Patriots

Updated 2020 NFL Draft order for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh rounds

Updated 2020 NFL Draft order for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh rounds

The 2020 NFL Draft will conclude Saturday afternoon, and there are many quality players still available.

Included in that group are several intriguing quarterbacks. Only one QB was taken on Day 2 of the draft -- Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts to the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round. Teams that still need a quarterback, a list that might include the New England Patriots, could look at Georgia's Jake Fromm, Washington's Jacob Eason or Florida International's James Morgan as potential fits.

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

Here's the updated order of selection for Day 3 of the draft.
*Denotes compensatory pick

Round 4

107. Cincinnati Bengals
108. Washington Redskins
109. Detroit Lions
110. N.Y. Giants
111. Houston Texans (from Miami)
112. L.A. Chargers
113. Carolina Panthers
114. Arizona Cardinals
115. Cleveland Browns
116. Jacksonville Jaguars
117. Minnesota Vikings (from Tampa Bay via San Francisco)
118. Denver Broncos
119. Atlanta Falcons
120. N.Y. Jets
121. Las Vegas Raiders
122. Indianapolis Colts
123. Dallas Cowboys
124. Pittsburgh Steelers
125. N.Y. Jets (from Chicago via New England)
126. L.A. Rams
127. Philadelphia Eagles
128. Buffalo Bills
129. N.Y. Jets (from New England via Baltimore)
130. Minnesota Vikings (from New Orleans)
131. Arizona Cardinals (from Houston)
132. Minnesota Vikings
133. Seattle Seahawks
134. Atlanta Falcons (from Baltimore)
135. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Tennessee via Miami)
136. Miami Dolphins (via Green Bay)
137. Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco via Denver)
138. Kansas City Chiefs
139. Las Vegas Raiders (from Tampa Bay via New England)*
140. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Chicago)*
141. Miami Dolphins*
142. Washington Redskins*
143. Baltimore Ravens*
144. Seattle Seahawks*
145. Philadelphia Eagles*
146. Philadelphia Eagles*

Round 5

147. Cincinnati Bengals
148. Seattle Seahawks (from Washington via Carolina)
149. Indianapolis Colts (from Detroit)
150. N.Y. Giants
151. L.A. Chargers
152. Carolina Panthers
153. Miami Dolphins
154. Miami Dolphins (from Jacksonville via Pittsburgh)
155. Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland via Buffalo) 
156. San Francisco 49ers (from Denver) 
157. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Atlanta via Baltimore)
158. N.Y. Jets
159. New England Patriots (from Las Vegas)
160. Indianapolis Colts
161. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
162. Washington Redskins (from Pittsburgh via Seattle)
163. Chicago Bears
164. Dallas Cowboys
165. Jacksonville Jaguars (from L.A. Rams)
166. Detroit Lions (from Philadelphia)
167. Buffalo Bills
168. Philadelphia Eagles (from New England)
169. Minnesota Vikings (from New Orleans)
170. Baltimore Ravens (from Minnesota)
171. Houston Texans
172. Las Vegas Raiders (from Seattle via Detroit and New England)
173. Miami Dolphins (from Baltimore via L.A. Rams)
174. Tennessee Titans
175. Green Bay Packers
176. Minnesota Vikings (from San Francisco)
177. Kansas City Chiefs
178. Denver Broncos*
179. Dallas Cowboys*

Listen and subscribe to Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast:

