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"WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL Free AgencyPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots Free Agency CoverageWhat signing Jared Veldheer means for the PatriotsNew David Andrews Jerseys 2019 ,24commentsRead more: Patriots expected to sign OT Jared Veldheer later this weekEDTShareTweetShareShareWhat signing Jared Veldheer means for the PatriotsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsWith the NFL’s free agency compensation window closing later today, players plugged from the open market will no longer qualify for the compensatory draft picks formula and therefore not cost a team potential capital for 2020. This means that clubs will probably be pretty active this week when it comes to bringing in free agents — and the New England Patriots have apparently already started.According to reports from earlier today, the Patriots will sign veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to a one-year contract worth a maximum of $6.5 million later this week. Let’s find out what the move means for the team, once it becomes official.The Patriots feel the need to add additional depth at offensive tackleAfter losing Trent Brown to the Oakland Raiders just minutes into March’s legal tampering period, the Patriots were left with uncertainty at left tackle: presumed future starter Isaiah Wynn, after all White Patrick Chung Jerseys , is coming off a season lost to a torn Achilles tendon. And while the Patriots added Yodny Cajuste in the third round of the draft, bringing Veldheer on board sends a clear message: the team feels it needs to add more depth at the position amidst the question marks that are Wynn and Cajuste at this point in time.Isaiah Wynn’s starting spot is not etched in stoneThe player most impacted by the Patriots signing Veldheer is undoubtably the aforementioned Isaiah Wynn. While the Georgia product still has a good chance of earning the starting left tackle spot given his upside and status as a first-round draft choice just one year ago, the addition of Veldheer puts more pressure on the second-year man: he has to show that he is physically and mentally ready to fill the shoes of Trent Brown over the next few weeks.Veldheer brings experience and positional versatility to New England…Veldheer entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and has seen plenty of action since then — all over the offensive line. The veteran lineman appeared in a combined 121 regular season and playoff games over his nine seasons in the league. And while he primarily lined up at left tackle, he was also used at the right side of the line and even at center early on in his career. New England will certainly appreciate this level of versatility, which would allow the team to use him as a swing-tackle backup in case he doesn’t earn a starting role.…but also comes with questions about his durabilityEarly in his career, Veldheer displayed some excellent staying power: he appeared in all sixteen games in five of his first six seasons in the NFL. Since 2016 Patrick Chung Jerseys 2019 , however, injuries have started to slow the 6-foot-8, 320-pound blocker down. His 2016 campaign ended after only eight games due to a tricep injury. He was again placed on injured reserve one year later, this time after thirteen games because of an ankle issue. In 2018, finally, he missed three of the Denver Broncos’ games after he hurt his knee. In short: Veldheer didn’t have a lot of injury luck lately.Signing Veldheer puts the Patriots above the offseason roster limitThe Patriots currently have 90 players on their roster White Duron Harmon Jerseys , the maximum allowed by the NFL during the offseason. Adding Veldheer to the team will therefore force the team to make a corresponding move. The most likely candidates to get released in order to create room for the 31-year-old are members of the team’s undrafted rookie class or low-level free agency signings such as offensive tackle Cedrick Lang or defensive lineman Nick Thurman. Daily news and links for Friday."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots NewsNew England Patriots LinksNew England Patriots links 5/03/19 - Rob Gronkowski still on everybody’s mindNew,12commentsDaily news and links for Friday.EDTShareTweetShareShareNew England Patriots links 5/03/19 - Rob Gronkowski still on everybody’s mindJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsTEAM TALKThe Patriots signed 10 undrafted rookie free agents and also made three other roster moves.Don Banks lists 10 NFL topics that still lack answers as the offseason reaches May.Paul Perillo profiles Patriots rookie running back Damien Harris.Angelique Fiske reports that Rob Gronkowski played a prominent role at the American Music Award.Fred Kirsch, Andy Hart, Paul Perillo and Erik Scalavino discuss the Patriots’ draft and who was the better Patriots slot receiver: Wes Welker or Julian Edelman? (2:02:05 audio)Kyle Van Noy, Jason McCourty, Rex Burkhead and Stephon Gilmore get a preview of the latest 3 Games to Glory documentary. (2:40 video)LOCAL LINKSMatt Chatham (The Athletic) thinks that the Patriots have moved elsewhere while the rest of the NFL is looking for the next Rob Gronkowski.Zack Cox (NESN) reviews the college tape of Patriots third-round pick Damien Harris.Ryan Hannable (WEEI) looks at the Patriots roster to find the deepest and weakest positions on the team.Andrew Callahan (MassLive) thinks that the Patriots Way is alive and well this offseason.Mike Reiss (ESPN Boston) writes about Tom Brady’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and him joking about not being the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback.Ryan Hannable (WEEI) lists five free agents the Patriots could still be interested in.Doug Kyed (NESN) opens his latest mailbag to speak tight end options Duron Harmon Jerseys 2019 , running backs, and more.Christopher Price (Boston Sports Journal) takes a closer look at Patriots fifth-round rookie Byron Cowart.Jeff Howe (The Athletic) writes about Chase Winovich’s soft side.Andrew Callahan (MassLive) shares Lawrence Guy’s unusual question after he had just won the Super Bowl.Zack Cox (NESN) quotes James White and his fantasy football aspirations.Christopher Price (Boston Sports Journal) takes you into the weekend with some Patriots updates.Tom Curran (NBC Boston) unveils his new AFC power rankings.Henry McKenna (Patriots Wire) posts a funny Martellus Bennett story about Bill Belichick criticizing Tom Brady.Kevin Duffy (Boston Herald) writes that James White welcomes the running back competition.Adam London (NESN) shares the reactions of Patriots players to Tom Brady’s skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live.Darren Hartwell (NBC Boston) points out that N’Keal Harry is a dark horse rookie of the year candidate.NATIONAL NEWSGeoff Schwartz (SB Nation) shows how rookies can make an NFL roster, starting now.Conor Orr (Sports Illustrated) lists the NFL’s best remaining free agents.Maurice Morton (Bleacher Report) ranks the NFL’s defenses after the draft.Jay Glazer (The Athletic) opens his post-draft mailbag.Dan Parr ( posts his draft grades for the AFC North.Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) reports that the Chiefs’ overtime proposal has gained some traction.The MMQB staff (Sports Illustrated) publishes its latest NFL power rankings.Scott Spratt (Pro Football Focus) names his fantasy sleepers from the late draft rounds and undrafted free agency.EXTRACURRICULARAdam Stites (SB Nation) thinks that the NFL commissioner’s exempt list is a cop-out.

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