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Bengals' A.J. Green addresses trade rumors: 'I'm prepared for anything'

Bengals' A.J. Green addresses trade rumors: 'I'm prepared for anything'

A.J. Green is taking a realist's approach to what could be a stressful two weeks before the NFL trade deadline.

The Bengals wide receiver, sidelined with an ankle injury in the final year of his contract, has been the subject of trade buzz after Cincinnati's 0-5 start, with the New England Patriots reportedly among the teams that could target him.

Green insisted there's no substance those reports as far as he knows.

"I tell everybody I haven’t heard anything,” Green said Wednesday, via Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson. “I don’t fantasize about anything like that. I’m just trying to get healthy and go from there."

But the 31-year-old also suggested a trade wouldn't surprise him.

"I’m prepared for anything," Green said. "A trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play. I’m still going to be A.J."

Green won't play in Week 6 but hopes to make his 2019 debut the following week. When healthy, the 31-year-old is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, with six 1,000-yard seasons and seven Pro Bowl appearances under his belt.

The Patriots need wide receiver help after releasing Antonio Brown, so it's possible they could kick the tires on Green before the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Just don't tell that to Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who warned that things would "fall apart" in Cincinnati if the team traded Green. But it sounds like the Bengals' franchise player is ready to roll with the punches.

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Patriots will play Dak Prescott amid best stretch of Cowboys QB's career

Patriots will play Dak Prescott amid best stretch of Cowboys QB's career

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott just played the best statistical game of his career, and that's not great for the New England Patriots, who host the NFC East leaders at Gillette Stadium in Sunday's Week 12 matchup.

Prescott completed 29 of 46 pass attempts for 444 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 35-27 win over the Detroit Lions. The fourth-year QB has averaged 366 yards per game with a total of nine touchdowns and two interceptions over the last three games. He's also completing 67.7 percent of his passes in 2019 and his 3,221 passing yards lead the league.

Prescott's impressive play is larger than a 4-game sample, though. Here are his stats over the last 16 games dating back to last season:

--69.3% comp pct
--104.8 passer rating 
--4,968 yards
--37 total TD
--12 INT
--8.5 YPA  
--11-5 W/L record

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave a glowing overview of Prescott's skill set Wednesday.

"Well we haven’t played him, so this is the first time we’ve played him. But right now, yeah, he’s super impressive," Belichick told reporters. "The way he’s going, might be more than that. Might hit six (thousand yards), I don’t know. This guy can throw the ball, he’s very accurate, he’s got great poise in the pocket, stands in there. He can extend plays and run if he has to, but he doesn’t do much of that unless he really needs to. He has great patience and poise, discipline in the pocket, gets his eyes down field. He’s a very good intermediate-to-deep ball-thrower.

"He’s got good weapons, but he’s been super impressive. Just, great, great quarterback – sideline throws, inside throws, in-cuts, posts, over routes, flag routes, you name it. Possession passes on third down, best third down team in the league, best passing team in the league, most big plays in the league – I mean, I don’t know where you want to start, they do it all. And, he does it all. He runs options, he runs read zones, keeps the ball in critical situations, tough guy to tackle, makes tough yards when he needs them, so he’s really good."

The Cowboys chose to give star running back Ezekiel Elliott a contract extension before the season and still haven't come to terms with Prescott. Elliott is a tremendous player, but the first 10 games have shown Dallas will only be as successful as Prescott. He is the Cowboys' most important player, and the Patriots' No. 1 ranked pass defense needs to slow him down or Dallas will have a good chance of leaving Gillette Stadium with a much-needed win.

Pats' D must beat Prescott in this area of the field>>>

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Patriots rookie Chase Winovich surprises his mother with new car

Patriots rookie Chase Winovich surprises his mother with new car

Chase Winovich once promised his mother he'd buy her a new car. On Wednesday, he followed through with that promise.

The New England Patriots rookie bought his mom a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and showed it off on his Instagram.

Winovich also included a video of his mother's reaction to the big surprise, along with a caption that reads, "I can never repay you, but here’s a start. I love you mom."

Take a look below (click arrow to watch video).

Back in early October, Winovich was fined $7,000 for throwing the ball into the stands after scoring his first NFL touchdown. The 24-year-old defensive end wrote a message to his mom apologizing.

"Sorry mom for launching that new car I promised you into the stratosphere during my celebration! Love you!" he wrote.

Looks like that little mishap only delayed the purchase one month.

Winovich is excelling in his first year as a pro. The Patriots' third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has 4.5 sacks and 14 tackles through his first 10 games.

Finally being able to pay back his mother, of course, is his best highlight yet.

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