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NFL Rumors: Patriots add tight end Michael Roberts in trade with Lions

NFL Rumors: Patriots add tight end Michael Roberts in trade with Lions

The New England Patriots reportedly are addressing their lack of depth at tight end.

The Patriots are acquiring tight end Michael Roberts from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a late-round draft pick, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reported Thursday morning. ESPN's Adam Schefter added that pick will be a seventh-round conditional selection in 2020.

Roberts, a fourth-round pick by the Lions in 2017, doesn't have much NFL experience, with 13 catches, 146 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons in Detroit.

But New England could use some help at the position, as Matt LaCosse currently is the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart with Ben Watson suspended for the first four games of the season.

The Patriots also lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement this offseason and recently released Austin Seferian-Jenkins, leaving them without a proven veteran at tight end with Watson on the shelf.

Roberts isn't that proven tight end, but New England's trade with a familiar club -- Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia both came from the Patriots -- should provide some help.

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Antonio Brown explains why he chose to wear No. 17 in new video

Antonio Brown explains why he chose to wear No. 17 in new video

Antonio Brown had worn No. 84 his entire NFL career before joining the Patriots, where he was forced to switch due to that jersey number already belonging to Ben Watson.

The 31-year-old wide receiver went with No. 17, and it turns out that number wasn't randomly chosen. Brown opened up about why he picked that number in a video posted to his YouTube channel on Thursday.

"You know, my dad always inspired me, you know what I mean? From his work ethic, following commitment. No. 17, you know, I’ve seen that guy make a lot of touchdowns, dedicated his life, sacrificed his life," Brown says in the video. "We got so much similarities, our charisma, the way we approach the field. Seeing me and seeing my dad is like seeing two identical guys.

"It’s kind of rare. You know it’s like seeing your son but more so like your brother. You know, our mannerisms, the way we approach the game, the way we make people feel. A lot of similarities between me and my dad. I’m glad he’s my dad.”

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Brown’s father, Eddie Brown, played in the Arena Football League from 1994-2003 and wore No. 17 with the Albany/Indiana Firebirds.

On Thursday, Brown addressed the media for the first time since joining the Patriots and was decidedly Belichickian in his answers. He'll look to follow his Pats debut with another strong performance on Sunday vs. the Jets in Foxboro.

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Tom E Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast: Is this the best Patriots defense of the Belichick era?

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Tom E Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast: Is this the best Patriots defense of the Belichick era?

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6:18 - Tom wonders if there even is a part of this defense that doesn't have enough depth or should worry fans.

10:39 - Looking ahead to the lineup of opposing quarterbacks for the Patriots, it's hard to imagine their defensive won't continue on its historic pace. Tom and Phil discuss the easy path ahead for New England.

15:19 - Tom compares the current defense to that of the 2004 Super Bowl Champion Patriots, looking at that team's first two games of the season and where they ended up. Phil analyzes the construction of each team's defense and how different times call for different strategies.

27:14 - Tom riffs on the rules on quarterback protection after Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan was told by a referee in Week 2 to be careful with Tom Brady.

33:23 - Tom is joined by stadium DJ for the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins TJ Connelly to talk about adding color commentary at games through music. He also gets a peek into what Connelly has in store for the Gillette crowd for a tribute to the late Ric Ocasek.

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