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Patriots work out two running backs and a quarterback

Patriots work out two running backs and a quarterback

The Patriots held workouts for two running backs and a quarterback on Tuesday. Free agents Charcandrick West (RB), Andre Ellington (RB), and Kyle Allen (QB) all tried out for spots on the roster.

West spent four seasons with the Chiefs, racking up 999 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 266 carries while also catching 75 passes for 552 yards and five TDs. The 27-year-old was picked up by the Jets during the offseason but was released on Sept. 1.

Ellington, who spent four years with the Cardinals and one month with the Texans last season, has 418 carries for 1,752 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career. The 29-year-old also has 151 receptions for 1,368 yards with three touchdowns.

As for the quarterback, Allen signed with the Panthers in the offseason as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Houston and was waived on Sept. 1.

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Robert Kraft jabs Patriots haters in response to Tom Brady laser incident

Robert Kraft jabs Patriots haters in response to Tom Brady laser incident

Robert Kraft has weathered a few controversies as New England Patriots owner, and he seems glad the latest one didn't happen in his building.

We're talking about "Laser Gate," wherein video footage captured a green laser pointer being shined on Tom Brady's face at Arrowhead Stadium during the Patriots' AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Good Morning America" co-host (and former New York Giant) Michael Strahan asked Kraft about that incident Wednesday during an interview on ABC's morning show, and the Patriots owner couldn't resist inserting some snark.

"It doesn't happen when you come to Foxboro," Kraft told Strahan.

Kraft didn't think the bright green laser impacted Brady in the slightest, however.

"I just hear the word 'laser' and I think of Tommy and his eyes," Kraft said. "And that last drive, we had three third-down-and-10s, and he was laser focused. So, whatever it was, I think it was a positive influence."

Brady certainly delivered in the clutch Sunday, leading a 75-yard touchdown drive in overtime while converting three long third downs to punch New England's ticket to Super Bowl LIII with a 37-31 win.

Kraft did suggest NFL stadiums could beef up security to perhaps prevent fans from bringing laser pointers to games.

"But I think part of the security check has to be sure those kinds of things don't happen," Kraft said.

The NFL is looking into the incident, so perhaps increased security measures will be a result of its investigation.

Oh, and in case you're wondering: Kraft got Strahan to put the Patriots-Giants rivalry aside and don an "AFC Champions" hat.

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Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

We've already seen some pretty great footage from inside the New England Patriots' locker room following their AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But the Patriots' videographers caught the rarest of scenes: Bill Belichick doling out warm embraces like candy bars.

The team released its official "behind the scenes" video Tuesday of the visiting locker room celebration at Arrowhead Stadium, and it's worth a full watch.

The best part comes just 20 seconds in: Belichick standing at the door of the locker room, gleefully (by his standards) giving bear hugs to every Patriots player and coach as they walk in.

This is completely normal behavior after you've won the AFC title game as a road underdog, but it's an emotional side of the grizzled head coach that fans rarely see.

Belichick kept an even keel in a postgame speech to his players, however, congratulating them on a terrific win but reminding them that their Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Los Angeles Rams "will be tougher than this one -- but that's the way it's supposed to be when you're going all the way through."

Hey, the man speaks from experience.

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