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Tom Brady calls Patriots' wide receiver depth 'a challenging situation'

Tom Brady calls Patriots' wide receiver depth 'a challenging situation'

It wasn't long ago the Patriots boasted perhaps the most loaded wide receiver depth chart in the league.

With Antonio Brown at the top, followed by Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett, quarterback Tom Brady possessed more weapons than he's had in years. That changed with Brown being released after only 11 days with the team, and with Edelman's status up in the air due to a ribs injury suffered during Sunday's game vs. the Jets.

The Patriots will face their toughest test of the season thus far when they head up to Buffalo this Sunday to take on the 3-0 Bills, and they may be shorthanded for the AFC East battle. During his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray, Brady addressed the wide receiver situation heading into Week 4.

“It’s definitely a challenging situation that we’re facing with depth and so forth,” Brady said. “We’re going on the road against a very good defensive football team. Any time you’re dealing with injuries and lack of depth at certain positions, we’re going to try to figure out how to produce yards and points. Any time you lose great players, it definitely takes a hit to your offense.

“And the reality is we’re facing a very challenging game coming up. So, we’ll go do the best we can do based on the circumstances that we have. Again, no one’s ever feeling sorry for the Patriots nor should they. I’ve got a job to do and I’m going to try to do it with whoever is out there. And I’m going to try to do it the best way I possibly can.”

Brady also mentioned Edelman is still "working toward some tests" with his injury and probably will be doing so throughout the week. Along with the wide receiver talk, Brady and Gray discussed the rumor he disapproved of Robert Kraft's decision to cut Brown from the team.

Even with the potential shortage at wide receiver, the Patriots opened as 7-point road favorites for Sunday's game at New Era Field.

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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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