Patriots to sign Luke Bowanko

The Patriots added a tight end in Troy Niklas on Wednesday and they are also set to add a player to their offensive line group.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots will sign free agent Luke Bowanko.

Bowanko played in all 16 games for the Ravens last season and made one start during his first year in Baltimore. The 2014 sixth-round pick spent the first three years of his career with the Jaguars and made 14 starts for Jacksonville during his rookie season.

“Obviously, that’s not a good enough start,” Martinez said. “Quite frankly, it’s embarrassing. We left our goalie out to dry, and that’s not fair to him.”

Martinez scored on a slap shot at 3:42 in the second, getting the Kings on the board. He cut the deficit to 4-2 at 12:27 on a one-timer from Michael Amadio after a power play expired.

The Kings went 2-1-1 against the Golden Knights this season, winning back-to-back games on Feb. 26-27.

“Except the first period tonight, I think we’ve been playing pretty well the last couple games,” Kings center Adrian Kempe said. “We got to bring it now. We need every single guy in the locker room. We need everybody to be at their best now. The fun starts right now. Hopefully everybody is ready for it.”

Martinez has two goals and two assists during a three-game point streak. … Stars D John Klingberg had an assist, closing the season on a four-game point streak. … Kings F Torrey Mitchell (flu) missed his second straight game.

Wentz was hurt on a play that saw him get hit by two Rams defenders while trying to run into the end zone and finding a way to avoid future absences would be a plus for the Eagles moving forward. Wentz has already said that he doesn’t plan to change his playing style, but coach Doug Pederson said recently that it will be a topic of conversation heading into the 2018 season.

“I’m going to sit down and talk to him,” Pederson said, via Philly.com. “Longevity is everything in this business. Learn from the best. Learn from Tom Brady, who got hurt early in his career. And learn from guys that have done that and yet still went on to have great careers and long careers.”

Former Eagles offensive coordinator and current Colts head coach Frank Reich said past attempts to broach the subject with Wentz “definitely went in one ear and out the other,” but thinks couching it as “you don’t want to hurt the team” is a way to get the message across in the future. Whatever the Eagles wind up doing on that front, they’ll be walking a fine line between protecting a valued asset and making sure they don’t take away what makes him so valuable in the first place.texans_001

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