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Patriots Newly Drafted Kicker Justin Rohrwasser to Remove “The Three Percenters” Tattoo

Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser told WBZ-TV in Boston on Monday that he will remove a tattoo on his arm associated with “The Three Percenters” — a right-wing militia group — because it doesn’t represent who he is, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

Rohrwasser, 23, said he was 18 when he got the tattoo.

“As soon as I saw what it was linked to on Saturday, it was exactly that time I knew I had to get it totally taken off my body,” he said. “I said cover it up [to reporters], but I want to get it removed from my body. It’s shameful that I had it on there ignorantly.”

Rohrwasser, who was selected in the NFL draft’s fifth round Saturday (No. 159 overall), told Patriots reporters that day that he thought the tattoo stood for supporting the military and said he “should have done way more research before I put any mark or symbol like that on my body.”

In the television interview Monday, he added, “It was described to me as the percentage of colonists that rose up against the government of the British. I was like, ‘Wow, that is such an American sentiment, a patriotic sentiment.’ Coming from a military family, I thought that really spoke to me. I always was proud to be an American. I’m very proud to be an American.”

Patriots Release Veteran Safety Obi Melifonwu

The Patriots continued reshaping the team’s roster following the NFL draft, reportedly releasing veteran safety Obi Melifonwu, Hayden Bird of the Boston Globe reports.

The news came in a report from ESPN NFL insider Field Yates, who said Melifonwu had been informed of his release.

The 26-year-old safety, who was originally drafted in the second round out of the University of Connecticut by the Raiders in 2017, was signed by the Patriots in 2018. He was waived by New England in September 2019 before rejoining the team’s practice squad for the duration of the season.

No QB Drafted Means Jarrett Stidham Ready to be the Patriots 2020 QB

The Patriots passed on Jordan Love with the 23rd pick, and then did the same with every other quarterback in the NFL draft, creating a clearer path for Jarrett Stidham to serve as Tom Brady’s successor in 2020.

Stidham, who was Brady’s backup last season after the Patriots selected him in the fourth round, might have been the biggest beneficiary from New England’s quarterbackless approach. Still, coach Bill Belichick isn’t handing him the job just yet, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“Jarrett had a good year last year. He improved a lot. We’ll see where that takes him,” Belichick said Saturday night.

Belichick also expressed confidence in veteran Brian Hoyer, who has started 38 games over his 11-year career. Hoyer re-signed with the Patriots in March after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, and this will be his third stint with the franchise.

Hoyer had been Brady’s backup from 2009 through 2011, and then for half of 2017 and all of 2018. The Patriots released him at the end of the 2019 preseason, giving the No. 2 job to Stidham, but would have entertained re-signing him later in the season if the Colts hadn’t snatched him up.

As for the draft, Belichick said the Patriots were balancing other needs as they considered their quarterback options.

“If we feel like we find the right situation, we’ll certainly draft them. We’ve drafted them in multiple years, multiple points in the draft,” he said. “Didn’t work out the last three days. That wasn’t by design. We just tried to do the best we could with what we had this weekend.”

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Patriots are Favored in 8 Games in 2020

The 2019 Pat season ended with a thud, as the team lost at home to the Titans in the AFC Wild Card Game in an outing that still stings.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Pats will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for New England in 2020.

New England Patriots +3 @ Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots +1½ @ Houston Texans
New England Patriots +8½ @ Kansas Chiefs
New England Patriots pk @ Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots +3 @ Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots -2½ @ Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots -1½ @ New York Jets
New England Patriots +4 @ Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots -5½
Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots +2½
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots -2
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots -5
Las Vegas Raiders @ New England Patriots -6
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots -7½
New York Jets @ New England Patriots -7
San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots +2

Patriots Come to Terms with Former Jaguars Second-Round Pick WR Lee

The Patriots have added a new wide out to the roster, as the team has come to terms with former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee to a one-year contract.

Lee was dumped by the Jaguars on April 20th, thus hitting the free agent market.

The 28-year-old former second-round pick has battled injuries throughout his career and never became the game-changing player the Jaguars hoped he would be when he was drafted in the second round in 2014.

He played in only six games and had three catches for 18 yards after signing a four-year contract worth $34 million with $16.5 million guaranteed in March 2018. He missed the 2018 season after suffering a torn ACL, MCL and PCL in his left knee during the preseason.

