Revolution Midfielder Diego Fagundez Set To Break Club Record

Back on November 15, 2010 the then 14-year-old Diego Fagundez signed as the first HomeGrown Player in New England Revolution history. Fast-forward ten MLS seasons and Fagundez is now 25-years-old and has appeared in 261 MLS matches for the Revs which ties Shalrie Joseph for the club record.

Before we get ahead of ourselves here let’s flashback to when Fagundez broke in with the Revolution. Back when the Leominster, Massachusetts native was in his first season he actually was roommates with Joseph who was 31-years-old at the time and a few years away from setting what was the club’s all-time record.

“To be honest, when I was 15 he was actually my roommate,” said Diego Fagundez on what it meant to play with Joseph for three seasons. “To be where I’m at right now and hopefully pass him is going to be something amazing. I never thought that I would do that. But at the same time, him and Matt Reis definitely brought me under their arms and they taught me a lot of stuff to be a professional- what it took, what I had to do. To this day I still thank them and I’m still trying to do new things, to learn new things. I know he’s trying to new things too and learn. I’m just trying to play my game and hopefully a lot more records can be broken. There’s definitely going to be more times for that. But this one, hopefully Sunday I can do it and it’s going to be great. We’re all looking forward to it. Like I said, it’s one game away.”

A Lot Has Happened In The Past Ten Years

Looking back over Diego’s tenure with the Revolution and seeing the changes that have occurred in MLS, in New England, and all over the world is rather fascinating. In Diego’s ten years in New England he has played for six different head coaches, two of which were interim’s. New England since 2011 has made the playoffs in five of 11 seasons. The 25-year-old has scored 53 goals and tallied 37 assists. The ups and downs of his career are as clear as day. In 2013 it looked like Fagundez at 17-years-old would be the next MLS superstar.

In his third season in MLS he had scored 13 goals, tallied five assists and ranked in the top 10 in a number of key categories in the league. Ever since 2013 it has been a slow down-hill slide with peaks and valley’s in-between. Over time his roles have changed with Arena at times using him as a defensive midfielder and at other times as a spark in the final third. Chances are Fagundez will have the chance to run up his appearance count quite a bit and on Sunday with an appearance he would surpass Joseph’s record.

“Hopefully a lot more playing time,” said Fagundez on what he hopes the future will hold for him. “I talked to him the other day and I was like, ‘Shalrie by the time I’m retired I could have 700 games by now,’ and he started laughing. Everybody starts different, different age. I was lucky enough to start young so hopefully by the time I’m 34 I can have 500 games under my belt. If that’s accomplished, that would definitely be a great accomplishment for me. I’m still trying to figure out myself if there’s any player in MLS that has 500 appearances because I would love to know. That’s something that’s one of my goals. Hopefully when I’m 34, 35 I’m still playing like some of these guys. I’d love to make it happen, hopefully.”

This season Fagundez has appeared in 19 matches, nine starts, and has scored one goal. Fagundez will have the chance to break Joseph’s record this Sunday when the Revolution take on D.C. United at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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NFL Week 8 Picks: Best-Bet Parlay Fading Tua Tagovailoa In His First Start

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Sweet, sweet victory.

For the first time all season, the best-bet parlay hit last week, and for the first time in 2020, we are above water. It feels good to say the least.

What will feel even better, of course, is getting hot and staying hot with another win in Week 8.

So, without further ado, here is this week’s best-bet parlay.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers UNDER 50.5 pointsNot gonna lie, we’re on the wrong side of the movement with this total (it opened at 55), but we’ll take it anyway. The weather in Green Bay looks awful Sunday. Not only will there be some precipitation, but the wind is also going to be whipping with gusts of 40 mph or more. That’s not especially conducive to throwing the ball, even for a Packers team that ideally would want to expose a battered Vikings secondary. On the other side, the clock will be moving when Minnesota has the ball, as the Vikings almost certainly will be run, run, run against the iffy Green Bay run defense.

Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals OVER 52.5 pointsWe’ve got another over/under sliding toward the under after opening at 55.5. We think we’re on the right side here in large part because both teams should be able to score. Everyone should know about the Titans’ offensive capability; Tennessee ranks third in Football Outsiders’ DVOA offense rankings. The Bengals defense, meanwhile, isn’t very good. Here’s the thing, though: Neither is Tennessee’s. The Steelers marched up and down the field on the Titans last week, and while the Bengals certainly aren’t Pittsburgh, Joe Burrow has looked competent enough at times this season to make us think he’ll put up some points to keep pace.

