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Patriots WR Julian Edelman predicts new-look Jets will be 'a tough matchup'

Patriots WR Julian Edelman predicts new-look Jets will be 'a tough matchup'

The intense rivalry between the Patriots and Jets has been decidedly one-sided in New England's favor over the last decade, but there's a swirl of optimism in New York entering the 2019 season after a flurry of free-agent signings and a head coaching change.

The Jets finished with a 4-12 record at the bottom of AFC East last season and quickly went to work to improve the roster.

They drafted Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They signed an elite running back in Le'Veon Bell to a free-agent contract. They also signed reliable wide receiver Jamison Crowder as a free agent. New York's coaching staff underwent significant changes, too, with Adam Gase taking over for Todd Bowles as the head coach.

There's no question the Jets are a better team entering the 2019 campaign, and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman doesn't expect any easy games against them this coming season.

“They’ve got some new coaches and some really dynamic players and a young quarterback,” Edelman recently told George Willis of the New York Post.

“They also have a defense that for some reason does real well against us. People ask me when I’m in New York about the Giants and the Jets. Those teams have always played us well. Now the Jets have Gase and he’s got some blueprints from Miami, where he beat us. It’s going to be a tough matchup.”

The first meeting between these teams is a Week 3 matchup at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots will be aiming to extend their win streak over the Jets to seven games. The Jets have not beaten Tom Brady and Co. since the 2015 campaign, but six of the last 10 games in this rivalry were decided by one touchdown or less.

The Jets, despite all the changes to their roster and coaching staff, still aren't a good bet to make the playoffs next season. But they aren't likely to be a pushover, either, especially with quarterback Sam Darnold expected to take a step forward in his sophomore season. Edelman and the Patriots do a great job not underestimating opponents, and we should expect two really competitive games between these teams in 2019. 

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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