Patriots bring in eight players for free agency workouts

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Kendall Wright An NFL roster is never set as injury and performance can both
lead teams to make transactions with the goal of securing quality and
effectiveness. The New England Patriots are no strangers to this, and 2018 will
likely be more of the same: since finalizing their initial 53-man squad on
Saturday, the team has already made two roster moves – and more could be on the
horizon when judged by a recent list of tryouts.According to ESPN Boston’s Mike
Reiss, New England brought a total of eight players in yesterday to take a
closer look at them:The most intriguing name on the list of players above
certainly is Kendall Wright. The former first-round draft pick was previously
named as one of the wide receivers the Patriots might look to add after cutdown
day, and it seems as if he is indeed on the team’s radar in some capacity. This
does not come as a surprise considering that New England has just four pure wide
receivers on its roster after letting waiver wire pickup Amara Darboh go
again.Wright in particular would bring plenty of experience and past production
to the table: he has appeared in 82 games over the course of his career and
caught 339 passes for 3,858 yards and 19 touchdowns. However Marcus
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, he never lived up to his status as a first-round
draft pick and was cut by his third team in the last three years on Saturday.
Maybe a change of scenery could help him finally live up to his potential.The
28-year old is the biggest name on the list, but the Patriots could also aim at
picking one of the other players up in the future: as Reiss notes, updating
emergency call-up lists is important considering how quickly things develop in
the NFL. One injury could put plenty of pressure on a team’s depth chart and
consequently lead to adding to the team. Knowing who would fit beforehand is
therefore due diligence. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints got two
touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and
rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday to
advance to the NFC championship game.Using a dominant ball-control offense after
a horrendous start, Brees took the Saints (14-3) on scoring drives of
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, 79 and 67 yards. And a few
gambles paid off to assure New Orleans will host the Rams (13-4) next Sunday for
a spot in the Super Bowl.Los Angeles, which fell 45-35 at the Superdome in
November, will try again next week, with the winner taking on either Kansas City
or New England in the Super Bowl in Atlanta. The Saints’ win finished off a
sweep of the divisional round by teams coming off byes.Wil Lutz added two field
goals for the Saints, who last got this far in 2009, when they won the Super
Bowl.Philadelphia (10-8) will not repeat as NFL champion; no team has done so
since the 2004 Patriots.This was really two games in one. Philly scored on its
first two drives as the Saints could do virtually nothing right.After that
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, it was all New Orleans, yet the resilient
Eagles kept it close enough that when Lutz missed a 52-yard field goal with 2:58
remaining, they were only one-score behind.Nick Foles, the hero of last year’s
Super Bowl run, got them in position for yet another late winning score — just
like last week at Chicago and last February against New England for the
championship.Then Alshon Jeffery couldn’t handle a second-down pass from the
Saints 27 and Lattimore grabbed his second interception to clinch the
win.PATRIOTS 41, CHARGERS 28FOXBOROUGH Derek
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, Mass. (AP) — Sony Michel ran for
129 yards and had three touchdowns and New England beat Los Angeles in the
divisional playoffs to earn its eighth straight trip to the AFC championship
game.New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week’s AFC title game.
The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Foxborough in Week 6. The Patriots
finished 9-0 at home this season.It is the 13th conference championship game
appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.The Chargers
(13-5) haven’t reached the AFC title game since the 2007 season.Philip Rivers
finished 25 of 51 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He is 0-5
in games played in Foxborough, including 0-3 in the postseason.Brady finished 34
of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to 8-0 as a starter against
Rivers, who drops to 1-8 against New England all-time.James White tied Darren
Sproles‘ NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards.New England
scored on its first four possessions of the game to build a 35-7 halftime
lead.Julian Edelman had nine catches for 151 yards.
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