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  • Patriots Interested In WR DeAndre Hopkins

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    Another suitor has emerged for DeAndre Hopkins. During an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, Dianna Russini said the Patriots are among the teams interested in signing the wide receiver. [RELATED: DeAndre Hopkins Seeking OBJ-Level Deal; Bills GM Contacts Free Agent WR] "There are several teams, including the New England Patriots, that are interested in DeAndre […]

    Jun 1 · Pro Football Rumors New England Patriots Kendrick Bourne DeAndre Hopkins Mac Jones DeVante Parker JuJu Smith-Schuster Tyquan Thornton
  • Pats' Slater rips kickoff rule, doubts NFL motives

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    Patriots captain Matthew Slater sharply criticized the NFL for last week's rule change that allows fair catches on kickoffs for the 2023 season.

    Jun 1 · ESPN New England Patriots Matthew Slater
  • Mac Jones Says Offensive Process Has Been Normal

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    New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones seems pleased with the team's offensive process this offseason under new offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien after the offense was a disaster in his second NFL season in 2022. "It's been really good. It's been normal," Jones said. "I think everything he's done so far has been really good." Jones helped teach O'Brien Alabama's playbook upon his arrival in 2021, so the two have history together. With Joe Judge and Matt Patricia running the offense last year, the 24-year-old Jones struggled, completing 65.2% of his passes for 2,997 yards, 14 TDs and 11 picks in 14 starts. There's reason to be optimistic for a bounce-back with O'Brien now in the picture, though, but it doesn't mean Jones should be drafted in standard single-QB fantasy leagues in 2023.

    Jun 1 · Source via New England Patriots Mac Jones
  • Tyquan Thornton Heavily Involved In Patriots OTAs

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    New England Patriots wide receiver Tyquan Thornton is reportedly a significant piece of the offense in the early part of OTAs, which could mean he'll see an expanded role in 2023. The 2022 second-round pick missed the first four weeks of last season with a collarbone injury and never quite became a consistent member of the Mac Jones-led offense. With Jakobi Meyers out of town and several Patriots' pass-catchers aging, Thornton should have every opportunity to command targets. JuJu Smith-Schuster will likely operate as the team's go-to guy out of the slot, but the sub-4.4 speed Thornton may be a sneaky best ball value with his big-play skill set.

    May 31 · Source via New England Patriots Tyquan Thornton
  • Auburn coach Hugh Freeze praises Patriots rookie WR Demario Douglas

    Freeze says Douglas -- a diminutive sixth-rounder who played for Freeze at Liberty -- could start for Auburn now.

    May 28 · ESPN New England Patriots Demario Douglas
  • Anthony Firkser Signs With Patriots

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    The New England Patriots have reached a deal with free-agent tight end Anthony Firkser. The details of the deal are unknown, but it's assumed to be a one-year deal on league minimum. Most recently, Firkser played with the Atlanta Falcons in 2022-2023. He finished with nine receptions for 100 yards in 11 games with the team. To be fair, Firkser was mainly used as a blocking specialist in Atlanta. He managed 73 receptions, 678 yards, and three touchdowns between 2020 and 2021 as a rotational player with the Tennessee Titans. He's not expected to have a huge role in New England. He has a decent shot at making the roster, but probably won't do enough to warrant rostering in fantasy formats.

    May 25 · Source via New England Patriots Anthony Firkser
  • Malik Cunningham Could See Significant Involvement

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    New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham could find himself with a legitimate role in the offense this upcoming season. The undrafted quarterback was given $200,000 guaranteed, so he's likely to be involved in some way. The Patriots struggled in third-and-short situations last season. Cunningham rushed for over 3,000 yards during his time at Louisville. That being said, it sounds like the Patriots are eyeing packages and formations to use with Cunningham. He probably won't see a ton of action as a passer, but the Patriots might heavily use him in the red-zone. It probably won't be enough to warrant rostering him in any fantasy formats, but we'll see what the Pats decide to do with him.

    May 25 · Source via New England Patriots Malik Cunningham
  • Raekwon McMillan To Miss 2023 Season

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    New England Patriots linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Achilles) is expected to miss the entire 2023 season after suffering an injury in practice. The 27-year-old has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon. It's worth noting that it's a partially torn tendon, but it's still expected to cost him the entire season. The former second round pick also missed the 2021 season due to a torn ACL. When healthy, McMillian has been a useful contributor, but he hasn't been able to stay on the field lately. He was decent in a situational role with the Patriots last season. McMillan wasn't a starter, but the Patriots will now need to seek linebacker help after this injury.

