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Daniel Jeremiah: Patriots could trade up for a tight end

Daniel Jeremiah: Patriots could trade up for a tight end

The 2019 NFL Draft is under a week away, and the New England Patriots will likely be adding to their offense during the event. After losing several offensive weapons, including tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement, the team seems to be focused on getting more weapons for Tom Brady. And it seems that they could move up to target some of the best ones in this draft class.

In his pre-draft conference call, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah spoke about the potential first-round picks at the tight end position, T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant. Jeremiah thinks that both will be top 20 picks and said that the Patriots could be in a play for either if they trade-up.

I would think if either one of the Iowa tight ends started to drop and drift a little bit that would be one phone call away for the Patriots to go get them.

Jeremiah also mentioned Irv Smith Jr. as a potential option for New England, but he's not a player the team would likely trade up for in the first round.

Given the needs that the Patriots have at the tight end position, this would be a sensible move. The team has only added Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse this offseason while losing Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. So, adding an early-round draft pick with starter potential should strengthen that position.

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Also, the Patriots are armed with 12 picks this year, so they will be able to move around the board at will, as they typically do. If either Hockenson or Fant slips, seeing the Patriots trade up from the No. 32 pick to grab them would definitely fill a big hole.

In a mock draft from earlier this month, our own Phil Perry actually had the Patriots trading up for Hockenson. To see what it would take to make that kind of a move, click here.

It's also worth noting that the Patriots brought in Fant for a pre-draft visit. We'll have to wait and see if anything comes of this, but it seems that their interest in him is legitimate.

Click here for Phil Perry's latest mock draft with the Pats trading down>>>

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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