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One of Jerod Mayo's first tasks will be restoring the Patriots' defensive dominance. While we won't bet against him doing that, we aren't drafting a Patriots defense that faces Joe Burrow in Cincinnati in Week 1.

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  • Patriots' Jontrey Hunter: Goes on active/NFI list

    The Patriots placed Hunter (undisclosed) on the active/non-football injury list Friday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Hunter was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent in May after he played six seasons with Georgia State. The nature of the injury that landed him on the NFI list is unclear, but the 24-year-old will be able to return to practice when the issue is resolved.
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  • Patriots' Matthew Judon: Not close to new deal

    Judon and the Patriots are far apart in contract negotiations, Henry McKenna of FoxSports.com reports. McKenna notes that Judon has asked for a new contract and the Patriots have presented an offer, but the sides "are not currently close to agreeing to a new deal." Judon is approaching the final year of his contract, which will pay him a modest $6.5 million in 2024. New England may be hesitant to offer the linebacker a hefty deal given that he played in just four games last season due to a torn biceps, though he has more than proven his ability as a pass rusher with 28 combined sacks between 2021 and 2022. Per Conor Ryan of The Boston Globe, Judon doesn't plan to hold out of camp if the sides don't agree to a new deal.
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  • Patriots' Jahlani Tavai: Agrees to three-year extension

    Tavai and the Patriots agreed to terms Tuesday on a three-year extension with a $15 million base value, and that can reach $21 million with incentives, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. Tavai has entrenched himself as a key member of New England's starting linebacker corps, playing a hybrid ILB/OLB role that saw him record 110 tackles, two interceptions and a sack in 17 games last season. He now joins DT Christian Barmore, RB Rhamondre Stevenson and C David Andrews as players who were entering the final year of their contracts but have re-signed under new coach Jerod Mayo. Tavai is well positioned to repeat as a worthwhile fantasy option in IDP formats in new defensive coordinator DeMarcus Covington's scheme.
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  • Patriots' Raekwon McMillan: Overcomes Achilles injury

    McMillan (Achilles) was spotted working out on the field during the Patriots' mandatory minicamp session Wednesday, Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald reports. McMillan missed the entire 2023 season after partially tearing his Achilles' tendon last spring and undergoing surgery, but he now seems to be back to full health. During his last healthy season in 2022, the Ohio State product appeared in 16 games and made 35 total tackles. He's expected to compete for a depth role in New England's linebacker corps going into the 2024 campaign.
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  • Patriots' Davon Godchaux: Seeks new contract

    Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo said Wednesday that Godchaux is negotiating a new contract, Michael Giardi of BostonSportsJournal.com reports. Mayo said that Godchaux was present at practice Monday but didn't participate. Godchaux has suited up for a full slate of 17 regular-season games in each of his three years with the Patriots, never playing less than 600 defensive snaps in any campaign. He's currently entering the final year of his deal with the team.
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  • Patriots' Matthew Judon: Present for minicamp

    Judon (biceps) was in attendance for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp Monday, Hayden Bird of the Boston Globe reports. Judon suffered a torn biceps tendon this past October, limiting him to four games last year, but he's since recovered from the injury to the point that he's in line to be a full participant in this week's minicamp, per Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston. During his last full campaign, the linebacker racked up 60 tackles and 15.5 sacks in 17 regular-season games in 2022. Now that he's back in action, Judon is set to remain a key pass-rushing presence in New England's defense, a role that lands the 31-year-old back on the IDP radar in 2024.
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  • Patriots' Daniel Ekuale: Active at OTAs

    Ekuale (biceps) is participating in the Patriots' organized team activities, Steven Senne of the Idaho State Journal reports. Ekuale's season ended in September of last year after the Patriots placed him on injured reserve with a torn biceps. His participation at OTAs indicates his health is back up to par. The veteran defensive tackle is projected to provide depth on New England's interior defensive line this season.
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  • Patriots' Matthew Judon: Back to full health

    Judon (biceps) is back to full health and expected to be at the Patriots' mandatory minicamp in June, Karen Guregian of The Springfield Republican reports. Judon tore his biceps early in the 2023 season and subsequently underwent season-ending surgery. It appears his recovery has gone well, and he will be ready to participate in New England's offseason program. Barring any setbacks with his health, the 31-year-old -- who racked up 15.5 sacks in 2022 -- is expected to start at outside linebacker, where he'll reprise his role as a key pass rusher for the team.
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  • Patriots' Christian Gonzalez: Returns to field

    Gonzalez (shoulder) practiced during OTAs on Monday, Mike Dussault of the Patriots' official site reports. Gonzalez suffered a season-ending torn labrum in Week 4 against the Cowboys last season and was originally uncertain for OTAs. However, the second-year-pro appeared to be a full participant, which is good news for New England's secondary.
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  • Patriots' Isaiah Bolden: Will be competing for depth role

