Tom Brady's not the only one traveling the globe to promote football.
Two of his receivers, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, headed to Mexico City to bring the game to fans there in advance of New England's regular-season matchup with Oakland at Estadio Azteca later this year.
As part of the trip, Edelman and Amendola hung out with locals and played soccer with kids not far from the stadium where they'll take on the Raiders on Nov. 19.
The pair also briefly dipped their toes into the world of Mexican wrestling, getting a chance to dress as "luchadores." NFL Mexico's Instagram account described the spandex-wearing Patriots as "La Ardilla" (the Squirrel) and "El Zorro" (the Fox).
Both receivers have been tracking their few days south of the border on their respective social-media accounts.
A new catch rule is coming to the NFL.
So, controversies such as the Jesse James' touchdown reversal in the Steelers' loss to the Patriots in December and the Kelvin Benjamin call in the Bills-Pats game a week later likely would have resulted in upheld TDs under the new rule.
According to the Washington Post, Troy Vincent, the NFL VP of football operations, said competition committee members plan to propose getting rid of portions of the rule related to a receiver going to the ground while making a catch and to slight movement of the football while it’s in the receiver’s hands. Vincent also said the committee also intends to raise the bar by which an on-field ruling of a catch could be overturned via replay review.
That apparently was what was done in Super Bowl 52, when the Eagles' Corey Clement's juggling TD catch was not overturned via replay.
“We worked backward,” said Vincent told the Post. “We looked at plays and said: Do you want that to be a catch? And then we applied that to the rule.”
The rule modifications could be approved by the competition committee as early Tuesday, the Post reported, and owners will meet next week in Orlando to vote on it. Rule changes must be approved by at least 24 of the 32 franchises. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been pushing for the catch rule to be modified.
The Patriots' depleted offensive line got a boost today . . .
Offensive tackle Tony Garcia, 24, missed the entire 2017 season because of blood clots in his lungs. He was the Patriots' third-round draft choice -- their second overall pick -- last April out of Troy, and was seen as a potential starter, but came became ill in training camp and was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list in September.