Round 6

180. Cincinnati Bengals
181. Denver Broncos (from Washington)
182. Indianapolis Colts (via Detroit)
183. N.Y. Giants
184. Carolina Panthers
185. Miami Dolphins
186. L.A. Chargers
187. Cleveland Browns (from Arizona)
188. Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland)
189. Jacksonville Jaguars
190. Philadelphia Eagles (from Atlanta)
191. N.Y. Jets
192. Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas)
193. Indianapolis Colts
194. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
195. New England Patriots (from Denver)
196. Chicago Bears
197. Detroit Lions (from Dallas via Miami and Indianapolis)
198. Pittsburgh Steelers
199. L.A. Rams
200. Chicago Bears (from Philadelphia)
201. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo)
202. Arizona Cardinals (from New England)
203. Minnesota Vikings (from New Orleans)
204. New England Patriots (from Houston)
205. Minnesota Vikings
206. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Seattle)
207. Buffalo Bills (from Baltimore via New England)
208. Green Bay Packers (from Tennessee)
209. Green Bay Packers
210. San Francisco 49ers
211. N.Y. Jets (from Kansas City)
212. New England Patriots*
213. New England Patriots*
214. Seattle Seahawks*

Round 7

215. Cincinnati Bengals
216. Washington Redskins
217. San Francisco 49ers (from Detroit)
218. N.Y. Giants
219. Minnesota Vikings (from Miami)
220. L.A. Chargers
221. Carolina Panthers
222. Arizona Cardinals
223. Jacksonville Jaguars
224. Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland)
225. Baltimore Ravens (from N.Y. Jets)
226. Chicago Bears (from Las Vegas)
227. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis)
228. Atlanta Falcons (from Tampa Bay via Philadelphia)
229. Washington Redskins (from Denver)
230. New England Patriots (from Atlanta)
231. Dallas Cowboys
232. Pittsburgh Steelers
233. Chicago Bears
234. L,A, Rams
235. Detroit Lions (from Philadelphia via New England)
236. Green Bay Packers (from Buffalo via Cleveland)
237. Tennessee Titans (from New England via Denver)
238. N.Y. Giants (from New Orleans)
239. Buffalo Bills (from Minnesota)
240. Houston Texans
241. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Seattle via New England)
242. Green Bay Packers (from Baltimore)
243. Tennessee Titans
244. Minnesota Vikings (from Green Bay via Cleveland and New Orleans)
245. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via San Francisco)
246. Miami Dolphins (from Kansas City)
247. N.Y. Giants*
248. Houston Texans*
249. Minnesota Vikings*
250. Houston Texans*
251. Miami Dolphins*
252. Denver Broncos*
253. Minnesota Vikings*
254. Denver Broncos*
255. N.Y. Giants*

Patriots cap space explosion could complicate things with Cam Newton

Patriots cap space explosion could complicate things with Cam Newton

The Patriots care about locker room dynamics. They pay attention to the way in which the contractual hierarchy is structured.

That's why their newfound cap space might force a conversation with Cam Newton.

As part of the newly amended collective bargaining agreement, signed on Monday night, it was determined that 2020 cap hits for players who opt out would be kicked down the road to 2021. That includes the prorated portions of signing bonuses that have already been paid out. 

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

That late adjustment to the CBA freed up additional cap space for all teams with players who a) opted out and b) had prorated signing bonus amounts count against the 2020 cap.

For example, as Patriots cap expert Miguel Benzan points out, the amount the Patriots saved on Dont'a Hightower changed with this week's adjustment. Previously, his opt-out saved the Patriots $7.85 million. Now, with the prorated portion of his signing bonus adding to that number, his opt-out saves the Patriots $10.35 million. 

In all, the Patriots now have over $35 million in cap space. It wasn't all that long ago that the team hovered under $1 million

So what do they do with their money now?

They could choose to spend in order to buttress the positions that just saw players leave: linebacker, safety, offensive tackle, tight end. They could add to a position group, like the interior of the defensive line, that could benefit from some depth. 

There are talented players available. Marcel Dareus is hanging around and could strengthen New England's defensive line by complementing Lawrence Guy, Beau Allen and Adam Butler.

Jadeveon Clowney, Clay Matthews, Jabaal Sheard and Everson Griffin are available to man the edge of someone's defense. Eric Reid and Tony Jefferson are still available at safety.

Demar Dotson (formerly of the Bucs), Cordy Glenn (Bengals), Jordan Mills (Cardinals), Greg Robinson (Browns) and LaAdrian Waddle (Bills) are around if the Patriots are looking for a Marcus Cannon replacement to come from outside the organization.