    May 25 · Source via New England Patriots Raekwon McMillan
  • Patriots Lose Two Days Of OTAs Due To Rules Violation

    The New England Patriots are losing two days of voluntary organized team activities this week due to a violation of offseason rules, according to league sources. Another OTA session next week has also been taken away by the league. This isn't the first time head coach Bill Belichick's team has been docked by the league for rules violations. The Patriots were fined and lost draft picks for the Spygate scandal in 2007, when they were found to have been illegally videotaping the New York Jets coach's hand signals on the sidelines during a game. The organization was also punished again in 2020 for illegally videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during Week 14. The Patriots have missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.

    May 24 · Source via New England Patriots
  • Patriots Release Yodny Cajuste

    The New England Patriots released offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste last week. Cajuste was originally taken in the third round (101st overall) in 2019 by New England out of the University of West Virginia. The 27-year-old has only played in two NFL seasons (2021 and 2022) after missing his first two years in the league due to injury. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder played in seven games and made two starts at right tackle in 2021. Last year, Cajuste played in 10 games for the Patriots and made three starts at right tackle. He will now look to catch on with another organization as offensive-line depth.

    May 22 · Source via New England Patriots
  • Ty Montgomery Could Be Third-Down Back

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    New England Patriots running back Ty Montgomery has a great chance at being the third-down back, according to former Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears. If healthy, Montgomery can be a reliable option in the backfield. Sadly, Montgomery has experienced problems staying healthy as he's only played in 21 games over the last three seasons. He has bounced around quite a bit since his three and a half seasons in Green Bay. The Patriots do need someone to help take some of the load off Rhamondre Stevenson. In theory, Montgomery could be an interesting option, but staying on the field has been the biggest problem for him.

    May 21 · Source via New England Patriots Ty Montgomery
  • Kayshon Boutte Not A Lock To Make Roster

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    As a sixth-round pick (No. 187 overall) in this year's NFL draft, New England Patriots wide receiver Kayshon Boutte should enter the league with low expectations, but he won't be a lock to make the team's 53-man roster out of training camp this summer. But Boutte is also a receiver that was the No. 2 receiver recruit in the nation just three years ago and who reached the 100-catch mark faster than any receiver in LSU history. If he can buy into the Patriots' demanding program and recapture the potential he showed years ago, he has the talent to become a legitimate weapon in the team's passing attack. There have been questions about Boutte off the field, and he also didn't test well at the scouting combine. He's one to watch, but fantasy managers in single-year leagues should be ignoring him this fall until he proves something.

    May 17 · Source via New England Patriots Kayshon Boutte
  • Malik Cunningham Could Make 53-Man Roster

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    New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham has a clear path to the 53-man roster, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. The Louisville product signed with the Pats after going undrafted during the 2023 draft. He landed himself 200K in guaranteed money, which is quite a bit for an undrafted player. Cunningham is expected to compete with Trace McSorley during camp for the No. 3 spot on the roster. The Patriots already have Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe, but usually carry three quarterbacks. Cunningham had over 3,000 rushing yards at Louisville, so he could be used in some read-option packages.

    May 14 · Source via New England Patriots Malik Cunningham
  • James Robinson Competing For Complementary Role

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    Since his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots running back James Robinson's career hasn't gone as planned. At the end of the 2021 season, Robinson suffered a torn Achilles. After getting healthy and reclaiming a starting job in 2022, he was traded to the New York Jets, but he had a difficult time contributing in his time there. He was inactive the last five games and finished with 85 rushing yards in four games. But the 24-year-old now has a chance to compete for a role with the Pats behind lead back Rhamondre Stevenson. He also thinks he's fully past his Achilles tear and can run like he did as a rookie. Robinson has a chance to seize a role left by Damien Harris, but he'll have to compete with Pierre Strong Jr., Kevin Harris and Ty Montgomery. At best, Robinson could carve out a modest pass-catching role in 2023.

    May 12 · Source via New England Patriots James Robinson
  • Lynn Bowden Released By New England

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    The Patriots released wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. The Raiders selected Bowden in the 2020 NFL Draft after a quality collegiate career. Since then, he's played for the Dolphins, where he was eventually waived before signing with New England in September 2022. Unfortunately, he hasn't lived up to expectations at the professional level, so he isn't anticipated to have any fantasy value even if he lands elsewhere heading into the 2023-24 campaign.

    May 10 · Source via New England Patriots Lynn Bowden
  • Chad Ryland To Compete With Nick Folk

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    The New England Patriots traded up in the fourth round of this year's NFL draft to take kicker Chad Ryland, who will technically compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp this summer. However, teams don't draft kickers in the fourth round just to cut them in September. Ryland is a big-legged kicker who spent four years at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Maryland last season. He can handle kickoff duties. With Maryland, Ryland made 19 of his 23 field-goal attempts, although he was successful on only three of his six tries from 50-plus yards out. There's a chance that Folk handles field-goal attempts for New England this year, while Ryland handles kickoffs.

    May 10 · Source via New England Patriots Nick Folk
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