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Former Patriot Danny Amendola reportedly signing with Detroit Lions

Former Patriot Danny Amendola reportedly signing with Detroit Lions

This isn't exactly the reunion that Patriots fans were hoping for coming into this week. 

Former Patriot Danny Amendola will reportedly be heading to Detroit to team up with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, per ESPN's Dianna Russini

As soon as Amendola was released by the Dolphins last week, rumors began to fly about a potential return to Foxborough. 

Most recently, it was reported yesterday that both the team and Amendola had mutual interest in bringing the veteran back to New England. 

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While that interest may have been real, it didn't make a difference in the end. Amendola will be heading up north to join up with Matt Stafford. He plans to sign a one-year deal worth up to $5.75 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports

Now that Amendola isn't available, the Patriots' wide receiver issue looms larger. His signing wouldn't have solved all of their depth issues at the position, but he knew the system and would've been another dependable pair of hands for Brady to rely on. 

As the offseason starts to get rolling, the team must search elsewhere in their quest for receiving depth while Amendola heads to the NFC. 

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Patriots' Tom Brady gives strong Hall of Fame endorsement for this Steelers legend

Patriots' Tom Brady gives strong Hall of Fame endorsement for this Steelers legend

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played against many talented safeties in his 20-year NFL career, and few were better at the position than Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu.

Polamalu is among the finalists for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. This is his first year on the ballot. The final vote will take place Saturday before Super Bowl LIV, and five of the 15 finalists will be selected for enshrinement.

Brady, who played against Polamalu six times, recently gave the safety a strong Hall of Fame endorsement in a statement released by the Steelers.

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“One key to success for a quarterback is to study a lot of film in order to understand defensive tendencies and know how the defense will try to defend everything you are trying to do as an offense," Brady said. "But that never worked against Troy. He was one of the most instinctive and disruptive players I have ever played against.

"Outside of his incredible athleticism, his greatest skill was his unpredictability. You could never quite get a bead on what he was doing, yet he was always around the ball. Troy was just a playmaker who you had to account for on every play. It was amazing to watch film on him and to try to understand how we knew where to be and when. If you wanted to find Troy, you just looked for where the ball was going and you would always find him.”

This type of praise from the NFL's greatest quarterback should bolster Polamalu's Hall of Fame case, which, even without Brady's comments, already was pretty strong.

Polamalu played 12 years for the Steelers, during which he appeared in 158 games and tallied 32 interceptions, 107 passes defensed, 783 tackles, 14 forced fumbles (seven recoveries), 12 sacks and three touchdowns. He also was a key member of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl-winning teams in 2005 and 2008.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft offers perspective on Kobe Bryant's death

Patriots owner Robert Kraft offers perspective on Kobe Bryant's death

Robert Kraft was just miles away from Kobe Bryant when the Los Angeles Lakers legend was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday.

The New England Patriots owner was in Los Angeles to attend the 2020 GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center, which Bryant called home for 20 NBA seasons.

Shortly after news broke that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif., Kraft offered his thoughts from the red carpet of the GRAMMYs.

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"I'm just shocked," Kraft told CBS-2 in Los Angeles. "It makes us all realize how we can’t take anything for granted. Make sure you give a special hug and kiss to everyone who's dear to you.

"Seeing his beautiful little beloved daughter, (who) is 13, and I know the pride he took in her. Here we are at Kobe’s home in the Staples Center. I had a chance to see him in one of his last games here and he was such a gentleman and great competitor."

Kraft shared a moment with Bryant after that game and in 2018 invited the Lakers star to the Patriots' organized team activities.

Kraft said he received texts and emails from roughly 50 people in the wake of Bryant's death, which prompted the Patriots owner to share a moment of reflection.

"For those of us who are privileged to wake up every day in good health and you have good family around you: Make sure you give them a special hug and kiss today," Kraft said.

" ... Everyone should just step back and think and count their blessings."

Several of Kraft's Patriots players, including quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman, shared similar sentiments on social media after Bryant's death.