Prototypical Patriots: Adding more receiver options to a crowded field?

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Prototypical Patriots: Adding more receiver options to a crowded field?

Just look at the Patriots roster. Go ahead. Organize the list by position. Then scroll down to where you start to see players with "WR" next to their names. I'll wait. 

Whole bunch of those guys, right? The glut of players Bill Belichick has at that position at the moment would seem to indicate a couple of things. 

First, they like the depth they've been able to build. They have competitive players competing for limited roster spots, which means the end result will be an effective group where the strongest have survived training camp cuts. 

Second, they're not entirely sure who will emerge as the best options for them. More options mean more opportunities to hit. It's a numbers game.

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Yet, even with all the numbers the Patriots have at receiver, that doesn't take them out of the receiver market in this draft. Julian Edelman is in his early 30s. Chris Hogan is in the final year of his contract. Malcolm Mitchell missed all of last season with a knee injury and has dealt with knee issues going all the way back to his days at the University of Georgia. 

It would come as no surprise if the Patriots wanted to look for the next centerpiece around which to build their receiver room. They've reportedly met with two of the top pass-catchers in the class, Maryland's DJ Moore and Texas A&M's Christian Kirk, and there are a handful of others who fit the athletic profile shared by other receivers the Patriots have drafted in the past. 

Let's lay out the list here...


Moore checks just about every box the Patriots look for in their wideouts. He's big enough to play on the outside, he has the speed (4.42-second 40) to stress defenses deep, and he's very explosive (11-foot broad jump, 39.5 vertical). His three-cone (6.95 seconds) and short-shuttle (4.07) indicate he has the change-of-direction ability to play inside and create separation with his quickness. Thought to be a mid-first round pick, the Patriots might have to hope he lasts until No. 23 to pick him. Or if they like him enough, they could make him the first receiver Belichick has taken in the first round since taking over in New England. 

DJ CHARK, LSU, 6-3, 199 

Chark is a little on the lighter end for a Patriots outside receiver, but athletically he has it all. His speed (4.34-second 40) made him one of the fastest players at this year's combine, and he stood out at the Senior Bowl. His 40-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump only reinforce the fact that he is among the most physically-gifted pass-catchers in the draft. Chark is among the talented many Day 2 receiver options, and if someone falls in love with his speed, he could go at the end of Day 1. 


Slightly built, Pettis may be expected to pack on a few pounds if he ends up at 1 Patriot Place. But when it comes to how Pettis tested athletically, Belichick won't want him to change a thing. His 4.48-second 40, 6.87-second three-cone, 125-inch broad jump and 36-inch vertical make him one of the best fits at receiver for the Patriots. Plus, he has experience as a returner, which could boost his draft stock when Belichick and Nick Caserio stack their board. 


Miller may profile as a slot receiver, but his testing numbers seem to be a sign that he could play on the outside without issue. He has big enough mitts (10 inches) to snatch footballs from defenders and his three-cone time at his pro day (6.65 seconds) was outstanding. Miller's 40-yard dash wasn't eye-popping (4.50 seconds), but he's a good leaper (39-inch vertical, 125-inch broad) and certainly qualifies as an NFL athlete. 


Like Miller, Sutton's 40 time (4.54 seconds) won't jump off the page for a team that has drafted outside faster outside receivers (Chad Jackson, Aaron Dobson) in the first couple of rounds. But Sutton meets the mark when it comes to his vertical (35.5 inches) and broad (124 inches). And his change-of-direction times were tremendous -- 6.57-second three-cone, 4.11-second short shuttle -- for a player with his size. That might help his 40 time from knocking him way down New England's board.


Brown has the size and speed (4.48-second 40) to profile as a boundary receiver in New England. His 1.54-second 10-yard split is also ideal. We don't have testing numbers for St. Brown on the three-cone or shuttle, but he jumped 34 1/2 inches at his pro day, and he did 20 reps on the bench. He looks the part. 


On the opposite end of the physical spectrum from St. Brown would be Berrios. Still, Berrios profiles as a very nice fit in the slot for Josh McDaniels. He reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.4s and had a 6.76 three-cone to go along with a 36-inch vertical. Those are all strong numbers for an inside receiver in the Patriots system. 


