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Tom Brady claims top honor on NFL 100 list once again

Tom Brady claims top honor on NFL 100 list once again

Following a season that saw him capture his third Most Valuable Player award, the accolades kept coming for Tom Brady.

The Patriots quarterback was named the No. 1 player in the NFL for the second consecutive year on Monday night as part of the league’s annual “NFL Top 100” list.

"Thank you! I am beyond blessed," Brady said in an Instagram comment. "Football is the ultimate team sport and I love playing for my teammates, coaches, organization, family and our fans!! Congratulations to all the players recognized for 2017, but 2018 is upon us."

“It’d be insane if he’s not at number one,” said former New England receiver Brandin Cooks. “Let’s just say that.”

Last season ranked amongst the best of Brady’s 18-year career. Despite being the oldest active quarterback in the NFL, the 40-year-old paced the league with 4,577 passing yards, ranked third with 32 touchdowns and a 102.8 passer rating, and guided the Patriots to a 13-3 record and another Super Bowl appearance.

Despite falling short against the Philadelphia Eagles, Brady set a Super Bowl record with 505 yards through the air in the game.

The list is compiled based on votes from active players and after taking the top spot on the inaugural list in 2011, Brady has never finished lower than fourth.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Tom,” added Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. “I mean how could you not? He’s the greatest of all-time.”

After receiving the honor in 2017, Brady became the first player to top the list multiple times and is now the first to take the top spot in consecutive seasons.

Brady was joined on the list by Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski who ranked 15th.

LSU tight end admits to being 'kinda scared' in meeting with Patriots

LSU tight end admits to being 'kinda scared' in meeting with Patriots

The New England Patriots don't fool around.

They are all about winning and will work harder than anyone else to make sure those objectives are met. These elite levels of dedication and preparation are among the reasons why the Patriots have enjoiyed an unprecedented run of success for the last 20 years, which includes six Super Bowl championships.

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This worth ethic was not lost on LSU tight end Stephen Sullivan, who admitted to being "kinda scared" meeting with the Patriots at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.

Tight end is among the primary needs for the Patriots, and Sullivan is one of the top 10 players at the position in this draft class. 

Sullivan tallied 12 receptions for 130 yards in six games for the undefeated and national champion Tigers last season. He also impressed at the combine by running the second-fastest 40 time of all the tight ends. 

Sullivan's speed and size (6-foot-5 and 248 pounds) make him an intriguing target for teams in need of a tight end. He's likely to be drafted on Day 3, which is when rounds four through seven take place.

He's not the only tight end who the Patriots made an impression on this week. Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney revealed the Patriots said one of his answers in an interview with the team was a "loser's mentality."

Whether it's Sullivan, Pinkney or someone else, it wouldn't be surprising if the Patriots select at least one tight end in April's draft. They need much better offensive production from their tight ends than what they received in the 2019 season.

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Report: Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on injured left ankle

Report: Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on injured left ankle

With only a couple of weeks until the NFL's free agent frenzy begins, the Patriots offense is dealing with even more uncertainty heading into the 2020 season.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on a high ankle sprain that has not healed properly this offseason.

Sanu suffered the injury on a punt return in Week 11 against the Eagles, and even though he was only sidelined for one game, the ankle severely limited his production down the stretch last season.

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After racking up 10 receptions (on 14 targets) for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens in Week 10, Sanu only totaled 15 catches (on 33 targets) for 114 yards and no touchdowns over New England's final seven games, including a Wild Card loss to the Titans — not the type of production the Patriots were counting on when they sent a second-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for Sanu.

It remains to be seen if the uncertainty surrounding Sanu affects the team's offseason plans at wide receiver. Right now, only Sanu, Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, and Jakobi Meyers are under contract for the 2020 season, with Phillip Dorsett entering free agency and reportedly already attracting outside interest.

Sanu will earn $6.5 million in 2020, the final year of his contract.