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Vince Wilfork announces retirement in Kingsford Charcoal video

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Vince Wilfork announces retirement in Kingsford Charcoal video

Vince Wilfork has posted another Kingsford Charcoal video. Also, he’s all done with football. 

Wilfork announced his retirement on Twitter Monday with a video of himself grilling in his signature overall look. He wiggles his butt, too. 

The 21st overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Miami, Wilfork spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Patriots, winning two Super Bowls and being named to five Pro Bowls. The longtime defensive tackle was a first-team All-Pro in 2012 and a second-teamer in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He finished his career with two seasons in Houston. 

Perhaps fittingly, Wilfork's final NFL game was played in New England, when the Patriots eliminated the Texans in the divisional round last postseason.

Todd McShay's new 2020 NFL Mock Draft has Patriots taking a top pass rusher

Todd McShay's new 2020 NFL Mock Draft has Patriots taking a top pass rusher

The New England Patriots defense has been hit hard by departures in NFL free agency, and one of the best places to replenish talent on that side of the ball is the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Patriots, over the last few weeks, have lost the following defensive players in free agency or the trade market:

Danny Shelton, DT, free agency (Detroit Lions)
Kyle Van Noy, LB, free agency (Miami Dolphins)
Elandon Roberts, LB, free agency (Dolphins)
Jamie Collins, LB, free agency (Lions)
Duron Harmon, S, trade (Lions)
Nate Ebner, S, free agency (New York Giants)

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With the Patriots losing their two sack leaders from last season in Collins (seven sacks) and Van Noy (six), it only makes sense to target a pass rusher with the No. 23 pick in the first round. And that's exactly where the Patriots go in ESPN expert Todd McShay's latest 2020 mock draft.

Here is McShay's explanation for slotting Iowa edge rusher A.J. Epenesa to New England at 23rd overall:

These aren't the Patriots we are accustomed to seeing. They could use upgrades in a bunch of areas, including quarterback, wide receiver and a handful of spots on defense. I don't expect coach Bill Belichick to reach for a QB here, and while wide receiver is in play, it seems unlikely two years in a row on Day 1. So how about an edge rusher? LSU's K'Lavon Chaisson is the better player, but Belichick has a strong relationship with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, and Epenesa fits nicely with the Patriots' 3-4 system as a 5-technique.

Epenesa was a force for the Hawkeyes last season. He set or tied career highs with 11.5 sacks, 47 total tackles, three passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 2019. Epenesa spent a lot of time in the opponent's backfield over the last two years with a combined 22 sacks and 20.5 tackles for a loss during that span. 

The Iowa star and 2019 third-round pick Chase Winovich could form a young, athletic pass-rushing duo that could serve the Patriots quite well for the next three to five years.

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David Tyree randomly praises Julian Edelman for circus Super Bowl LI catch

David Tyree randomly praises Julian Edelman for circus Super Bowl LI catch

The coronavirus shutdown is bringing some blasts from the past out of the woodwork.

With professional sports on indefinite hold, FOX filled the void Sunday by rebroadcasting the New England Patriots' historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

To promote that game (which Tom Brady seemed to enjoy) the NFL's Instagram account posted a clip of Julian Edelman's insane catch in the fourth quarter that kept the Patriots' drive alive.

Guess who popped up in the Instagram comments of that post Monday? A guy who's familiar with circus catches in the Super Bowl: David Tyree.

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"Can’t lie...this catch was crazzzyyy!! Legendary @edelman11," the former New York Giants wide receiver wrote, adding eight emojis (four flames and four folded hands, in case you're wondering) for emphasis.

For Patriots fans who have endured too much this offseason, skip ahead. For the rest of you: Tyree became famous thanks to his wild "helmet catch" in Super Bowl XLII that, like Edelman's grab, saved a late Giants drive and helped New York upset an undefeated New England team in Super Bowl XLII.

Tyree was out of the league two seasons after that historic grab, but it's clearly followed him in his post-NFL life.

As for which catch was better, Edelman's or Tyree's? We'll let Patriots and Giants fans hash that one out.