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NFL Rumors: Patriots "really interested" in UMass WR Andy Isabella

NFL Rumors: Patriots "really interested" in UMass WR Andy Isabella

If you thought the New England Patriots may be drawn to a player like Andy Isabella, well, you were right.

The Patriots and Green Bay Packers both are "really interested" in the UMass slot wide receiver entering the 2019 NFL Draft, DraftAnalyst.com's Tony Pauline reported Thursday on the Bleav Podcast Network.

"Two teams I left out, who a number of people tell me who are really interested in him are the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers," Pauline said, as transcribed by WEEI. "The Patriots make sense in so many ways. This is their type of receiver. A little bit shorter, a little bit undersized, but incredibly quick, incredibly creative, fast, a guy who can produce when the ball is in his hands running after the catch, as well as lining up as a return specialist."

The Patriots have three selections in the third round, where Pauline says New England and Green Bay could consider drafting Isabella.

" ... So, when you get into the third round area, look at the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers to kind of target Andy Isabella or have him on the list with the other players they really like," Pauline added.

The 5-foot-9, 186-pound receiver does check several boxes as a potential slot man for the Patriots with impressive speed (official 4.31-second 40-yard dash) and quickness (4.15-second 20-yard shuttle). Isabella mostly lined up outside the hashes at UMass, but New England fans will be happy to know he's working with Randy Moss this offseason to transition to the slot.

The Patriots did sign a pair of receivers in free agency in Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris while bringing Phillip Dorsett back, so they could opt to spend their draft capital on more pressing needs like tight end.

If they target wideouts, though, there's a very good change Isabella will be on their shortlist.

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Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

Patriots' first-round pick N'Keal Harry to throw out first pitch at PawSox game

The Patriots' first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft soon will be put in his first high-pressure situation in New England.

N'Keal Harry is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at McCoy Stadium on Friday, May 31 before the Pawtucket Red Sox's matchup against the Syracuse Mets.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver will take photos with fans on the main concourse at McCoy from 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Harry has Patriots fans waiting anxiously to see how he'll gel with his new quarterback, Tom Brady. The Arizona State product has been impressive early on in OTAs and has some believing he'll have an immediate impact in his rookie year.

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Why Dontrelle Inman chose the Patriots: 'I like winning'

Why Dontrelle Inman chose the Patriots: 'I like winning'

The New England Patriots overhauled their receiving corps this offseason, and one of the additions to their team was Dontrelle Inman. The five-year NFL veteran joined the Patriots on a one-year deal after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts.

And Inman's reason for joining the Pats was simple.

“I like winning,” Inman said via NESN's Doug Kyed. “It’s one of those things like being part of a winning organization, you want to try to help the team win. That’s why I made my decision.”

Inman made the playoffs for the first time last year with the Colts. Indianapolis went 10-6, earned the sixth seed in the AFC, and beat the Houston Texans before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. Now, Inman wants more.

Given the fact that the Patriots have a need at wideout and have made the Super Bowl in three straight seasons, this seems like the perfect destination for Inman. He'll be able to fight for playing time with veterans Philip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Demaryius Thomas, and a plethora of rookies to earn a role on a winning team.

If Tom Brady warms up to Inman, he could find the form that he had in the 2016 season when he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns (all career highs). But at the least, if Inman can prove to be a reliable weapon, he should have a chance to replicate his numbers from Indianapolis (28 catches, 304 yards, three touchdowns).

And if Inman makes the roster, he will definitely have a chance to win.

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