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after the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft"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 DraftPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots 2019 NFL Draft CoverageLooking at the remaining draft needs for the PatriotsNew Devin McCourty Jerseys Stitched ,21commentsRead more: The 40 best players remaining after the first round of the 2019 NFL DraftEDTShareTweetShareShareLooking at the remaining draft needs for the PatriotsGreg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsThe Patriots opened up the 2019 Draft by taking Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry, the first wideout taken in the first round by the Patriots with Bill Belichick calling the shots. That helps to solve a need to add an outside receiver who can compete against press-man coverage, perhaps the biggest weakness of the offense in 2018, which was exploited in the Patriots’ five losses and at times in the Super Bowl. Getting that X receiver was arguably one of the biggest needs for the Patriots going into the draft and I am happy that they picked up a blue chip prospect to address that need.With Day 1 in the books, these are the remaining needs for the Patriots going into Day 2 and 3 of the draft:Swing TackleJawaan Taylor was considered a consensus Top 20 prospect in the media, but the Patriots elected to pass on him for Harry. This draft is pretty deep at the position with plug and play guys such as Dalton Risner and Max Scharping available in Round 2. The Patriots have uncertainty at the tackle position although I think they will be able to swing a trade for an expiring rookie contract starter to buy the team time to get Isaiah Wynn ready to assume the LT duties full time. Pass Catching TEThe Patriots will start Austin Seferian-Jenkins while heavily rotating in Matt LaCosse as the move TE in their offense, although neither guy projects to have a big role. Both players are on one-year contracts, looking to set themselves with a solid season and a better payday next March. Ryan Izzo and Jacob Hollister are holdovers from last season, although neither player has contributed much in their tenures in New England to date. Irv Smith Jr. is likely gone before the Patriots pick at 56, so the only non-project TE left in the class I see being available is Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger at the end of Round 2.Pats Pulpit recaps Day 1 of the DraftSubscribe to the Pats Pulpit podcast for more draft reactions!Development defensive tackleThe Patriots are 3-deep at DT, which is not enough to last for a full season. I imagine the Patriots have Danny Shelton on speed dial in case the draft does not go their way at the position. The top talents all flew off the board well before the Patriots picked in the first round. The Patriots typically like having those war daddy type players who can control 2 gaps as opposed to a smaller, penetrator types who can generate quick pressure and sacks. Options for the Patriots on Day 2 include Daylon Mack ... nah-jersey , Renell Wren, and Khalen Saunders, all of whom measured in north of 318 pounds at the combine although Wren was the only player who was taller than 6’1” in the group. Rotational edge rusherThe Patriots are also 3-deep on the edge unless Derek Rivers or Keionta Davis take a Year 3 leap. With the 49ers drafting Nick Bosa, Belichick should call John Lynch to ask about Solomon Thomas’ availability. If they elect to pick up edge rusher depth via the draft, Chase Winovich probably doesn’t make it to 56, but there are other solid Day 2 options. In the second round, the top talent likely to be on the board around 56 is Boston College edge rusher Zach Allen, who is solid as both a run defender and pass rusher. Allen is a lot like Trey Flowers in the sense of being a quality edge setter with a pass . rushing game that centers more on disruption than production. In the 3rd Round the Patriots have options with D’Andre Walker, Jachai Polite, and Christian Miller all make sense as battle-tested SEC edge rushers and has the versatility to be hand in the dirt or stand up rushers capable of dropping. Development QBThe Patriots will likely ink Tom Brady to another extension before the season begins, although that may not be the case with Brian Hoyer. Hoyer is scheduled to hit free agency after the season although if NE wants him back he’s likely to return anyway. Given that Brady turn 42 just after the start of camp, the Patriots have to look at the position as a whole and find a guy to develop behind Brady. The next QB to go in the draft will be Drew Lock White Julian Edelman Jerseys , who is likely to be one of the first players taken in Round 2. After him, the Patriots could target Will Grier, Brett Rypien, and Ryan Finley. All three players are experienced starters, but come with question marks about arm strength and overall ceiling. Any one of the three would be a solid pickup for a backup QB spot, although in terms of starter potential the odds are very low. Development WRAside from Harry, the closest players to roster locks at the position are Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett. The team also brought in Maurice Harris and Demaryius Thomas as outside receiver depth, although Thomas may not be ready to start the season and Harris’ upside is that of a WR3 and is on a 1-year contract. The Patriots don’t necessarily need to double-dip at the receiver position, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to use one of their three third round picks to get a WR2 upside player. Stanley Morgan Jr. (unrelated to New England’s former star receiver), Andy Isabella, Mecole Hardman, and Miles Boykin come to mind. Morgan is the most pro-ready of the group Julian Edelman Jerseys 2019 , although the latter three players come with a speed upside. Boykin is probably the least likely to get picked up since he’s a similar body type at WR to Harry. New England boosts its tight end depth chart."Earlier today, it was reported that the New England Patriots were bringing in veteran tight end Benjamin Watson on a free agency visit. Apparently, the visit was a productive one: according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides are expected to agree to a one-year, $3.0 million contract that will reunite Watson with the club that drafted him in the first round back in 2004.Signing Watson certainly is a good move for New England: he offers depth at a thin position and also brings considerable experience and leadership to the table — and all that at a reasonable price tag.[Original story] Once among the deepest positions on their team, the 2019 New England Patriots are in dire need of depth at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. One player to potentially provide just that is former Patriots first-round draft pick Benjamin Watson, who left the club as a free agent after the 2009 season but could now return: as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the free agent is in New England today to visit with the team.Watson, who reportedly is also considering the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers as potential options, spent six years with the Patriots after the team selected him 32nd overall in the 2004 draft. Playing a combined 80 regular season and playoff games for New England, the all-around tight end caught 196 passes for 2 White Rob Gronkowski Jerseys ,297 yards and 23 touchdowns as the club’s top option at his position.In free agency 2010 and after not receiving a contract offer from the Patriots, the Georgia product left the team to sign a free agency deal with the Cleveland Browns. Three years later, Watson moved to the New Orleans Saints with whom he produced the best statistical season of his career in 2015: despite turning 35 during the year, he caught 74 passes for 825 yards and 6 touchdowns — all new career-highs.Unfortunately, Watson missed next season due to injury: now with the Baltimore Ravens, he tore his Achilles tendon in preseason and was forced to sit out all of 2016. The veteran returned the next year, however, after which he returned to New Orleans. Following the 2018 season — one during which he caught 35 passes for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Saints’ number two tight end — Watson announced his retirement from the NFL.It seems as if the retirement was a short-lived one, though: Watson was already rumored to be open to returning if the right offer came along, and it could very well be made by the team with which his 15-year career (so far) started: the Patriots’ tight end position is in flux, and Watson would bring experience and leadership to the group in exchange for what would likely be a reasonable contract.

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