The Patriots added to their depth chart at receiver Sunday, acquiring wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson from the Raiders, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The report also indicated the Pats will exchange their fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft for the Raiders’ sixth-round pick.
Patterson caught 31 passes for 309 yards in his first season with the Raiders last year. He’s never lived up to expectations since the Vikings drafted him in the first round (No. 29 overall) out of Tennessee in 2013. However, he is an outstanding returner, leading the NFL in kickoff returns (28.3 yards per return) last season.
The Padres struggled to make contact with Cole’s offspeed pitches. For a second straight start, Cole had at least 20 swinging strikes. In his Astros debut against the Rangers, he had a career-high 21 swinging strikes and had 20 on Saturday night against San Diego.
“I thought the curveball was good, but sometimes the slider was better than the curveball,” Cole said. “We had both sides of the plate with the fastball, which is kind of what sets everything up.”
Padres starter Bryan Mitchell worked around six walks in 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits. The Astros loaded the bases in the fifth, but Bregman flied out to end the threat.
The game, which will be on Thursday, Sept. 6 in Philadelphia, would be a rematch of the NFC Championship. The Eagles crushed the Vikings 38-7 and eventually defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 to win their first title.
The Thursday night game also will likely draw huge ratings, since the Vikings just signed former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a giant three-year, $84 million deal that’s fully guaranteed.
Considering NFL ratings have been slipping in recent years, the Eagles-Vikings matchup is one way to bring in a large crowd.
Lundqvist said New York needs to hit the reset button this offseason.
“It’s about winning games and getting back to the playoffs,” he said. “We need to set that goal right away. If you’re here, you’re here to make a difference. I think we can turn this around real quick.”