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Broncos' Trevor Siemian wanted to go to Patriots to learn under Tom Brady

Broncos' Trevor Siemian wanted to go to Patriots to learn under Tom Brady

Trevor Siemian has helped the Broncos forget about Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, as the second-year quarterback has started all five of Denver’s five games (4-1) this season. The 2015 seventh-round pick was not expected to be a starter in the NFL, but then again neither was perhaps the best quarterback in league history. 

That isn’t the only connection that Siemian has with Tom Brady. As told in a Siemian profile from Kalyn Kahler of MMQB.com, the Northwestern quarterback had designs on becoming a Patriot when he eventually turned pro. 

Kahler quotes former Northwestern center (and Siemian's college roommate) Hayden Baker as saying Siemian, a projected late pick, hoped to go to the Patriots after college so he could learn under Brady while trying to develop into an NFL quarterback. 

In 2014, after his junior year, Siemian watched the NFL draft with buddies at his house on Prairie Avenue in Evanston. He was never a league-or-die kind of guy, but with his final college season looming, he paid special attention to how the draft played out. Siemian was disappointed when the Patriots picked Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garopollo, hoping New England might have waited another year to take a QB. Siemian coveted the opportunity to come up behind Tom Brady, under the tutelage of Bill Belichick, in an organization with a history of developing quarterbacks. “He was like, ‘Ahh I think I could have done well in that offense,’” says Baker.

Siemian has completed 64.9 percent of his passes this season for 1,054 passing yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He’ll likely face off against Brady when the Broncos host the Pats in Week 15. 

Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch could miss Patriots game with back issue

Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch could miss Patriots game with back issue

The Dallas Cowboys could be without one of their best defensive players when they take on the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch isn't expected to practice on Friday due to a back issue and is in danger of missing the Week 12 matchup, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Vander Esch has already missed one game this season due to a neck injury. The Boise State product said he's "been looking forward [to facing Tom Brady] his whole life," but it appears Dallas' 2018 first-round draft pick may need to wait a bit longer for the opportunity.

In nine games this year, Vander Esch has tallied 70 tackles, three passes defensed, a forced fumble and half of a sack.

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Sources: Patriots not interested in bringing back Antonio Brown

Sources: Patriots not interested in bringing back Antonio Brown

Once bitten, twice shy.

Two sources with knowledge of the Patriots thinking scoffed at the idea Antonio Brown would rejoin the Patriots this season.

When one source was asked if there was a chance the wideout – who was with the Patriots for less than two tumultuous weeks in September – might have a chance at rejoining the team, this was the two-word response.

“What’s changed?”

I mentioned Brown’s social media apology to owner Robert Kraft earlier in the week and his meeting last week with the NFL as possibly changing the equation.

I was told that it does not.

At issue aren’t hurt feelings that Brown couldn’t fix with a few keystrokes. It’s the wariness of something else cropping up down the road.

When the Patriots signed Brown, there was no advance notice from Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus that Brown was on the cusp of being slapped with a lawsuit by his former trainer Britney Taylor even though the legal wrangling between Brown and Taylor’s attorneys had been going on for months.

And while it was subsequently reported Rosenhaus couldn’t break a confidentiality agreement Brown supposedly had in place, the fact that the Patriots entered into the Brown experience not knowing at all that that bombshell was waiting to explode makes them unwilling to go down the same road again.

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