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Tom Brady gives Antonio Brown route-running lesson at Patriots practice

Tom Brady gives Antonio Brown route-running lesson at Patriots practice

FOXBORO — It didn’t go on for too long, but Tom Brady will probably take any opportunity he gets with Antonio Brown to go over the finer points of route-running. 

The pair did just that at Thursday’s practice as they went over the details of how to set up a defender at the tail end of the Patriots warmup period. Brady played the role of cornerback at times, showing Brown how to attack him. Then Brady had Brown play the role of corner, apparently showing Brown what he wants Brown to do in certain situations based on a defender’s leverage. 

The conversation lasted about two minutes and was somewhat animated as the quarterback-receiver combo shared their perspectives with one another. Given that the quarterback’s understanding of where his receiver is headed is based in part on body language, it makes sense that the two were deliberate in their footwork and, at times, with their upper-body movements. 

Brady and Brown have been teammates for just over a week, and the pair connected four times in Miami for 56 yards and a touchdown. They also were not close on a handful of targets in the third quarter when Brady expected Brown to do one thing and he did something else. 

Brown spent extra time at the Patriots facility last week to get caught up on plays as quickly as possible, but there is no substitute for one-on-one work with Brady as he gets acclimated to Brady’s preferences. Even receivers like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman have spent recent seasons getting in extra training camp reps with Brady long after establishing themselves as trustworthy targets. It’s an ongoing process, being one of Brady’s go-to options.

For Brown, who’s dealing with very limited practice reps with Brady going into meaningful games, there’s an immense amount of ground to make up. Every little bit of information he can glean from Brady could help, which is why it wouldn’t be surprising to see the two continue to have conversations like the one they had before Thursday’s practice began in earnest.

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N'Keal Harry's post, Tom Brady's response will fire up Patriots fans

N'Keal Harry's post, Tom Brady's response will fire up Patriots fans

Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry is excited to get back to work.

Harry, the Patriots' first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has spent the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury but finally returned to practice at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. The 21-year-old will be eligible to play in Week 9, and he expressed his excitement in his latest social media post.

"Felt great to be out there with the boys. #GodsPlan," he wrote.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded to his young receiver's post with a simple, encouraging message: "Let's keep it going."

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Report: Patriots work out four kickers and a punter

Report: Patriots work out four kickers and a punter

The New England Patriots appear to be looking for some special teams depth.

Kickers Nick Folk, Greg Joseph, Austin MacGinnis, and Giorgio Tavecchio, as well as punter Austin Rehkow, worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

Folk has 10 years of NFL experience under the belt, six of them with the New York Jets. The 34-year-old's most recent NFL season came in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he was 6-of-11 for field goal attempts and 7-of-9 for extra points in four games. Folk last played for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.

Joseph, 25, spent his lone season with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 going 17-of-20 on field goals and 25-of-29 for extra points.

MacGinnis doesn't have any NFL experience but was a first-team selection to the All-SEC team and broke the single-season record for field goals with the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014. The 24-year-old most recently played for the Memphis Express of the AAF.

Tavecchio spent all 16 games in 2017 with the Oakland Raiders and three games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018. During that '17 season with the Raiders, the 29-year-old was 16-of-21 for field goals and 33-of-34 for extra points.

Rehkow was signed and later waived by the Buffalo Bills in 2017 as a kicker and again by the New York Giants in 2018 as a punter. The 24-year-old last played for the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF.

The Patriots currently are rolling with veteran kicker Mike Nugent as Stephen Gostkowski's replacement and rookie Jake Bailey as punter. Kicker Younghoe Koo was cut from the Pats' practice squad on Tuesday.

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