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Deion Sanders makes interesting guarantee about Patriots' wide receiver situation

Deion Sanders makes interesting guarantee about Patriots' wide receiver situation

The New England Patriots are still figuring out how to maximize their production at wide receiver, but one NFL legend is guaranteeing that help is on the way.

"I guarantee it, something’s going to happen within the next few weeks in the receiver department," Hall of Fame cornerback and current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders said on "NFL Gameday" earlier this week. "They’ve got to get [Tom Brady] some help, because what I saw [Sunday] was ridiculous.”

Check out Sanders' full comments in the video below: 

Sanders didn't elaborate on what kind of help the Patriots would be getting, or how it would materialize. The trade deadline passed in late October, and the only free agent available who could make a real difference is Antonio Brown.

Brown had his chance with the Patriots earlier this season but was released after just 11 days with the team. The veteran wide receiver posted a video to Twitter on Sunday night that made it clear he wants a return to New England. A reunion with the Patriots and Brown seems unlikely, though. NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran reported late last month that the team isn't interested in bringing back Brown.

The Patriots, unless something changes, will have to make it work with the receiving corps they have now. One of the keys to succeeding in this regard is continuing to build chemistry and trust between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the team's young wideouts, most notably N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talked about this challenge during Tuesday's conference call with reporters.

"I don't think there's any shortcut to being on the same page, in terms of anticipating what the other person is thinking, feeling and seeing," McDaniels said. "A lot is made of somebody thinking one thing and somebody else thinking something else. I think there's a lot of factors in the passing game that would determine what being on the same page really means, but practice, repetition – there's no shortcut to it. Every rep we take in practice, every pass we throw, every side session that we're able to take part in, every conversation, every one-on-one drill that we do in practice, every film session that we're in, it just continues to try to build off of the last one. I think patience is something that – I know everybody wants everything to be a finished product, and we do too, but at the same time you have to understand there's going to be a process and we're going to try to stick to it.

"We have to be committed to it, and we know that it's productive when we stay the course and continue to coach the right things and fix the right things and then the players go out and make corrections and they have success with it. Once they make the corrections and have success with it, they gain confidence in it and they start to trust each other more, and there's no shortcut to that. I think our guys are trying really hard. I have absolutely zero issue with our effort and the desire to do it right, and I think that that's what everybody is working towards."

The Patriots need to make some effective offensive adjustments ASAP because Sunday's Week 14 showdown vs. the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxboro could be a shootout. The Chiefs are the third-highest scoring team in the league, and MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes had little trouble moving the ball against the Patriots defense in two matchups last season.

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Antonio Brown sends message to Patriots with hilarious Christmas-themed video

Antonio Brown sends message to Patriots with hilarious Christmas-themed video

All Antonio Brown wants for Christmas is to re-join the New England Patriots.

That was the theme of a tweet he posted Sunday night as Tom Brady and the Patriots offense struggled mightily in a Week 13 matchup against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

Check out Brown's video, which included Mariah Carey's legendary holiday song "All I Want for Christmas is You", in the tweet below:

Wow, that video had everything. 

The Patriots certainly could use a wide receiver of Brown's caliber right now. New England's offense looked totally out of sync versus the Texans, and the unit overall has scored less than 20 points per game over the last four matchups (including the loss to Houston).

Brown got his shot with the Patriots earlier this season and he played in only one game (Week 2 versus the Miami Dolphins) before the team released him. Off-the-field issues piled up and the Patriots went in a different direction.

Brown apologized to the Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft in a tweet a couple weeks ago. However, NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran reported late last month the Patriots are not interested in bringing back Brown. The veteran wideout doesn't seem opposed to trying to change the team's mind, though. 

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Julian Edelman responds to Antonio Brown-to-Patriots rumor with company line

Julian Edelman responds to Antonio Brown-to-Patriots rumor with company line

Julian Edelman apparently took notes from Tom Brady's interview Thursday night.

The morning after Brady deflected a question about Antonio Brown's possible return to the New England Patriots, Edelman was asked about the same subject Friday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."

Specifically: Is there any part of you that wants to see Brown back in a Patriots uniform this season?

"I don’t make personnel decisions," Edelman said, via WEEI.com. "My focus is entirely on the Dallas Cowboys.”

“We’ve got a huge game this week, this is a team that is playing very well and is a team you don’t get to see. This is America’s team. Everyone grew up either loving or hating the Cowboys. So, that’s where my focus is at."

Edelman's answer is right in line with that of his quarterback, who has repeatedly said that personnel decisions aren't up to him when asked about Brown or any other player with reported ties to the Patriots.

Brown spent just over two weeks as Edelman's teammate earlier this season before New England released him in September. The free-agent wide receiver -- whom the NFL is investigating for multiple allegations of sexual assault -- drummed up speculation about a Patriots return with a recent "apology" to team owner Robert Kraft on social media.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran is reporting the Patriots have no interest in bringing Brown back, though.

In any case, Edelman insists he's just keeping his head down -- to the point where he'll probably hear about any Patriots transaction just like the rest of us.

"I think that's the only way I find out," Edelman said when asked if he's ever learned about team news on social media. "We've got a department that handles that, and they do what's best for the team in their eyes, and we kind of just go out and play."

"There's been plenty of times when you look at the ticker and go, 'Oh, we signed that guy. Cool.' "

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