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NFL rumors: WR Justin Hunter to work out with Patriots, several other teams

NFL rumors: WR Justin Hunter to work out with Patriots, several other teams

The New England Patriots will be among the teams to work out wide receiver Justin Hunter as Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season approaches.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Friday that Hunter will have workouts with several clubs, mostly from the AFC.

Hunter was a second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2013 but has battled injury throughout his career. He has missed 20 games over the last two seasons, and he's played more than 12 matchups in just one of his six NFL seasons. Hunter tallied seven receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown in 12 games for the Steelers over the last two years. He has career totals of 85 receptions, 1,349 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Patriots all of a sudden are deep at wide receiver with Josh Gordon getting reinstated from his suspension and Demaryius Thomas returning to practice after suffering a torn Achilles injury in December. New England doesn't have a ton of deep threats at the position, however, so Hunter's skill set certainly is intriguing. 

The Patriots will conclude their preseason schedule next Thursday when they host the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. New England opens its Super Bowl title defense Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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