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"On September 17 Eric Rowe Jerseys 2019 , 2018, the New England Patriots acquired veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon via trade: the club sent a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft to the Cleveland Browns for Gordon and a seventh-round selection. A lot has happened — for both the clubs involved in the transaction the player himself — in the seven months since the move was made; a move from which we now know the final results.Let’s check them out.Cleveland getsThe draft pick New England traded to the Browns turned into the final pre-compensatory selection of the fifth round, courtesy of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl last season. Numerically speaking, Gordon’s ex-team received the 170th overall pick and it invested it in special teams:The second of two place kickers drafted, Seibert is coming off a solid career at Oklahoma. Last season, he made 17 of 19 field goal attempts (89.5%) — with the longest being from just 42 yards out, however — and was successful on all but one of his extra point tries (87 of 88; 98.9%). Furthermore, he also served as a punter for the Sooner and averaged a net distance per kick of 40.9 yards.New England getsThe Patriots received two assets in the trade with the Browns from last September: Gordon, as well as a seventh-round draft choice that would ultimately turn out to be pick number 243. New England did not keep the selection, however, and instead packaged it with 4-134 to acquire two fifth-round selections: the 162nd and the 167th overall pick. The Patriots picked two players at those spots, bringing the final tally for their side of the trade to three acquisitions:Gordon, of course, had a successful first year in New England before it suddenly came to an end due to a suspension for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the NFL’s drug policy. Before getting suspended, however, Gordon played a key role for the Patriots offense: appearing in eleven games, he was on the field for 71.2% of the team’s offensive snaps and caught 40 passes for 720 yards and three touchdowns.Byron Cowart and Jake Bailey were only indirectly acquired through the draft pick that came to Foxboro because of the trade White LaAdrian Waddle Jerseys , but they need to be included in the final tally nevertheless. Former five-star recruit Cowart is coming off a mostly mediocre college career, but has plenty of upside. Bailey, meanwhile, will enter a competition with incumbent Ryan Allen to win New England’s punter spot.Speaking of winning: with three of the players either directly or indirectly acquired as a result of the trade yet to take a snap for their respective teams, it is hard to assess the move properly. However, Gordon did play a substantial role in New England last year and helped the team to a first-round playoff bye. Furthermore, he is expected to return to the team whenever his indefinite suspension gets overturned.From this point of view, it is therefore not hard to pick the Patriots as the victorious party as the trade stands right now. But no matter how this evaluation gets impacted over the next few weeks, months and years, the trade itself and its breakdown once again illustrate — like the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, that colleague Pat Lane analyzed yesterday — how Bill Belichick and company are able to turn one move into multiple commodities. New England’s fans have spoken."After hanging out on the beach (quite literally) while the early free agency waters were raging, the New England Patriots jumped onto the second wave on Thursday: the team reportedly signed five unrestricted free agents in the form of wide receivers Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris, special teams safety Terrence Brooks, defensive tackle Mike Pennel and to close out the day tight end Matt LaCosse.While the group does not feature the biggest of names, it certainly includes players capable of making an impact in all three phases of the game. Whether or not this will actually happen remains to be seen, but Patriots followers have at least somewhat mixed feelings regarding the five men. While all five of the acquisitions were seen as positive in our fan polls attached to the story of each signing, some graded out better than others.Let’s quickly run through them.DT Mike PennelDespite being one of the better run-stuffers in football last year LaAdrian Waddle Jerseys 2019 , the New York Jets opted to decline Mike Pennel’s contract option for 2019. This, in turn, allowed him to sign with the club’s rivals in New England — a signing that is seen as a positive one by Patriots fans, earning a B grade from more than half of the 2,042 voters. When putting numerical values to the grades (A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, F=5), we can see that the 27-year-old earns an average of 2.04 points. Possibly the player with the highest potential for a day-one impact brought in so far, Pennel enters the world champions’ roster with comparatively high expectations.TE Matt LaCosseThe tight end, who is entering his fifth season in the league, entered the open market after the Denver Broncos declined to tender the would-be restricted free agent. Since he has a realistic shot at earning the number two tight end role alongside Rob Gronkowski, Patriots fans have graded the signing closer to B than C — his point average of 2.48 make the acquisition of LaCosse the second most popular among the five taking place yesterday.DB Terrence BrooksWhile listed as a safety, Terrence Brooks’ impact is projected to come primarily on special teams: no player in the NFL played more snaps in the kicking game than the 27-year-old during the 2018 regular season. The former New York Jet may not get the biggest role outside of the game’s third phase, but his acquisition was still seen as mostly positive: he earned a 2.54 point average — on the edge between B and C, but still rather solid.WR Bruce EllingtonOne of two wide receivers signed by the Patriots on Thursday White David Andrews Jerseys , Bruce Ellington received the better grades than Maurice Harris. All in all, the former Houston Texans and Detroit Lions wideout earned an average of 2.73 points or roughly equivalent of a C, a grade 42% of the 683 voters picked. As comparatively average as the signing is viewed, the 27-year-old does have some upside to improve his grade: he has experience as a returnman and could help fill the void created by Cordarrelle Patterson’s free agency departure. Furthermore, Ellington will not count against the compensatory draft picks formula as he was released from his last job.WR Maurice HarrisLike Ellington, Maurice Harris is viewed a bit more critical than the other three pickups. One reason for that might be his position: wide receiver is a prominent spot, but bigger-name second-wave players like Golden Tate or Randall Cobb were not signed by the Patriots (yet, in Cobb’s potential case). Instead, Harris was brought on board — an acquisition that earned a C from 45% of the 2,636 voters; the equivalent of 2.85 points on a numerical scale. Not bad per se, but clearly lacking compared to a players like Mike Pennel.All in all, though, none of the five moves earned a failing grade which shows that Patriots fans’ expectations at this point in free agency could very well be summed up by this quote from Alec Shane’s article Why do Patriots fans worry during free agency?: “The Patriots are going to be fine — they always are, and there are 18 seasons of evidence to back that up.” Hard to argue with that.

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