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Dont'a Hightower has great reaction to Jamie Collins' reported Patriots return

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Dont'a Hightower has great reaction to Jamie Collins' reported Patriots return

The New England Patriots' linebacker group was bolstered Wednesday by the signing of Jamie Collins.

Collins was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played a little more than three years in New England before the team traded him to the Cleveland Browns during the 2016 season.

The 29-year-old veteran is back with the Patriots, and one of his linebacker teammates, Dont'a Hightower, is pumped about it. This was his reaction on Twitter after the news broke:

Hightower and Collins spent more than three seasons as teammates in New England and won Super Bowl XLIX together.

Collins tallied 104 tackles with four sacks and four passes defensed in 16 games for the Browns last season. It was the first time he played a full 16-game season since his rookie campaign in 2013, and he reached the 100 total tackle mark for the first time since 2014.

There's no guarantee Collins will be a difference-maker next season, or that he'll even make the 53-man roster out of training camp, but his addition is a smart low-risk move for a Patriots team that's lost several key pieces over the offseason.

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Julian Edelman laughs it up with Stephen Colbert in 'Late Show' appearance

Julian Edelman laughs it up with Stephen Colbert in 'Late Show' appearance

Julian Edelman visited the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday night and the Super Bowl MVP brought his three Super Bowl rings with him.

As Colbert handled the jewelry, he noted the size and heft of the rings and joked, "Do you need to go to the gym or do you just curl with these?"

The Patriots wide receiver was promoting his Showtime documentary, "100%: Julian Edelman" and when asked which ring was his favorite, he borrowed a line from his quarterback, and answers, as Tom Brady usually does, "the next one."

There was no beer-chugging (although we've seen that Edelman knows his way around thator strawberry-eating as in Brady's "Late Show" appearance, but Edelman also discussed meeting Brady as a rookie in 2009, and borrowing another Brady phrase, talked about how multi-functional the words "Let's Go!' have become for him and his teammates.

A discussion of Edelman's Jewish faith ended with him accepting a special gift signifying that from Colbert, a "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" kippa, the traditional Jewish headwear.

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms ranks Tom Brady No. 9 - yes, ninth, among current quarterbacks. Tom E. Curran - very politely - demands an explanation.

3:00 - Chris Simms breaks down why he ranked Tom Brady as the ninth-best QB in the NFL right now.

4:00 - Why is Patrick Mahomes ranked higher than Tom Brady?

8:30 - Tom and Chris debate whether it is Bill Belichick or Tom Brady who makes the Patriots successful.

10:00 - How is Matt Ryan ahead of Brady in Simms’ list?

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