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Which Patriots won't visit White House? Harmon, McCourtys the first to say no

Which Patriots won't visit White House? Harmon, McCourtys the first to say no

Despite what some may think, not every New England Patriots player is gung-ho about visiting President Donald Trump in the White House.

Following the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, safety Duron Harmon told TMZ Sports he won't attend the White House for the customary trip of championship teams visiting the Oval Office.

"Nah, man," Harmon said. "They don't want me in the White House, man."

Later Monday, safety Devin McCourty told the Associated Press that he'll skip the White House, too, and McCourty's twin brother and teammate, cornerback Jason McCourty, said he doubts he would make the trip if the team is invited. 

Harmon then was asked if he'd like to take the lead of the Golden State Warriors, who visited former President Barack Obama instead of Trump earlier this year to celebrate their 2018 NBA title.

"Yeah, that would be dope," Harmon responded. "Hey Obama, come holler at me, man! We love you over here, man!"

The Patriots are just hours removed from their sixth Super Bowl title, so it's unclear if and when a White House visit will happen.

The visits rarely have full attendance, as just 34 players visited Trump in Washington, D.C. following New England's Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick both have supported Trump in the past and would be expected to attend.

Devin McCourty also said Monday he wasn’t ready to think about whether he’d play next season after he was asked by the media last week about the possibility of retirement. Devin just finished his ninth season in the NFL, all with the Patriots. Jason, in his first season with the Patriots, carried the Lombardi Trophy off the team bus when the Patriots returned to Gillette Stadium on Monday.

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Where does Patriots' Sony Michel rank among NFL RB1s entering 2019?

Where does Patriots' Sony Michel rank among NFL RB1s entering 2019?

Sony Michel enjoyed a tremendous rookie season for the New England Patriots and played a pivotal role in the team's run to a sixth Super Bowl championship.

The 24-year-old running back ran for 931 yards and six touchdowns in 13 regular season games, but his real value, however, was shown in the playoffs. Michel tallied 336 yards and a rookie postseason record six touchdowns in three games, culminating with 94 yards and the Patriots' only touchdown in their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

After a stellar first season as a pro, where does Michel rank among the league's RB1s entering the 2019 season? Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranked Michel at No. 11 in his rankings on NFL.com. Here's what MJD had to say about the Georgia product:

Michel showed he can be a bell cow during the postseason, with 71 carries for 336 yards and a rookie-record six rushing TDs in three games. He underwent a minor knee procedure in June, but Michel should still be the effective rusher he was in the postseason starting in September. Plus, I think Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will be more creative with the running game now that Rob Gronkowski is no longer on the team.

Jones-Drew put New York Giants rookie sensation Saquon Barkley atop his rankings, with Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, Le'Veon Bell of the New York Jets, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys and Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers rounding out the top five, in that order.

The Patriots offense was carried by its ground game in the last season's playoffs, and we could see more of the same this coming season after New England selected talented Alabama running back Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Pats now have Michel, Harris, Rex Burkhead and James White leading a really impressive group of running backs that should make the team's offense a well-balanced unit next season.

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NFL odds: Three quarterbacks favored over Tom Brady for 2019 MVP

NFL odds: Three quarterbacks favored over Tom Brady for 2019 MVP

Tom Brady opens as one of the favorites to win the 2019 NFL MVP award, but Vegas has three quarterbacks favored over the Patriots QB.

Chiefs quarterback and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes unsurprisingly is listed as the favorite heading into the new season at +350. Also ahead of Brady are Eagles QB Carson Wentz (+550) and Colts signal-caller Andrew Luck (+600).

Brady is tied with Chargers QB Philip Rivers at +700 and followed by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who opens at +800.

(Odds via Caesars Palace)

Considering the uncertainty at the wide receiver position for the Patriots, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Brady isn't favored to be 2019's MVP. But at +700, there's certainly plenty of value there if you're looking to put some money down before the season.

Brady has won the NFL MVP award three times before in his illustrious career (2007, 2010, 2017).

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