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Patriots hope Street will succeed where Dobson failed

Patriots hope Street will succeed where Dobson failed

FOXORO -- When the Patriots released Aaron Dobson, they said goodbye to potential unfulfilled but also the tallest wideout on their roster.

That’s part of what made Dobson such a tease. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Dobson had a head on pretty much every other receiver on the roster. Combining that with long arms, terrific leaping ability and good body control and you understand why the Patriots hoped Dobson would put it all together. He shoulda been good. But he’s not, so he’s gone.

Enter Devin Street. At least to the waiting room.

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The 6-3, 190-pound former Cowboy was signed to the Patriots practice squad, which was officially announced on Monday. Drafted in the fifth round in 2014 out of Pittsburgh. He’s got the same dimensions as Dobson and according to ESPN’s Cowboys reporter, was viewed as the third-best wideout in the draft by Dallas in 2014.

That Street disappointed in Dallas similarly to the way Dobson did in New England means all projections should be done with caution. He caught 7 of the 13 passes thrown to him last year for 125 yards and a touchdown. But that was with an assortment of less-than-sharp Tony Romo-replacements at quarterback.

Just catching up with his Pitt highlights, he will work over the middle and is faster after the catch than Dobson. He’s very lean, though, and we’ll see if that hampers his ability to get off the line of scrimmage. 

For the immediate future, Street will probably run scout team stuff for the Patriots in preparation for the Cardinals. Arizona’s got big wideouts; Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown are all 6-3 and the Patriots don’t have anyone on the roster to replicate that size.

Street will have a while to make an impression down there on the practice squad.

Dobson, meanwhile, remains unattached.

Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

There are still three days until the Patriots release their first injury report ahead of their Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, but Tom Brady has a prediction: his name will show up.

When Brady went to the podium following Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, his right elbow was heavily wrapped.

"I just got hit right on my elbow. It's fine," Brady said. "I'll probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday."

Brady was sacked three times Sunday while going just 19-for-36 for 169 yards, his second-lowest total of the season and his third sub-200 yard game of the 2019 season.

The 42-year-old quarterback also appeared on last week's injury report thanks to toe and elbow issues, but he was taken off the report Friday ahead of the Chiefs game.

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Turning Point: Tom Brady's interception helped dig Patriots early hole

Turning Point: Tom Brady's interception helped dig Patriots early hole

FOXBORO -- Josh McDaniels noted that, despite the difficulties his offense has faced this season, one of the things it was actually pretty good at was taking care of the football.

But a turnover early in Sunday's matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs helped dig McDaniels' offense a hole that it'd have trouble climbing out of.

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Our Turning Point from the rematch between 2018 AFC Championship Game opponents was Tom Brady's early second-quarter interception. On a first-down snap -- the first offensive snap after allowing a 48-yard score to Chiefs rookie Mecole Hardman -- Brady sold a play-action fake and floated a seam pass to tight end Matt LaCosse. There was no confusion. No hesitation in his release.

But the Chiefs were in zone, it appeared, and corner Bashaud Breeland was dropping with his eyes on Brady as Julian Edelman ran a slant in front of him. Not sticking at all with the slant -- perhaps because he almost lost his footing coming out of his stance -- Breeland easily jumped the seam route and picked off Brady's lob.

The Patriots had plenty of time to overcome that mistake, but things snowballed from there. The Chiefs rattled off an eight-play drive to score on an inverted wishbone play -- something New England had seen from Baltimore and Houston earlier this year -- to make the score 17-7.

The Patriots lost, 23-16.

Breeland, who made the game-winning pass breakup on fourth down with about a minute left in the fourth quarter, made a good play to intercept Brady when he did. But that mistake by the Patriots offense -- one they'd been fairly adept at avoiding over the course of the season -- cost them.

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