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Patriots 3 & Out: Which player was most impressive at minicamp?

Patriots 3 & Out: Which player was most impressive at minicamp?

Between OTA's, minicamps, free agent signings, and potential contract extensions, there's no offseason for Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry. So every Friday, they're going to tackle three Patriots-related questions. It could be issues facing the 2019 team, it could be league-wide debates, or it could be something a little more off-the-wall. Here's this week's 3 & Out...

Tom Brady’s explanation of the “Tom Terrific” trademark kerfuffle makes perfect sense to me. Case closed. 

Curran: Pretty much. My initial reaction to the news was, “Why? Nobody calls him that, what’s the rush to market it?”

Now that he’s explained he caught wind someone was looking to use it and he was “trying to keep people from using it” and that “it wasn’t anything I was trying to do out of any disrespect or ill-manner or anything like that,” show’s over, as far as I’m concerned.

I understand fans of Tom Seaver taking offense but anything more than an eyeroll at the whole thing seemed an exercise in performative outrage.

But there’s a lot of that going around these days so I shouldn’t have been surprised that it grew legs, wings, a tail and flapped around like one of Dany’s dragons for most of the week.

Perry: I believe Brady believes this was a preventative measure on his part. But I also believe that the people who told him this was a preventative measure gave him some bad advice. 

I'm not an attorney -- I'm sure Sports Illustrated's legal analyst Michael McCann will be all over this soon -- but from what I understand, this isn't how trademarking works. To get a trademark approved and registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, you have to provide evidence you've used whatever it is you're trademarking in commerce.

If Brady's circle was looking to trademark "Tom Terrific" just to squash it altogether, they can't show they've used it in commerce, and they won't get the trademark registered. If the intent all along was to bury the nickname, this probably wasn't the best way to go about it.

All it's resulted in is a headache for Brady and some pissed-off Mets fans.

In light of Zdeno Chara playing in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final with a messed-up face, what’s the most memorable tale of pain tolerance you can recall from the Patriots?

Curran: I got Logan Mankins playing the 2011 season on a torn ACL

Not just some games. Seventeen of them. Through Super Bowl 46. He missed just one game all season. He had surgery in February 2012.

Also, anybody playing with cracked or broken ribs at any time? Hat’s off to that guy.

Perry: If we did a pain-tolerance top-10, it wouldn't shock me if Mankins had five of the spots secured. We just aren't aware of much else outside of the season-long torn ACL. He was a different breed.

Let's not forget he was a Pro Bowler and a Second-Team All-Pro in 2011. Ridiculous.

First thing that came to my mind? Drew Bledsoe. Back in 1998 he played with a broken finger on his throwing hand, won three games, then had a pin inserted and kept going. And it wasn't just any finger. It was his right index finger.

Pretty important when it comes to throwing the football, from what I gather. A few years later, Bledsoe played a series with a sheared artery in his chest, you'll remember. No questioning that guy's toughness. 

You know who really impressed me in this minicamp?

Curran: Isaiah Wynn. He was held out of team periods as he returns from the torn Achilles suffered last preseason, but in individual drills Wynn moved really well.

I watched Wynn closely on Thursday as the 2018 first-rounder went through a series of drills overseen by offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. Working against other offensive linemen who were just giving a “look” as defensive ends, Wynn was smooth popping from his stance, delivering a punch to the blocking bag being held and shuffling into position to pass protect.

You couldn’t tell he was coming back from injury. And that’s big because, with Trent Brown gone and Jared Veldheer saying, “On second thought…” Wynn is very much needed at left tackle.

Perry: Maurice Harris. I wasn't sure what to expect from Harris coming into minicamp. I'd been told he wasn't the fastest guy, but that in Washington he kept his head down, kept his mouth shut, and worked hard. Sounded like a Patriots type... even if he wasn't athletically gifted enough to eventually make the roster. 

Well, this week proved to me that he's more than just a high-effort guy. There's still a long way to go, but Harris looked smooth in running his routes and he appeared to have a good idea of where he was expected to be on a snap-to-snap basis. That's no small feat for a new guy.

He high-pointed the football on a couple of occasions, and we saw him play both outside and in the slot. I saw him run with Brady's group -- along with Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett -- when Josh McDaniels called for 11-personnel late in the week, and he didn't look out of place.

He'll be on my radar for training camp as one of the top choices to end up on the Week 1 receiver depth chart along with Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Dorsett.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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49ers RB Matt Breida on possible Super Bowl vs. Patriots: 'I like our chances'

49ers RB Matt Breida on possible Super Bowl vs. Patriots: 'I like our chances'

The New England Patriots (6-0) and San Francisco 49ers (5-0) are the only two undefeated teams remaining, so predictably there's already talk of a potential Super Bowl matchup between the two squads.

One thing is for certain: the 49ers aren't lacking confidence as they cruise into Week 7 of the 2019 season. Niners running back Matt Breida made that clear Tuesday night on NFL Total Access when asked how he'd feel about lining up against the defending champion Patriots in Super Bowl 54.

"I feel like I like our chances," Breida told Scott Hanson. We have a great team, great special teams, offense, defense, and everyone's playing at high energy right now. So we'll just have to wait and see."

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Given how dominant the 49ers have looked up to this point, it's no surprise they feel they can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league. Like the Patriots, their defense has been spectacular ranking at or near the top in almost every major statistical category. Offensively, Breida and fellow RBs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert have helped San Francisco establish one of the NFL's best rushing attacks.

Of course, with10 weeks of regular-season football left on the schedule, it's still far too early to be looking ahead to February. But we have to admit, a Tom Brady vs. Jimmy Garoppolo Super Bowl matchup sounds pretty exciting.

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