Kirk was in New England this week for a top-30 visit, an indication that the Patriots are quite interested. Judging by his play, that's not a surprise. But outside of a strong 40 time (4.47 seconds) and vertical (35.5 inches) his athletic numbers don't quite match up with sub-six foot receivers the Patriots have drafted in the past. His broad jump (115 inches), three-cone (7.09 seconds) and shuttle (4.45 seconds) aren't quite ideal, but the Patriots could argue that he's quicker than that on tape. 


Ridley, who reportedly was in Foxboro for a visit on Wednesday, is a little light, judging by Patriots standards, and some of his testing numbers don't quite meet the mark of other highly-drafted Patriots receivers. (Ridley is expected by many experts to be the first receiver off the board.) His 31-inch vertical, 110-inch broad jump and 4.41-second shuttle leave something to be desired. His 40 time (4.43 seconds) and three-cone (6.88 seconds) are quick, though, so if he were to slip to No. 23, maybe the Patriots would consider him. The Alabama connection is there, and Ridley is as polished a route-runner as this class has to offer. 


Washington posted some incredible numbers in the down-the-field-passing offense employed by the Cowboys. And while he's a solid athlete, he doesn't necessarily hit some of the markers other highly-drafted Patriots wideouts have. His 4.54-second 40 is relatively pedestrian in terms of what the Patriots typically like, as are his 7.11-second three-cone and 4.32-second short-shuttle. Washington's ability to track the deep ball may allow the Patriots to overlook some of his measurables. They reportedly met with him privately for a workout.


At first blush, Cantrell has the size and athleticism to be a Patriots type. His vertical (38.5 inches), broad jump (130 inches), three-cone (6.56 seconds) and short shuttle (4.03 seconds) are all excellent. The Patriots, if they take him, will have to get over his 4.59-second 40-yard dash, though. Unless Belichick and Caserio feel he plays faster than that, it could knock him down their board. In the mid-to-late rounds, though, Cantrell's certainly a fit.  


The route-running he showed on tape was crisp, and the change-of-direction times he posted at the combine - 6.84 three-cone, 4.15 short-shuttle - were solid. But otherwise, Hamilton didn't test extraordinarily well. His 4.54-second 40, his sub-35 inch vertical and his sub-10 foot broad jump might make it hard for the Patriots to call his name before Day 3.



Kraft reportedly close to investing in Spanish soccer team

Kraft reportedly close to investing in Spanish soccer team

Will Patriots owner Robert Kraft soon match Red Sox principal owner John Henry by investing in a European soccer team of his own?

According to Spanish media reports, Kraft is close to buying a stake in the Spanish soccer club Sevilla of LaLiga. Spanish radio network COPE reports that the sale of a 40 percent share of the team to a "U.S investment group" could come this week.

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Kraft, who is chairman and chief executive of the Kraft Group, is apparently leading this consortium, possibly through an investment company called 'Sevillistas Unidos 2020’.

The Patriots were valued at $3.7 billion - the second-most valuable NFL franchise behind the Dallas Cowboys - in the latest Forbes ranking of world sports franchises. European soccer teams hold three of the top five spots.

In 2005, Kraft considered purchasing English Premier League team Liverpool FC, which was purchased by Henry's group in 2010.

The Kraft group also own the New England Revolution of MLS and the Boston esports franchise in the Overwatch League.


Revis votes himself off the island, retires after 11 seasons

Revis votes himself off the island, retires after 11 seasons

After 11 seasons, Revis Island is officially closed.

Former Patriot cornerback Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL via Instagram on Wednesday, ending his career after 11 years with four teams, including two stints totaling eight seasons with the New York Jets.

"It has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world,” Revis wrote. “Today I am closing a chapter of my life that I once dreamed as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League."

Revis, who turned 33 July 14, was a key member of New England’s Super Bowl XLIX winning team that beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. Last season, he appeared in six games for the Kansas City Chiefs, including the playoffs, before being released in February.

After being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March 2014, Revis signed a one-year deal worth $12 million to play in New England and earned first-team All-Pro honors in his only season in Foxboro. He then signed a five-year, $70 million contract to return to the Jets in March 2015.

Here's the Jets' statement on Revis' retirement:

While he won his lone championship in a Patriots uniform, Revis found most of his individual success playing for the Jets, who drafted the corner 14th overall out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.

A seven-time Pro Bowl and four-time first-team All-Pro selection, Revis’ ability to shut down opponents top receivers one-on-one earned him the “Revis Island” moniker.

Widely considered one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history, Revis finished his career with 29 interceptions, tied for 225th all-time, a testament to how much quarterbacks avoided throwing near him.