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Here are the Patriots' undrafted free agent signings

Here are the Patriots' undrafted free agent signings

The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, but the Patriots aren't done making moves. New England signed a few undrafted free agents on Saturday.

 

UPDATE (Sunday, April 28, 4:39 p.m.): New Mexico cornerback D'Angelo Ross becomes the latest undrafted free agent to sign with the Patriots. In his senior year, Ross totaled 57 tackles, six passes defended and one interception in 12 games with the Lobos.

UPDATE (Sunday, April 28, 11:44 a.m. ET): The Patriots have signed another running back, Nick Brossette from LSU. He ran for 1,039 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

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Two of those signings were wide receivers. The Pats signed both Jakobi Meyers out of NC State and Xavier Ubosi out of UAB.

Meyers tallied 92 catches for 1,047 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. Ubosi had 35 catches for 837 yards and eight TDs.

The Patriots also signed Calvin Anderson, a 6-foot-4, 292 pound offensive tackle out of Texas.

Missouri linebacker Terez Hall inked a deal with New England as well. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder had 71 tackles (nine for loss) and five sacks in 2018.

The Patriots agreed to a deal with Marshall safety Malik Gant.

6-foot-5, 314 pound Miami offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis is headed to New England as well.

Auburn wide receiver Ryan Davis will join his college QB Jarrett Stidham in New England. He caught 69 passes for 546 yards and a touchdown with the Tigers in 2018.

6-foot-4, 311-pound Miami center Tyler Gauthier is signing with the Patriots.

The Pats didn't draft a tight end, but they signed one. Texas' Andrew Beck is signing with New England. In 2018, he caught 28 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

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Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Who knew virtual beer pong was a thing? 

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apparently is set to compete in a virtual beer pong tournament hosted by Post Malone to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, according to TMZ Sports. The tournament will be live-streamed on the @ballinacup Instagram over eight days and the winners will receive a trophy and wrestling belts. 

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Gronkowski will be partnered with his girlfriend Camille Kostek, and they aren't the only familiar faces in the tournament. Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and former Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin also will compete in the competition. 

The first round kicks off on Friday with Gronkowski and Kostek taking on Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and USWNT star Mallory Pugh. Amendola will take on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on Saturday and Seguin will take on New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman on Monday, April 6. 

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It's no surprise Gronkowski signed up to compete in this tournament -- he loves to party, after all. 

This definitely is something out of the ordinary, but it should be pretty comical to watch Gronkowski, Amendola and Seguin compete to see who the king of beer pong is. 

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

The New England Patriots have been an unstoppable force over the course of the past two decades. The team has won six Super Bowls, 17 division titles, and hasn't logged a losing season this century.

One of the reasons for their success? They have been insanely good in one-possession games.

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According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), the Patriots have the best winning percentage in one-score games since the turn of the century. They are one of just two teams that have won greater than 60 percent of those contests. Here's a look at the numbers:

While several teams have more wins than the Patriots in these contests, it's still remarkable that the team has won two-thirds of their one-score games in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. It takes great decision-making on the parts of players and coaches to maintain such a strong record.

With Brady no longer on the Patriots, It looks like we're going to figure out just how much he has mattered to the Patriots' ability to win close games. Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are the two quarterback options on the roster after Cody Kessler was released on Thursday, so Belichick will have his work cut out for him with either option.

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Meanwhile, Brady's impact on the Buccaneers may be notable depending on how much they improve in this area. The Bucs have the third-worst winning percentage of the century in one-possession games, coming in at 40.2 percent. They have the second-most losses overall with 98.

Last season, the Bucs were 3-6 in nine one-score games with Jameis Winston at the helm. If Brady can help to improve upon that record by making fewer late-game mistakes than the turnover-prone Winston did, then the Bucs may have a chance to make some noise in the NFC.

Either way, we'll soon see how Brady's presence impacts the Bucs and if the Patriots can continue their winning ways in close contests.