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A brief look at new Patriots TE Tim Wright

08.26.14 at 3:48 pm ET
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Tight end Tim Wright (81) is the newest passing option for Tom Brady. (Getty Images)

Tight end Tim Wright (81) is the newest passing option for Tom Brady. (Getty Images)

Along with acquiring a fourth-round draft pick when they traded Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers on Tuesday, the Patriots also received second-year tight end Tim Wright.

Wright, who played at Rutgers as a receiver, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buccaneers following last year’s draft.

While at Rutgers he played for head coach Greg Schiano in 2011 and also last year in Tampa. (It should be noted Schiano has been around Bill Belichick and the Patriots quite a bit this year, including at the combine and at a few training camp practices.)

In his two seasons at Rutgers, Wright caught 50 passes for 596 yards and four touchdowns, including 39 catches for 449 yards as a senior in 2012. After going undrafted, he signed with the Buccaneers roughly 30 minutes after the 2013 draft.

This will be a reunion for Wright on two fronts. He played with current Patriots safety Duron Harmon at Rutgers and he played with Darrelle Revis at Tampa Bay in 2013.

“Well, it was a little different because he was a receiver at the time,” Harmon told WEEI.com. “So the work we got going against another was limited, with him being a receiver but I can tell you he works hard, works his craft every day and wants to get better. That’s definitely a plus, and I think it really helped him last year when he made the switch to tight end. Really his hard work allowed him to have some success last year.

“He has good speed and he’s quick as well. He definitely will be a mismatch on some players.”

There’s one other skill Wright possesses.

“He was a team barber at one point,” Harmon recalled. “I don’t have to worry about going all the way to Rhode Island to get a hair cut. Just go to him.”

Revis isn’t looking forward to a trim but rather being reunited with an undrafted free agent of 2013 who showed serious skill as a tight end.

“We were teammates last year in Tampa and he’s great,” Revis said. “He started for us down in Tampa Bay when I was there last year and we’re getting a solid player who can catch and who can run and run great routes. He was a wide receiver coming in and they switched him to tight end so he has a lot of speed at the tight end position.”

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Fantasy Football: Late-round targets optimized for league size

08.26.14 at 3:14 pm ET
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Today I want to provide our readers with some late-round ammo, and we will focus our targets to fit the various league sizes in which our readers compete. Now, while I like to think that all of us play in competitive 12-team formats, I know that forming leagues can be difficult and sometimes we have to settle for eight or 10 or whatever we can come up with.

The objective is to identify the late-round talent to target for various league size based on ADP data over the last few weeks. I’€™m focusing on players who have the potential to become steals and perform far better than their draft position would indicate. You can gain a big edge by nailing a few of these picks, and the risk is next to nothing because of the predictable strength of the waiver wire in 2014.

The ADP (sourced from myfantasyleague.com) given is specific to the league size in question. I’€™ll go from small leagues to large ones.

Jim Hackett and I will get into some of these players and much on the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour, so be sure to tune in. Our fourth show airs this Sunday at 7:30 a.m on 93.7.

EIGHT-TEAM LEAGUES

Terrance West, RB, Browns — ADP 142

I’€™ve been singing West’€™s praises since before the draft as I love his chances at earning a major role in his rookie season. That he plays behind oft-injured Ben Tate is an added bonus. Don’€™t let him get through your draft and into free agency. Roster him late.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles — ADP 143

He’€™s got big upside, but it might take a little time for him to get fully up to speed. Matthews is going to start as the third receiver in Philadelphia, but he’€™s a game-ready talent who can be a difference-maker for the Eagles. He has the potential to explode at any time. Matthews is well worth a shot at the end of your bench in small leagues. Check out his game by reading his Rotobahn scouting report.

Rueben Randle, WR, Giants — ADP 176

Randle has WR2 upside even in small formats, so I would make sure he is rostered in my league. With rookie Odell Beckham Jr. banged up a bit, Randle almost assuredly is going to get off to a good start, and he’€™s the best red zone weapon on the Giants roster — by a good margin.

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Buccaneers confirm trade: Patriots deal Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay for TE Tim Wright, draft pick

08.26.14 at 1:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — It’s official. The Logan Mankins era is over in New England.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday afternoon that they acquired the perennial Pro Bowl left guard in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports was the first to report the deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the draft pick coming to New England is a fourth-rounder.

The 32-year-old Mankins, a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2005, has played his entire career in New England. A six-time Pro Bowler, he will go to Tampa Bay in exchange for Wright, a 24-year-old out of Rutgers who had 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie year last season with the Bucs.

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Source: DB Travis Hawkins cut by Patriots

08.26.14 at 1:20 pm ET
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Travis Hawkins

FOXBORO — Defensive back Travis Hawkins will be part of the Patriots cuts on Tuesday, according to a league source.

The 23-year-old Hawkins transferred to Delaware after two seasons at Maryland. The 5-10, 195-pounder, had 66 total tackles, four interceptions and eight passes defensed last season and was named first-team all-conference in 2013. He was signed as a rookie free agent in May by the Patriots.

New England needs to be at the league-mandated limit of 75 players on its active roster by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was the first to report the transaction.

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Reports: Pats will cut LB Deontae Skinner, place RB Tyler Gaffney on IR

08.26.14 at 1:02 pm ET
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Deontae Skinner

Deontae Skinner

FOXBORO — The cuts keep coming as the Patriots try and get to the league-mandated limit of 75 players on the roster by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

In addition to the news that the team is set to cut wide receiver Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe is reporting the Patriots are set to cut linebacker Deontae Skinner. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound rookie out of Mississippi State had 64 tackles (33 solo), one sack and an interception past year in 11 games as a collegian.

And Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald is reporting that running back Tyler Gaffney is heading to injured reserve. Gaffney, 23, was claimed off waivers from the Panthers this summer — the Stanford product was originally drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Stanford. He was injured in training camp and was released by the Panthers on July 27. The 6-foot, 220-pounder, had a productive senior season in 2013, starting in all 14 games and finishing with 330 rushing attempts for 1,709 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns.

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Source: WR Derrick Johnson part of Tuesday cuts for Patriots

08.26.14 at 12:44 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will release wide receiver Derrick Johnson on Tuesday, according to a league source.

Johnson, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie agent on May 19 out of Maine. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder tied for the team lead with 60 receptions for 608 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. He finished his college career with 116 receptions for 1,165 yards and four touchdowns.

The Patriots need to be down to 75 players Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Patriots set to release WR Wilson Van Hooser

08.26.14 at 12:23 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots will release wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser on Tuesday, according to a league source.

The 6-foot, 197-pound Van Hooser had 13 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns last season at Troy. He also returned 15 kicks for 237 yards. The Alabama native played his first three seasons at Tulane, recording 55 receptions for 805 yards and nine touchdowns before graduating.

The Patriots need to have their roster at 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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