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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes impresses Belichick with 'pretty much everything'

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes impresses Belichick with 'pretty much everything'

The Patriots will have to deal with one of football's most impressive young stars when the undefeated Chiefs bound into Gillette Stadium on Sunday night. 

Patrick Mahomes, in his second season after serving as the next-in-line to Alex Smith in 2017, was on pace to break Peyton Manning's single-season touchdown record going into Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He was as assassin from the pocket and a wizard on the run. 

Against the Jaguars, Mahomes came back to earth, throwing his first pick . . . and then his second not too long after. He finished the game with a rating of 62.7, but he threw for 313 yards, ran for a score, and helped the Chiefs to a 30-14 win. 

Bill Belichick said he knew the Patriots had no shot at drafting Mahomes since they were picking 61st, but they did scout him, they did evaluate him, and they may have to tap into every last morsel of information they have on Mahomes to prepare for that they'll see Week 6.

Asked what impressed him about Mahomes' game, Belichick's answer came quickly.

"Pretty much everything," he said. "Gets the ball to all of his receivers. Quick. Quick release. Sees things quickly. Can extend plays. Got a great arm. Got a fabulous arm. Throw the ball out of the stadium. Makes good decisions. Accurate. Gets the ball out on time."

You don't have to be a head coach in his fifth decade in the league to see that arm strength. Mahomes' arm has quickly been established as one of the best in football. Even his in throws in warmups have been deemed meme-worthy. 

"No matter where it goes it gets there pretty quickly," Belichick said. "But the farther a quarterback can throw it, the more you gotta defend. If the ball is on their 20-yard line you still gotta defend to the goal line against him. He can rip it."

The Patriots have been one of the best in the league at limiting explosive passing plays of 20 yards or more (14 on 205 pass plays, seven percent, is eighth-best in football), but they know they'll be as stressed as they've been all season when Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Sammy Watkins get to Foxboro. 

Linebackers coach and defensive play-caller Brian Flores had one word to describe Mahomes late last week: "Dynamic."

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Antonio Brown's release has approval of many in Patriots organization

Antonio Brown's release has approval of many in Patriots organization

Antonio Brown getting released on Friday apparently was a breath of fresh air for many within the Patriots organization.

New England parted ways with the troubled wide receiver on the same day intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers were leaked to the public. It was only the latest chapter in the seemingly neverending Antonio Brown saga, and the Patriots finally decided enough was enough.

According to Mike Giardi of NFL Network, the team cutting Brown was well received by the folks in Foxboro.

While some within the organization rejoiced upon hearing the news of Brown's release, quarterback Tom Brady showed support for his former wide receiver with a heartfelt message on Instagram.

Brown lasted only 11 days in New England and played in just one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. The 31-year-old had four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown in his lone appearance in a Pats uniform.

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The most embarrassing moments in Jets history

The most embarrassing moments in Jets history

Ah, the New York Jets.

Year in and year out, the Patriots' AFC East rival just can't seem to get out of its own way. The franchise has been defined by embarrassing miscues and headlines for decades now, and its on-field product certainly hasn't helped its cause.

With the Patriots preparing for a matchup against the Jets on Sunday, we figured it would be worth taking a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the most laughable moments in the organization's history. In no particular order, here they are in all of their glory. . .