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NFL rumors: Could Chiefs emerge as Jalen Ramsey trade suitor to combat Patriots?

NFL rumors: Could Chiefs emerge as Jalen Ramsey trade suitor to combat Patriots?

The Kansas City Chiefs defense cost the team a Super Bowl berth last season when it couldn't stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense in the fourth quarter and overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs have remained the Patriots' only competition in the AFC through the first two weeks of the 2019 NFL season. While a lot can/will happen over the next several months, it's hard to envision these teams not meeting in the AFC Championship Game again, barring any major injuries. 

Kansas City's defense was improved in the offseason with the additions of Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu, but are these upgrades enough to beat an improved Patriots passing attack that just added elite wide receiver Antonio Brown last week?

Well, the Chiefs might not be done adding pieces to their defense. CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reported Tuesday an interesting update on Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's situation. Earlier in the week it was reported he has requested a trade, and the Chiefs could be a potential landing spot for him.

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill even tried to recruit Ramsey via Twitter on Tuesday:

Ramsey would fill a huge need for the Chiefs as a shutdown corner, which they currently don't have. Kansas City's defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks (Derek Carr and Nick Foles/Gardner Minshew) to post a 70.4 completion percentage through two weeks. We should learn a lot about the KC defense Sunday when it goes against the Baltimore Ravens and their red-hot quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Patriots have their own shutdown cornerback in Stephon Gilmore, who played fantastic Sunday with a pick-6 in the 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins. New England's secondary arguably is the best unit in the entire league and probably best equipped, both in terms of overall talent and depth, to slow down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his high-powered offense. 

Acquiring a cornerback of Ramsey's caliber certainly would improve the Chiefs' chances of beating Brady and Co. when it matters most. Kansas City's window to win is right now -- while Mahomes is still on his rookie contract. Ramsey also is just 24 years old, so he probably wouldn't be a short-term addition for the Chiefs defense.

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Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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