Celtics Wrap: Boston Falls To Nets 112-107 In Back End Of Home-And-Home

The Boston Celtics came into Barclays Center with a home-and-home sweep in mind, but they weren’t able to get the job done.
Brooklyn beat the Celtics 112-107 Friday afternoon, just two days after the Nets fell at TD Garden on Thanksgiving Eve. Brooklyn controlled this one for the majority of the 48-minute outing, and Boston’s late fourth-quarter push came up just short.

Jayson Tatum (26), Kemba Walker (17), Marcus Smart (15), Brad Wanamaker (11) and Enes Kanter (10) all finished in double figures for Boston. 
Spencer Dinwiddie led the way for Brooklyn with 32 points and 11 assists on 10-of-19 shooting.
The Celtics dropped to 13-5 with the loss, while the Nets moved to 10-9.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG:  Kemba Walker
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Daniel Theis
The Celtics got off to an ugly start, committing six turnovers in the game’s first nine minutes. A noon start often does this to teams, but Brooklyn seemed just fine out of the gate, knocking down five first-quarter 3-pointers.
Ball movement was a difference-maker early on, as the Nets had 10 assists on 13 made field goals to keep Boston on its heels. It was a relatively similar story to Game 1 of the home-and-home set, being that 3-pointers kept Brooklyn in the game Wednesday at TD Garden.
Boston pushed back, however, ending the opening frame on a 9-2 run to cut into the deficit, resulting in a 31-24 score after one.
Dinwiddie led all scorers with eight first-quarter points, while Walker led the C’s with seven points on 2-of-2 shooting.
Tatum was at the heart of Boston’s turnover issues, and that continued early in the second. The third-year wing had four turnovers in roughly 10 minutes of action at Barclays Center.
The Celtics’ bench provided a nice spark to get them back into this one, going on a 14-5 run to bring Boston within two. Tatum then began to heat up from there, knocking down a couple 3’s to push his then-game-high to 12.
Brooklyn stretched its lead to 11 with two minutes left in the half, but a 10-2 Celtics run led by Tatum over the final 1:42 made it 58-55 Nets at the break.
Tatum’s 18 first-half points paced Boston’s offense, marking his second-highest point total in a half this season. He was 4-of-6 from deep.

The man is on @jaytatum0 has 18 points at the half. pic.twitter.com/plId18bDgl
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 29, 2019

Dinwiddie’s 13 points led the Nets after two. Brooklyn knocked down 11 3-pointers in the first 24 minutes Friday, trailing only Wednesday’s first-half total of 12 for its season-high.
Kanter immediately hit the floor early in the third to help the C’s battle Jarrett Allen on the glass. He provided some much needed assistance in the category, particularly on the offensive glass.
But Brooklyn took advantage of a Marcus Smart technical foul to go on a quick 7-0 run, pushing its lead out to nine five at the 7:36 mark of the quarter.
Dinwiddie continued to slice up the Celtics’ defense, posting 27 points and 10 assists through his first 24 minutes. He initially was beating Boston off the dribble, so defenders in turn started cheating and going underneath screens to stay in front of his. It didn’t work, as Dinwiddie didn’t skip a beat and starting knocking down pull-up jumpers at a consistent rate. He was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc after three.
Robert Williams came off the bench alongside Wanamaker and sparked an 11-0 run to bring the Celtics within three. The Nets ultimately would take a 87-81 lead into the final frame, but Boston’s ability to hang around amid Walker’s struggles certainly was noteworthy.
A couple quick 3-pointers from Garrett Temple pushed Brooklyn’s lead back to 10 with 9:43 left in regulation, which stumped a previously-solid defensive stint for Boston to begin the fourth. 
The Nets didn’t cool off and took advantage of Kanter’s lack of defensive prowess, targeting him inside on multiple fourth-quarter possessions. Boston responded with some stout defense elsewhere once the Turkish big man was removed, helping the visitors to stay within striking distance.
The Celtics cut the lead to four with just under one minute left, but it was too little too late. Sloppy play was Boston’s downfall, as a season-high 19 turnovers prevented it from coming all the way back.
Strong finish from Smart. 

through contact pic.twitter.com/jB6C7rDvcD
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 29, 2019

The Celtics will spend their off-day in the Big Apple before taking on the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Patriots Practice Report: New England’s Health Trending Upward After Flu Bug

FOXBORO, Mass. — Just two players were missing from the New England Patriots’ final practice of Houston Texans week days after a nasty flu bug hit the team.
Left tackle Isaiah Wynn, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and cornerback Joejuan Williams all returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two sessions with illnesses. A total of eight players were out sick Wednesday, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore, linebacker Jamie Collins, safety Patrick Chung and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor returning Thursday.
Only linebacker Kyle Van Noy and tight end Ryan Izzo were absent from Friday’s practice. Izzo has been sick all week, but Van Noy was a full participant Thursday and Friday and has not appeared on the injury report.

