Jordan Matthews, Troy Niklas visit Patriots

Most of the top free agents came off the market quickly, but there are still plenty of players left on the open market and the Patriots had two of them in for visits on Monday.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that wide receiver Jordan Matthews and tight end Troy Niklas were in New England to meet with the team.

Matthews has met with the Packers and Cardinals since becoming a free agent earlier this month. Matthews spent last season with the Bills after an August trade with the Eagles and missed six games with injuries on his way to 25 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown.

Colin Moran (L), 4 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Sal Romano): Moran opens the season in a third-base platoon with David Freese. He has a chance to play against southpaws as the season progresses, but for now, look for him to be in the lineup against all right-handers. Romano parlayed a strong spring into a season-opening rotation spot, but he’s still raw. Romano won’t bully up a bunch of strikeouts, but he keeps the ball down.

Neil Walker (B), 7 percent, New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Chris Tillman): It could be a long — or is that short — day for Tillman, as he is one of the lowest-ranked pitchers on Saturday’s docket. Most of the Yankees are already situated on a fantasy roster, with the switch-hitting Walker one of the few in pinstripes readily available. He has been hitting fifth or sixth against righties, a nice place to be in the powerful Yankees attack.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Watford is set to sign in Chicago. Watford joined Arizona in 2013 and started 12 games for the Bears in 2015 and 2016 before signing with the Jaguars as a free agent last year. He returned to the Cardinals after being released and started nine more games.

Watford, Eric Kush and Jordan Morgan should be in the mix to start at left guard for the Bears with the draft offering the possibility of adding another option as well.

The Rockets are rolling and will probably make quick work of any potential first-round opponent. The second round is where things get a little more interesting, as the Jazz, the team with the NBA’s second-best point differential since Jan. 19, are a likely opponent.

Stephen Curry’s availability for the first round remains in doubt, though Golden State might not need him that early. If the Warriors do face the Thunder in Round 1 — the most likely matchup among a number of possibilities — fans should get their popcorn ready for a testy series, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook facing off in the postseason for the first time.buccaneers_097

He gained national attention for his performance in the 2015 Celebration Bowl against Alcorn State

Cohen has been one of the best running backs in the FCS the past four seasons. He’s the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher with 5,619 yards and was the conference’s first three-time Offensive Player of the Year.

“Naturally I have a chip on my shoulder,” Cohen said. “Being on this stage and being from a small school adds another chip on my shoulder.”

He gained national attention for his performance in the 2015 Celebration Bowl against Alcorn State. He torched the Braves for 295 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on just 22 carries in a 41-34 win.

Explosive is a term used often with football players, but Cohen really is just that. Anything less than that, and he’s probably not doing backflips while catching footballs in both hands. He may not have the size that other NFL running backs do, but he’s clearly got the athleticism and hands.

With the new receiving duo in Philadelphia, Jordan Matthews is likely the No. 3 option in the offense now. Despite solid overall numbers in 2016, Matthews was tied for eighth in the NFL with six drops . He’s also been involved in trade rumors, which doesn’t bode well for his future with the team.

Even if Matthews is ahead of Smith on the depth chart, he would be an upgrade at No. 2. Wentz’s No. 2 receiver last year was Nelson Agholor, who didn’t much value to the offense. Per Bleeding Green Nation, only Corey Brown of the Carolina Panthers has started at least eight games a year and caught fewer passes than Agholor.

Another concern could be Brown’s dip in production as the season went on. His performance against Oklahoma couldn’t be replicated, in part because it changed how defenses prepared for the Buckeyes. He saw a lot more double coverage, and combined with an already struggling pass game, only found the end zone two more times in the 10 games that followed.

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