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NFL Rumors: Patriots meet with highly-touted Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown

NFL Rumors: Patriots meet with highly-touted Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown

The New England Patriots aren't just looking at undersized potential slot receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Patriots were one of several teams that met with Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown, NFL Network's James Palmer reported Friday. Ole Miss had its Pro Day in Oxford, Miss., on Friday.

At 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Brown is one of the top receiver prospects in the 2019 draft, even if he's overshadowed by physical specimen and fellow Rebels wideout D.K. Metcalf.

Brown led Ole Miss with 1,320 receiving yards on 85 catches with six touchdowns in 2018 while earning First-Team All-SEC honors and has drawn NFL comparisons to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

It's possible Brown may be off the board before the Patriots are on the clock with the No. 32 overall pick, and New England hasn't drafted a receiver in the first round since Terry Glenn in 1997.

But the Patriots need help at the position with Josh Gordon still suspended and Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan lost to free agency, so it's no surprise they're exploring all options.

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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