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2019 NFL Draft: Patriots select Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry in first round

2019 NFL Draft: Patriots select Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry in first round

The New England Patriots have selected a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft for the first time in head coach Bill Belichick's tenure with the team.

The reigning Super Bowl champions selected Arizona State wideout N'Keal Harry with the No. 32 pick Thursday night, giving quarterback Tom Brady another talented target in the passing game.

Harry tallied 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns for the Sun Devils last season. He's listed at 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds.

The Patriots have 11 more picks in the 2019 draft, including two in the second round and three in the third round. The second and third rounds will take place Friday night. 

Harry tweeted that he "can't wait to get to work" with the Pats.


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Tom Brady was surprised by Bill Belichick's 'very kind' gesture after win

Tom Brady was surprised by Bill Belichick's 'very kind' gesture after win

Tom Brady has garnered every accolade under the sun. But even he didn't see this one coming.

After the New England Patriots quarterback passed Peyton Manning into second place on the NFL's all-time passing list in Thursday's win over the New York Giants, head coach Bill Belichick showed Brady some love by giving him the game ball in the locker room.

In an interview Monday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Brady expressed his appreciation for his coach's gesture.

"I don't remember (the last time I got a game ball)," Brady said. "But that was very nice. That was very kind. That was, I would say, unexpected but certainly appreciated. It's pretty cool."

Belichick probably could give Brady the game ball every week if he wanted to, but the Patriots like to spread praise across the entire roster. A milestone like this provided an exception, though.

"I never imagined playing 20 years in the NFL," Brady added. "Peyton was a guy that I looked up to because he was so spectacular in every way. Brett Favre is the same."

Brady also added two rushing touchdowns Thursday, breaking Doug Flutie's record to become the oldest quarterback in NFL history with multiple rushing TDs in the same game.

Brady said he actually got a text from Flutie, a former Patriot and a "good friend," and responded with a little self-effacing humor.

"I (told him), 'I think they should delineate quarterback sneak touchdowns and actually where you have to run for a touchdown. Because I don't know if you'd classify mine as 'rushing' touchdowns, because there's not much rushing. It's more like sneaking."

Those sneaks add up, though: Brady now has 1,006 career rushing yards, only 628 behind the fleet-of-foot Flutie.

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Tom Brady has a message for Patriots fans about Rob Gronkowski's possible return

Tom Brady has a message for Patriots fans about Rob Gronkowski's possible return

Tom Brady has a very large platform to pitch Rob Gronkowski on an NFL comeback.

But the New England Patriots quarterback would rather not make that pitch publicly.

In an interview Monday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Brady said he's not pushing for Gronkowski to return to the Patriots following his retirement in March.

"I love that guy. I am so happy he's enjoying his time," Brady said, via WEEI.com. "I'm happy that he's enjoying life. He seems to be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him and I want what is best for him. He’s the only person that can make those decisions. I don't lobby for those things."

Gronk has been active in retirement, partnering with a company that sells CBD-based pain relief medications and this past week joining FOX as an NFL analyst. The 30-year-old hasn't completely ruled out an NFL return, though, and stayed in shape this past offseason by working out at least once with his former QB.

Brady is aware of all the Gronk speculation, but believes Patriots fans should appreciate what the tight end did in New England rather than fret over if he's coming back.

"He has given actually a hell of a lot to our team already over the course of a long period of time," Brady added, "and I think people should be very appreciative for what he’s brought to the team and what he’s brought to the region.

"I thik he's a very special guy. He's just in a different phase of his life."

If Gronkowski is interested in returning at some point, Brady likely will be among the first to reach out to him. But the Patriots QB seems to support whatever path his former tight end chooses.

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