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Julian Edelman campaigns for Zion Williamson to join Patriots as a TE

We must give New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman kudos for his elaborate effort to try to fill the tight end position left vacated by Rob Gronkowski. Check out this doctored-up tweet Edelman created. It shows Duke’s Zion Williamson being selected and welcomed by the Patriots in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft. While this was a brilliant effort by Edelman, Williamson has declared for the NBA draft. We must also mention that if Edelman were to get his wish, he would...

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Tom Brady tops NFL merchandise sales list for second straight year

Tom Brady continues to be one of the most popular — and marketable — players in the NFL, as evidenced by the New England Patriots quarterback topping the league’s merchandise sales list for the second straight year. The NFLPA released the specifics and numbers via a statement issued Wednesday. The NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List is solely based on the sales of officially licensed NFL player merchandise. The list was determined by sales from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019. The NFLPA...

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Michael McDermott

Top 10 Patriots Draft Fits #1: Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown

A.J. Brown is the most complete receiver in the draft and someone the Patriots have to consider adding to their mostly unproven receiver room.

The Patriots’ wide receiver room is a bit unsettled, with Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett returning from last year’s group. The Patriots control Josh Gordon’s rights, as he recently signed his restricted free agent tender. However, Gordon becoming a significant contributor down the stretch and into the postseason is not a bet the Patriots...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Rumor: Patriots apparently think Cardinals will pick Kyler Murray first overall

According to one source, New England believes that Arizona will draft a quarterback.

In most years, the first overall selection in the draft is known long before the clock officially starts ticking. 2019, however, will be different as the Arizona Cardinals have not yet given any clear indications about what they plan to do with pick number one. Will they draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray? Will they go after a defensive lineman like Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams? Will they make a trade...

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Bruins salute beer-chugging Julian Edelman, say he rallied team, fans

Julian Edelman played an integral role in firing up the troops during Tuesday night’s Game 7 showdown between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden, and the hometown team credited the New England Patriots wideout with an assist of sorts for pumping up the team and the fans. Edelman served as one of the Bruins’ honorary banner captains ahead of the game, along with Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Meghan Colby. The Super Bowl LIII MVP’s frenetic flag-waving...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Ex-Patriot Shawn Springs mentoring one of the draft’s top prospects

The ex-Patriot has helped Dwayne Haskins become a first-round prospect.

When the New England Patriots are on the clock tomorrow night, Dwayne Haskins is expected to be long gone: the Ohio State prospect is among the top quarterbacks to enter the 2019 draft and as such could become one of the first ten players to hear their names called by Roger Goodell on Thursday. At least indirectly, the Patriots have a hand in this as one of their former players has taken Haskins under his wings.

Shawn...

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Man gets probation for pawning Gronk's coins

A man who pawned rare coins stolen from Rob Gronkowski's home while the now-retired New England Patriots tight end was away to play in the Super Bowl has been placed on two years of probation.

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Marima

New England Patriots links 4/24/19 - Pats await Commissioner-Gordon reinstatement

Daily news and links for Wednesday

TEAM TALK

Andy Hart and Paul Perillo look at 5 prospects each at the cornerback and safety positions that might make sense for New England. Andy Hart tackles this week’s Patriots Unfiltered Q&A: Final pre-draft thoughts! Patriots Unfiltered 4/23: NFL draft preview; Lawrence Guy interview. (2 hour program)

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Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Josh Gordon signs restricted free agent tender with Patriots. 98.5 Sports Hub reports that if Josh Gordon plays at...

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Brian Phillips

Pats Pulpit Live: 7-round Patriots Mock Draft

Here were the results of Tuesday night’s Pats Pulpit Live predictive mock draft.

On Tuesday night, I jumped on our Facebook page and dove into a live seven-round mock draft over on TheDraftNetwork.com for the most recent episode of Pats Pulpit Live.

It was a predictive mock, meaning that picks were made in a (fruitless) attempt to recreate what the Patriots would do in the same situation — regardless of how the board fell. And, to simulate the “dart board throw” randomness of the...

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Rich Hill

Patriots spend pennies to acquire a pass rusher, while the Chiefs pay a ransom

Both teams had a need. They addressed them in completely different ways.

