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NFL's "Turning Point" shows epic Matthew Slater locker room speech

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NFL's "Turning Point" shows epic Matthew Slater locker room speech

Matthew Slater is not quite Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday. Or perhaps Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday is not quite Matthew Slater in the locker room—depending on how you look at it.

Either way, this video from an episode of the NFL's "Turning Point" program takes viewers behind the scenes on one of Slater's motiational speeches from earlier in the season.

While the Patriots were criticized for playing up the underdog role this season, this season had some unusual obstacles, as Slater alludes to.

"Years from now we're gonna be somewhere sitting back, feet kicked up and somebody's gonna ask, 'tell me about the '18 team'. Don't forget what it felt like when they said you weren't good enough, you shouldn't be here, you can't play.....You're old. Exactly. Right T?"

"T" of course is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, off to the side in the locker room, who laughed at the quip. Brady was criticized this season for a drop in his play, and many doubted the roster's ability to compete as well as previous Patriots teams.

Slater is right. Someday when fans and players look back the 2018 team, while people may not remember every play that happened in the Patriots' losses to what seemed to be mediocre opponents, they will remember that the Patriots managed to win the Super Bowl in spite of it.

It's not entirely clear which game the clip is from, but it looks to be a home game from some point in the regular season or post season, as the Patriots are wearing their navy blue home uniforms.

Patriots RB Rex Burkead to miss Week 7 game vs. Jets with foot injury

Patriots RB Rex Burkead to miss Week 7 game vs. Jets with foot injury

The list of New England Patriots players who won't take part in Monday night's Week 7 road game against the rival New York Jets is growing.

The Patriots announced Sunday that running back Rex Burkhead has been downgraded to out. Burkhead originally was listed as questionable to play versus the Jets because of a foot injury. He has not played since Week 4.

Burkhead's status leaves the Patriots with Sony Michel, James White, Brandon Bolden and rookie Damien Harris available at running back for Week 7. Harris has been active for only one game this season.

Here's the list of Patriots players already ruled out for "Monday Night Football."

Rex Burkhead, RB, Foot
Josh Gordon, WR, Ankle/Knee
Ryan Izzo, TE, Concussion
Matt LaCosse, TE, Knee
Michael Bennett, DE, Suspended By Team

Report: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

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NFL rumors: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

NFL rumors: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

The NFL trade deadline is set for Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, and the Denver Broncos have one of the top wide receivers who could be dealt.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources, that the Broncos "are likely to be open to listening to offers for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders."

What is Denver's expected asking price for Sanders? A third-round pick or better, per Schefter:

Denver traded fellow veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans last year for a 2019 fourth-round pick, and sources tell ESPN that the Broncos are expected to be seeking a higher form of compensation for Sanders, who is in the last year of his contract.

Schefter also listed several teams "expected to be in the wide receiver market," and the New England Patriots were among those clubs.

The Patriots definitely would benefit from adding a wide receiver before the trade deadline.

Veteran wideout Josh Gordon will miss Monday night's Week 7 game against the New York Jets because of a knee injury. Phillip Dorsett missed New England's Week 6 win with a hamstring injury, and he's questionable to play versus the Jets. Reigining Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman also has been banged up a bit this season, although he has not missed a game.

Making matters worse for New England is its lack of offensive production at tight end. And now, injuries also are a concern at the position. The Patriots already have ruled out tight ends Matt LaCosse (knee) and Ryan Izzo (concussion) for Monday's matchup in New York, leaving 38-year-old Benjamin Watson atop the tight end depth chart.

Sanders and Cincinnati Bengals star A.J. Green are two of the most popular wide receivers involved in trade rumors entering the deadline. Green has battled an ankle injury all season and has yet to play in 2019. Sanders, meanwhile, has played in all seven of Denver's games with 30 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns. He can play outside or in the slot, and we know Patriots head coach Bill Belichick values versatility quite a bit.

The Patriots must decide if adding a player of Sanders' caliber is worth the cost required to bring him to New England. The Patriots are 6-0, but there are genuine concerns about their depth at wide receiver. Taking a chance on Sanders, even at the cost of a valuable draft pick, does make sense because New England should do all it can to maximize what's left of quarterback Tom Brady's career.

Phil Perry: Why Broncos should make Sanders available>>>

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