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Jonathan Kraft appreciates Patriots fans cheering Colts loss in Arizona

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Jonathan Kraft appreciates Patriots fans cheering Colts loss in Arizona

If there was ever any question as to how the Patriots feel about the Colts since they helped spark Deflategate, listen to what Patriots president Jonathan Kraft had to say before Sunday night's kickoff between the Patriots and Cardinals. 

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Kraft was moved when he heard Patriots fans actively rooting against the Colts while their game with the Lions was being played on the video board inside University of Phoenix Stadium. He was so moved that he felt he had to mention what he saw -- unprompted, mind you -- during his pregame interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub.

"I'm looking at all the Patriots jerseys here, and I want you guys to know something," Kraft told Marc Bertrand and Chris Gasper. "Obviously it's a special building, awesome ending a couple of years ago here . . . So the Colts are playing the Lions, and they had the game on the big board here, and this is an NFC team's stadium that we're in, the Cardinals, and when the Lions kicked the field goal to win the game, there was a huge cheer. I thought they had missed it.

"That was the Patritos fans cheering in the Cardinals stadium becauise the Lions had beaten the Colts. Sorry, I just wanted to work that in. Thank you to all the Patriots fans that are here, and the peiople that come with us on the road. Sorry. I had to get that in."

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.