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Updated Patriots wide receiver depth chart after Antonio Brown release

Updated Patriots wide receiver depth chart after Antonio Brown release

Antonio Brown's brief tenure with the Patriots ended on Friday as New England decided to release the star wide receiver amid his ongoing off-field issues.

With Brown's departure, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon return to being Tom Brady's go-to targets. The news also bodes well for Phillip Dorsett and undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers, who should get more opportunities to shine.

Here's a look at the Pats' full WR list with Brown no longer in Foxboro:

Julian Edelman
Josh Gordon
Phillip Dorsett
Jakobi Meyers (rookie)
Gunner Olszewski
N'Keal Harry (rookie, also on IR/eligible to return)
Cam Meredith (on PUP list)

The Patriots will play their first game of the post-Antonio Brown era on Sunday vs. the New York Jets.

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NFL odds Week 15: Opening spread for Patriots vs. Bengals game revealed

NFL odds Week 15: Opening spread for Patriots vs. Bengals game revealed

The hard part of the New England Patriots' 2019 regular season schedule is over, and now they finish up with three very winnable games.

The final road game of the regular season for the Patriots is Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals, and as expected, oddsmakers like the defending Super Bowl champions to cruise to an easy win.

New England is 9.5-point favorites over Cincinnati in the opening odds for Week 15, according to the betting lines at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. It's a pretty large spread given the Patriots' struggles offensively, which continued Sunday in a 23-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots typically are a smart bet against the spread each season, but their ATS record in 2019 is a mediocre 7-6. The Bengals are 5-7-1 ATS but 1-4-1 at home. 

New England still has a lot to play for over the final three weeks of the season. The Patriots are unlikely to reclaim the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff race, but they still control their own destiny in the battle for the No. 2 seed and the playoff bye that comes with it. New England's margin for error is pretty slim, though, as it leads the Chiefs by only one game for second place in the conference. 

The Bengals, meanwhile, would be better served losing to the Patriots and thus increasing their odds at landing the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cincinnati enters Sunday with a league-worst 1-12 record.

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N'Keal Harry brings up missed TD call again while adopting Patriots mantra

N'Keal Harry brings up missed TD call again while adopting Patriots mantra

N'Keal Harry has moved on from his non-touchdown Sunday.

Well, almost.

The New England Patriots wide receiver had a score taken away from him in fourth quarter the Kansas City Chiefs when the referees incorrectly ruled him out of bounds at the 3-yard line.

The Patriots had no challenges remaining at the time, so the play stood as called despite "everybody" thinking it was a touchdown, as an exasperated Harry explained to reporters after New England's 23-16 loss.

On Monday morning, the rookie wide receiver reminded everybody of this fact by tweeting photo evidence of him staying in bounds on the play.

While the photos may have been one last parting jab at the officials, Harry's caption is straight out of the Patriots' "moving on" playbook.

New England famously adopted "On To Cincinnati" as a mantra after a brutal loss to Kansas City in 2014, and it worked, as the team rallied to win a Super Bowl.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dusted off that rallying cry Monday morning, as well.

The 1-12 Bengals do offer New England the perfect bounce-back opportunity in Week 15, but Brady and Co. still need more from Harry if they want to get their offense back on track.

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