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Patriots' projected haul of 2020 NFL Draft picks still impressive after latest trades

Patriots' projected haul of 2020 NFL Draft picks still impressive after latest trades

The New England Patriots were busy in the trade market Wednesday, making two deals to bring in much-needed depth along the offensive line.

The Patriots acquired Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Korey Cunningham in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. They also dealt a fourth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor and a sixth-round pick.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, even after these two moves, still has an impressive collection of 2020 draft picks to use in future trades or keep to acquire more young players. New England currently projects to have 12 selections (via @patscap) in the 2020 NFL Draft, including the projected compensatory picks as a result of losing multiple players (Trent Brown, Trey Flowers and others) in free agency.

The Patriots made 10 selections in the 2019 draft, and the early returns have been encouraging. Third-round pick Chase Winovich from Michigan has been one of the best defensive rookies in the preseason, and fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham of Auburn leads all rookie quarterbacks with 504 passing yards through three preseason games. Former Alabama running back Damien Harris has impressed in limited preseason action and is an intriguing fantasy football option, showing why he was worth a third-round selection. Undrafted rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers also has shown a lot of exciting potential.

We still have a long way to go before the 2020 draft, but the Patriots remain in the enviable position of having an abundance of draft capital to improve their roster in the final stage of quarterback Tom Brady's career and beyond.

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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