Delanie Walker or Ed Dickson (who played with Newton from 2014-2017 as a member of the Panthers) are free-agent veterans at tight end

Patriots Talk Podcast: Should Patriots spend newfound cap cash or roll it over? | Listen & subscribe | Watch on YouTube

But if the Patriots spend a significant chunk of change on any of them, they might have to adjust the contract of the man who looks like the favorite to be their starting quarterback in 2020. 

Newton signed for the veteran minimum on an incentive-laden deal that could grow to more than $7 million. Still, it's a veteran minimum deal. How would it sit with Newton if the team gave Dotson or Walker a few million to help them fill a role that suddenly needs filling? What would that do to locker room dynamics? 

The Patriots could choose to take all the cap space they've been afforded and hold onto it. They may need to make more in-season signings than usual due to COVID. There's enough uncertainty these days that prudence might be the best course of action. Then they could roll over that cap space to 2021 and — even though the cap will be reduced and could drop as low as $175 million from almost $200 million this year — be real players in the free-agent market when other teams have to slash payroll just to become cap compliant. 

But if they don't take that route, if they add veterans to their team by using real money, that could spur action with the man who could be shouldering quite a bit of offensive pressure as the Patriots play out their first season of the post-Tom Brady era. Even if they don't add pieces — unless they tell Newton they have to hold onto their cap space because these are uncertain times — Newton might have an argument to be given a bump in pay.

For Newton, the conversation might start with somehow turning those incentive dollars into guarantees. After all, Marcus Mariota is getting more than $7 million to be the backup in Vegas. Teddy Bridgewater picked up $7 million from the Saints as he tried to get his career back on track. Should Newton not be afforded at least the same amount as the most accomplished of that quarterback-revival-tour trio?

The Patriots couldn't give Newton that kind of deal when they signed him. They were up against it with the cap. But after all these opt-outs, that's no longer the case.

And while that means they're afforded the opportunity to add talent to their locker room, it also might mean they have to revisit the contract of the player who looks like the favorite to man their most important position.
 

What impressed LeSean McCoy the most about Tom Brady at first Bucs practice

What impressed LeSean McCoy the most about Tom Brady at first Bucs practice

LeSean McCoy has played 11 NFL seasons with three different teams and just won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs.

But the veteran running back had never played with a six-time Super Bowl champion before hitting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice field with Tom Brady on Tuesday.

Needless to say, McCoy found out pretty quickly what separates the former New England Patriots quarterback from his peers.

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

"I've scrimmaged Tom in the past. We're pretty cool," McCoy told reporters Tuesday after officially signing with the Bucs earlier in the day. " ... But to actually see him work, I mean, he's like a general leading the troops, teaching them what he wants in the routes, things like that."

Brady threw passes to McCoy, tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Mike Evans and other Bucs skill players during Tuesday's session. According to McCoy, the 43-year-old QB turned some heads on the practice field with his high level of play.

"He looked real good," McCoy said. "As he was throwing the ball, I heard a couple of guys whisper, 'Dang, how many years do you think he'll play?' That's how good he looked. Seriously."

While we shouldn't put too much stock in a throwing session without defenders, McCoy also seemed impressed by how Brady carried himself.

Patriots Talk Podcast: Should Patriots spend newfound cap cash or roll it over? | Listen & subscribe | Watch on YouTube

"Me and Gronk talked about it: His will to win, his will to go out there and keep doing it -- once you see a guy like that display that attitude, you want to be a part of it," McCoy said. "He looked good today, in good shape. Threw the ball very well. He's like a coach with a helmet on."

That assessment shouldn't surprise Patriots fans who saw Brady lead New England to nine Super Bowl appearances over 20 seasons. It's also a big reason why McCoy says he's in Tampa Bay despite considering a reunion with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason.

"I mean, come on. I'm in Tampa, nice weather, playing with Tom Brady. How can you beat that?"