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Patriots QB Tom Brady shows frustration in animated conversation on sideline

Patriots QB Tom Brady shows frustration in animated conversation on sideline

The New England Patriots offense didn't get off to the best start Sunday night at NRG Stadium.

In fairness, the Patriots were able to move the ball at a decent rate on their opening drive versus the Houston Texans defense. But like so many of the team's trips to the red zone this season, a touchdown eluded the offense and newly signed kicker Kai Forbath converted his first field goal attempt with the Patriots.

The next two Patriots drives ended in the following ways: a Tom Brady interception and a 3-and-out.

The 3-and-out included Brady and Jakobi Meyers not being on the same page during a third-down play, as the Patriots quarterback threw the ball nowhere near the rookie wide receiver along the sideline. Brady looked frustrated as he walked off the field, and when he got to the bench, he had an animated conversation with a teammate(s).

Check out the exchange in the video below:

The Patriots have relied on a historically dominant defense all season, but at some point, the offense is going to need to win them a game. Right now, it doesn't look like Brady and the offense is anywhere near that level. The chemistry in the passing attack is not good, and the run game has been ineffective most of the year.

There's still four games left in the regular season after Sunday night for head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to figure out a solution to the offense's troubles, but these adjustments need to be made quickly or the Baltimore Ravens could claim the No. 1 seed sooner than later.

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Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

The NFL's roster merry-go-round never stops, and the Patriots kept busy on the transaction wire Wednesday by signing three players to their practice squad: DE Eric Lee, DB Adarius Pickett, and K Josh Gable.

Gable's addition is the most out-of-the-box, as Phil Perry explained earlier Wednesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old never played college football, but made a name for himself with compilations of trick shot videos on YouTube. Gable most recently played for the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League, where he went 6-for-16 on field goals and 50-for-57 on extra points.

The Patriots had brought him in for a workout earlier this season, but ultimately signed Mike Nugent, who only lasted four games.

As for Lee, this marks his second stint in Foxboro. New England signed the 25-year-old late in the 2017 season, and he racked up 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, and an interception in his first two games.

He played in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, but didn't survive roster cuts for the 2018 season. He bounced on and off the Lions active roster and practice squad over the last two seasons.

Pickett, the final practice squad addition, is an undrafted rookie out of UCLA who spent some time with the Bears and Chargers earlier this year.

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Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes

Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes

Asante Samuel spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in New England, where apparently he tested Bill Belichick's patience with his locker room antics.

The former Patriots cornerback took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell a funny story about how he gambled every day while with the Pats. Samuel claims he'd play dominoes after practice, much to the chagrin of Belichick, who apparently hated the game so much he stole a domino so no one could play anymore.

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Read Samuel's story below:

Sounds pretty on-brand for the longtime Patriots head coach.

Samuel was a key member of two Patriots Super Bowl teams (XXXVIII and XXXIX), so it doesn't seem his dominoes games were too much of a distraction. The four-time Pro Bowler tallied 22 interceptions during his tenure in New England, including a 10-INT season in 2006.

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