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John Tomase
August 18, 2018 - 11:47 am
Max Kellerman appears prepared to ride his Tom Brady prediction right over the cliff. The ESPN talking head has maintained for years that quarterbacks cease to function at age 41, and that Brady would be no exception. On Friday's First Take, Kellerman doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on his...
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Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2018 - 7:51 am
In the Patriots’ first preseason game against the Redskins, there were no flags thrown for the new illegal use of the helmet rule. That changed Thursday against the Eagles when there were four such penalties called, but just one against the Patriots. The new rule is very controversial around the...
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Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 3:25 pm
Heading into Patriots training camp, one of the biggest competitions on the team appeared to be at punter with Ryan Allen battling undrafted rookie Corey Bojorquez, who displayed a powerful leg during OTAs and minicamp. But, through two preseason games only Allen has punted and even in practices...
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Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 12:04 pm
For the second straight season, the Patriots' top pick has been lost for the year with a season-ending injury suffered in the preseason. Last year it was defensive end Derek Rivers due to a torn ACL, and this year it's offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn (No. 23 overall) with a reported torn Achilles...
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Alex Reimer
August 17, 2018 - 11:25 am
Patriots first-round pick Isaiah Wynn has experienced the dark side of the preseason. The left tackle suffered an Achilles injury against the Eagles Thursday, exiting the game in the first quarter. After roughly 12 hours of elevation, Wynn received the worst-case scenario. ESPN’s Adam Schefter...
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Pete Davidson
August 17, 2018 - 10:00 am
Drafting quarterbacks is a bit of an art, and its canvas will change on a league by league basis. One of the tenets in my yearly Rotobahn Draft Plan is to “Know Your League.” For example, if you play in a league where folks are not all that prepared, you should be careful about how you use ADP (...
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Alex Reimer
August 17, 2018 - 9:25 am
Skip Bayless didn’t wait until his lowly rated TV show to spew some Patriots hot takes this week. He started on Twitter during New England’s preseason game against the Eagles Thursday night. Tom Brady played the entire first half in the Patriots’ 37-20 win, going 19-of-26 for 172 yards and two...
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Alex Reimer
August 17, 2018 - 8:44 am
It took one week, but the Patriots finally witnessed the NFL’s convoluted helmet rule in real time Thursday. After not being called once in the team’s preseason opener, officials blew the whistle four times during the Patriots’ exhibition matchup against the Eagles. At least three of the calls were...
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Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 8:43 am
Rex Burkhead dealt with injuries last year, his first season in New England, and it looks like he'll have to again this year. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Burkhead has a slight tear in his knee, but it has been deemed a minor injury and he will be able to play through it. Since it's the...
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Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 12:51 am
FOXBORO -- Lane Johnson wasn't the only one trolling the Patriots ahead of their preseason matchup Thursday night. Thursday afternoon, Eagles offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski ‏took a jab at the Patriots for losing to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Wisniewski took a picture of the Super Bowl...
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