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Does Antonio Brown have a new (and permanent) number with Patriots?

Does Antonio Brown have a new (and permanent) number with Patriots?

Antonio Brown's second day at Patriots practice brought another change for New England's newest wide receiver.

After wearing No. 1 in his first practice Wednesday, Brown took the field outside Gillette Stadium on Thursday wearing No. 17.

NFL wide receivers must wear a number between 10 and 19 or 80 and 89, so Brown could legally wear No. 17 for New England after switching from the inegible No. 1.

Patriots tight end Ben Watson has No. 84, which Brown previously wore with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders.

Brown would be the first Patriots player to wear No. 17 since Riley McCarron in 2018. Wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Chad Jackson also wore No. 17 during their underwhelming tenures in New England.

It's still unclear whether Brown will play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins following a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by his former trainer, who has accused Brown of rape and sexual assault.

The 31-year-old wideout has denied the allegations through his lawyer and agent and reportedly plans to countersue his accuser.

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Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft was a unique one for the New England Patriots, along with the rest of the league.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was held virtually and brought along an entirely new set of challenges for organizations. Fortunately, the draft went on without a hitch and was a major success.

Friday, the Patriots released a behind-the-scenes video of their virtual draft that is a fascinating watch for fans.

Watch below:


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We could have used more of Bill Belichick's dog Nike, who was the star of the draft, but still a cool video nonetheless. It just goes to show how much work is put in behind the scenes, and how great of a job each NFL organization did to make it as smooth as possible.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.