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Michael Roberts, waived by Lions after trade to Patriots fell through, claimed by Packers

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Michael Roberts, waived by Lions after trade to Patriots fell through, claimed by Packers

The New England Patriots made a move to acquire a tight end via a trade with the Detroit Lions last Thursday. The Lions agreed to send Michael Roberts to the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Roberts, a third-year man out of Toledo, was coming off a three-touchdown season with the Lions though he only caught nine passes for an even 100 yards.

Roberts was expected to provide depth for the Patriots, who are lacking at the tight end position in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement. However, the trade was voided due to a failed physical just one day after it occurred. So, Roberts reverted back to the Lions who subsequently waived him.

On Monday, it was revealed that Roberts did have a new home. That comes with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers claimed Roberts on waivers (per Pro Football Talk's Josh Alper) to add to their tight end room. Roberts is the eighth tight end on the Packers' roster, and he will certainly find himself behind Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, and third-round rookie, Jace Sternberger, as he looks to establish himself.

With Roberts' brief Patriots stint now officially over, the team will likely turn to Matt LaCosse as their Week 1 starter at tight end. LaCosse had 24 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown with the Denver Broncos last year. Ben Watson could end up topping the team's depth chart, but he is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's PED policy.

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Breakfast Pod: Is wide receiver becoming a strength for the Patriots?

Breakfast Pod: Is wide receiver becoming a strength for the Patriots?

With Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas and Josh Gordon all back on the field, the Patriots are suddenly well-stocked at receiver, which ones make the roster? Also, a look at our 20-under-25 list.

1:14: Tom Curran and Paul Perillo break down which Patriots wide receivers will make the 53-man roster?

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10:13: The Patriots welcomed back Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas and Josh Gordon this week, is the wide receiver position now a position of strength? DJ Bean, Tom Curran and Michael Holley break it down. 

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Did Brian Flores troll Dolphins WR Kenny Stills with music selection during practice?

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Did Brian Flores troll Dolphins WR Kenny Stills with music selection during practice?

Either Brian Flores' music selection at Tuesday's practice was a wild coincidence, or the Dolphins head coach pulled an ultimate troll move.

Flores, formerly the Patriots' linebackers coach, played eight straight Jay-Z songs to begin practice in what seemed to be a response to Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills' recent criticism of the rapper. Stills has been outspoken about Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL along with his comment that he's "moved past kneeling" as a protest of racial inequality and police brutality.

That certainly doesn't appear to be an accident. If it indeed was intentional, you have to wonder about what Flores' intentions were with the playlist. Motivation? A harmless joke?

Whatever it was, Stills apparently knew about the selection of Jay-Z tracks in advance. 

Even if it was meant as a joke, many players around the league probably aren't laughing. Kneeling or not, the message sent by Stills and others who protest racial injustices remains incredibly important.

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