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With Folk back at kicker, Patriots release DT Huggins

With Folk back at kicker, Patriots release DT Huggins

Albert Huggins' stay in New England, which he chronicled on Instagram earlier this week, will apparently be a short one.

Maybe.

To make room on the roster after the re-signing of kicker Nick Folk, Huggins, the defensive tackle claimed off waivers earlier this week from the Philadelphia Eagles was released.

 

However, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that there may be a practice-squad spot available for Huggins, so perhaps his Instagram video wasn't for naught. 

Folk is one of four kickers the Patriots have employed this season, three of them after the season-ending injury to Stephen Gostkowski. Folk was released after having an emergency appendectomy that kept him out of the game last week in Houston. Kai Forbath was signed, becoming kicker No. 4 in 2019, then released after that game.

Folk worked out Friday and was deemed healthy enough to return. He's 7-for-9 on field-goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra points in three games for New England. 

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Brad Stevens on how Celtics home dominance establishes a goal set before this season

Brad Stevens on how Celtics home dominance establishes a goal set before this season

Brad Stevens was asked about the home winning streak* Boston teams have been on recently after the Celtics ran their own home streak to a legitimate nine (Sorry, Bruins, but an overtime loss, even in a shootout, is still a loss) with a 108-95 win over the Denver Nuggets Friday night.

*For the record, it's the Celtics 9-0, the Patriots 5-0, the Bruins 12 wins with one OT loss and four shootout losses and even the Red Sox 1-0 since Boston dropped its second-to-last home game at Fenway Park on Sept. 28. So, technically, the REGULATION, regular-season, home winning streak stands. 

There's also that little matter of home playoff losses for the C's and B's last spring. Those are as real as they come.

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Still, with all this winning going on lately, the Boston teams must like playing at home, but Stevens pointed out how the Celtics' recent run of success helps accomplish a goal his team set coming off a season filled with bickering that ended with a second-round playoff exit. 

"We said all along with this group our No. 1 objective was to be a team that Boston liked," he said. "That's it. We'll, hopefully, be that."

Never losing in front of your paying customers goes a long way toward that goal.

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Will Tom Brady's fate come down to a Robert Kraft-Bill Belichick tug of war?

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Will Tom Brady's fate come down to a Robert Kraft-Bill Belichick tug of war?

It is the question that has hung over the New England Patriots since training camp. 

With a contract that allows Tom Brady to become a free agent in March, is this the last we're seeing of the GOAT in a Patriots uniform?

On Boston Sports Tonight, Tom E. Curran, Michael Felger, Michael Holley and Lou Merloni debated what Brady could decide to do and if his immediate future will come down to a tug-of-war between Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. 

"If he still thinks he can play," asked Merloni. "do you really think this is how he wants it to end? Or does he want to go somewhere and say, you know what, I want to go somewhere where I have some weapons around me and show everybody that I can play at 43 and that last year it was because they surrounded me with a bunch of guys that didn't know what they were doing?"

Said Curran: "Bill Belichick has started the next chapter of the Patriots dynasty, whatever it turns out to be. 3.0 has Steve Belichick and Jerod Mayo and Bill still there. You don't think Bill could convince Robert to say, 'Listen, this is an asset for your family...we have to move on. Economically, it's not a sound move to stick with Tom for another year.' " 

Holley replied that economically, keeping Brady is a sound move: "He's not going to be the highest-paid quarterback. He's not a 35-30 million dollar quarterback. So if you give Tom Brady one more year, the economics will be consistent with the rest of the top quarterbacks around the league."

Said Felger: "Not 10 years down the road. If you give Belichick more of a runway on the next guy they're better off."

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