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Patriots meet with former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon

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New England could build out some of their depth.

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The New England Patriots are cooking today and spent time with former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

The 6’3, 230 pound Thomas was a first round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, who posted a ridiculous 402 receptions and 5,787 receiving yards (2nd most to Antonio Brown) and 41 receiving touchdowns (3rd most, behind Brandon Marshall and Dez Bryant) with Peyton Manning at quarterback from 2012-2015.

Thomas’ production plummeted when Manning retired because Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler were, uh, not very good at playing quarterback. The Houston Texans outbid the Patriots to acquire Thomas midway through the 2018 season for roughly a fourth round pick, but Thomas unfortunately tore his Achilles in week 16.

Thomas plead guilt to careless driving back in February for driving 70 in a 30 MPH zone, leading to a crash, and has one year of probation.

Yeldon would be a great complementary running back for any offense and, in my mind, was greatly underutilized in Jacksonville. I just wonder what a potential role would be for him in New England. He’s not as good a receiver as James White, and not as good a runner as Sony Michel. Yeldon’s healthier than Rex Burkhead, but far less efficient. He’s a better runner and receiver than Brandon Bolden, but Bolden is a roster lock because of his special teams ability.

So maybe Yeldon’s just an emergency list player in case of an offseason injury, or maybe he’ll be a Jeremy Hill-type surprise and make the active roster.

Would you want to add either of these players?