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Patriots QB Tom Brady is getting some tosses in with Josh Gordon during the NFL’s downtime, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The New England Patriots’ quarterback posted an Instagram video throwing a pigskin to the suspended receiver.

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Practice makes perfect.

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jun 19, 2019 at 6:09am PDT

Gordon was suspended indefinitely again in December by the NFL for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

There has been no recent update on Gordon’s status. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported back in February that Gordon’s rehab was going well and there was a “chance” he could be reinstated by training camp. With camp coming down the pike, we have yet to get a progress report on Gordon outside his lowkey throwing sessions with Brady.

The Patriots re-signed Gordon to a one-year, $2.025 million contract this offseason in hopes that he might be reinstated during the 2019 campaign. All signs this offseason have pointed toward New England believing Gordon will become eligible at one point or another. Ultimately, that decision comes down to the league office and Gordon’s progress.

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It’s like a broken record each and every year, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady skips optional offseason practices with the Pats, and then when he shows up when everyone has to..aka mandatory..he has to talk about it.

If you look at water sports betting or betting on the NFL, there’s nothing that is stopping Vegas from loving the Pats again this season to win their seventh NFL title, as they are right at the top – yet again, in the AFC to be the best team.

As for Brady, he as usual took to the podium at mandatory OTA’s for the Patriots and gave his reasoning for why he didn’t show up with the rest of his teammates for a couple of days of practice.

“I have a family at home and they get some of my time and energy and my wife is a very ambitious woman and she travels a lot so just trying to divide some responsibilities at home,” Brady explained.

“She supports me a lot, my family supports me a lot. My kids aren’t getting any younger so just trying to spend the time with them when I can and get the other things done that I need to get done and be ready to go when it’s time to go.”

Sure there’s going to be changes with the Patriots this season. They no longer have all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired this offseason, but at the same time, this team has added some pieces and parts that should be able to again make them the best team in the division.

Brady is still at the very top of his game. Look at what he did at the end and in overtime of the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City, and look at how he played like a conductor the Rams in the Super Bowl.

There’s no question that the questions will continue to be asked, but for Brady, he always seems to say the right things about the team, his teammates, and why he doesn’t bother coming to the optional part of OTA’s.

“We’re trying to get ready individually and collectively,” he said.

“Everybody has different things they have to do. I think our coaches do a great job of preparing our guys. Individually, guys are coming out here and trying to get better and I’m doing the same thing. When we come together like this it gives us a chance to see where we’re all at.”

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New Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson will have to sit for the first four games of 2019, as Sunday it was announced he will serve a four-game suspension to start the season.

Watson himself made the announcement in a Facebook post on Sunday.

He admitted to briefly using testosterone after he retired from the Saints and before he came out of retirement with the Patriots to help “assist in healing my body and mind.”

“On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies,” he wrote. “I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive.”

“I was devastated and for obvious reasons did not want to proceed,” Watson added. “At that point I knew that my decision to return to play would include a four game suspension and I immediately discussed this new development with the clubs. Ultimately I decided to pursue another year and on May 9 the Patriots offered me a contract in spite of these circumstances.”

Watson wrote that he understands that the rules are what they are and accepts the suspension.

“I respect the regulations that have been collectively bargained to promote fairness on the field of play and accept the discipline associated with my infraction,” Watson said.

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The Patriots are in the process of finalizing a contract extension with Julian Edelman, who was set to enter the final year of a deal that paid a base salary of $2 million, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports via Herbie Teope of NFL.com.

Since entering the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State with the Patriot, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound Edelman, who turns 33 on Wednesday, developed into one of the NFL’s most reliable weapons.

Edelman broke out in 2013 with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns on 151 targets, and has averaged 86 catches for 935.2 yards and 5.2 touchdowns on 128 targets over the past five seasons.

He has played a big role on three Super Bowl-winning teams, including capturing the MVP award in Super Bowl LIII’s win over the Los Angeles Rams. Edelman also produced one of the top championship-game circus catches in the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

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Less than two weeks after it began, Jared Veldheer’s career in New England is over, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

The 31-year-old offensive tackle told the team Tuesday he intends to retire, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss. After starting for the Broncos last season and all but five of his 118 career games, Veldheer agreed to terms with the Patriots on a free-agent contract on May 7. He projected as New England’s next swing tackle after LaAdrian Waddle left in free agency.

Veldheer’s contract was a 1-year deal worth up to $6.5 million, per reports. Tuesday marked the second day of the team’s OTAs.

Before he signed with the Patriots, Veldheer split his nine-year career over stints the Raiders, Cardinals and Broncos. He took snaps at both tackle spots, right guard and center. Veldheer’s departure leaves New England without a single offense tackle who boasts NFL experience, aside from starting right tackle Marcus Cannon.

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The Vikings are currently locked in a contract dispute with veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph, a dispute that reportedly has caught the Patriots’ attention, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, New England has “talked with Minnesota about Kyle Rudolph,” amid its series of free-agent signings at the tight end position. The 29-year-old Rudolph is due $7.6 million this season from the cash-strapped Vikings. Minnesota drafted a tight end, Alabama’s Irv Smith, in the second round of this year’s draft.

The two sides were reportedly in extension talks until two weeks ago, at which point the possibility of trading him reopened. Rudolph, who intends to be present for the start of the Vikings’ OTAs on Tuesday, said he doesn’t want to be dealt. However, he also told reporters he’s “too young” to take a pay cut.

Rudolph caught 64 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season. He’s earned two Pro Bowl nods — in 2012 and 2017 — over his eight-year career. His best statistical season was an 83-catch, 840-yard and seven-touchdown campaign in 2016.

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The Patriots have reportedly come to terms on a new deal with 25-year-old run stopper Danny Shelton, a player who last season played in 13 games, starting one.

The Patriots have re-signed run-stuffing DT Danny Shelton, per league source.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 20, 2019

Shelton was credited with 21 tackles last season, including one tackle for loss.

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The Patriots have reached an agreement with their 2019 first-round pick, N’Keal Harry, on the terms of his rookie contract, Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported Tuesday the former Arizona State wide receiver and the Patriots have agreed to a four-year, $10,098,348 contract with a $5,364,252 signing bonus.

Third-round picks Chase Winovich and Damien Harris are the only players from the Patriots’ 2019 draft class still unsigned, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Harry was selected by New England with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s the first wide receiver drafted in the first round by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick since he took over the team in 2000.

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The Patriots released veteran slot receiver Bruce Ellington on Wednesday, further thinning the depth at the position, Kevin Duff of the Boston Herald reports.

Ellington, who played for the Texans and Lions this past season, had been signed by the Pats during the opening week of free agency.

His release clears a roster spot for veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who is expected to sign later this week.

Following the Ellington move, New England’s receiver depth chart is led by Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, rookie N’Keal Harry, second-year pro Braxton Berrios, and Maurice Harris.

Josh Gordon remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Demaryius Thomas could become a factor at some point, but he’s just over four months removed from an Achilles tear.

A shifty 5-foot-9 slot receiver, Ellington figured to be on the roster bubble in training camp. He caught 31 passes for 224 yards in the 2018 season.

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