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NBC Sports Breakfast Podcast: Troy Brown and Jerod Mayo react to Gronkowski retirement. How will Patriots replace Gronk?

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NBC Sports Breakfast Podcast: Troy Brown and Jerod Mayo react to Gronkowski retirement. How will Patriots replace Gronk?

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Troy Brown and Jerod Mayo react to Gronkowski retirement. How will Patriots replace Gronk?

(1:00) Troy Brown reacts to Rob Gronkowski retiring, and whether he thinks Gronk could return during he season. 

(7:50) Jerod Mayo discusses Gronkowski’s retirement, and what he sees Gronk doing outside of football.  

(12:40) Phil Perry breaks down what options the Patriots have when it comes to replacing Rob Gronkowski. 

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What can Mohamed Sanu do for New England?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What can Mohamed Sanu do for New England?

Between the Patriots' Week 7 drubbing of the Jets and the team's trade for WR Mohamed Sanu, there's plenty of ground to cover in the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

1:48 — Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins Tom Curran to talk about what exactly went wrong for Sam Darnold in the Jets' 33-0 loss to the Patriots. Is he to blame? Is he broken? Does he still have a chance to be an above-average signal-caller in the league?

11:03 — Tom goes deep into the analytics behind Mohamed Sanu's success as a receiver, quantifying his production out of the slot, his ability to separate from his defender and his sure-handedness.

16:42 — D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins Tom to discuss what exactly the Patriots will be getting in Sanu and what makes him so dependable on the field.

23:07 — Phil Perry gives his take on the addition of Sanu: "The Patriots were perilously thin at receiver." How does the increased depth at the position affect guys like Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett or Jakobi Meyers? Would he have preferred Emmanuel Sanders?

34:25 — The only negative takeaway from the Patriots' win over the Jets was the continued lack of production from Sony Michel and the running back position. Should Belichick make a change or ride it out?

38:34 — Who popped and who dropped from the victory over the Jets?

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NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

Jordan Richards' second stint with the New England Patriots lasted three weeks.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday the Patriots are releasing the 26-year-old defensive back

Richards was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and didn't earn a second contract with New England after the 2017 season. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 before being signed by the Patriots earlier this month. He primarily served in a special teams role for New England over the last three weeks.

The Patriots reportedly are signing special teams ace Justin Bethel, who visited the team Tuesday. He has earned two All-Pro first team selections and three Pro Bowl nods as a special teams star. Bethel is an upgrade over Richards in that phase of the game. 

New England also traded for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a 2020 draft pick Tuesday. The additions of Sanu and Bethel, combined with Richards' release still leaves one more roster spot that must be opened by the Pats. Stay tuned.

Tom E. Curran's takeaways from the Mohamed Sanu trade>>>

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