Patriots sit pat, make no moves ahead of trade deadline

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Hours before he took the field Monday night in Buffalo, it was reported Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon would see limited snaps as a disciplinary measure for recent tardiness.

Bill Belichick had rumored interest in former Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick, and were reportedly in the mix to acquire former Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, who landed with the Houston Texans for a fourth-rounder.

The freaky night had something for everyone, and it ended with the Patriots' fifth consecutive victory, a 25-6 triumph against the Bills at New Era Field.

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas hears the trade rumors, too.

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Although Gordon's incident and Thomas' situation are technically unrelated, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network pointed out that the uncertainty of Gordon's future could further influence New England to make a move for another veteran wide receiver.

The Patriots are reportedly interested in trading for a wide receiver: National Football League insider Jay Glazer reported during FOX's pre-game coverage Sunday that New England is "trying to go after a bonafide premium wide receiver, offering up high-draft choices for that". He only played 18 offensive snaps in each of his first two games with New England.

The four-time Pro Bowl player has spent his entire nine-year career in Denver. He has started all eight games for the 3-5 Broncos this season, recording 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots' wide-receiver depth chart now consists of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Matthew Slater.

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