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Report: 2019 NFL Draft QB prospect Will Grier visiting Patriots today

Report: 2019 NFL Draft QB prospect Will Grier visiting Patriots today

One of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft is visiting the New England Patriots on Wednesday, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

As Rapoport notes, the Patriots aren't the only team hosting Grier for a visit. Teams in need of a quarterback but don't like this QB class enough to use a first round pick on one could look to Grier as a solid option on Day 2 of the draft.

Grier completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions for the West Virginia Mountaineers last season. He earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2018. 

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The Patriots need a long-term solution at quarterback for when Tom Brady eventually retires. Backups Danny Etling and Brian Hoyer aren't likely to be the answer for that role, so selecting a quarterback early in the upcoming draft makes sense for Bill Belichick.

The Pats have six picks in the first three rounds of the 2019 draft, including two picks in the second round and three picks in the third round. The Patriots have a few more pressing needs than quarterback, but it's obviously important to have enough talent and depth at that position.

New England also could trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, who could moved if the Cards take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.

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Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

The New England Patriots weren't exactly in a great spot heading into Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season. The team was only 2-2 and was coming off a crushing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

In that game, Tom Brady didn't look like his usual self. He had two picks, just 159 passing yards, and one touchdown pass that came when the team was already down 27-0. He was replaced late by Jimmy Garoppolo, who looked solid on the field. That led some to wonder if the Patriots dynasty was coming to an end.

Famously, after the game, Bill Belichick answered every question posed about the game with one simple response. "We're on to Cincinnati." The press conference went viral and put a spotlight on the Patriots' Sunday night clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That game ended up defining the season. The Patriots bounced back by smashing the Bengals by a final score of 43-17. Brady looked as strong as ever, and that was the first step for the Patriots to get back onto the Super Bowl path.

At least, that's how former Bengals linebacker Marquis Flowers remembers it. On Twitter, Flowers shared a brief memory of the game, including what his then-defensive coordinator said.

So, yeah. Clearly that type of hype up didn't work, especially since the Patriots were so desperate for a win at the time. And the "demise of the Patriots" storyline was clearly overblown considering that they've won three Super Bowls and appeared in a fourth since that game.

The D-coordinator's words and the headlines of the time make this an amusing anecdote that just makes the whole event that much better for the Patriots, in retrospect.

That said, It's easy to see why Flowers was able to laugh this off. Flowers was a part of the Patriots in 2017, so he has seen both sides of the "We're on to Cincinnati" game. Flowers likely enjoyed his time in New England, as he logged 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his best NFL season to date. He also got to play in the Super Bowl (although the Patriots fell in that game to the Philadelphia Eagles).

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Patriots 2019 training camp schedule: Here's when veterans will report

Patriots 2019 training camp schedule: Here's when veterans will report

The defending Super Bowl champions will be back at Gillette Stadium exactly one month from Monday.

The NFL announced training camp report dates for all 32 teams Monday, and the Patriots' rookies are due in Foxboro on July 21, while the veterans are set to arrive on July 24.

Training camp traditionally starts one day after veterans report, meaning New England should begin training camp Thursday, July 25.

The Patriots have been off since June 10, when head coach Bill Belichick cancelled the team's final two days of organized team activities and set up a lively paintball experience instead.

The team hasn't announced complete training camp dates and times yet, but the Patriots will head to Detroit in the first full week of August for joint practices with the Lions prior to their Aug. 8 preseason opener.

They'll also hold joint practices with the Tennessee Titans the following week.

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