    Bolden (concussion) will take part in OTAs this week, Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald reports. Bolden missed the entirety of his rookie season due to a concussion that placed him on IR. The Jackson State product is now healthy though, and will be competing against several other names for a roster spot behind Christian Gonzalez, Jonathan Jones and Marcus Jones at cornerback.
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  • Patriots' Marcus Jones: Back to full health

    Jones (shoulder) is ready to get back on the field during OTAs, Danny Jaillet of USA Today reports. Jones suffered a torn labrum in Week 2 last season and then spent the rest of the 2023 campaign on injured reserve. His ability to return to the field, and be ready for the 2024 campaign is great news for New England, who dealt with multiple injuries in their secondary last year.
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  • Patriots' Christian Gonzalez: Recovering well, unsure for OTAs

    Gonzalez (shoulder) said Tuesday he feels "healthy" but is unsure how much he'll participate in OTAs, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports. Gonzalez, a 2023 first-round pick, had a strong start to his career before suffering a season-ending right torn labrum in just Week 4. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Gonzalez is still rehabbing and focusing on strengthening his shoulder, so it sounds like he may be a limited participant at best when OTAs kick off May 20. Barring any setbacks, there are no concerns about Gonzalez gaining full medical clearance in advance of the 2024 regular season, and returning to a starting role at cornerback.
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  • Patriots' Christian Barmore: Lands big extension in New England

    New England signed Barmore to a four-year, $92 million extension Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The deal contains $41.8 million guaranteed, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. It's the largest non-Tom Brady contract handed out in Patriots history. A second-round pick in 2021, Barmore recorded a career-best 8.5 sacks last season after totaling just four across his first two years in the league. Barmore is a foundational piece along New England's defensive front.
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  • Patriots' Marcellas Dial: New England lands in sixth round

    The Patriots selected Dial in the sixth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, 180th overall. Dial didn't have much hype as a prospect but he's a three-year starter from a strong South Carolina pass defense, and at 6-feet, 190 pounds he has very good athletic traits. Dial's 4.47-second 40-yard dash is solid, but when you account for his reach (32-inch arms) and jumps (40.5-inch vertical, 129-inch broad jump), it's clear that Dial is one of the toolsiest corners in the draft. The Patriots will hope to refine those tools and presumably look to turn Dial into a press-heavy corner on the boundary.
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  • Patriots' Kyle Dugger: Gets long-term deal

    Dugger and the Patriots agreed Sunday on a four-year, $58 million deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. According to Rapoport, Dugger's contract is worth up to $66 million and contains $32.5 million guaranteed. Earlier in the offseason, New England placed its transition tag on Dugger, but the tag merely served as a placeholder until the 28-year-old safety was able to work out a longer-team deal with the Patriots. Dugger turned in his best season yet in 2023, appearing in all 17 of the Patriots' games while logging 109 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
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  • Cody Davis: Hangs up cleats

    Davis announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday, Chris Mason of Masslive.com reports. Davis played 11 NFL seasons, spending five years with the Rams, two with the Jaguars and the final four of his career with the Patriots. The 34-year-old primarily played on special teams and hadn't played a defensive snap since 2020. He'll finish his career with 118 combined tackles, two interceptions and three fumbles recovered.
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  • Texans' Myles Bryant: Finds new opportunity

    Bryant signed a contract with the Texans on Monday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Bryant will suit up for a new franchise in 2024 after spending the first four years of his career in New England. The Washington product appeared in all 17 games last season, recording 77 tackles (65 solo), including 1.0 sacks, while also forcing two fumbles and grabbing an interception. The 26-year-old should have the opportunity to bolster the depth in Houston's secondary in the upcoming campaign.
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  • Chris Board: Gets cut loose

    Board was released by the Patriots on Thursday. Board joined New England on a two-year contract last offseason, but he'll now make his exit from the team a year early. The 28-year-old was strictly a special-teams contributor last season, recording 10 combined tackles in 17 games.
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  • Patriots' Anfernee Jennings: Re-ups with Patriots

    Jennings has agreed to a three-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Jennings will remain in New England, where the 2020 third-round draft pick has spent his entire career up to this point. He posted 66 tackles (49 solo) across 15 appearances (14 starts) in 2023, but it remains to be seen if the linebacker will hold onto a starting role in 2024 under New England's new coaching staff.
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  • Patriots' Josh Uche: Returning to New England

    Uche has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Patriots, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Uche reportedly had bigger offers elsewhere, but he opted to return to Foxborough for less. The 2020 second-round pick has played four seasons with the Pats and was both a depth defender and special teams contributor last season. He currently projects to start opposite Matthew Judon (biceps) at outside linebacker in 2024.
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