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Bill Belichick: Patriots feel Demaryius Thomas able to make 'solid contribution'

Bill Belichick: Patriots feel Demaryius Thomas able to make 'solid contribution'

Demaryius Thomas is back with the New England Patriots after being released over the weekend, and head coach Bill Belichick is hopeful the veteran wide receiver will make a meaningful impact this season.

The 31-year-old is coming off an Achilles tear suffered as a member of the Houston Texans in December. He was cleared to practice a few weeks ago and made his preseason debut last Thursday against the New York Giants. Thomas tallied seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns with rookie backup Jarrett Stidham at quarterback in the preseason finale.

Belichick likes the improvement Thomas has made so far, and he revealed Tuesday on WEEI radio show "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" that the Patriots feel like the talented wideout will make a real contribution in 2019.

Health will be a concern with Thomas given the serious nature of Achilles injuries, but before last season he had been among the most durable wide receivers in the league. He didn't miss a game between 2011 and 2017 before missing one matchup last season.

Thomas, if healthy, gives the Patriots another big, physical wideout at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. He and Josh Gordon could form a difficult tandem for opposing defenses to slow down if they are able to consistently stay on the field. The additions of Thomas, Gordon and undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers to a receiving corps that already included Phillip Dorsett and reigning Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman could make this position a real strength for New England.

The Patriots haven't had the best luck bringing in veteran wide receivers late in their careers -- Reggie Wayne and Chad Johnson come to mind. Thomas, however, has shown signs that he could be a solid pickup for a New England offense that lost some key pieces over the offseason.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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