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Report: Packers could eye Josh McDaniels as Mike McCarthy replacement

Report: Packers could eye Josh McDaniels as Mike McCarthy replacement

The word on the street is that Josh McDaniels is open to potential head coach opportunities. And there's a chance his dream job may open up soon.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat after Thursday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, which dropped his club to 4-5-1. If the Packers miss the playoffs, there's a very real chance McCarthy loses his job -- which is where McDaniels comes in.

During an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" on Friday, the MMQB's Albert Breer laid out why the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator could be on Green Bay's shortlist of potential McCarthy replacements.

"Two years ago, Josh McDaniels was in the (San Francisco 49ers') coaching search until the very end," Breer said. "And one of the things the Niners were looking at was pairing different people together. When Josh McDaniels was in the running for that Niners job ... the guy who at the time had emerged as the front-runner for the general manager job ... and who had blown the Niners away was a Packers personnel man named Brian Gutekunst, who now is the (Packers') general manager. So, they've done their homework on each other."

Breer also noted the Packers aren't afraid to "look outside the box" in their coaching search and wouldn't be concerned about any negative press surrounding McDaniels, who infamously spurned the Indianapolis Colts for their head coach job last offseason.

As for why McDaniels would be interested in the Green Bay gig? That's a no-brainer, Breer says.

"You've got Aaron Rodgers at 35 years old, and you've got this nice, long runway to find the next (quarterback), too," Breer said. "(Rodgers) is not close to being done. If I'm (McDaniels), I've got Aaron Rodgers to compete with for the next four or five years, and I've got a long runway to find the next guy, too, which I think is a real positive."

When you add in the rich tradition of the Packers' franchise, a strong personnel department and the luxury of not having to answer to an owner -- Green Bay is the NFL's only publicly-owned franchise -- that opening may be hard for McDaniels to pass up. (Oh, and he'd also get to compete against former Patriots colleague and Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia twice a year.)

The Patriots did just make McDaniels the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL with a new five-year contract, so it would take a lot for him to leave New England. If the Packers part with McCarthy, though, Patriots fans should monitor their head coach search closely.

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N'Keal Harry's post, Tom Brady's response will fire up Patriots fans

N'Keal Harry's post, Tom Brady's response will fire up Patriots fans

Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry is excited to get back to work.

Harry, the Patriots' first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has spent the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury but finally returned to practice at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. The 21-year-old will be eligible to play in Week 9, and he expressed his excitement in his latest social media post.

"Felt great to be out there with the boys. #GodsPlan," he wrote.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded to his young receiver's post with a simple, encouraging message: "Let's keep it going."

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Report: Patriots work out four kickers and a punter

Report: Patriots work out four kickers and a punter

The New England Patriots appear to be looking for some special teams depth.

Kickers Nick Folk, Greg Joseph, Austin MacGinnis, and Giorgio Tavecchio, as well as punter Austin Rehkow, worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

Folk has 10 years of NFL experience under the belt, six of them with the New York Jets. The 34-year-old's most recent NFL season came in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he was 6-of-11 for field goal attempts and 7-of-9 for extra points in four games. Folk last played for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.

Joseph, 25, spent his lone season with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 going 17-of-20 on field goals and 25-of-29 for extra points.

MacGinnis doesn't have any NFL experience but was a first-team selection to the All-SEC team and broke the single-season record for field goals with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014. The 24-year-old most recently played for the Memphis Express of the AAF.

Tavecchio spent all 16 games in 2017 with the Oakland Raiders and three games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018. During that '17 season with the Raiders, the 29-year-old was 16-of-21 for field goals and 33-of-34 for extra points.

Rehkow was signed and later waived by the Buffalo Bills in 2017 as a kicker and again by the New York Giants in 2018 as a punter. The 24-year-old last played for the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF.

The Patriots currently are rolling with veteran kicker Mike Nugent as Stephen Gostkowski's replacement and rookie Jake Bailey as punter. Kicker Younghoe Koo was cut from the Pats' practice squad on Tuesday.

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