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Former Patriots WR Chris Hogan signs with Carolina Panthers

Former Patriots WR Chris Hogan signs with Carolina Panthers

The Patriots' skeleton crew of a wide receiving corps became even more razor thin on Friday, as former Patriots WR Chris Hogan has signed with the Carolina Panthers:

Hogan became a free agent following the 2018 season.

Hogan came to the Patriots in 2016 from the Buffalo Bills, and had reached the Super Bowl in each of his three seasons with New England.

Hogan was a solid contributor for the team, with 35 receptions in 2018, 34 in 2017 despite only appearing in 9 games, and 38 in 2016.

The Patriot turned Panther certainly had some spectacular catches during his Patriots tenure.

Devin McCourty apparently took the news as an opportunity to chirp his former teammate:

While the Patriots essentially demonstrated their intent to move on from Hogan by not signing him, assuming Hogan would have returned to New England, the Pats' situation at wide receiver becomes all the more precarious. 

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Bill Belichick's update on Mohamed Sanu, Phillip Dorsett involved a Oujia board

Bill Belichick's update on Mohamed Sanu, Phillip Dorsett involved a Oujia board

FOXBORO -- At least Bill Belichick is getting creative in his non-answers.

The New England Patriots head coach was asked Friday morning if he has a sense about the statuses of wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett, who both are dealing with injuries that threaten to hold them out of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"I have a sense, yeah," Belichick responded with a grin.

"We'll share it when the injury report comes out after practice. We'll make sure you get a copy."

Before reporters could ask a follow-up question, Belichick felt the need to defend his non-update.

"No point in guessing on them," he said of Sanu and Dorsett. "Might as well go out in practice and see what they can do and then make an accurate report.

"I'm not gonna sit here and try to Oujia board it here this morning and tell you how a guy is going to feel before he's gone out there and done anything. That would be irresponsible on my part."

Who had Belichick referencing Oujia boards on a Friday morning?

For those not well-versed in paranormal activities, a Oujia board is a flat board marked with numbers and letters that psychics and spiritualists use to communicate with ghosts or, in this case, read into the future.

While we don't know how this particular item popped into Belichick's head, we do know there was zero chance he would provide an update on Sanu or Dorsett prior to Friday's practice.

Our Tom E. Curran recently reported that Sanu, who didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, is dealing with a high ankle sprain that may sideline him for a week or more.

Dorsett, who's dealing with a concussion he suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles, returned to practice Thursday, but his status remains unclear.

Don't look to Belichick and his Oujia board for answers. 

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Julian Edelman responds to Antonio Brown-to-Patriots rumor with company line

Julian Edelman responds to Antonio Brown-to-Patriots rumor with company line

Julian Edelman apparently took notes from Tom Brady's interview Thursday night.

The morning after Brady deflected a question about Antonio Brown's possible return to the New England Patriots, Edelman was asked about the same subject Friday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

Specifically: Is there any part of you that wants to see Brown back in a Patriots uniform this season?

"I don’t make personnel decisions," Edelman said, via WEEI.com. "My focus is entirely on the Dallas Cowboys.”

“We’ve got a huge game this week, this is a team that is playing very well and is a team you don’t get to see. This is America’s team. Everyone grew up either loving or hating the Cowboys. So, that’s where my focus is at."

Edelman's answer is right in line with that of his quarterback, who has repeatedly said that personnel decisions aren't up to him when asked about Brown or any other player with reported ties to the Patriots.

Brown spent just over two weeks as Edelman's teammate earlier this season before New England released him in September. The free-agent wide receiver -- whom the NFL is investigating for multiple allegations of sexual assault -- drummed up speculation about a Patriots return with a recent "apology" to team owner Robert Kraft on social media.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran is reporting the Patriots have no interest in bringing Brown back, though.

In any case, Edelman insists he's just keeping his head down -- to the point where he'll probably hear about any Patriots transaction just like the rest of us.

"I think that's the only way I find out," Edelman said when asked if he's ever learned about team news on social media. "We've got a department that handles that, and they do what's best for the team in their eyes, and we kind of just go out and play."

"There's been plenty of times when you look at the ticker and go, 'Oh, we signed that guy. Cool.' "

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