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Mike Giardi's New England Patriots Mock Draft.
Predicting Pats' first four picks
The Brandin Cooks trade has shaken things up a bit. The Patriots have plenty of holes that need to be addressed. Here's Mike Giardi's best guess at what they do now with two first- and two second-round...
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Mike Giardi's New England Patriots Mock Draft.
Predicting Pats' first four picks
The Brandin Cooks trade has shaken things up a bit. Here's Mike Giardi's best guess at what they do now with two first- and two second-round picks.  
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QB Logan Woodside of Toledo.
Woodside could be a late-round gem
There’s no stat that measures one of Toledo QB Logan Woodside’s strengths but it’s real. The kid fights. His size (6-1, 202) may drop him down the board, but the Patriots should take notice.  
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Player: Benching 'wasn't without merit'
Bill Belichick's decision to bench Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl is defended (somewhat) by a pair of current Patriots in text exchanges with Mike Giardi.
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Western Kentucky QB Mike White.
Arm is his biggest plus . . . and minus
Western Kentucky's Mike White may have the strongest arm in the draft. That serves him well -- until he tries to throw through defenders and not over them.
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Next-Heir Up Series: Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta.
A 'reach' from Richmond?
If the Patriots are determined on drafting a QB to groom, Richmond's Kyle Lauletta checks a lot of the boxes, but is he a second-rounder? Other teams may think so.
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Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.
Rudolph has size for sure, but . . .
Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph has the size, at 6-5, and deep ball ability. He'd be a first-round reach, but at No. 43 overall in the second...?  
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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (left) and Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.
Should Pats bite on a Heisman winner?
So, will the Patriots draft a QB? Considering the feelings about the Class of 2019, it does seem like this is a now-or-forever-hold-your-peace moment. Could Heisman winner Lamar Jackson fill the bill?
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Source: Pats players are miserable
Those persistent reports of Patriots dysfunction are real: A source tells Mike Giardi some Patriots 'don't feel appreciated' and Bill Belichick is making 'planet players' miserable.
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Coded Instagram notes from Brady, Gronk?
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady send Instagram congratulations to Danny Amendola on his new free-agent deal, and they could be read as signs that life in Foxboro isn't good.
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Butler's crazy ride has a rich ending
From Super Bowl hero to Super Bowl benchwarmer to third highest-paid cornerback in history . . . Malcolm Butler leaves for Tennessee with quite the story to tell.
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Are Lewis, Solder about to leave Pats?
Mike Giardi has a couple of notes on two Patriots key free agents: Running back Dion Lewis and left tackle Nate Solder
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Toledo QB Logan Woodside.
Holy Toledo! Is this the next Jimmy G?
Logan Woodside doesn't lack confidence and the small-school QB has drawn big-time raves from coaches and scouts and comparisons to a certain former Patriots backup QB.   
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On biggest stage, defense didn't do its job
The Patriots defense had come a long way since its horrific start to the season. Unfortunately, it reverted back to square one in Super Bowl 52.
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What's up their sleeve?
Many defensive players note how Josh McDaniels' offense will stress you with its variety of formations and unorthodox personnel. What's in store for Super Sunday?
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No return, no hard feelings, no regrets
LeGarrette Blount understands that football's a business, and bears no ill will toward the Patriots for letting him go. Besides, he got back to the Super Bowl anyway.
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DBs agree: Gronk-type hits tough to avoid
Jacksonville's Barry Church was penalized and fined for the hit that gave Rob Gronkowski a concussion. But Eagles AND Pats' defensive backs say such plays are almost unavoidable.
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Harmon proud of Pats' success story
Duron Harmon knows he's fortunate to be making the third Super Bowl appearance of his five-year career, but he also knows luck has nothing to with the Patriots' achievements.
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Will Eagles' RPO give them TKO over Pats?
Nick Foles and the Eagles are masters at the RPO -- the run-pass option. To stop them, Patriot defenders are going have to rely on a tried-and-true mantra: Do your job.
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Nothing's come easy for Danny Amendola
Danny Amendola's path to being a Patriots playoff hero hasn't been easy, it's been downright difficult.
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New England Patriots LB coach Brian Flores.
Is Flores the next man up on D?
With Matt Patricia headed to coach the Lions after the Super Bowl, linebackers coach Brian Flores appears to be in line to be the Patriots next defensive coordinator.  
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Spagnuolo resurrects 'cheaters' mantra
In an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, former Eagles linebacker coach Steve Spagnuolo said the Patriots were stealing signals in Super Bowl XXXIX.
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Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Learned from the master
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has revitalized the Eagles D and now will try and thwart the coach he used to fetch coffee for from winning a sixth Super Bowl title.  
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Blount: It's 'straight enemy mode' vs. Pats
LeGarrette Blount maintains friendships with Patriots players, but those friendships will be put on hold until Super Bowl LII's final whistle.
