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News Blitz 6/19: Are the Patriots targeting another Pro-Bowl CB?
Though he was not at practice, last night Darrelle Revis was ranked as the 37th best player in the NFL according to the NFL Network's annual Top 100 show. Revis is the second Patriots player along with Rob Gronkowski to make the list so far this year. Next week the show will reveal players 21-30.
The Patriots appear stacked at the cornerback position, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're done adding players. According to a tweet by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Patriots are reportedly "in the mix" for free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers. Sports Illustrated's Fansided blogger, Cyrus Geller, says that this news comes to a surprise to him even though Belichick is known for exercising all possible options. Ultimately, Geller doesn't see the need to bring him in.
"Chemistry is an extremely important aspect of a football team, and while I don't necessarily know that the addition of Flowers would screw up the Pats current "harmony", I wouldn't risk it if I were running the team," writes Geller.
"While the Patriots are scheduled to conclude their minicamp on Thursday, Brady's message was that the five weeks leading into training camp shouldn't be viewed as a break," says Reiss.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald wrote a similar article on Brady's remarks. Howe says that Brady's accuracy looks just as good as in past years and his drive to get better is unparalleled. He notes that although Brady's getting older, he doesn't act like it.
"Father Time will always remain undefeated, but Brady won't stop the good fight because of a technicality," writes Howe. "And given the way Brady has thrown the ball over the past few weeks, this isn't the time to wonder if 2014 is the year his skills will suddenly nosedive."
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe says that Kenbrell Thompkins is being pushed by his teammates on defense. Thompkins told her that the addition of Revis and Browner are forcing him to improve his game -- it's a challenge that he's happy to have.
"Brandon Browner, he's a tremendous athlete, long arms and everything like that. It's just great competition to have those guys out there and competing for the ball," said Thompkins. "It's a great challenge for us at the wide receiver position, but it's our job to come down with [the ball]."