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NFL Rumors: Did Patriots steal Hjalte Froholdt from Jets on draft weekend?

NFL Rumors: Did Patriots steal Hjalte Froholdt from Jets on draft weekend?

Who knew the New England Patriots' fourth-round draft pick caused so much consternation for their AFC East rival?

The Patriots selected Arkansas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after acquiring the selection in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.

In doing so, might have "stolen the (New York) Jets center of the future."

That's according to the New York Post's Manish Mehta, who reported Thursday the Jets were "poised" to draft Froholdt to fill a need on their offensive line before the Patriots swooped in.

As Mehta points out, New York initially had the No. 105 pick and could have taken Froholdt then. Instead, (former) general manager Mike Maccagnan traded down twice -- to No. 116, then to No. 121, with the hope that Froholdt still would be available.

When that plan backfired, Jets staffers apparently weren't happy.

"Make no mistake: Folks on One Jets Drive were ticked off that Maccagnan made one too many trades rather than take a player who could develop into a foundation piece at such a pivotal position," Mehta wrote.

That last bit is a good measuring stick for the gap between the Patriots and the Jets; Froholdt currently is listed as the third right guard on New England's depth chart and may not see much action this season, but apparently would have been a "foundation piece" for the lineman-needy Jets, who settled for West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco at No. 121.

And all of this was before New York fired Maccagnan amid rumors of a rift with head coach Adam Gase.

Mehta's full column is worth a read for Patriots fans seeking some Jets schadenfreude -- he notes Froholdt's "best game" in college came against Alabama when he kept top Jets draft pick Quinnen Williams in check -- and is another reminder why New England is once again a heavy favorite to win the AFC East. 

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Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas to start camp on PUP list

Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas to start camp on PUP list

As the Patriots gear up for the start of training camp and another Super Bowl championship defense, a few key players will start camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). 

Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas are the big names on there, per Field Yates, while Mike Reiss reported Nate Ebner, Cole Croston, Deatrich Wise and Ken Webster will begin camp on the PUP list. 

All this means is the players on the PUP list at this time have not been cleared for on-field drills yet. They can come off any time since it is just training camp. If any of these players end training camp on the PUP list, they can be placed there for the regular season, where they won't be able to practice or play for the first six weeks of the year. 

On the bright side, it appears left tackle Isaiah Wynn will not begin camp on the PUP list, according to Mike Reiss. The Patriots selected Wynn in the first round of the 2018 draft, but the University of Georgia product missed the entire season with an Achilles injury.

Wynn projects to be the team's starting left tackle this season after the loss of Trent Brown in free agency, so it's a good sign he'll be able to participate right away at camp. 

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Patriots HOFers Brown, Harrison back on the field in Foxboro this week when training camp begins

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Patriots HOFers Brown, Harrison back on the field in Foxboro this week when training camp begins

As the Patriots return to training camp this week, they'll be plenty of familiar faces getting back to work and some new additions. 

Among those who know they're way around the fields in Foxboro and will be out there again are a Patriots Hall of Famer and soon-to-be Pats HOFer, Troy Brown and Rodney Harrison. 

Brown, the former versatile receiver inducted into the team's Hall in 2012, will be on the field working with receivers again, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. While not officially on the coaching staff, Brown worked with first-round pick N'Keal Harry, free-agent signee Maurice Harris and veteran Julian Edelman, along with other receivers at minicamp in June. He's lent a hand to Bill Belichick and special teams coach Joe Judge, who is also doubling as receivers coach after several staff departures in the offseason. Brown's former teammate Jerod Mayo is on the staff and will work with linebackers.

Harrison, who will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame at a Gillette Stadium ceremony on July 29 along with late offensive lineman Leon Gray, is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, when the team begins practices. While not coaching, Harrison, the former hard-hitting safety who now works for NBC as an NFL analyst, will be a visitor on the field and is never shy about sharing his insights and opinions, such as going into the Pats Hall means more than being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall in Canton.

"To get named a Hall of Famer to the greatest organization in sport ever, it just means so much to me," Harrison told Reiss. "I'm still stunned. I can't believe I'm in the Patriots Hall of Fame. All I can do is shake my head at this point."

As for the current edition of the Patriots, Harrison expects them to be in a familiar position:  "I know Kansas City is really good...but I still think the Pats are the best team in the AFC."

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