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The pressure is on for the New England Patriots to perform next season but veteran wide receiver Matthew Slater has faith that quarterback Authentic Jarrett Stidham Jersey has the “qualities” to fill the void left by Tom Brady.

Slater sounded optimistic when speaking to reporters Monday, saying that he believes the Patriots had “a great opportunity” coming off the heels of Brady’s departure.


“We have a lot of good football players. We have a tremendous coaching staff. … We have to go into the season expecting more from ourselves than anyone outside the building expects from us,” he said, according to ESPN.

Among the tools for success is second-year quarterback Stidham.

Jarrett Stidham is going to contend for the Patriots’ starting job this season. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Jarrett Stidham is going to contend for the Patriots’ starting job this season. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
“Certainly, he has a lot of great qualities that can make him a good player at the quarterback position,” Slater said of the 2019 fourth-round draft pick.

“Coach Belichick and his staff wouldn’t have brought him in here if they didn’t think he had those qualities. At that position, almost more than any other, it’s going to be the intangibles that get a guy to a successful position.


Slater described the young player as “a great kid” who brings positive energy to the squad.

Stidham, 23, was drafted by New England after playing two years as a starter at Auburn. He signed a four-year $3.15 million contract.

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While many believe it will be Jarrett Stidham, who is entering his second year, it’s worth wondering if the potentially shortened offseason could work against him in terms of getting comfortable with the system. If that is the case, the team could turn to veteran Authentic Brian Hoyer Jersey to open the year.

Appearing on Dale & Keefe Tuesday, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran believes that could happen and laid out how starting Hoyer in Week 1 makes sense.

“Absolutely, I do,” he said. “Because we don’t know how much time they are going to spend in the preseason — don’t send him out there to fail, don’t put him out there to fail. Is Brian Hoyer in Week 1 going to throw for 350 (yards)? I mean he could. That is the interesting thing about last preseason, he looked great in the first preseason game, which is the least serious in some ways along with the fourth, but, he looked really, really good. He still has plenty of arm. He is smarter than Stidham will be, obviously, in terms of where to go with the ball.

“I could see, ‘Run the ball, play defense, let Brian take care of business and Jarrett, don’t worry about it, we still love you.’ But don’t send him out there to fail, which could conceivably be a primetime game and (he could) get his head kicked in.”

This scenario wouldn’t be giving up on Stidham, just buying him more time.

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On Wednesday, the New England Patriots signed former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Damiere Byrd. It was a typical move by the Patriots, who like to make low-key free-agent acquisitions during this time of the year.

New England signed Byrd to a one-year contract, and now that the details of his contract have been made available, it’s evident that he is no lock to make the roster come September.

Byrd’s contract has a base salary of $1 million and gets $600,000 in guarantees, which includes his signing bonus and $250,000 of his base salary, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. Additionally, Byrd has up to $900,000 in incentives he can earn, which are tied to receptions, per ESPN insider Field Yates. He’s currently taking up 0.7% of the team’s salary cap space, per OTC. If the Patriots were to cut Byrd during the preseason, he would leave behind $600,000 in dead money. So, there’s little for New England to lose if they want to part ways with him.

Byrd will certainly have his work cut out for him when he hits the practice for the first time in New England. He joins a receiver room that consists of Julian Edelman, Authentic Mohamed Sanu Jersey, Authentic N’Keal Harry Jersey, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Authentic Quincy Adeboyejo Jersey and Authentic Devin Ross Jersey. But what Byrd has going for him that the other wideouts on the roster don’t possess is blazing speed. Back at his pro day in 2015 Byrd ran a 4.28 40 time, which only a handful of players in the NFL have been able to run.

Unfortunately for Byrd, his blazing speed hasn’t translated to on-the-field success since entering the league in 2016. In four seasons he has 44 receptions for 488 yards and three scores. However, most of his production came last year in Arizona, when he caught 32 passes for 359 yards and one score.

