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NFL Rumors: Patriots host Demaryius Thomas, T.J. Yeldon in free agency

NFL Rumors: Patriots host Demaryius Thomas, T.J. Yeldon in free agency

The New England Patriots added some offensive firepower Wednesday in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but they may not stop there.

The Patriots hosted wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon on free-agent visits Wednesday, ESPN's Field Yates reported.

NFL Network's James Palmer added that Thomas' visit appeared to go well.

Thomas has an impressive pedigree -- five Pro Bowl nods and five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2012 to 2016 -- but tore his Achilles late in the 2018 season and was released by the Houston Texans in February.

The Patriots reportedly have discussed trading for Thomas in the past, though -- offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also worked with the 31-year-old while with the Denver Broncos -- so it makes sense they'd check in on him as a replacement for suspended receiver Josh Gordon.

Yeldon, meanwhile, is a free agent for the first time after a productive 2018 campaign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 25-year-old running back tallied 487 receiving yards on 55 receptions with four receiving touchdowns in addition to 414 rushing yards.

The Patriots already have a dual-threat running back in James White, but Yeldon would bring a slightly different skill set to New England.

Thomas and Yeldon weren't the only players to come through Foxboro on Wednesday, as quarterback prospects Daniel Jones and Will Grier reportedly both had pre-draft visits with the Patriots.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots hiring ex-Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

NFL Rumors: Patriots hiring ex-Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch

The New England Patriots reportedly have made an addition to their coaching staff.

According to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, they've hired ex-Los Angeles Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

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Fisch's official role with the Patriots offense is to be determined. But now that there's an opening at wide receivers coach with Joe Judge joining the New York Giants, Fisch could be a candidate for the job.

He brings plenty of experience to the table having coached Denver Broncos wide receivers in 2008 and Michigan receivers from 2015-16. Fisch also coached Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks in 2010 and was the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator from 2013-14.

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

For the last 10 years, Jim Gray has conducted weekly interviews with Tom Brady throughout the NFL season. Over that period of time, Gray has learned plenty about the longtime New England Patriots quarterback.

In a recent interview with the New York Post, Gray opened up about the admirable way Brady has approached each of his interviews on Westwood One Radio. It all started with a promise made by Brady 10 years ago that he's kept to this day.

"Meticulous, prepared, very responsive, on time, humble, he’s unbelievable really," Gray said. "He never says, “Don’t ask me anything.” If he doesn’t want to answer the question then that’s how he will respond to it, but there are no preconditions.

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"He wrote me a handwritten note 10 years ago now before we started this. It said, “I look forward to doing the show. You’ll get the same effort out of me on Monday nights that I give my teammates on Sunday afternoons.” And that has been the case, he’s never missed a show."

Although the Patriots' season ended weeks ago, Brady remains the center of attention in the NFL world. The 42-year-old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time of his career on March 18.

Despite maintaining a close relationship with Brady over the years, Gray knows as much about the six-time Super Bowl champion's future as the rest of us. When Brady himself doesn't appear to know how his offseason will unfold, Gray says there's no reason to ask him about it.

"He doesn’t know," Gray said. "When he doesn’t know I am not sure how any of us can know. How many times can you ask the same question? As it evolves he will let us know. It’s not like he’s hiding something. I’ve asked him and he’s committed several times on the air to us that he’s playing next season. There’s not much he can be involved with outside the Patriots till March 18."

All signs point toward Brady returning for his 21st NFL season, so the weekly Westwood One interviews should continue. As for whether Brady will be a Patriot for his 11th year of interviews with Gray, that'll likely remain a mystery for the next couple of months.

Gray and Brady's final interview of the 2019-20 season will take place before Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2.

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