Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson from Raiders

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.”buccaneers_030

Shurmur, Gettleman drool over Saquon Barkley’s potential

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has made it clear that he won’t necessarily take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. Of course, he wouldn’t say who else he was considering.

But it sure sounded like he expects Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to be sitting atop his draft board when it’s done.

There’s no doubt he is, and both Gettleman and Giants coach Pat Shurmur have said they don’t have a problem with taking a running back second overall. For years, the prevailing thought in the NFL was that running backs could be found later, and that building an offensive line was far more important. But a recent run of game-changing running backs – like Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley – has seemingly changed all that.

Advice: Big Ten linemen like Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard or Michigan DT Maurice Hurst appear to be scheme fits for Schwartz and might be solid options at the back of the first round.

All-world LT Jason Peters is 36 and trying to came back from an ACL tear that ended his 2017 season after seven games. Could be time to start eyeing his successor.

Advice: If GM Howie Roseman wanted to find a high-end replacement immediately, he’d probably have reasonable shots at players like Pitt’s Brian O’Neill or UCLA’s Kolton Miller at the end of Round 1. But the Eagles won’t pick again until Round 4, when projects like Humboldt State’s Alex Cappa or North Carolina A&T’s Brandon Parker are more realistic options.patriots_095-223x223

Owner Robert Kraft was asked this week during the Annual League Meeting this week if finding a QB in the draft was a priority for his team.

I’m going to put my fan hat on, and obviously at some point we have to, Kraft said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Not just that, but think what happened in the’08 season when in the first quarter against Kansas City, Tom [Brady] goes out. How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an 11-5 season I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick]. He knows his responsibilities. Anything can happen, even if Tom comes in [and is in] tip-top shape.

Following the announcement of the rule, many current and former players took issue with the change, concerned about how it might alter football. Goodell said that the next phase of the process is to educate players and coaches on what will be a penalty moving forward.

He did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine earlier this month, either, saying he wanted to be evaluated strictly as a quarterback.

Jackson, who has not hired an agent and has been represented by his mother, has been low-key throughout the draft preparation process. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock reported Thursday that Jackson’s representation has even made it difficult for pro teams even to set up meetings with him.

More from Pro Day: Jackson misses an opportunity to show off all his skills

Not just work out, but appointments to meet with him, to put him up on the board, to work him out, to have dinner with him, Mayock said on NFL Network on Thursday. And remember, and again I’m not taking a shot here at anybody, his mom is representing him, his mom has obviously his best interest at heart, but you’re doing the kid a disservice if NFL coaches and general managers are calling and you can’t even get an appointment set up.patriots_146-223x223

Vikings already have inquired about Marquette King

Young was described as having limitless shooting range and compared to Golden State Warriors superstar and former league MVP Steph Curry. In fact, the projection claims Young is college basketball’s most prolific shooter since Curry at Davidson.

Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists in 31 games this season for Oklahoma.

We’re not sure if that’s pure speculation or something completely different. What we do know is that the possibility of New England trading Gronkowski has increased with him still undecided on a future in the NFL.

We’ve been shocking the world this whole tournament, he told NJ Advance Media this week. Why stop now

Townes and his teammates were making a brief — but certainly eventful — stop in Chicago before leaving for the Final Four, one that included a police escort from the airport and celebration on campus in a packed arena. Two female students, he said with a sheepish laugh, had held up a sign asking if he’d take them to the university’s upcoming formal.

Bennett’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told Tim McManus of on Friday that Bennett has no intention of pleading guilty or agreeing to a deal.

The only two possible outcomes for this case is the DA’s office [saying] they don’t have a case and dismissing, or a trial — one or the other, Hardin said. If and whenever they ask for a plea, it will be not guilty.

Bennett was indicted by a grand jury on Monday and posted $10,000 bond after turning himself in. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 23, but Hardin does not expect a plea request at that hearing. The attorney said Bennett has been given no travel restrictions and will request rescheduling of his court dates if they interfere with the Eagles’ offseason program

How consistent he was. He would go out there, from the very beginning to the very end. In the playoffs, he was consistent. That’s what you need out of a guy like him, an ace. He’s so young, too. Show that maturity. Show that consistency. And just his a the work he put in between starts, which was pretty impressive. How consistent it was. The routine he had was something special. That’s why he did so well last year.patriots_004-223x223

Bridgewater was projected to be a top-five pick in 11 of the 13 mock drafts O’Hara reviewed.

