New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins waits during a timeout during the third quarter against the Houston Texans in Glendale on Oct. 24, 2021.

In case you hadn’t heard, free agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is visiting with the Patriots this week. The five-time All-Pro arrived in Foxborough on Wednesday, then had the bulk of his visit take place on Thursday.

As the day winds down, information has started to trickle out of One Patriot Place – and the news is encouraging.

  • Late Thursday afternoon, Mark Daniels of MassLive reported that the visit “has been positive for both” the Patriots and Hopkins.  “According to a league source, the visit between the two parties has been positive on both sides,” Daniels writes.

    “The Pro Bowl receiver arrived in New England on Wednesday and was still visiting with the Patriots as of Thursday afternoon. After visiting with the Tennessee Titans, Hopkins’ arrival in Foxborough marked his second visit since being released by the Arizona Cardinals,” he continued. “It’s possible this could be his last.”

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  • A little while later, Hopkins himself shared part of his visit, via a post on his Instagram story. That came just before 4:30.

    In the post, Hopkins showed himself in the Patriots’ locker room posing with current Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon. The post is captioned ‘La familia’ and tags Judon.

  • That’s the last update out of Foxborough as of Thursday evening. Now, the real wait begins.

    Earlier in the week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapport said he wouldn’t be surprised if Hopkins waiting until closer to training camp to sign. However his tone seemed to change a bit in a Thursday afternoon appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, when he suggested that “there always is a number” to get a player to sign on the spot.

  • Hopkins currently has no known visits planned beyond this current trip to New England. Reports after his Tennessee visit suggested more could come along, but no specific teams were named.

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