Player News - Patriots

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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

According to NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi, Tom Brady has continued his normal workout regimen and diet in preparation for the upcoming season, and a pair of Patriots teammates said Brady has never indicated that he plans to retire.

ESPN caused a stir Wednesday morning, reporting that Brady has "not committed" to playing in 2018. It's as if everything needs to be confirmed these days, which Brady did in February. Brady has never indicated he was considering retirement, and as the hours pass, it's looking like a total non-story. Brady is even planning normal off-site offseason workouts with his fellow offensive players. It's a near-certainty that Brady will be under center, health-willing, for New England Week 1.
Apr 18 - 1:16 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tom Brady has not committed to playing in 2018.

However, Schefter laces that with an "even though people who know him believe he will be back" statement. This has the feeling of a non-story turned into a story, but Brady is 41 years old and has a family that likely wants him to retire soon. "My money would be on him playing football for the foreseeable future," one person told Schefter. "I believe he's going to be there," another person who knows Brady said. The only other quarterback on the Patriots' roster is Brian Hoyer. New England is fully expected to use an early pick on a quarterback in next week's draft.
Apr 18 - 9:27 AM

ESPN's Jeff Darlington does not expect Tom Brady to be a "regular participant" in the offseason program.

Brady is skipping the start of workouts because he is doing charity work in Qatar, but even after he returns, Darlington expects him to skip portions of the offseason program. "He plans to spend more time with family and body coach Alex Guerrero," Darlington reports. Brady has skipped offseason work before, but his absence will do nothing to quell rumors of an unsettled locker room.
Apr 16 - 10:50 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

Patriots second-year DE Derek Rivers remains on track in his recovery from a torn ACL.

ESPN's Mike Reiss wonders if the Patriots will bring Rivers along slowly this offseason, but he's fully expected to be ready for training camp and Week 1 after missing all of his rookie year following an August ACL tear. Adrian Clayborn will have one of the end spots shored up in New England, and Trey Flowers has the other. But Rivers should play a key role in pass-rushing situations.
Apr 11 - 9:54 AM

Jordan Matthews' one-year, $1 million contract contains just $170,000 guaranteed.

Matthews can earn another $700,000 via incentives. This is the definition of a prove-it deal for a player coming off an injury-marred campaign, and the lack of guaranteed money means Matthews is not a lock to make the final roster. If his health cooperates, however, Matthews has the talent to be a real factor both for the Patriots and in fantasy. He will be an interesting name to track this summer.
Apr 9 - 11:23 AM

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Bill Belichick "chastised [Rob Gronkowski] in front of the players for being a TB12 client" early last season.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran added the incident was a "big part" of Gronkowski's "irritation" with the organization last season. Back in March, Curran's colleague Mike Giardi reported Gronk and Tom Brady were "miserable" playing under Belichick last season with much of the disconnect tying back to Alex Guerrero, Brady's and now Gronk's trainer. At this point, Gronkowski is expected to return to the Patriots, but it is clear there is real friction between the tight end and his head coach.
Apr 9 - 10:59 AM

Patriots signed WR Jordan Matthews, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract.

The Patriots were in the receiver market after trading Brandin Cooks. Matthews is the opposite of Cooks' deep threat but has been a compiler over the middle of the field in between injuries and drops. Supposedly healthy after an injury-ruined 2017 in Buffalo — he underwent both knee and ankle surgery in December — Matthews fits the profile of a Patriots slot machine, at least on paper. We wouldn't consider him a lock to make the 53-man roster, but he will be an interesting name to track this summer.
Apr 5 - 8:22 PM

Patriots signed OL Luke Bowanko.

Bowanko had a limited role in Baltimore last year, playing just 90 snaps on the interior. He's an injury-prone depth signing for the Patriots. Bowanko can back up at multiple spots.
Apr 4 - 4:45 PM

Patriots signed TE Troy Niklas, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

Niklas was the 52nd overall pick in the 2014 draft and is still just 25. However, he suffered a number of high-ankle sprains as a rookie and missed most of 2016 with a wrist injury. He's big (6'6/270) and strong (27 bench reps) with long arms but is a mediocre athlete and real injury-prone. If Niklas can stay healthy, he could push for No. 2 tight end duties for the Patriots.
Apr 4 - 3:56 PM

Free agent Jordan Matthews is visiting the Titans on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Matthews has flirted with the Packers and Cardinals recently, but the Cardinals ultimately passed and signed Brice Butler to a two-year deal. In Tennessee, Matthews would probably simply replace Eric Decker in the slot.
Apr 4 - 9:58 AM

The Cardinals have extended a contract offer to free agent WR Jordan Matthews.

The fact that Matthews hasn't signed suggests it's not for much money. In Arizona, Matthews would reunite with Sam Bradford, his quarterback in Philly during Matthews' best seasons. Matthews would team with fellow slot receiver Larry Fitzgerald, deep threat J.J. Nelson, and 2017 third-round pick Chad Williams. The Patriots and Packers have also shown interest in Matthews.
Apr 2 - 5:45 PM

The Patriots hosted free agents WR Jordan Matthews and TE Troy Niklas on Monday.

Both former second-round picks have battled injuries, Matthews to his knee and ankle and Niklas to seemingly every body part since entering the league. Matthews is recovering from knee and ankle surgeries. He recently visited the Packers. Niklas, mostly a blocker, has received no other known NFL interest.
Apr 2 - 4:56 PM

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