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Dennard's good deed overshadowed by legal trouble

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Dennard's good deed overshadowed by legal trouble

Since being picked by the Patriots in April, Alfonzo Dennard has been little more than a name.

No conference call on draft day. No meet and greet at rookie mini-camp.

A lone public appearance has gone largely under the radar -- last weekend's first annual Alfonzo Dennard Scholarship Fundraiser Basketball Tournament in Georgia.

The event, at his alma mater's Wilcox County High gym, raised funds "to provide financial assistance to college-bound student athletes from the South Georgia region." It's not a community service obligation or PR stunt; Dennard dreamed up the fund well before his April 21 arrest.

It may not be seen that way, however. If anybody hears about it at all.

Dennard is learning, as when the projected second to fourth-round pick went in the seventh, the broad consequences of being charged with third-degree assault of a police officer.

No warm and fuzzy write-ups have been penned about this bit of philanthropy.

The 22-year old tweeted, "Having Fun at my charity event" on Saturday. He thanked Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram for showing up (Atlanta's Sean Witherspoon, Arizona's Michael Floyd, and Washington's Kennan Robinson) were also to attend).

But no photos or stories yet. No interviews with the three Wilcox graduates -- Quez Mahoganey, Shareba Montgomery, and Darek Lawson -- who will benefit from the money raised.

Dennard awaits news of his next court date.

A plea of "not guilty" was entered in writing May 30 to the charges against him. He participated in Patriots OTAs the next day. Media squinted through binoculars to confirm the 37 at the lower left hem of his shorts -- graduating the Name to Faraway Figure.

The former Cornhuskers cornerback should be awkwardly navigating his first interviews with NFL media, smiling brightly or tightly, learning to keep his answers innocuous. Instead, he's sequestered from New England in silence.

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Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

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Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

Is it Tom Brady? Is it Bill Belichick? Well, yes and yes. But there are other reasons for why the Patriots are 8-2, obviously, and Belichick highlighted one of them by lauding one of the most unsung players on his 53-man active roster.

What Ted Karras did on Sunday -- filling in against the Raiders as the starting center in place of David Andrews -- was just one of many examples of a player making the most of an opportunity presented to him, Belichick explained.

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"Ted always works hard," he said after the Patriots beat the Raiders, 33-8. "Nobody spends more time at the facility than he does. Training. Preparing. He had an opportunity, and he stepped up and did the most with it. That's what we needed. That's why we have a good team. We have a lot of guys who do that."

Andrews came down with an illness last week and missed the team's final two practices at the Air Force Academy. As the primary fill-in at all three interior offensive line spots, Karras was tapped as the replacement, and he played all 60 offensive snaps for the Patriots in what was his first start since filling in for Shaq Mason during the 2016 season-opener. 

Karras had played just nine snaps going into the game -- all in a blowout against the Broncos the week prior -- but was part of an effort in the trenches that allowed Tom Brady to remain relatively clean for the vast majority of the game. On 38 drop-backs, Brady was pressured just seven times, he was hit three times, and he was sacked only once. And for the second consecutive week, Brady's offensive line was not penalized. 

Considering that Karras wasn't the only fill-in used, the offensive line's performance was all the more impressive. LaAdrian Waddle continued to be the primary replacement for Marcus Cannon, who is dealing with an ankly issue, and when Waddle left Sunday's game briefly on two different occasions then Cameron Fleming took his place. 

"They did a great job to step in like that . . . [Waddle] was battling out there, going against some really good players," Brady said. "It was a great team win. Great by the offensive line. They've really done a great job with the penalty situation, moving the line of scrimmage and so forth. Great protection. We just have to keep it going."

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Former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn killed in car crash

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Former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn killed in car crash

Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996 who had a tumultous six-year career with the team -- and who also caught the first NFL touchdown pass ever thrown by Tom Brady -- died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43.

Glenn wound up playing 12 years in the National Football League, joining first the Packers and then the Cowboys after leaving the Patriots in controversy in 2001. Glenn was involved in a pay dispute with the team during training camp, had issues with the coaching staff, and was deactivated by Bill Belichick after the fourth game of the year. He wasn't given a Super Bowl ring after the Pats beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

He had earlier clashed with Bill Parcells as a rookie, with Parcells famously referring to Glenn as "she" when he was sidelined with a minor injury. He caught 90 passes for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns in '96 to help the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history; they were beaten by Green Bay in Super Bowl XXVI.

Glenn and Parcells reunited in Dallas in 2003 after Glenn had spent one yeat with the Packers, and he played the remainder of his career with the Cowboys. He had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Dallas.

According to reports, Glenn was with his fiance at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

He played college football at Ohio State.