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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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Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. cites Tom Brady as example of racial double standard

Odell Beckham Jr. and Tom Brady are two of the NFL's most competitive players, but Beckham sees a double standard in how that competitiveness is perceived.

In an interview with GQ Magazine, Beckham used Brady as an example of what he believes is a racial double standard in the sport. The Browns wide receiver points out while he often faces criticism for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Brady is praised for doing the same thing.

“Race plays into everything, whether we want to believe it or not," Beckham told GQ. "I remember posting a video of me and Tom Brady, and I hate to even bring him in this, but he’s passionate. He cares—he wouldn’t still be playing if he didn’t care for the game the way that he did today. He throws a cup, he yells at referees, he yells at his coach. It’s because he cares that bad. He wants to win that bad. Now, because he has won six Super Bowls they validate him and say, 'He’s won six Super Bowls.' I want to win the same way he wants to win. Whether I hit a kicking net or whether I do whatever. I want to win that bad. I care about winning more than anything. I didn’t get into this to celebrate and score touchdowns. I didn’t get into this for followers for Instagram. It’s, like, you’ve built a monster, but now you’re upset at the one you built. Why are you mad at me? While I’m playing football, I’m not holding a camera on myself. Everything is about what you show the world. I get my free time 16 times a year, hopefully, plus a few games when we make the playoffs. I get 16 times to do this. There are 365 days in a year. You’re controlling my freedom. This is my joy, this is my time.”

Beckham doesn't hold back when asked about the racial double standard, nor has he held back discussing his rocky tenure with the Giants. The 26-year-old also mentioned in the GQ interview he mulled retirement during his time with New York.

Now with Cleveland, Beckham has a clean slate and a real chance to make a run at the playoffs in 2019. You can bet his passion will remain the same, regardless of the double standard that may exist.

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NFL Rumors: Tom Brady could enter season without new Patriots contract

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NFL Rumors: Tom Brady could enter season without new Patriots contract

As he enters his 20th NFL season, Tom Brady may be in line for a "first."

The 41-year-old quarterback, who's entering the final year of his contract, has "no new deal ... on the horizon at this point" with the New England Patriots, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday.

Brady has never played an NFL season in the last year of his deal, as he's always restructured his contract -- mostly on team-friendly terms -- to ensure some peace of mind and help the Patriots build out their roster.

The six-time Super Bowl champion has put the pressure on New England in years past but is playing it close to the vest this offseason, telling reporters, "I never really talk about my contract or anything like that. I don’t really want to start doing that now" back in June.

Brady still hopes to play until age 45, so the Patriots could simply wait until next offseason to sign him to one last two- or three-year deal. But considering they locked up wide receiver Julian Edelman with a new contract earlier this summer, it's still notable that they're not doing the same with the greatest player in franchise history.

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