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Dolphins trade for Cardinals QB Josh Rosen as potential Patriots target heads for AFC East

Dolphins trade for Cardinals QB Josh Rosen as potential Patriots target heads for AFC East

The Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals have completed a trade that will send Josh Rosen to Miami. ProFootballTalk first reported that the Dolphins would ship a second-round pick to the Cardinals in exchange for Rosen.

ESPN'S Adam Schefter later confirmed further details of the trade Friday night. 

In the wake of the Cardinals selecting Kyler Murray, Rosen was always expected to be traded during the draft. It was possible that they could hold onto him, but trading him made far more sense. The Dolphins had an obvious need at the quarterback position, but the New England Patriots were considered to be among the potential teams that could trade for Rosen.

UMass receiver Andy Isabella, who wound up being taken by Arizona in the deal, had also been on the Patriots radar. 

The Patriots don't have a successor for Tom Brady ready at the moment. Currently, they have Brian Hoyer and former seventh-round pick Danny Etling on the roster, but they were still expected to add some young talent at the position during the draft. They still could target a Day 2 passer, or may a Day 3 guy, but there were some arguments for them to go get Rosen, the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

However, the Patriots and Cardinals never appeared to have serious discussions about a trade. In fact, on draft day, it was reported that the Patriots and Cardinals hadn't spoken about a Rosen trade. So, while Rosen made sense, especially considering that the Patriots have 11 total picks in the next six rounds of the draft, he won't be coming to New England.

With Rosen landing with the Dolphins, the Patriots will face him twice a year. The trade also ensures that the AFC East will contain three quarterbacks that were first-round picks in 2018, as Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen all went in the top 10 picks of that draft.

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Aaron Rodgers has great response to critics of Patriots QB Tom Brady

Aaron Rodgers has great response to critics of Patriots QB Tom Brady

Some of the criticism thrown at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is just silly.

The most famous hot take on Brady's alleged decline came in the summer of 2016 when Max Kellerman said on ESPN's "First Take" that Brady would soon "fall off a cliff." Well, in the three years since Kellerman's bold remark, Brady has won two more Super Bowl titles (in three appearances) and an MVP award. 

Sometimes, you just have to laugh at these critics.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted to doing that during his appearance Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." Here's the exchange:

Question: Do you look at Brady the way we all do? Like, what the hell? He's 42, what the hell, Aaron.

Rodgers: "I do. I think I laugh with him a little bit when they replay some of the remarks, especially after that Chiefs game I think a lot of us remember from (2014) when the Chiefs kind of blew them out on a Sunday or Monday night and everyone was (saying), 'This is it. Brady's done. The Pats are done.' You look at what they've done since then. That's the beauty at times in this sport and playing, for him, at obviously such a high level. Sometimes you're looking around and you're like, 'Man, maybe I need some inspiration this week,' and having something like that to go back to whenever you want. People are just waiting for him to like regress, and it's like, it's not happening. Not happening. But the first time he has a game he doesn't throw three (touchdowns), it's gonna be like, 'Here it is. Here's the beginning.' And sure enough, there's a little more ammo for him to be like, 'What you say? Oh yeah? OK, cool. I'm going back to the Super Bowl.'" 

Rodgers has faced his own share of criticism over the last few years as the Packers have struggled to find playoff success, so he has a bit of an understanding of what Brady has dealt with over the last decade or so.

Brady and Rodgers went head-to-head last season for just the second time, and the Patriots prevailed in a 31-17 win at Gillette Stadium. It's possible that meeting was the last one before Brady retires, unless of course they square off in the Super Bowl.

And, judging by the way the Patriots and Packers have played through two games this season, a Brady-Rodgers showdown in Super Bowl LIV certainly is a possibility.

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Tom Brady trails only one player in latest 2019 NFL MVP betting odds

Tom Brady trails only one player in latest 2019 NFL MVP betting odds

The New England Patriots offense looks like a juggernaut through the first two weeks of the 2019 season, but there's still one player with better odds than Tom Brady to win NFL MVP.

The Patriots quarterback has thrown for 605 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions over two games. He's also completing 68.8 percent of his passes and has a near-perfect passer rating against blitzes.

These stats are impressive, but he still trails Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in several stat categories. Mahomes also happens to be the clear early favorite among oddsmakers to win the league's MVP award.

Here are the latest MVP odds from Caesars Palace:

Mahomes leads the NFL with 821 passing yards, and his eight touchdowns are tied for the league lead. The Chiefs, like the Patriots, are 2-0 after a pair of dominant performances.

The Chiefs quarterback won the Associated Press NFL MVP last season, and we haven't see a repeat winner of this award since Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009. Brady last won in 2017 and has three AP MVPs on his resumé.

Both Brady and Mahomes will be top MVP candidates throughout the season, and the outcome of the Week 14 showdown between the Patriots and Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in December could play a meaningful role in the final voting. 

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