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Tony Dungy on Patriots signing Antonio Brown: "I think it sends the wrong message"

Tony Dungy on Patriots signing Antonio Brown: "I think it sends the wrong message"

The Patriots made a significant upgrade at wide receiver in signing Antonio Brown, but the move hasn't been devoid of criticism. 

Brown, who has forced his way out of two organizations in less than a year, isn't exactly the kind of player people want to see rewarded with a spot on a perennial contender like the Patriots. 

Former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy offered his thoughts on the Patriots' blockbuster signing, and it's safe to say he was disappointed in New England. 

"I coached 13 years, and every year my first message to the team was, ‘We want to win the Super Bowl, yes, we want to be talented, but we have to be role models’," Dungy said.  "These kids in our country look up to NFL players and coaches, and I really think this sent the wrong message."

It will be up to the Patriots to absorb Brown into their locker room and teach him the Patriot Way. The Steelers and the Raiders couldn't make it work where his talent outweighed his off-field antics, but if there's one team in the NFL that can, it's New England. The question is, should Brown even get the chance to play this season for the way he's acted?

"I know coaches want to win but I’m disappointed in Robert Kraft," Dungy said. "I think at some point you say, ‘Just as an organization, we're not going to do this.'"

Dungy seems convinced the Patriots are setting a bad example choosing talent over everything in this case. Whether he's right or not, winning tends to heal all wounds, and the Patriots sure do know how to do that no matter who's on their roster. 

Watch Dungy's full response to the Brown signing below:

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Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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