Welcome back to my Patriots’ free agency series. Last time around, we covered the bigger name free agents. This time we shall be focusing on the smaller name free agents. We will be finishing up with the rest of the Patriots’ unrestricted free agents. So shut up and let’s break it down in my quick hits style.

Jabaal Sheard

Jabaal is Ja-ballin’ with those gold sneakers.             Via @jabaalsheard/Twitter.

Position: Defensive End

  • Probably the biggest name left on this list.
  • Regressed after last season.
  • Sheard only had 5 sacks this season but had 8 the year before.
  • Decent pass rusher but needs a star on the other end to be effective.

Stays?: Probably not, considering another team will probably overpay for him.

Sebastian Vollmer

Call him Seabass for short.
Via @SebVollmer/Twitter

Position: Offensive Tackle

  • Vollmer missed the entire 2016 season due to an injury.
  • Unfortunately, Vollmer is 32 years old.
  • Was great before his injury and essential in the Patriots Super Bowl 49 victory.
  • On the plus side, he teaches German to the rest of the team.

Stays?: Highly unlikely unless Vollmer is willing to take a major pay cut. Another team will pick up this veteran lineman, but unlikely to be resigned.

Michael Floyd

Shout out to Wikipedia for the free pic of Floyd. Via BroderickDelaney/WikimediaCommons

Position: Wide Receiver

  • Probably the most interesting name left on the list.
  • Floyd drank his way into a Super Bowl with the Patriots after being cut by the Cardinals.
  • Former first round pick that has shown flashes of great play but no consistency.
  • Only had 1 good game with the Patriots.
  • The Patriots were the only team to put a claim in for Floyd after being cut.

Stays?: Hard to tell, I expect a receiver-needy team (Eagles) to put in a bid for the former first rounder.

Barkevious Mingo

“A Mingo ate my baby”
Via @keke_mingo/Twitter

Position: Linebacker/Defensive End/Special Teamer

  • Best name on this list. I mean look at it. Barkevious. It’s fun just to say.
  • Former first round bust traded from the Browns.
  • Did not live up to potential even with Bill Belichick coaching him up.
  • Barely played on defense, mostly had special teams snaps.

Stays?: Only if Bill decides he is not done with the Mingo project. Also if Mingo decides to sign a real cheap contract.

Chris Long

Chris has been in the league a Long time. Get it? Long?
Via @JOEL9ONE/Twitter

Position: Defensive End

  • 31-year-old veteran.
  • Former Rams defensive end.
  • Signed with Patriots to pursue a Superbowl ring.
  • Had a bit left in his tank, but clearly past his prime.

Stays?: Hard to tell. If Long does not retire, he will probably go to a team in a nice city to finish up his career.

Duron Harmon

Some might hate my puns, but they’re not Harmon anyone.
Via Jeffrey Beall/WikipediaCommons

Position: Safety

  • Decent safety, but plays behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung.
  • Has this uncanny ability to get late-game interceptions to close out games.
  • Went to Rutgers, so is clearly loved by Bill Belichick.
  • Could have great potential as a starter.

Stays?: As much as I would like him to stay, another team will most likely overpay for Harmon.

James Develin

The fullback who keeps the ground game on track.
Via @James_Develin/Twitter

Position: Fullback

  • The beef head with a degree from Brown University.
  • A gritty grinder who worked hard to get into the NFL.
  • Second best fullback in the NFL according to PFF.
  • Really helped in the run game this year.
  • Running game suffered when Develin was injured last year.

Stays?: Absolutely. I do not think Develin wants to leave this team.

Alan Branch

See you have the executive branch, the judicial branch, and of course the Alan Branch.
Via Jeffrey Beall/WikipediaCommons

Position: Defensive Tackle

  • A veteran at 32 years old.
  • Still, has gas left in his tank.
  • A Vital part of the Patriots success against the running game.
  • Had off the field issues before Bill Belichick worked his black magic.
  • Definitely happy on the Patriots.

Stays?: I would say most likely. However, Branch may want to find a warm weather team to ride out his final years in the league. Maybe Branch and Long will go together.

Brandon Bolden

I might be getting a little too Bolden with these puns.
Via @BB_HulkSmash/Twitter

Position: Running back/ Special Teamer

  • Still fairly young at 27 years old.
  • Mostly plays on special teams.
  • Core special teamer along with Matthew Slater and Brandon King.
  • Occasionally plays on offense usually as a change-of-pace back.

Stays?: Yes. Most likely will not get attention from another team.

Greg Scruggs

The joke here is that I was actually able to find a picture. No offense Greg.
Via @G_Scruggs/Twitter.

Position: Tight End

  • Who?
  • No, seriously, who?
  • “He was placed on injured reserve on October 15, 2016, with a knee injury after being inactive for the first two games he was on the Patriots roster” – Wikipedia
  • Oh. Ok.

Stays?: Maybe? I don’t know. Scruggs has been a backup for his career so Bill may not even resign him.

That does it for all of the Patriots unrestricted free agents for 2017. Now you are all educated on football. Look at you, all grown up and talking football with your peers. I am so proud.

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The name is Daniel Neira and I live in Massachusetts. In case you didn’t notice, I am a Patriots writer for The ArmChair All­-Americans. Boston sports fan, especially Patriots and Celtics. I’m an undercover Hispanic and if you saw me you would know what that means. My dog is better than yours and this totally not a dating bio. Umass lowell student and an aspiring superhero/ functioning adult.
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The name is Daniel Neira and I live in Massachusetts. In case you didn’t notice, I am a Patriots writer for The ArmChair All­-Americans. Boston sports fan, especially Patriots and Celtics. I’m an undercover Hispanic and if you saw me you would know what that means. My dog is better than yours and this totally not a dating bio. Umass lowell student and an aspiring superhero/ functioning adult.

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