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At least Patriots have more cap space than comically cash-poor Chiefs

At least Patriots have more cap space than comically cash-poor Chiefs

It's all about perspective, New England Patriots fans.

The Patriots aren't in a great spot entering 2020: They just lost franchise quarterback Tom Brady to free agency as well as key defensive players like Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Duron Harmon (trade).

As ESPN's Field Yates pointed out Monday, New England doesn't have many resources to replace those players at the moment: The team has just $891,775 in cap space, the second-lowest figure in the NFL.

But do you see who's behind the Patriots? The Kansas City Chiefs, according to Yates, have exactly $177 in cap space.

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Not $177,000 -- $177. That can't even buy them a year's worth of Zoom calls ($179.88 for 12 months of Zoom Pro) to potential free-agent signings.

Of course, the Chiefs don't need much: The defending Super Bowl champions are bringing back nearly all of their core players in 2020 and are the current favorites to win Super Bowl LV with Patrick Mahomes leading the way.

Kansas City also can free up some extra cash by cutting ties with Sammy Watkins ($21 million cap hit in 2020) or restructuring a few contracts. As The Boston Globe's Ben Volin points out, though, the defending champs are insanely inflexible as of Monday.

As for the Patriots? They're cash-strapped as a result of paying $26 million in dead money (including $13.5 million to Brady) in 2020, the third-highest total in the NFL.

That doesn't bode well for a team seeking talent to stay afloat following Brady's departure. But if you're a "glass half full" kind of person, the Patriots still have 5,038 times more free cash than their AFC rival.

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore hard at work in new offseason training video

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore hard at work in new offseason training video

NFL teams have not been able to conduct normal offseason workouts, rookie camps and other activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but players are still finding ways to stay in shape and prepare for the 2020 season.

That includes New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who recently worked out with former NFL defensive back Dre Bly, who's currently the cornerbacks coach for the University of North Carolina football team.

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Check out some footage of Gilmore's workout in the tweet below:

Gilmore arguably is the Patriots' best player following quarterback Tom Brady's departure in free agency. In Pro Football Focus' recent ranking of the top 50 players gonig into the 2020 season, Gilmore was the only Patriot to make the list.

The veteran cornerback is coming off back-to-back seasons of first team All-Pro selections, and in February he was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award winner for the 2019 campaign.

The Patriots saw a lot of veteran players from their defense leave as free agents this offseason. Luckily for New England, its secondary remains one of the best groups in the league, and Gilmore's presence as the sport's premier shutdown cornerback is the primary reason for that.

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers reveals his goal entering 2020 NFL season

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers reveals his goal entering 2020 NFL season

The New England Patriots need a young wide receiver to step and play at a higher level in 2020, and one of the best candidates is Jakobi Meyers.

Meyers went undrafted in 2019 out of North Carolina State and performed well enough in training camp and the preseason to earn a spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster. 

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What is Meyers hoping to accomplish in his second pro season?

"Mentally, I want to be levels ahead of where I was last year," Meyers told Patriots.com writer Paul Perillo. "Understanding not only what we're doing but also why we're doing it. Earning trust to make the right play. I want to build on last year. It was a nice stepping stone, but I want to keep building and growing."

Meyers knows his job is not guaranteed, and he's very motivated to prove to the Patriots that he again deserves a roster spot.

"I feel like I will be a lot further ahead," Meyers said. "I didn't know if I'd even make the team or what role I might have or where I'd be playing. I still have chip on my shoulder, like will I even be here? I'm staying ready for my name to be called. I need to make sure I give them a reason to keep me around."

For Meyers to take the next step he must be more consistent.

The 23-year-old wideout had consecutive games with multiple receptions only twice as a rookie, and he tallied only one catch in five of the 11 games he played. Overall, Meyers totaled 26 receptions for 359 yards and zero touchdowns in 2019.

One reason to be confident in Meyers' ability to make a stronger impact in the Patriots offense next season is Jarrett Stidham. The 2019 fourth-round draft pick likely will be the team's starting quarterback following Tom Brady's departure in free agency, and he and Meyers had a good chemistry during the preseason. Of course, it's important not to take too much away from preseason action, but these two players built a strong rapport last August

Injuries to veteran wide receivers Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu played a large part in the Patriots' offensive struggles over the second half of the 2019 season. If Edelman and Sanu come back healthy, and a young wideout such as Meyers or N'Keal Harry make a sophomore leap, New England's offense has a chance to be surprisingly good in 2020.