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Patriots QB Tom Brady to play vs. Panthers? 'I hope to be out there'

Patriots QB Tom Brady to play vs. Panthers? 'I hope to be out there'

The Carolina Panthers will have their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, on the field Thursday night at Gillette Stadium for their Week 3 preseason game against the New England Patriots. Will the Patriots do the same with their starting QB?

Tom Brady wants to play, and the 42-year-old quarterback made that clear Tuesday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

“I hope so," Brady said. "I hope so. Again, we had practice yesterday and we have practice today, and then we will see what coach decides. I hope to be out there. We’ll see what happens.”

Brady has not played in the first two preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and rookie Jarrett Stidham have played instead, and both of them have performed well. 

The Patriots have some new faces at wide receiver this summer, most notably rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers. These first-year players have never caught a pass from Brady in an actual game setting, so building on the chemistry they've started to develop in practice would be one reason to give Brady some playing time versus the Panthers. 

The third preseason game also is typically when starters play for an extended period of time. It's a good opportunity to see where the offense and defense stand after a full training camp. Therefore, we can't be surprised that Newton, as well as Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, are going to play Thursday.

The Patriots would be wise to do the same and get their No. 1s plenty of time together before the regular seasons begins Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

NFL Rumors: Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, ending any chance the Patriots had to secure their division rival's young star. 

The Steelers will send their 2020 first round pick to the Dolphins for Fitzpatrick, giving Miami three first round picks and six total selections in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft.

Fitzpatrick, a versatile safety with experience playing both safety spots along with slot and outside corner, will help a Steelers secondary that was completely obliterated by the Patriots in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger is out for the rest of the season, so it will be up to Mason Rudolph to lead the Steeler offense after their defense gets a major upgrade. 

This also takes a potential trade off the table for the Patriots. Our own Phil Perry outlined why it would have made a ton of sense for the Patriots to try and pry Fitzpatrick away from Miami, but it appears the Dolphins will deal their first round selection from 2018 to one of New England's rivals. 

Jalen Ramsey requested a trade from the Jaguars on Monday, so if the Patriots are willing to give up a first round pick for some help in the secondary, there's still an elite option out there. However, New England's corner group has been exceptional during the first two weeks of 2019. 

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New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

The New York Jets are playing the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. And ahead of that game, it looks like they could be down their top two quarterbacks.

The Jets were already without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold as the second-year passer battles mono. But against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, they may have lost their backup quarterback too.

In the second quarter of the game, Trevor Siemian was hurt after taking a hit from Myles Garrett. On the play, Siemian bent over backward awkwardly and appeared to injure his ankle in the process. While he was able to hobble off the field, he went to the locker room almost immediately. He was a woeful 3 of 6 for just 3 passing yards while being sacked twice before the injury knocked him out. 

If Siemian can't play in Week 3 against the Patriots, they will be still be licking their chops as they look at the resume of his backup. Siemian was replaced by third-string quarterback Luke Falk who has been on three different teams (Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Jets) since being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He hadn't played an NFL snap before entering Monday night's game.

While the Patriots were likely looking forward to facing Siemian, they'll hardly complain if given a chance to face Falk in what could be his first NFL start. Their defense has been stellar to start the season, so they shouldn't have much of a problem containing a Falk-led Jets attack.

Perhaps they'll be able to build on their historic start to the season as they look to start the season 3-0 with two divisional victories.

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