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Goat hair for the GOAT: Brady gets OBJ's special cleats

Goat hair for the GOAT: Brady gets OBJ's special cleats

Now, this is a gift truly fitting for the GOAT.

Following Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady caught up with the Dawgs' supestar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who gave him a one-of-a-kind pair of cleats made with goat hair. Yes, the animal, not the six-time Super Bowl champ.

Not bad, eh? It was enough to make at least one of OBJ's teammates jealous:

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Patriots-Chiefs Preview From Tom E. Curran: Can they keep up with KC?

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Patriots-Chiefs Preview From Tom E. Curran: Can they keep up with KC?

Here are some stark numbers. In their past five games going back to their win over the Browns, the Patriots have scored touchdowns just twice in eight goal-to-go situations. In each of the past three games, they’ve failed on their only trips in close. In the red zone over their past five games, they are 8-for-19 scoring touchdowns when they get in the red zone including 2-for-3 last week. They are at 48.98 in red-zone scoring for the season, 24th.  They’ve scored eight offensive touchdowns in the past five games and two of those came late last week when they were swimming upstream against the Texans. 

The point? The Patriots aren’t generating points and this week they go against a Kansas City team which is well-stocked and always a threat to drop 30. Can the Patriots offense keep pace if the New England defense is merely respectable as it was last week against Houston? Or do the Patriots need to get the Chiefs muzzled to have a shot?

 

Report: With Folk back at kicker, Patriots release DT Huggins

Report: With Folk back at kicker, Patriots release DT Huggins

Albert Huggins' stay in New England, which he chronicled on Instagram earlier this week, will apparently be a short one.

Maybe.

To make room on the roster after the re-signing of kicker Nick Folk, Huggins, the defensive tackle claimed off waivers earlier this week from the Philadelphia Eagles was released, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

However, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that there may be a practice-squad spot available for Huggins, so perhaps his Instagram video wasn't for naught. 

Folk is one of four kickers the Patriots have employed this season, three of them after the season-ending injury to Stephen Gostkowski. Folk was released after having an emergency appendectomy that kept him out of the game last week in Houston. Kai Forbath was signed, becoming kicker No. 4 in 2019, then released after that game.

Folk worked out Friday and was deemed healthy enough to return. He's 7-for-9 on field-goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra points in three games for New England. 

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