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NFL rumors: Patriots to meet tight end Jace Sternberger before 2019 draft

NFL rumors: Patriots to meet tight end Jace Sternberger before 2019 draft

The New England Patriots will enter next month's 2019 NFL Draft with tight end being among their top areas of need, and they will get a close look at one of the top players at the position a few weeks before the first round begins.

The Patriots will meet with Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger on April 7, per NFL Draft Insider's Jared Tokarz. 

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry reported earlier this month the Patriots met or planned to meet with several of the top tight ends in this draft at the NFL Scouting Combine, and that group included Sternberger.

The top three tight ends in the 2019 class are Iowa's T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, plus Alabama's Irv Smith. Hockenson likely will be off the board, and perhaps Fant, too, when the Patriots pick at the end of Round 1 with No. 32 overall. Smith probably would be available, and Sternberger, barring something surprising, almost certainly would be there.

Sternberger tallied 48 receptions for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games for the Aggies last season. Texas A&M had a 6-1 record when he caught a touchdown.

The offseason departures of veterans Rob Gronkowski (retirement) and Dwayne Allen (released) have left the Patriots thin at tight end, so it's expected they'll pursue a few players at this position with their six picks in the first three rounds of the draft. New England currently has 12 picks overall.

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Tom Brady's series "Tom vs Time" wins Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

Tom Brady's series "Tom vs Time" wins Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

As we've all grown accustomed to over the last 19 years, Tom Brady has won again. 

This time, however, it wasn't for his play on the football field, but his Facebook series "Tom vs Time," which won a Sports Emmy Monday for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary. Brady announced the nomination Sunday

Brady's series was up against HBO's "Being Serena," based on tennis legend Serena Williams, ESPN+'s "Quest for the Stanley Cup," and Prime Video's "All or Nothing" series based on the Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City F.C.

The Sports Emmy will be added to Brady's collection of six Super Bowl rings, three MVP awards, two Offensive Player of the Year awards, five All-Pro selections and 14 Pro Bowl selections. 

Now we'll have to see what Brady does for a follow up during the 2019 NFL season as he keeps raising the bar for himself. 

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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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