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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) and his teammates.
Respect, but no fear
The Eagles are plenty confident heading into their Super Bowl meeting with the Patriots, but there's also real respect for the five-time champs.  
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Cooks shines on his biggest stage yet
People have been wanting more from Brandin Cooks. On Sunday he delivered, making several key plays that paved the way to yet another trip to Super Bowl for the Pats.
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New England Patriots backup QB Brian Hoyer at practice.
Next man up?
'If I don’t play, that’s good for our team' is the most honest assessment backup Patriots QB Brian Hoyer provides as he's thrust into the spotlight with Tom Brady's injury.
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Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone.
'I'm sure he could probably throw left-handed'
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone doesn't sound like he thinks Tom Brady's hand injury is going to be a problem for the Patriots QB. Neither do Brady's teammates. 
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Bortles quieting the critics
Blake Bortles doesn't care about what's said about him outside his locker room, and those in the locker room believe in their quarterback.
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Jags have Ramsey's back
Jalen Ramsey put a target on the Jaguars with his bold prediction of a Super Bowl victory, but he has the support of his teammates.
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Brady in a stew over tomato-can talk
The Patriots quarterback calls the Jaguars 'the best team we've faced all season' and warns the Pats won't get to the Super Bowl without 'our best' effort on Sunday.
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'I'll find out who won on Monday'
James Harrison has a chance to get revenge on his former team in the AFC Championship Game, but he's not interested enough to watch today's game and see if they'll make it.
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'It's going to bond us together'
Rob Gronkowski sticks with the Patriots "ignore the noise" mantra and says he's excited to be back in the playoffs after missing them last season with an injury.
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Tennessee Titans CB Logan Ryan, formerly of the New England Patriots.
Will ex-Pats CB Ryan reveal any secrets?
Logan Ryan returns to Foxboro to face his old team with plenty of inside knowledge of the Patriots secondary. Will it do any good?  
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Put heat on Brady, and cool him off
Mike Giardi's team of NFL scouts and executives were asked: How do you beat the Patriots? Their answers all revolve around disrupting Tom Brady's game.
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Brady comes out swinging
In his weekly WEEI Radio appearance, Tom Brady refutes many of the points made in last week's ESPN article about dysfunction on the Patriots.
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Flores' hard work hasn't gone unnoticed
Currently the Patriots linebacker coach, Brian Flores is considered the odds-on-favorite to ascend to the role of defensive coordinator should Matt Patricia leave to run his own program.
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Personal touch gives Patricia upper hand
What kind of head coach will Matt Patricia be? Patriot defensive players say his ability to connect with them sets him apart from other Belichick assistants who couldn't transition to the big chair.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady braves the elements in frigid Foxboro.
Can Brady heat up for playoffs?
It was more like TB minus 12 Sunday as Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense struggles at times but now have their usual two weeks to prep for the playoffs.
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Harrison makes good first impression
The Patriots may still be shaking their heads that former rival -- and enemy -- James Harrison is in Foxboro, but his play Sunday was a welcome sight,
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Cooks shoots down idea of emoji idea
It was speculated that an emoji was Brandin Cooks' reaction to being bypassed for the Pro Bowl. When asked Wednesday afternoon, he was short.
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Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White.
'I knew he wasn't that type of player'
It’s possible the “whole ‘hood” may still want a piece of the Patriots Rob Gronkowski, but Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White has had a change of heart.
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Belichick: Rule 'tough' but 'pretty clear'
The kid in you thought Jesse James made the catch Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The adult reminded you the rules have changed.
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GOAT-to-GOAT
Rob Gronkowski dominates the Pats’ final drive of the game, accounting for 69 of the team’s 77 yards and then adding the all-important two-point conversion.
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No panic from the Pats
Who saw that ending coming? Anyone? Well, if the Patriots are to be believed, they had a pretty good idea that the Steelers were a threat to have something up their sleeve
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Shazier-less Steeler 'D' faces up to problems
The Steelers defense, without the tragically injured Ryan Shazier, was gashed by the offensively challenged Ravens last week. How will Pittsburgh do against the explosive Patriots?
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Different strokes for different folks
After 10 years as Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin still has oodles of swagger and will answer virtually any question posed to him. It's not the same public approach taken by his rivals in New England.
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Pats lament lack of energy
A keyword kept being repeated by the Patriots after their loss to the Dolphins. Energy. They feel like they didn’t have enough.
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Red-hot when it gets cold
Nobody appreciates the month of December quite like Tom Brady and the Patriots.
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New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason.
This Shaq has the moves
The resurgent Patriots' running game has gotten a boost from the blocking of third-year guard Shaq Mason, who is poised to clear a path toward the Pro Bowl.   
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