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Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman fined $26K (again) for hit on Rex Burkhead

Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman fined $26K (again) for hit on Rex Burkhead

Nickell Robey-Coleman just got slapped with his second fine in two weeks -- this time for a less high-profile play.

The NFL has fined the Los Angeles Rams cornerback $26,739 for his hit on a defenseless player (New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead) in Super Bowl LIII, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero shared Saturday.

Robey-Coleman was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, which occurred early in the first quarter when he snuffed out a Patriots screen pass and leveled Burkhead in the backfield for a 4-yard loss.

Robey-Coleman also received a $26,739 fine after the NFC Championship Game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. As we're sure you're aware, officials didn't call a penalty on the play and may or may not have robbed the Saints of a Super Bowl berth.

The veteran cornerback now has lost over $50,000 over the past few weeks -- in addition to missing out on the $100,000-plus Super Bowl bonus he would have received for beating the Patriots.

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Ex-Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman signs with Chargers

Ex-Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman signs with Chargers

Dontrelle Inman has found a new home in free agency. Well, not exactly "new," but you get the point. . .

Two days after requesting his release from the New England Patriots, the wide receiver signed with the Los Angeles Chargers according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

 

Inman spent the first three seasons of his career with the Chargers before being traded to the Chicago Bears during the 2017 campaign. The 30-year-old enjoyed the most productive year of his career with Philip Rivers throwing him the ball in 2016, racking up 58 receptions for 810 yards and four touchdowns that season.

Before inking a new deal with L.A., Inman had free-agent visits with both the Lions and Jets. He'll now join Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin as the notables on the Chargers' WR depth chart.

Inman posted 28 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns in nine games with the Indianapolis Colts last year.

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NFL Power Rankings roundup: Where do Patriots stand entering Week 3 of preseason?

NFL Power Rankings roundup: Where do Patriots stand entering Week 3 of preseason?

The New England Patriots are getting healthy and deeper at the right time, particularly at the wide receiver position.

Super Bowl LIII MVP winner Julian Edelman recently passed his physical and was removed from the non-football injury list. Demaryius Thomas returned to practice Tuesday at Gillette Stadium and was activated from the PUP list. The 31-year-old tore his Achilles in December, so the fact he's already back practicing is pretty impressive. Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL over the weekend. He had been suspended indefinitely since December.

Wide receiver was a concern entering training camp, but now it looks like one of the team's greatest strengths as the regular season approaches. It's among the reasons why experts have ranked the Patriots so high in their latest NFL power rankings. Here's a roundup of the latest lists:

Bleacher Report NFL Staff: No. 1
Dan Handzus, NFL.com: No. 1
ESPN: No. 1

In addition to the veteran wide receiver group improving, another reason why experts like what they see from the Patriots is the impressive performance of the team's rookies in the preseason.

Edge rusher Chase Winovich played very well in New England's Week 2 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans. The third-round pick out of Michigan tallied six tackles (two for a loss), one sack and two QB hits. Jarrett Stidham has made a compelling case to be the team's backup quarterback behind Tom Brady. The third-round pick from Auburn is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 372 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions through two games. Some of his most accurate passes have actually gone for incompletions due to wide receiver drops.

Damien Harris impressed against the Titans with 80 rushing yards on 14 carries, as well as four receptions for 23 yards. The third-rounder from Alabama could be a valuable goal-line threat for the Patriots given his excellent strength and ability to rack up yards after contact.

Undrafted rookie wideout Jakobi Meyers has been the most pleasant surprise in the preseason with 12 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns in two games. It's crazy that every team missed on him during the April's draft.

The Patriots have a lot of veterans, including the league's oldest starting quarterback in a 42-year-old Brady. But there is reason to be excited about New England's rookie class, and its ability to provide valuable depth as the franchise gets ready to defend its Super Bowl title.

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