A visibly under-the-weather Bill Belichick addressed his team’s widespread sickness during his Friday morning news conference.
“We’ve had some guys miss (practice), so we’ll see how they are today,” the Patriots coach said. “We’ll see how they are today and reevaluate it after today. It would have been hard if we had played (Thursday), I’d say that.”
If this flu bug forces any players to miss Sunday’s matchup with the Texans, the Patriots will rely on their internal reserves. Their depth has served them well this season: New England went 7-1 during Wynn’s stay on injured reserve and are 6-0 in games in which it was missing at least one defensive starter. The Patriots also won last week despite not having their Nos. 2 or 3 wide receivers (Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett, who have practiced in a limited capacity this week).
“It is what it is,” Belichick said. “We have players on the practice squad. We have players on our roster. So if we need somebody to step into a spot, then hopefully they’re ready to do it. We’ll see.”
Belichick coughed and sniffled his way through his 10-minute presser. He insisted he feels “good” but acknowledged the flu bug affected the coaching staff, as well.
“I mean, look, it kind of hit everybody a little bit, so we’ll see,” Belichick said. “We’ll start doing injury reports on the coaching staff. That’ll be the next thing.”
All 14 players who were limited in Thursday’s practice were present Friday. The Patriots will announce game statuses for Sunday when they release their final injury report Friday afternoon.
Some additional practice notes:
— Newly signed kicker Kai Forbath made his Patriots practice debut. He will wear No. 5 and will be the fourth kicker to appear in a game for New England this season (Stephen Gostkowski, Mike Nugent, Nick Folk).
— In honor of rivalry week in college football, the soundtrack for the team’s pre-practice stretch included the fight songs of Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Since this is rivalry week in college football, fight songs were the soundtrack today at practice. Tom Brady and Chase Winovich looked pretty pumped to hear Michigan’s. pic.twitter.com/Y0VQkGVFlf
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) November 29, 2019

David Pastrnak Dons Impressive Suit-Hat Combination Prior To Bruins-Rangers

The Boston Bruins enter Friday’s matchup with the New York Rangers looking for their sixth consecutive win, and David Pastrnak came dressed for the occasion.
The NHL’s leader in goals has made his suit-hat combinations quite a trend so far this season, and he continued the movement Friday at TD Garden with a gray and navy blue pairing.
Check it out:

Arriving in style.#NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/UkTJodZTTO
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 29, 2019

Puck drop from TD Garden is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Projected Bruins-Rangers Lines, Pairings: Patrice Bergeron Out, Jack Studnicka In

For the fourth time in as many games, the Boston Bruins will be without Patrice Bergeron.
The top-line center has been dealing with a lower-body injury for a little while now, and the team has made clear they’re going to be careful with him. As such, he will stay out when the Bruins welcome the New York Rangers to TD Garden for a Black Friday matinee.
With Bergeron not playing, David Krejci will center the top line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy also indicated that Jack Studnicka will play instead of Brendan Gaunce, and will center the second line with Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle. Anders Bjork, Sean Kuraly and Danton Heinen will make up the third trio, while Par Lindholm will be the fourth-line center with Kuraly on the third unit.
Connor Clifton, who was a healthy scratch in Wednesday’s win over the Ottawa Senators, draws back into the lineup, replacing Steven Kampfer.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Bruins and will be opposed by Henrik Lundqvist.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
Brad Marchand–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–Jack Studnicka–Charlie Coyle
Anders Bjork–Sean Kuraly–Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom–Par Lindholm–Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Connor Clifton
Jaroslav Halak
Chris Kreider–Mike Zibanejad–Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin–Filip Chytil–Ryan Strome
Brendan Lemieux–Brett Howden–Kaapo Kakko
Brendan Smith–Boo Nieves–Jesper Fast
Brady Skjei–Jacob Trouba
Ryan Lindgren–Adam Fox
Libor Hajek–Tony DeAngelo
Henrik Lundqvist

Patriots Release Kicker Nick Folk, Will Reevaluate Position Next Week

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots swapped out one kicker for another Friday morning.
The Patriots cut Nick Folk one day after he had his appendix removed. That move made room for the Patriots to sign Kai Forbath.

