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Patriots coach Bill Belichick's 300th win earns shoutout from Odell Beckham Jr.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick's 300th win earns shoutout from Odell Beckham Jr.

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick joined an exclusive club Sunday by earning the 300th win of his legendary career, joining Hall of Famers Don Shula and George Halas as the only head coaches to achieve this milestone.

The historic victory earned Belichick plenty of praise from his own players and opponents, including Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. 

“I've seen that, and I didn’t want him to have his 300th on us, but he did have it," Beckham said at his locker after New England's 27-13 win at Gillette Stadium. "He’s a phenomenal coach. I was looking at Don Shula, I don’t know how many wins he has -- 340? -- and I’m thinking, ‘Is Belichick trying to surpass that?’ And I just didn’t want to give him the 300th win today. But he went out and got it. He’s a phenomenal coach. You could argue if he’s the best ever.”

Beckham is right -- you certainly can argue Belichick is the best ever. He's won 269 regular season games and a record 31 playoff wins in his 25 years as a head coach. His nine conference championships and six Super Bowl titles also are records for a head coach.

Belichick's 300th win fittingly came against the Browns. Cleveland game him his first head coaching job in 1991, and his first career win came versus the Patriots at the old Foxboro Stadium in Week 2 of the 1991 campaign. 

The 67-year-old coach, unsurprisingly, bestowed much of the credit for his latest accomplishment to the players and assistant coaches he's worked with over the years. But it's quite clear to all football fans, especially those who watched Belichick run circles around Browns coach Freddie Kitchens on Sunday, that coaching is a significant part of winning and losing in the NFL. The Patriots are very fortunate to have had the most detailed and prepared coach in league history running their organization for 20 seasons.

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Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

The New England Patriots added even more depth to an elite group of cornerbacks Sunday by acquiring Michael Jackson in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

Jackson, who's listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. The Detroit Lions signed him off the Cowboys practice squad last season and he played in one game for the NFC North team.

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Here's an updated look at the Patriots' cornerback depth chart with Jackson in the fold:

--Stephon Gilmore
--Jason McCourty
--J.C. Jackson
--Jonathan Jones
--Joejuan Williams
--Michael Jackson
--Myles Bryant
--D’Angelo Ross

It should be noted that Justin Bethel is listed at cornerback, but most of his snaps come on special teams. 

A strong case could be made that cornerback is the deepest position on the Patriots roster. The group is led by Stephon Gilmore, who became the first Patriot ever to win the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019. Gilmore is the league's best cornerback and has earned first team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons. 

He's not the only talented cornerback in the Patriots secondary, though. 

J.C. Jackson excelled in coverage last season, too, especially on passes beyond 20 yards. In fact, Jackson had the lowest passer rating allowed when targeted of all cornerbacks in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

One of the most intriguing players in the Patriots secondary is second-year cornerback Joejuan Williams. He was a second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019 but saw limited playing time as a rookie.

The depth of the Patriots defense has been hit hard in recent months due to free agent departures and veterans opting out of the 2020 season amid concerns over COVID-19. One position that has remained largely intact is cornerback, and barring any significant injuries, it could be the team's most productive position this coming season.

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

The New England Patriots have added another cornerback to their depth chart.

On Sunday, they announced they've acquired Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick.


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Jackson was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (158th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys out of Miami. He started his rookie season on Dallas' practice squad before being signed by Detroit.

The 23-year-old played in only one game last season for the Lions.

Jackson joins a Patriots cornerback group that currently consists of Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, D'Angelo Ross, Justin Bethel, and Myles Bryant.