.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11 and 32 picks in the first round, with the second first-rounder via the Patriots in the Brandin Cooks trade. New Orleans is desperate for defensive back help and would love to have Butler, but this draft is considered strong for cornerbacks, and the Saints may simply opt to use the picks on younger cover men rather than buckling at the Patriots' demands.
Apr 21 - 11:42 AM

The Super Bowl champion Patriots will host the Chiefs in the 2017 season's opening game on Thursday Sept. 7.

It's a matchup of two great teams, but lacks the punch of last year's Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Panthers. Speaking of Super Bowl rematches, the Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7. That game will be played on Sunday Night Football. It's 141 days until we kick off the season with Alex Smith in primetime.
Apr 20 - 8:02 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said the team is not "planning" to trade for a quarterback.

Linked with Jimmy Garoppolo and AJ McCarron at various points this offseason, it now looks like the Browns are content to see what happens in the draft, but Brown did leave the door open for a trade. "Could we in theory? Yes," Brown said. "But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No." Despite those comments, a trade up from No. 12 to land UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky seems more likely.
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Patriots signed RB James White to a three-year extension through 2020.

The news comes the same day the Patriots signed Bills RFA Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet. With Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis already in tow, the Pats are planning on a seriously crowded running back room. Of course, White has been treated more as a pass catcher than runner the past two seasons, notching 39 more receptions than carries (100-61). White caught a ridiculous 14 balls in the Pats' Super Bowl comeback. Seemingly moving on from LeGarrette Blount, the Pats want an efficient, versatile backfield where backs can create mismatches in the passing game. White's fantasy value should remain borderline in 2017.
Apr 18 - 7:00 PM

CSN New England reports Malcolm Butler has "no intention" of participating in the Patriots' voluntary workouts.

Butler signed his RFA tender on Tuesday, but is still waiting on a potential trade. Reports have had talks as remaining open. The saga should be settled by the end of the draft.
Apr 18 - 6:02 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio didn't slam the door on a possible trade of Jimmy Garoppolo.

"Anything that we do, we're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team, and that's how we approach it," Caserio said amongst an avalanche of completely useless Patsspeak. It's never made sense for the Pats to categorically close the door on a trade since keeping Garoppolo beyond 2017 would likely require the franchise tag. With draft week nearly here, we should soon know Garoppolo's 2017 status once and for all.
Apr 18 - 5:36 PM

Patriots re-signed CB Malcolm Butler to a one-year, $3.91 million contract.

Per ESPN's Field Yates, a trade is "still on the table." Butler has been in a stare-down with the Pats, who have been in a stare-down with the Saints. Signing his tender now is more of a formality, as the deadline is Friday. Next Thursday, Day 1 of the draft, should function as a soft deadline in trade talks. Butler was one of the league's best corners last season.
Apr 18 - 4:46 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Bills are unlikely to match New England's two-year, $6.4 million offer for RFA Mike Gillislee.

Yikes. It means the Bills are likely to lose an RFA to the Patriots for the second straight year after 2016's Chris Hogan deal. An extremely valuable backup behind LeSean McCoy, Gillislee could have been tendered at the second-round level for just $1 million more. As it stands, Gillislee will net the Bills a fifth-rounder if they indeed can't match.
Apr 18 - 2:47 PM


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