NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Aaron Hernandez, Bryce Brown, Cleveland Browns, Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Montario Hardesty, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Rob Gronkowski, Trent Richardson
Edelman stays in New England: The New England Patriots have given their receiving corps a makeover, but at least one face will remain the same. Julian Edelman signed a one-year deal to remain with the team. Last season, he played in just nine games and caught 21 passes for 235 yards. More importantly, the Pats found creative ways to use him — both inside and outside. It’s a theme that will likely continue as he returns to a receiver group that doesn’t have an obvious speedster. If Edelman can stay healthy, he’ll see more targets, but his value probably doesn’t rise above that of a low-round No. 4 or flex option.
Hernandez focused on staying healthy: For all of the good things Aaron Hernandez has done on the field, the one thing he’s had the hardest time doing is … staying on the field. This offseason, the Patriots tight end has moved his workouts to Los Angeles where he hopes to remain completely focused on football. The goal is to be healthy enough to play a full 16 games, which he’s never done before. With questions about Rob Gronkowski’s health, Hernandez’s ability to stay on the field will give him an added value for both the Patriots and fantasy owners.
Eagles trade Dion Lewis: The backfield situation for the Philadelphia Eagles got slightly clearer after the team traded running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns. The move clears the way for Bryce Brown to be the undisputed No. 2 running back in Philly’s new attack. As for Lewis, he will now find himself in a competition to be the No. 2 to Trent Richardson in Cleveland. He would seem to have a hard time overtaking Montario Hardesty for the job.
– Marcas Grant
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