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NFL rumors: Patriots free agent Phillip Dorsett drawing interest from multiple teams

NFL rumors: Patriots free agent Phillip Dorsett drawing interest from multiple teams

The New England Patriots could lose one of the their veteran wide receivers in NFL free agency.

Phillip Dorsett has garnered interest from multiple teams, according to reports.


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Dorsett was acquired by the Patriots during the 2017 season in a trade that sent third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts.

The veteran wideout tallied 29 receptions for 370 yards with a career-high five touchdowns in 14 games last season. Dorsett also was effective in the 2018 playoffs, where he caught a touchdown in both the AFC Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Chargers and the AFC Championship Game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots went on to win Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams, but Dorsett did not tally a reception in that 13-3 victory.

The Patriots have several free agents, in addition to Dorsett, to consider bringing back. Starting quarterback Tom Brady is obviously the most important free agent for the Pats, but there's also a few key veterans on defense who need new contracts, including safety Devin McCourty and linebacker Jamie Collins.

Dorsett would be a nice No. 3 wide receiver in New England or on any other contender looking to bolster its pass-catching depth. Amari Cooper, A.J. Green and Emmanuel Sanders are the three best wide receivers in the 2020 free agent class. Dorsett is a solid second-tier option who would cost less than those three players to sign.

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Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Who knew virtual beer pong was a thing? 

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apparently is set to compete in a virtual beer pong tournament hosted by Post Malone to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, according to TMZ Sports. The tournament will be live-streamed on the @ballinacup Instagram over eight days and the winners will receive a trophy and wrestling belts. 

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Gronkowski will be partnered with his girlfriend Camille Kostek, and they aren't the only familiar faces in the tournament. Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and former Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin also will compete in the competition. 

The first round kicks off on Friday with Gronkowski and Kostek taking on Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and USWNT star Mallory Pugh. Amendola will take on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on Saturday and Seguin will take on New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman on Monday, April 6. 

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It's no surprise Gronkowski signed up to compete in this tournament -- he loves to party after all. 

This definitely is something out of the ordinary, but it should be pretty comical to watch Gronkowski, Amendola and Seguin compete to see who the king of beer pong is. 

 

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

The New England Patriots have been an unstoppable force over the course of the past two decades. The team has won six Super Bowls, 17 division titles, and hasn't logged a losing season this century.

One of the reasons for their success? They have been insanely good in one-possession games.

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According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), the Patriots have the best winning percentage in one-score games since the turn of the century. They are one of just two teams that have won greater than 60 percent of those contests. Here's a look at the numbers:

While several teams have more wins than the Patriots in these contests, it's still remarkable that the team has won two-thirds of their one-score games in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. It takes great decision-making on the parts of players and coaches to maintain such a strong record.

With Brady no longer on the Patriots, It looks like we're going to figure out just how much he has mattered to the Patriots' ability to win close games. Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are the two quarterback options on the roster after Cody Kessler was released on Thursday, so Belichick will have his work cut out for him with either option.

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Meanwhile, Brady's impact on the Buccaneers may be notable depending on how much they improve in this area. The Bucs have the third-worst winning percentage of the century in one-possession games, coming in at 40.2 percent. They have the second-most losses overall with 98.

Last season, the Bucs were 3-6 in nine one-score games with Jameis Winston at the helm. If Brady can help to improve upon that record by making fewer late-game mistakes than the turnover-prone Winston did, then the Bucs may have a chance to progress well as an overall team.

Either way, we'll soon see how Brady's presence impacts the Bucs and if the Patriots can continue their winning ways in close contests.