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Patriots trading for Josh Rosen feels like a long shot unless Cardinals sell cheap

Patriots trading for Josh Rosen feels like a long shot unless Cardinals sell cheap

People have been all too ready to include the Patriots as contenders in the Josh Rosen sweepstakes. 

There's certainly media buzz around the idea that if the Cardinals decide to trade their second-year quarterback to draft Kyler Murray No. 1 overall, Bill Belichick could land last year's No. 10 pick at a discount. Wouldn't it be utterly Belichickian, the thinking goes, to land Tom Brady's successor at bargain rate?

College football guru Bruce Feldman of the Athletic and Fox Sports 1 raised the idea on The Next Pats Podcast

"Would you be able to get Josh Rosen with the 56th pick," Feldman asked? "My guess is no. But that might be a situation where if you could get him, have him sit . . . He's really football smart. He has a really good arm. I think he could learn under [Brady]. And they're really good at doing some bartering, moving picks around."

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said during the combine that if he was New England, parting with the No. 32 overall pick in exchange for Rosen would be such a no-brainer that he would do it "yesterday."

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Then Peter King mentioned the Rosen-to-New-England possibility in his Football Morning in America column. Rosen to the Patriots for No. 32 overall "would be worth investigating," King wrote.

From what I've been told, though, it's unlikely the Patriots would swing a deal for Rosen unless the price was heavily discounted. 

And the price may be heavily discounted. King asked an NFL general manager what Rosen's value would be in a trade. The answer? "Probably a three," the GM said.

The Redskins might be willing to give up more. Any number of teams might be. Rosen is incredibly inexpensive. He has about $2 million per year in cash remaining on his contract, meaning a team like Washington, which has already sunk a great deal of money into Alex Smith who's already been ruled out injured for 2019, might be willing to give up their first (No. 15 overall) to have the opportunity to tap into Rosen's potential.

If the Cards were willing to take a third, the Patriots currently have three third-round picks, including their own and two compensatory selections they were awarded for losing Nate Solder and Malcolm Butler as free agents last offseason. New England has 12 picks in all, and they probably won't be making 12 selections, so might they be willing to trade away a third for Rosen? 

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The Patriots might not be clamoring for the player, but that might represent good value in their eyes. Rosen looked like -- based on his height, weight and college production -- one of the best quarterback fits for the Patriots in last year's draft class even though it was clear he would never fall to the bottom of the first round.

Before the draft last spring, I spoke to one NFC evaluator assessing the quarterback group who said that Rosen was his favorite of a loaded class of passers that included Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson -- all eventual first-round picks. Rosen was believed to be a sharp young player and an accurate passer who had experience in multiple offensive systems to help him excel as a pro.

There were, however, concerns about his concussion history and his poise under pressure. There were also some concerns as to how he'd fit in an NFL locker room and how he'd handle hard coaching.

To Rosen's credit, and perhaps dispelling some of those concerns, he didn't seem to have any attitude issues in Arizona despite getting pummeled. He was sacked 45 times behind one of the worst offensive lines in football and completed only 55.2 percent of his passes at a clip of 5.8 yards per attempt.

Rosen was a top-10 pick for a reason. And if the Cardinals are looking to deal him, there is a team out there that'll give him a shot to compete for a job. But unless the price is right, unless the price is low, it won't be the Patriots.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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This surprising Patriots trend doesn't bode well for Eagles matchup

This surprising Patriots trend doesn't bode well for Eagles matchup

The New England Patriots have opened as 3.5-point road favorites for their Week 11 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

That should surprise no one: The Patriots have been favorites in their previous 38 road games dating to Nov. 2014 and generally are favored against any opponent they play. That's what happens when you win 11 or more games in nine consecutive seasons.

What may surprise you, though, is that New England isn't all that great as a road favorite.

Here are the results from the Patriots' last 13 regular-season games as road favorites since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, courtesy of the "Boston Sports Info" Twitter account:

2019
Week 9 at Baltimore: 20-37 LOSS
Week 7 at New York Jets: 33-0 WIN
Week 5 at Washington: 33-7 WIN
Week 4 at Buffalo: 16-10 WIN
Week 2 at Miami: 43-0 WIN

2018
Week 15 at Pittsburgh: 10-17 LOSS
Week 14 at Miami: 33-34 LOSS
Week 12 at New York Jets: 27-13 WIN
Week 10 at Tennessee: 10-34 LOSS
Week 8 at Buffalo: 25-6 WIN
Week 7 at Chicago: 38-31 WIN
Week 3 at Detroit: 10-26 LOSS
Week 2 at Jacksonville: 20-31 LOSS

The Patriots have lost six times as road favorites since the beginning of last season and are 7-6 in those contests. 

As you may have gathered, that's the same number of regular-season games they've lost overall in that span, meaning all of their losses in their last 25 regular-season games have come as road favorites.

New England had better hope that 3.5-point line doesn't waver, either. According to Boston Sports Info, quarterback Tom Brady actually has a losing record (10-15) in his career when the Patriots are favored by three points or fewer.

That stat makes sense when you get past the sticker shock: It's hard for any club to beat good teams on the road, and New England's incredible run of success under Brady and Bill Belichick means it's favored in virtually every game, even on the road versus quality opponents.

The Patriots are coming off one of those losses in Baltimore earlier this month, and the Eagles will present another tough test in Sunday's Super Bowl LII rematch.

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