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Matt Patricia: 'There's only one Bill Belichick'

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Matt Patricia: 'There's only one Bill Belichick'

Either Matt Patricia is trying to shave off the failure from the Super Bowl or he wanted to look presentable for his new job. Either way, he looked different Wednesday. 

Sporting a heavily trimmed beard, the former Patriots defensive coordinator was introduced as the 307th head coach in Lions history (feels like it, anyway) Wednesday in Detroit. He used the opportunity to thank Bill Belichick for all he taught him, but was quick to stress that he’s not his former boss. 

"There's only one coach Belichick," said Patricia. "He's in New England. I'm Matt Patricia. I'm my own guy. I have my own style, but I'll take all those lessons about how to teach and coach that we had in New England that I think are strong."

Patricia also batted down a question about Belichick’s past assistants who struggled in head coaching spots elsewhere. 

“Whatever anyone’s done in the past, it doesn’t have anything to do with me,” Patricia said. 

Perhaps surprisingly, Patricia was not asked any questions about the Patriots’ benching of Malcolm Butler in their Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. He did stick a pencil behind his ear, though. 

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Tom Brady shows support for Julian Edelman in WRs return to field

Tom Brady shows support for Julian Edelman in WRs return to field

Tom Brady may not be at OTAs, but he tipped his cap to a teammate who was.

Brady liked a New England Patriots Instagram post, which showed receiver Julian Edelman in his return to practice after an ACL injury. The Patriots started their offseason team activities on Monday, and Edelman was grinding away after an offseason of rehab. Brady has elected to skip the start of the voluntary OTAs. 

Report: Gronk, Patriots working on another contract restructuring

Report: Gronk, Patriots working on another contract restructuring

While Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski continue to stay away from Patriots OTAs this week comes an NFL Network report that Gronk and the Patriots are working on a restructured contract that per NFL rules can't be announced until Thursday - May 24 - a year to the date of last year's restructuring.

The Patriots have an OTA session scheduled for Thursday, so we could see Gronk back in the fold with a redone deal then. 

The restructuring last year added incentives that boosted Gronk's salary to $10.2 million. This year's base salary is $8 million. The All-Pro tight end has contemplated retirement this offseason and wasn't happy last season.

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