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Adrian Phillips reveals biggest bright spot about joining Patriots as free agent

Adrian Phillips reveals biggest bright spot about joining Patriots as free agent

Adrian Phillips watched the New England Patriots maintain their standing as the NFL's winningest franchise over the first six seasons of his career, and now he's able to experience first hand what makes them so great.

The veteran safety signed with the Patriots in free agency back in March, and it didn't take him long to figure out why the team has been able to consistently win so many games. 

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What's been the biggest bright spot about joining the Patriots this offseason?

"It's a first class organization," Phillips recently told Patriots.com's Megan O'Brien in an interview. "You notice that from afar and you wonder, 'How does that keep happening?' So, actually being in the mix, you see that, and being in the meetings with the guys and with the DBs, you see why they're always in the position that they're in. It's just great to be part of."

Phillips already feels at home with the Patriots, and he credits that feeling to the way his new teammates and coaches have embraced him.

"That's a testament to those guys -- to embrace me the way that they did and treat me like I've been there for so long, and not even having met me face-to-face," Phillips said. "It's a huge testament to them, and it's a huge testament to the coaches, just showing that they're real people who really want to know the best of you and really want to see the type of person you are and embrace you and bring you into the winning culture. So, it's real cool to be a part of that."

Phillips has a chance to become one of the steals of free agency.

The 28-year-old safety played just seven games for the Los Angeles Chargers last season due to injury, but in 2018 he played all 16 games and earned first team All-Pro and Pro Bowl nods. In addition to his play on defense, Phillips excels on special teams. He made the 2018 All-Pro first team for his special teams performance.

Phillips' versatility makes him the ideal kind of player for the Patriots, and if healthy, he should play a key role on special teams alongside Matthew Slater during the 2020 season.

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

The New England Patriots unveiled their 2020 player headshots on Monday, and it was the newcomers who stole the show with their photos.

We finally got our first official look at Cam Newton in a Patriots uniform, but that wasn't even the highlight. Defensive tackle Beau Allen and rookie tight end Dalton Keene have the best headshots of the bunch, and it isn't even close.

Just check out the photos below, shared by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal:


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Incredible.

Allen was signed to a two-year deal worth $8 million in March. The 28-year-old appeared in 13 games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tallying 0.5 sacks and 10 total tackles. He's spent six seasons in the NFL, four with Philly and two with Tampa. With his amazing headshot, he's definitely given another reason why he could become a fan favorite this season.

As for Keene, the Virginia Tech product was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 21-year-old could have a big role for the Patriots in 2020, especially with tight end Matt LaCosse deciding to opt out of the season. He could also help out at fullback with Danny Vitale opting out as well.

Here's the first official photo of Cam Newton in a Patriots jersey

Here's the first official photo of Cam Newton in a Patriots jersey

The New England Patriots shared 2020 player headshots on Monday, which means we finally got to see what Cam Newton looks like in Pats colors.

Here's how the ex-Carolina Panthers quarterback looks in his new Patriots jersey.

After nine years of watching Newton in Carolina, that sight will take some getting used to.

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Newton has been active on social media with hype videos as well as photos and videos of workouts with his new Pats teammates. He'll get to participate in his first official Patriots practice on Aug. 12.

To check out all of the Patriots' headshots, you can visit Patriots.com here.