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Video: Highlights of the Patriots 31-3 Week One Preseason Win Over the Lions

The New England Patriots take on the Detroit Lions during Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Patriots Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC East.

As everyone would expect, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots are sitting at the top with a mark of 13-3, and once again are one of the top forces in the AFC.

Behind them are the New York Jets and new coach Adam Gase, who they say will be an over .500 team with a mark of 9-7.

The Bills and second-year QB Josh Allen will finish in third winning five games and going 5-11. Coming in last is the Miami Dolphins, who will have one of the toughest seasons in the league and will finish 2-14 according to the company.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Speak for Yourself – ‘The Patriot Way’ Created Tom Brady, it Can Also Push Him Out

LaVar Arrington and T. J. Houshmandzadeh join Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley to discuss If Tom Brady would be ‘ok’ if it were his last season on the New England Patriots.

Hear why Whitlock believes ‘the Patriot Way’ created Brady, and can also push him out.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon Officially Applies for Reinstatement

Josh Gordon is hopeful to be able to play in the NFL again, and took the first step in the process Wednesday according to ESPN.

The report says that the Pats wide receiver has officially filed for reinstatement.

The decision on if Gordon can return to the league or not will come down to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He also will decide the time table for Gordon to be back.

Any decision would be based on whether Gordon has adhered to whatever treatment plan he is in.

The receiver was suspended on the 20th of December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy, missing the Patriots’ final two regular-season games and all three playoff games.

Last season Gordon pulled in 40 catches for New England for 720 yards and three scores after being traded from the Browns.

Gordon signed his restricted free-agent tender in April, meaning that if he is reinstated, he would be under contract with the Patriots for 2019 and scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.025 million.

Patriots Rookie QB Jarrett Stidham Impressing in Camp

Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham went 8-for-8 Tuesday to cap a day where Tom Brady struggled in live team drills aside from a spectacular 30-yard touchdown to Phillip Dorsett.

Through 10 practices, Stidham’s completion percentage in those periods is 10 points higher than Brady’s: 68 percent to 58. But any conversation about quarterback succession is entirely premature, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

But calling Stidham one of the early stars of New England’s training camp is almost overdue. Thursday’s preseason opener will mark two weeks since the Patriots first hit the field, and perhaps no one has shown more growth than Stidham.

“He could always really sling it. Now he’s grown as a QB, not staring down receivers,” Moore said. “He’s making it tougher on safeties.”

Added Dorsett: “He’s getting more comfortable. He has a live arm, can make any throw. I like Jarrett. It’s the National Football League, and he’s young. Coming in here is tough. A lot of stuff gets thrown at you really fast and changes on the move, so you have to be able to adjust. He’s doing all right.”

“He’s got good command. It’s tough being a quarterback on any team, especially on our offense,” running back James White said. “There’s a lot you have to know. He’s trying to put the work in, trying to learn as much as possible, and all of the young guys and us veterans are trying to make him feel comfortable and make some plays for him.”

As teammates have attempted to provide comfort, Stidham’s coaches have knowingly been compounding his problems.

Bill Belichick noted Tuesday that the first 10 practices of training camp are often the most difficult because of how the Patriots schedule daily installations of their offensive and defensive systems. Grasping one playbook would be hard enough, but for a rookie quarterback like Stidham, his plate is full with both executing new offensive play-calls and deciphering an ever-expanding menu of defenses. And yet he hasn’t choked yet.

Stidham has instead gone from surviving hiccups in practice periods to thriving throughout them. He’s built upon the hard-throwing prospect who attracted New England in the draft process to become a developing NFL passer.

Video: ESPN’s Ryan Clark Says Brady’s Extension Was a Good Move, but Patriots Understand His Age

Ryan Clark says Tom Brady’s two-year extension was the right thing to do for the Patriots, but New England also understands that Brady’s career is likely winding down.

Patriots Extend QB Tom Brady’s Deal for Two More Seasons Through 2021

Saturday Tom Brady celebrated his 42nd birthday, and now one day later the future Hall of Fame quarterback is reportedly on the verge of getting a contract extension.

ESPN’s Field Yates stated that the deal should be ‘done soon,’ as Brady and the Pats get ready to try and defend their title after they topped the Rams in the Super Bowl in February.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the extension is for two seasons, which takes him through the 2021 campaign, and it will raise him from $15 million this year to $23 million.

Tom Brady Celebrates His 42nd Birthday

Today is a special day for Patriots fans – as it’s the day 42 years ago that their team’s quarterback was born.

Yes it’s Tom Brady’s birthday, and Yahoo Sports got a number of current NFL players to send the six-time Super Bowl winning QB a message on Twitter.

Brady fired back at some of his buddies around the league.