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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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Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals what impresses him most about Bill Belichick

Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals what impresses him most about Bill Belichick

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is getting very close to 300 career wins in the regular season and playoffs combined.

Belichick enters his team's Week 7 game against the New York Jets on Monday night with 267 regular season wins and 31 playoff victories in his head coaching career, giving him 298 total. The only head coaches in NFL history with 300 or more career wins are Don Shula and George Halas. 

Belichick has 231 wins in his 20-plus seasons leading the Patriots, and most of them have come with Tom Brady at quarterback. These two also have won more Super Bowl titles (six) than any other QB-coach combo in league history.

What impresses Brady the most when it comes to his coach?

"I think just his consistency, dependability," Brady explained to reporters Saturday. "I think all of those things we talk about in a great player, it’s the same thing in a great coach. I think his dependability, his consistency, what he brings to work every day and his commitment to our team – I don’t think you can ask for anything more than that as a player. He’s got great competitive stamina, and in my view, he’s the greatest coach of all time. So, it’s a privilege to play for him, and just to see him get all of these wins. He certainly deserves it."

What does Brady mean by "competitive stamina"?

"Well, I think you’ve got to bring it every day," Brady said. "I think this is kind of the time in the year, after six weeks, where people start getting a little fatigued. You get a little tired. You guys probably feel that, too. You start getting a little bit tired, and you take a little shortcut and you don’t quite work as long.

"That’s the same for the players. You get a little tired during the week, so you study a little less, you don’t watch as much film, or you don’t go as hard in practice. I think if you do that, you shortcut yourself, and then you shortcut the team. And I think this team has always done a good job pushing through those moments, those opportunities, and you just keep grinding – I think that’s a word we use around here a lot – and you try to do the best you can do every day."

If the Patriots take care of business and beat the Jets on the road Monday night, Belichick will able to secure win No. 300 at home in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns -- the franchise that gave him his first head coaching job in 1991.

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Patriots RB Rex Burkead to miss Week 7 game vs. Jets with foot injury

Patriots RB Rex Burkead to miss Week 7 game vs. Jets with foot injury

The list of New England Patriots players who won't take part in Monday night's Week 7 road game against the rival New York Jets is growing.

The Patriots announced Sunday that running back Rex Burkhead has been downgraded to out. Burkhead originally was listed as questionable to play versus the Jets because of a foot injury. He has not played since Week 4.

Burkhead's status leaves the Patriots with Sony Michel, James White, Brandon Bolden and rookie Damien Harris available at running back for Week 7. Harris has been active for only one game this season.

Here's the list of Patriots players already ruled out for "Monday Night Football."

Rex Burkhead, RB, Foot
Josh Gordon, WR, Ankle/Knee
Ryan Izzo, TE, Concussion
Matt LaCosse, TE, Knee
Michael Bennett, DE, Suspended By Team

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