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Video: Watch Randy Moss’ Hall of Fame Speech as He Joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Randy Moss delivers a powerful speech at the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, praising his mother for all she did and stressing the importance of providing for his family.

He also tells the young members of his family “I’m here now” after 14 years of spending time away in the NFL and thanks former coach Bill Belichick for inspiring him to be his best self on and off the field.

Patriots Release Veteran Wide Out Jordan Matthews

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who injured his hamstring in Sunday’s fourth practice of training camp, was released by the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

The Boston Globe first reported the transaction.

Matthews had signed a one-year, $1 million contract ($300,000 guaranteed) with the Patriots in April, and was vying for a roster spot at a position headlined by Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. With Edelman set to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy to open the season, some viewed that as possibly increasing Matthews’ chances of sticking.

But after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady in Saturday’s practice, and being greeted by Brady with an embrace, Matthews’ hamstring injury the following day has contributed to derailing those plans.

Matthews’ injury also likely contributed to the Patriots bringing veteran free-agent Eric Decker to town for a workout on Monday.

Patriots Come to Terms with First-Round Draft Pick RB Sony Michel

The Patriots have signed the second of their first-round draft picks, Georgia running back Sony Michel.

New England selected Michel 31st overall, eight spots after taking one of his college blocker, Isaiah Wynn.

Michel is expected to be a major contributor in the backfield after the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis in free agency.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Michel was third on Georgia’s all-time rushing list with 3,688 yards. Last season, he played in 14 games with two starts while splitting time with Nick Chubb, who was drafted in the second round by Cleveland. Michel finished with 1,227 yards on 156 carries (7.9-yard average).

Patriots Won’t Work With Another Team in a Joint Practice This Summer During the Preseason

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Coming off a Super Bowl appearance in which they lost a tough game to the champion Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots are still in the hunt to not only make it back to the big game, but this time get the job done again and win it.

Many betting sites predict that the Patriots will be back in the Super Bowl in February, but just like after any Super Bowl loss, the team is looking to do some tweaking to their summer schedule.

That schedule for the first time since 2012 will not include joint practices with another team in the league, something that the team has used to not only get the veterans ready, but also to take a long look at the young players and even the draft picks on the teams’ roster.

The typical routine for the Patriots in the summer is for them to work out with a team sometime between the first and second preseason game, but this year they have decided to go in another direction.

Oddly enough the teams’ second preseason game is a home game in Foxboro against the champion Eagles, and it might be that the team (knowing that the Eagles are a threat again to get to the big game) does not want to show Philly anything that they can use against them down the road should there be a Super Bowl rematch.

It is a stretch, but it is logical knowing that Bill Belichick never likes to show teams much of anything that even six months before the Super Bowl he doesn’t want any film floating around to a team they may face well down the road.

The Patriots first preseason game is another home game, this time against the Washington Redskins, another NFC East team, but one that is not expected to be anywhere near as much of a contender as the Eagles are in 2018.

One interesting note about when that Pats work with a team is that every time they have met another team in camp since 2010, they’ve later taken a chance on an opposing player they saw during those practices.

That chance to scout other teams won’t happen in 2018, but in the mind of Belichick and the coaching staff, it might mean more to work with their own team than with another.

Free Agent Wide Out Eric Decker Thinks He’d Be a Good Fit with the Patriots

Free Agent wide receiver Eric Decker in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he thinks he would be a good fit in New England. Decker added that he wanted to go to a team that has a chance to win a championship.

“I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by Josh McDaniels in Denver,” Decker said. “I talked with New England last year during the free agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain.”

Rob Gronkowski Says He and Bill Belichick Are All Good; Wants a New Deal

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski maintains he is still on good terms with the team and coach Bill Belichick, Rachel Bowers of the Boston Globe reports.

The All-Pro was present for Day 1 of New England’s mandatory minicamp, taking his usual place with the starting offense and getting his usual number of reps.

Gronkowski also seemed to have a lot of fun, galloping into the end zone for a few long touchdowns and playfully taunting some teammates and coaches.

“Whenever I step on the field for the first time, you get those jitters,” he said. “It just felt good to be back out there, get some rust off, see what I got to work on, what I can improve, what my strengths are to make them stronger. It was just good to be out there competing.”

After practice, Gronkowski told reporters that he is “trying to’’ get a new contract. He is set to be the fourth-highest-paid tight end for 2018 at $8.75 million, behind Jimmy Graham ($13 million), Greg Olsen ($12.35 million), and Trey Burton ($11.3 million). Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce, and Zach Ertz are also making in the $8 million range.

Rob Gronkowski Says He’s Not at Patriots Minicamp to ‘Take Care of My Body’

Rob Gronkowski made an energetic return for the first practice of the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp Tuesday, and then explained that he didn’t attend seven weeks of voluntary workouts because he believed training on his own was the best decision for him, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“I wanted to take care of my body, take care of myself and see where I was at before I came out here. I think it was a good decision,” he said. “I was having all different thoughts — see if I really wanted to go through it again.

“I feel like I’m just going to do what’s best for myself and take care of myself, because if I can’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of anyone else and help out the team.”

Gronkowski, who at one point let out a loud yell of excitement after catching a pass from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer against double coverage, acknowledged the approach was different for him as he enters his ninth NFL season.

“But coming back, definitely the same. I felt like I was never gone,” he relayed, adding that he initially had some “jitters” at the start of practice.

“It just felt really good to be back out on the field, and that’s what matters most,” he said. “I enjoyed it a lot today. I love playing the game of football. The game of football is fun when you’re feeling good. If you’re not feeling good, myself, I’ve asked many other players, you really don’t like the game of football. But if you’re feeling good, your body feels good, your mind feels good, the joy of playing the game of football is off the charts. At the same time, if you’re not feeling good, it can be awful.

“I just want to be feeling good, keep my mind clear, and keep playing the game and enjoy it.”

Patriots QB Tom Brady Not at the Start of the Teams’ OTA Practices

It’s not been an easy offseason for the Patriots, with losing to the Eagles in the Super Bowl and all the offseason drama that people seem to think exists, the news about quarterback Tom Brady not being at the opening of the Patriots’ organized team activities Monday was just more fuel for the fire of those that want to bring the empire down.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning the news about Brady not being present, though for now 4NJBets still has New England listed as the AFC favorite to get to the Super Bowl in February of 2019.

Brady regularly has participated in the Patriots’ voluntary OTAs in the past. He has skipped all of the team’s offseason program so far this season.

In the past the Patriots future Hall of Fame quarterback had stated that his decision to miss earlier portions of the offseason program as being based on family while also helping him be “really rejuvenated” for the 2018 season.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels noted May 11 that he would like all players at the workouts but understood the quarterback’s decision, for now.

Brady is making plenty of people nervous about the overall direction of the team, with the drama last year regarding the teams’ decision to stop his trainer from helping out the franchise, to now him not being at camp, there’s plenty of reasons to be nervous with the overall direction the team is taking this offseason.

Rapoport along with fellow NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo pointed out on April 18 that Brady is looking to get more more mega deal with the franchise, despite having two years remaining on his current deal and is currently scheduled to earn a base salary of $14 million in 2018.

At some point it sounds more and more like Robert Kraft, Patriots owner, is going to have to decide the fate of the team with Brady being at the head, or coach Bill Belichick.

Expect more drama this summer with the Pats, and this latest Brady news should have more people on alert as to what’s next for New England.