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Corey Dillon tired of Antonio Brown comparisons: 'I was a good teammate'

Corey Dillon tired of Antonio Brown comparisons: 'I was a good teammate'

When controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown signed with the Patriots, it invoked memories of Randy Moss and Corey Dillon coming to New England.

Dillon doesn't believe those comparisons are fair.

Before joining the Patriots in 2003, the running back often vocalized his displeasure with the Bengals organization and the team's struggles. At one point, Dillon even called out owner Mike Brown by saying, "we will never win with the Brown family in Cincinnati."

Outside of voicing his frustrations with losing, Dillon's record was clean. He wasn't nearly the controversial figure Brown has been and continues to be.

In an interview with Jay Morrison of The Athletic, Dillon discussed his disdain for being brought up as an example of players the Patriots have "fixed."

"They said the same about Rodney (Harrison). They said the same thing about Randy (Moss). They said the same thing about me," Dillon told The Athletic. "But you go down to Gillette Stadium, and you go in that building and ask the staff and the owners and the coaches and players about any one of us, they’d be the first one to tell you, “Oh, man, those guys were great teammates.” And I’m still in contact with a lot of the players I played with in Cincinnati.

"We talk. We chop it up. I think people got it wrong. I was a good teammate. It was just that me and management didn’t see eye to eye back then. So when these stories pop up about another player going to the Patriots, my name is one of the first ones they slap up there. Like I was some science project. Nah, buddy. It didn’t go down like that."

Needless to say, all of Dillon's complaints about losing came to an end when he became a Patriot. The four-time Pro Bowler rushed for 3,180 yards and 37 touchdowns during his three seasons in New England and was a huge contributor en route the team's Super Bowl 39 title.

While Dillon doesn't appreciate being lumped into the conversation with Brown, he hopes joining the Patriots will be just what the doctor ordered for the star wideout.

"The thing about AB, I’m praying for my brother," Dillon said. "I wish him well. It’s a perfect setup. All he has to do is go catch the football. All he has to do is show up and play and catch the football, and trust me, he will be knocking on a Super Bowl. It’s as easy as that. I’m happy for him. I’ll be watching that."

It remains to be seen how, or even if, Brown will contribute in New England. The 31-year-old was accused of sexual assault and rape in a federal lawsuit on Tuesday, and the NFL has informed the Patriots they will be investigating the matter.

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Patriots sign former Vikings defensive lineman to practice squad

Patriots sign former Vikings defensive lineman to practice squad

The New England Patriots are getting busy with practice squad transactions this week.

The Patriots announced Thursday they have signed defensive lineman Tashawn Bower to their practice squad.

Bower signed with the Vikings in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of LSU and spent the last three seasons in Minnesota.

He recorded one sack over a total of seven games for the Vikings over the 2017 and 2018 seasons but was placed on Minnesota's non-football injury list in July 2019 with a torn Achilles.

The Vikings waived Bower on October 15, and the 24-year-old was a free agent until Thursday.

The Celtics now have nine players on their practice squad after adding wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo to the group Wednesday.

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Patriots will play Dak Prescott amid best stretch of Cowboys QB's career

Patriots will play Dak Prescott amid best stretch of Cowboys QB's career

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott just played the best statistical game of his career, and that's not great for the New England Patriots, who host the NFC East leaders at Gillette Stadium in Sunday's Week 12 matchup.

Prescott completed 29 of 46 pass attempts for 444 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 35-27 win over the Detroit Lions. The fourth-year QB has averaged 366 yards per game with a total of nine touchdowns and two interceptions over the last three games. He's also completing 67.7 percent of his passes in 2019 and his 3,221 passing yards lead the league.

Prescott's impressive play is larger than a 4-game sample, though. Here are his stats over the last 16 games dating back to last season:

--69.3% comp pct
--104.8 passer rating 
--4,968 yards
--37 total TD
--12 INT
--8.5 YPA  
--11-5 W/L record

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave a glowing overview of Prescott's skill set Wednesday.

"Well we haven’t played him, so this is the first time we’ve played him. But right now, yeah, he’s super impressive," Belichick told reporters. "The way he’s going, might be more than that. Might hit six (thousand yards), I don’t know. This guy can throw the ball, he’s very accurate, he’s got great poise in the pocket, stands in there. He can extend plays and run if he has to, but he doesn’t do much of that unless he really needs to. He has great patience and poise, discipline in the pocket, gets his eyes down field. He’s a very good intermediate-to-deep ball-thrower.

"He’s got good weapons, but he’s been super impressive. Just, great, great quarterback – sideline throws, inside throws, in-cuts, posts, over routes, flag routes, you name it. Possession passes on third down, best third down team in the league, best passing team in the league, most big plays in the league – I mean, I don’t know where you want to start, they do it all. And, he does it all. He runs options, he runs read zones, keeps the ball in critical situations, tough guy to tackle, makes tough yards when he needs them, so he’s really good."

The Cowboys chose to give star running back Ezekiel Elliott a contract extension before the season and still haven't come to terms with Prescott. Elliott is a tremendous player, but the first 10 games have shown Dallas will only be as successful as Prescott. He is the Cowboys' most important player, and the Patriots' No. 1 ranked pass defense needs to slow him down or Dallas will have a good chance of leaving Gillette Stadium with a much-needed win.

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