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NFL Rumors: Daniel Jones visits Patriots; would Duke QB go before 32nd pick?

NFL Rumors: Daniel Jones visits Patriots; would Duke QB go before 32nd pick?

After checking on Daniel Jones on the scouting trail, the New England Patriots are making the Duke quarterback come to them.

Jones was in Foxboro on Wednesday afternoon for a pre-draft visit with the Patriots, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.

Jones also had a visit scheduled with the Redskins in Washington later that day, according to Rapoport.

The 21-year-old is one of the top QB prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft and projected by many as a first- or second-round pick. The Patriots sent several staffers to Duke's pro day on March 27 to scout Jones as they search for an heir apparent for 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady.

New England likely would have to use the No. 32 overall pick to select Jones, and Rapoport suggests the Patriots may have to move up in the first round to have a shot at him.

Bill Belichick and Co. have plenty of other irons in the QB fire, though, as they also reportedly met with West Virginia quarterback Will Grier on Wednesday.

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Gallery: New England Patriots offseason arrivals and departures

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Gallery: New England Patriots offseason arrivals and departures

Every summer, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are tasked with building a roster around Tom Brady that can compete for a Super Bowl. This summer is no different for the defending champions. 

They've lost key pieces, like superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired after nine seasons in New England. They've reunited with some familiar facesn like Ben Watson, Michael Bennett and Jamie Collins. They've added wide receivers old (Demaryius Thomas) and wide receivers new (Dontrelle Inman). 

They've made trades, signed free agents, and taken some flyers. Some will pan out, but many won't. 

Check out this guide on who's left the team, and how the Pats have replaced them. 

Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. and Tom Brady are two of the NFL's most competitive players, but Beckham sees a double standard in how that competitiveness is perceived.

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Beckham used Brady as an example of what he believes is a racial double standard in the sport. The Browns wide receiver points out while he often faces criticism for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Brady is praised for doing the same thing.

“Race plays into everything, whether we want to believe it or not," Beckham told GQ. "I remember posting a video of me and Tom Brady, and I hate to even bring him in this, but he’s passionate. He cares—he wouldn’t still be playing if he didn’t care for the game the way that he did today. He throws a cup, he yells at referees, he yells at his coach. It’s because he cares that bad. He wants to win that bad. Now, because he has won six Super Bowls they validate him and say, 'He’s won six Super Bowls.' I want to win the same way he wants to win. Whether I hit a kicking net or whether I do whatever. I want to win that bad. I care about winning more than anything. I didn’t get into this to celebrate and score touchdowns. I didn’t get into this for followers for Instagram. It’s, like, you’ve built a monster, but now you’re upset at the one you built. Why are you mad at me? While I’m playing football, I’m not holding a camera on myself. Everything is about what you show the world. I get my free time 16 times a year, hopefully, plus a few games when we make the playoffs. I get 16 times to do this. There are 365 days in a year. You’re controlling my freedom. This is my joy, this is my time.”

Beckham doesn't hold back when asked about the racial double standard, nor has he held back discussing his rocky tenure with the Giants. The 26-year-old also mentioned in the GQ interview he mulled retirement during his time with New York.

Now with Cleveland, Beckham has a clean slate and a real chance to make a run at the playoffs in 2019. You can bet his passion will remain the same, regardless of the double standard that may exist.

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