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Updated Patriots wide receiver depth chart after Mohamed Sanu trade

Updated Patriots wide receiver depth chart after Mohamed Sanu trade

Tom Brady played with a "B Team" of pass-catchers Monday night and still helped the New England Patriots erase the New York Jets 33-0.

A day later, that "B Team" is getting an upgrade.

The Patriots reportedly are acquiring wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick. With 377 receptions and 4,300 yards under his belt over seven-plus seasons, Sanu gives Brady a dependable target he desperately needs.

In fact, Brady could have a full complement of weapons in a matter of weeks if Josh Gordon returns from injury and rookie N'Keal Harry can integrate into the offense when he becomes eligible to play in Week 9.

Here's a look at the Patriots' updated wide receiver depth chart with Sanu in the fold:

Julian Edelman
Josh Gordon
Mohamed Sanu
Phillip Dorsett
N'Keal Harry (eligible to return Week 9)
Jakobi Meyers
Gunner Olszewski

Not too shabby.

At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Sanu also gives New England a third big-body wideout along with the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon and the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Harry.

If Gordon is able to return from a hamstring injury, the Patriots can roll out this lineup (sans Harry) next Sunday in a home game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Bill Belichick: 'Phone will be ringing off the hook' after Rob Gronkowski announcement

Bill Belichick: 'Phone will be ringing off the hook' after Rob Gronkowski announcement

All eyes will be on Rob Gronkowski's Instagram account Tuesday at 9 a.m. as he makes his much-anticipated "big announcement." Football-related or not, all of New England will be monitoring social media to see what the retired Patriots tight end has in store.

Well, most of New England. Since social media isn't exactly Bill Belichick's forte, he probably won't be hearing Gronk's announcement via "InstaChat" or "SnapFace."

The Pats head coach was asked Monday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" whether he'll be keeping tabs on social media for Gronkowski's announcement, and he had the perfect response.

"I'm sure my phone will be ringing off the hook, all the alerts I have on it," Belichick jokingly told WEEI. "I'm sure it will be going crazy."

Either Belichick expects Gronk's announcement to be a big one, or he just finds joy in joking about his lack of social media usage. Considering his candid comments about social media after Myles Garrett's helmet fiasco, we believe the latter to be more likely.

That's all he had to say about a potential Gronk return, then he switched back to vintage Belichick.

"I'm going to be working on Dallas," he said.

The Patriots will host the Cowboys (6-4) on Sunday with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

The New England Patriots won a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and head coach Bill Belichick rewarded his players with their first "Victory Monday" of the season.

"Victory Monday" means a day off, and while few things are better than a huge win in Philly, a free Monday is right up there.

The reaction to Belichick's declaration of a "Victory Monday" was pretty amazing, and the Patriots released a video of the moment on their website Monday (click the link in the tweet below).

Even though the players did not have to show up at Gillette Stadium on Monday, it's no surprise that many of them did anyway. One player who was present, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, was quarterback Tom Brady. 

The Patriots' 17-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field helped them stay above the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The toughest stretch of the Patriots' regular season schedule continues Sunday when the defending Super Bowl champs host another talented NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys, for a Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

Updated NFL playoff picture entering Week 12>>>

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