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Patriots' Phillip Dorsett 'can't wait' to work with, learn from Antonio Brown

Patriots' Phillip Dorsett 'can't wait' to work with, learn from Antonio Brown

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Antonio Brown is going to make the New England Patriots better purely with the extraordinary talent he brings to the field each play. But the All-Pro wide receiver also will have the opportunity to share his impressive knowledge of the game with the Patriots' younger wideouts, and Phillip Dorsett is ready to soak up that information.

"I can't wait to learn from him because we have similar body types, similar play types," Dorsett said after the Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 in Sunday night's season opener at Gillette Stadium. "I've always wanted to learn from him, and now I get to see him everyday and work with him. I can't wait."

Dorsett has long been a fan of Brown's talent, and his reaction to the Patriots signing him was shared by many fans across New England.

"I was like, 'Wow,'" Dorsett said. "I can't wait to work with him. He's always been a guy I've looked up to when it comes to football. He's a beast. We all know that."

The Patriots offense is spoiled with several talented wide receivers capable of making big plays on any given night. Dorsett was the star against the Steelers, tallying four receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown's arrival could end up taking some snaps and targets away from Dorsett, but there's no doubt that having a front row seat to watch one of the most talented receivers of this generation make defenses look foolish is going to be a beneficial experience for the 26-year-old.

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Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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