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Tom Brady buries Max Kellerman (again) over ill-advised 'cliff' take

Tom Brady buries Max Kellerman (again) over ill-advised 'cliff' take

Max Kellerman's three-year-old hot take is still pinned to Tom Brady's bulletin board.

How do we know this? Check out the latest update on the New England Patriots quarterback's Instagram story:

For context, Brady's 61-mph throw would have ranked as the second-fastest in NFL Scouting Combine history since throwing velocity began being tracked in 2008, behind Josh Allen at 62 mph.

It appears Brady can still bring the heat, contrary to the belief of Kellerman, who predicted on ESPN in July 2016 that Brady's play would "fall off a cliff," and that the veteran QB would be a "bum in short order."

To state the obvious, Brady has not become a "bum;" in fact, he's led the Patriots to Super Bowls in two of the three seasons since Kellerman's prediction and literally was named the NFL's best player (MVP) in 2017.

But even after making Kellerman eat his words on several occasions, the 41-year-old is using that take (and the haters in general) as motivation entering his 20th NFL season.

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Patriots' Stephon Gilmore explains why he's the NFL's best cornerback

Patriots' Stephon Gilmore explains why he's the NFL's best cornerback

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is a soft-spoken person who often lets his on-field performance do the talking.

Gilmore was the only cornerback to earn an "elite" grade from Pro Football Focus last season, and he's off to another excellent start in 2019. His best game of the season so far was last Thursday night's win over the New York Giants. Gilmore was targeted six times and intercepted or broke up five of those passes.

The 28-year-old's play since the start of the 2018 campaign has earned him the label of the NFL's best cornerback from teammates, fans and many in the media. Gilmore typically isn't one to give himself that kind of praise, but he did explain why he's the league's best cornerback during an episode of Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy's YouTube show called "Elite Eats."

Here's the exchange from the Oct. 4 episode:

Van Noy: "Since you don't ever say you're the best corner in the league, would you say it on my show?"

Gilmore: "Yeah, I'll say that. Listen, I'm going to say this. I'm going to say it. A lot of guys say they're the best corner, but I feel like my job is harder each and every week because I have (the No. 1 wide receiver on the opposing team) everywhere he goes. I go to the slot. I go outside. I'm not bailing. I'm not scared. I'm in their face every snap. So, that proves my point. A lot of guys don't do that."

Gilmore has tallied two interceptions and eight passes defensed through the first six games of the season. Opposing quarterbacks have an awful 48.3 passer rating when targeting Gilmore in 2019.

The Patriots will play the rival New York Jets for the second time this season Monday night at MetLife Stadium. Gilmore likely will match up against Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson, who failed to capitalize against the Patriots cornerback in Week 3, finishing with three receptions for 11 yards overall.

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Why did Patriots re-sign Ben Watson? Bill Belichick has straightforward reason

Why did Patriots re-sign Ben Watson? Bill Belichick has straightforward reason

Bill Belichick isn't one to divulge strategy.

But in the case of Ben Watson, the New England Patriots head coach was happy to explain the tight end's eventful eight days.

"We had a roster spot,” Belichick told reporters Thursday when asked why the Patriots re-signed Watson on Tuesday after releasing him the previous Monday.

“We had availability. Jak (fullback Jakob Johnson) went on IR (injured reserve), so we had an opportunity to put (Watson) on the roster that we didn’t have the week before."

That bit of roster maneuvering worked out in the Patriots' and Watson's favor. Johnson and tight end Matt LaCosse were healthy at the time of Watson's initial release, but the Patriots had a need for the tight end after both players got hurt last Thursday against the New York Giants.

So, they filled Johnson's vacant roster spot by re-signing Watson on a deal that gives the 38-year-old more guaranteed money and saves the Patriots about $1 million in cap space.

New England also brought in Eric Tomlinson on Tuesday, and Belichick suggested the former New York Jets tight end could be used in a blocking role.

"He’s a bigger guy, has blocking ability," Belichick said of Tomlinson. "He's been in the backfield. He’s played on the line of scrimmage. We’ll see how all of that plays out."

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