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First-round pick N'Keal Harry moving gingerly at Patriots practice

First-round pick N'Keal Harry moving gingerly at Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- Sometimes it's hard to gauge exactly how healthy a player might be when the media-availability period at practice is brief. Now that training camp is over, they're all brief. But what we saw from N'Keal Harry on Monday looked like a player who needs a little more time before he's ready to play.

The rookie first round pick was jogging gingerly toward the end of New England's stretching-and-warmup period, moving at a noticeably lighter pace than the receivers around him, including recently-activated wideout Josh Gordon. 

Harry was injured on two separate occasions in Detroit earlier this month. First, it appeared as though he suffered some type of injury to the back of his leg -- forcing him out of a joint-practice session briefly. Harry was healthy enough to return to that practice and then play in that week's preseason game, but he appeared to suffer an injury when one of his cleats was caught in the turf on the second of his two catches against the Lions at Ford Field. 

Harry has been limited at practice ever since and he has not participated in preseason games against the Titans and Panthers.

The Patriots could use all the healthy bodies they could get this time of year. Especially at that position. There are question marks abound at receiver for Tom Brady and the Patriots with Harry banged up, Gordon's reinstatement being conditional, Jakobi Meyers still going through some rookie growing pains, and Demaryius Thomas admitting that his explosiveness comes and goes as he returns from an Achilles injury.

We only got a quick look at Harry on Monday, and just because he looked less than 100 percent doesn't mean he won't be ready when the season begins. 

But we're getting closer to the portion of the schedule that matters, and he's missed meaningful practice reps. That almost three weeks have passed since Harry played in Detroit and he still doesn't look all that confident moving around in slow-paced practice periods isn't ideal.

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Tom Brady: 'Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms'

Tom Brady: 'Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms'

The New England Patriots are facing a lot of uncertainty this offseason as Tom Brady will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.

At this point in time, it's unclear what he will be doing. And Brady isn't giving any hints ahead of his mid-March decision.

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Brady recently addressed his future in an interview on Westwood One radio and said that he will embrace the future "with open arms."

"I am open-minded about the process and at the same time I love playing football and want to continue to play and do a great job," Brady said. "I am looking to what is ahead. Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms."

Patriots fans won't be encouraged by this seemingly non-committal answer, as it seems that there is a legitimate chance Brady will leave. This is especially true considering the rumors that Brady is planning on hearing pitches from opposing teams this offseason.

Still, there's a chance that Brady returns to Foxboro. But as long as he keeps his preferences close to the vest, there will be uncertainty surrounding the Patriots starting quarterback position.

Why Patriots center David Andrews is rooting for the Titans in the AFC Championship

Why Patriots center David Andrews is rooting for the Titans in the AFC Championship

Fans of the New England Patriots may be conflicted about whether to root for the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. They are coached by former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, but they also knocked the Patriots out in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

But regardless of how fans feel, there is one member of the Patriots who will be pulling for the Titans on Sunday. And that's center David Andrews.

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Andrews, who spent all of the 2019 season on IR with blood clots in his lungs, is rooting for one of his college teammates and closest friends, Titans center Ben Jones.

"Watching him have success is really special," Andrews said of Jones to ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I'm pulling for him all the way."

Andrews spoke about how close that he and Jones became during his recruiting process. And Andrews described Jones as a mentor to him.

"When I was in high school, I remember a lot of people said, 'You're too small to play at Georgia.' But then came Ben, and he wasn't much bigger than me, and I really looked up to him," said Andrews, per Reiss.

"When I was getting recruited, he was always great. I would go see him and he'd let me hang out with him. He'd give me leftover Georgia gear that I could wear around my high school and think I was pretty cool. Then once I got to Georgia, he really took me under his wing. Ben was always a sounding board for me -- people called us father and son because we acted a lot alike."

Jones clearly did a good job helping Andrews to develop. Despite his lacking size, Andrews has been one of the NFL's most consistent centers when healthy. And though Ted Karras filled in well in place of Andrews this past season, the team still missed their solid interior blocker.

It's easy to see why Andrews is rooting for his friend and perhaps Jones and the Titans will pull off a third consecutive upset. We'll soon find out who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl as Jones' Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs will square off for the conference title on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m.