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Mostly silent night for Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer vs Titans

Mostly silent night for Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer vs Titans

NASHVILLE – Statistically, the night for Brian Hoyer was fine – 6 for 8 for 55 yards during four series of work.

But this outing looked little like last week’s dissection of the Lions in which Hoyer went 12 for 14 for 147 with two touchdown throws.

The veteran backup was picked on his second attempt of the game, a not-very-speedy throw intended for second-year wideout Braxton Berrios. Berrios did seem to round off his route and fade upfield as he was crossing, giving Logan Ryan an easy shot to undercut it. Either way, a pick’s a pick.

But Hoyer was also working with very few regulars. Among the five offensive linemen in front of Hoyer, only Isaiah Wynn figures to be a starter on the offensive line and Hoyer took some punishment as a result. He also escaped punishment on one play when Dan Skipper was badly beaten off the line at right tackle and Hoyer had to haul ass to the sidelines or risk a smushing.

Hoyer took a hard sack for a loss of 8 in the second quarter and had another sack wiped out by a defensive hold.

Also, there was no Maurice Harris, N’Keal Harry, Matt Lacosse or Phillip Dorsett at his disposal as they were last week. He did, however, have Jakobi Meyers who Hoyer found for his longest completion, a 16-yarder.

So the competition between Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham will continue for the right to back up Tom Brady in 2019. On this night, Hoyer mostly trod water.

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NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

After a Sports Illustrated story detailed new allegations against Antonio Brown, the Patriots' wide receiver reportedly sent "intimidating" text messages to the accuser. 

An artist, who accused Brown of sexual misconduct after he made a sexual advance toward her and fired her for not reciprocating, received messages from Brown after SI released the original story.

Photos of the messages are included in the story, including Brown asking his associates to investigate his accuser. The artist, who has remained unnamed, had her lawyer write to the NFL for the intimidation to stop, according to Robert Klemko. 

Here is part of what the accuser's lawyer had to say:

Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her. While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.

According to the story, the NFL responded to the letter within an hour and arranged a phone call between investigators and the artist's attorneys. The Patriots and Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus did not comment. 

Sports Illustrated also texted the number used in the group messages associated with the alleged intimidation, asking the number linked to Brown if they would confirm nor deny the charges brought to him. The number responded with, "foh clown."

The wide receiver is also facing allegations of sexual assault and rape from Britney Taylor. As of now, Brown has not been placed on the commissioner's exempt list and is eligible to play Sunday against the Jets.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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