If Byrd can stay on the Patriots roster in 2020, he has the opportunity to make his first NFL paycheck with seven figures on it.

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The New England Patriots’ offense struggled with injuries in 2019, and the fullback position was no exception: starter Authentic James Develin Jersey was lost for the remainder of the season after hurting his neck in Week 2; rookie backup Authentic Jakob Johnson Jersey joined him on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury just one month later. New England therefore eventually had to turn to linebacker Elandon Roberts as a third-string emergency fullback.

Heading into 2020, the position remains one of uncertainty. Roberts has left the Patriots in free agency while neither Develin nor Johnson are guaranteed to return to form quickly. Develin in particular is a player to watch this offseason: while there was initial optimism that his injury might not be overly serious and maybe even only of the week-to-week variety, he was eventually diagnosed with a muscle and disc issue in his upper back/neck area.

Adding to this uncertainty is the fact that the Patriots invested in the position during free agency: New England signed Authentic Danny Vitale Jersey to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. While his contract does not guarantee Vitale a spot on the 53-man roster come September, it gives the Patriots another option should Develin’s recovery process not go as hoped. Vitale himself is still an interesting player, though, due to his athleticism and upside in the passing game.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at him.

Even though he entered the NFL as just a sixth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vitale brought an intriguing athletic profile to the table: he ran a 4.6-second 40-yard-dash during the 2016 scouting combine and also performed well in the three-cone drill (7.12 seconds) as well as the vertical (38.5 inches) and broad jumps (10-foot-3) — all while being measured at almost 6-foot-1 and 239 pounds.

His general athleticism did not help him earn a roster spot in Tampa Bay, but it did show up regularly during his subsequent stints with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers. The following two plays from the Packers’ 2019 game against the Denver Broncos are an illustration of that:

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FB Danny Vitale showed good mobility against the Broncos to reach defenders at the second level.

Displayed his standout combine numbers on an impressive downfield reception that nearly resulted in a long TD

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As can be seen on the first play, Vitale (#45) possesses functional movement-skills that allow him to get to the second level and reach defenders on running plays — something New England regularly asked Develin, and to a lesser degree Johnson and Roberts as well, to do within their own zone-blocking concepts. Like the long-time Patriot, Vitale is also not afraid of initiating contact when bursting through the line to clear out running lanes.

The second play, meanwhile, shows his straight-line speed: he finds a hole in the left-side B-gap and accelerates quickly to out-run linebacker Josey Jewell (#47) and get open in the deep portions of the field. While Jewell eventually catches up to the fullback, Vitale makes a good catch in stride and takes the football to the opposing 1-yard line.

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Throughout the years, Develin saw regular action in the Patriots’ passing game as a flex-fullback option and de facto tight end. His forte was still run blocking, though, an area that Vitale needs to improve in if he wants to make New England’s roster or possibly even serve as a potential heir to the 31-year-old. The following play shows some of the technical issues that the new Patriot still needs to address as a run blocker:

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Vitale’s hands are really wide and he basically hugs Todd Davis here, allowing the LB to benchpress him and disengage to join the scrum around the ballcarrier

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As can be seen, Vitale’s hands are too wide and he basically hugs Denver strong-side linebacker Todd Davis (#51). This, in turn, allows the defender to easily bench-press the fullback off him and disengage to join the scrum around the ball-carrier. The play itself did not break down due to Vitale’s inconsistent block, but it serves as an example of him lacking the same pop and ability as Develin to create movement in the hole.

The following play is more of the same:

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The new Patriots FB may have Develin beat in the athleticism department, but I’m not seeing the former Pro Bowler’s pop and ability to create movement in the hole.

So far hand placement and power are question marks

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Vitale’s athletic profile — especially his quickness — should help him address some of his issues as a run blocker, but unless he improves his hand placement and upper-body power he will have a hard time carving out a role on New England’s roster. Develin is as technically proficient a fullback as any in the NFL, for example, and Vitale needs to get to a similar level in order to become a consistent difference-maker in the team’s ground game.

