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Patriots roll the dice on Demaryius Thomas

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Patriots roll the dice on Demaryius Thomas

The Patriots fired a body at their gaping wide receiver hole on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with 31-year-old wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

The news was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN.

While Thomas owns a name you recognize, he also owns a damaged Achilles that was torn less than four months ago.

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So this one-year signing with “up to” a reported $6M doesn’t move the needle the way it would have four seasons ago when Thomas was still one of the best receivers in the NFL. The $6M is very incentive-laden.

This is a shot in the dark, taking a flier, hoping against hope. If it works it’s a savvy move. If it doesn’t and Thomas winds up following Eric Decker, Reggie Wayne, Torry Holt and Joey Galloway into the pantheon of great receivers who had an end of career cuppa coffee with the Patriots, then it’s no harm, no foul.  

Rest assured, the $6M is going to take a lot of production for Thomas to perform and if he begins the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and stays there for 10 games, he won’t be seeing $6M.

At this point, Thomas can join indefinitely suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon on the shelf labeled, “Maybe It’ll Work Out.”

Thomas wasn’t useless before the Achilles. After being traded from Denver to Houston at the trade deadline last season, he played in three games and had seven catches on nine targets for 99 yards and two touchdowns. In eight games with the Broncos, he had 36-402-3. In 2017, with a parade of horrific quarterbacks, Thomas had 83 catches for 949 yards.

So the skill isn’t years in the rearview. But the potential for more of it? It’s not quite looming on the horizon.

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Could Mohamed Sanu miss multiple weeks with an ankle injury?

Could Mohamed Sanu miss multiple weeks with an ankle injury?

The struggling New England Patriots offense may be taking another hit with Mohamed Sanu dealing with an ankle injury.

Sanu was listed on the Patriots' injury report as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, and there's a chance he could miss some time. NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran noted on Patriots Wednesday Live he's hearing Sanu may have a high ankle sprain that could sideline him for a couple of weeks.

"Last week, after he had the punt return where it appeared he might have twisted up his leg, probably led to what I'm hearing might be a high ankle sprain that could keep him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks unless it has drastic improvement," Curran said.

Nothing is official regarding Sanu's injury and whether he'll miss any time, but it certainly would be a tough blow to a Pats offense that hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders this season.

Brady expressed his frustration with the Patriots' offensive struggles following the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Eagles. If Sanu is forced to watch Sunday's game vs. a stingy Cowboys defense from the sideline, things aren't about to get any easier for the 42-year-old quarterback.

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Matt Cassel: Tom Brady 'has the right to be upset' with Patriots offense

Matt Cassel: Tom Brady 'has the right to be upset' with Patriots offense

Tom Brady couldn't hide his frustration after Sunday's game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

Even though the New England Patriots were victorious and improved to 9-1 on the year, Brady clearly was displeased with his offense's continued struggles. On the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, former Pats backup QB Matt Cassel explained why Brady has every right to be frustrated with the current state of affairs.

"He has the right to be upset, and when he's upset it's because he's ultra-competitive," Cassel said. "The struggles that they've consistently had don't seem to be going away, and I know that once you get to a certain point in the season, you're expecting things to turn around and for you guys to start to roll. There's an expectation level that he has, that the offense has, that that building has had for a long time about putting up points and they haven't been able to achieve that this year.

"It's probably a different mode of thinking and ideology in terms of when you're going out on the field, now that defense is controlling the game for you. But at the same time, that offense is used to putting up points each and every day and their biggest struggles have been in the red zone. So there's a ton of frustration when you think that the level of play should be higher and it hasn't been."

Brady and the Patriots will look to make some strides offensively on Sunday when they go up against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. They may find themselves shorthanded yet again, as wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett were non-participants in Wednesday's practice due to injury.

Curran and Cassel also discussed the Patriots' first-round draft selections over the last few years, Rob Gronowski's "big announcement," Antonio Brown's apology to Robert Kraft, and more. . .

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