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Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

The New England Patriots worked out a defensive back on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Tre Sullivan, a former Philadelphia Eagles safety, played 12 games in 2018. The 24-year-old made 17 tackles, 12 solo, in his stint with Philadelphia. Sullivan played in college at Shepherd University in West Virginia, and was released by the Eagles over the summer. 

The workout comes after the Patriots have a need to fill three open practice squad spots following the departures of offensive tackle Dan Skipper, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu and placing Obi Melifonwu on injured reserve.

New England also announced that they've placed Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve and have activated Isaiah Wynn. 

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How Patriots defense could struggle with Amari Cooper, Cowboys' receivers

How Patriots defense could struggle with Amari Cooper, Cowboys' receivers

The New England Patriots will face one of their toughest opponents of the season in the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

While the offense continues to struggle, frustrating Tom Brady, the defense has been a game-changer throughout the campaign -- helping New England eke out a 17-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. 

The only time the defense really struggled this season was when it allowed 37 points to the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. With a similar offensive style to the Ravens, Dallas could potentially shred the Patriots defense if given the opportunity.

Wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin have combined for 141 catches, 2,149 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. 37-year-old tight end Jason Witten also has 41 receptions for 371 yards and two TDs.

None of those receivers would be having such great seasons if it weren't for quarterback Dak Prescott. The 26-year-old's 3,221 passing yards lead all NFL quarterbacks, and his 21 touchdowns rank second behind Russell Wilson -- he'll be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than the receivers.

The combination of speed and skill the offense brings to the Cowboys' lineup has caused Patriots' cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino to take notice. 

“These guys can keep you up at night,” Pellegrino said of Dallas' wide receivers on a Tuesday conference call. 

And it's no surprise as to why Dallas ranks first in total yards per game and sixth in scoring. So, the Prescott-led Cowboys could potentially cause New England some problems -- and Pellegrino alluded to that. 

“We’ve got Cooper, Cobb, Gallup and then you’ve got Austin,” Pellegrino said. “Starting with the coaching staff over there, they’ve done a great job with these guys – the OC, [Kellen] Moore, and the wide receiver coach, Sanjay [Lal]. ... We’ve got our work cut out for us this week and we’re excited for the opportunity to go against these guys. It should be a good challenge for us.”

Although they pose a challenge, the Patriots also have a few notable players with some pretty impressive stats on the defensive side of the ball. Devin McCourty is tied for first in the NFL with five interceptions, while Jamie Collins and Stephon Gilmore (among others) are tied for fifth with three. 

It's clear that Sunday's matchup will be a good one -- especially considering the two are leading their respective divisions. 

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Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

The New England Patriots are prepared for a difficult matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, and injuries could play a major factor for both teams.

New England released its final Week 11 injury report Friday -- and no one is listed as out or doubtful. While wide receiver Julian Edelman has often been listed as questionable ahead of each week with a chest injury, he is nowhere to be found on the report. Safety Nate Ebner, running back Damien Harris and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski have been added as questionable, while Patrick Chung, Matt LaCosse, Danny Shelton and John Simon remain on the list (all are questionable). 

As for the Eagles, they'll be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, as well as running back Darren Sproles, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The only player listed as questionable for Philadelphia is running back Jordan Howard.

Here is the final Week 11 injury report:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-1)

OUT
No Players Listed

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
S Patrick Chung, Heel/Chest (Limited participant Friday)
S Nate Ebner, Ankle/Back (LP)
RB Damien Harris, Hamstring (LP)
TE Matt LaCosse, Knee (LP)
WR Gunner Olszewski, Ankle/Hamstring (LP)
DT Danny Shelton, Ankle (LP)
DE John Simon, Elbow (LP)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)

OUT
LB Nigel Bradham, Ankle (Did not practice)
WR Alshon Jeffery, Ankle (DNP)
RB Darren Sproles Quadricep (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
RB Jordan Howard, Shoulder (LP)

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