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Source: "So far, so good" for Antonio Brown on the field

Source: "So far, so good" for Antonio Brown on the field

MIAMI GARDENS – At least it’s been “so far, so good” football-wise for Antonio Brown.

During three days of practice and preparation, a source said Brown showed “rare” ability and instincts and a knack for understanding the concepts being explained. "It comes easy to him," the source said. 

How much work will that translate to the field on Sunday here in Miami when he plays his first game with the team? For a player who’s been targeted more than 10 times a game every season but his rookie year, the volume of targets may not be there, but he will definitely be a part of the game plan.

The Patriots agreed to terms with Brown on Monday after he shot his way out of Oakland. Tuesday night, news that a lawsuit alleging sexual assault and rape was filed against him came in a New York Times story.

He’s been the lead topic in the NFL virtually every day for weeks. But he so far has shown none of the traits that made him a difficult employee for eight seasons in Pittsburgh and got him whisked out of Oakland before he played a game.

The off-field chaos hasn’t leaked into the on-field performance of Brown. He wants to be coached hard, according to the source, and in these first few days with the team Brown seemed grateful and deferential.

NFL rules state that players must be made available to the media after each game in which they play so we should be hearing from Brown this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Brown’s alleged victim, Britney Taylor, is scheduled to meet with NFL investigators Monday to discuss her allegations.

What happens at that meeting will likely determine whether there are more games for Brown in the near future.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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