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Boston.com: Shhh...Tom Brady is already throwing to N'Keal Harry
As of Thursday, N'Keal Harry and Tom Brady hadn't met, or even interacted outside of social media.
By Saturday, that changed, and the quarterback made it clear he considers the Patriots' rookie wide receiver Harry part of the family.
Brady shared four images Saturday morning. The first is a picture with wide receiver Julian Edelman, the second and third are ones of Brady by himself, and the fourth is a shot of a blurry Brady in the background throwing to Harry in the foreground.
It's a family affair. pic.twitter.com/klcWi6Wdcf
-- Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 25, 2019
Pats Pulpit: The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2018: Number 11
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
I know that summer doesn't officially start until June 21st, but everyone with a brain knows that the summer season lasts from Memorial Day through Labor Day - and after that, football season begins. On the horizon are long weekends, cookouts, beach parties, yoga pants, and that critical time on the NFL calendar that is the preseason. Nobody is getting any work done today as we all get ready to head home and fire up the grill, so thanks for slacking off with me here on the countdown of the Top 20 Most Memorable Patriots Moments of 2018.
Boston.com: 3 takeaways from the first Patriots OTA sessions
The Patriots are already setting down the foundation of the 2019 season as organized team activities (OTAs) got underway in Foxborough earlier this week. Rookies made their on-field debuts, while a few familiar veterans also appeared.
Tom Brady, Sony Michel, and several other returning players weren't spotted among practice participants (Brady skipped OTAs last year as well). Still, Bill Belichick had plenty of talent on the field to begin building his latest attempt at defending a Super Bowl win.
Future OTA sessions are scheduled for May 29-30, and June 10-11.Rookie vs. rookie
Two notable, new presences are rookies N'Keal Harry and Joejuan Williams.
Yahoo! Sports: He's no Tom Brady: Patriots subtly troll Aaron Rodgers over beer chug
The Green Bay Packers offensive lineman roped Aaron Rodgers into a beer-chugging contest Thursday night at the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
To say Rodgers lost would be putting it kindly.
In Rodgers' defense, this was an unfair fight. Bakhtiari can put down beers like glasses of water. But as many on Twitter pointed out, there's another high-profile quarterback who recently chugged a beer in public ... with much more success.
The New England Patriots helpfully pointed their Twitter followers to this moment Friday.
Yes, that's QB Tom Brady during a 2018 appearance on "The Stephen Colbert Show" slugging a beer in less time than he stands in the pocket.
Pats Pulpit: Patriots among eight teams to reportedly be interested in free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy
On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with one of the cornerstones of their team: six-time Pro Bowler and former first-round draft pick Gerald McCoy was released. It looks like his stint on the open will be a rather short one, however, at least if judged by the reported interest the defensive tackle generated this early into the process. According to multiple reports, eight teams are apparently interested in McCoy.
Among those teams are the New England Patriots. The world champions were already linked to McCoy immediately after he hit the market, and it seems as if nothing has changed since.
Fansided: Patriots: Who will lead the team in sacks this season?
The 2018 Patriots were clearly a resounding success story.
Despite finishing with an 11-5 overall record - mediocre by their own impossible standards - the team rode the combination of a punishing run game and a disciplined defense all the way to victory in Super Bowl 53.
Because of that victory, no one will remember the team's suboptimal performance against lesser teams like the Jaguars, Lions, and Titans. No one will care that quarterback Tom Brady statistically wasn't quite as sharp as he was the year before (when he won league MVP). No one is lamenting that the Pats as a team finished with the second-fewest sacks in the league.
Pats Pulpit: On-field skills are not the only thing that stand out about Patriots rookie N'Keal Harry
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry had a busy practice on Thursday, during the first OTA session open to the media: he led all pass catchers with a total of ten targets during team drills. In general, it was not hard to see why New England felt confident selecting Harry in the first round of last month's draft: the Arizona State product stood out due to his intriguing combination of size, athleticism and smooth hands.
His on-field skill set is not the only thing that catches the eye, though, as Harry also is actively trying to improve as a receiver -- and the early results appear to be encouraging.
Pats Pulpit: New England Patriots links 5/24/19 - Welcome to OTAs, the season of "I know it's only practice, but..."
TEAM TALKPaul Perillo 's OTA Blogservations: 2019 kicks off in Foxborough. Jerod Mayo was quite vocal working with inside linebackers; Most of the coaches and virtually every player donned Bruins hats on the field; More.
Erik Scalavino shares the news, notes and buzz from Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette: Watson , Collins embrace second chances.
LOCAL LINKSKevin Duffy tells us what to know about Thursday's OTA , first media viewing since January: Rookie receiver N'Keal Harry is making a solid first impression.
Every day is an opportunity. https://t.co/IakjVKIMYT
Boston.com: Morning sports update: N'Keal Harry says he's already learning from Julian Edelman
The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays on Thursday, 8-2. Spot starter Ryan Weber pitched six innings to earn the win.
The Bruins held an intrasquad scrimmage before a packed TD Garden crowd in preparation for the Stanley Cup Final (Game 1 is on Monday).
And on Saturday, the New England Revolution host D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
N'Keal Harry is finding his feet at Patriots OTAs: The Patriots selected a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time in Bill Belichick's tenure in New England a few weeks ago.
Support for the Bs, a few notable numbers & some hills to end the day.Recapping yesterday's OTA practice. https://t.co/SoE2tMCGEJ
Pats Pulpit: Patriot Nation Podcast #27: The final results of the all-time Bill Belichick Patriots player draft
In this week's episode of the Patriot Nation Podcast, Spags and Pat continue their off-season fun as they finish up with the last eleven rounds of the all-time Bill Belichick Patriots player draft. The two have to draft eleven guys on offense and eleven guys on defense to fill out their teams.
To explain the rules (if you miss last weeks show or post), it goes like this: Offensively, they need to choose one quarterback and running back, five offensive lineman, two wide receivers, one tight end and one flex position player. On the defensive side of the ball, they have to pick four defensive lineman, two linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties, and one more skill position player.
Pats Pulpit: 6 quick-hit thoughts on the Patriots' first open OTA practice
The New England Patriots' organized team activities are in full swing, and Thursday saw the team's first appearance in front of the media. The almost two-hour long session held on the fields behind Gillette Stadium was little more than a first taste of the 2019 Patriots, but it already produced some memorable moments -- in terms of production and when it came to personnel usage both on and off the field.
With that in mind, let's quickly run through six of the bigger storylines to come out of the third and final OTA practice of the week.
Pats Pulpit: Jamie Collins was 'surprised' that the Patriots brought him back
Last week, the New England Patriots add to their defensive depth by re-signing a former second-round draft pick of theirs: after a two and a half year stint with the Cleveland Browns, linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. returned to the team with which he started his career. Despite Collins' experience in the system and his upside, the reunion can still be classified as a minor surprise considering how his departure via trade went down in 2016.
Count the linebacker himself among those at least somewhat surprised by the Patriots bringing him back into the fold.
Fansided: Tom Brady will "find a way" post-Gronk, says Titans safety
Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard knows a thing or two about the New England Patriots.
In the three years he's played since entering the NFL, Byard has gone up against the Evil Empire twice, splitting those meetings. The first time came in a 35-14 loss to the Pats in the Divisional Round of the 2017 playoffs; the Titans got revenge last season, though, in a 34-10 regular season win in Nashville, their first victory against the Patriots in 16 years.
Over that same timespan, Byard has established himself as one of the more underrated defensive players in the league.