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Report: Patriots WR Antonio Brown Could End Up on Commissioner’s Exempt List

The NFL will give serious consideration to placing Antonio Brown on paid leave via its commissioner’s exempt list, after he was accused in a federal lawsuit in Florida of rape and sexual assault, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports.

The wide receiver would be ineligible to play for the New England Patriots if he’s placed on the exempt list by the league.

Placing Brown on the exempt list is “possible” and something that the NFL is “going to have to focus on,” said one of the people close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

The league is investigating the allegations, but it’s unclear whether a decision about the exempt list will be made this week, before the Patriots are scheduled to play Sunday. Brown has not been charged with a crime, so the NFL does not have to be concerned, at this point, about interfering with a criminal investigation. It is not certain if or when the league’s investigators will be able to arrange interviews with Brown’s accuser and other potential witnesses.

Neither the league nor attorneys for Brown’s accuser, Britney Taylor, immediately confirmed an ESPN report that Taylor plans to meet with NFL representatives next week, and is unable to do so sooner because of her wedding.

Patriots Deal Veteran WR Demaryius Thomas to the Jets

New England Monday made a surprising trade with in-division rival New York, sending wide out Demaryius Thomas to the Jets.

The Pats will get back a 2021 sixth-round pick for Thomas, who was inactive for the team’s Week 1 win over Pittsburgh.

Thomas became expendable after New England signed wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Thomas, 31, who tore his Achilles in December, was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 20. He had seven catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ preseason finale, which was his first game since the injury.

Newly Acquired Patriots WR Antonio Brown Accused of Rape in a New Lawsuit

It took less than two days after officially inking with the Patriots for Antonio Brown to be back in the headlines, and not for signing his contract.

The newly acquired wide receiver is in the news tonight after being accused of three counts of sexual assault and rape in a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Brown is being accused of raping his former trainer, Britney Taylor, who also attended Central Michigan with the wide out.

The lawsuit states the incidents occurred in June 2017 and May 2018.

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision,” Taylor said in a statement released to The New York Times through her lawyer. “I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the accounts of other survivors of sexual assault.”

“It was not clear whether Taylor reported her accusations to the police,” according to the Times.

The lawyer for Brown, Darren Heitner, released a statement saying that the receiver denies the allegations.

The NFL is a Very Different Game Then When It Started 100 Years Ago, Here’s a Couple Ways It’s Evolved

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is the 100th season of the NFL, and this year the league is celebrating it in a big way – with the ‘NFL 100’ celebration already having started with this first week of action around the country.

Millions of people on a weekly basis watch the NFL on television, and thousands attend games that greatly impact the economy around North America.

The game that started some 100 years ago is plenty different than the one that is being played today, and if you watch highlights of a game from say 1950, the game of 2019 is vastly different.

Today we will take a look at some of the big changes that have made the National Football League the greatest and most popular game in the world.

One thing that has shaped the game is that of the merger between the National Football League, the NFL, and the American Football League – the AFL.

The AFL when it came about was a league of upstarts, run by many owners who could not get their hands on an NFL franchise at the time.

If you go back, the first four Super Bowls were between the NFL and the AFL, with the NFL winning the first two and the AFL winning the final two – that being the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, and if NFL Betting Betway would have been around, you could have seen how big an underdog the AFL teams were in those two games.

The AFL started in 1959, and it also stated a bidding war for players, which in a number of cases, was won by the American Football League.

Finally in 1966, a deal was agreed and a 24-team league was formed with two conferences – the AFC, featuring the former AFL franchises, and the NFC, featuring the remaining NFL franchises.

Another key to making the game what it is today is (of course) the Super Bowl, the biggest game on planet Earth played on the first Sunday in February.

Over 100 million viewers watch the Super Bowl each year, and even if you’re not a football fan, you still tune in and watch the game, or are at a party based around the game.

As we get ready for Super Bowl 54 this February, it’s still the biggest and best day of the year, and it’s basically a national holiday, insane thinking that the first Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs wasn’t even sold out.

One other thing that’s changed the game was the thing that takes place during the Super Bowl, that being the halftime show.

The biggest musical acts in the world have been on stage for the Super Bowl halftime, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.

