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Cassel: Patriots weren't getting what they wanted out of Josh Gordon

Cassel: Patriots weren't getting what they wanted out of Josh Gordon

The New England Patriots decided to move on from Josh Gordon on Wednesday. In a surprising move, the team elected to put Gordon on IR and will waive him when healthy. His brief tenure with the Patriots lasted parts of two seasons and he played 17 games total with the squad.

On the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel gave his take on why the Patriots moved on from Gordon. And in short, Cassel thinks it was because Gordon lacked consistency during his time with the Patriots.

There was a few plays and flashes here and there, but there just wasn't that consistency. And it just seemed like every time that Tom and he were trying to hook up or do that stuff there wasn't that rhythm that you get into with a receiver, especially as you got deeper into the season. You wanted to see more maturation in terms of that relationship and it just didn't seem like it was ever coming to fruition. So at the same time, I think that it was a decision where they were looking at the entire workload and what they were getting out of it and I don't think -- they weren't seeing what they really wanted to get out of Josh.

In his 17 games with the Patriots, Gordon totaled 60 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. But in 2019, Gordon was only averaging 3.3 catches for 47.8 yards in six games. He simply wasn't producing enough, and that led the Patriots to part with him.

For more of Cassel's opinion on Josh Gordon and why Cassel doesn't think Tom Brady is letting his pending free agency distract him, listen to the Patriots Talk Podcast in full.

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LSU tight end admits to being 'kinda scared' in meeting with Patriots

LSU tight end admits to being 'kinda scared' in meeting with Patriots

The New England Patriots don't fool around.

They are all about winning and will work harder than anyone else to make sure those objectives are met. These elite levels of dedication and preparation are among the reasons why the Patriots have enjoiyed an unprecedented run of success for the last 20 years, which includes six Super Bowl championships.

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This worth ethic was not lost on LSU tight end Stephen Sullivan, who admitted to being "kinda scared" meeting with the Patriots at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.

Tight end is among the primary needs for the Patriots, and Sullivan is one of the top 10 players at the position in this draft class. 

Sullivan tallied 12 receptions for 130 yards in six games for the undefeated and national champion Tigers last season. He also impressed at the combine by running the second-fastest 40 time of all the tight ends. 

Sullivan's speed and size (6-foot-5 and 248 pounds) make him an intriguing target for teams in need of a tight end. He's likely to be drafted on Day 3, which is when rounds four through seven take place.

He's not the only tight end who the Patriots made an impression on this week. Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney revealed the Patriots said one of his answers in an interview with the team was a "loser's mentality."

Whether it's Sullivan, Pinkney or someone else, it wouldn't be surprising if the Patriots select at least one tight end in April's draft. They need much better offensive production from their tight ends than what they received in the 2019 season.

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Report: Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on injured left ankle

Report: Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on injured left ankle

With only a couple of weeks until the NFL's free agent frenzy begins, the Patriots offense is dealing with even more uncertainty heading into the 2020 season.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on a high ankle sprain that has not healed properly this offseason.

Sanu suffered the injury on a punt return in Week 11 against the Eagles, and even though he was only sidelined for one game, the ankle severely limited his production down the stretch last season.

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After racking up 10 receptions (on 14 targets) for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens in Week 10, Sanu only totaled 15 catches (on 33 targets) for 114 yards and no touchdowns over New England's final seven games, including a Wild Card loss to the Titans — not the type of production the Patriots were counting on when they sent a second-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for Sanu.

It remains to be seen if the uncertainty surrounding Sanu affects the team's offseason plans at wide receiver. Right now, only Sanu, Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, and Jakobi Meyers are under contract for the 2020 season, with Phillip Dorsett entering free agency and reportedly already attracting outside interest.

Sanu will earn $6.5 million in 2020, the final year of his contract.