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While his run blocking has been up-and-down throughout his career, Vitale has looked good as a pass protector. The following play shows this, as he identifies his assignment immediately after the snap and shows some quick feet as well as a wide base and good balance. This, in turn, allows him to successfully mirror linebacker Josey Jewell and eliminate him from the play before it starts breaking down:

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Solid rep in pass pro. Quick feet, wide base and feet, and easy mirroring

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Vitale may not have the most experience as a pass protector, but he has been solid whenever asked to fill that role: according to advanced analytics website Pro Football Focus, the 26-year-old has yet to allow a quarterback pressure in his career on 48 pass-blocking reps.

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Vitale’s strong-suit is the passing game, even though he has only 15 catches for 145 yards on his 44-game NFL résumé. Still, his athleticism makes him an intriguing target out of the backfield — one that knows how to get open in the underneath area. The following play from last year’s regular season contest against the then-Oakland Raiders shows this, as Vitale gets through the line of scrimmage to catch a short pass for a gain of 22 yards:

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Danny Vitale could fill an Elandon Roberts sized hole in the Patriots passing game

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The play is reminiscent of the last touchdown ever thrown by quarterback Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform: during last year’s regular season finale, Brady hit Elandon Roberts on a similar swing-pass concept that also left him uncovered. Like Roberts, Vitale may not be your usual receiving threat, but he showed some soft hands during the 2019 season — the best of his career from a raw statistical perspective — as well as a feel for route-running.

In general, Vitale could be a mismatch in the passing game if New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can scheme him into space or get him one-on-one opportunities against linebackers. While not as agile as the Patriots’ receiving backs James White and Rex Burkhead, he still has the short-area mobility to gain separation in the short and intermediate portions of the field:

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Vitale could be a fun mismatch in the passing game if McDaniels can scheme him into a lot of space or get him opportunities against LBs. Also runs good routes for the position

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As can be seen on the first play above, the Packers flexed Vitale out to the right end of the line opposite Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa (#91). The fullback immediately was able to gain outside leverage against Mayowa, and out-ran him after receiving a short pass. The play eventually gained 21 yards due to Vitale’s speed after the reception and ability to quickly turn up the field with the football in his hands.

The Packers may not have moved him around all that much, but he still has experience lining up all over the formation as a look at his 2019 snap distribution shows:

Backfield: 132

Wide: 19

In-line: 13

Slot: 6

Considering that the Patriots also like to use their fullbacks in more than just the lead-blocking role, Vitale should be able to adapt well to his new surroundings. And while he still has room for improvement as a run-blocker, his general athleticism and overall skillset should match well with how New England runs its offense from the fullback’s perspective.

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The Patriots are going to add a quarterback to replace Authentic Tom Brady Jersey — it just might not be immediate.

NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reported the Patriots will pursue another option at the position after parting ways with the future Hall of Famer, but are not in a rush. The Patriots are also “pretty comfortable” with their current quarterback room, Giardi added, which includes Authentic Jarrett Stidham Jersey and Authentic Cody Kessler Jersey.

Kessler has started 12 games and appeared in 17 contests in four seasons, but didn’t play at all in 2019, his first season with the Patriots. He’s taken his fair share of hits, mostly while with the Browns from 2016-2017, but he does have some starting experience.

Stidham, meanwhile, has three NFL game appearances under his belt, completing 2-of-4 passes for 14 yards and an interception.

It’s incredibly difficult to logically envision a season in which the Patriots are sending Kessler out with the first team in Week 1. That’s something that came out of Cleveland a few years ago, not Foxborough.

Then again, Brady in a pewter helmet will look weird, too.

A more ideal scenario would involve a trade, perhaps to bring Jacoby Brissett back to New England after the Colts agreed to terms with Philip Rivers on a one-year, $25 million deal this week. Or maybe a bigger splash awaits us. Either way, it’s unlikely to match the size of the disturbance created by Brady’s entry into an early snowbird phase — but it will be just as important.

