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NFL rumors: Patriots trade Demaryius Thomas to Jets for draft pick

NFL rumors: Patriots trade Demaryius Thomas to Jets for draft pick

The New England Patriots have made a trade with the rival New York Jets -- a first under Bill Belichick's tenure as head coach in Foxboro.

The Patriots dealt wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Jets on Tuesday for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the first Patriots-Jets trade Belichick has made in New England.

Antonio Brown officially joined the Patriots on Monday, and the elite wide receiver's addition to the roster made New England pretty crowded at that position. 

Thomas was signed by the Patriots in May. He tore his Achilles as a member of the Houston Texans in December and was cleared to practice with the Patriots in August. He made his debut for the Pats in their fourth and final preseason game, where he tallied seven receptions for 87  yards and two touchdowns against the New York Giants.

The 31-year-old wideout was inactive for the Patriots' 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 1 matchup Sunday night.

The last trade between the two AFC East rivals was when Belichick left the Jets to become the Patriots coach in 2000: New England sent a first-, fourth- and fifth-round pick to the Jets on Jan. 27, 2000. 

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Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Patriots owner Robert Kraft's first public comment on the controversy surrounding a team production crew being investigated by the NFL for allegedly taping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the Bengals game in Cleveland on Sunday was brief.

"You know everything you should know," Kraft said while declining to talk to reporters, including Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, after walking out of a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at previously scheduled league meetings in Dallas.  

The team released a statement Monday night acknowledging that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admitted the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. 

The Patriots (10-3) visit the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati 

Earlier Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick again insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the team production crew was doing and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the tape shows about eight minutes of video that's focused directly on the Bengals sideline. 

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Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

The New England Patriots have some more space available on their practice squad.

The recent departures of center Tyler Gauthier and defensive back Nate Brooks have opened two new spots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

These moves bring the number of open spots on the Patriots practice squad to three. 

Brooks spent the last 13 weeks on the Patriots practice squad. His new head coach with the Miami Dolphins is Brian Flores, who was the Patriots' linebackers coach from 2016 through 2018. Gauthier signed with the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent but never played in a game for New England.

Huggins was signed by the Patriots last week but was released this past weekend when the team needed to make room on the 53-man roster to add kicker Nick Folk.

Reiss also reported Tuesday that New England worked out former University of Georgia defensive back Jayson Stanley.

The Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is their final road game of the 2019 regular season.

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