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Patriots' complicated haul from Jimmy Garoppolo trade is still growing

Patriots' complicated haul from Jimmy Garoppolo trade is still growing

Welcome to New England, where second-round picks can become so, so much more.

In this case, we're talking about the No. 43 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Patriots acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

One pick for one player: Simple trade, right?

Not for the Patriots, who by direct and indirect means have transformed that selection into a vast array of players and future draft picks.

Let's follow along, shall we? (Hat tip to Pats Pulpit's Pat Lane and CBS Boston's Michael Hurley, who did some painstaking leg work to sort this out.)

Here's how it all started:

1. Patriots trade Garoppolo to Niners for 2018 No. 43 pick

After that? Buckle up.

2. Patriots trade No. 43 to Detroit Lions for 2018 No. 51 and No. 117 picks

3. Patriots trade No. 51 to Chicago Bears for 2018 No. 105 pick and 2019 No. 56 pick

3. Patriots trade No. 105 to Cleveland Browns for 2018 No. 114 and No. 178 picks

4. Patriots trade No. 114 to Lions for 2019 No. 73 pick

5. Patriots draft LB Christian Sam with 2018 No. 178 pick

6. Patriots trade 2018 No. 62 (own pick) and No. 117 for No. 56 pick, draft CB Duke Dawson

Deep breath. We're almost there.

7. Patriots trade 2019 No. 73 to Bears for No. 87, No. 162 and 2020 fourth-rounder

8. Patriots trade 2019 No. 56 and No. 101 (own pick) to the Los Angeles Rams for No. 45 pick, draft CB Joejuan Williams

9. Patriots draft RB Damien Harris with 2019 No. 87 pick

10. Patriots trade 2019 No. 97 (own pick) and No. 162 to Rams for No. 101 and No. 133, draft OT Yodny Cajuste and QB Jarrett Stidham

Got all that?

In total, New England made 10 moves that involved at least one asset originating from the Garoppolo trade, netting six players:

CB Duke Dawson
LB Christian Sam
CB Joejuan Williams
RB Damien Harris
T Yodny Cajuste
QB Jarrett Stidham

Oh, and the book still isn't closed on this trade, as the Patriots have the Bears' fourth-rounder in next year's draft.

The jury is still out on all of these players, but if any go on to make significant contributions -- if, say, Stidham becomes Tom Brady heir apparent -- credit goes to Bill Belichick for squeezing every last ounce out of the Jimmy G trade.

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Patriots vs. Jets Week 7 highlights, analysis and injury updates

Patriots vs. Jets Week 7 highlights, analysis and injury updates

The latest chapter in the rivalry between the New England Patriots and New York Jets will be written Monday night at MetLife Stadium, where the defending Super Bowl champions will try to improve their unbeaten record to 7-0.

The Patriots enter Week 7 with a 6-0 record for the first time since 2015, and oddsmakers like their chances of beating the Jets for the second time this season. New England is a 9.5-point favorite just a few hours before kickoff.

The Jets have lost seven consecutive games to the Patriots, which ties their worst losing skid to New England in franchise history. New York, however, has starting quarterback Sam Darnold and star linebacker C.J. Mosley back in the lineup together for the first time since Week 1. Both players did not participate in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Darnold was battling mono and Mosley had a groin injury.

Will the Patriots extend their win streak against the Jets to eight games, or will New York overcome its nemesis and earn a potential season-defining victory? Keep it right here for all of the latest highlights, score updates, injuries and quick analysis from Patriots vs. Jets.

First quarter, 6:13, 7-0: The Patriots cap a 16-play, 78-yard drive that lasted almost nine minutes with a 3-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel. It's his fourth rushing score of the season. 

The Jets pass rush failed to get to Brady on that drive.

First quarter, 7:30, 0-0: Benjamin Watson took his first target off his facemask, but he made a 10-yard reception later in the Pats' opening drive on a 3rd-and-5 to move them into the red zone. It was his first reception as a Patriot since 2005.

8:15 p.m.: Here are the results of the coin toss.

8 p.m.: Who's ready for Devin McCourty's pre-game speech?

7:45 p.m.: Tonight is the Patriots' last division road game of the season. It's also their fourth division game overall. After this game against the Jets, the Patriots won't play another division matchup until Week 16 and Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, respectively. 

6:55 p.m.: Here are the inactives for both teams.

PATRIOTS

Rex Burkhead, RB
Josh Gordon, WR
Korey Cunningham, OL
Ryan Izzo, TE
Matt LaCosse, TE
Michael Bennett, DL
Patrick Chung, S

JETS

Trenton Cannon, RB
Chris Herndon, TE
Kelechi Osemele, OL
Kelvin Beachum, OL
Henry Anderson, DL
Albert McClellan, LB
Newville Hewitt, LB

6:40 p.m. ET: The inactives will be announced shortly, so while we wait, let's look at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady making his grand entrance to MetLife Stadium.

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Matt Cassel details a Patriots prank war that led Tom Brady to pee on his practice jersey

Matt Cassel details a Patriots prank war that led Tom Brady to pee on his practice jersey

If there is one thing you come away with at the conclusion of this story, let it be this: Don't get in a prank war with Tom Brady. 

Matt Cassel did during the second year of his pro career, and it did not end well for him. 

On Patriots Pregame Live before New England paid a visit to the Jets on Monday Night Football, Cassel detailed the prank war that left his car covered in trash, without its tires and his practice jersey soaked in urine. 

"I was coming in and a prank war started where he knocked my trey out of my hand, he put his foot up against the door, I poured some protein shake in his shoes, maybe some flexi-hot into his underwear," Cassel said. "He dumped a trash can on my car and then decided to pee on my practice jersey, and then he asked me to forgive him and call him Captain Longshanks.

"So I was like, ‘No I’m not doing that, I’m going to do something even worse to you,’ and by the time we came in for practice, I had three tires in front of my locker, the other one was hidden, you know the old ‘put in on the blocks,’" he said. "The old adage goes back to don’t mess with people that have more money than you do."

There's always a breaking point in a prank war where someone waves the white flag. It's needed before someone gets hurt, or in a team setting, before it becomes too much of a distraction. So understandably Cassel gave up after Brady's brutal series of pranks, but that didn't stop the offensive lineman from escalating it to the point where Bill Belichick had to get involved. 

I was done, I wiped my hands with it and said, ‘I give,’" Cassel said. "The lineman decided to fill his car up with (foam) peanuts, put confetti in his air conditioning unit, and at that point, Bill had to step in and say, ‘Look, guys, this isn’t World War 4, okay. We can’t have you guys going around hurting somebody or killing somebody.’"

That was the end of it, or at least it appeared to be. Brady still wouldn't give Cassel his missing tire back. 

"At the end of the day I did have to go home with my buddy for at least four days before he would give me back my other tire," Cassel said. 

So again, don't get into a prank war with Brady. But if you do get into your own prank war, try to make sure you have more money than the other person. Who knew we'd get such important life lessons before this Week 7 matchup?

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