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News Blitz 4/20: Patriots go to Washington

A relatively large contingent of Patriots players, coaches and staff traveled to Washington on Wednesday for the traditional visit with the President at the White House afforded to annual champions across all sports. Patriots.com was along for the ride!

Though there was plenty of chatter regarding the number and notoriety of players in attendance – Tom Brady was among those absent from the day's events – the White House ceremony and tour of Washington was enjoyed by all.

The Boston Globe reported Brady's absence from the trip Wednesday morning. The Globe declared that some players' boycotting and Brady not being there worked to "undermine the stagecraft" of the visit. The Globe looks at photos from the visit, which turned into a big topic on social media thanks to a very misleading comparison put out by the New York Times. Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy declared Wednesday an "unprecedented day" in Boston sports history, for a variety of reasons.

The Boston Herald passes along President Donald Trump telling the story of the infamous pre-election letter that Bill Belichick sent him last fall. Herald *columnist Steve Buckley writes that the news of Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide cast a cloud over the White House trip. The *Herald notes that the highlight of the day may have been Rob Gronkowski crashing Sean Spicer's official White House briefing. Herald columnist Ron Borges says we'll never really know what motivated Hernandez. The Herald's Patriots prospect series looks at Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton. The Herald notes that the Rams claimed recently-released former Patriots guard Tre' Jackson.

The Providence Journal has its view of the Patriots getting the Presidential salute.

CSNNE.com notes that Trump opted not to mention Brady during his remarks at the Patriots White House visit. CSNNE.com lists some prospects for the edge of the defense who might make sense in New England.

NFL.com ranks the Patriots Super Bowl LI rematch with the Falcons in Foxborough as one of the 17 best games to look forward to in 2017. Three other New England games also make the list.

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