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Patriots QB Tom Brady gives his take on Isaiah Wynn's progress so far

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Patriots QB Tom Brady gives his take on Isaiah Wynn's progress so far

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots decided not to re-sign starting left tackle Trent Brown in NFL free agency, which opened the door for Isaiah Wynn to win the job entering his second season.

Wynn suffered an Achilles tear last August and missed the entire 2018 campaign. He's essentially still a rookie as the 2019 season approaches, and he's making good progress in his recovery. 

The Georgia product got the start at left tackle (his second in as many weeks) in Thursday night's Week 3 preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Wynn was on the field for 28 snaps and played well in protecting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's blindside.

"I think he's taken advantage of the opportunity," Brady said. "I think everyone expects him to be a high performer for our team. He's getting opportunities and he's going to have to take advantage of them. You know, nobody's out there playing perfect tonight. I'm sure we've all got a long way to go -- he does, so do I -- but we've got to get out there and practice and get a lot of guys back in there and find some rhythm."

It's going to take some time for Wynn to be fully back from his major injury, but the results from the preseason so far are encouraging. He was one of the highest-rated offensive tackles in the 2018 draft class and excelled for a Georgia team that advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2017. 

The Patriots had one of the best offensive lines in the league last season, and Pro Football Focus rated it as the sixth-best unit entering the 2019 season.

Wynn's ability to make a strong impact in his first season of game action will go a long way in helping the Patriots keep Brady upright and continue the power-running success established during their run to a Super Bowl LIII title.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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