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NFL rumors: Patriots plan to get Antonio Brown the ball 'early' vs. Dolphins

NFL rumors: Patriots plan to get Antonio Brown the ball 'early' vs. Dolphins

Antonio Brown reportedly will make his New England Patriots debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and the team is planning to feature him in the offense right from the get go.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported in a column Sunday morning that the goal for the Patriots is to get Brown the ball early in the game at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Patriots will play the Dolphins today and wideout Antonio Brown is expected to be on the field, sources say. He practiced every day during the week, is a real part of the game plan and, football-wise, is ready to contribute. As one source said, they plan to feed him. To that end, Brown stayed until 10 p.m. or later most days during the week to catch passes from backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham, while he worked on his routes and the playbook. Similar to Josh Gordon’s debut last year, the goal will be to get him catches early, get him involved, and get one of the NFL’s best receivers some confidence in the scheme.

The Patriots' offense is not easy to learn, and we've seen veteran wide receivers struggle to pick it up. Brown staying late to catch passes and learn the playbook is an encouraging sign for the Patriots as they work to incorporate him into an offense that already was loaded without him. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady typically spreads the wealth around pretty well each week. He completed at least one pass to seven different players in New England's 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. However, it does make sense to get Brown involved early versus the Dolphins and build his in-game chemistry with Brady.

Brown hasn't played since Week 16 of last season. He didn't suit up for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 17 game in 2018, a matchup they had to win to make the playoffs. 

The Patriots signed Brown to a one-year contract this past week. The 31-year-old wideout led the NFL in receiving touchdowns last season with 15. 

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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