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Michael Holley Podcast - Willie McGinest: "Sports will never see a dynasty like the Patriots again"

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Michael Holley Podcast - Willie McGinest: "Sports will never see a dynasty like the Patriots again"

Willie McGinest joins “The Michael Holley Podcast” at the Super Bowl in Atlanta to talk about the Patriots mentality, how to build a losing team into a winning one, and Tom Brady.

(:45) - McGinest on Brady’s mentality and intensity, and staying in the moment.

(2:20) - The Hall of Fame conversation for Patriots players, and how championships aren’t considered as strongly as they should be.

(5:30) - McGinest talks about the gameplan the Patriots had against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, and how the players bought into the team-centric mentality from the get-go. Also, he talks about how the Patriots hatred and cheating accusations are ridiculous after reaching their ninth Super Bowl. McGinest says, “If you give me the answers to the test, we’re not going to beat you by a field goal, we’re going to beat your ass by 30 points.”

(7:40) - McGinest talks about Nickell Robey-Coleman's comments on Tom Brady not being as good, and whether Brady has diminished at all.

(9:20) - McGinest on the Patriots struggles during the season, and if he’s surprised they are in the Super Bowl.

(12:20) - Willie talks about the Patriots dynasty and the foundation being set early as the reason he knew it was a recipe for success. “Do you think Belichick has some special wand in his office? It’s football.” 

(14:08) - Is there a phrase McGinest remembers from Belichick that he still uses today?

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NFL Power Rankings: How the AFC stacks up after Week 6

NFL Power Rankings: How the AFC stacks up after Week 6

I’ve always felt Columbus Day is the general line of demarcation in an NFL season. The sample size has gotten big enough so that teams know what’s an actual strength or weakness and not a false positive. Nobody’s a finished product by any stretch but this next stretch between now and Thanksgiving is when reality kicks in for pretty much everyone. For a lot of teams in the AFC, it already has.

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

Ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Jets, the Patriots reportedly worked out free agent wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, according to Howard Balzer.

Adeboyejo, a 6'3, 197-pound wideout from Ole Miss, went undrafted in 2017 and spent a season on the Ravens practice squad before getting waived with a non-football injury designation.

He then caught on with the Jets late in training camp this year but was cut nine days after he signed. Adeboyejo played four seasons at Ole Miss, totaling over 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. His best season was his junior year in 2015, where he caught 38 passes for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. He did run a 4.43 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine, so if the Patriots are looking for a speed threat on the outside, he could theoretically stretch a defense. 

Pipkins is another undrafted free agent from the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old corner played three seasons at the University of Louisiana Monroe before he transferred to Oklahoma State for his final collegiate season. 

Pipkins then spent the 2017 season on the Packers and recorded six tackles in his debut. He was then traded to the Colts, released and claimed off waivers by the Lions, waived again and then signed with the Browns practice squad at the end of the 2018 season. Pipkins was cut by the Browns at the end of this year's training camp. 

It's unlikely the Patriots sign either player, but they do have a need at wide receiver and Bill Belichick has a history of snagging former Browns players, so they're at least doing their due diligence to possibly find another diamond in the rough. 

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