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N'Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski and more Patriots pick new jersey numbers

N'Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski and more Patriots pick new jersey numbers

Now that the 53-man roster has taken shape, the Patriots assigned new jersey numbers to their two rookie receivers and the offensive lineman they acquired in trades last week. 

First round pick N'Keal Harry and undrafted free agent Gunner Olszewski wore No. 8 and No. 9 respectively during the preseason, but unfortunately, this isn't college football. Receivers are only allowed to wear numbers between 10-19 and 80-89 in the NFL, so they picked new numbers that were worn by a couple of receivers you'll be familiar with. 

Harry gets No. 15, most recently worn by Chris Hogan and most notoriously owned by former backup quarterback Ryan Mallet. Hogan spent three years with the Patriots, winning three AFC title games and two Super Bowls. So 15 definitely has some good omens. 

Olszewski's choice of No. 80 should ring some bells as well. Danny Amendola, an undrafted wide receiver in his own right, had a productive career in New England. Over five seasons, Amendola caught 230 passes for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns. He signed with the Dolphins before last season and now plays for Matt Patricia and the Lions. 

Then you have Russell Bodine, Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor taking their offensive lineman numbers, while Cameron Meredith, who will remain on the PUP list until at least Week 6, went with No. 19. 

Jamie Collins, who wore No. 91 when he played on the team his first three-and-a-half seasons as a pro, has yet to pick out a new number. Deatrich Wise currently wears 91, and after making the 53-man roster it appears the number won't be freed up any time soon. However, Collins was seen wearing No. 58 at practice on Sunday. 

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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