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Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins 'felt comfortable' with Patriots at NFL Combine

Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins 'felt comfortable' with Patriots at NFL Combine

The New England Patriots have a reputation for asking the tough questions at the NFL Scouting Combine. And the 2020 combine has been no different.

So far this season, the Patriots have asked questions about how a quarterback would feel replacing Tom Brady and they also critiqued a prospect for having a "loser's mentality" during one of their interviews.

It's easy to understand why some would be intimidated by the Patriots' questions. They have a no-nonsense approach and look at very specific traits and qualities that fit to build their culture. And that can rub some the wrong way.

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But not Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins. He actually enjoyed his time with the Patriots and he said that he felt comfortable with the Patriots staffers he talked to.

“I like those guys [the Patriots], they’re real cool and relaxing, they make me feel comfortable,” Higgins said per Patriots Wire's Henry McKenna. “Some coaches can be all intimidating and get you on the books right away, but they just talked to me and got me comfortable.”

That's certainly a good sign that Higgins was able to mesh with the Patriots staffers some quickly. Of course, it doesn't mean that the team is going to select him, but he would fill a need at receiver and if he did as well in the meeting as he believes he did, he will surely earn consideration from the team.

Higgins checked in at 6-foot-4, 216 pounds at the NFL Combine and is expected to be an early-round pick in April. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared him to A.J. Green thanks to his length, size, and ball skills.

In his final year at Clemson, Higgins caught 59 passes for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ran the ball once and turned into a 36-yard touchdown. All were career-high numbers.

Terry Bradshaw doesn't think Tom Brady is the 'GOAT,' cites 3 better QBs

Terry Bradshaw doesn't think Tom Brady is the 'GOAT,' cites 3 better QBs

Well, we can't say we're surprised with Terry Bradshaw's latest comments regarding former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Pittsburgh Steelers legend doesn't believe Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, which is fine, but he cited three surprising QBs who he believes are better... and, well, see for yourself. 

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"I don't think he's the greatest quarterback of all-time," Bradshaw said during an interview with 93.7 The Fan, as transcribed by Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports. "It's hard to say. He may be the best quarterback we've had in the last 30 years. Is he better than [Roger] Staubach? No. Is he better than Dan Fouts? No. Dan Marino? No. I'm talking talent-wise when you're putting all of it together. 

"Does he have more Super Bowls than anybody? Yes. Therefore, he's the best. I absolutely have no problem saying it. If you've got the most Super Bowls, you can be in there, but I don't put anybody as the greatest of all-time. Is he better than Montana? Not in my opinion. Is he better than Drew Brees? Yeah, maybe."

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The six-time Super Bowl champion has received plenty of media coverage and attention since leaving the Patriots after 20 years and Bradshaw continued to say that he's sick of it, according to DeArdo.

This isn't the first time Bradshaw has taken a shot at Brady either. The NFL on FOX analyst couldn't believe Brady left New England high and dry last month to go to the Buccaneers saying "I don’t know what the hell Tom’s doing."

Obviously the debate about who the "GOAT" is will never end, but when we're discussing the career that Brady has had, he's definitely up there with the likes of Marino, Staubach and Montana.

Patriots Talk Podcast: Stephen Gostkowski names best kick of his Patriots career

Patriots Talk Podcast: Stephen Gostkowski names best kick of his Patriots career

Between the regular season and playoffs, Stephen Gostkowski played in 232 games with the New England Patriots from 2006-19. He converted 418 field goal attempts over that span.

But which of those 418 kicks stands out to Gostkowski above the rest?

The ex-Pats kicker, who was released by the team last month after spending most of the 2019 season on injured reserve, answered that question in a recent episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

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Gostkowski didn't hesitate with his answer. The 36-year-old says his 41-yarder to seal the deal in Super Bowl 53 vs. the Los Angeles Rams is the most memorable of his Patriots career.

"Definitely the one to finish off the Rams," Gostkowski answered. "I mean, that was the most meaningful for me just because, you know, it wasn't the game-winner but it definitely sealed the game. Having missed a kick in a few Super Bowls, you kind of start to feel like 'aw man, am I ever going to get a chance?'

A great choice, especially since Gostkowski bounced back that game after missing his first field goal attempt.

Gostkowski explained how kicks at the beginning of games have been more difficult for him than attempts in the middle or at the end of games.

"The hardest part of kicking is trying to find that impactful kick in a season or a game, and it's so much out of your control. The more that you can focus on just trying to make every kick, the easier it is," Gostkowski said. "I always felt the most comfortable at the end of the games. Especially tight ones because you're in the game, you're in the flow of the game. Sometimes the hardest kicks for me were maybe the first kick of the game where I haven't played yet or I haven't been out there."

Gostkowski also discussed what he's been up to while quarantining, what his future holds, Tom Brady's departure from the Patriots, and much more. Check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or on YouTube.