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After six stops in less than a year, Lucien working hard to stick with Pats

After six stops in less than a year, Lucien working hard to stick with Pats

FOXBORO -- Thursday's preseason opener wasn't a showcase for the Patriots wide receivers by any stretch. There were moments of great competency but, with the velocity-challenged Brian Hoyer taking most of the snaps, it wasn't an aerial circus.

But the wideout who made the most of his opportunities against Washington was Devin Lucien. He had a team-high 71 yards on four catches (six targets).

Another catch came on a little in-cut and required a well-executed hands catch on a ball that was away from his body.

Also impressive was the block he threw on running back Ralph Webb's first touchdown when he got into a Washington defender and walked him through the end zone, sealing the edge for Webb.

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"We were taught to make sure we leave one," Lucien explained, referring to the process of selecting a defender to block and leaving the other for the back to beat 1-on-1. "I ended up getting the linebacker. The linebacker, I tried to push him into the other dude that I was supposed to get and it ended up being a touchdown for Ralph. When you've got people like Julian (Edelman) and them blocking like they do all the time, you just kind of do your best like they do."

It was a helluva block and the kind of play that will earn Lucien notice as much as the pre-halftime catches.

Getting noticed has not been an issue for Lucien since he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round in 2016. Getting a toehold has been an issue.

After being cut at the end of camp as a rookie, the Patriots were able to re-sign Lucien and have him on the practice squad that year. But an injury at the end of camp last year caused the Patriots to put him on IR. They then released him from IR after an injury settlement. And Lucien went on an odyssey from New England to Indianapolis to Kansas City to Houston to Tampa Bay. He finished 2017 on the Bucs roster but was released in May. The Patriots picked him up again.

He's made six stops in less than a year. He still has no regular-season NFL statistics.

"We're glad to get him back this year," Belichick said after Thursday's game. "He's made some good plays in practice and he made some good plays tonight. He gained some experience in several organizations and I'm sure those places were a good learning experience for him."

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Lucien acknowledged that things went pretty OK against Washington.

"I felt like it was a good way to start," he said. "A good way to start the preseason. I know there is a lot to work on both as a group and individually. I'm just trying to do that and do my best during the preseason and the regular season if I'm blessed enough to be around."

Asked if he'd be able to take a satisfied breath after his performance, Lucien indicated he wouldn't.

"I'm actually going to be looking at the Philadelphia Eagles (the Patriots Game 2 opponent)," he said. "I'll see what I did wrong but after that, I'm working on Philly. You can't wait, especially here. You can't focus on the past at all. It's on to the present and the future."

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Tom Brady would want this famous actor to play him in a movie

Tom Brady would want this famous actor to play him in a movie

Tom Brady isn't a stranger to the silver screen, but he's a little too busy to star in his own biopic.

So, who would the New England Patriots quarterback want to play himself in a movie about his life? That was the question Brady fielded Monday night from a California firefighter during his weekly radio spot on Westwood One.

His answer was predictable, to say the least.

"I'm going with Mark Wahlberg," Brady said. "A Boston legend, (from) Dorchester, one of the just 'grind it out' kind of guys."

Why are we not surprised?

Brady and Wahlberg famously teamed up for a scene in "Ted 2," and Wahlberg is a die-hard Boston sports fan, so we're sure he'd jump at the chance to play TB12 in a movie. (He'll have to drop that Boston accent, though.)

Any movie about Brady's life may have to mention Ray Lewis; the veteran QB said earlier in the interview that the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker is the player he feared most during his NFL career.

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Tom Brady did exactly what you'd expect during Patriots' bye week

Tom Brady did exactly what you'd expect during Patriots' bye week

If you watched Tom Brady's Facebook mini-documentary, "Tom Vs Time," you know the New England Patriots quarterback is an admitted football film junkie.

So, it shouldn't surprise you one bit that Brady used his downtime during the Patriots' bye week to -- watch film. A lot of it.

"I took a lot of time this weekend to watch the entire season a couple of times," Brady said Monday during his weekly interview with WEEI's "Mut & Callahan." "We just had a lot of communication with our coaches and I think a lot of guys took the weekend to let their minds really be free of football for a few days."

As Brady pointed out, many players use the bye week to get away from football and decompress. The QB's version of decompression apparently is to watch all of New England's 10 games multiple times in the span of a couple days.

Naturally, Brady is champing at the bit to return to action this Sunday against the New York Jets.

"I am excited to start this week," Brady said. "We are in (Monday) and we basically work all week and then we head to New York. This time of year football season really flies by because you have the holidays and a lot of things going on, but we’ve put ourselves in a decent position."

The Patriots sit at 7-3 coming out of the bye week, and the Kansas City Chiefs' wild loss Monday night means the AFC's No. 1 seed still is in reach for Brady and Co. if they can find their groove down the stretch.

If New England falters, though, it won't be due to lack of preparation by the quarterback and offensive coordinator.

"I do it every year and I have watched a lot of tape this year like I always do of our offense," Brady said of watching film during the bye week. "I have a great communication with Josh (McDaniels), and I know he does the same. I think we are just trying to figure out ways to move the ball down the field and score points. Some weeks it has been easier than others and some weeks it has been tough. Hopefully we can put it all together -- put all the pieces in place and start playing the football I think we’re capable of.”

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