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NFL rumors: Patriots had these three players in for workouts Wednesday

NFL rumors: Patriots had these three players in for workouts Wednesday

The New England Patriots were busy working out three more players at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.

ESPN's Mike Reiss reported the Patriots worked out tight end/fullback Orson Charles, fullback Ricky Ortiz and running back/fullback George Aston.

All three of these players have experience playing fullback, which is notable when you consider the Patriots have placed fullbacks James Develin and Jakob Johnson on injured reserve in recent weeks.

It's been a busy week for the Patriots from a roster perspective.

The team made several roster transactions on Tuesday, including the addition of veteran tight end Benjamin Watson just a week after he was released. The Patriots also waived third-string quarterback Cody Kessler and suspended defensive lineman Michael Bennett one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

There could be more roster turnover over the coming weeks with the NFL trade deadline set for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET. 

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Separating fact from fiction of NFL's investigation of Patriots film crew

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Separating fact from fiction of NFL's investigation of Patriots film crew

So what’s the skinny with the Patriots having a videographer’s tape confiscated in Cleveland?

Here’s what we know: Kraft Sports Productions, which produces content for Patriots.com, does a “Do Your Job” series in which they track various team personnel at work. 

This particular episode was supposed to feature an advanced scout. So the videographer — in a move that probably lacked foresight — was filming the scout when the Cleveland Browns hosted the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. 

The footage is aimed at showing the inner workings of what the scout does, but in no way was it a reprise of the sideline videotaping the Patriots were found guilty of engaging in back in 2007. 

Some called that “Spygate.”

The NFL has reportedly confiscated the tape from Sunday. The Browns were alerted because it was their press box. The Bengals were not. 

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NFL investigating Patriots having film crew at Bengals-Browns game

NFL investigating Patriots having film crew at Bengals-Browns game

For a brief moment, it appeared Spygate 2.0 could be unfolding.

Seemingly out of nowhere, a member of the media asked Bengals head coach Zac Taylor during his Monday press conference about a rumor involving the New England Patriots filming Cincinnati's sideline during its Week 14 road game versus the Cleveland Browns. Taylor said the league is investigating the situation, and the Bengals noted the same thing in a statement given to the MMQB's Albert Breer:

Shortly after Taylor's remarks, Twitter was set ablaze with fans accusing the Patriots of cheating. However, further details have emerged on the situation, and it appears the Patriots were just filming something for a feature/documentary. 

Here's the latest information, via ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini, as well as NFL Media's Ian Rapoport:

Aside from the Patriots' history involving the Spygate scandal, this whole situation is relevant because New England plays the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals enter Week 15 with a league-worst 1-12 record. The Patriots, or any team, for that matter, don't need to do anything illegal like filming the Bengals' signals in order to beat them.

It sure sounds like this whole ordeal was the result of miscommunication between the involved parties.

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