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Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) at Miami DolphinsThis kind of feels fishy. Usually, when that’s the case, the best thing is to stay away, but we can’t help ourselves. Tua Tagovailoa is making his NFL starting debut this weekend, and he’s doing so against one of the better defenses in the NFL. Being chased all afternoon by Aaron Donald feels like a pretty rough welcome to the league. The Rams also are coming off their bye, so they should be rested, and while there might be some nasty weather in South Florida, LA is well-suited to slow down the game and lean on its rushing attack.

Philadelphia Eagles to win OUTRIGHT over Dallas CowboysThe Eagles are pretty bad, but the Cowboys are much worse, and Dallas is starting Ben DiNucci at quarterback this week. That’s good enough for us to try and drive up our value a little more.

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Patriots Notes: Damien Harris Not Concerned About Ankle Injury, Buffalo Weather

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Some assorted notes and nuggets from Friday’s media availability with New England Patriots players:

— An ankle injury has limited Damien Harris in practice this week, but the second-year running back indicated it’s not a serious issue.

“I’m fine,” Harris said multiple times during his video call with reporters. “… I mean, like I said, I’m fine. I don’t even know how else to answer that question. Like, I’m fine.”

Harris has been New England’s lead back since Sony Michel landed on injured reserve four weeks ago. The 2019 third-round draft pick could see a heavy workload this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, as injuries at receiver and wet and windy weather conditions could making passing difficult.

He said he’ll be ready for whatever role he’s asked to play.

“Regardless of what … is asked of us in our game plan, what we’re asked to do, how many times we’re asked to touch the ball, what we’re asked to do and pass protection and just whatever the overall game plan is, it’s our job to go out there and execute and do our job,” Harris said. “Unfortunately, that’s been a part of you know what’s been going on. We’ve got some guys banged up and things like that. But at the end of the day, regardless of how big or how small it is, we’ve got to go out there and just do our job.”

Harris, who hardly played as a rookie last season, has run well in Michel’s absence, averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 33 attempts over three games. New England is deep at running back even without Michel, with James White, Rex Burkhead and undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor all making positive offensive contributions this season.

Taylor has sat out the last two games as a healthy scratch.

With rain and heavy winds in the forecast for Sunday, Harris and his teammates were peppered with weather questions Friday. The Alabama product downplayed the impact the elements will have on this week’s outcome.

“I definitely think that people overthink it to an extent,” Harris said. “I mean, it is a situation that you have to deal with … but sometimes people think that just because it’s raining outside or because it’s a little windy that playing football becomes this, like, all-world challenge that people can’t face.

“At the end of the day, we’re still playing football. Regardless of if it’s raining or not, you’ve still got to take care of the ball. You’ve still got to protect the ball. You’ve still got to play smart, fundamental, technically sound football. Yeah, it gets a little bit tougher when the weather isn’t necessarily perfect and you have these circumstances, but at the same time, you just have to go out there and play football, business as usual.”

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— Patriots kicker Nick Folk said he’ll probably bring four pairs of cleats to Sunday’s game in order to ensure his feet stay dry. (Like many kickers, Folk wears a soccer cleat on his kicking foot and a football cleat on his other foot.)

The 35-year-old has spent much of his career in the AFC East, so he’s used to kicking in unfavorable conditions.

Folk missed kicks in each of the Patriots’ first three games but has been perfect over the last three, going 5-for-5 on field goals and 1-for-1 on extra points.

— Wide receiver Damiere Byrd shared positive reviews of practice squad wideouts Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson and Mason Kinsey, who could be called into duty this weekend.

With Julian Edelman (knee) and N’Keal Harry (concussion) sidelined with injuries, Byrd is one of just three healthy wideouts on New England’s 53-man roster, along with Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.

Zuber is the most likely candidate for elevation, as he already has appeared in three games this season.

“Isaiah is a young player that has been growing in recent weeks, really picking up the offense and being able to expand his role,” Byrd said. “He’s a fast guy. I think you guys can see how he runs out there. Runs great routes, and I’m excited to see how he continues to progress.”

Wilkerson and Kinsey have yet to make their NFL debuts. Both spent training camp with Tennessee Titans before landing with the Patriots.

“Those are two young guys that compete hard,” Byrd said. “They run great routes, catch the ball well. They’re learning the offense, picking up everything fast, so I think those guys have a good opportunity to help us in the future.”

In a telling sign of how dire things have gotten for this Patriots receiving corps, Byrd, Meyers, Olszewski, Zuber, Wilkerson and Kinsey all went undrafted.

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Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore Misses Final Bills Week Practice With Knee Injury

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Three prominent New England Patriots players were absent from the team’s final practice of Week 8.

Wide receivers Julian Edelman (knee) and N’Keal Harry (concussion) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (knee) all were not spotted during the stretching portion of Friday’s practice, according to a team announcement. Defensive tackle Carl Davis (concussion) also was absent.

