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Kyle Van Noy sounds off after FOX Sports snubs Patriots' secondary

Kyle Van Noy sounds off after FOX Sports snubs Patriots' secondary

Kyle Van Noy has found more evidence to prove his defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are underappreciated.

The outspoken Patriots linebacker directed his Twitter followers to this evidence Thursday, quote-tweeting a FOX Sports poll that asked fans to choose the best secondary in the NFL from a list of four teams ... that didn't include the Patriots.

You didn't think Van Noy would let this one go, did you?

Van Noy obviously is a little biased. But Gilmore was ranked as Pro Football Focus' top cornerback in 2018, while the 23-year-old J.C. Jackson and the 25-year-old Jonathan Jones blossomed into significant contributors.

Van Noy also shouted out twins Devin and Jason McCourty, "holy s*** Swiss Army Knife" Patrick Chung and "The Closer" Duron Harmon while pointing out New England's secondary helped limit the high-octane Los Angeles Rams to just three points in Super Bowl LIII.

The Patriots' secondary doesn't have the same star power as units like Eddie Jackson's Chicago Bears, but "star power" never has been the m.o. in New England, which is perfectly content racking up wins over personal accolades.

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Tom E. Curran's AFC Power Rankings after NFL Week 3

Tom E. Curran's AFC Power Rankings after NFL Week 3

It’s a mish-mash of basic. A jambalaya of mediocrity. A cornucopia of commonplace. The Texans, Chargers, Colts, Bills, Ravens, Raiders, Jaguars, Titans, Browns and Raiders are an avalanche of average and it’s not easy to come up with a pecking order between all these slaptastic franchises. We did our best. Feel good about most of them. Probably got a few of them wrong. Enjoy.

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Tom Brady calls Patriots' wide receiver depth 'a challenging situation'

Tom Brady calls Patriots' wide receiver depth 'a challenging situation'

It wasn't long ago the Patriots boasted perhaps the most loaded wide receiver depth chart in the league.

With Antonio Brown at the top, followed by Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett, quarterback Tom Brady possessed more weapons than he's had in years. That changed with Brown being released after only 11 days with the team, and with Edelman's status up in the air due to a ribs injury suffered during Sunday's game vs. the Jets.

The Patriots will face their toughest test of the season thus far when they head up to Buffalo this Sunday to take on the 3-0 Bills, and they may be shorthanded for the AFC East battle. During his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray, Brady addressed the wide receiver situation heading into Week 4.

“It’s definitely a challenging situation that we’re facing with depth and so forth,” Brady said. “We’re going on the road against a very good defensive football team. Any time you’re dealing with injuries and lack of depth at certain positions, we’re going to try to figure out how to produce yards and points. Any time you lose great players, it definitely takes a hit to your offense.

“And the reality is we’re facing a very challenging game coming up. So, we’ll go do the best we can do based on the circumstances that we have. Again, no one’s ever feeling sorry for the Patriots nor should they. I’ve got a job to do and I’m going to try to do it with whoever is out there. And I’m going to try to do it the best way I possibly can.”

Brady also mentioned Edelman is still "working toward some tests" with his injury and probably will be doing so throughout the week. Along with the wide receiver talk, Brady and Gray discussed the rumor he disapproved of Robert Kraft's decision to cut Brown from the team.

Even with the potential shortage at wide receiver, the Patriots opened as 7-point road favorites for Sunday's game at New Era Field.

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