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Julian Edelman perfectly explains how Patriots build Super Bowl teams

Julian Edelman perfectly explains how Patriots build Super Bowl teams

There's no question luck has played a part in the New England Patriots building the NFL's greatest dynasty, but there are plenty of things they do differently than the other 31 teams that puts them in a better position for consistent success.

Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman did a great job encapsulating his team's roster-building philosophy during a recent interview with NBC Sports' Peter King.

“I think they (the Patriots) grade people differently, honestly,” Edelman told King. “They don’t want distractions. They want guys that are versatile. They want mentally tough football players. That’s what I’ve seen through my career being there. They want a smart, physical, tough football player. If you don’t have that, you’re probably not gonna be there.

So I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of teammates—pretty much all the teammates I’ve had have been pretty good guys. You’ve got these young kids out here that have to learn, but you learn from the guys above you. I learned from the Kevin Faulks. I learned from the Toms, the Wes Welkers, the guys that worked hard that were there that were playing at a high level consistently. If you don’t, they usually get rid of you.”

Building a winning culture is important, and so is having smart football players who know what to do in every type of situation. These are things the Patriots do better than all other franchises. It's one thing to be athletic and physically talented, but those skills don't mean as much if you don't know when and how to apply them in certain situations.

The Patriots do a great job instilling the importance of situational football, and it's among the reasons why they perform so well late in games, particularly in the playoffs.

New England will have plenty of opportunities to add smart football players to its roster before next season begins. The Patriots have six selections (one in Round 1, two in Round 2 and three in Round 3) in the first 101 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. This impressive amount of draft capital is one of the reasons to believe in the Patriots' chances of successfully defending their Super Bowl title in 2019.

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NFL Rumors: Execs now believe Robert Kraft will avoid suspension

NFL Rumors: Execs now believe Robert Kraft will avoid suspension

Back in February, some NFL executives speculated that Robert Kraft could face a harsher punishment than Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's four-game suspension.

It appears that sentiment has changed. A lot.

The MMQB's Albert Breer spoke to multiple NFL executives who now believe the league won't discipline the New England Patriots owner at all for his role in a solicitation of prostitution scandal in Florida.

Here's Breer:

Asked if he thinks Kraft will be sanctioned late Wednesday, one NFC team exec answered, "No, nor should he be." An owner from another NFC team, when asked the same question, said, "I’d be pretty surprised if he was."

Breer added that "most owners and team executives sure seem to have cooled" on the idea that the NFL should punish Kraft and quoted a source at the NFL Players Association as saying, "I’m not sure it’s really relevant for us."

The key to Kraft's case against his two misdemeanor charges for soliciting prostitution is video evidence from inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. As of now, Kraft seems to be winning the battle to keep that video out of the public eye, successfully filing a motion to have video evidence suppressed on the grounds that it was obtained illegally.

Breer notes the NFL has never punished someone for a misdemeanor charge without a conviction, so if Kraft has his case dismissed, it seems likely he wouldn't be disciplined, either.

Prosecutors have appealed a Florida judge's motion to suppress the video, but that appeal won't be heard until Sept. 4 at the earliest, so it's looking more likely the Patriots owner will be in attendance when New England's latest Super Bowl banner gets raised at Gillette Stadium.

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Patriots unveil veteran free agent jersey numbers for OTAs

Patriots unveil veteran free agent jersey numbers for OTAs

The New England Patriots unveiled Thursday the jersey numbers that veteran free agents will wear during OTAs this week at Gillette Stadium, and one of them stands out from the rest.

Jamie Collins, who was signed earlier this month for his second stint with the Patriots, will wear No. 8 during OTAs, which is an unusual number for a linebacker. However, it's not an unfamiliar number for Collins  -- he wore it in college at Southern Mississippi. Collins will not be able to wear No. 8 during the regular season due to NFL rules.

Here are the rest of the jersey numbers for New England's veteran free agents during OTAs. Some of these numbers could remain the same entering the regular season, although that could change based on any additional roster moves and other factors.

The Patriots have a few more weeks of offseason workouts, with training camp beginning in late July.

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