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NFL draft prospect WR Hunter Renfrow had a dream about Tom Brady

NFL draft prospect WR Hunter Renfrow had a dream about Tom Brady

Where a prospect lands in the NFL draft depends on a seemingly limitless number of factors. But wide receiver Hunter Renfrow may have found an easier way to determine his fate.

Renfrow, a 5-foot-10 receiver from Clemson, recently told Scott Keepfer of The Greenville News he had a dream he was drafted by the Patriots, and was meeting with quarterback Tom Brady.

"I would love to be a Patriot. Whoever gets me, that would be awesome," Renfrow told Keepfer. "I had a dream I was a Patriot last night. It was the weirdest thing. I went to sleep and ... I was having a meeting with Tom Brady."

Renfrow's dreams may well prove prophetic. 

The receiver has been pegged as a potential draft target for the Patriots, who need help at wide receiver. While Renfrow is not expected to be drafted high, if at all, he has several characteristics that fit the bill of slot receivers that New England tends to be interested in: short, fast, and an ability to get open quickly.

Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Harper and Austin Collie fill out the laundry list of Patriots past and present who fit the mold of Renfrow.

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Jets coach Adam Gase: Stephon Gilmore 'probably' NFL's best cornerback

Jets coach Adam Gase: Stephon Gilmore 'probably' NFL's best cornerback

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was the only player at his position to earn an "elite" grade from Pro Football Focus last season, and he's continued that stellar play into the 2019 campaign.

Gilmore did an excellent job limiting the effectiveness of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in Week 1, and he gave a similarly good performance against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The veteran cornerback forced an interception by tipping a pass from Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick into the arms of teammate Devin McCourty, and later in the fourth quarter Gilmore intercepted a pass himself and ran it back for a touchdown.

The next challenge for the Patriots is a Week 3 home matchup Sunday against the rival New York Jets, and their head coach, Adam Gase, singled out Gilmore on Wednesday as one of the league's top cornerbacks.

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Gilmore should have another comfortable afternoon Sunday against a Jets passing attack that doesn't feature an elite quarterback, wide receiver or tight end.

New York has one passing touchdown over the first two weeks of the reason and ranks 29th in passing yards per game over the same span. These numbers aren't likely to improve much -- if at all -- with the Jets forced to start third-string quarterback Luke Falk against the Patriots. Starting quarterback Sam Darnold is battling mono and backup Trevor Siemian is out for the season after suffering an ankle injury Monday night.

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Bill Belichick details what makes Jets' Le'Veon Bell so tough to defend

Bill Belichick details what makes Jets' Le'Veon Bell so tough to defend

Le'Veon Bell is always going to be a focal point of the New York Jets offense, but he should play an even more important role Sunday against the New England Patriots with his team forced to start its third-string quarterback.

The Jets won't have starting quarterback Sam Darnold because he's battling mono, and backup Trevor Siemian won't play again this season after suffering an ankle injury Monday night. That means Luke Falk likely will start versus a Patriots defense that's given up just three points over the first two weeks of the season. 

Bell was one of the NFL's best running backs during his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and after sitting out the entire 2018 season because of a contract dispute, he took his talents to New York. The 27-year-old running back has rushed for 128 yards and zero touchdowns in his first two games with the Jets, but he also has tallied 16 receptions for 93 yards and one touchdown.

Bell's patient running style often causes problems for opposing defenses, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is well aware of the talent the star running back brings to the field each week. 

"He's a very explosive player," Belichick said Wednesday during a media conference call. "Yeah, if (the hole is) there, he'll hit it. If not, he does an excellent job of setting the blockers up and making the defenders commit, and then finding space and going. You don't see him running into the back of his blockers and running into a pile and things like that. He makes guys commit, and then he finds space and is able to get to it. He's an excellent player."

Bell played three regular season games against the Patriots as a member of the Steelers, and his team lost each time. He didn't play too poorly, though, racking up 276 yards (4.46 yards per carry) and one touchdown, as well as 19 receptions for 181 yards.

Belichick was asked if he sees any differences from Bell after skipping a season, and the Patriots could come up with any.

"Yeah, he looks pretty good. He looks fresh," Belichick noted. "Yeah, looks good. Catches the ball well, is very good in the open field, he's a strong in-line runner."

The Patriots have beaten the Jets six consecutive times, and oddsmakers -- based on the spread of 22.5 points in favor of the New England -- are expecting another one-sided matchup. If the Jets are going to end that losing skid and earn a potential season-altering win, Bell has to make a huge impact in both the passing and rushing attacks Sunday.

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