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Is Demaryius Thomas a possibility for the Patriots?

Is Demaryius Thomas a possibility for the Patriots?

Yes, the Patriots are light at wide receiver. Yes, it makes sense they'd be on the lookout for help, especially for the first four weeks when Julian Edelman is serving his four-game PED suspension.

Well, how would Demaryius Thomas strike you?

At least one person -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio -- thinks there's a chance the five-time Pro Bowl wideout winds up in Foxboro:

"Here's a name to keep an eye on," Florio told NBC Sports colleague Peter King today. "Now there may be nothing to this whatsoever, but I've detected just a weird sense coming out of Denver as it relates to Demaryius Thomas. He's a guy that was drafted by [Patriots offensive coordinator] Josh McDaniels (when McDaniels was the Broncos' head coach), he's a guy who ultimately could be available, $8 1/2 million (in salary for 2018). We've seen [Broncos executive vice-president and general manager] John Elway do this, where he'll squeeze a guy very, very late, maybe try to trade him, and if that all else fails, out he goes like T.J. Ward last year.

"But with the young receivers there, Courtland Sutton for example, if these guys can develop and Elway looks at it and says, '8 1/2 million, that's too much to pay,' it would not shock me if a guy like Thomas ends up joining [New England's] depth chart. [It's] late in the game, but still in time to make an impact with the Patriots."

King doesn't necessarily agree -- he doesn't see Thomas leaving Denver before the start of the season -- but he admits: "Nothing will shock me with John Elway at all."

So stay tuned.

Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts" against the New England Patriots defense during the first half of Monday night's 33-0 loss.

Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the ESPN broadcast showed him on the sideline making the surprising admission.

The 22-year-old quarterback explained what he meant by the ghosts comment, telling reporters after the game, "When I talk to the coaches, I've just got to be straight up. For me, I've just got to see the field a lot better, that's kinda what that means. It was a rough night out there. Obviously, I've got to be better and learn from the mistakes, but we will get better."

Darnold definitely didn't see the field well at all. He threw four interceptions, and each one happened as a result of a horrible throw/decision. The USC product also completed just 11 of his 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns.

In fairness to Darnold, the Patriots have made many quarterbacks look pretty bad this season, but his performance Monday was a new low. Darnold had a 3.7 passer rating, which is the lowest mark by an opposing quarterback against the Patriots in Bill Belichick's 21-year tenure as the team's head coach.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters that Darnold "learned a lot (Monday night)." He's certainly not wrong.

The next step for Darnold is taking this experience and using it to correct the weaknesses in his game that are holding him back from being a top-tier NFL quarterback.

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Patriots' Kyle Van Noy has priceless reaction to Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' admission

Patriots' Kyle Van Noy has priceless reaction to Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' admission

Halloween isn't until next week, but the New England Patriots defense put quite a scare into New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 7.

The Pats defense confused, rattled and knocked down Darnold throughout Monday night's game at MetLife Stadium. The second-year QB finished with 11 completions on 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. He also lost a fumble.

Darnold was mic'd up for ESPN's broadcast, and during the first half, the network played sound of the Jets quarterback on the sideline admitting "I'm seeing ghosts."

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who recovered Darnold's fumble in the second quarter, couldn't believe the 22-year-old quarterback actually said he was seeing ghosts.

"Oh, he did? Oh, man," Van Noy said when told of Darnold's comments. "That's the boogeymen. It's real."

Van Noy interrupted the next question to ask "(Darnold) really said that? Oh man. That's crazy for him to say that. That makes it real, you know what I'm saying? That's crazy. I mean, I can't believe he said that ... I'm lost for words for a second. But I think it's just a testament to how well we're playing, to be honest. We played really well tonight; I'm happy about it."

The Patriots linebackers call themselves the "Boogeymen", and they lived up to that nickname Monday night. Darnold finished with a horrendous 3.7 passer rating -- the lowest against the Patriots in a single game since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000.

Darnold made comments earlier in the week about finding a weakness in the Patriots defense. He also noted "they're not unbeatable." Clearly, the Patriots heard these remarks and were determined to make Darnold's life miserable.

Mission accomplished for Van Noy and the Patriots defense.

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