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Julian Edelman seems to think Sean Payton stole his Zion Williamson joke

Julian Edelman seems to think Sean Payton stole his Zion Williamson joke

Zion Williamson looks like a football player. At 6-foot-7, 284 pounds, he's certainly built like one.

So, after the New Orleans Pelicans won Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery and the rights to select the Duke superstar, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton chimed in with what he thought was a clever joke.

Good one, right? Payton recruiting Williamson to play for his city's NFL team?

Sorry, Sean. That joke has already been used before -- by one Julian Edelman. The New England Patriots wide receiver reminded Payton of his Williamson bit Wednesday.

Edelman did, in fact, try to recruit Williamson to take over for Rob Gronkowski as the Patriots' tight end back on April 24.

Of course, Edelman wasn't the first person to suggest Zion play in the NFL, either. But Payton clearly needs to be punished for his Twitter theft, and there's only one logical solution: The Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to the Boston Celtics as repayment.

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Terrell Owens 'would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally'

Terrell Owens 'would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally'

Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the New England Patriots and declared that he is done with the NFL in a tweetstorm on Sunday morning. But it seems that the NFL might not quite be done with him.

There have been rumors that several teams would be interested in signing Brown pending his legal situation. And now, one of the best receivers in the NFL history, Terrell Owens, is expressing an interest in talking with him amid his recent issues on and off the field.

"I would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally," Owens said recently, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. "We all go through life and we are going to make mistakes. They are going to be things that we look back upon. I am sure he will get to that point in his life but he has to do what’s best for himself. I understand to a degree what he’s doing and what’s going on with him."

Owens, of course, had numerous run-ins with his coaches and the media over the course of his NFL career. His flamboyant personality and propensity for showboating did get him an excess of media attention, so from that perspective, he understands Brown.

Owens would go on to say that anything he shares with Brown would be "private" and that he viewed Brown as innocent until proven guilty.

"If I share anything with Antonio it will be in private," Owens said. "Antonio is a good friend of mine it is unfortunate what is going on. I will say the guy is innocent until proven guilty just even with everything that has transpired with him."

We'll see if anything comes out of Owens' attempts to connect with Brown. Either way, Brown is no longer with the Patriots after his antics and it remains to be seen if another NFL team will actually be willing to take a chance on him.

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Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

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Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

Over the two decades of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era in Foxboro, the Patriots have gotten used to setting records. And late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets, it looked like they were well on their way to another.

Following a season-opening 33-3 win over the Steelers and a 43-0 shutout of the Dolphins, the Pats had rolled to a 30-0 lead, giving them a +103 point differential on the season, which would have been the best in NFL history through three games.

And despite late New York touchdowns on both special teams and defense, New England still has a +89 point differential this season. While it's not a record, it's still the third-highest for any NFL team since 1940.

The previous best point differential for a Patriots team through three games was +79 in their undefeated season of 2007.

And while those two late Jets scored ruined the Pats' chances at setting the NFL record for the fewest points allowed in the first three games of the season, they still set a new franchise-record in that department by a healthy margin.

New England's 17 points allowed through three games shattered the team's previous best mark — 33 points allowed through the first three games of the 1979 season.

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