Malcolm Mitchell only doing conditioning work at Patriots’ OTAs

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It hasn’t been a great offseason for the Patriots’ passing game.

New England quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski have both skipped voluntary workouts, wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension, and there are also indications that wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell hasn’t recovered as quickly as hoped from last year’s knee injury.

Mitchell missed all of last season because of his knee, and ESPN reported that he hadn’t been spotted on the field during Organized Team Activities. NESN reported that Mitchell was on the field, but only off to the side doing conditioning work, not participating in the full practice.

A 2016 fourth-round pick who showed promise as a rookie, Mitchell’s knee injury seemed to linger longer than the Patriots were expecting in 2017: When they initially put him on injured reserve, there were reports that he could be designated for return later in the season, but that never happened.

Now the Patriots are still waiting for Mitchell to be a full participant. They’ll have to hope he’s good to go when the season starts in three months.

30 responses to “Malcolm Mitchell only doing conditioning work at Patriots’ OTAs

  1. Yup. Between Edelman’s stupidity (he must have thought that he was a Manning), Mitchell’s knee problem, and Brady and Gronk skipping OTAs, it looks like the Pats are doomed to representing the AFC in the Super Bowl again in February 2019.

    Sure does stink being a Pats fan in the 21st century. Isn’t that right fellow Pats fans? 🙂

  2. Two things:

    1) ESPN shoudl permanently be referred to as NESN. I like that better.

    2) @whywerule: Pats cheating is getting stale and predictable. If your boys don’t find a new way to cheat the system the Pats are gonna crash hard eventually.

  3. I really like this kid, & pulling for the young man to make the team, but if he can’t get on the field & contribute then all that really doesn’t matter….my guess is that IF he has the potential to return say mid season from IR
    the Pats May roll the dice….. if it looks worse I’d expect an outright cut & perhaps injury settlement…..
    Before I’d cut ANY of the other guys trying to make the team, I’d want him on IR or out there practicing to make sure he can hold up…….
    MAYBE even explore the Dez B. Situation & see if he’s willing to do a 1 year “prove it “deal w/incentives
    …..MAYBE!!!!
    Personally I really hope he is a full go this year!!!!
    Go Malcolm!!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  4. Hate to say it, but I don’t think it looks good for this kid. After a whole yr off they shouldn’t have to mng him. He had knee probs going back to college, which is why he slipped to the 3rh end. S Bowl. Performance was worth it

  5. terripet says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:24 am
    Hang a cheater banner
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    They only do that in Indy. Played the AFC Championship with deflated footballs.
    On a side note, nice to see you’ve recovered from your QB probably missing another season due to management ineptness.

  6. wiscypro7 says:

    June 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Two things:

    1) ESPN shoudl permanently be referred to as NESN. I like that better.

    2) @whywerule: Pats cheating is getting stale and predictable. If your boys don’t find a new way to cheat the system the Pats are gonna crash hard eventually.

    ==========================================

    NESN is much more of a Red Sox thing and Pats don’t like ESPN, remember?
    And Pats haven’t had much of any shenanigans that effected an actual game. Maybe Harrison’s PED issue, but not much else.

  7. nevalha says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:45 am
    Hopefully we aren’t looking at Hart Lee Dykes 2.0.

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    Cute.

    Mitchell was instrumental in the 2016 championship season and the greatest comeback in NFL history.

  8. MM is a smart, nice and classy guy. Met him in person once in Athens when he was at UGA and he is the same guy in person as the guy you see in the human interest articles reading to kids.

    That being said….his knees just can’t do it. Hope he gets a chance in coaching.

  9. Mitchell was pretty decent when he was able to get on the field, but Hollister was awesome in the preseason last year. Rooting for him to make the yeam.

  10. woodslive says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Eldeman suspended and Brady and Gronk (same trainer) stayed away long enough to make sure their systems were clean?
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    Testing takes place year round, not just after you show up for OTAs.

  11. They actually have a glut at the position and will need to make some cuts before the season starts. Hopefully this is not simply dictated by injury status though.

  12. It kills me all the guys that jumped on here to imply that having an injured olayer is a form of cheating. When you guys are that desperate to find ways to accuse cheating that shows how empty the argument is really.

  13. .
    It will be interesting to see who starts the season at WR for the Patriots. Someone from their bevy of underperforming veterans is going to have to emerge as a quality, reliable target.
    .

  14. patriotmaleorgy says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:00 am
    Go ahead and give him PEDs. Look how long Edelman got away with it before he got “caught” by Goodell.
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    It would appear he did not get away with it at all.

  15. terripet says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:24 am
    Hang a cheater banner
    _____________________________________________________
    Right next to that AFC participation banner? Will they put the 3 footballs on the banner
    that were under-inflated too?
    The Colts should also put up a banner for the year they “Sucked for Luck”!

  16. terripet says:
    June 8, 2018 at 11:24 am
    Hang a cheater banner

    ————

    Maybe the Colts should start hanging banners for every game that Andrew Luck actually plays. They won’t take up much space in the stadium.

  17. 6ball says:
    June 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    .
    It will be interesting to see who starts the season at WR for the Patriots. Someone from their bevy of underperforming veterans is going to have to emerge as a quality, reliable target.
    …………

    Some under performing veteran like Chris Hogan? Along with just Gronk and the guy serving gatorade on the sidelines, they could win 10 games.

  18. They don’t test year round they test once a year before the start of the season in Position groups. When they fail test after that its usually administered by the team which the NFL comes in and does it. Or they have been seen miss behaving by NFL I guess call them security and they will come and administer the test based on their observations.

  19. 6ball has it right. After Hogan, they need someone out of Matthews, Britt, Dorsett to step up. Maybe 2 of them, all former washouts. CPatterson is a returner or gadget player at best. We shall see. Dez Bryant? No thanks. Maybe a late rnd pk or UFA.

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