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Stephon Gilmore: New Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas 'tough to cover, tough to bring down'

Stephon Gilmore: New Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas 'tough to cover, tough to bring down'

The New England Patriots are still a work in progress at wide receiver, but the signing of free-agent Demaryius Thomas earlier this week did provide some much-needed depth at the position.

Patriots offseason workouts are underway at Gillette Stadium, where several players are putting in long hours to prepare for the 2019 NFL season. One of those players is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was asked Thursday about the Patriots' newest wide receiver addition.

“(Thomas is) a great player,” Gilmore told reporters in Foxboro. “He’s made a lot of great plays in this league, and he’s tough to cover, tough to bring down. Couple things that stand out with him.

"(He’s) strong, explosive. Hopefully, he can help us win games.”

Thomas has enjoyed a very productive NFL career, but a torn Achilles suffered late in December has put his future in doubt. Given the severity of an Achilles injury, it wouldn't be surprising if he's unable to play for the Patriots when they kick off their Super Bowl title defense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 8. He's not even a guarantee to make the team. Remember what happened to Reggie Wayne during his short stint in New England?

When healthy, however, Thomas is more than capable of providing solid production. He tallied five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2012 through 2016. His excellent size at 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds makes him a good redzone target, too. He was able to rack up 59 receptions for 677 yards and five touchdowns between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans last season -- not bad for a 31-year-old veteran. 

No one knows if suspended wideout Josh Gordon will play at all for the Patriots next season. Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson left in NFL free agency, and tight end Rob Gronkowski retired. The Patriots need to fill the void from these departures. Thomas, if healthy, has a chance to play a role in that.

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"Tom vs Time" receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

"Tom vs Time" receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

The start of football season is no longer the only reason Tom Brady will look forward to this fall. 

On Sunday, Brady announced on Twitter that his Facebook series "Tom vs Time" received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary. 

Coming off his sixth Super Bowl championship, Brady can't seem to lose anymore. Of course, we'll see if he takes home the award on September 17, where he'll have to take a break preparing for the Jets to attend the award show. 

As Brady nears the end of his playing career, this most likely won't be the last time we see him up for awards in entertainment. Couple that with his TB12 brand, and the greatest quarterback of all time seems to have a nice retirement plan set up for himself. 

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Take a look at this cool photo of Bill Belichick at the Preakness Stakes

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Take a look at this cool photo of Bill Belichick at the Preakness Stakes

While there won't be a Triple Crown winner this year, Bill Belichick is 2-for-2 in attending the legendary races. 

After spending some downtime with his girlfriend Linda Holliday and Tom Brady two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, the future Hall of Fame head coach was spotted at the Preakness Stakes, staring down the eventual winner War of Will before the horse secured its victory. 

You can spot Belichick to the left of the jockey right above War of Will's tail. 

War of Will rebounded from a controversial loss at the Derby, where the original winner Maximum Security appeared to impede War of Will and Country House. The race went under objection review, and Country House was declared the winner while War of Will dropped to seventh. 

With the win, War of Will may have solidified itself as the rightful contender for the Triple Crown even though it will not get the chance to capture the sport's highest achievement. 

And as Field Yates alluded to in his tweet, game recognizes game. 

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