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Dorsett on working with Brady: 'It's been great . . . He's Tom Brady'

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Dorsett on working with Brady: 'It's been great . . . He's Tom Brady'

FOXBORO -- Phillip Dorsett has had a pretty charmed career thus far in terms of the quarterbacks he's worked with. For his first two seasons, he caught passes from Andrew Luck. For the last three days, since being traded by the Colts to the Patriots, he's been working with Tom Brady. 

Asked for what it's been like sharing a field with a future Hall-of-Famer and five-time champion, Dorsett replied quickly. 

"It's been great, obviously," he said. "He's Tom Brady."

Dorsett will have to try to work with Brady as closely as he can in order to get on the same page with the 40-year-old. The list of new receivers who haven't worked out in New England is long, and though Dorsett is talented enough to have been selected in the first round in 2015, he doesn't want to wilt in a new system with a demanding quarterback.

How does he prevent that from happening? Work. It will require study, he knows, but there's no substitute for on-the-field interaction. This offseason, Brandin Cooks could be spotted chatting with Brady at every opportunity, just to make sure he's on the same page with his new quarterback. Chris Hogan, who has been in the system for over a year now, spent an extra 45 minutes on the field working with Brady following the team's first practice after Julian Edelman's injury. 

Those are the kinds of things Dorsett will try to do as he takes on a crash course in Patriots football. 

"I'm just learning now," Dorsett said. "I'll learn a lot more. I'm getting reps in there now. The more I learn, the more reps I'll get."

As it currently stands, Dorsett looks like the fifth receiver on the Patriots depth chart behind Cooks, Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell has been limited in practice lately due to a knee injury, though, so perhaps the speedy Dorsett sees time as the team's No. 4.

When it comes to returning punts, Dorsett said he would be happy to perform in that role if asked, but it sounded as though that's not something he has been asked to do just yet. Even if he doesn't factor into the mix as a returner, the Patriots have a handful of options in Hogan, Amendola and Patrick Chung.

Kraft quick to show support in wake of Weymouth officer's death

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Kraft quick to show support in wake of Weymouth officer's death

Tragedy struck the city of Weymouth Sunday morning when police officer Michael Chesna was killed in the line of duty and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was quick to offer his condolences.

According to WCVB, Kraft stopped by the Weymouth Police Department Headquarters around noontime on Sunday and gave them “words of encouragement.”

Chesna, 42, was killed responding to a call regarding an erratic driver near South Shore Hospital and words of support have been quick to come from all corners of the state, and beyond.

“His death is a senseless tragedy & I ask you to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Gov. Charlie Baker via Twitter.

Police have identified a suspect in the shooting as 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes from Weymouth has been taken into police custody.

Chris Long doesn't put stock in Brady-Belichick drama. "It took everything to beat them."

Chris Long doesn't put stock in Brady-Belichick drama. "It took everything to beat them."

In an interview with The Big Lead, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long spoke on the drama surrounding Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

It's safe to say he doesn't put much stock into it

I just think any NFL team, any NFL locker room under a lot of stress over a year period, there are going to be storylines people can choose to kind of blow out of proportion or not pay attention to. I think everyone’s going to pay attention to sometimes really small issues. Whatever people are alluding to going on up there hasn’t affected their play, it hasn’t affected their bottom line. It hasn’t affected how they executed on Sundays. 

Long played with the Patriots during the 2016 season and won Super Bowl 51 with them before signing a two-year contract with the Eagles. The Eagles then went on to beat New England in Super Bowl 52. If anyone outside of the Patriots' locker room has an idea of the culture inside the past two years, Long has to be one of them. 

It took everything for us to beat them. It took a heroic performance by Nick Foles and we had to play our best game. So while everybody likes to always point to the Patriots as being under duress or there’s some drama in the locker room, there’s drama in every locker room that you could blow out of proportion. They’re just on top and those stories sell because they’ve been so great.

ESPN's Seth Wickersham released a story detailing some of the issues that arose in New England over the past few years in January, and with Brady missing almost all of the Patriots' voluntary workouts last month, some have started to wonder whether this is the end for one of both of Brady-Belichick. 

While their hasn't been much public acknowledgement from either side about the drama, but Long certainly doesn't see much substance to the noise. 

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