Patriots Sending Retired TE Rob Gronkowski to the Buccaneers

In a move that many saw coming the moment that Tom Brady decided to leave New England to go to the Buccaneers, the Pats are in the process of sending retired tight end Rob Gronkowski to Tampa.

Gronkowski walked away from the NFL last February in a retirement from the Patriots, but from the moment he retired there were rumors that he was going to return to the NFL.

In his career which started in 2010, Gronkowski played in 115 games, starting in 100 of them, catching a total of 521 passes with 7861 and 79 touchdowns.

He averaged 15.1 yards per catch in his career, and was selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career.

He rejoins Brady, who is the only quarterback he played with during his career.

Bill Belichick Says the QB Group in the 2020 Draft is “Interesting”

With just two quarterbacks on the roster, and a hot-button question as to how the Patriots will replace Tom Brady after a two-decade run of success, coach Bill Belichick didn’t name a definitive starter in a Monday conference call that included his thoughts on this year’s draft class, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

Of the rookie quarterbacks entering the NFL, Belichick called it “an interesting group” and “probably one that has some decent depth to it.”

The Patriots, whose top selection is No. 23 overall, could tap into that depth with one of their 12 picks. LSU’s Joe Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Utah State’s Jordan Love and Oregon’s Justin Herbert are ranked as the top four quarterbacks, in that order, by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

The Patriots currently have 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham and 11-year veteran Brian Hoyer on the roster. Belichick acknowledged Monday that the Patriots will be open-minded as they put together their offensive personnel and overall system without Brady.

“Over the last two decades, everything we did, every single decision we made in terms of major planning was made with the idea of how to make things best for Tom Brady. Now that being said, we’ve had several situations where we had to play and knew Tom wasn’t going to be the quarterback,” Belichick said in reference to the 2008 season when Brady sustained a season-ending knee injury 15 plays into the opener, and 2016 when Brady served a four-game NFL suspension to open the year.

“In those situations, we adapted what we had to the player [Matt Cassel in 2008; Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in 2016] and geared everything towards what was best for him. Just like we always geared everything for doing what was best for Tom, to help our offense. I don’t really see that changing, whoever the quarterback is, we’ll try to make things work smoothly and efficiently for that player and take advantage of his strengths and skills. Whatever things that particular player does well, we’ll try to work towards and feature, or at least give him an opportunity to do those.”

Of the quarterbacks already on the roster — Stidham and Hoyer — Belichick said he and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels “certainly have a pretty good feel for both.”

“We’ve spent quite a bit of time with Brian and Stid. The circumstances will be different this year, and we’ll see how everything plays out,” he said. “To start with, I think the main thing is to give everyone a chance to compete, to get people comfortable with the skills at the position they’re playing, the communication that’s involved. We’ll evaluate the players as we get an opportunity to evaluate them.”

Brady the Buccaneer? Future HOF Patriots QB to Go Play for Tampa Bay

Tom Brady had a number of options to play for in 2020.

For he and his family, he feels like he made the right one.

Brady is heading to the NFC South, where he will line up and play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs last season were not very good, going 7-9, tied for second in the NFC South.

The South boasts the likes of Drew Brees and the Saints, Matt Ryan and the new-look Falcons, and finally the revamped Carolina Panthers.

No matter what you think,

The Bucs win total rose to 9.5 wins, but this is with regular starting quarterback Jamies Winston under center for Tampa.

Also on the slate for the Bucs at home include the three NFC South teams, the Rams, Chargers, Vikings, Packers and the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

On the road Tampa will face the following five teams plus the three NFC South teams: Bears, Lions, Broncos, Raiders and the Giants.

The Bucs were not the only team that was going all in for Brady, but the Los Angeles Chargers were very interested in his services.

The Bolts were one of at least two teams that reportedly offered Brady more than $30 million per year this week.

With the Chargers ruled out, that cleared the path for Brady to pick the Buccaneers.

The decision to go to Tampa makes a lot of sense, and that’s because the Buccaneers made it clear this offseason that they wanted him.

At the combine in February, Bucs coach Bruce Arians didn’t try to hide the fact that he wanted Brady on the team.