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One Patriots player still isn't over Corey Clement's controversial Super Bowl touchdown catch

One Patriots player still isn't over Corey Clement's controversial Super Bowl touchdown catch

Corey Clement's crucial and questionable touchdown grab during the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles is still a sore subject for at least one Patriots player.

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On Tuesday, the NFL competition committee reached a "unanimous" agreement that plays like the infamous Dez Bryant no-catch ruling in the 2014 playoffs should be considered a catch in the future. In other words, Dez caught it. It's official.

Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers agrees with the ruling. What he doesn't agree with, however, is Clement's third-quarter Super Bowl touchdown catch not being overturned.

Flowers of course has a reasonable case. Clement didn't appear to have control of the ball with both feet down as fell out of the end zone.

While the outcome of the Super Bowl unfortunately won't change, it looks like there will be at least a bit more clarity with the NFL's catch rule in the future. That's about all we can ask for at this point.

Better late than never.

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

Tom Brady has an idea for Rob Gronkowski's replacement at tight end, and it doesn't involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Patriots quarterback had a light bulb go off above his head while watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Why not have 6-foot-9, 256-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara give tight end a shot?

All jokes aside, Brady has been one of Chara's biggest fans during the Bruins' first-round series. He also left a motivational comment on Chara's Instagram post prior to Tuesday night's Game 7 matchup.

As for what the Patriots are really doing to fill Gronk's void at tight end, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency during the offseason. It remains to be seen whether they'll address the tight end position during the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

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Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

At last, the draft has arrived - almost. Phil Perry talks to former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi as the annual selection of talent looms.

3:42 - Phil Perry is joined by former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, football analyst and writer for the Athletic Mike Lombardi. The two begin by discussing the validity of certain reports on players in the upcoming draft.

7:44 - Are the Patriots in a position where they need to pick a quarterback this year? Lombardi explains how difficult it is to judge talent because of the difference in the level of competition in college football.

12:26 - Lombardi talks about how this year's draft could be weak compared to previous years' and how the Patriots should approach their selections because of that.

18:36 - Phil goes through his final mock draft, with the picks being decided by the fans via Twitter polls.


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