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NFL Rumors: Patriots meet with highly-touted Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown

NFL Rumors: Patriots meet with highly-touted Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown

The New England Patriots aren't just looking at undersized potential slot receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Patriots were one of several teams that met with Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown, NFL Network's James Palmer reported Friday. Ole Miss had its Pro Day in Oxford, Miss., on Friday.

At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Brown is one of the top receiver prospects in the 2019 draft, even if he's overshadowed by physical specimen and fellow Rebels wideout D.K. Metcalf.

Brown led Ole Miss with 1,320 receiving yards on 85 catches with six touchdowns in 2018 while earning First-Team All-SEC honors and has drawn NFL comparisons to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

It's possible Brown may be off the board before the Patriots are on the clock with the No. 32 overall pick, and New England hasn't drafted a receiver in the first round since Terry Glenn in 1997.

But the Patriots need help at the position with Josh Gordon still suspended and Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan lost to free agency, so it's no surprise they're exploring all options.

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Report: Patriots 'may have an interest' in recently released Gerald McCoy

Report: Patriots 'may have an interest' in recently released Gerald McCoy

The New England Patriots made a transaction on the defensive line when they re-signed Danny Shelton on Monday afternoon. However, the team might not be done adding at the position, and they may have an interest in another defensive tackle who has just become a free agent.

That player is Gerald McCoy. He and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually parted ways on Monday afternoon. It was widely assumed that the Bucs wouldn't keep McCoy around given his $13 million cap hit and the lack of guarantees in his remaining contract. Now, that has come to fruition, and McCoy will be looking for a new team.

According to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, the Patriots "may have an interest" in adding McCoy to the team.

But McCoy has already made well over $100-million. At this point in his career, he figured if he’s going to sacrifice salary, it will be to win a championship with a perennial playoff contender like the New England Patriots, who may have an interest in signing the six-time Pro Bowler and reuniting him with former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett.

If McCoy does want to join a potential contender, the Patriots would make sense. After all, they have made it to the last three Super Bowls, and McCoy could easily find a role on that defensive line. In all likelihood, McCoy would earn a starting job next to either Lawrence Guy or Mike Pennell while the other remaining defensive tackles (Shelton, Byron Cowart, David Parry, Adam Butler among others) would compete for one or two spots on the depth chart.

Still, adding McCoy wouldn't necessarily be easy for the Patriots. They only have about $3.67 million in cap space (per @PatsCap), so if McCoy's demands are higher than that, they would either have to open up space or bow out of the sweepstakes. And they will certainly face competition for his services, so that could drive up McCoy's asking price.

McCoy, 31, had 28 tackles and 6.0 sacks in 14 games last year. He has recorded at least 5.0 sacks in each of the last seven seasons and has 54.5 career sacks, a great number for an interior defensive lineman.

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Todd Gurley is clearly not over Super Bowl 53 loss in latest Instagram ppost

Todd Gurley is clearly not over Super Bowl 53 loss in latest Instagram ppost

It appears Todd Gurley is still not over the Rams loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 judging by his latest Instagram post. 

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Gurley's anti-Boston t-shirt makes sense considering the success Boston has had over Los Angeles lately. Of course, there was Super Bowl 53, where the Patriots held a potent Rams offense to three points and a measly 4.3 yards per play. Gurley was battling a knee ailment but only managed 35 rushing yards on 10 carries despite insisting before the game that his knee was healthy

The Super Bowl was an incredible letdown for Gurley after a spectacular statistical 2018 campaign. He amassed 1,251 rushing yards and 580 receiving yards and led the league in total touchdowns with 21. 

Then there was the World Series, where the Red Sox dispatched the Dodgers in five games, with LA's only win coming in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3. 

Perhaps Gurley and the Rams will rebound this season with hopes of meeting the Patriots in the Super Bowl again. But until then, the Rams' association with Boston won't be a pleasant one for them. 

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