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Patriots 2019 preseason schedule: Matt Patricia's Lions among four opponents

Patriots 2019 preseason schedule: Matt Patricia's Lions among four opponents

UPDATE (2 p.m. ET): The New England Patriots confirmed their 2019 preseason schedule Tuesday afternoon. Here's the rundown:

Week 1: at Detroit Lions
Week 2: at Tennessee Titans
Week 3: vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 4: vs. New York Giants

Exact dates and times have yet to be announced.

ORIGINAL STORY: It appears Bill Belichick got his wish.

The Athletic's Nick Underhill shared the Patriots' four 2019 preseason opponents Tuesday, citing sources, and they include two teams led by former New England players or coaches. Here's the list:

-- at Tennessee Titans
-- at Detroit Lions
-- vs. New York Giants
-- vs. Carolina Panthers

The Patriots reportedly requested to play preseason games against teams led by former assistants at the NFL owners' meetings, and the league seemingly has given them two such matchups, as Titans coach Mike Vrabel and Lions coach Matt Patricia both have ties to New England. 

After not conducting any joint practices last summer for the first time since 2012, Belichick could try to schedule joint practices with Vrabel's Titans or Patricia's Lions ahead of those preseason matchups. Detroit also is a potential candidate for HBO's "Hard Knocks," which would make a joint practice session with the Patriots even more intriguing.

New England traditionally plays the Giants in its final preseason game, while the team also played the Panthers on the road in their third preseason contest last August.

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Breakfast Podcast: May 20th, 2019: Can Michael Chavis sustain this level of play all season? What does Rodney Harrison think about Tom Brady skipping OTA's?

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Breakfast Podcast: May 20th, 2019: Can Michael Chavis sustain this level of play all season? What does Rodney Harrison think about Tom Brady skipping OTA's?

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1:19: John Tomase, Tom E Curran and Gary Tanguay react to the Sox win today and discuss the success of Michael Chavis so far this season.

6:58: Tom E Curran Dan Shaughnessy and Gary Tanguay talk about Rodney Harrison's comments on Tom Brady's decision to skip OTA's for the second year.

10:21: Finally DJ Bean, Tom Giles and Joe Haggerty discuss if this long break for the Bruins will affect Tuukka Rask's hot-streak.

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Tom Brady's series "Tom vs Time" wins Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

Tom Brady's series "Tom vs Time" wins Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

As we've all grown accustomed to over the last 19 years, Tom Brady has won again. 

This time, however, it wasn't for his play on the football field, but his Facebook series "Tom vs Time," which won a Sports Emmy Monday for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary. Brady announced the nomination Sunday

Brady's series was up against HBO's "Being Serena," based on tennis legend Serena Williams, ESPN+'s "Quest for the Stanley Cup," and Prime Video's "All or Nothing" series based on the Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City F.C.

The Sports Emmy will be added to Brady's collection of six Super Bowl rings, three MVP awards, two Offensive Player of the Year awards, five All-Pro selections and 14 Pro Bowl selections. 

Now we'll have to see what Brady does for a follow up during the 2019 NFL season as he keeps raising the bar for himself. 

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