Patriots Roster Roundup: Trade rumors, the latest on Tyquan Thornton, and more
Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks over the field during the second half of a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
As rosters across the NFL continue to be cut down, here is a roundup of the rumblings revolving around the Patriots.
Kendrick Bourne on the block?
May 23, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) speaks to the media at the team’s OTA at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Perry hopped on Patriots pregame prior to their preseason tilt against the Panthers, and expanded on his report about the status of wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.
Thornton out 8-10 weeks
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 11: Tyquan Thornton #11 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Despite a promising camp, Patriots rookie wideout Tyquan Thornton’s chances of impacting the offense in a big way took a major hit when he was sidelined with a collarbone injury during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s preseason game against the Panthers.
Source says Thornton is expected to miss "around 8 weeks" but also cautioned that everyone heals at their own rate. https://t.co/66PS2dL75C
Wynn didn’t practice for two weeks, so the Patriots probably didn’t really want to put him on the field outside of an emergency situation. They tried him briefly at left tackle, but ultimately put Justin Herron back in after Wynn allowed a sack to Randy Gregory. Simply put, Wynn has had a bad season. He couldn’t have been expected to bring much to the table on Sunday, but that’s his own fault after landing on COVID reserve.
In his latest “Monday Afternoon Quarterback” column at The MMQB, Albert Breer floated the idea that “someone” from the Patriots will be traded, with both Isaiah Wynn and Nelson Agholor’s names being floated:
The Patriots are probably going to trade … someone. New England’s really tight to the cap, and my sense is they’d like to use a surplus they might have at one position or another to alleviate that and maybe pick up a draft pick or two.
The one guy I know definitively that they’ve talked with other teams on is Isaiah Wynn, their first-round pick from 2018. Wynn, though, is on a $10.4 million fifth-year option, which has made it tough to move a guy who, four years after he was drafted, is still seen as a tackle/guard tweener.
The other spot where New England could potentially get calls is receiver. There’s been speculation on Nelson Agholor, but his big number ($9 million base, plus $1 million in per-game roster bonuses) makes him more difficult to trade. He’s also emerged as a leader in the receiver room in Foxborough after a really strong offseason, which could make the Patriots hesitant to move him.
Bleacher Report with a possible addition?
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 15: Fullback Kyle Juszczyk #44 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a touchdown in the fourth quarter over linebacker Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons during the game at Levi’s Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
When Jones is healthy—he’s still working his way back from a shoulder surgery—he has the talent be a significant asset for a contending squad. The Falcons could attempt to leverage his talents by dangling him to a Super Bowl hopeful in exchange for meager recompense.
A team like the New England Patriots could be intrigued by the value here. The Pats parted ways with Dont’a Hightower this offseason and need a high-caliber replacement for their longtime defensive captain.
Jones has recorded 652 tackles, 11 interceptions—five of which he returned for touchdowns—and 8.5 sacks over his first six years in the league. The Pro Bowler may be rehabbing, but he’s played in all but one game since the start of the 2019 campaign and a clean bill of health could coincide with a return to form.
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