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Patriots' Tom Brady still NFL's best QB? Pro Football Focus reveals 2019 ranking

Patriots' Tom Brady still NFL's best QB? Pro Football Focus reveals 2019 ranking

Another Super Bowl championship was enough for Tom Brady to land at No. 1 on Pro Football Focus' top 10 quarterbacks ranking entering the 2019 NFL season.

PFF slotted the New England Patriots quarterback just ahead of New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees in second place and Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes in third place. Brady and the Patriots beat Mahomes twice last season, including the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Here's what PFF had to say about ranking Brady in the top spot:

Yes, he’s still the best in the business.

Even at 41 years old, Brady turned in an elite 90.6 overall grade in 2018, making it the fourth consecutive season he’s earned an overall grade of 90.0-plus. His passing grade on passes with a step of separation over the last three years leads all qualifying signal-callers, and his passing grade on tight-window throws ranks fourth on the list. Surprising no one, Brady also earned a starting role on PFF’s 2018 NFL Clutch Team for his efforts in one-score games this past season.

Brady didn't have one of his best statistical seasons in 2018 -- although most quarterbacks would love to throw for 4,355 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions -- but he made so many clutch plays, particularly in the AFC title game on the road. The 41-year-old quarterback led two late touchdown drives versus the Chiefs, one in the fourth quarter and another in overtime. Brady was 3-for-3 on 3rd-and-10+ situations on the overtime-winning drive. He wasn't spectacular in Super Bowl LIII, but he went 4-for-4 on the fourth-quarter drive where New England scored the first and only touchdown of the game to take a 10-3 lead.

Mahomes appears to be the heir to Brady's throne as the best quarterback in the league, and it's quite possible the reigning league MVP claims that title as soon as the upcoming season. That said, Brady deserves to be No. 1 entering 2019 after he navigated through a difficult 2018 campaign that saw him lose multiple receivers and tight ends to injuries and suspensions, all while leading the franchise to its sixth Super Bowl title with playoff wins over three fantastic opponents.

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NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

After a Sports Illustrated story detailed new allegations against Antonio Brown, the Patriots' wide receiver reportedly sent "intimidating" text messages to the accuser. 

An artist, who accused Brown of sexual misconduct after he made a sexual advance toward her and fired her for not reciprocating, received messages from Brown after SI released the original story.

Photos of the messages are included in the story, including Brown asking his associates to investigate his accuser. The artist, who has remained unnamed, had her lawyer write to the NFL for the intimidation to stop, according to Robert Klemko. 

Here is part of what the accuser's lawyer had to say:

Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her. While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.

According to the story, the NFL responded to the letter within an hour and arranged a phone call between investigators and the artist's attorneys. The Patriots and Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus did not comment. 

Sports Illustrated also texted the number used in the group messages associated with the alleged intimidation, asking the number linked to Brown if they would confirm nor deny the charges brought to him. The number responded with, "foh clown."

The wide receiver is also facing allegations of sexual assault and rape from Britney Taylor. As of now, Brown has not been placed on the commissioner's exempt list and is eligible to play Sunday against the Jets.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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