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Bucs' Chris Godwin details first chat with Tom Brady, whether QB will take No. 12

Bucs' Chris Godwin details first chat with Tom Brady, whether QB will take No. 12

Tom Brady has a new elite wide receiver to throw to -- who happens to wear the former New England Patriots quarterback's number.

Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin (No. 12 on Tampa Bay's roster) led the team in 2019 with 86 receptions for 1,333 receiving yards, third-most in the NFL.

That kind of talent earns you a call from the GOAT. Shortly after Brady made his signing official, Godwin told Buccaneers.com's Casey Phillips that he and Brady recently had a productive phone call.

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"Just starting a conversation, starting a relationship," Godwin told Phillips. "He reached out to me just saying he was excited to come down and play together, and I echoed that sentiment.

" ... I let him know that I'm excited to play with him, as I know a lot of guys are, but he seems equally as excited about this new challenge, this new chapter in life."

So, what about that jersey number?

Godwin said Brady didn't mention whether he'd want to take No. 12 from the wide receiver or choose his own number. But it sounds like the 24-year-old is only letting go of No. 12 if asked.

"If he doesn't want it and he's not making a big deal out of it, I'm definitely going to keep it," Godwin said. "But we'll see how that goes. Just out of respect for what he's done, what he's accomplished and the career he's built for himself, you've kind of got to lean into that respect."

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Considering Brady has an entire brand (TB12 Sports) built around his number with the Patriots, we'd imagine he and Godwin will work something out.

Sartorial preferences aside, Godwin seems thrilled to play with Brady, who had a (relative) down year in 2019 at age 42 but in Godwin's mind still brings a lot to the table.

"The possibilities are endless," Godwin said of Brady leading Tampa Bay's offense. "Just having a guy that is not only as accomplished as he is, but as smart as he is, being able to come in and just be a personable guy.

"He seems very open to helping guys learn, and that's what I'm here for."

If Brady can get Godwin, Pro Bowler Mike Evans and tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate on the same page, the Bucs might make serious noise in the NFC this season.

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers reveals his goal entering 2020 NFL season

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers reveals his goal entering 2020 NFL season

The New England Patriots need a young wide receiver to step and play at a higher level in 2020, and one of the best candidates is Jakobi Meyers.

Meyers went undrafted in 2019 out of North Carolina State and performed well enough in training camp and the preseason to earn a spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster. 

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What is Meyers hoping to accomplish in his second pro season?

"Mentally, I want to be levels ahead of where I was last year," Meyers told Patriots.com writer Paul Perillo. "Understanding not only what we're doing but also why we're doing it. Earning trust to make the right play. I want to build on last year. It was a nice stepping stone, but I want to keep building and growing."

Meyers knows his job is not guaranteed, and he's very motivated to prove to the Patriots that he again deserves a roster spot.

"I feel like I will be a lot further ahead," Meyers said. "I didn't know if I'd even make the team or what role I might have or where I'd be playing. I still have chip on my shoulder, like will I even be here? I'm staying ready for my name to be called. I need to make sure I give them a reason to keep me around."

For Meyers to take the next step he must be more consistent.

The 23-year-old wideout had consecutive games with multiple receptions only twice as a rookie, and he tallied only one catch in five of the 11 games he played. Overall, Meyers totaled 26 receptions for 359 yards and zero touchdowns in 2019.

One reason to be confident in Meyers' ability to make a stronger impact in the Patriots offense next season is Jarrett Stidham. The 2019 fourth-round draft pick likely will be the team's starting quarterback following Tom Brady's departure in free agency, and he and Meyers had a good chemistry during the preseason. Of course, it's important not to take too much away from preseason action, but these two players built a strong rapport last August

Injuries to veteran wide receivers Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu played a large part in the Patriots' offensive struggles over the second half of the 2019 season. If Edelman and Sanu come back healthy, and a young wideout such as Meyers or N'Keal Harry make a sophomore leap, New England's offense has a chance to be surprisingly good in 2020.

McCourty twins put Drew Brees on blast after Saints QB's protest comments

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McCourty twins put Drew Brees on blast after Saints QB's protest comments

Drew Brees' first public comments in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last week have drawn a strong reaction from players across the NFL, including members of the New England Patriots.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback did an interview with Yahoo! Finance that was posted Wednesday, and when asked about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America, Brees made it clear he's not in favor of that gesture.

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“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees told Yahoo!. "Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. ..."

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 was the first NFL player to protest by kneeling during the national anthem, and many other players have done so since.

The official Twitter account of Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty posted a tweet in response to Brees' remarks, calling them "a disgrace."

The McCourty twins weren't the only athletes reacting to Brees' comments on social media. Many others did, too, including two of Brees' wide receiver teammates, Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.