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Here are the new hats that Patriots' 2019 draft picks will wear

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Here are the new hats that Patriots' 2019 draft picks will wear

For many future NFL stars, their careers in the NFL begin with walking up on stage at the draft, receiving the hat of their new team, and shaking hands with the NFL commissioner. 

The hat part will look different in 2019.

Here's a look at the 32 new hats that will be making their debut in a few weeks' time.

The Patriots' draft hat meanwhile, is pretty basic—a navy blue cap with a Patriots logo in the front, and "Foxborough, Massachusetts, 1971" around the front:

The hats are drawing some mixed reactions however:

To find out who may be wearing one of these Patriots hats come April 25th, check out Phil Perry's latest mock draft right here.

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Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. and Tom Brady are two of the NFL's most competitive players, but Beckham sees a double standard in how that competitiveness is perceived.

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Beckham used Brady as an example of what he believes is a racial double standard in the sport. The Browns wide receiver points out while he often faces criticism for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Brady is praised for doing the same thing.

“Race plays into everything, whether we want to believe it or not," Beckham told GQ. "I remember posting a video of me and Tom Brady, and I hate to even bring him in this, but he’s passionate. He cares—he wouldn’t still be playing if he didn’t care for the game the way that he did today. He throws a cup, he yells at referees, he yells at his coach. It’s because he cares that bad. He wants to win that bad. Now, because he has won six Super Bowls they validate him and say, 'He’s won six Super Bowls.' I want to win the same way he wants to win. Whether I hit a kicking net or whether I do whatever. I want to win that bad. I care about winning more than anything. I didn’t get into this to celebrate and score touchdowns. I didn’t get into this for followers for Instagram. It’s, like, you’ve built a monster, but now you’re upset at the one you built. Why are you mad at me? While I’m playing football, I’m not holding a camera on myself. Everything is about what you show the world. I get my free time 16 times a year, hopefully, plus a few games when we make the playoffs. I get 16 times to do this. There are 365 days in a year. You’re controlling my freedom. This is my joy, this is my time.”

Beckham doesn't hold back when asked about the racial double standard, nor has he held back discussing his rocky tenure with the Giants. The 26-year-old also mentioned in the GQ interview he mulled retirement during his time with New York.

Now with Cleveland, Beckham has a clean slate and a real chance to make a run at the playoffs in 2019. You can bet his passion will remain the same, regardless of the double standard that may exist.

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NFL Rumors: Tom Brady could enter season without new Patriots contract

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NFL Rumors: Tom Brady could enter season without new Patriots contract

As he enters his 20th NFL season, Tom Brady may be in line for a "first."

The 41-year-old quarterback, who's entering the final year of his contract, has "no new deal ... on the horizon at this point" with the New England Patriots, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday.

Brady has never played an NFL season in the last year of his deal, as he's always restructured his contract -- mostly on team-friendly terms -- to ensure some peace of mind and help the Patriots build out their roster.

The six-time Super Bowl champion has put the pressure on New England in years past but is playing it close to the vest this offseason, telling reporters, "I never really talk about my contract or anything like that. I don’t really want to start doing that now" back in June.

Brady still hopes to play until age 45, so the Patriots could simply wait until next offseason to sign him to one last two- or three-year deal. But considering they locked up wide receiver Julian Edelman with a new contract earlier this summer, it's still notable that they're not doing the same with the greatest player in franchise history.

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