The Super Bowl halftime really took off in 1993 when the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson took the stage in the Rose Bowl in California, and people really took notice.

Since then, there’s been a ton of memorable moments, and there will be more to come, but the NFL seems to have its pulse on continuing to evolve into the great sport that it is.

For more breakthrough things that have changed the game over the last century, check out the infographic below!

Report: Patriots Have Agreed to Terms with Wide Receiver Antonio Brown

The Patriots are set to add maybe the biggest playmaker in the league, as reports from Adam Schefter state that the Pats have agreed to terms with troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown was released by the Raiders on Saturday after a number of issues, as the team voided his contract after the receiver asked for a trade.

The Steelers traded Brown this offseason to Oakland for just a third and fifth round draft pick, and it remains to be seen if Brown is going to respond well to the way that the Pats do business.

Many will equate the situation with Brown going to New England to when the Pats inked Randy Moss, another player who failed during his time with the Raiders.

Moss was possibly the best wide out in the game during his time with the Pats, but of course the team did not win a Super Bowl with him, falling to the Giants in the season they went 16-0 in the regular season.

Brown will not be able to take the field in week one against the Steelers, but can start to practice this week and play in week two.

Patriots Host the Steelers in the 2019 Opener; Three Keys to a Patriots Win

The Patriots will hoist another banner on Sunday night when they begin their 2019 season at home against one of their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As always there’s questions about Tom Brady and the Pats offense, more so without the services of Rob Gronkowski who retired in February.

If you check the betting sites, the Pats are by many five to six point favorites to beat the Steelers, and the line should stay about that before the prime time kickoff on Sunday night.

It won’t be easy, as the Pats last season scored just 10 against the Steelers in what was their last loss of the season, but this time around they need a much better game plan against Mike Tomlin’s team.

1. Protect Tom

One huge aspect of the game last December was the fact that Tom Brady had a tough time with that Steelers defense rushing in and laying hits on him.

The line for the Pats lost some parts this offseason, but they have had some months to get together and make sure they are on the same page on Sunday night.

If they allow those Steelers linebackers to get in and get licks on Brady again, it could be a long day for the Pats offense.

2. Stop the Steelers Run Game

Last year without James Conner, the Steelers still ran all over the Pats with the help of Jaylen Samuels, who rushed for 142 yards and the team as a whole rushed for 158 in the seven-point win.

If you’re going to beat the Steelers, you have to make them one dimensional and force them into mistakes, that’s the best chance the Pats will have to win the game.

Also if you do get to Ben Roethlisberger, make sure you bring him down, as he’s always been a player who can make plays with his feet and make broken plays as well.

3. Watch the Penalties

Last year the Pats were terrible in their loss to the Steelers committing 14 penalties, a season high, for 106 yards.

The crowd at Heinz Field had a lot to do with the penalties, as there seemed to be a number of false starts as well as movement by the line on both offense and defense.

They have to be a lot more careful this time around, not falling for the Steelers quick counts, and playing at home will have a big benefit to that and the team should be more under control.

Patriots Place 1st Round WR K’Neal Harry on IR; Sign Demaryius Thomas

The Patriots spent Labor Day morning reshuffling their wide receiver corps, sending first round rookie N’Keal Harry to injure reserve and signing veteran Demaryius Thomas to a one-year contract according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Harry, the No.32-overall pick in this year’s draft, has had an injury-plagued summer with ankle, hamstring, and toe issues.

He has not been a full participant in practice since injuring himself in the Patriots preseason opener and even before then was being outplayed by undrafted rookie free agent Jakobi Meyers.

Now Harry will miss at least the first six games of the regular season and could end up basically being red-shirted for the 2019 season.

The 31-year-old Thomas was a surprise roster cut on Saturday but it was always believed that the Patriots intended to bring him back.

There was some talk of his reuniting with the Broncos, where is is already the second-most decorated wideout in team history with 9,055 yards in nine seasons, but coming back to Foxboro and getting a chance at a Super Bowl ring was apparently too enticing a prospect to pass up.

Demaryius missed most of the offseason while recovering from a torn Achilles but looked sharp in his preseason debut Thursday night, nabbing seven grabs for 87 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Giants.

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