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Josh Gordon starts vs Bills despite 'tardiness' report

Josh Gordon starts vs Bills despite 'tardiness' report

Update: Though the original report stated Josh Gordon would be disciplined, Gordon started Monday night's game.

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Original story: Josh Gordon's tenure with the Patriots had gone smoothly to this point, but it appears there has been one hiccup leading up to Monday night's game vs the Bills.

The Patriots reportedly will discipline Gordon for tardiness by keeping him off the field for several series Monday night, according to Ian Rapaport of NFL Network.

Gordon, of course, is no stranger to being disciplined for his off-the-field actions. This is his first known issue with New England. 

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Jonas Gray to the XFL? Ex-Patriots running back attends showcase

Jonas Gray to the XFL? Ex-Patriots running back attends showcase

The ultimate "one-hit wonder" in New England is intent on keeping his football career alive.

Former Patriots running back Jonas Gray joined a handful of NFL castoffs who participated in an XFL "Summer Showcase" workout this weekend in St. Louis.

Among those joining Gray for the new league's workout session were former No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson, ex-Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger and tight end Clay Harbor, who played for the Patriots for part of 2016.

Gray latched on with the Patriots in 2014 and burst onto the scene in November, rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a win over the Indianapolis Colts.

But the Notre Dame product fizzled out as fast as he arrived, tallying just 91 more total yards after that breakout game and getting released by New England the following September.

Gray, 29, hasn't played an NFL snap since 2015, but apparently has his sights set on the XFL, which is set to relaunch in 2020 after a failed first attempt in 2001.

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Cowboys ahead of Patriots? Madden NFL 20 team ratings may cause a stir

Cowboys ahead of Patriots? Madden NFL 20 team ratings may cause a stir

EA Sports released full player and team ratings for its "Madden NFL 20" video game Monday, and you know what that means: It's time for everyone to get angry about them.

The New England Patriots actually fared pretty well in the player rating department, as "Madden" gave Tom Brady the second-highest rating among NFL quarterbacks and assigned high grades to cornerback Stephon Gilmore, wide receiver Julian Edelman and a few others.

So, surely the defending Super Bowl champions would have one of the highest (if not the highest) team grades, right?

You would think, but "Madden" gave New England an 87 overall rating ... tied with three other teams for third in the NFL.

Here's the top five:

1. Philadelphia Eagles: 89
2. Dallas Cowboys: 88
T-3. New Orleans Saints: 87
T-3. Green Bay Packers: 87
T-3. New England Patriots: 87

This a video game, remember, so a team's overall rating doesn't necessarily correlate to its projected record. The Patriots have proven time and again you can win Super Bowls without having the most "talent."

... But the Cowboys ahead of the Patriots? Seriously?

"Madden" makes a compelling case for the Eagles, who boast a talented roster with five players ranked 90 overall or better and should be an NFC contender if Carson Wentz stays healthy.

The Cowboys are coming off a 10-6 season, though, and haven't made it past the Divisional Round since quarterback Dak Prescott took over the offense. We're guessing EA Sports is blinded by Dallas' star power with big names like Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott on offense and DeMarcus Lawrence and Sean Lee on defense.

The Patriots' offense did get some love, earning a 91 rating that trailed only the Saints at 92. But their defense rating of 84 appears to have knocked them down a few pegs in the virtual world, where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (who went 6-9-1 last season) are somehow on the same plane as the reigning champs.

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