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NFL rumors: Danny Amendola interested in return to Patriots as free agent

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NFL rumors: Danny Amendola interested in return to Patriots as free agent

Danny Amendola helped the New England Patriots win two Super Bowl championships. Could he come back to Foxboro and try to win a third?

The veteran wide receiver was released by the Miami Dolphins on Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent. Given his history in New England, and the strong on-field chemistry he had with quarterback Tom Brady, it would make sense for New England to pursue Amendola.

The Atheltic's Jeff Howe tweeted Friday that the 33-year-old wideout would be interested in a return to the Pats.

Amendola signed a two-year contract with the Dolphins as a free agent before the 2018 campaign. He played in 15 games for Miami last season and tallied 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown. The Dolphins missed the playoffs and fired head coach Adam Gase.

The Patriots certainly could use an upgrade at wide receiver. Josh Gordon is suspended indefinitely and his NFL future is uncertain. Phillip Dorsett is a free agent, and Chris Hogan (also a free agent) is coming off a lackluster 2018 season. Cordarrelle Patterson is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent, too. Julian Edelman, who won Super Bowl LIII MVP, is one of the few bright spots at the position for New England right now.

With NFL free agency starting Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, and the 2019 NFL Draft just a little more than a month away, the Patriots' wide receiver depth chart should start to take shape fairly soon. Amendola certainly is a good option if the price is right for both sides.

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Sunday’s Patriots-free slate loaded with intrigue

Sunday’s Patriots-free slate loaded with intrigue

This wait seems interrrrrmmmminable. Need a game, need a game, need a game the Patriots are playing in. One more sleep before that happens.

Fortunately, there’s a stack of good games going on Sunday. Even the seemingly crappy ones are interesting. So, with that in mind, I felt motivated to start spewing half-baked intel on what’s going to happen. Not gonna hurt anybody, right?

The best game, though, is the one that has the most relevance to the upper tier of the AFC. Texans at Colts at 1 p.m. Houston is 4-2. Indy is 3-2 and coming off its bye. The Texans beat KC last Sunday in KC. The Colts beat KC in KC two weeks ago.

Deshaun Watson’s completed 58 of his past 75 throws and has six TD passes and a pick. Most importantly, he hasn’t been sacked in two games after going down 18 times in the first four.

Houston’s only losses this year were the opener at New Orleans (30-28) and a 16-10 loss at Carolina when Watson got sacked six times. I am not nearly as high on Indy as most people. The win over KC was impressive as hell but they got it done by exploiting the Chiefs horrific run defense. The week before they lost to Oakland, they barely beat the weak-ass Falcons, they edged the Titans and lost at the Chargers. The winner here locks itself in as looking eyeball-to-eyeball with the Chiefs as the second-best team in the conference.

Texans 24, Colts 23

Then there’s the sneaky-resilient Raiders. They smacked up the Bears the last time they played, now they are at Green Bay. At 3-2, Oakland’s overlooked in the AFC West. They feel like a playoff team, though.

Raiders 30, Packers 23

The 4-2 Ravens are in a command position in the AFC North at 4-2. They are on the road at Seattle, though, and the week-to-week, boom-or-bust performances of Lamar Jackson will be in focus. He’s averaging 76.7 YPG on the ground and 6.7 per carry. He’s also taken 16 sacks already (although last week he took just one against Cincy). The Ravens haven’t beaten a “quality” team yet (they took out the Dolphins, Cards, Steelers and Bengals while losing to Cleveland). If Baltimore can perform well in a tough stadium, it would go a long way toward taking their challenge seriously.

Seahawks 30, Ravens 20

My Bills intrigue continues. The Dolphins came dangerously close to waltzing into a win last week against the Redskins. Didn’t get it. Now they are in Western New York and if the Bills are who we think they are, they win this game about 23-6. No muss, no fuss, all threats put down by 2:30 p.m.

Bills 23, Dolphins 6

The Lions come off the game they had stolen from them against the Packers and host Minnesota, which is coming off its most impressive win. Since Kirk Cousins is not to be trusted, I’m looking for the Vikings offense to regress. Can the Lions on a short week get over the sting of Monday’s loss and deliver in a pivotal divisional game? If they lose, they fall three games behind in the win column in the NFC North and will be in fourth place.

Lions 23, Vikings 20

The Niners are at the Redskins and – like Buffalo – if San Fran is what we think they are, they should be able to come cross-country, play in crap conditions and take care of business. I think they will.

49ers 35, Redskins 16

The Eagles and Cowboys, both coming off bad losses, get together with a whiff of desperation for SNF. This is going to be a fascinating game because that whole conference has a pile of teams that could get to the Super Bowl or miss the playoffs altogether and its these games in the middle of the season that will dictate in large part their destinies.

Eagles 30, Cowboys 24

The Bears need this one more than New Orleans. They got shamed by Oakland. Trouble is, they get Mitch Trubisky back. And that’s not a positive since he’s not that great. They still have enough on defense to hold down the Saints outdoors.

Bears 20, Saints 17

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Report: Potential Patriots trade target WR A.J. Green won't play until after trade deadline

Report: Potential Patriots trade target WR A.J. Green won't play until after trade deadline

Well, it looks like it may have just gotten harder for the New England Patriots to add a potential impact player at the wide receiver position ahead of the 2019 NFL trade deadline.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals aren't expecting wide receiver A.J. Green to return to the field until after the league's Oct. 29 trade deadline. Green has missed the entire season while recovering from an ankle injury he suffered during offseason workouts.

There had been speculation that Green could draw interest from receiver-needy teams across the league. And that would include the Patriots, who were rumored to be interested in him in recent weeks. That notion certainly makes sense. The Patriots (6-0) are desperate for receiver help while Green is one of the best receivers in the NFL (when healthy) and is playing for an 0-6 Bengals team.

Seeing Cincinnati move the 31-year-old veteran and his expiring contract to get assets would be a sensible move for them as they look to rebuild. And seeing the Patriots sacrifice assets to patch one of their biggest weaknesses wouldn't be a surprise either.

That said, head coach Zac Taylor has been adamant that the Bengals won't be moving Green. And the veteran receiver has expressed an admiration for Larry Fitzgerald, who has played his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals, so he didn't seem thrilled by the idea of being traded either. But he did acknowledge that he could be traded and is "prepared for anything."

With Green now out beyond the trade deadline, it would further complicate an already unlikely-looking trade. Teams will be wary of his medical issues and without seeing him on the field, they aren't likely to pay the price it would likely cost to get the Bengals to ship out Green.

The Patriots will likely look elsewhere for potential receiver help. While Green would have been an ideal target, it just doesn't seem that he will be on the move unless the Bengals change their minds about moving him or change their asking price for his services.

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