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Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks suspended for Week 1

Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks suspended for Week 1

The New England Patriots already have a fairly thin tight end group. And to start the season, they now have two players suspended.

The NFL has suspended Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks one game for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. This suspension stems from Kendricks pleading no contest to a 2017 marijuana charge and receiving probation this past July, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Kendricks will join Ben Watson, who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's PED policy, on the suspended list, provided that he survives final roster cuts.

Kendricks inked a one-year deal with the Patriots just after training camp opened in late July. Kendricks had spent the previous two seasons with the Green Bay Packers and totaled 19 catches, 170 yards, and a touchdown in 16 games for them last season.

The Patriots had largely added Kendricks, an eight-year NFL veteran and solid blocker, to provide experienced depth in their unproven unit. With Kendricks out for the first game, that should give guys like Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo a chance to get the primary snaps at the position.

And as for Kendricks, this suspension makes his chances of making the final 53-man roster murkier. Before this suspension, Kendricks was already on the outside looking in for a roster spot. Our own Phil Perry has the Patriots keeping three tight ends in his latest roster projection, and Kendricks wasn't among them.

The suspension certainly won't help Kendricks' cause, but we'll soon see what direction the team will elect to go in at the tight end position.

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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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