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BREAKING: New England Patriots Sign Veteran (501 Points) Scoring Weapon

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Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; A New England Patriots helmet sits idle before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the New England Patriots added a veteran scorer to their roster. The Patriots have made great efforts to overhaul their offense for the upcoming season after the team finished tied with the Carolina Panthers for having the lowest points per game in the league (13.9) last season.

 

The New England Patriots are overhauling their offense

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Nov 25, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) watches the coin toss prior to a game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots needed upgrades for all their offensive units. They traded away Mac Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars and drafted Drake Maye with the No. 3 pick in the draft. They drafted two offensive linemen, two wide receivers, two quarterbacks, and a tight end. Their only defensive pick was cornerback Macellas Dial, and that didn’t come until the sixth round.

The Patriots signed Joey Slye

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Oct 1, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Commanders place kicker Joey Slye (6) kicks a field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Patriots aren’t stopping with the draft. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots signed veteran kicker Joey Slye. Slye is expected to compete with Chad Ryland for the starting job this fall.

 

Ryland struggled with his field goal duties last season. He finished 40th in the league in field goal percentage (64%), making 16 of his 25 field goal attempts. He was 7-14 from the 40-yard line and beyond.

 

The New York Giants signed Slye as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He’s spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Washington, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s made 121 field goals of the 147 (82.3%)  he’s been asked to attempt. He has 501 points in his five-year NFL career.

NFL and Patriots fans’ initial reaction to the signing

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New England Patriots place kicker Chad Ryland (37) tries to kick a field goal with five seconds left in the game. The field goal attempt failed, but would have tied the game. Instead, the New York Giants were victorious, 10-7, Sunday, November 26, 2023.

 

Here are the best takes of Slye being signed by the Patriots. Most fans think Ryland will be cut before the start of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

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