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15/02/2019 a las 09:04:36
The trade deadline is among us! At 4:00 p.m. ET today James" rel=nofollow>">James Develin Jersey , the window to move players via trade will close for the season and judged by the last week of action a few active hours could be ahead of us. The New England Patriots, as usual, are projected to be among the teams to watch today: they have never shied away from making moves, and have been among the teams to pull the trigger in late October recently.The last two years alone, they moved on from starting linebacker Jamie Collins (2016) and high-upside backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (2017), and acquired linebacker Kyle Van Noy (2016). Whether or not New England will be equally active today remains to be seen, but whatever happens we are here to collect all the moves and rumors from the team and from around the NFL.Patriots movesThe deadline came and went and the Patriots did not make any moves.NFL movesCB Eli Apple: from the New York Giants to the New Orleans Saints for a 2019 4th round draft pick.WR Amari Cooper: from the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 1st round draft pick.DT Damon Harrison: from the New York Giants to the Detroit Lions for a 2019 5th round draft pick.RB Carlos Hyde: from the Cleveland Browns to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 5th round draft pick.WR Demaryius Thomas and a 2019 7th round draft pick from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans for 2019 4th and 7th round draft picks.WR Golden Tate: from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2019 3rd round draft pick.RB Ty Montgomery: from the Green Bay Packers to the Baltimore Ravens.DE Dante Fowler Jr: from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2019 3rd round pick and a 2020 5th round pick.FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: from the Green Bay Packers to Washington.Patriots candidates and targetsThe Patriots have never been afraid from moving players about to enter free agency, if the projected reward is greater than a potential compensatory draft pick. Keep an eye for the following men today: defensive tackle Malcom Brown, wide receivers Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett, and defensive edge Trey Flowers. While Brown and Dorsett would qualify as medium shockers, seeing Hogan and especially Flowers traded would be huge.Moving on from players could not be the only moves made today, the Patriots could also go after outside help. While the team reportedly has an eye on bone fide wide receivers like the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and the Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate, it should primarily target defensive players to bolster what has been an inconsistent unit so far this season: linebackers Haason Reddick (Arizona Cardinals) and B.J. Goodson (New York Giants) come to mind.Patriots salary cap space$5,262 Authentic" rel=nofollow>">Authentic LaAdrian Waddle Jersey ,629 (via’s Miguel Benzan)News and rumorsRumor: The Patriots have expressed interest in Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. (source)Rumor: The Patriots are offering high draft choices for a bona fide wide receiver. (source)Rumor: The Patriots have discussed bringing back linebacker Jamie Collins. (source)Rumor: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower could be a potential trade chip for New England. (source)Rumor: The Lions want a fourth-round draft pick for Golden Tate. (source)Rumor: The Patriots could also be in the market to trade away one of the wide receivers they currently have under contract. (source)News: Demaryius Thomas will get traded to the Houston Texans. (source)Rumor: Pierre Garcon is no longer likely to be traded. (source)Rumor: Texans still considering a trade for Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett. (source)Rumor: Broncos still looking to trade LB Brandon Marshall and DE Shane Ray. (source)News: Golden Tate gets traded from the Detroit Lions to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round draft pick. (source)Rumor: The Texans have called the Patriots about Phillip Dorsett, but there has not been much progress so far. (source)Rumor: Bill Belichick does not expect the Patriots to make a move today. (source)Patriots Acquire Josh Gordon: Quick Hit Thoughts Josh Gordon is going to need to find a new number.Just like that, amid all of the Dez Bryant talk and worries of yet another earth-shattering September Patriots loss, New England went out and got Josh Gordon from Cleveland in exchange for a fifth round pick. There were rumors over the weekend that the Browns were going to straight-up cut Gordon, but instead managed to garner at least some compensation for him. The Patriots now have a very intriguing option at receiver who will finally be catching passes from a quarterback not named Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell.And while it’s easy to get excited by the prospect of Gordon in a Pats uniform, what is the team really getting? How much can we rationally expect from this guy? Are the Patriots immediately the clear-cut favorite to win the Super Bowl? Or will Gordon be out of football by Week 7? Only time will tell, but for now, here are my quick-hit thoughts on what Josh Gordon brings to the team. Physical beast. Gordon is 6’3”, 225 pounds, and incredibly athletic. He has a 35 inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump. He represents a physicality and skillset that the Patriots don’t really have on the roster. New England will enter into the month of October with Gordon, Edelman, Gronk, Dorsett, Hogan , and James White as viable receiving threats, and that’s a very solid offense. Even if Gordon doesn’t become the next Randy Moss (note: he most likely won’t, and that’s an odd comparison), he’s the kind of player that defenses have to account for, which should help draw double teams away from Gronk. It’s so rare for Tommy B to have receivers who are just athletic freaks, and the prospect of what Gordon has at his disposal is incredibly exciting.Obvious question marks. Gordon has’t played a full season of football since 2013. He has looked solid in his very limited action since then, but the bottom line is he has basically been out of football for five years. He also seems completely incapable of staying off the drugs and alcohol, and is known to be a bit of a headcase. We also don’t know what his level of football IQ is; this isn’t an easy offense to learn, and if his brain is simply too clogged with malted hops and bong resin, he may join the ever-growing list of receivers brought onto the team mid-season who never quite figured it out. There are many unknowns right now that we need to balance against Gordon’s obvious physical talents as we temper expectations.Excellent fit. This is what the Patriots are known for - they take troubled players that could never quite get their act together with other teams, and give them a length of rope. They can then use that rope to pull themselves up to superstardom (Randy Moss, Corey Dillon) or they can get themselves clotheslined by it (Adalius Thomas, Albert Haynesworth). Who knows if Gordon will fall into the former category or the latter, but that’s pretty irrelevant to be honest Drew" rel=nofollow>">Drew Bledsoe Jersey Salute to Service , as this move makes all the sense in the world. The Patriots need help at receiver, and Gordon has the potential to provide a huge boost, assuming he can pick up the playbook and keep his head straight. And if he can’t, that’s fine, because: Zero risk. The Patriots are giving Cleveland their fifth round pick in exchange for an extremely talented player with high upside. If Gordon isn’t active for at least 10 games, the Browns have to send New England their seventh rounder. So in essence, the Patriots either get a phenomenal receiver for a fifth rounder, or they trade what is sure to be a late fifth round pick for a high seventh round pick, which is a deal you make all day. Maybe it’s repayment for giving Cleveland Jamie Collins for free. Maybe Cleveland was just desperate to get rid of Gordon. Maybe Belichick has been working as a double agent for years and has some sort of master plan. Whatever the case, the Patriots are getting a lot of talent for practically nothing, which means that even Felger Shank the most ardent anti-Patriots folks are going to have a tough time spinning this one into a negative.
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