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Adam Humphries: Tom Brady's age a factor in spurning Patriots for Titans

Adam Humphries: Tom Brady's age a factor in spurning Patriots for Titans

Adam Humphries' decision to sign with the Tennessee Titans instead of the Patriots in mid-March left some fans in New England scratching their heads.

Which free-agent wide receiver would want to catch passes from Marcus Mariota instead of six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady?

Humphries doesn't question Brady's excellence, but in a recent interview with The Athletic's Travis Haney, he admitted Brady's advanced age was something he considered in deciding to stick with the Titans.

"Obviously, he’s the G.O.A.T. That’s that simple," Humphries told Haney of Brady. "But there’s so much that factors into a decision. It was a four-year deal. Who knows how many (years) he’s got left? There’s a lot that goes into it."

Patriots fans won't want to hear it, but Humphries raises a fair question. Brady, who turns 42 in August, will be 46 by the final year of Humphries' contract. He's said he wants to play until age 45, but it's worth wondering whether he'll accomplish that goal.

Of course, you could argue the benefits of playing with Brady outweigh that risk. The legendary quarterback has made stars out of slot receivers Wes Welker and Julian Edelman and helped revive Danny Amendola's career.

But even after the Patriots reportedly presented Humphries with a better four-year offer than the Titans, Humphries felt Tennessee presented a better overall opportunity for him.

"Obviously the chance to play with him would have been awesome, but a lot of things factor into that decision," Humphries said of Brady. "Ultimately, I thought this was coming here to a team that was on the rise and with young talent on the offense and a really good defense. They’d had a taste of the playoffs. I felt like my need at the slot position was great. I felt like I could really contribute and start something new here."

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Could Colin Kaepernick make NFL comeback? Ex-Patriot Chris Long weighs in

Could Colin Kaepernick make NFL comeback? Ex-Patriot Chris Long weighs in

Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since 2016, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback will be given a chance to showcase his talents in front of scouts on Saturday.

The Patriots will be one of the multiple teams doing their due diligence by attending Kaepernick's private workout arranged by the league in Atlanta. But will Kaepernick actually end up on an NFL roster?

Appearing on the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, former Pats defensive end Chris Long shared his thoughts on the whole Kaepernick situation.

"I think he could still play in this league," Long said. "I've never contended at the end of his rope there he was a top 15 quarterback. I mean, he was bottom third. But if you're a bottom third starting quarterback in this league, there's a job.

"The problem with this Kaep thing is that everybody is so worked up, and that's OK, but people are really binary and they can't think in any nuance or gray area. So if you hate Kaep, he's Johnny Manziel, which is untrue. And if you love Kaep, he's Joe Montana, which is untrue. He's a guy who was a starting quarterback, 20th... in that range his last year across the board, which means he's a good quarterback. Which means he can help a team."

Curran and Long also discuss whether they believe the NFL is giving Kaepernick a legitimate shot at making an NFL team, or if this seems like more of a PR stunt.

Other topics on the show include Long's upcoming media company, "Chalk Media," how athletes deal with social anxiety, differences between the 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles, and Long's new NBA "side team."

Listen to the full episode below (Kaepernick talk begins at 12:26):

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Patriots Week 11 injury report: Julian Edelman not listed for first time since Week 3

Patriots Week 11 injury report: Julian Edelman not listed for first time since Week 3

FOXBORO -- The bye week did the Patriots some good, it seems.

On the health front, the Patriots are looking better than they've looked in some time. When injury reports for New England and Philadelphia were released Wednesday ahead of their Week 11 game, the list for Bill Belichick's club was relatively short.

Absent from the injury report were Julian Edelman (who's dealt with a chest injury for most of the season), Tom Brady (who was on the injury report with a shoulder issue back in Week 9), Shaq Mason (who has dealt with an ankle injury), Rex Burkhead (limited by a foot injury two weeks ago) and Gunner Olszewski (who's had ankle and hamstring injuries of late).

The Patriots had only four players on the injury report Wednesday: Patrick Chung (heel/chest), Danny Shelton (ankle) and Matt LaCosse (knee) were all limited in practice; Nate Ebner (ankle/back) did not participate.

The fact that Edelman is healthy enough to be a full participant is key, of course. Outside of Brady, he may be the most vital cog in the offensive machine here. And because his job asks him to operate in the middle of the field, he's prone not only to getting injured, but to aggravating injuries that don't have a chance to heal. The last time Edelman was off the injury report was Week 3.

The Week 10 bye gave him and others a chance to recover, and they'll face this weekend's challenge a little bit healthier than they were a few weeks ago.

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