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How Patriots could land Stefon Diggs at trade deadline, per Peter King

How Patriots could land Stefon Diggs at trade deadline, per Peter King

The New England Patriots already tried and failed to incorporate a star wide receiver in Antonio Brown.

Will they take another swing before the Oct. 29 trade deadline?

NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King suggested the Patriots should by pursuing Minnesota Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, who has been the subject of serious trade speculation after he skipped multiple meetings and practices last week.

"I think Stefon Diggs to the Patriots at the trading deadline makes sense, especially if the season goes south for Minnesota," King wrote Monday in his "Football Morning in America" column.

King then named a price: New England's second- and fourth-round picks in 2020 for Diggs, who is coming off a 102-catch, 1,021-yard season for Minnesota.

The 25-year-old also is on a decent contract for an elite wide receiver -- he's owed $45.1 million over the final four years of his deal -- and considering the Patriots' lack of depth at the position, King believes they should at least give Minnesota a call.

"Would you want Diggs, now 25, for the next 3.5 years at $37.2 million?" King wrote. "I sure would, if what I had to give up was, say, the 60th and 125th picks to get him."

Diggs obviously would boost a Patriots receiving corps that's pretty thin outside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett.  Our own Tom E. Curran reported last week that Minnesota has no plans to trade their star wideout, though, and the Vikings improved to 3-2 on Sunday with a win over the New York Giants.  

But if they falter over the next few weeks, perhaps Bill Belichick will convince them to change their minds.

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Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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