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Melvin Gordon injury: Latest news on Chargers RB's status vs. Patriots

Melvin Gordon injury: Latest news on Chargers RB's status vs. Patriots

Los Angeles Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon has a knee sprain that forced him to miss some snaps in Sunday's AFC wild card win against the Baltimore Ravens, but it doesn't sound like the injury is severe enough to keep him out of Sunday's showdown with the New England Patriots.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport provided an update on Gordon on Tuesday, and noted the running back is expected to play in his team's AFC divisional round matchup.

Gordon injured his knee in the first quarter against the Ravens but returned later in the first half. He finished with 40 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (2.4 yards per carry) in Los Angeles' 23-17 victory. 

Second-year running back Austin Ekeler could receive the bulk of the carries versus the Patriots if Gordon is banged up. Ekeler ran for 554 yards and three touchdowns this season, but was limited to just 29 yards on 11 carries against the Ravens.

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NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

The New England Patriots currently are slated to close out the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 32, and after passing on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in a similar spot in last year's draft, could they use this season's first-rounder to select Tom Brady's eventual successor?

Grier is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be selected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round to the early portion of the second round. What level of interest do the Patriots have in Grier with Thursday night's first round fast approaching? Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported an update Monday:

The New England Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could draft him as the first round closes out. The New York Giants also like Grier, and he could be their fallback plan if they don’t take a signal caller in Round 1. The Carolina Panthers also have an infatuation with Grier and will consider him in the second round.

Would the Patriots really take Grier in Round 1, or is this a smokescreen designed to trip up opposing front offices?

The Patriots do need a quarterback of the future. Contrary to what we've seen from Tom Brady in recent seasons, the 41-year-old quarterback will, at some point, start to break down and eventually retire. There aren't any great candidates already on the roster to play the role of Brady's successor, so drafting a QB this weekend makes a lot of sense for New England.

Grier played really well for the Mountaineers last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He reportedly visited with the Patriots earlier this month, as did Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be available on Day 2 of the draft as well.

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2019 Patriots mock draft roundup: Final first-round pick predictions for No. 32

2019 Patriots mock draft roundup: Final first-round pick predictions for No. 32

The New England Patriots will be a team to keep a close eye on during the entire 2019 NFL Draft.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a robust treasure chest of picks, 12 to be exact, including six over the first three rounds. He has the draft capital to trade up for an impact player in Round 1, or trade down and continue stockpiling selections.

The Patriots had two first-round picks in 2018 and struck gold at No. 31 with Georgia running back Sony Michel. Michel played well in the regular season before improving his performance in the playoffs with six rushing touchdowns in three games, including New England's only touchdown in Super Bowl LIII.

Which players do the experts expect the Patriots to target in the first round Thursday night in Nashville?

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