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FOXBORO — During his weekly interview on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show, Tom Brady made a point of saying it’s hard to count on young receivers. He talked about it being a challenging position, reminding everyone of its checkered history, saying, “There’s not a lot of young players who have had major contributions in our offense . . . that’s just the reality of the position.”

Translation? The 42-year-old Brady would rather not depend on rookies to pull out wins at this stage of his illustrious career.
Well, with the reality of the Patriots’ salary cap (just $2.8 million in cap space according to the Boston Sports Journal’s Miguel Benzan) and both Josh Gordon (knee) and Julian Edelman (chest/rib) listed on the injury report, Brady might not have a choice.

If the Patriots don’t do some cap maneuvering and add to the receiving corps before the Oct. 29 trade deadline, Brady is just going to have to deal with the hand of receivers he’s been dealt. He’s going to have to count on undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers a little bit more. And after Week 9, it might also mean working in first-round pick N’Keal Harry.
Currently, the depth on the roster beyond Edelman, Gordon and Phillip Dorsett consists of rookies. It is what it is. With Edelman still not quite 100 percent and Gordon banged up, it really behooves Brady to work Meyers in and look to him if he’s open when Josh McDaniels puts him out there. Maybe Gunner Olszewski gets a few more snaps in the offense as well.

It’s not like Brady hasn’t had success with rookies or first-year players before. During Super Bowl LI, and the amazing comeback from down 28-3 to the Falcons, one of Brady’s most trusted targets was rookie Malcolm Mitchell. He caught six passes for 70 yards, five of those catches coming in the fourth quarter.

He relied on Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez their first seasons as rookie tight ends. So it’s not unprecedented.

In case you haven’t heard yet – the Washington Redskins announced on Friday that veteran quarterback Colt McCoy will be their starting QB during their Week 5 game against the New England Patriots. The decision makes sense, as McCoy has experience in the offense, which is more than rookie first round pick Dwayne Haskins can say.

McCoy’s presence on the field on Sunday may bring back memories from nearly a decade ago. Back in 2010 was the last time McCoy got to start against the Patriots, and it led to one of the biggest regular season upsets in New England during the Brady-Belichick era.

Let’s roll back the clocks and set the scene: It was Nov. 7, and McCoy had one of the hottest names in the backfield that year – Peyton Hillis. Ben Watson was the starting tight end in Cleveland, and Danny Woodhead was a beloved player in New England. The Browns had a losing record (2-5), while New England was near the top of the AFC (6-1).
The Week 9 game was supposed to be a landslide victory for the Patriots. But that wasn’t the case that day in Cleveland, OH.

New England lost that game 34-14. Hillis scorched the Patriots defense for 184 yards and two touchdowns, which was the best single game rushing performance in his seven-year career. McCoy completed 14-of-19 passes for 174 yards, while also rushing three times for 20 yards and a touchdown. He had a 101.6 QB rating that day, which was very impressive when considering his three top targets that day were Mohamed Massoquoi (four catches, 58 yards), Hillis (three catches, 36 yards) and Watson (one catch, 24 yards).

Brady completed 19-of-36 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns that day. The leading rusher for New England was Woodhead (nine rushes, 54 yards) and the leading receiver was tight end Aaron Hernandez (five catches, 48 yards, two touchdowns).

Cleveland finished off the season winning only two more game after that Week 9 bout, which brought their record at the end of the season to 5-11. For the Patriots, that was one of only two losses they suffered during the regular season. They finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the New York Jets by a score of 21-28.
That game was a flash in the pan for the Browns. But it has nevertheless stuck in the minds of Patriots fans. This will only be the second time in McCoy’s career that he will take the field against New England in an NFL game. Consider it a revenge game of sorts for a Patriots team and fan base that hasn’t forgotten about that day back in 2010, even if it was a meaningless day in the end.

