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WATCH: Jarrett Stidham connects with Damoun Patterson for beautiful TD pass

WATCH: Jarrett Stidham connects with Damoun Patterson for beautiful TD pass

The New England Patriots spent a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Jarrett Stidham. And so far, through two weeks of preseason action, he has made some nice throws.

On Saturday night, Stidham was able to add to his highlight reel with a perfect 23-yard strike to Damoun Patterson. On the play, Stidham lofted the ball beautifully to the front corner of the endzone on a third-and-12 opportunity. Patterson was able to make the catch and get his feet down to score the first aerial TD of the Patriots' day.

Here's a look at the full play via the Patriots' official Twitter account.

The pass by Stidham put the Patriots ahead 22-17 with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter. It was their first lead of the game against the Tennessee Titans.

Stidham has flashed some so far this preseason and it looks like the Patriots have unearthed another solid, young quarterback via the draft. We'll soon see what the team plans to do with him, though it seems likely they'll keep him on board as the third-string quarterback even despite Brian Hoyer's mostly quiet night in Nashville.

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.

 

 

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Could the Patriots be seeing a familiar, old rival in the playoffs? Or could they be seeing him on their own defense for their playoff run?

The Arizona Cardinals released longtime Pats nemesis Terrell Suggs, 37, on Friday and he'll be on waivers until Monday. While the Patriots, at 10-3, are far down on the waiver list to claim him, the former Pro Bowl linebacker's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, with the NFL's best record at 12-2, are last in line, so a potential reunion appears to be a long shot.

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If he goes unclaimed, he'll be a free agent, calling to mind two years ago when the Pats snapped up pass rusher James Harrison, then 39, after Harrison passed through waivers following his release from the Steelers. 

While it's not the Patriots defense, but an offense that hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since Halloween, that could use a boost this season, the idea of the guy who once refused to say Tom Brady's name (he'd call him "the pretty boy up north") surfacing in New England was too good to resist for a couple of ex-players: