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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.

Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

Why Bucs' uniform reveal was a bit awkward for Tom Brady, Chris Godwin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enlisted their star wide receiver to help unveil their sharp new uniforms.

Makes sense, right? It did ... until Tom Brady showed up.

Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin joined linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David to model new threads for 2020 that the team revealed Tuesday in a hype video.

The one issue: Godwin is wearing No. 12 in the video -- the same No. 12 he allowed Brady to take when the former New England Patriots quarterback signed with Tampa Bay in free agency.

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This discrepancy didn't go unnoticed on Twitter, which let the Bucs have it over their mix-up:

The blowback was enough for the Bucs to set the record straight: They filmed this hype video before Brady signed, and before Godwin had switched to No. 14.

This checks out, as all photos on the team's website feature Godwin rocking No. 14 in the new uniform.

We don't know how long ago the video was filmed, but the fact that Godwin appears wearing No. 12 is a good indicator the Bucs really weren't serious suitors for Brady until the final few days before free agency.

It sounds like there's no hard feelings between Godwin and Brady over the jersey change, though -- and both No. 12 and No. 14 should sell very well on the team's website.

 

Here's your first look at Tom Brady's new Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys

Here's your first look at Tom Brady's new Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys

Many New England Patriots fans probably never envisioned they'd see Tom Brady wearing the jersey of another NFL team, but that sight will soon become a reality.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brady in free agency to a two-year contract worth up to $59 million. It was a huge move for a franchise that's largely been irrelevant since winning its only Super Bowl championship during the 2002 season.

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The Bucs announced a while back they would have new jerseys for the 2020 season, and on Tuesday, Tampa Bay made its much-anticipated unveiling of those uniforms. Here's what Brady's three jerseys in 2020 will look like. They are now available for purchase on the Bucs' team store.

Brady changed teams, but his number will stay the same. He'll continue to wear No. 12, which he used his entire 20-year career with the Patriots. Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin had No. 12 before Brady arrived, but he was kind of enough to let the six-time Super Bowl champion have it.

The unveiling of these new jerseys, which have drawn positive reviews so far, will only add to the excitement surrounding the Bucs' 2020 season. Brady's arrival has Tampa Bay fans thinking of a return to the Super Bowl, and oddsmakers already have pegged the Buccaneers as one of the early betting favorites.

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