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NFL Rumors: Have Patriots found their QB, WR coaches for 2020 season?

NFL Rumors: Have Patriots found their QB, WR coaches for 2020 season?

The New England Patriots' offense will look a lot different in 2020 without Tom Brady.

It will also be run by a new-look coaching staff.

Former Los Angeles Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch, whom the Patriots reportedly hired in January, is expected to help coach quarterbacks in New England, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported Monday.

"I’m told new assistant Jedd Fisch was hired to coach quarterbacks, and that’s where his focus has been," Breer wrote.

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Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Mick Lombardi ran the QB room last season, with Lombardi working extensively with Brady backup Jarrett Stidham.

But Lombardi's "focus has shifted to wide receivers," according to Breer, with the wide receivers coach role vacant after Joe Judge's departure this offseason.

Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown also could work with the wideouts, but as ESPN's Mike Reiss noted Sunday, Lombardi recently FaceTimed with a wide receiver prospect to break down film with him.

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As always, head coach Bill Belichick's assistants have somewhat ambiguous roles and titles, and the team still needs to find an offensive line coach to replace the retired Dante Scarnecchia.

Based on Breer's reporting, though, it appears Fisch and McDaniels will work with quarterbacks and Lombardi will coach wide receivers, with Ivan Fears and Cole Popovich coaching running backs and Nick Caley handling tight ends.

Fisch is well-suited to work with QBs: He was the Seattle Seahawks' quarterbacks coach in 2010, served as the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 and most recently was the Rams' assistant offensive coordinator. He also worked with quarterbacks during college stops at Michigan, Miami (FL) and UCLA.

The Patriots have just two signal-callers on their roster in Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer, but it's likely they take another QB in the 2020 NFL Draft.

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.