“We’ll do introductions and get to know everybody,” head coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. We worked Kai out earlier this fall, three or four weeks ago.”
Forbath is the Patriots’ fourth kicker this season. The Patriots also have used Stephen Gostkowski, who’s on injured reserve with a hip injury, and Mike Nugent, who was released for ineffectiveness.
“It has (been challenging), but other teams in the league have gone through it, and we’ve gone through it at other positions,” Belichick said. “It’s not what you want. It’s not ideal, but we’ll keep going.”
Belichick wouldn’t commit to bringing back Folk after he’s healthy.
“Right now we’ll go down and play Houston, try to go down and beat Houston,” he said. “That’s the intention right now. That’s our goal. We’ll worry about next week, next week.”
Folk missed two field goals Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. He had been perfect in two previous games.
The Patriots play the Texans on Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Gordon Hayward Feels He’s Ahead Of Schedule; Still No Official Timetable

The Celtics have gone 6-3 without Gordon Hayward, but Boston is inching closer and closer to getting the forward back into its lineup.
Hayward, who was seen going through shooting drills at TD Garden and the Auerbach Center over the last week, says he feels ahead of schedule, per NBC Sports Boston’s A. Sherrod Blakely. There still is no “definitive” timetable for his return.

Still no definitive timetable on when #Celtics Gordon Hayward (hand) will return, but he says he feels as though he's ahead of schedule.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) November 29, 2019

Hayward suffered a fractured metacarpal in his left hand on Nov. 9 against the San Antonio Spurs and ultimately had surgery two days later. The forward was averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists on 55.5 percent shooting through eight games prior to the injury.
Boston looks for its third consecutive win Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. Tip-off from Barclays Center is set for 12 p.m. ET.

