Player News - Patriots

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Tom Brady has until May 23 to appeal the latest ruling in the Deflategate case.

Neat. Brady has numerous options, including appealing all the way to the Supreme Court (seriously). That's extremely unlikely, but Brady has made it clear he will keep fighting to have his four-game ban thrown out for the second consecutive year. What should have been a 24-hour story is going on a 17-month saga.
May 3 - 4:52 PM

The Patriots declined OG Jonathan Cooper's 2017 fifth-year option.

Cooper doesn't have much to show for his three-year career thus far, and being that he was a top-ten pick, the option would have out him on the books for $11.9 million in 2017. New England is hoping to revive Cooper's career, but that's too hefty a sum at this point. Cooper needs to win a job first.
May 2 - 6:36 PM

Mass Live's Kevin Duffy believes Jimmy Garoppolo could be traded next offseason.

With just two years left on his deal and third-round pick Jacoby Brissett now waiting in the wings, it is not crazy to think the Patriots move on from Garoppolo next offseason, especially if he shows well during Tom Brady's suspension. Drafting and developing quarterbacks to eventually trade away has become a specialty of New England during the Brady era, and it seems likely Garoppolo will be the next in that line.
Source: Mass Live
May 2 - 10:16 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss tabbed Aaron Dobson as one of the losers coming out of the NFL draft.

Dobson was already on shaky ground after three ineffective and injury-plagued seasons, and it does not help his case the Patriots added two receivers in the draft, Malcolm Mitchell in the fourth round and Devin Lucien in the seventh. Mitchell, in particular, is well suited for the boundary role Dobson has flubbed during his time in New England. Dobson needs a healthy and strong offseason to even make the roster.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 9:56 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said LeGarrette Blount was one of the winners of the NFL draft.

We would agree. Widely expected to add another back in the draft, the Patriots did not even address the position with their undrafted free agent haul. That leaves Blount in pole position for the "big-back" role in the offense. Newly-signed RB Donald Brown could also see more work than expected.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 9:51 AM

Patriots signed Florida Atlantic CB Cre’Von LeBlanc.

LeBlanc (5'10/185) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor in the Owls' secondary, tallying six career interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He earned second-team All-Conference USA as a senior. A sub-par athlete for his size, LeBlanc managed a 4.65 forty with a 9-foot-6 broad jump at FAU's Pro Day. LeBlanc is diminutive with especially short arms (28 5'8") and will have to dominate at slot corner to have any chance at earning NFL defensive snaps. Ultimately, he may max out as a camp body.
May 1 - 11:22 AM

Patriots signed Auburn CB Jonathan Jones.

Jones (5'9/186) started for two years at Auburn, collecting seven career interceptions and two forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-SEC honors as a senior from the conference's coaches. Jones torched the Combine with a 4.33 forty, 10-foot-3 broad jump, and 19 reps on the bench. Jones' biggest drawback is his size. He's too small to man perimeter corner, and a deficient tackler as it pertains to the slot. Despite explosive qualities, Jones may struggle to find an NFL home.
May 1 - 11:13 AM

Patriots signed Mississippi LB C.J. Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/234) made 38 starts at Ole Miss, logging 27 career tackles for loss with 13.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He played defensive end before transitioning to middle linebacker as a senior. Undersized and not especially athletic, Johnson ran 4.81 with a lineman-like 8-foot-6 broad jump and 27-inch vertical before the draft. Johnson also has an ugly history of knee and ankle injuries. A very low-ceiling prospect, Johnson's path to an NFL roster spot will be on special teams.
May 1 - 11:10 AM

Patriots signed Mississippi State WR/TE De’Runnya Wilson.

Wilson (6'5/224) made 24 starts for the Bulldogs before turning pro, parlaying 133 career catches into 1,949 yards (14.7 YPR) and 22 TDs. He earned second-team All-SEC as a 2015 junior. Despite doubling as a basketball player at Mississippi State, Wilson proceeded to flunk the Combine, running 4.85 with a 28-inch vertical. Wilson also made poor use of his size in college, underwhelming in contested-catch situations. Optimists have compared Wilson to Plaxico Burress, but his skill set is more along the lines of Ramses Barden. He's a long shot.
May 1 - 11:05 AM

Patriots signed Illinois CB V'Angelo Bentley.

Bentley (5'8/193) was a three-year starter at cornerback, logging two career interceptions, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 15 pass breakups. He also set the school record for career kickoff return yards. A sub-package/special teams prospect, Bentley has small arms (28 1/2") and managed a 4.57 forty at Illinois' Pro Day. Bentley's efficient tackling should help his chances of landing a slot corner role down the road; he missed just one tackle as a senior.
Apr 30 - 7:58 PM

Patriots signed Arizona State WR D.J. Foster.

Foster (5'10/193) spent his first three college seasons at running back before converting to wideout, posting 59-584-3 (9.90 YPR) receiving as a senior. He added a career rushing line of 444-2,355-18 (5.30 YPC) and caught 222 passes, second most in Sun Devils history. Foster is on the sluggish side athletically with 4.57 speed and a 9-foot-9 broad jump, and his college conversion to receiver generally failed. Foster's lack of special teams experience will also work against him.
Apr 30 - 7:47 PM

Patriots signed Vanderbilt TE Steven Scheu.

Scheu (6'5/253) was a four-year starter for the Commodores, catching 83 balls for 933 yards (11.2 YPR) and seven touchdowns. After a fairly nondescript college career in bad passing offenses, Scheu elevated his stock with a 4.75 forty, 33-inch vertical, and 23 bench-press reps at Vanderbilt's Pro Day. Scheu gave effort as a college blocker and is a reliable short-area possession target. He has No. 2 tight end potential.
Apr 30 - 7:25 PM

Patriots selected Arizona State WR Devin Lucien with the No. 225 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Lucien (6'1/201) spent one year at ASU after transferring from UCLA, leading the Sun Devils in catches (66), yards (1,075) and touchdowns (eight). Lucien was nearly unstoppable on fade routes in college and has NFL-level ball skills, dropping just five passes over his final two seasons. Lucien helped himself at the Sun Devils' Pro Day, blazing 4.49 with quality agility scores. Lucien lacks dominant size and overall athleticism, but he is a crisp route runner with sure hands. He has a chance to become a useful contributor if given the opportunity.
Apr 30 - 5:40 PM

Patriots selected Illinois OG Ted Karras with the No. 221 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Karras (6'4/307) made 43 starts on the Illini offensive line, manning right guard throughout his career and earning honorable mention All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons. The nephew of ex-NFL Pro Bowler and pro wrestler Alex "The Mad Duck" Karras, Ted has deep football roots and plays with power and nastiness up front. His weakness is athleticism, managing a 5.28 forty and 26 1/2-inch vertical at Illinois' Pro Day. Karras will have to lean on his drive-blocking ability to forge an NFL career, likely as a backup guard-center.
Apr 30 - 5:33 PM

Patriots selected Houston ILB Elandon Roberts with the No. 214 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Roberts (5'11/234) only started one year for the Cougars, making the most of it by ranking fourth nationally in tackles (142), including 19 TFLs and six sacks en route to first-team All-American Athletic Conference accolades. He also excelled at Houston's Pro Day, running 4.6-flat with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Roberts is undersized for an NFL inside linebacker, but he finished his college career fast and has an arrow pointing up. He should help on special teams immediately.
Apr 30 - 5:22 PM


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