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Patriots have their mojo back, but there's still plenty to work on

Patriots have their mojo back, but there's still plenty to work on

Tom E. Curran looks at some Hard Truths of the Patriots' 38-24 win over Indianapolis.

FOXBORO -- The Colts had every excuse to tag out. Coming off a grueling overtime game against Houston, starting the game with just 44 active players rather than 46, down 14-0 early and 24-3 at the break, Indy’s resilience was as much a story this night as the return of the Patriots offensive potency.

IndIanapolis is 1-4 and its losses are narrow ones. It’s a flawed team but it’s also got the arrow pointing up and part of that has to do with the bedside manner of head coach Frank Reich.

He opened his postgame remarks saying, “Just to address it up front, we had a lot of stuff. A lot of banged-up guys going in and I just want to say up front, any questions on that, that is no excuse. We felt very confident going into this game going in. it was what it was, every team deals with the same thing in the NFL.

BEFORE THE GAME, WE SAID . . . 

“It’s the hand that is dealt,” he continued. “We didn’t think about it, talk about it the whole week, all we talked about was coming in here and play good football against a good team on the road. And we got off to a slow start, we cannot do that. You can’t have penalties, turnovers, and drops against a good team, against any team, especially on the road. So, we just got to pick up the pieces and I still have a lot of confidence in our players.”

The Patriots, meanwhile, announced themselves right away with their first drive. They varied tempo. They alternated personnel, toggling between fast-break empty backfield, power with fullback James Develin in front of Sony Michel and the pony formation with backs on either side of Tom Brady in shotgun.

It was a reminder of how when they have Julian Edelman, the playbook expands exponentially and yards are easier to come by.

But the Patriots will have plenty to correct as well heading into their game with the Chiefs. They had seven penalties for 50 yards. Bill Belichick noted there were probably more yards to be made on the ground. And the second-half focus on both sides of the ball seemed to slip after the big lead was built.

MORE HARD TRUTHS

The Patriots had far more talent on the field than the Colts on Thursday night. It shouldn’t have gotten as close as it did. That New England put up 38 and has plenty to work on is a good thing, believe it or not.

Less than two weeks removed from looking listless in Detroit, the Pats have their mojo back. 

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2019 NFL Draft rumors live blog: Latest first-round news, reports, buzz

2019 NFL Draft rumors live blog: Latest first-round news, reports, buzz

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft will take place Thursday night in Nashville, and the rumor mill is in overdrive.

A lot of the trade rumors involve Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft by Arizona and had a good-not-great rookie season. The Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and the top prospect is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, there's no need to keep Rosen on the roster going forward.

How many teams would trade for Rosen? One team linked to the UCLA product has been the New England Patriots, who have 12 picks (tied for the most) in this draft. The Patriots don't have a worthy successor to Tom Brady on their roster right now, so it wouldn't be shocking if they took a QB in this draft or made a trade.

Much of the other buzz includes teams that might trade up or down in Round 1. If Murray or another top prospect starts to slip, we might see some action later in the night. Many of the quarterbacks taken in the first round over the last few years were selected by teams that traded up for that particular player. The best recent case was the Kansas City Chiefs moving up to No. 10 in 2017 to take Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who just won the NFL MVP award.

Keep it right here throughout the night as we track all the notable trade rumors, reports and overall buzz from the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

7:57 p.m.: The Oakland Raiders need a pass rusher, and Nick Bosa was one of the best in college football last season.

7:41 p.m.: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been the projected No. 1 pick in just about every NFL mock draft. 

7:05 p.m.: Could the Texans be looking to trade one of their elite pass rushers?

6:22 p.m.: Here are some teams that could move up in the first round.

6:15 p.m.: Could a trade between AFC East rivals be brewing?

5:30 p.m.: Could the Giants wait and not pick a quarterback in the first round?

5 p.m.: The Patriots draft board reportedly is small.

4:33 p.m.: Sounds like the Cardinals have narrowed their options with the No. 1 pick down to three names.

4:23 p.m.: Could we see a little movement in Round 1? Here's the latest.

2:40 p.m.: Could the Patriots trade up for Iowa tight end Noah Fant? Here's what Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst said on a recent podcast.

"But I've been told the Patriots will seriously consider trading up for Fant. That's how much they like him."

2:10 p.m. ET: Let's start off with some rumors from earlier in the day.

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2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

2019 NFL Draft Tracker: Live results of all 32 first-round picks

After many long months of scouting and preparation, the time has come for teams to make the first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Round 1 will take place Thursday night in Nashville, where the Arizona Cardinals will open the night with the No. 1 overall selection. 

Unlike previous years, the quarterback class isn't amazing, but that isn't likely to stop multiple teams from addressing this important position in the first round. This draft class is most deep and rich at talent on the defensive side of the ball. There are several defensive lineman and defensive backs who project to be very good NFL players, and we should here many of their names on the first night of the draft.

The New England Patriots will close out the first round at pick No. 32 as the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Patriots have traded out of the first round on several occasions during Bill Belichick's tenure, but there haven't been any recent reports suggesting New England is looking to move down from No. 32.

Here's the updated first-round draft order. We will add every pick to the right team as it happens, so be sure to follow this article throughout Thursday night. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET.

1. Arizona Cardinals
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New York Jets
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. New York Giants
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Detroit Lions
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Denver Broncos
11. Cincinnati Bengals
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Miami Dolphins
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Washington Redskins
16. Carolina Panthers
17. New York Giants (via Cleveland)
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Tennessee Titans
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City)
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots

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