Things to Consider if your Employer Asks You to Relocate

It’s finally happened. A big career move has come knocking, and you’ve answered. You’ve been asked to relocate for work, and now you’re weighing your options. This can be an exciting process, but without a clear plan it can quickly snowball into stress. Here to help you stay on track, our relocation  experts have put together this guide on the most important things to consider when facing a relocation . Take some time to think about each of the factors covered in the sections below to make the best decision for yourself before you make your big move.
The Money
No matter who you are, money matters. One of the first things you should consider when being asked to relocate is the financial impact of the relocation . In most cases, relocation s come with raises. In the best cases, these raises are significant steps up and difficult to deny from a purely financial standpoint. However, in other cases, relocation  raises hover right around the “maybe” area. This is because relocating  itself is not cheap, and even when a company covers some of the relocation  costs, you will still have to pay for a host of new things in your new city. When all is said and done, you may find yourself with very little extra money on your hands. Factor in the other sacrifices that can be quantified with a price tag, and perhaps that relocation  raise isn’t really a raise at all. If it isn’t, consider negotiating. Your company wants to keep you around – that is why they asked you to relocate in the first place. In all likelihood, they will be willing to negotiate.
The Feasibility
For many working adults, relocating  is simply not in the cards no matter how big the raise is. If you’re like many people in the workforce and have a host of other responsibilities in your hometown, you’ll want to consider them before committing to any relocation . For those readers who are married: whose job is more important and harder to replace — yours or your spouse’s? Do you have a kid who is a senior in High School? Do you have elderly parents who need you in the same city to care for them? These are major factors that may contribute to the overall feasibility of your relocation  situation. Consider your current obligations, and the lives of those that matter to you most, as you weigh your relocation  offer.
The Expectations
Often, when your employers are asking you to relocate, they’re doing just that: they’re asking. In these cases, expectations swing in your favor. Perhaps there is a more senior position located elsewhere, or perhaps you simply have the option to move to a different office. As it stands, your current position is not in jeopardy. However, in other cases a relocation  is less of a request as it is a final offer. Your branch may be shutting down, or your position may not be needed in the current location. In these cases, the expectation is that you either move or you lose your job. Determining what your employers expect before making your decision can help you better weigh your options and confidently negotiate when the time comes.
The Career Upgrade
Thinking strictly in terms of your career, a relocation  can be a good move or a bad move depending on the situation. Take some time to consider what your relocation  will do for you career-wise in terms of title, responsibility, and other job-oriented factors. Will relocating  catapult you up the chain of command? What will your new title be? When you start your new position, will there be room for upward mobility? If you want to change careers, does the new city offer ample opportunities? Asking and answering these questions for yourself will help you make the right move for your career ahead of relocation .
The Other Career Options
Maybe you’re working in San Francisco as a software developer. Maybe you are in New York with a low-level position in a law firm. Maybe you’re in sales somewhere in the Midwest. Different fields (and different worker skill levels) have different hiring prognostics for people on the job hunt. If you’re facing a relocation , you may want to consider the job hunt as an alternative. If your skill set is majorly in demand, you may be able to find another job in your original city with ease. Maybe you’re counting your lucky stars that you even got hired to the original job in the first place. Your overall hire-ability is going to dictate whether you can afford to consider options outside of relocation . Know your worth in the job market, and make your decisions accordingly.
The Move
If you’re considering relocation , you’re going to have to be up for a full-scale move. Packing up an entire house full of your and your family’s possessions is no small feat. Don’t try to be a that guy or gal who attempts to do every part of the move themselves only to totally burn yourself out halfway through. You don’t need that in your life. Hire movers to pack up your house, safely put it into a moving truck, drive it across country, and safely drop it off in your new place. Make sure that your company gives you a moving bonus so that the cost of moving your possessions isn’t coming out of your pocket.
When moving, there’s one other big thing you should consider: your car. Some people are passionate about driving their own vehicle to their new home city. But what happens when you have multiple vehicles and not enough road-tested drivers to drive them? What happens when you add 2,000 extra miles to an already road-worn vehicle? You’re already hiring professionals to move your other possessions safely — consider doing the same for your vehicle by hiring a trusted car shipping company. Your car is one of the most expensive things that you own. Don’t trust a poorly-rated auto shipping company with your investment. Go with a reputable company that is known for sticking to schedules, ensuring the entire value of your car, and staffing their 18 wheelers with safe, reliable drivers.
The Schools
Good parents make decisions based on what is going to be best for their kids. If you’re a parent considering a relocation , you’re going to want to check out the kid-friendliness of your new city and neighborhood. This starts with the schools. For better or worse, not all schools and school systems are built alike. If you can, try to move to a neighborhood that has an excellent public school system. Consider renting a month-to-month place for the first few months in your new city, so if you do have to move across town, you can do so with minimal hassle. Visit schools with your spouse, talk to parents, and don’t trust everything you read on the internet. Remember: you want a good fit for your child, not somebody else’s offspring. When you find a neighborhood in the right school district, then you can start the hunt for a place to live there.
If you can’t establish residency in an area where your kids will be happy and thrive in the public school system, consider enrolling them in private schools. Private schools are a strong option for those who have earned a windfall when relocating . Even when costs are a bit steep, the private school route shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. A great education truly is the best thing that you can give your kids to set them up for success. Spend now to invest in your kids’ futures.
The Living Situation
Your new home is one of the biggest factors to consider when relocating . Property location plays a huge role, as does the quality of the building itself. Starting with location, you’ll want to look long and hard at your neighborhood and your commute. Big commutes can be absolutely devastating to your overall happiness and weekly free time. Likewise, excessive rent or mortgage payments can cripple you financially. Neighborhood safety, entertainment accessibility, and seasonal weather are all other factors to consider when assessing your new living situation. You might have the best job in the world, but if your home isn’t up to par, your quality of life will suffer. That being said, most cities across the country offer great living options for people of all walks of life. Do your research, and you’ll likely find something that fits your needs.
The Future
The final factor to consider when facing relocation  is your future. You likely have a few big plans and forecasts for the upcoming years. How does your relocation fit in? Think about what matters most to you — family, friends, career development, personal exploration, and money are just a few to choose from — and try to analyze how a relocation would affect those things in the long run. A little reflection now will help you out later. Make your future as bright as possible by writing your own forecast.
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What Charlie Coyle, Chris Wagner Extensions Mean For Bruins In Short, Long Term

