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The New England Patriots’ offense started the season slowly
01-14-2019, 04:57 PM
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The New England Patriots’ offense started the season slowly
but has since grown into one of the NFL’s best offenses. The unit has scored more than 38 points in all of its last four games and besides some short-term injury questions at running back and tight end does not appear to have plenty of holes. That being said Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey , the team is reportedly still trying to improve its depth and quality.Surprisingly, however, the Patriots are trying to upgrade at the wide receiver position. According to FOX’s Jay Glazer, New England is targeting a “bona fide” wide receiver:“The New England Patriots they are trying to go after a bona fide, premium wide receiver,” Glazer said on FOX NFL Sunday. “[They are] offering up high draft choices for them.”This report comes as a slight surprise considering that New England appears to be rather deep at wide receiver. The team’s top two – Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon – have performed well since (re)joining the team. Meanwhile the depth player behind the duo – Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson – has had its moments in specialized roles. Despite that, the Patriots are still looking to improve the position.Who could be on their radar? Glazer names two wide receivers who appear to be on the trade block: the San Francisco 49ers’ Pierre Gar莽on and the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas . Both come at a notable price hit – both would cost around $4.8 million of salary cap space – but would be under the team’s control until after the 2021 and 2019 seasons, respectively. New England currently has $5.26 million available.Other candidates not mentioned by Glazer include the Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate, the Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ DeSean Jackson – all players on teams who might try to get younger at the receiver position. Tate in particular is an interesting target: in late August, ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss first mentioned the idea of the Patriots trading for the 30-year old, an idea later also mentioned by ex-Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi.The Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker, a player reportedly on his way out, could be another trade target, but one that appears more unlikely than the other players above. Speaking of unlikely: Larry Fitzgerald, a popular target among Patriots fans, will also not find his way to Foxboro.[UPDATE] NFL Network’s Mike Giardi also mentions that Thomas is one player to watch on the trade front the next two days. The 30-year old was originally drafted by Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels:2018 Patriots roster tracker: Take a look at New England’s 53-man roster and practice squad after cutdown weekend One of the busiest periods of the NFL calendar is slowly coming to an end. With cutdown weekend almost over, we now know what the core of the 2018 New England Patriots’ roster looks like. Let’s check it out:Quarterback (2): Tom Brady, Brian HoyerNo surprises at the quarterback position: Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer were the clear-cut top two entering the year, with rookie Danny Etling not showing enough over the summer to warrant a spot on the active roster. He was able to clear waivers, though, and get placed on the practice squad.Running back (5): James White, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Jeremy Hill, James DevelinOne of the deepest positions on the roster, the running back corps appeared to be set in stone the moment Sony Michel suffered an injury in practice that allowed Jeremy Hill to see additional snaps and make the most out of them. Special teams ace Brandon Bolden has been released yesterday but could return at a later point.Wide receiver (6): Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Amara Darboh, Chad Hansen, Matthew SlaterAfter cutdown day, wide receiver was the lightest position on the roster. New England has since added two more depth options through the waiver wire: Amara Darboh and Chad Hansen, two mid-round draft selections from 2017 Womens Dont'a Hightower Jersey , were added to the team to give the Patriots additional bodies alongside the current top three, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson.Tight end (3): Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, Jacob HollisterEven with Ryan Izzo getting moved to season-ending injured reserve earlier today, this is as solid a tight end group as any in the NFL – especially because of Rob Gronkowski. But even behind the league’s best player at the position, New England is deep with Dwayne Allen a strong blocker and Jacob Hollister a high-upside receiving option.Offensive line (7): Trent Brown, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Ted Karras, LaAdrian WaddleWhile the top five have been set since spring practices, the players behind them had to beat out their competition to earn spots on the team. Ted Karras and LaAdrian Waddle did just that, while two more linemen – Cole Croston and James Ferentz – have been added to the practice squad after getting released yesterday.Defensive tackle (4): Malcom Brown, Danny Shelton, Lawrence Guy, Adam ButlerDespite the release of former third-round draft pick Vincent Valentine, who joined New England’s practice squad earlier today, the Patriots have plenty of depth at the defensive tackle spot: Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton are the big run stuffers in the middle, with Adam Butler primarily a pass rusher. Lawrence Guy projects to be more of a versatile wild card.Defensive edge (6): Trey Flowers, Adrian Clayborn, Deatrich Wise Jr., Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis, Geneo GrissomThe defensive edge might be the most improved position group on New England’s roster when compared to the 2017 season: Adrian Clayborn, Derek Rivers and Keionta Davis were all not on the (active) team one year ago but project to play prominent snaps alongside Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise Jr. in 2018. The Patriots keeping Geneo Grissom around behind the top six is a minor surprise, but the former third-round draft pick has looked solid this summer.Linebacker (5): Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Elandon Roberts, Nicholas GrigsbyRookie Ja’Whaun Bentley being one of the top performers during the preseason is encouraging news for a linebacker corps that looks similar to the one the Patriots fielded last year. Getting Dont’a Hightower back makes the whole group better, and Bentley’s emergence could give it another dimension when it comes to depth and versatility.Cornerback (7): Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones http://www.newenglandpatriotsteamonline....-jr-jersey , Jason McCourty, Duke Dawson, J.C. Jackson, Keion CrossenOne of the deepest position groups on the team, the Patriots opted to keep seven cornerbacks around after the standout performances of rookies J.C. Jackson and Keion Crossen. The two will provide valuable depth behind starting options Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe.Safety (5): Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Brandon King, Nate EbnerWith Jordan Richards now playing for the Atlanta Falcons, Jason McCourty could potentially fill his role as the fourth safety behind the starting trio of Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon. King, who is listed as a linebacker but wears a defensive back’s number, and Ebner will meanwhile play primarily on special teams.Specialists (3): Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Joe CardonaWith rookie punter Corey Bojorquez unable to challenge Ryan Allen during preseason and now with the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots elected to keep the same three specialists for another year. Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen and Joe Cardona have worked together since 2015.Practice squad (8): Danny Etling, Vincent Valentine, Ralph Webb, Riley McCarron, Jomal Wiltz, Cole Croston, James Ferentz, Trent HarrisNew England officially filled eight of its ten available practice squad spots today, using only players that have spent the entire summer with the Patriots. One of the two remaining open spots is expected to be filled by linebacker Harvey Langi further down the line.Reserve/suspended (1): Julian EdelmanEdelman will start the season on the sidelines and return after the Patriots’ week four game to further solidify a wide receiver position in flux.Injured reserve (7): Isaiah Wynn, Christian Sam, Ulrick John, Darren Andrews, Cody Hollister, Braxton Berrios, Ryan Izzo, Will TyeWhile Ryan Izzo was on the initial 53-man team yesterday, he has been placed on injured reserve earlier today. Because the move happened before today’s 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, the rookie – just like the other players on injured reserve – is not eligible to return off the list later this season.
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