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Cooks thanks Patriots for AFC championship ring in Instagram post

Cooks thanks Patriots for AFC championship ring in Instagram post

While Brandin Cooks' tenure with the Patriots was a short one, he's still "forever grateful" for his opportunity to play in New England.

The wide receiver thanked the Patriots while showing off his AFC championship ring in an Instagram post.

Cooks was huge in the AFC Championship Game, racking up six receptions for 100 yards in the Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars.

The Pats traded Cooks to the Rams in April in a package that sent a first-round draft pick to New England, which turned into offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.

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NFL Films' feature shows Belichick's tender side and yes, fashion sense

NFL Films' feature shows Belichick's tender side and yes, fashion sense

Bill Belichick - famously outfitted in a ragged hoodie with cutoff sleeves - dispensing fashion advice?

It happened long ago in Cleveland and it's actually a touching story that's part of the NFL Films' feature "Son of Zeus" about Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr.

Brown's father, Orlando, who died in 2011, played for Belichick with the Browns. The coach recalled the story of Brown's rookie year when Belichick ordered his players to wear jackets and ties on all road trips and as the first one approached, Brown came to his coach with a problem. Watch the clip below:   

The gruff coach's seldom-seen tender - and funny - side is on display. And he can look good in a suit and tie, too.

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Mehta on why Gronk's done; Curran on end of the Pats' dynasty

Quick Slants The Podcast: Mehta on why Gronk's done; Curran on end of the Pats' dynasty

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta on why Gronk is done and his days with Patriots are numbered; NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran on the Pats Dynasty 2.0 coming to an end.

1:45 - Patriots are at the end of the second run of their dynasty. Tom E. Curran explains how the 2.0 version of the dynasty is starting to come to an end.

5:05 - What will this group look like when the Patriots have to rebuild?

6:40 - Is this situation what the Patriots and Tom Brady wanted and expected?

9:30 - Going forward, Patriots have some tough decisions to make on several players.

10:51 - Twitter feedback on Curran’s column about the Patriots dynasty 

13:10 - Manish Mehta from the New York Daily News joins Quick Slants the Podcast to discuss his column where he said it is all but over for Gronk and his days are numbered with New England.

16:50 - Mehta on Gronk's injuries: "His body is toast"

19:15 - Mehta says that Gronk will not be playing on the Patriots next season.

21:05 - Where does Gronk rank as an all-time iconic NFL player?

23:55 - Which quarterback would the Patriots rather see on Sunday - Sam Darnold or Josh McCown?

26:00 - Mehta on if the Jets will fire Todd Bowles after the season.

29:31 - Any chance Josh McDaniels goes to the Jets?

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