Patriots' Phillip Dorsett 'can't wait' to work with, learn from Antonio Brown

Patriots' Phillip Dorsett 'can't wait' to work with, learn from Antonio Brown

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Antonio Brown is going to make the New England Patriots better purely with the extraordinary talent he brings to the field each play. But the All-Pro wide receiver also will have the opportunity to share his impressive knowledge of the game with the Patriots' younger wideouts, and Phillip Dorsett is ready to soak up that information.

"I can't wait to learn from him because we have similar body types, similar play types," Dorsett said after the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 in Sunday night's season opener at Gillette Stadium. "I've always wanted to learn from him, and now I get to see him everyday and work with him. I can't wait."

Dorsett has long been a fan of Brown's talent, and his reaction to the Patriots signing him was shared by many fans across New England.

"I was like, 'Wow,'" Dorsett said. "I can't wait to work with him. He's always been a guy I've looked up to when it comes to football. He's a beast. We all know that."

The Patriots offense is spoiled with several talented wide receivers capable of making big plays on any given night. Dorsett was the star against the Steelers, tallying four receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown's arrival could end up taking some snaps and targets away from Dorsett, but there's no doubt that having a front row seat to watch one of the most talented receivers of this generation make defenses look foolish is going to be a beneficial experience for the 26-year-old.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.