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Patriots fans won't like where Chris Simms ranked Tom Brady among top NFL QBs

Patriots fans won't like where Chris Simms ranked Tom Brady among top NFL QBs

If there's one thing nearly all New England Patriots supporters and football fans around the NFL can agree on, it's that Tom Brady is one of the top-five quarterbacks in the NFL right now.

One person who doesn't view Brady as a top five quarterback is NBC Sports' Chris Simms, who is in the process of revealing his top 40 QBs in the league. He has Brady ranked ninth and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ranked 10th. 

Here's the rest of his list. The top eight will be revealed soon.

Simms' list, as you might imagine, received a fair amount of passionate feedback, including from one of Brady's former rivals. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner seemed be in disbelief over Brady and Brees being placed so low.

Simms explained his rationale for Brady's and Brees' rankings in the following tweets:

The Patriots do put a great system around Brady, but he's not a system quarterback. How many quarterbacks could have made some of the plays, particularly on third down, that Brady converted late in the fourth quarter and in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs during last season's AFC Championship Game? The list is very, very small.

Brady is coming off his sixth Super Bowl championship, and oddsmakers like the Patriots' chances of winning a seventh next season. 

He completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 4,355 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2018. Those stats are really good, and yet so many people have concluded Brady had a down year. You could make a case that Brady is no longer the best quarterback in the NFL entering 2019, but to say he's not in the top five or seven doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

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Robert Kraft discusses decision to get masks from China using Patriots' plane

Robert Kraft discusses decision to get masks from China using Patriots' plane

Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots are actively trying to help the community amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Kraft recently sent New England's team plane to China to bring 1.2 million N95 protective masks back to Massachusetts, and the decision was an easy one for the Patriots owner. 

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"We want to give hope here at this time that we're all banding together and trying to do what's right and put anyone's selfish interests to the side and come together to help one another," Kraft said on NBC 10 Boston Thursday evening.

"Air Kraft" departed Shenzen, China early Wednesday morning and arrived back to Boston around 6 p.m. Thursday evening with the masks. Mass. Governor Charlie Baker couldn't express how truly thankful he was for the Kraft family and their unconditional support during this difficult time.  

"Honestly, we can't thank you, your dad and your family enough for answering the call and helping make this happen," Baker said on NBC 10 Thursday, "And for the many, many dedicated frontline workers across this state who are battling COVID-19 on behalf of the people in Massachusetts every single day. This gear will make an enormous difference."

Kraft's generosity will help many frontline medical workers across the state remain safe as hospitals and doctor's offices see a rise in cases every day. 

As of Wednesday, Massachusetts had 7,738 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the CDC. Those numbers are only expected to grow as COVID-19 sweeps the nation. 

Patriots' James White reminisces about Super Bowl LI win after rewatching full game

Patriots' James White reminisces about Super Bowl LI win after rewatching full game

With people all over the world self-quarantining to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, one of the best ways for sports fans to keep busy is watching classic games.

Several networks have been replaying some of the best Super Bowl matchups, and on Sunday, FOX showed a game that New England Patriots fans will watch over and over again. 

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We're of course talking about Super Bowl LI, when the Patriots pulled off an epic comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime after trailing 28-3 late in the third quarter. One of the heroes of that victory was Patriots running back James White. 

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Like many Patriots fans, White recently took some time to sit down and watch the instant classic.

"It was my first time actually watching the full game a couple of days ago when it was on. It was pretty cool to see, it was a hard-fought game," White said Thursday during a media conference call. "We all expended a lot of energy out there, it took everybody to win that one. It was a great comeback, a great team victory. All that conditioning in the offseason and all those practices, that’s made for those moments."

White gave an amazing performance in Super Bowl LI and probably would've been the game's MVP if not for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's heroics. He ran for 29 yards and one touchdown, while also tallying 14 receptions for 110 yards and two more touchdowns. White scored three of the Patriots' four touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. He also converted a two-point conversion.

White isn't the only Patriots player who recently watched Super Bowl LI. Brady did as well, and he was happy to share the experience on his Instagram story.