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Report: WR Chris Hogan, Patriots talking contract extension

Report: WR Chris Hogan, Patriots talking contract extension

Could the Patriots' first four weeks of the regular season without Julian Edelman serve as a kind of audition for Chris Hogan as he and the Pats discuss a contract extension?

Jeff Howe of the Athletic reports that Hogan, in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal, and the Patriots have had talks but the two sides remain far apart.

Edelman will serve a four-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs and won't return to the Pats until Week 5 after playing in the preseason. Howe theorizes that the team could be looking for Hogan to prove himself in Edelman's absence.

Hogan, who turns 30 in October, caught 34 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns last season, his second in New England, which was limited to nine regular-season and three playoff games by injuries. 

Edelman, special team veteran Matthew Slater and rookie Braxton Berrios are the Patriots receivers signed beyond this season. Hogan, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and recent acquisition Eric Decker are potential free-agent receivers.

 

Jets' Jamal Adams tackles Patriots mascot at Pro Bowl practice

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Jets' Jamal Adams tackles Patriots mascot at Pro Bowl practice

The Jets were unable to score any victories over the Patriots this season, so their star safety Jamal Adams had to take matters into his own hands.

During Pro Bowl practice on Wednesday, Adams targeted the Patriots mascot who apparently had been booed by fans throughout the day. The 23-year-old said early on in the practice that he would "knock out" Pat The Patriot, and he stuck to his word.

That'll go down as the most memorable tackle by a Jets player on a member of the Patriots all season.

Later on, Pat The Patriot got his revenge.

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Patriots lead NFL in these categories since Tom Brady turned 40

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Patriots lead NFL in these categories since Tom Brady turned 40

Father Time is undefeated, but he's having some trouble with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The veteran QB is 41 years old and preparing to play in his ninth Super Bowl after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Most quarterbacks play worse, or even a lot worse, as they approach and/or hit their 40s. Peyton Manning and Brett Favre are two of the best examples. Brady has been the opposite, and the Patriots lead the NFL in several important categories since he turned 40 years old in August of 2017. Check out a list in the tweet below:

The five-time Super Bowl champion, in two age-40 seasons, has tallied a 66.05 completion percentage with 8,932 yards, 61 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Brady is the oldest quarterback to start and win a playoff game, and he will soon be the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, at 39 years old, became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl when he defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Brady will take that record from him if he defeats the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

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