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Gerald McCoy Interested in the Patriots

Sources tell Boston Sports Extra that recently released Gerald McCoy is open to the Patriots because of a potential reunion with Michael Bennett, and money isn’t an issue. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned this as a possibility yesterday, but it has been confirmed. Adam Schefter also mentioned the Patriots when he reported the news of McCoy’s desire to play for a playoff team. Former Buccaneers’ DT Gerald McCoy wants to sign with a playoff contender, and of course make money. But he wants to win. Spots that would make sense include the Browns, the Patriots, the Chargers, the Jaguars, and the Cowboys amongst others. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2019 Adding Gerald McCoy to the Patriots would break the NFL. McCoy would be the last piece to a defense that already has more it’s fair share of talent. With a top tier secondary and a scary front seven, McCoy would help make this defense top five in the league. Adding to an already loaded defense Running the ball against this front seven with Gerald McCoy included would be next to impossible, and he would provide some outstanding pressure on the inside. Much like the run game, passing against a secondary spearheaded by Stephon Gilmore is no easy task either. Then add an improved pass rush this offseason, and not only will it be hard for...

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How the Patriots’ Tackle Spots Could Look Very Different This Season

It goes without saying that the Patriots currently have a large surplus at the tackle position on their offensive line. Funny enough, this strong group is the same group that had plenty of question marks on the first day of free agency when Trent Brown left for Oakland. With all that being said, with all the Patriots’ additions to their tackle posistions, the loss of Trent Brown now seems somewhat insignificant. This is of course making two key assumptions; Jared Veldheer has the ability to start, and Isaiah Wynn has properly healed from his egregious Achilles injury last August. Patriots Tackle Outlook The Patriots currently have Isaiah Wynn, Marcus Cannon, Jared Veldheer, Dan Skipper, Cole Croston, Yondy Cajuste, Calvin Anderson, Cedrick Lang, and Tyree St. Louis all listed at the tackle spot. Their influx of tackles provides a lot of flexibility for coaches Dante Scarnecchia, Josh McDaniels, and de facto GM Bill Belichick. Coach Scar Has Plenty of Options Scarnecchia will obviously benefit the most from all these moves, as he will be the closest to these players. Coach Scar will now have to make the decision on where Isaiah Wynn plays this season and decide the roles of Jared Veldheer, Marcus Cannon, Yondy Cajuste. Expect Cajuste to Be a Sponge This Year In all likelihood, Yondy Cajuste, the fourth round selection out of West Virginia, will play a...

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Rounds 4-7: Scouting Reports on Patriots Later Round Picks

Now let’s take a look at some of the later round picks by the Patriots. These picks, although not as flashy, solidified some positions with question marks. The Patriots certainly solidified the offensive line, at least for now. With Cajuste and Frohodlt, the Patriots now could very well contend for one of the best offensive lines in the league. Even with Trent Brown leaving for Oakland. 101. YONDY CAJUSTE, OT WEST VIRGINIA  Yondy Cajuste said in interviews that West Virginia ran some Patriots plays in their offense. That might be one reason Belichick liked him so much. With Marcus Cannon getting older by the day, Trent Brown leaving, and Isaiah Wynn rehabbing from a gruesome achilles injury, it is no secret the Patriots needed to address the tackle position early. Cajuste is the quintessential Trent Brown replacement pick. He is a large man who will play the swing tackle role that we saw Trent play last year. This pick and the selection of Hjalte Froholdt indicates to me that if Isaiah Wynn’s achilles looks good to go, the Patriots will trade Joe Thuney or Marcus Cannon with no hesitation. Thuney is in the last year of his contract and Cannon is probably in the last year the Patriots could trade him. If Cajuste is solid and Wynn impresses, Patriots could flip either one at their max value for a...

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Rounds 1-3: Scouting Reports on Patriots Picks

Let’s dive right into the Patriots first four picks in a draft that they absolutely nailed. Stay on the lookout for breakdowns of the later rounds and the UDFAs. 32. N’KEAL HARRY, WR  ARIZONA STATE The Patriots pleasantly surprised on Thursday night. They not only drafted a receiver in the first round, but one of N’Keal Harry’s caliber. The evaluation of the wide receiver class this year was at times murky waters of sorts. Many passionate film buffs, scouts, and analysts had N’Keal Harry fluctuating from the fourth best receiver in this class to the first. After watching a ton of film on this kid, all signs point to Harry being much closer to that number one spot to that number four. What he does right: -Contested ball catcher, reminds of a DeAndre Hopkins in that regard.  -Big-bodied, yet moves at a pretty good speed for his size -Very smart, faired really well during Patriots visit with playbook retention  -Understands how to use his body to make catches -Will play some outside receiver, could also play a good deal of slot at the next level -Very solid catch radius  -Makes catches look easier than they really are -Good jump off the ball  -Like a Marshawn Lynch or Gronk once he has the ball, very hard to tackle, YAC monster -Can be a redzone monster at a Pro level, will...

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McAuliffe 3.0: Full First Round Mock Draft (With Trades)

Here is my last mock draft before one of the most anticipated and unpredictable drafts in recent memory. Please contact me on Twitter (@max_mcauliffe) with any questions. First Round: 1. Cardinals Quinnen Williams, IDL 2. 49ers Nick Bosa, EDGE 3. Redskins (via Jets) Kyler Murray, QB 4. Raiders Josh Allen, EDGE  5. Buccaneers Ed Oliver, IDL 6. Giants Rashan Gary, EDGE 7. Jaguars Jawaan Taylor, OT 8. Lions Greedy Williams, CB 9. Bills Montez Sweat, EDGE 10. Bengals Devin White, LB 11. Bengals Andre Dillard, OT 12. Packers T.J. Hockenson, TE 13. Dolphins Jonah Williams, OT 14. Falcons Brian Burns, EDGE 15. Jets (via Washington) Clelin Ferrell, EDGE 16. Panthers Cody Ford, OT 17. Giants Dwayne Haskins, QB 18. Vikings Garrett Bradbury, IOL 19. Titans Marquise Brown, WR 20. Steelers Devin Bush Jr., LB 21. Seahawks Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S 22. Ravens N’Keal Harry, WR 23. Texans Chris Lindstrom, IOL 24. Raiders Byron Murphy, CB 25. Eagles Nasir Adderley, S 26. Colts Christian Wilkins, IDL 27. Raiders Joshua Jacobs, RB 28. Chargers Jerry Tillery, IDL 29. Browns (via Seahawks) DeAndre Baker, CB 30. Packers Johnathan Abram, S 31. Rams Amani Oruwariye, CB 32. Patriots Noah Fant, TE Share this: View the original article on Patriots Extra: McAuliffe 3.0: Full First Round Mock Draft (With...

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