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Mohamed Sanu will wear this jersey number for Patriots after trade

Mohamed Sanu will wear this jersey number for Patriots after trade

Mohamed Sanu has a new number with the New England Patriots.

The veteran wide receiver has worn No. 12 his entire NFL career between the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons traded him to the Patriots for a 2020 second-round draft pick Tuesday, and he obviously cannot wear No. 12 in New England because Tom Brady has it.

Sanu will now wear No. 14, according ESPN's Mike Reiss.

The last player to wear No. 14 for the Patriots was Braxton Berrios. Other wideouts who've worn the number include Brandin Cooks and Michael Floyd. Former quarterback Steve Grogan also had No. 14.

Sanu will participate in his first Patriots practice Wednesday as the team prepares for Sunday's Week 8 matchup against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium.

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Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

The New England Patriots have some more space available on their practice squad.

The recent departures of center Tyler Gauthier and defensive back Nate Brooks have opened two new spots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

These moves bring the number of open spots on the Patriots practice squad to three. 

Brooks spent the last 13 weeks on the Patriots practice squad. His new head coach with the Miami Dolphins is Brian Flores, who was the Patriots' linebackers coach from 2016 through 2018. Gauthier signed with the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent but never played in a game for New England.

Huggins was signed by the Patriots last week but was released this past weekend when the team needed to make room on the 53-man roster to add kicker Nick Folk.

Reiss also reported Tuesday that New England worked out former University of Georgia defensive back Jayson Stanley.

The Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is their final road game of the 2019 regular season.

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NFL's latest 2020 salary cap projection is good news for Patriots

NFL's latest 2020 salary cap projection is good news for Patriots

NFL teams could have as much as $8-13 million more in salary cap space for roster building next season.

The latest projection for the 2020 salary cap was told to all 32 teams Tuesday at the December league meeting, and it could be as high as $201.2 million.

The extra cap space is a huge benefit to teams with important players to re-sign, including the New England Patriots.

The defending Super Bowl champions have several veterans to consider re-signing. The list is highlighted by quarterback Tom Brady, and it also includes safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, special teams ace Matthew Slater, left guard Joe Thuney and linebacker Jamie Collins, among others.

The Patriots are projected to have about $49 million in cap space in 2020, according to OverTheCap.com, although that number is based on a cap of $200 million. Two of the Patriots' rivals, the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins, could have as much as $100 million in cap space, per OverTheCap.

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