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Tom Brady celebrates Patriots draft anniversary by resurfacing iconic photo

Tom Brady celebrates Patriots draft anniversary by resurfacing iconic photo

Remember when every team passed on Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft ... multiple times

We'll tell you one guy who remembers: Tom Brady.

Tuesday marks the 19th anniversary of the New England Patriots selecting Brady with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 draft, behind six other quarterbacks.

Six Super Bowl titles later, Brady is still here, and the 41-year-old QB reminded everyone of that fact Tuesday on social media.

It's hard to believe that skinny kid from Michigan went on to be the greatest quarterback of all time, especially after running a glacial 5.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2000 NFL Combine.

But Patriots coach Bill Belichick -- who shares a birthday with Brady's draft day -- saw something special in the supposedly unathletic quarterback, and Brady has been proving his coach right ever since.

Of course, Brady's unseemly combine photo earned him some ribbing from his Patriots teammates, including safety Devin McCourty, who dropped this reply in Brady's Instagram comments:

We'd watch that "30 for 30."

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Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

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Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

Over the two decades of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era in Foxboro, the Patriots have gotten used to setting records. And late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets, it looked like they were well on their way to another.

Following a season-opening 33-3 win over the Steelers and a 43-0 shutout of the Dolphins, the Pats had rolled to a 30-0 lead, giving them a +103 point differential on the season, which would have been the best in NFL history through three games.

And despite late New York touchdowns on both special teams and defense, New England still has a +89 point differential this season. While it's not a record, it's still the third-highest for any NFL team since 1940.

The previous best point differential for a Patriots team through three games was +79 in their undefeated season of 2007.

And while those two late Jets scored ruined the Pats' chances at setting the NFL record for the fewest points allowed in the first three games of the season, they still set a new franchise-record in that department by a healthy margin.

New England's 17 points allowed through three games shattered the team's previous best mark — 33 points allowed through the first three games of the 1979 season.

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Jets RB Le'Veon Bell 'embraces the hate' in strange tweet following loss to Patriots

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell 'embraces the hate' in strange tweet following loss to Patriots

The New England Patriots cruised to their third victory of the 2019 NFL season with a 30-14 win over the New York Jets. But despite the loss, Le'Veon Bell isn't down on the potential of the Jets.

After the game, Bell unleashed a strange tweet addressed to his "haters" and encouraged them to not "go casper" once the Jets turn things around.

This is quite a lot to digest, and the use of the phrase "go casper" is entertaining. But the timing of this message is certainly strange. Sure, the Jets are 0-3 and could bounce-back from a slow start. But at the moment, things aren't looking great for them on offense and they were just completely shut down by the Patriots. 

The Jets haven't been able to score much this season. They only have a total of 33 points through three games. They're also on their third-string quarterback, Luke Falk, after Sam Darnold's mono diagnosis and Trevor Siemian's season-ending ankle injury.

And Bell himself, the Jets' best offensive weapon, hasn't played well either. The Patriots held him to just 35 yards on 18 carries while he added 28 receiving yards to the mix. So far this season, he is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and hasn't had as big of an impact as the Jets were likely hoping when they signed him.

While the Jets still have time to get things turned around as Bell noted, they are already three games back of the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East race. And with Darnold still out for the foreseeable future, it doesn't seem like their offense is going to get much better moving forward.

We'll see if Bell can help to motivate his team and create a better situation for the Jets by the next time they next take on the Patriots (Week 7). But for the time being, this team certainly shouldn't worry New England much as they seek to wrap up this decade as the only winner of the AFC East.

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