Player News - Patriots

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ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss considers LB David Harris a lock to make the 53-man roster.

New England didn't necessarily need Harris, but it will take him. He figures to play on run downs ahead of Shea McClellin, who will likely be saved for sub-packages and passing situations. Harris got $1.25 million guaranteed from the Patriots.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 9:13 AM

Patriots signed ILB David Harris, formerly of the Jets, to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Naturally. The Jets released their 10-year veteran and longest-tenured player earlier this month only to see him join big brother. Now 33, Harris isn't the player he once was, but he remains a serviceable two-down thumper on the inside and could fill the old Brandon Spikes role for the Patriots. But New England does have a crowded linebackers group led by Dont'a Hightower. Harris may compete for playing time with Shea McClellin, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy.
Jun 21 - 10:34 AM

Coach Bill Belichick came away impressed with Brandin Cooks' work ethic during the Patriots' offseason program.

"A transition for him (from New Orleans); he’s working hard to make it," Belichick said. "We’ll see how it goes when we get into a more competitive situation (in training camp), but he learns well. It looks like he’s been able to do some multiple things, but we’ll see how all of that transfers in training camp." Cooks' work ethic was never a concern in New Orleans, though he bristled at his inconsistent usage. That will remain a problem in New England.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 20 - 6:41 PM

Patriots second-year WR Malcolm Mitchell "was kept on the sidelines" throughout spring practices.

The Patriots are cognizant of Mitchell's extensive injury history and wanted to keep him out of harm's way by limiting his reps. Mitchell promised he'll be a full go for training camp. Mitchell showed potential by snagging 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, but there are too many mouths to feed in New England for him to have any real re-draft value.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 8:43 AM

The Patriots have given SS Pat Chung an additional $800,000 in incentives this season.

Chung already had $900,000 in incentives after signing a one-year, $5.7 million extension through 2018 in April, so the Patriots are simply rewarding and motivating Chung to keep up his good work. A 14-game starter last year, Chung is a major piece in coach Bill Belichick's gameplan against tight ends.
Jun 17 - 10:37 AM

Chris Hogan was routinely working as the No. 3 receiver in three-wide sets at minicamp.

It's not a surprise, but Malcolm Mitchell is also a quality receiver who should be in the mix for snaps behind Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman. Hogan appears to have a stranglehold on the gig for now and is coming off an impressive first season in New England after posting a 55-1,012-6 line including the playoffs. Hogan topped five targets in just one regular season game, however.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 9:52 AM

Jimmy Garoppolo is sitting out OTAs with a minor leg injury.

Garoppolo suffered the injury in last week's minicamp. There's been zero indication it's a long-term concern, but ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss has used it to highlight Garoppolo's unknown durability. He made it just six quarters as Tom Brady's fill-in last season before injuring his shoulder. Reiss said it was a topic of conversation amongst scouts over the offseason. Garoppolo remains a highly-intriguing prospect, but by most realistic measures remains a question mark.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 13 - 4:46 PM

Brandin Cooks has lined up all over the field at Patriots offseason practices.

Beat writer Jeff Howe notes Cooks lined up outside and in the slot, where he was particularly explosive and a mismatch on crossing patterns. Defensive backs simply couldn't hang with the speed demon. Cooks and Tom Brady also appear well-versed on fly patterns, and Cooks led all Patriots receivers with eight catches in the three practices open to the media. We've seen newcomers struggle to mesh with Brady in the past, but it's so far, so good for Cooks in New England. He may be their best playmaker since Randy Moss.
Jun 9 - 10:30 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Julian Edelman's two-year extension is worth $11 million, and includes $9 million in "total" guarantees.

The deal also includes $4 million in "reachable" incentives and a $5 million signing bonus. Even for a slot receiver, it's below market value, but 31-year-old Edelman will take the security in an organization that casts off its veterans at the first sign of aging. We're assuming the "total" guarantee includes Edelman's $3 million 2017 salary. Perhaps Edelman could have done better if he gambled on himself and hit the open market next offseason, but it seems like a solid deal for both sides.
Jun 8 - 6:09 PM

Patriots signed WR Julian Edelman to a two-year extension through 2019.

Edelman had been due $3 million in the final year of his contract. The terms of his extension are unknown. Now 31, Edelman caught 98 passes last season as he appeared in all 16 games for the first time since 2013. Edelman is annually amongst the league leaders in drops, but couldn't be more on the same page with Tom Brady. He's one of the league's most effective slot receivers.
Jun 8 - 4:21 PM

Patriots signed third-round DE Derek Rivers to a four-year contract.

A four-year starter for small-school Youngstown State, Rivers lit up the Missouri Valley Conference. An exceptional athlete, Rivers is someone who explodes off the ball and can drop back in coverage. His biggest concern is the huge leap in competition.
Jun 8 - 2:15 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo reports the Patriots and Julian Edelman are "moving toward" an extension that should be completed "in the next day or so."

The inside dynamo is headed into the final season of the four-year, $17 million deal he signed in 2014. Now 31, Edelman has a lengthy injury history and tons of competition for targets, but a near telepathic connection with Tom Brady. He also managed to play all 19 games last season. The Pats typically let veterans like Edelman walk, but he must be amenable to another team-friendly contract.
Jun 8 - 1:08 PM

Carl Brooks of the Boston Herald said Rex Burkhead "was easily one of the best offensive players on the field" during Wednesday's OTA practice.

Brooks added Burkhead "saw plenty of first-team reps." Burkhead's potential offensive role took a hit when the Patriots signed Mike Gillislee, but there is still a place for him if he shows up big during training camp. No matter his role on offense, Burkhead should be a key cog on special teams.
Jun 8 - 12:15 PM

Speaking about his Patriots future on Tuesday, contract-year QB Jimmy Garoppolo said he "entertains any possibility."

"I don’t know, like I said, I’m not really thinking about too much right now," Garoppolo said in true Patriots fashion. "There’s just so much going on with OTAs and training camp is right around the corner. That’s where my focus is. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess." "There" will be next offseason, where the Patriots will have to decide if they're going to franchise Garoppolo, sign him to an extension or let him walk. Either the tag or an extension will be unlikely if Tom Brady returns for 2018, though the fact that the Pats have kept Garoppolo this long ups the intrigue. It can't be said with certainty what the Patriots' 2018 quarterback room will look like.
Jun 6 - 3:40 PM

Jets released ILB David Harris.

The move wipes Harris' entire $6.5 million salary off the books. It comes five days after the Jets reacquired ILB Demario Davis from the Browns. Now 33, Harris has lost a step, but hasn't yet gone off the cliff. A 10-year veteran, Harris had been a starter for the Jets since his rookie year in 2007, making him the longest-tenured member of Gang Green. The Jets are gutting the AFC's worst roster.
Jun 6 - 1:55 PM


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