A couple months prior to the 2014 NFL draft, Mike O’Hara the Detroit Lions official stie pooled the results of 13 mock drafts in order to get a feel for where most analysts had top prospects going. The consensus at the time was that Blake Bortles was the top quarterback in the draft, but that Teddy Bridgewater was 1-A.

Two weeks later, Bortles and Bridgewater participated in their respective pro days. Bortles’ performance was widely praised, which along with a strong combine showing cemented his spot atop the quarterback pecking order.

A toothless defense signed starting-caliber corner Rashaan Melvin but parted ways with Sean Smith, T.J. Carrie and Denico Autry, while an offense lacking weapons appeared to downgrade the No. 2 receiver spot by cutting Michael Crabtree and replacing him with the older, less productive Jordy Nelson.

Aging running back Doug Martin isn’t likely to save them on that side of the ball after the 29-year-old averaged just 2.9 yards per carry the last two years in Tampa. It’s hard to see how a Raiders team that was relatively healthy last season will be a lot better in 2018.

That is unless Carr returns to MVP-caliber form, which is possible if he’s healthier in his fifth season.

The most lucrative safety deal signed this offseason was Tyrann Mathieu’s one-year, $7 million pact with Houston, followed by other relatively modest contracts signed by New Orleans’ Kurt Coleman (three years for $18 million with $4.5 million guaranteed) and Pittsburgh’s Morgan Burnett (three years, $14.3 million, $4.3 million guaranteed).

Some of the biggest names still available, like Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Mike Mitchell, remain unsigned because of dissatisfaction with the money being tendered. Another one is Tre Boston, who understandably finds himself dumbfounded at what has unfolded.

Boston thought he would be able to cash in after the best season of his NFL career; he posted career highs in tackles (79), pass break-ups (eight) and interceptions (five) last season with the Chargers. And with Boston not turning 26 until July, the best should still be yet to come.

The Cleveland Browns are undoubtedly getting better. They can’t really get worse than the last two years, and it’s hard not to improve when they’ve got that much money and draft capital.jets_261

Patriots announce release of Martellus Bennett, Bernard Reedy

Patriots backup wide receiver Bernard Reedy said at the Super Bowl he would return to his $11-an-hour job driving a van for people with disabilities. He will have to find a new day job in the fall, though.

The Vikings turned that No. 7 pick into South Carolina wide receiver Troy Williamson, who caught only 79 passes and scored three touchdowns in three seasons with the team, so this aspect of the trade wasn’t the issue. For that matter, neither was trading Harris, who only played 39 games and tallied 116 combined tackles with Minnesota.

Instead, it was the fact that the Raiders had acquired a game-changing player in Moss, who often times seemed to be uninterested on the field while his effort over 29 games in Oakland was constantly questioned. His tenure with the Silver and Black, which featured 102 receptions (on 219 targets) for 1,558 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons, ended with the superstar being shipped to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round pick.

Sherman ed only nine games last season before tearing his right Achilles. Carroll said last week Sherman also underwent surgery to clean up his left Achilles.

“We moved very quickly to Plan B,” Johnson said, per the New York Daily News . “It’s almost a shame to call it Plan B, because it’s shaping up as something pretty magnificent . I’m pretty excited about it. We did so swiftly. It doesn’t hurt it all that we now have an awful lot of money that we were thinking we might be sending out the door to one player. Now [we] have that back with us and we can spread that out over a lot of other players over the next few years.”

The popular consensus around this year’s NFL draft is that there is a group of four quarterbacks that are a cut above the rest of the class. (Along with Sam Darnold , Josh Rosen , Josh Allen , and Baker Mayfield , some include Lamar Jackson but others do not.) By moving up from No. 6 to No. 3, the Jets guaranteed that they can land at least one of those players.jets_261