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    Reminder: These 7 Members of 2023 Patriots Remain Available in Free Agency

    Seven players from the 2023 New England Patriots roster remain unsigned free agents, including former starters J.C. Jackson and Lawrence Guy.

    The New England Patriots prioritized re-signing their in-house free agents this offseason. But they also allowed a decent chunk of players to hit the open market, and some remain there searching for new jobs.

    As of Wednesday afternoon, seven members of the 2023 Patriots still were available in free agency.

    7 Unsigned Players from 2023 Patriots

    (Note: We focused on players who finished the season with the Patriots, rather than those, like linebacker Terez Hall, who were released during or before the season but still haven’t signed elsewhere.)

    CB J.C. Jackson

    J.C. Jackson was one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks during his initial four-year run with the Patriots, parlaying the success into a lucrative contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. But injuries, on-field struggles, and off-field issues motivated the Chargers to trade Jackson back to New England last October.

    It didn’t go well. Jackson, 28, looked athletically fine but routinely blew coverages and failed to recapture his early-career form, which was marked by an incredible penchant for generating turnovers. He eventually was benched after missing a curfew and was a healthy scratch for the final four weeks due to mental health issues.

    Jackson, who was cut early in the offseason, still is just 28 years old and remains a talented player. Where his career goes from here is anyone’s guess, though you could argue for a return to the Patriots.

    DL Lawrence Guy

    Lawrence Guy was one of the Patriots’ best defenders from 2017 through 2023. He played a ton of snaps, was stout against the run, and rarely had a bad game.

    But the veteran defensive linemen showed signs of decline in 2023 and, at 34 years old, might be considering retirement.

    S Adrian Phillips

    Adrian Phillips was a key member of the Patriots’ defensive backfield from 2020 through 2022. He saw 73%, 82%, and 62% of the snaps over the three seasons, respectively, and arguably played at a Pro Bowl level. But his playing time plummeted to just 12% in 2023 as the Patriots prioritized youth and explosiveness at safety.

    At 32 years old, Phillips still has something left in the tank. But his best days likely are behind him.

    OT Conor McDermott

    Drafted by the Patriots in 2017, Conor McDermott spent the first five seasons of his career playing for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. But he rejoined the tackle-needy Patriots midway through the 2022 campaign and wound up making six starts. He started another five games in 2023 and generally played at a respectable level.

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    The Patriots have better interior depth tackle options, however, so a reunion wouldn’t make much sense.

    OL Riley Reiff

    New England signed Riley Reiff last offseason hoping he’d fill a hole at right tackle. But the veteran struggled throughout training camp and began the season on injured reserve. Multiple injuries limited Reiff to just one game during the season while casting doubt on his NFL future.

    Reiff will turn 36 in December, and there’s a good chance he’s played his final NFL snap.

    WR Tre Nixon

    A seventh-round pick in 2021, Tre Nixon was respected in the locker room and an occasional standout in offseason practices. But he never logged a regular season snap, and a devastating shoulder injury suffered last August wiped out his entire 2023 season.

    Nixon is a decent practice squad receiver, but nothing more.

    TE Matt Sokol

    Matt Sokol rode the Patriots’ practice-squad rollercoaster throughout the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The 28-year-old tight end was active for three games in both campaigns but never registered a target.

    Sokol drew rave reviews for his practice performance, and the Patriots don’t have much depth at tight end. A reunion shouldn’t be ruled out.

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