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Quick Slants the Podcast: Receiving corps suddenly a force; Is it looking like the Patriots won the Garoppolo trade?

Quick Slants the Podcast: Receiving corps suddenly a force; Is it looking like the Patriots won the Garoppolo trade?

Not only is Josh Gordon back, but Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas are back on the practice field for the Patriots. Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry weigh in on that, roster predictions, Jimmy G and more.

1:34 - Hot off the Press - Tom Curran and Phil Perry react to the latest Patriots news, from the returns of Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas to the release of Ryan Allen.

12:00 - Tom catches up with Matthew Slater to talk about his relationship with Ryan Allen and the reality of the business side of the game.

16:37 - Phil goes over his roster cuts following the second preseason game and the wide receiver group filling out. Phillip Dorsett and Brian Hoyer could be on the outside looking in when the regular season starts.

20:01 - Deep Dive - NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers insider Matt Maiocco joins Tom to talk about the poor performance of Jimmy Garoppolo in his return to game action after tearing his ACL last season. Should 49ers fans be concerned?

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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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