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Watch Antonio Brown catch pass from Tom Brady at Patriots practice

Watch Antonio Brown catch pass from Tom Brady at Patriots practice

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is back at practice Thursday -- with a new jersey number, too -- and the portion of the session open to the media included him catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Phil Perry tweeted a video of the drill. Brown hauled in the pass in the right corner of the end zone with Troy Brown providing some defensive resistance. 

NESN's Zack Cox shared a closer look at the reception:

The Boston Globe's Jim McBride posted a clip of Brown going through a ball security drill alongside Julian Edelman. Brown didn't fumble even one time in 15 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

It's still unknown if Brown will make his debut Sunday when the Patriots take on the Dolphins in Miami for their Week 2 matchup. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has brushed off questions all week on Brown's status for Sunday's game. 

Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as 18.5-point favorites against the Dolphins, and the defending Super Bowl champs certainly don't need Brown to take care of business in Miami. That said, easing him into the offense against one of the league's worst teams -- including a defense that gave up 59 points in Week 1 -- might be the best way for Brown to start building his on-field chemistry with Brady.

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Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Patriots owner Robert Kraft's first public comment on the controversy surrounding a team production crew being investigated by the NFL for allegedly taping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the Bengals game in Cleveland on Sunday was brief.

"You know everything you should know," Kraft said while declining to talk to reporters, including Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, after walking out of a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at previously scheduled league meetings in Dallas.  

The team released a statement Monday night acknowledging that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admitted the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. 

The Patriots (10-3) visit the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati 

Earlier Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick again insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the team production crew was doing and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the tape shows about eight minutes of video that's focused directly on the Bengals sideline. 

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Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

The New England Patriots have some more space available on their practice squad.

The recent departures of center Tyler Gauthier and defensive back Nate Brooks have opened two new spots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

These moves bring the number of open spots on the Patriots practice squad to three. 

Brooks spent the last 13 weeks on the Patriots practice squad. His new head coach with the Miami Dolphins is Brian Flores, who was the Patriots' linebackers coach from 2016 through 2018. Gauthier signed with the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent but never played in a game for New England.

Huggins was signed by the Patriots last week but was released this past weekend when the team needed to make room on the 53-man roster to add kicker Nick Folk.

Reiss also reported Tuesday that New England worked out former University of Georgia defensive back Jayson Stanley.

The Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is their final road game of the 2019 regular season.

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