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Stephon Gilmore: New Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas 'tough to cover, tough to bring down'

Stephon Gilmore: New Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas 'tough to cover, tough to bring down'

The New England Patriots are still a work in progress at wide receiver, but the signing of free-agent Demaryius Thomas earlier this week did provide some much-needed depth at the position.

Patriots offseason workouts are underway at Gillette Stadium, where several players are putting in long hours to prepare for the 2019 NFL season. One of those players is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was asked Thursday about the Patriots' newest wide receiver addition.

“(Thomas is) a great player,” Gilmore told reporters in Foxboro. “He’s made a lot of great plays in this league, and he’s tough to cover, tough to bring down. Couple things that stand out with him.

"(He’s) strong, explosive. Hopefully, he can help us win games.”

Thomas has enjoyed a very productive NFL career, but a torn Achilles suffered late in December has put his future in doubt. Given the severity of an Achilles injury, it wouldn't be surprising if he's unable to play for the Patriots when they kick off their Super Bowl title defense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 8. He's not even a guarantee to make the team. Remember what happened to Reggie Wayne during his short stint in New England?

When healthy, however, Thomas is more than capable of providing solid production. He tallied five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2012 through 2016. His excellent size at 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds makes him a good redzone target, too. He was able to rack up 59 receptions for 677 yards and five touchdowns between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans last season -- not bad for a 31-year-old veteran. 

No one knows if suspended wideout Josh Gordon will play at all for the Patriots next season. Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson left in NFL free agency, and tight end Rob Gronkowski retired. The Patriots need to fill the void from these departures. Thomas, if healthy, has a chance to play a role in that.

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NFL Odds: Patriots open at 10-point favorites over Jets in Week 7

NFL Odds: Patriots open at 10-point favorites over Jets in Week 7

The Patriots rolled to a 35-14 victory over the Giants on Thursday Night Football in Week 6 to improve to 6-0 on the 2019 season thanks to another impressive performance by their defense. 

In order to start 7-0, they'll have to grow through a rejuvenated Jets team on Monday Night Football on the road. It's a game they should win, and it appears the oddsmakers agree. 

New England is 4-2 against the spread in 2019 and manhandled the Jets in Week 2. However, New York didn't have Sam Darnold at quarterback and now they're coming off a win over the Cowboys that saved them from an 0-5 start under new coach Adam Gase. 

Couple that with the fact that the Patriots offense has been abysmal as of late and the Jets are sporting a top-10 defense, and this New England team could be in store for a fight next week. 

We have a long way to go before game day arrives, and the Patriots are also dealing with a 10-day break in between games. They have plenty of time to prepare for Jamal Adams and company. 

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Patriots rookie Chase Winovich apologizes to mom after being fined for TD celebration

Patriots rookie Chase Winovich apologizes to mom after being fined for TD celebration

Chase Winovich's first NFL touchdown on Thursday night didn't come without a price.

The Patriots' rookie defensive end celebrated the occasion by launching the ball into the stands, which led to him being fined roughly $7,000 by the NFL. It was Winovich's first TD since high school, so the moment certainly was worth every penny, but the former Michigan star does have one regret.

Winovich took to Instagram on Sunday to apologize to his mother for the costly celebration.

"Sorry mom for launching that new car I promised you into the stratosphere during my celebration! Love you! 😌💓," he wrote.

Take a look below:

The new car for Ms. Winovich may have to wait, but it likely won't have to wait too long. The Patriots' third-round pick looks well on his way to being a standout player in the league for years to come.

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