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Patriots reportedly among teams interested in WR Jordy Nelson

Patriots reportedly among teams interested in WR Jordy Nelson

The New England Patriots are trying to make some changes to their receiving corps this offseason. With Cordarrelle Patterson now on the Chicago Bears and Chris Hogan lingering on the free agent market, the team is a bit thin at the position.

Sure, they signed Maurice Harris and Bruce Ellington. They also were able to bring back Phillip Dorsett. But, the team is likely still looking to invest in solid offensive weaponry to put around Tom Brady.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have interest in a recently released veteran receiver, Jordy Nelson. 

The Patriots' interest makes sense, as Nelson is a proven, productive receiver at the NFL level. NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry identified him as one of the receivers the Patriots could target in the second wave of free agency.

Nelson, 33, played last season with the Oakland Raiders. He caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns and served as the team's de facto No. 1 receiver when Amari Cooper was traded. Before that, he spent his entire career with the Green Bay Packers where he had a strong rapport with Aaron Rodgers.

Perhaps Nelson will be able to build a similar rapport if he's paired with Tom Brady. But first, the Patriots will have to win the competition to earn his services.

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

Tom Brady has an idea for Rob Gronkowski's replacement at tight end, and it doesn't involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Patriots quarterback had a light bulb go off above his head while watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Why not have 6-foot-9, 256-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara give tight end a shot?

All jokes aside, Brady has been one of Chara's biggest fans during the Bruins' first-round series. He also left a motivational comment on Chara's Instagram post prior to Tuesday night's Game 7 matchup.

As for what the Patriots are really doing to fill Gronk's void at tight end, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency during the offseason. It remains to be seen whether they'll address the tight end position during the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

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Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

At last, the draft has arrived - almost. Phil Perry talks to former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi as the annual selection of talent looms.

3:42 - Phil Perry is joined by former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, football analyst and writer for the Athletic Mike Lombardi. The two begin by discussing the validity of certain reports on players in the upcoming draft.

7:44 - Are the Patriots in a position where they need to pick a quarterback this year? Lombardi explains how difficult it is to judge talent because of the difference in the level of competition in college football.

12:26 - Lombardi talks about how this year's draft could be weak compared to previous years' and how the Patriots should approach their selections because of that.

18:36 - Phil goes through his final mock draft, with the picks being decided by the fans via Twitter polls.


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