It’s easy to get caught up in the sentimental value of two local boys, Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner, getting long-term extensions with the Boston Bruins.
But make no mistake, there’s both on-ice and financial impacts as the result of both deals.
Coyle, an East Weymouth native, secured a six-year extension that’ll kick in next season and take him through the 2025-26 campaign at a $5.25 million annual cap hit, a roughly $2 million pay bump from what the 27-year-old presently is earning.
Injuries to both David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron this season have forced Coyle into a top-six role, and he’s done well. He also spent most of his time with the Minnesota Wild as a top-six center. That’s important to keep in mind, because Krejci is an unrestricted free agent after next season and Bergeron the season after that. Krejci will be 35-years-old when his deal is up and Bergeron will be 36, about to turn 37, when his contract finishes in 2022. It’s not unfair to wonder if retirement would be on the table for either player — Bergeron already has played over 1000 regular season games, and Krejci could reach that marker by the time his deal is up.
At the surface, it seems Coyle could be looked upon to step into a top six role before his deal is done. There aren’t many third-line centers making over $5 million a year, so giving Coyle that much, which he very much deserves, shows there’s plenty of trust within the organization that Coyle can center the first or second line regularly before his contract is done.
There’s no shortage of center prospects within the Bruins right now. Jack Studnicka is starting to get his shot with the big club, while Boston picked a center in Johnny Beecher during the first round of the draft this year. They obviously figure into the Bruins’ future, and now Boston knows they’ll have some stability built in with Coyle while the youngsters try to find their way with the varsity, whenever that may be.
Coyle is a solid player and likely could’ve gotten more on the open market (check out Kevin Hayes’ deal). He might theoretically be above market value for a third-line center, but then again the Bruins have arguably the best situation up the middle in the entire NHL, and they already are getting a bargain on some of their centers. It wasn’t until Coyle was acquired that the Bruins had stability in the middle of the third line as a result of Riley Nash’s departure, so all told his new contract proves that the Bruins value that depth and know Coyle can be an above average top-six pivot when the time comes.
As for Wagner, who signed a three-year extension worth $1.35 million annually, it seems he too probably left money on the table, instead prioritizing playing for a team he loves that projects to be competitive for years. There’s a good chance Wagner as a UFA could have gotten money similar to, if not more than Noel Acciari, who’s costing the Florida Panthers $1.67 a year over the next three years.
Wagner has good hands and loves to throw his body around, with the offensive production he’s capable of providing being a nice benefit to a fourth line that’s not looked upon to provide eye-popping offensive numbers. Teams start to get in dicey territory when they begin paying their fourth-liners over $1.5 million a year, so getting Wagner, who will be 29 when his extension kicks in, locked in now at the figure they did was a prudent move.
You could argue Boston has one of the best fourth lines in the NHL between Wagner, Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly, even though they’re off to a slow start this season. However, Nordstrom is a UFA next summer and Kuraly only is signed through next year, so knowing that Wagner now will be around even if one or both of his linemates walk in the coming offseason should, in theory, provide some sort of continuity on that unit.
In short, most teams that have made deep playoff runs in recent years confidently have rolled four lines, so the Bruins getting a solid fourth liner on a deal with term shows they’re aware of the importance of keeping those guys around.
Getting Coyle and Wagner’s deals done now allows Sweeney to check off a few to-dos for the upcoming offseason, but there’s still plenty to be done. Depending on what the salary cap is set at this offseason, the Bruins should have a little under $18 million (h/t @BruinsCapSpace on Twitter) with which to sign UFAs Torey Krug, Zdeno Chara, Jaroslav Halak, Kevan Miller and Nordstrom, as well as RFAs Jake DeBrusk, Matt Grzelcyk, Anders Bjork, Brett Ritchie, Karson Kuhlman and Zach Senyshyn.

Jerry Jones Has Simple Reason Why He Won’t Fire Jason Garrett During Season

Despite incessant clamoring from the fanbase to can Jason Garrett, it appears the most important person involved in that decision won’t budge.
The now-6-6 Dallas Cowboys will, at worst, own a share of first place in their division once the weekend is over, but despite their standings position, they’ve underachieved in a big way. Their latest setback came Thursday, falling at home to the Buffalo Bills 26-15, which prompted a fiery speech in the locker room from Michael Bennett. Dallas now has lost three of its last four games, with all of the losses coming against teams that all but certainly will make the postseason.

Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, held court with the media for nearly half an hour after the game. One thing he noted after reiterating that he wouldn’t fire his head coach was that an interim coach wouldn’t be able to guide the team to a Super Bowl.
“I wouldn’t make a change and give us a chance to do what I want to dream about doing. I wouldn’t do that for love nor money,” Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. “It would give us zero chance (to win the Super Bowl) if we didn’t have (Garrett).”
That’s probably true, but even if the Cowboys were to somehow make it to the title game this season, the opposing coach likely would coach circles around Garrett, much like Bill Belichick did to Sean McVay in Super Bowl LIII.
There’s no questioning the talent in Dallas, but the execution still leaves plenty to be desired.

Patriots Mailbag: Should New England Rummage Through Available Receivers?

New England Patriots fans seemingly want their team to shop for bargains on Black Friday.
In this week’s mailbag, we received questions about whether the Patriots should sign Dontrelle Inman, Jordan Matthews and Dez Bryant in light of last week’s lack of depth at wide receiver.

Read on to see where we stand.
Can someone like Yodny Cajuste be put on active roster from NFI or does this count as one of the 2 IR moves (already made)? Do you see us picking up Matthews or Inman as WR insurance if Dorsett or Sanu seem to be out for a couple more weeks?
— @RommelRoo
Patriots third-round pick Yodny Cajuse could have come off of the non-football injury list this season, but he will not be activated. He did not count as one of the two players returning off of injured reserve. Players on NFI and the physically unable to perform lists are treated separately.
And no, I do not see the Patriots picking up Matthews or Inman. Inman was cut Aug. 18, well before he needed to be released, and he wasn’t impressive over the summer. I see no reason why the Patriots’ opinion of him would have changed.
Matthews was in a similar situation last year. He was cut Aug. 1, and the Patriots have shown no interest in bringing him back since last summer.
If the Patriots got into a serious pinch at wide receiver, then maybe they’d bring back Maurice Harris, but it sounds like Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett both were pretty close to playing Sunday. They could be back this week against the Houston Texans.
How much longer could we expect to see Jules play. #MailDoug
— @lc_3344
He’s signed through 2021. I wouldn’t be surprised if he played two more seasons after this one. He’s dealt with some injuries this year, but he’s still on pace for his best NFL season with 111 catches, 1,177 yards and six touchdowns. That’s unbelievable for a 33-year-old “slot” receiver.
Wes Welker, who is often compared to Edelman, caught 49 passes for 464 yards with two touchdowns at 33. He retired after his age 34 season.
Will Stephon Gilmore win DPOY?
— @kyreenmckiver
He’s the favorite right now ahead of Joey Bosa, Aaron Donald, Nick Bosa, Myles Garrett, TJ Watt, Shaquil Barrett, Chandler Jones, Minkah Fitzpatrick and teammate Jamie Collins.
I think he deserves it. He’s the best player on the NFL’s best defense, and he has four interceptions on the season. So, basic stats are backing him up.
He’s allowed just 30 catches on 66 targets for 360 yards with no touchdowns. He’s intercepted four passes, and he has a pick-six. His 37.4 passer rating allowed is second only to teammate JC Jackson among qualified NFL cornerbacks, and Gilmore has been covering the opposing team’s best wide receiver.
Also, what are thoughts on laughable comments by @ProFootballTalk Profootballtalk saying Lamar Jackson > Pat Mahomes?
— @breakthewall988
Why are those laughable?
Jackson is playing better than Mahomes this season, and Jackson’s 2019 season is comparable to Mahomes’ 2018 season.
Jackson has a higher QBR than Mahomes had in 2018 or 2019. Jackson’s QBR this season is 82.2. Mahomes’ QBR last season was a league-leading 80.4. Mahomes’ QBR this season is 79.7.
Mahomes is a better passer than Jackson, but Jackson is having the best rushing quarterback season of all-time on top of his passing ability.
I don’t know why people are being so protective over Mahomes, it’s not like we’re dealing with a 10-year sample size for him. Jackson has been better than Mahomes this season, why is it laughable to say that?
You’ve covered the team for quite awhile now, minus the consistency and the Super Bowls, what has impressed you the most about the team? #maildoug
— @JefFullerMyself
The first thing that came to mind has been the ability to not lose the locker room. That seemingly happened in 2009, and Bill Belichick appears to have slightly tweaked his approach to bringing in talent since that time.
