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Patriots release Cyrus Jones, potentially opens door for Mike Gillislee return

Patriots release Cyrus Jones, potentially opens door for Mike Gillislee return

For the second time in about a month, the Patriots have released cornerback Cyrus Jones.

The former second round pick was cut in September, but returned to the Patriots to provide some help on punt returns with Julian Edelman serving a four-game suspension. With Edelman back in the fold, the team expects him to field most punts moving forward. 

By releasing Jones, the Patriots open a roster spot. After the Saints released Mike Gillislee on the same day, it's possible the ex-Patriot running back makes a return to New England. 

Gillislee played in nine games for the Patriots last season, providing some punch down by the goal line in scoring five touchdowns on 383 yards. 

The Patriots are a bit thin in the backfield with Rex Burkhead placed on injury reserve, so bringing back Gillislee would make sense to have someone who knows the offense. 

If Cyrus Jones clears waivers, the Patriots reportedly plan on keeping him on the practice squad. 

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Patriots RB Rex Burkead to miss Week 7 game vs. Jets with foot injury

Patriots RB Rex Burkead to miss Week 7 game vs. Jets with foot injury

The list of New England Patriots players who won't take part in Monday night's Week 7 road game against the rival New York Jets is growing.

The Patriots announced Sunday that running back Rex Burkhead has been downgraded to out. Burkhead originally was listed as questionable to play versus the Jets because of a foot injury. He has not played since Week 4.

Burkhead's status leaves the Patriots with Sony Michel, James White, Brandon Bolden and rookie Damien Harris available at running back for Week 7. Harris has been active for only one game this season.

Here's the list of Patriots players already ruled out for "Monday Night Football."

Rex Burkhead, RB, Foot
Josh Gordon, WR, Ankle/Knee
Ryan Izzo, TE, Concussion
Matt LaCosse, TE, Knee
Michael Bennett, DE, Suspended By Team

Report: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

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NFL rumors: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

NFL rumors: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

The NFL trade deadline is set for Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, and the Denver Broncos have one of the top wide receivers who could be dealt.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources, that the Broncos "are likely to be open to listening to offers for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders."

What is Denver's expected asking price for Sanders? A third-round pick or better, per Schefter:

Denver traded fellow veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans last year for a 2019 fourth-round pick, and sources tell ESPN that the Broncos are expected to be seeking a higher form of compensation for Sanders, who is in the last year of his contract.

Schefter also listed several teams "expected to be in the wide receiver market," and the New England Patriots were among those clubs.

The Patriots definitely would benefit from adding a wide receiver before the trade deadline.

Veteran wideout Josh Gordon will miss Monday night's Week 7 game against the New York Jets because of a knee injury. Phillip Dorsett missed New England's Week 6 win with a hamstring injury, and he's questionable to play versus the Jets. Reigining Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman also has been banged up a bit this season, although he has not missed a game.

Making matters worse for New England is its lack of offensive production at tight end. And now, injuries also are a concern at the position. The Patriots already have ruled out tight ends Matt LaCosse (knee) and Ryan Izzo (concussion) for Monday's matchup in New York, leaving 38-year-old Benjamin Watson atop the tight end depth chart.

Sanders and Cincinnati Bengals star A.J. Green are two of the most popular wide receivers involved in trade rumors entering the deadline. Green has battled an ankle injury all season and has yet to play in 2019. Sanders, meanwhile, has played in all seven of Denver's games with 30 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns. He can play outside or in the slot, and we know Patriots head coach Bill Belichick values versatility quite a bit.

The Patriots must decide if adding a player of Sanders' caliber is worth the cost required to bring him to New England. The Patriots are 6-0, but there are genuine concerns about their depth at wide receiver. Taking a chance on Sanders, even at the cost of a valuable draft pick, does make sense because New England should do all it can to maximize what's left of quarterback Tom Brady's career.

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