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Quick Slants the Podcast: Brady needs to trust his receivers, no exceptions; Defense looks ready to defend title

Quick Slants the Podcast: Brady needs to trust his receivers, no exceptions; Defense looks ready to defend title

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry have plenty to talk about after the Patriots third preseason game...

0:56 - Curran and Perry break down the Patriots' 10-3 win over the Panthers. We finally got a look at Tom Brady, but he and Jakobi Meyers weren't able to get on the same page. Brady speaks to how important it is for him to trust his receivers.

13:36 - Popped and Dropped - Phil explains why Michael Bennet and Ryan Izzo popped vs. the Panthers and why the second offensive line unit and the field goal team dropped.

20:13 - Dig Deep - How have the officials been doing so far with the pass interference ruling and reviews? Tom and Phil talk about how it's affecting the game. Also, Phil explains why Jarrett Stidham has won a roster spot over Brian Hoyer.

30:46 - Very Superstitious - Tom joins offensive lineman James Ferentz to talk about what item of his he's superstitious about.

33:50 - Tom and Phil answer some voicemail and Twitter questions to close out the episode.

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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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