Brady has been not-so-subtly calling for veteran receiver help because he’s thinking about tough defenses like the one he just faced in Buffalo. Antonio Brown was here, but couldn’t stay in line, so he was bounced after 11 days. Maybe the Patriots make a trade. Maybe they get Brady more veteran help.

But it wouldn’t hurt to see Meyers, at the very least, get a few more looks. The undrafted rookie receiver knows the drill and understands the dynamics. He said he knows he’s not in the inner circle of trust just yet, but he’s working toward that goal.
“Every day I get better, with just the little things Tom wants. Being where he expects me to be,” he said. “So hopefully as the season goes on, he can trust me more.”

Brady talked about the “high level of communication,” and the “high level of detail,” involved with the Patriots offense. Every receiver who has come and gone also has talked about it. “Sometimes it takes guys a few years to understand that,” Brady said.

Some catch on. Others, even veterans who have come in, don’t always connect.

Meyers was one of the best receivers during training camp. He doesn’t dispute Brady’s contention that learning the offense and what’s expected here is a different animal.

“I agree with him. It’s not like instant rice where you put it in the microwave and it comes out ready. It is a long process,” Meyers said. “It definitely takes a lot of getting used to, you have to feel your way around, and carve out your role in the offense. Just seeing how he goes about his business, and what he expects of everybody, to be with the older guys, I can just come in and learn from the mistakes, or even the success of everybody else.”

Meyers has no problem starting on the outside and working his way into Brady’s circle. He’ll make the most of his opportunities, and hope Brady keeps coming back to him.

After Edelman went down against the Jets, Brady hit Meyers twice for 38 yards.

“I haven’t always been the guy. I’m kind of used to having to work my way up from the bottom,” he said. “I’m taking the same approach here. Just grind it out, day by day, be patient for when my time is called, I’ll be ready to go . . . I want to be ready so I can show people what I can do.”

With both Gordon and Edelman hobbled, Sunday’s game against the Redskins seems like a good time to see what Meyers can do.

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Back in March, before the Antonio Brown saga involved feet and a helmet, it was a relatively standard dispute of a disgruntled player riding an elliptical and demanding a trade from his team. The Steelers had no desire to keep him, but they still thought highly enough of him that they didn’t want a good team to have him. After a false start with the Bills, they believed they’d found a solution by shipping him to the Raiders.

That solution was only temporary. Brown’s relationship with his new team, specifically GM Mike Mayock, deteriorated rapidly over the summer, and when he no longer had any financial security, yesterday he demanded to be cut, which the Raiders quickly did. Hours later, he signed a one-year deal with the Patriots that included a $9 million signing bonus. Brown would be on a perennial playoff team within Pittsburgh’s conference. Whoops.

As reported in a column Saturday night by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Steelers knew in March that the Patriots wanted Brown, but wouldn’t satisfy their rivals’ wishes, even if that meant settling for a lackluster trade return. From Robinson:

According to a source familiar with New England’s interest in Brown last spring – including the talks between the Steelers and Patriots – it came down to this: Pittsburgh didn’t want Brown in New England. The Steelers knew they’d likely have to grapple with the Patriots in the 2019 playoff picture. Beyond that, there was already bitter feelings born out of competition between the two teams (not to mention the whole LeGarrette Blount fiasco in 2014). Sending Brown into the arms of the Patriots and Bill Belichick would not only be costly to Pittsburgh’s own playoff chances, it would border on humiliating. Especially if the deal wasn’t for a significant package in return. It would mean waving the white flag to all the parties the Steelers simply didn’t want to surrender to. From Brown to Bill Belichick to Tom Brady.

“Pittsburgh just wasn’t going to do it,” said a source familiar with the Patriots’ pursuit of Brown. “It was never going to happen. No matter what [agent Drew Rosenhaus] thought or whoever else, there was no way the Steelers were sending him to New England.”


