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NFL Rumors: Patriots to meet with Johnathan Abram, top safety prospect

NFL Rumors: Patriots to meet with Johnathan Abram, top safety prospect

Johnathan Abram has caught the eye of several NFL teams ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, and the New England Patriots reportedly are one of them.

The Patriots have a visit lined up with the former Mississippi State safety, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday.

Abram projects to be one of the top safety prospects in the draft after running a 4.45 40-yard dash during an impressive NFL Scouting Combine workout.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Mississippi native recorded nine tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 2018 while earning second-team All-American honors. He'll probably go in the late first- or early second round, and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller recently projected Abram as the Patriots' first-round pick at No. 32 overall in his latest mock draft.

The Patriots don't have a pressing need at safety with Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon and Obi Melifonwu all returning in 2019. But McCourty and Chung both are on the wrong side of 30, so New England is smart to look ahead at the position.

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Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady took a break from the humorous social media posts to share something more sentimental on Friday.

Brady wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram for his parents on their 50th anniversary. In the post, Brady explains the core values he's learned from his mother and father.

50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. 
Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

One of the more unheralded positions of strength on the Patriots has been the interior of their offensive line.

Put dependable guys like David Andrews, Joe Thuney, and Shaq Mason under the leadership of one of the best positional coaches in the game — Dante Scarnecchia — and that's unquestionably a recipe for success.

But that triumvirate isn't going to be around forever (Thuney is set to hit free agency in 2020), and at some point, the Patriots have to plan for the future of the position.

Could this be the year that Bill Belichick looks for a succession plan in the Draft?

If so, Phil Perry has broken down which candidates in the draft pool fit the criteria that past Patriots linemen have exhibited.

Here are Phil's Prototypical Patriots for the interior of the offensive line.>>>>

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