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Twitter wasted no time roasting Colts over "1-0" flag after playoff loss

Twitter wasted no time roasting Colts over "1-0" flag after playoff loss

You knew this was coming.

Remember when the Indianapolis Colts raised a "1-0" flag (and sold 1-0 T-shirts) this week to celebrate their AFC Wild Card Game win over the Houston Texans? Seemed a little much for a first-round playoff win, right?

Well, the Colts didn't fare so well in the second round, falling 31-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round on Sunday in a season-ending defeat.

Which means -- you guessed it -- it's time to update that flag.

And can we take care of the shirts while we're at it?

The Chiefs even got in on the act, too.

We should mention the Colts used the "1-0" mantra during the regular season as a reminder to take things one game at a time. But that's still an awful cliché, and considering this is the same team that raised an "AFC Finalist" banner after losing to the New England Patriots by 38 points, they deserve to take some heat.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, Indy's loss didn't do New England any favors, as the winner of Sunday's Patriots-Chargers Divisional Round clash will have to travel to Arrowhead Stadium for the AFC Championship Game.

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Patriots draft prospects tracker: Notable players to meet with New England

Patriots draft prospects tracker: Notable players to meet with New England

Unlike in past years, the NFL Draft could help the New England Patriots address some serious needs.

The Patriots enter the 2019 NFL Draft armed with 12 total picks, more than any team in the league. With holes to fill wide receiver, tight end and defensive end (among others) and a potential quarterback of the future to target, head coach Bill Belichick and Co. actually might use a lot of those picks.

Exactly what the Patriots have up their sleeve when the draft kicks off April 25 is anyone's guess. But we can get a feel for their strategy by observing which prospects the team holds individual meetings with in the days and weeks leading up to the draft.

Below is a list of notable NFL draft prospects (organized by position) who have already met with or plan to meet with New England this offseason, as confirmed by reports or the prospects themselves:

QUARTERBACK
Will Grier, West Virginia
Daniel Jones, Duke
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

WIDE RECEIVER
A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
David Sills, West Virginia
Gary Jennings, West Virginia
Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Riley Ridley, Georgia
Andy Isabella, UMass
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
Miles Boykin, Notre Dame

Nsimba Webster, Eastern Washington
Mecole Hardman, Georgia
Jalen Hurd, Baylor

TIGHT END
Noah Fant, Iowa
Irv Smith Jr., Alabama

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
Kaden Smith, Stanford
Isaac Nauta, Georgia

OFFENSIVE LINE
OT Kaleb McGary

SAFETY
Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State

CORNERBACK
Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

LINEBACKER
Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Terez Hall, Missouri

DEFENSIVE LINE
DE Jalen Jelks, Oregon
DE Zach Allen, Boston College
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
DT Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M

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NFL Rumors: Patriots met with LB prospect Terez Hall last week

NFL Rumors: Patriots met with LB prospect Terez Hall last week

The New England Patriots have used a good portion of their 30 allotted pre-draft visits on offensive skill players, namely wide receivers and tight ends.

But they reportedly added a linebacker to the mix last week.

That'd be Missouri's Terez Hall, whom the Patriots hosted on an official visit last Wednesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

After injuring his pectoral muscle and running a disappointing 4.9-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Hall projects as a late-round pick. But as Reiss points out, he still was important enough for the Patriots -- and new linebackers coach Jerod Mayo -- to devote time and energy on evaluating.

The Patriots "invest(ed) notable resources to finalize their evaluation of (Hall), with newly hired assistant coach Jerod Mayo playing a significant role in the process," Reiss wrote.

Hall joins Minnesota's Blake Cashman as the only two linebackers who reportedly visited the Patriots. It's not exactly a position of need, as Dont'a Hightower, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy and Ju'Whaun Bentley highlight a group that was solid in 2018. 

But it shouldn't surprise you that Bill Belichick and his staff are leaving no stone unturned before the 2019 NFL Draft begins Thursday.

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