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Former Patriots CB Tyrone Poole to appear on "American Ninja Warrior"

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Former Patriots CB Tyrone Poole to appear on "American Ninja Warrior"

Apparently winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004 did not quench the athletic thirst of former cornerback Tyrone Poole.

Poole will be taking his talents to television, as the 47-year-old recently announced on Twitter he will be competing on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" television show. His run will air on June 5th.

American Ninja Warrior is an intense, televised obstacle course competition, in which contestants' brute strength, speed, and agility are tested.

Poole says his dedication to staying in shape helped both during his Patriots tenure, and in his preparation for American Ninja Warrior.

"I remember when I first got to the Patriots, I sat down in Coach [Bill] Belichick's office, and I said, 'Coach, I've been training in Atlanta,'" Tyrone recalled to Patriots.com. "Bill said, 'We already know about you. I'm not worried about you in that area.' Even the trainer, he would tell me to go home. 'Tyrone, go home. You're doing too much.' I've always been into training."

If one hopes to do well on ANW, training is certainly required.

Poole trained at Ninja Quest, a gym that trains "ninja warriors," and said the training reminded him of his childhood.

"When we were kids we swing from one rod or rope to the next. When I went to Ninja Quest, [owner Glenn Davis] and some of his workers there began to familiarize me back with my childhood," he said. "This is how you want to swing and grab. There’s a technique in it. it still centers around principles of body structure and becoming familiar with your childhood."

While fans may have to wait until June 5th to see Poole's performance, Poole himself will be taking to obstacle course very soon, as his actual run will take place this weekend.

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Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.