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Why is Michael Bennett a great fit for Patriots? Brother Martellus explains

Why is Michael Bennett a great fit for Patriots? Brother Martellus explains

How will Michael Bennett adapt to life with the New England Patriots?

Let's ask the person who knows him best.

Michael's brother, former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, returned to Boston this week to visit local schools and libraries and promote his new book, "Dear Black Boy."

During media session Wednesday at Boston Public Library's Dorchester branch, Martellus was asked how he sees his defensive end brother fitting in with head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

His answer: quite well.

"Bill will have a lot of fun with the things he’s capable of," Martellus said, via the Boston Herald. "I think Mike will have a lot of fun because Bill will put him in the position to succeed, as well."

"I think Michael created that position that he plays, the Trey Flowers position. That position wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Michael. Michael was like the pioneer of that space — go inside, play outside, being able to do it on left and right. You don’t know where he’s going to line up at.

"When they gameplan to block somebody, you can go a lot of different ways to open up gaps for other people to rush, too. I think versatility as a player on the Patriots is what they want the most. And that versatility right there, they’re going to have a lot of fun scheming with Michael."

The three-time Pro Bowler tallied nine sacks last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, so his reputation as a nightmare for offensive lines is still intact. And while Trey Flowers leaves a massive void, Bennett has the pedigree and versatility to help fill it.

As for Martellus? The retired tight end flirted with the idea of reuniting with his brother before insisting his NFL days are done. But...

"You never know, though," he said Wednesday. "I stay in shape, so one day I might wake up and be like, ‘F— it.’ Back half of the season. Second half, last six games before playoffs."

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Tom Brady's apparent workout video with Josh Gordon has Patriots fans fired up

Tom Brady's apparent workout video with Josh Gordon has Patriots fans fired up

We don't know when (or if) Josh Gordon will play his next game for the New England Patriots, but it seems he's not straying far.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a brief Instagram video/GIF on Wednesday morning of him throwing a pass to someone who looks a lot like Gordon.

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Practice makes perfect.

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Brady's Instagram story features some still photos from the workout, one of which gives us a better look at Gordon.

The veteran wide receiver was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement after multiple NFL drug policy violations, and there's no still timetable for his return.

Gordon signed his restricted tender with the Patriots in April, though, ensuring that if he plays anywhere in 2019, it will be with New England.

The former first-team All-Pro working out with Brady is a good sign that the Patriots are still keeping him in the mix. And as is the case with any remotely positive Gordon news, Pats fans in the Instagram comments couldn't contain their excitement.

Gordon joins rookie receiver N'Keal Harry and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman among the wideouts to join Brady for his now-famous Instagram workout sessions this offseason.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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