Pittsburgh didn’t do it, but it happened anyway. And so, at the final tally, the Steelers ended up with a third-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and the hope that rookie receiver Diontae Johnson will eventually make everyone forget about AB; the Raiders ended up with nothing; and the Patriots ended up with one of the best receivers in the NFL on an absurdly team-friendly contract, playing across from Josh Gordon. What did we all learn from this fiasco? It’s unclear, but to quote J.K. Simmons’s character in Burn After Reading, “I guess we learned not to do it again.”
It’s safe to say that Tom Brady is excited about having Antonio Brown as a teammate.

Prior to the New England Patriots’ season-opening showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers, NBC Sports’ Al Michaels said that that Drew Rosenhaus, Brown’s agent, told him that Brady has offered to house Brown during his early stages in Foxboro.

“Brady told Brown to ‘come move in with me until you get settled into New England,'” Michaels said.

Michaels also shared his conversation with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who broke the news to Brady that New England was going to sign the four-time All-Pro. Brady, after initially telling Kraft that was “100 percent in” on the signing, went back to tell Kraft that he is “1 million percent in” on the acquisition of Brown, who led the NFL with 15 touchdown catches in 2018.

If Brown does take Brady up on his reported offer, it would make for the greatest collection of talent under one roof in NFL history. Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, has six Super Bowl titles and four Super Bowl MVP awards to his credit. During the 2019 season, Brady will move into second all-time in career touchdown passes and passing yards.

Brown, who like Brady was a sixth round pick, is the only receiver in NFL history to record at least 100 catches in six consecutive seasons. His 9,145 receiving yards since 2013 is the most by a receiver in NFL history over a six-year span.

The one thing that eluded Brown during his nine seasons in Pittsburgh is a Super Bowl ring, something he will look to earn with Brady as a member of the Patriots organization. Brown will reportedly sign his one-year deal– that includes $9 million guaranteed — on Monday with hopes of making his Patriots debut next Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins.

“He wants to have a great season. He wants to win a Super Bowl,” Rosenhaus recently told ESPN. “He looks this as a great opportunity for him to sign with a team that has dominated the league for the past decade.

“This is a dynasty, and he has an opportunity for Antonio to play for a dynasty. So the future is now for Antonio. This is a chance for Antonio to do something that he hasn’t been able to do during his illustrious career, which is to win a championship. That’s the immediate goal, and that’s all he’s thinking about right now.”

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The New England Patriots undeniably have talent at wide receiver this season, but that talent still has a fair share of question marks attached to it.
With the loss of All-World tight end Rob Gronkowski in the passing game, things certainly become a little more challenging for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this season on offense.

The wide receiver breakdown is still a little uncertain for the Pats, but based off the initial 53-man roster and injured reserve list, we can assume it is going to include Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski (probably as a returner), N’Keal Harry (IR), and of course Matthew Slater (on special teams as a gunner).

Julian Edelman is going to be the leader of this wide receiver unit. Edelman has carved his way into being one of the best slot receivers in the NFL. Last season, he caught 74 passes for 850 yards, bringing in six touchdowns along the way as well.

Without a doubt, Edelman is the best playmaker on the Patriots. If the reigning Super Bowl MVP can catch 100 passes this season, it’s wholly possible and probable he will surpass 1,000 receiving yards.

Josh Gordon still has a huge question mark lingering over his head. No one knows how long he will last this season, but we’re all hoping he is moving in the right direction in dealing with his addiction and bettering his life. Gordon was taken off the NFL’s suspended list and is now eligible to play in Week 1 for the Pats.

In a short sample size last season, we saw what Gordon and Brady are capable of when both are together on the field. In just 11 games, Gordon produced 720 receiving yards on 40 catches, which included three touchdown receptions. It’s not hard to believe that Gordon is still capable of producing big numbers, and if he is able to play a full season, it certainly feels like the sky’s the limit for what he and Brady can accomplish.

