The Patriots‘ final roster could include a sixth cornerback, as Doug Kyed of NESN.com writes. Right now, he expects the Pats to roll into the season with Stephon Gilmore, Duke Dawson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, and Eric Rowe as their top five cornerbacks.
However, J.C. Jackson is also making a strong case and has been getting more reps in the starting defense than Rowe this offseason. Keion Crossen and Ryan Lewis have also looked sharp and Cyrus Jones‘ return ability should keep him in the conversation. The only corner who seems to be out of the conversation is Jomal Wiltz, an Iowa State product who spent last year on New England’s taxi squad.
Here’s more from the AFC East:
- New Jets safety J.J. Wilcox can earn up to $1.25MM on his one-year contract, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com tweets. The deal includes $210K fully guaranteed, which may be more than what he had on the table with the Niners. In the wake of Rontez Miles‘ torn meniscus, Wilcox appears to be in line for an important role behind starting safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
- On Thursday, we learned that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season, pending an appeal. Here’s a look at some of the potential fallout from the news.
- Six years ago today, Rob Gronkowski inked a record-setting deal with the Patriots.