Player News - Patriots

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According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Patriots are likely to give OT Trent Brown "first crack" at left tackle.

Brown will enter training camp as the favorite to replace Nate Solder on Tom Brady's blind side. First-rounder Isaiah Wynn, who played both tackle and guard during his tenure at Georgia, is penciled in at left guard with David Andrews (center), Shaq Mason (right guard) and Marcus Cannon (right tackle) filling out the rest of New England's O line. That leaves Joe Thuney as the odd man out.
Jun 17 - 11:08 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Patriots RG Shaq Mason to command more than $10 million annually on his next contract.

Reiss suggested Mason, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, could land a deal similar to the five-year, $66.5 million pact Andrew Norwell signed with Jacksonville this offseason. If Reiss is correct in his assessment of Mason's value, there's a good chance the former Georgia Yellow Jacket will be playing elsewhere in 2019.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 9:31 AM

Patriots signed LS Joe Cardona to a four-year contract extension through 2022.

The Patriots actually used a fifth-round pick on Cardona in 2015. Analytics on snapping the ball a longer distance than it is usually snapped are scarce, but Cardona must be quite adept at it.
Jun 14 - 7:34 PM

Patriots signed FB James Develin to a two-year, $3.8 million extension through 2020.

The Pats' lead blocker, Develin played 344 solid snaps last season. He also matched his career-high with six receptions. Develin turns 30 in July.
Jun 14 - 1:58 PM

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, Rex Burkhead and James White have been handling the "majority of the first-team reps" this spring.

No. 31 overall pick Sony Michel has been right behind them, however, and Kyed says it wouldn’t be surprising to see the rookie surpass both Burkhead and White prior to Week 1. Burkhead inked a new three-year deal in March but had injury issues in his first season with New England. In true Patriots fashion, we expect all three backs to be involved week-to-week.
Source: NESN
Jun 13 - 10:54 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Patriots were calling teams about a possible Rob Gronkowski trade before the draft.

This was before Gronk confirmed he wasn't retiring. The Patriots have since opened talks with Gronkowski but have yet to work out a restructure. Gronkowski attended mandatory minicamp and isn't a holdout threat despite his contract situation. He should get an updated deal before Week 1.
Jun 13 - 10:29 AM

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports a new contract for Rob Gronkowski is "likely" but not "imminent."

Gronkowski was the subject of baseless trade rumors last week, but those rumors gained traction in part because of the lingering contract dispute between the Patriots and their star tight end. Gronk earned an additional $5.5 million last season after New England added incentives to his contract. It is unclear if he would accept a similar arrangement this season or is after a real extension. Gronkowski is currently scheduled to earn $17 million in base salary over the final two years of his deal.
Jun 11 - 12:02 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Julian Edelman's four-game suspension "was triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable."

Breer adds scientists are still analyzing the sample. It is unclear what this means for Edelman's appeal, but it helps explain why the receiver wrote, "I don't know what happened," when apologizing for the ban over the weekend. Hopefully the result of his appeal will be known before fantasy draft season kicks into full gear.
Source: MMQB
Jun 11 - 9:22 AM

Rob Gronkowski denied the Patriots are looking to trade him.

There were rumblings of a potential Gronk trade but the Patriots and multiple reports have since shot it down. This is a non-story, though Gronkowski's contract situation has yet to be worked out. Gronkowski attended New England's three-day mandatory minicamp but is expected to skip next week's voluntary OTAs. Most signs continue to point to the Patriots restructuring Gronk's deal before Week 1.
Jun 9 - 3:10 PM

NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran reports there is "zero truth" to Rob Gronkowski trade rumors.

Twitter worked itself into a tizzy after rumors of an imminent trade involving Gronkowski surfaced, but those rumors appear to be baseless. Perhaps the Patriots look to move Gronkowski if their current contract dispute turns nasty, but as of now, there is little reason to think the tight end will be anywhere but New England Week 1.
Jun 8 - 1:48 PM

NESN's Doug Kyed reports Patriots undrafted CB J.C. Jackson has looked "insanely surprisingly good" at minicamp and has been working with the first-team defense.

Jackson has some off-field concerns stemming from college, which caused him to go undrafted in April. But he has good size at 5'10/201 and ran 4.46 at the Combine with good tape. He's been working opposite Stephon Gilmore as the starting corner as the Patriots look to replace Malcolm Butler. Jason McCourty, Eric Rowe, and second-rounder Duke Dawson are also in the mix.
Source: NESN
Jun 8 - 12:57 PM

ESPN Boston reports Malcolm Mitchell (knee) has not been practicing at Patriots OTAs.

It had previously been reported that Mitchell was expected to take part in OTAs. Instead, he's been limited to the side field and is reportedly getting treatment at the infamous "TB12 facility." Speaking in February, Mitchell said he was "feeling great." His health remains unclear after he missed the entire 2017 season with continued knee woes. Even with Julian Edelman slated for a four-game PED ban, it's looking like anything Mitchell contributes in 2018 will be a bonus. He's tough to hold onto in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 7 - 5:10 PM

ESPN Boston reports Jordan Matthews has made a good first impression with the Patriots.

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Matthews is "usually one of the first players on the field at practice each day." Reiss believes that if Matthews doesn't "emerge" it won't be for "lack of effort." Matthews' odds of making the 53-man roster have increased exponentially with Julian Edelman's pending four-game PED ban, though he still faces obstacles. Matthews' $170,000 guaranteed is a meager sum, while his health has derailed his career in recent years. Were Matthews to have a strong camp and make the team, he could be a sneaky WR4 in fantasy.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 7 - 5:03 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy but is appealing.

This kind of news isn't supposed to get out before the appeals process is through, but it usually does. Like the vast majority of suspended players, Edelman is likely to lose his appeal. It's a major blow for a team that let Danny Amendola walk in free agency before trading Brandin Cooks. Of course, the Pats were already without Edelman in 2017 as he recovered from a torn ACL. He's turned 32 in the interim. Chris Hogan is now set up to be a fantasy monster for the first four weeks of the season, though Tom Brady's target delineation figures to be unpredictable. Including James White, Rex Burkhead, Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and perhaps even sixth-rounder Braxton Berrios, there is no shortage of potential beneficiaries.
Jun 7 - 1:43 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower expects the defense to be "more aggressive" under new "DC" Brian Flores.

Flores was not officially given the coordinator title, but he will call the plays this season. "I feel like he brings a lot of competitiveness," Hightower said. "I think a lot of guys really appreciate the attitude that he's brought to us, just in OTAs." Bill Belichick will always have a large role in the defense, but it sounds like Flores is already putting his fingerprint on the unit.
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 9:20 AM


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