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N’Keal Harry was expected to be a big element for the New England offense this season. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been too much to see from Harry, as the first-round pick is dealing with an unspecified leg/knee injury suffered during the week of the preseason matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Patriots are inarguably going to be a better team with Harry when he’s back to 100% health and functionality, but who’s to say when that will be?

If Harry is expected to be the other starting wide receiver alongside Edelman and Gordon, then he has a chance to produce anywhere from 750 -1,000+ yards. Harry is also known to be an excellent run blocker from his college days, and as such, he could provide extra support in the running game when he returns from IR later on this season.
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Phillip Dorsett has proved himself to be somewhat reliable and durable during his time with the New England Patriots. In Dorsett’s two seasons with the team, he has been targeted 60 times and has caught 44 passes. He is fast and elusive, and will have an important role within this wide receiver group now that he’s solidified his spot on the roster. With Harry set to miss significant time with his injury, there could be more opportunity for Dorsett to get in the game this year.

Jakobi Meyers made a huge, unexpected bang during the Patriots preseason. He joins a growing list of undrafted free agents who have made a name for themselves in New England, as Coach Belichick loves finding “diamonds in the rough” when it comes to incoming college talent. Meyers displayed great chemistry with backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham pretty early on during the preseason; he seemed a bit less in-sync with Brady at times.
Obviously it is going to take time for any and all rookie receivers to know what their quarterback is expecting of them on any given play, especially with a seasoned signal-caller as experienced and intelligent as Brady. Meyers and Brady might also have to get on the same page rather quickly, seeing as he is another potential candidate for increased playing time with Harry going on IR.

Gunner Olszewski is another undrafted rookie free agent, only he came out of a Division II school: Bemidji State. While in college, Gunner was an exceptional defender, as he won defensive player of the year last season while playing cornerback.

Belichick has worked all offseason in converting Olszewski to a receiver; more importantly, the Pats have found someone they think can become their next return-man in Olszewski as well, especially with other players like Edelman and Patrick Chung getting older. During the preseason, fans were able to see the versatility and durability of Olszewski on a number of plays, which may have been what ultimately convinced coaches to keep him on the final roster.

Demaryius Thomas was surprisingly part of the Patriots’ initial roster cutdowns, just a couple days after posting a brilliant two-touchdown, 87-yard performance in New England’s final preseason game against the New York Giants. At the time, many wondered if Belichick perhaps had something up his sleeve in releasing a player who had seemingly shown enough to convince he was all the way back from his Achilles injury last December.

Sure enough, Belichick (and Thomas) had a plan in place. N’Keal Harry took Thomas’ spot on the initial 53-man roster so that he could then be stashed on injured reserve to start the season. In turn, the Patriots re-signed Thomas with Harry’s vacated spot, reinserting him into their receiver depth chart just in time for the final week of practice before New England’s regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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All in all, this New England wide receiver depth chart is pretty impressive from top-to-bottom. And while uncertainty remains in several key areas (Harry’s and Thomas’ health, Gordon’s behavior, Olszewski’s and Meyers’ youth, etc), the Patriots’ pass-catchers still have plenty of talent, ability, and explosiveness to contribute to the offense this season.

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Lance Kendricks of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.

Kendricks is eligible to participate in all remaining preseason practices and the team’s final preseason game. He will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 9, following the team’s Week 1 game vs. Pittsburgh.

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New England is adding reinforcements to the offensive line to make up for David Andrews’ absence.

The Patriots acquired backup offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick, Baltimore announced Wednesday.

Eluemunor should provide depth for an offensive line that is shuffling backup guard Ted Karras into the starting center role, as Andrews recovers from a blood clot in his lungs. The starting center was hospitalized earlier this week. It’s unclear how long Andrews will be out.

A Ravens fifth-round pick in 2017, Eluemunor has started three games and played in 17 over the last two seasons. He was named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team in 2017.

Eluemenor signed a one-year, $645,000 deal with the Ravens in March and is a restricted free agent at the end of this season.