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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

Ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Jets, the Patriots reportedly worked out free agent wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, according to Howard Balzer.

Adeboyejo, a 6'3, 197-pound wideout from Ole Miss, went undrafted in 2017 and spent a season on the Ravens practice squad before getting waived with a non-football injury designation.

He then caught on with the Jets late in training camp this year but was cut nine days after he signed. Adeboyejo played four seasons at Ole Miss, totaling over 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. His best season was his junior year in 2015, where he caught 38 passes for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. He did run a 4.43 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine, so if the Patriots are looking for a speed threat on the outside, he could theoretically stretch a defense. 

Pipkins is another undrafted free agent from the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old corner played three seasons at the University of Louisiana Monroe before he transferred to Oklahoma State for his final collegiate season. 

Pipkins then spent the 2017 season on the Packers and recorded six tackles in his debut. He was then traded to the Colts, released and claimed off waivers by the Lions, waived again and then signed with the Browns practice squad at the end of the 2018 season. Pipkins was cut by the Browns at the end of this year's training camp. 

It's unlikely the Patriots sign either player, but they do have a need at wide receiver and Bill Belichick has a history of snagging former Browns players, so they're at least doing their due diligence to possibly find another diamond in the rough. 

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Patriots downgrade S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris to out for Eagles game

Patriots downgrade S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris to out for Eagles game

The Patriots have downgraded safety Patrick Chung and running back Damien Harris from questionable to out for the game Sunday against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Chung has had heel and chest injuries but did play in the Pats' last game before their bye week, the Nov. 3 loss to the Ravens. Harris appeared on the injury report for the first time on Friday with a hamstring issue. The rookie third-round pick from Alabama has only been active for two games this season.

The loss of Chung could impact the Patriots most in their coverage of Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Taking on tight ends is something Chung has excelled at. 

ESPN Mike Reiss reports that Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse, out with a knee injury since Oct. 10, did travel with the team to Philly so he will likely be active for the game.

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Ten years ago today, on fourth-and-2, Bill Belichick made one of his most controversial decisions

Ten years ago today, on fourth-and-2, Bill Belichick made one of his most controversial decisions

It was one of the most controversial calls in Patriots history...and it didn't come from an official.

It was Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 in the final minutes against the Indianapolis Colts. And it was 10 years ago today.

THE DECISION

It remains Belichick's most talked-about moves this side of Malcolm Butler. In a Week 10 matchup in Indianapolis, the 8-0 Colts faced the 6-2 Patriots in a high-scoring affair. Leading 34-28 but backed up at their own 28-yard-line and needing two yards for a first down, Belichick chose to go for it on fourth down and try and keep the ball out of quarterback Peyton Manning's hands.

THE PLAY

Tom Brady completed a pass to running back Kevin Faulk, who was driven backward by the Colts' Melvin Bullitt. After a measurement, Faulk was ruled short of the first down. Three Colts plays later, a Manning-to-Reggie Wayne TD pass and extra point with 13 seconds left a 35-34 victory.

THE AFTERMATH

There was plenty of second-guessing of Belichick's move. Had he outsmarted himself? Why didn't he punt and show more faith in his defense? 

“We thought we could win the game with that play,” he explained at the time. “That was a yard I was confident we could get.” Belichick had maintained it was more like fourth-and-long-1, rather than 2. Where the ball was spotted after the Faulk play is still the subject of debate.

Those Pats would go on to lose two of their next three, finish 10-6, still win the AFC East but get smoked by the Baltimore Ravens 33-14 in Foxboro in a wild-card playoff game. Manning's team won its first 14 games, then rested its regulars and lost twice before reaching its first Super Bowl as the Indy Colts and losing to the New Orleans Saints. 

TODAY

When Indianapolis reporter Kevin Bowen tweeted about the play's 10th anniversary on Saturday, it stirred up memories for former Colts linebacker Gary Brackens, who recalled the disrespect he felt from Belichick's decision to test the Indy defense. 

To this day, "Fourth-and-2" means only one thing to most NFL fans.

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