A lesser coach than Belichick could have lost the locker room after the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss. Most teams have a Super Bowl loss hangover. The Patriots didn’t, they won the next season. That’s pretty unbelievable after what happened with the Malcolm Butler benching.
With this coming WR class being so deep do u see the Patriots drafting another WR or just trust the development or players like Gunner and Jakobi
— @RuthlessJassa
I think the Patriots are in pretty good shape at wide receiver next season with Edelman, Sanu, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski and whoever else they bring in. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that they could draft a wide receiver, but probably not in the first round.
Do you agree with Troy Aikmans commentary that Jakobi Meyers should be on the practice squad? #MailDoug
— @FatherOfCoins
I just went back to listen to that comment. No. Meyers has been one of the better Patriots rookie wide receivers in the Belichick-era this season.
If the Patriots believed Meyers was a practice squad player, then they would have waived him this August. Instead, they’ve kept him on the roster all season, and he’s played an important role. The Patriots clearly believed someone was going to claim Meyers if he had been waived, so other teams likely also agree that Meyers isn’t a practice squad player.
Meyers has 19 catches on 28 targets for 253 yards so far this season. He caught four passes on nine targets for 74 yards in Week 12 against the Cowboys.
#maildoug How would you evaluate Elandon Roberts performance as fullback? I’m sure he’s no Develin, but they seem to be gaining more confidence in him. What’s the ceiling by playoff time?
— @MrQuindazzi
I think he’s been pretty good. He had a great block late in the game when Sony Michel should have put the game away with a 12-yard run when the Patriots needed a first down. He had another impressive block when he smoked Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins on a shorter run.
Roberts will never be used to the same degree as Develin because he doesn’t have the same knowledge of the offense. You aren’t going to split out Roberts like the Patriots did when they used Develin as a wide receiver.
But as a pure fullback, I think Roberts has shown a lot of potential.
Why did the pats not take Lamar when they had the chance
— @joshuaS_10
There are two ways to think about this.
The Patriots could have taken Jackson at No. 23 or No. 31 overall last spring. They instead picked left tackle Isaiah Wynn and running back Sony Michel. Clearly, Jackson would be an incredible developmental quarterback behind Tom Brady. In the long term, it looks like a mistake to pass on Jackson not once but twice.
At the same time, the Patriots won a Super Bowl last season with the decisions they made. You could certainly make the argument that Michel was replaceable by a player selected later in the draft, but at the same time, he did help the team win it all.
Jackson is a much better player than Wynn and Michel. The Patriots should have taken him over one of those players, but the Patriots won a sixth Super Bowl. I’m riding the fence on this one.
Let’s go rapid fire.
Is Ben Watson bad at running routes or bad at catching footballs?
— @MaralagoFL
is it just me or would dez Bryant be a great late season option for the pats at wr
— @pkmcd99
Not just you, but it’s not going to happen.
How do I extend my bed frame?
— @NickCarrasco97
I’ll ask my mom.
Who do you expect to be in the AFC and NFC championship games? And who goes on to the Super Bowl?
— @AdamJMurphy19
Ravens-Patriots and Saints-49ers. All four of those matchups sound fun. I’ll go Patriots-Saints, though, in a winner leaves town match. I could see the winning quarterback retiring. That’s pure speculation.
Do you think Bill trades Gilmore for 2 first round picks since his cap hit is $19m next year?
— @BillKahanKapri
Why are you the way you are?
— @BostonWest80111
I was born this way.
when are the patriots signing ab back #maildoug
— @michaelis4real
Not today.
Happy Thanksgiving, Doug. What’s on your ideal Thanksgiving plate? #MailDoug
— @TheRealZiploc
Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy and a crescent roll.
Should I travel by train or car today?
— @diannaESPN
I’d go car. Sounds like the start of a great movie, though.

Did u buy ur tickets for Star Wars yet ?
— @CheyenneSulli14
No. I have no idea when I’ll be able to see it. I’ll have to play it by ear.
I just want to take this opportunity to say “The Mandalorian” is awesome, though. It might be my favorite Star Wars content of all time.
Is Mathew Slater a Hall of Famer?
— @timnaughton
Still yes.