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Patriots release defensive tackles Jones, Kitchen

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Patriots release defensive tackles Jones, Kitchen

The Patriots got a bit thinner on their defensive front Friday.

The team announced that it released a pair of defensive tackles in Chris Jones and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen just two days after the team released interior defensive lineman Dominique Easley. 

Jones spent three seasons with the Patriots but was on the physically unable to perform list for the entire 2015 season. Drafted by the Texans the sixth round of the 2013 draft, Jones was picked up by the Patriots after he had a brief stint with the Buccaneers. 

In two seasons of on-the-field action with the Patriots, Jones played in 28 games, starting in 23. He recorded 83 tackles and nine sacks in that span. 

Jones was scheduled to see a significant bump in pay in 2016. In 2015, his base salary was worth $585,000. This season, he was scheduled to make $1.67 million in base salary.

Kitchen first arrived to the Patriots in December when he was signed as a free agent. He played in the 2015 season finale but was inactive for both postseason games.

The Patriots may be in the market for a defensive tackle in this year's draft class after thinning their depth chart at that position this week. The list of Patriots at that spot currently includes Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, Terrance Knighton, Markus Kuhn and Joe Vellano. Frank Kearse, who is listed as a defensive end, may also figure into the mix as one of the team's interior defensive linemen.

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

The New England Patriots don't like being counted out. And Julian Edelman is letting everyone know it ahead of their Sunday afternoon matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edelman took to Twitter on Sunday to release a hype video ahead of the Chiefs game. This week, the clip was mostly an amalgamation of various clips of analysts that are counting the Patriots out after their loss to the Texans.

Here's a look at the video.

Included among the thoughts about the Patriots:

"Tom Brady is no longer elite." 

"The offense just has no weapons whatsoever."

"It's the end of the dynasty."

Safe to say, Edelman didn't take kindly to these. And he will use them as bulletin board material along with the rest of the Patriots.

And we all know what the Patriots do with bulletin board material.

The Patriots and Chiefs will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Coverage for the game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Patriots Pregame Live.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Sunday's Week 14 showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium has been circled on NFL fans' calendars for many months.

When the schedule came out, this game was among the most anticipated of the 2019 season, and it's easy to understand why. These teams met twice last year, and each game ranked among the very best of the 2018 campaign. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 at home in Week 6, then beat KC again at Arrowhead Stadium with a thrilling 37-31 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game.

This matchup will have huge implications for the AFC playoff race, too. A Patriots win helps them keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the conference.The Patriots and Ravens have identical 10-2 records, but Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Chiefs lead the AFC West, and a win would go a long way in helping them contend for a top two seed. A loss would likely end Kansas City's hope of earning a first-round playoff bye.

Will the Patriots improve to 3-0 against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, or will the reigning MVP earn a huge victory and move Kansas City closer to a top-two seed?

Here‚Äôs how and when to watch Patriots vs. Chiefs online. Be sure to also watch ‚ÄúPregame Live‚ÄĚ at 2:30 p.m. ET and ‚ÄúPostgame Live‚ÄĚ at 7:30 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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