Recent New England Patriots rumors involved wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who reportedly drew interest from the Houston Texans leading up to the trade deadline.
Leading up to the NFL Trade Deadline, there were plenty of New England Patriots rumors. New England played on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills, limiting their time leading up to the deadline.
Despite that, they were mentioned in a number of rumors. The Patriots checked in on former linebacker Jamie Collins, whom they traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2016. No trade materialized, as Collins remains in Cleveland.
Both Thomas and Tate ended up being traded, but neither landed in New England. Thomas was traded to the Houston Texans, while Tate landed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, we know the reason for the Texans and Patriots not making much progress was because Houston was also working on a deal for Thomas. In the deal for Thomas, the Texans also received a seventh-round pick, sending a fourth-round pick and seventh-round pick back to Denver.
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Thomas will help fill the void left by Will Fuller, who tore his ACL on Thursday Night Football and will be out the remainder of the season. Even with Thomas on board, it made sense that the Texans would still be checking in on Dorsett.
New England decided to stay pat at the trade deadline, however. Instead of potentially having a role with the Texans, Dorsett will continue functioning as depth for the Patriots.
Dorsett has fallen way down the pecking order for targets with Josh Gordon becoming acclimated with the team and Julian Edelman returning from suspension. Those two players, along with Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski and James White are all ahead of Dorsett.
Holding onto Dorsett makes sense for New England. He showed earlier in the season he can fill in if needed and provides the team with a great insurance policy in case injuries strike again.