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NFL Capsule: Patriots at Jaguars

NFL Capsule: Patriots at Jaguars

NEW ENGLAND (10-4) At JACKSONVILLE (2-12)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 14

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 8-6; Jacksonville 6-8

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 5-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 3; Jaguars No. 31

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Jaguars 35-7, Dec. 27, 2009

LAST WEEK - Patriots lost to 49ers 41-34; Jaguars lost to Dolphins 24-3

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (3)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (11), PASS (29)

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (30), PASS (24)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots haven't lost consecutive games in December since 2002. ... Team 45-8 under coach Bill Belichick in December. ... Tom Brady looks to extend streak with at least one TD pass to 47 games, which would tie him with Johnny Unitas and leave him seven behind Drew Brees' NFL record. ... Brady 3-0 against Jacksonville, with seven TD passes, no INTs and 118.4 passer rating. ... RB Stevan Ridley needs 95 yards rushing to become fifth player in franchise history to reach 1,200 in a season. ... WR Wes Welker needs one more 10-reception game to break NFL record held by Jerry Rice (17). ... Patriots have forced turnover in 25 consecutive games. ... Patriots have scored 30 or more points 10 times this season, two shy of tying NFL record held by 1999 Rams, 2007 Pats and 2011 Pats. ... Jaguars have lost 10 of last 11, including three in row. ... Former Dolphins and current Jaguars QB Chad Henne had at least 300 yards passing in three of last four games against New England. He had career-high 416 yards passing in last game vs. Patriots. ... WR Cecil Shorts III needs 75 yards to become team's first 1,000-yard receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005. ... Shorts has five TD catches of at least 20 yards and needs one more to break club record held by Jimmy Smith (2000, 2004) and Reggie Williams (2007). ... Jaguars removed two sections of tarps covering seats because of demand for tickets, likely for Patriots fans.

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Antonio Brown and other available receivers Washington could add after Kelvin Harmon's injury

Antonio Brown and other available receivers Washington could add after Kelvin Harmon's injury

Kelvin Harmon's torn ACL is tough news, as it will prevent him from taking the next step in his career in 2020. That injury also does significant damage to Washington's already limited group of receivers.

So, if Ron Rivera wants to replace Harmon with a free agent, who's out there?

Before getting to the list — which begins with one guy fans have been yearning for and will now yearn for even more — it is worth wondering how signing an outside free agent could be affected by COVID-19. How much more complicated is that process? 

As long as the virus doesn't make a move like that very strenuous, though, keep an eye on these options. The first name stands out, of course, but a few others make sense as well.

Antonio Brown

When asked about Brown last month, Ron Rivera basically shut down the thought of Washington acquiring him. Rivera explained to the media that he didn't want to "stunt the growth of somebody young" by introducing a vet to the mix.

Well, circumstances are obviously different, as the offense has one less young target to feature. Based on that logic, the possibility of going after Brown has to be at least a little higher. He has been working out plenty with Dwayne Haskins this offseason, by the way.

Yet the ex-Steeler, Raider and Patriot wouldn't just bring huge talent to the organization, and that's something else Rivera has to weigh. Is Brown, with his propensity for being involved in non-football drama, someone the coach will want to deal with during this rebuild?

That could be the real key in this matter. But with Harmon now sidelined, there's an even larger need for help on the outside. Maybe that'll sway Rivera. Maybe.

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Jarius Wright

Wright doesn't have nearly the same production that Brown has — few who have ever played the sport do, honestly — but he is a pro that Rivera knows well and Scott Turner knows really well.

The 30-year-old overlapped with Turner in Minnesota, and he spent the last two campaigns with both coaches in Carolina.

That kind of familiarity is always useful, but it would be particularly useful in this bizarre offseason. Wright should probably keep his phone nearby over the next handful of days.

Chris Hogan

Like Wright, Hogan is a recent former Panther. The 32-year-old joined the club for 2019, but a left knee injury marred most of his season and he finished with just eight receptions.

Before that, however, he did record five straight years with at least 34 catches, so he can be an effective role player. Let's see if Rivera gives him another chance to make an impact on his roster, this time in Washington.

Demaryius Thomas

By size, Thomas would be the most similar of these choices to Harmon. Harmon would've been a nice complement to the speedier Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims because of his height and physicality. Maybe Thomas could step into that void.

The accomplished five-time Pro Bowler has reportedly drawn interest from both the Jets and Giants this summer, so his services are still in some demand. He's no longer the dominant star he once was, but he could be a piece that Washington will now want, too. 

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Doc Walker won't 'burn' Washington gear but questions how to celebrate history moving forward

Doc Walker won't 'burn' Washington gear but questions how to celebrate history moving forward

Though the Washington franchise has now entered a new era with the former name of the team soon-to-be retired, an entire 83-year history here remains.

Great players and teams alike still live on in the memory of many, even if the name they played under is no longer. However, figuring out how to celebrate the past that is intertwined with a moniker that has negative connotations can be tricky. It's something former Washington player and current ESPN980 host Doc Walker has been contemplating in the wake of recent news.

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Walker wants to continue to honor the history of success of the franchise, while also understanding why the name change needed to happen. For him, it's all about separating the name from everything else Washington has achieved.

“It’s kind of like an emotional separation. I’ve said I do not look at the logo and look at it and think that it’s a swastika. I’m not sitting here about to burn all my gear," Walker said on Doc and Galdi. “But I do have to establish, take a deep dive as to how I’m going to represent it and what’s going to be represented by it.”

Walker's reflection includes understanding the difference is how the name was perceived back when he played in the 80s compared to how it is viewed today. Thirty years ago surely part of the population found it offensive, but Walker believes that the negative connotations and opinions were lesser-known.

Therefore, he still looks to the past with positivity, because there was no ill-intent by which he celebrated the name and the team.

“I’m not trashing my past, and the honor, because we didn’t go about it in a derogatory sense," Walker said. "I wasn’t trying to be a jerk.”

“If I had known that was hateful in the 80s, I never would have represented it," Walker said. "That was not the case, it was a level of pride and it was something that you were so honored to embrace."

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Even with that mindset, Walker did admit that he made mistakes by not seeking out more information and alternative views about the name. He's since made an effort to learn more about what problems some have with the moniker, and it made him understand why change was requested.

“It was also some ignorance because I never went out of my way to find out what Native Americans thought. I did ask around and when I heard it was negative I immediately dropped it," Walker said. "I had just one conversation, that’s all I needed. It didn’t matter."

The reason Walker has still been able to celebrate the past while seeing all sides of the argument stems from the same mentality he is trying to put forward now. His fondness of the history of the Washington franchise isn't unilaterally connected to the name, but rather the memories that were created by teams and players. Even without the focus of the name, there was so much to celebrate over the years.

"It didn’t take away the Burgundy and Gold… the Hogs, the Hogettes, all these things that went on that were different," Walker said. "We were still able to be in love with the colors, Hoggettes. But it didn’t kill us.”

With the name now on its way out, Walker believes the same can be done in the future. There is no reason to look down at the incredible moments that have taken place over the years and the players who have come through the franchise. They can be separated from the name, and still celebrated and honored.

However, he does admit that it will be a challenge. The current landscape and negative aura around the name will not go away, even when looking at the past. That leaves Walker wondering how exactly history will be remembered in Washington.

“This right now. This is like, how do we go from this point forward with our past, our stuff. What do you treat it like?" Walker said. “That to me has to be addressed. It’s going to take time.”

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