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News Blitz 6/3: MVP Brady meets Patriots community MVPs

Tom Brady has plenty of MVPs on his resume. Whether it's during the NFL regular season or in the Super Bowl, the Patriots quarterback has proven himself the best of the best.

Thursday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and tight end Rob Gronkowski were on hand for a ceremony honoring the 2016 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Winners.

Among the 26 honorees was 93-years-young Ida May Molitor, who according to the Boston Globe told Brady to "keep it up" when the two shared a moment.

Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges says there is a wave of phony Deflategate outrage that smacks of hypocrisy. The Herald notebook notes that Kraft didn't want to talk about Deflategate at the Community MVP event, while later in the day Matthew Slater was pretty passionate talking about the NFL's new kickoff rules.

ESPNBoston.com notes that Kraft did say he sees "great depth" in this Patriots team as it heads toward a new season. The site also passes along Brady's Facebook page celebrating the day he was drafted … by MLB's Expos.

WEEI.com has Slater avoiding too much Deflategate talk, but saying of Brady, "We stand by him." Second-year defensive tackle Malcom Brown also met with the media on Thursday and talked about being a family man and how that keeps him from doing "dumb things."

CSNNE.com writes about who might stay and who might go as many contract decisions loom for the Patriots. CSNNE.com looks at the injury return timeline for Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant and how it compares to Julian Edelman's situation. The site also writes about Brown's family life and leadership.

NFL.com has Jags wide receiver Allen Hurns signing a four-year contract extension worth $40 million, a deal that might relate to fellow former 2014 undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler. NFL.com ranks the league's most valuable pass catchers and while Gronkowski is included he's not in the No.1 spot where he should be.

NESN.com's mailbag says Chris Hogan could have the biggest impact among the Patriots free agent additions.

MassLive.com passes along Nate Ebner saying in a recent radio interview that he has his work cut out for him if he's going to make the Olympic rugby team.

Sports Illustrated takes a look at all the Patriots who will be free agents after the 2016 and predicts how each situation might play out.

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