The New England Patriots had a pass rusher that was going to get a major pay day and the team both could not afford to pay what he would receive on the open market, nor would they want to match the price for the sake of building the roster. Instead, the Patriots decided to say good bye to their Super Bowl champion and move on.

I’m talking, of course, about the Patriots’ decision to send Chandler Jones to the Arizona...

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Ryan Keiran

2019 NFL Draft Primer: 3 Round Patriots Mock Draft

With the 2019 NFL Draft commencing at the end of the week, the Patriots and all NFL teams will be finalizing their big board in preparation. It’s time for us to do the same.

Folks, we made it. The draft process feels longer and more drawn out with every passing year (even though they actually moved the draft back up after a couple years of commencing at the beginning of May), but by the end of this week we will know the new class of New England Patriots draft picks and undrafted free...

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Pat Lane

A brief history of Bill Belichick’s best draft day trades

A look back at some of the trades that have made the Patriots so great.

Bill Belichick has long been considered one of the best drafters in the NFL. One of the reasons he has been so successful is his willingness to trade picks — he views them as assets, and will take a player if he thinks the value is good, otherwise, he won’t hesitate to move back, never fearing the players they might miss out on. The draft is simply part of his plan, which is, and always will be, to make the team...

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Rich Hill

How teams like the Patriots use NFL reporters to win the draft

Also a story of how the Patriots drafted Julian Edelman.

The New England Patriots are one of the most buttoned-up teams in the NFL when it comes to avoiding the media and making sure that team secrets are not revealed. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t use the media to their advantage.

MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas shares how teams leverage the media to generate smokescreens, disguise draft interest, and learn about new prospects- including how the Patriots came to draft Julian Edelman.

At...

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Bruins hand out assist to beer-chugging Edelman

Julian Edelman's beer-chugging moment late in the first period hyped the Bruins and the crowd at TD Garden, which watched Boston topple Toronto in Game 7.

Bleacher Report - New England Patriots

Video: Watch Patriots' Julian Edelman Chug Beer as Bruins Game 7 Crowd Erupts

Downing alcoholic beverages at NHL games is becoming one of America's greatest sports pastimes. With the Boston Bruins hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 on Tuesday night, ...

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Josh Gordon signs RFA tender with Patriots

Josh Gordon will be sticking with the New England Patriots, suspended or not. According to Field Yates of ESPN, Gordon signed his restricted free agent tender on Tuesday, ensuring that he would remain with the Patriots no matter what. Gordon was due to be a restricted free agent. New England could have let him walk, but they opted not to do so, even though he’s currently suspended and has no guarantees of being reinstated ahead of the 2019 season. If he is, he’ll be playing for New...

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Report: Josh Gordon signs restricted free agent tender with Patriots

It was reported on Tuesday that New England Patriots receiver Josh Gordon signed his restricted free agent tender with the team. As Field Yates of ESPN noted, Gordon’s NFL future is still very much in doubt. But if he plays in 2019, it will be for the Patriots. Gordon played in 11 games for New England in 2018. He showed some serious flashes before a string of suspensions. Unfortunately, his season was ultimately cut short when he left the team and was suspended for violating the NFL’s...

Bleacher Report - New England Patriots

Patriots Rumors: Josh Gordon Signs RFA Contract Amid Suspension

Even though there's no guarantee Josh Gordon will play in the NFL in 2019, the troubled wide receiver made sure he will remain with the New England Patriots if he does...

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Source: Suspended Gordon signs Patriots tender

Patriots receiver Josh Gordon, who is serving an indefinite NFL suspension, officially signed his restricted free-agent tender on Tuesday, a league source told ESPN's Field Yates, meaning if he is reinstated he would be under contract for 2019.

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Rich Hill

Wide receiver Josh Gordon signs restricted free agent tender to return to the Patriots

The Patriots receiver will be back in 2019. Whether or not he plays is a different question.

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has signed his restricted free agent tender, per ESPN’s Field Yates. Gordon’s availability to play in 2019 is in question due to repeated violations of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, but if he gets clearance to play it will be in New England.

The Patriots acquired Gordon in the middle of last season and Gordon helped the team secure...

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