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Panthers plan to play Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey vs. Patriots

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Panthers plan to play Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey vs. Patriots

Patriots fans have seen Tom Brady in uniform this preseason; they've just seen him on the sidelines during each of the team's first two preseason games.

But Brady isn't the only star who hasn't seen any preseason action so far this year; the Panthers have also held out quarterback Cam Newton, running back Christian McCaffrey, and linebacker Luke Kuechly to this point.

That's about to change this week, however. Carolina head coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that all three players will see action Thursday in Foxboro, along with the rest of the Panthers starters.

“They’ve been the gold standard for a long time,’’ Rivera said, via ESPN's David Newton. “You want to go out and see just how good you are. It is a good measuring stick as to who we can be as a football team.’’

Yet while Rivera was forthcoming about his plans for playing time, Bill Belichick played it closer to the vest Monday. When asked if Brady would play against Carolina, Belichick broke out a familiar refrain.

"As always, we’ll do what’s best for the football team — for each player, and for the team."

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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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