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Patriots get rousing ovation from TD Garden crowd at Celtics game

Patriots get rousing ovation from TD Garden crowd at Celtics game

The Patriots were in the house for Celtics-Pacers Game 2 on Wednesday night.

More specifically it was Bill Belichick, Julian Edelman, Duron Harmon, and both Devin and Jason McCourty in attendance to see the C's in action. As you would expect, the TD Garden crowd gave their Super Bowl champs a loud ovation.

The Celtics look to follow in the Patriots' footsteps and continue the trend of bringing parades to Boston.

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Rodney Harrison on Belichick, Brady and more; Edelman signs extension

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Rodney Harrison on Belichick, Brady and more; Edelman signs extension

1:42 - Tom Curran is joined by 2019 Patriots Hall of Fame Inductee Rodney Harrison to talk about his time with the Patriots

3:12 - Rodney recalls his first meeting with Bill Belichick, immediately understanding the football culture in New England and how the Patriots head coach let him be himself on the field.

5:29 - After being released by the Chargers and picked up by the Patriots, Harrison focused on earning the respect of his teammates, even if it meant being extra aggressive.

8:02 - Rodney gets into detail about the situation with Lawyer Milloy, how he felt replacing the longtime Patriots safety and what lessons he took from it.

10:42 - Tom asks Rodney how he feels about Tom Brady skipping OTAs and if he thinks mental health is become more and more important for football players.

14:39 - With Julian Edelman signing a two-year contract extension with the Patriots, Tom looks back at the evolution of No. 11's career in New England.

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Star trainer predicts Patriots' N'Keal Harry will have 1,000-yard rookie season

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Star trainer predicts Patriots' N'Keal Harry will have 1,000-yard rookie season

The New England Patriots' selection of N'Keal Harry in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft received rave reviews in expert draft grades, but media members aren't the only people excited for what the future holds for the former Arizona State wide receiver.

Famed trainer Travelle Gaines, whose clients have included NFL stars such as Saquon Barkley and Antonio Brown, worked with Harry before the draft. Gaines explained on the latest "Lefkoe Show" from Bleacher Report why he's confident Harry will be a success in the NFL.

"How focused he is," Gaines said. "He's almost oblivious to what's going on outside around him. He's just focused on training and playing football."

Well, that sounds like the ideal player for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. 

Gaines also was asked what type of player Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting in Harry.

"(Brady) has an athlete that's going to compete and he has an athlete that can go up and get (the ball)," Gaines said. "And he's a lot faster than people think. He returned kickoffs and punts this year. He wasn't just a receiver. Again, I definitely think he's going to be a 1,000-yard receiver as a rookie. I definitely think he's probably going to win NFL Rookie of the Year. And I'm not saying that because I trained him, I'm saying that because he's in the best position of all offensive rookies in the NFL this year."

Oddsmakers are a little less optimistic about Harry's chances of winning Rookie of the Year. Caesars Palace had him at +1000 (fourth-best odds) to win the award earlier this month.

He's not a bad bet, though. Harry has a real chance to be a critical player in the Patriots' offense, especially after the offseason departures of tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson. We also don't know if suspended wideout  Josh Gordon will be eligible to play at all in 2019.

It's not unreasonable to think Harry could hit the 1,000-yard mark and be a top contender for Rookie of the Year. And according to Gaines, the young wide receiver certainly has the work ethic needed to reach those goals.

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