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Bill Belichick 'not sure' if Patriots will attend Colin Kaepernick workout Saturday

Bill Belichick 'not sure' if Patriots will attend Colin Kaepernick workout Saturday

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly will have a workout Saturday, but it's unknown if anyone from the New England Patriots will attend.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked during his Wednesday press conference about someone from the team being present for the workout, and he wasn't sure if that was going to happen.

“That's something you can check with (Patriots director of player personnel) Nick (Caserio) on,” Belichick told reporters. “I’m not sure.”

This workout, which reportedly will include on-field drills and an interview, was created by the league seemingly out of nowhere. 

Kaepernick hasn't played for an NFL team since his final game with the San Francisco 49ers in January of 2017. It was during the 2016 season that he protested racial injustice in the United States by kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" before games. Kaepernick settled his collusion case against the NFL in February of this year.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter that this workout is really for teams that could be interested in signing Kaepernick for the 2020 season, not this year.

Should the Patriots be interested in signing Kaepernick?

New England's outlook at quarterback beyond this season is unknown. Tom Brady is a free agent after the 2019 season, and if he does leave for another team or decides to retire, the Patriots will need another QB. Rookie Jarrett Stidham, who the Patriots selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, probably would take over as the starter if Brady's tenure in New England ended in the near future. In that scenario, maybe the Patriots could look at Kaepernick as a veteran backup.

Kaepernick was a mobile QB when he played and torched many defenses with his impressive ability to create big plays on the ground. The primary threat to the Patriots in the AFC probably is the Baltimore Ravens, whose quarterback is Lamar Jackson -- the league's best rushing quarterback. Bringing in Kaepernick could help the Patriots prepare for a potential rematch with Jackson in the playoffs because the 33-year-old veteran could help emulate the Ravens QB's skill set in practice. Kaepernick's offensive coordinator with the 49ers from 2011 through 2014 was Greg Roman, who is the Ravens' current OC with Jackson.

Still, it doesn't seem likely the Patriots would sign Kaepernick. However, that doesn't mean he won't find work in the near future. Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who left the Patriots' staff after last season, confirmed Wednesday his team will send someone to this weekend's workout.

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Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend says she was harassed by fans during Patriots-Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend says she was harassed by fans during Patriots-Chiefs

New England Patriots fans apparently weren't all that hospitable to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend Brittany Matthews and brother Jackson Mahomes on Sunday.

Matthews live-tweeted her experience at Gillette Stadium during the Patriots-Chiefs matchup, and other than the game's outcome it doesn't seem like it was pleasant.

Matthews claims Patriots fans yelled at her and Jackson to sit down and Gillette security even stepped in to move them to a safer location.

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You can read her tweets below:

She made sure to throw another jab at Pats fans on Monday morning.

Matthews and the Mahomes family got the last laugh as the Chiefs went on to defeat the Patriots, 23-16.

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Separating fact from fiction of NFL's investigation of Patriots film crew

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Separating fact from fiction of NFL's investigation of Patriots film crew

So what’s the skinny with the Patriots having a videographer’s tape confiscated in Cleveland?

Here’s what we know: Kraft Sports Productions, which produces content for Patriots.com, does a “Do Your Job” series in which they track various team personnel at work. 

This particular episode was supposed to feature an advanced scout. So the videographer — in a move that probably lacked foresight — was filming the scout when the Cleveland Browns hosted the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. 

The footage is aimed at showing the inner workings of what the scout does, but in no way was it a reprise of the sideline videotaping the Patriots were found guilty of engaging in back in 2007. 

Some called that “Spygate.”

The NFL has reportedly confiscated the tape from Sunday. The Browns were alerted because it was their press box. The Bengals were not. 

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