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Patriots cancel final two OTAs, will have 'team-building experience' Monday

Patriots cancel final two OTAs, will have 'team-building experience' Monday

The New England Patriots' summer vacation is starting early.

The Patriots announced this morning they have canceled their final two organized activity practices scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. That means they won't return to the practice field untl training camp in late July.

As ESPN's Mike Reiss noted, the team still came to Gillette Stadium on Monday for a "team-building experience."

That head coach Bill Belichick called off the final two OTAs is a sign he believes his team worked hard this spring and is in good shape entering 2019 training camp. Belichick also canceled the final two OTA sessions of 2018, and New England went on to win a Super Bowl that season.

The Patriots held a total of eight practices this spring, including five voluntary OTA sessions and three mandatory minicamp practices. Training camp dates and times have yet to be announced.

Update: According to The Athletic's Jeff Howe, the Patriots spent their off day paintballing. NBC Sports Boston can't confirm whether paintballing falls under the preferred exercises category in the TB12 method, but it certainly counts as team-building. 

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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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