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NFL Rumors: Patriots sign Austin-Seferian Jenkins to one-year contract

NFL Rumors: Patriots sign Austin-Seferian Jenkins to one-year contract

The New England Patriots took a notable step to fill Rob Gronkowski's void Wednesday.

Tom E. Curran has confirmed that the Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a one-year contract Wednesday. ESPN's Field Yates was the first to report the news.

Full contract details haven't been released yet, but it sounds like Seferian-Jenkins' deal is a relative bargain.

Seferian-Jenkins, 26, arguably was the most accomplished tight end left on the free agent market. He appeared in just five games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season before heading to injured reserved but caught a career-high 50 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns with the New York Jets in 2017.

With Gronkowski retired, Seferian-Jenkins joins Matt LaCosse, Jacob Hollister and Stephen Anderson in a tight end group that New England still may look to bolster in the 2019 NFL Draft.

UPDATE (2:25 p.m. ET): Seferian-Jenkins already posted about his signing Wednesday on Instagram and Twitter. (The Instagram post was his first on the platform.)

https://twitter.com/Aesj88/status/1116036300199661570

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Bengals coach Zac Taylor won't comment about Patriots videotaping investigation

Bengals coach Zac Taylor won't comment about Patriots videotaping investigation

The news of Patriots-affiliated photographers videotaping the Bengals' sideline went mainstream when Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor was asked about it Monday.

And though he only offered limited commentary — he said he was "aware there was an incident" and that "the league was investigating it" — the response turned into national headlines and easy jokes from Patriots haters across the country.

Taylor had another chance to offer his thoughts on the situation Thursday morning during a conference call with the New England media, but he stayed away from further commentary. Far, far away. 

Here's the exchange:

Q: What are your general thoughts on the videotaping situation with the Patriots?
ZT: I have no comment on that.

Q: Some reports have said that you are livid about the situation. Is that true?
ZT: I have no comment on that.

Q: How much do you and your coaching staff use hand signals during games?
ZT:
I think, like any team, we communicate visually and verbally, depending on the environment we’re in.

Q: Do you believe the Patriots’ explanation for this situation?
ZT: I don’t have any comment on any of that stuff.

Q: Has anyone from the Patriots organization reached out to you to clear the air?
ZT: I don’t have any comment on any of that.

Q: Why do you believe it’s in your best interest not to have any comment at any point on this ongoing incident that’s affected your team?
ZT:
Because this is a tough opponent right now, and we’re devoting all of our time to making sure we’re prepared. And so that’s where all of our focus has been on.

Q: Your time now is spent with us, though.
ZT: Yeah, it is. And I have no comment.

Q: Do you regret anything about how this all transpired?
ZT: No. 

Well, that explains that. Or does it? According to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, Bengals employees were reportedly "livid" about the videotaping.

If Taylor really isn't letting this situation distract him from the task at hand, that's because it's already a big enough challenge for the first-year coach. His 1-12 Bengals are 10-point underdogs to the Patriots Sunday.

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Patriots vs. Bengals Injury Report: Isaiah Wynn misses practice with eye issue

Patriots vs. Bengals Injury Report: Isaiah Wynn misses practice with eye issue

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session, but one of his fellow offensive starters was absent.

Left tackle Isaiah Wynn missed the practice with an eye issue. Wynn suffered a toe injury in Week 2 and didn't return until Week 12. It's unclear whether Wynn's eye ailment will impact his availability for Sunday's Week 15 road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right elbow) and rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry (hip) both were full practice participants. Veteran wide receivers Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were limited participants. Defensive lineman Byron Cowart (concussion) also returned to practice after not participating Wednesday.

Here are the full Thursday injury reports for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OT Isaiah Wynn, Eye

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Knee
DL Byron Cowart, Concussion
WR Julian Edelman, Knee / Shoulder
OL Ted Karras, Knee
CB Jason McCourty, Groin
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle
DL Danny Shelton, Shoulder

FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady, Right Elbow
WR N'Keal Harry, Hip

CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-12)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Carlos Dunlap, Not Injury Related (Rest)
WR A.J. Green, Ankle
DT Rennel Wren, Hip

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DE Sam Hubbard, Knee

FULL PARTICIPATION
DT Geno Atkins, Not Injury Related (Rest)
CB Darqueze Dennard, Not Injury Related (Rest)
TE Tyler Eifert, Not Injury Related (Rest)
WR John Ross, Foot

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