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Tom Brady pleads ignorance on Ben Watson's expected return to Patriots

Tom Brady pleads ignorance on Ben Watson's expected return to Patriots

Tom Brady isn't counting his chickens before they hatch.

The New England Patriots reportedly are expected to re-sign tight end Ben Watson after releasing him last week, which would give Brady a veteran target in a thin position group.

But when Westwood One's Jim Gray asked Brady how he feels about Watson's return Monday night, the Patriots quarterback pleaded the fifth.

"I don't know if that's true or not. I haven't heard anything," Brady told Gray. "I'm kind of proceeding as usual. I don't know what the status of those positions are."

Brady seemed upset by Watson's initial release last week, telling reporters he'll miss the 38-year-old tight end and adding, "Whoever's out there, that's who I gotta play with."

The two formed a bond during Watson's six-year stint in New England from 2004 to 2009, so it's hard to imagine Brady is completely oblivious to his tight end's expected return.

But the Patriots' personnel department has been very active lately -- they reportedly worked out a wide receiver and a cornerback and plan to sign another tight end in Eric Tomlinson -- so perhaps Brady just wants to let the dust settle.

"It's a lot of moving parts at this time of year," Brady added. "There's a lot of workouts that are taking place. New players coming in and working out for our team, working out for every team."

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Jerry Jones reveals interesting exchange with Bill Belichick at ski resort in 1990s

Jerry Jones reveals interesting exchange with Bill Belichick at ski resort in 1990s

The Dallas Cowboys will make a rare visit to Gillette Stadium on Sunday for a Week 12 matchup against the New England Patriots.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday and told an interesting story about an exchange he had with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in the 1990s.

"I'll never forget, I was skiing after our season was over," Jones said. "I was renting skis for my grandkids, and there was a line. I'm sitting in the back and somebody bumps up against me a few times. I turned around and it was this guy, I couldn't (make out who he was) because he had his ski stuff on and goggles. It was Bill.

"He no longer had a job. He had been with Cleveland and they'd let him go up there. He said, 'Listen, I can coach. If you ever get an opportunity, don't forget about me.' I've thought about that many times. You never know when you can find a great coach. You can find him in a ski checkout line sometimes."

When Barry Switzer resigned as Cowboys head coach after a 6-10 season in 1997, Jones and the Cowboys hired Chan Gailey as the team's new head coach. Gailey is one of five head coaches Dallas has employed since Belichick was fired after the 1995 season.

The Cowboys have reached the playoffs nine times in the last 21 seasons, and that span includes zero trips to the NFC Championship Game or beyond.

The Patriots traded for Belichick in a deal with the New York Jets to be their next head coach beginning with the 2000 season, and he has won nine conference championships and six Super Bowl titles in 20 seasons at the helm. Belichick might win another championship in 2019, as his Patriots currently sit atop the AFC standings with a 9-1 record entering Sunday's game versus the Cowboys.

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NFL Power Rankings: Have Ravens jumped over Patriots in AFC?

NFL Power Rankings: Have Ravens jumped over Patriots in AFC?

Despite their litany of offensive issues, the Patriots have been holding firm atop Tom E. Curran's AFC Power Rankings this season.

But New England doesn't have much margin for error in the AFC playoff race. 

The Patriots lost to the Ravens in Week 9, so Baltimore owns the tiebreaker edge. Lamar Jackson and Co. are also in the midst of an NFL-high six-game win streak, including wins over three teams in playoff position (Seattle, New England, Houston), and a +87 point differential over the last three weeks.

So despite the Ravens trailing the Patriots by one game in the race for the AFC's top seed, does that mean they've supplanted New Engand as the AFC's best?

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