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Patriots' Phillip Dorsett's impressive streak for a consecutive targets caught

Patriots' Phillip Dorsett's impressive streak for a consecutive targets caught

Phillip Dorsett has been doing everything you want a wide receiver to do to start the season: Catch the ball when it's thrown to you. 

According to Mike Giardi, Dorsett has caught the last 23 passes thrown to him, tied for the eighth-best streak in the NFL since the league started tracking the stat in 2009. 

Over those 23 receptions, Dorsett has 259 yards (11.3 YPC) and three touchdowns, while 134 yards and two of those touchdowns have come this season. Dorsett's streak is also a franchise record for the Patriots, leading the likes of Dion Lewis (19 games), Julian Edelman (18) and Wes Welker (18 and 17). 

Dorsett is well on his way to a breakout season with the Patriots this season, especially after the team released Antonio Brown. Dorsett always presented game-breaking speed and explosiveness on the outside but wasn't able to put it all together.

If he can come into his own, the Patriots' wide receiver position won't need much more help with Dorsett, Edelman, Josh Gordon and N'Keal Harry (once he's healthy).

Dorsett will look to extend his streak in Week 3 against an 0-3 Jets team burdened by the injury bug. The Patriots may have the game wrapped up by halftime, so there might not be a ton of targets to be had on Sunday. 

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.