Edelman is expected to miss multiple games after undergoing a knee procedure Thursday. Harry sat out all three practices this week and almost certainly will be unavailable for Sunday’s matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Gilmore’s injury is considered minor, according to a report Friday morning from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, but his absence from practice puts his game status in doubt. The veteran corner — whose name has been mentioned in trade rumors as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches — has not missed a game since 2017 and has played 98.7 percent of snaps this season.

With snow covering the Patriots’ practice fields, the team held Friday’s practice session inside the Empower Field House.

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These Young Patriots Receivers Could See Opportunities Vs. Bills

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Isaiah Zuber. Kristian Wilkerson. Mason Kinsey.

Get to know those names. One or more of them could be catching passes from Cam Newton on Sunday.

With Julian Edelman (knee) and N’Keal Harry (concussion) both sidelined with injuries, the New England Patriots likely will enter Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski as the only wide receivers on their 53-man roster.

In previous years, the Patriots might have rolled with that trio and hoped for the best. But with teams now allowed to temporarily elevate players from their practice squad without taking up roster spots, they’ll likely call up some combination of Zuber, Wilkerson and Kinsey to bolster their paper-thin stable of pass-catchers.

“They’re all young players,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his Friday morning video conference. “(They’re) working hard, learning, getting better, and we’ll see. There may be an opportunity here. We’ll see how things shake out as we go through the next couple days and so forth. But we work with all the players. We work with the young players, the guys that are on the roster, guys that are on the practice squad.”

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All three of New England’s practice squad wideouts are undrafted rookies. Zuber has the most experience, in terms of both game action and time in the Patriots’ system.

The Mississippi State product signed with the Patriots immediately after the 2020 NFL Draft and has been with them ever since, landing on the practice squad after being released during final cuts. He’s been elevated to the gameday roster three times this season and has stood out positively in limited playing time, picking up a first down on each of his first three NFL touches (13-yard jet sweep, 8-yard reverse, 16-yard reception).

Because two of Zuber’s three call-ups were as a COVID-19 replacement, he has one more standard elevation remaining. Teams can elevate a practice squad player twice before needing to sign him to their 53-man roster.

“(Zuber) has the most experience of those players from being here in training camp and having a better background and understanding of what we’re doing,” Belichick said. “But Wilkerson and Kinsey have been here for a while, too, so they’re certainly gaining on that. Zuber’s got good skill. He’s got good size, runs well, catches well, has made some plays with the ball in his hands. So we’ll see.”

Wilkerson and Kinsey have yet to make their NFL debuts. Both were highly productive at lower levels of college football (FCS Southeast Missouri State and Division III Berry College, respectively) and spent training camp with the Tennessee Titans before venturing to New England.

Wilkerson has an intriguing blend of size, athleticism and explosiveness at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. The 5-10, 198-pound Kinsey is a well-built slot receiver. The latter is in his second stint on New England’s practice squad, having been released in early October and re-signed last week.

“Zuber’s been up for some games this year, but I’d say all of those guys have good qualities to work with,” Belichick said. “We brought Mason back. He was here, and then we had some roster things and had to shuffle around, but we got him back. I’m glad we have him back. So we’ll keep working.

“If they get an opportunity, then I hope they’re ready to take advantage of it.”

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Revolution Notebook: Nine Former Revs Players Up For 25 Greatest MLS Player Honors

It is easy to forget that 2020 is the 25th season of Major League Soccer with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on but MLS continues to try and make the most of it. On Friday the league announced that they would be coming up with the 25 greatest players in league history.

In order to get to the 25 players the league has put together a list of 134 players that include current and former players. From there the league has a panel of 200 experts who will then select the 25 players and the winners will be reveled on December 9th ahead of the 2020 MLS Cup.

From a New England Revolution perspective, there were a number of former Revolution players who are up for selection.

Matt Reis, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas, Michael Parkhurst, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Clint Dempsey, Kei Kamara, and Steve Ralston.

You may recall that back in March the Revolution announced an all-time team of their own. That team included Twellman, Parkhurst, Dempsey, Joseph, Ralston, and Reis. Many of the other players listed by the league had pitstops in New England with great success also occurring for other MLS teams.

The New England Revolution will be back in action on Sunday when they host D.C. United in the final home match of the 2020 MLS season.
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Ex-NFL Star Calls For Bill Belichick’s Firing As Patriots GM (But Keep Him As Coach)

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Bart Scott had to know he was about to turn heads.

The former NFL star-turned-analyst argued Friday on ESPN’s “Get Up” the New England Patriots should fire Bill Belichick as general manager but retain him as head coach. Scott bases this opinion on the 2-4 Patriots’ struggles during the 2020 NFL season and he blames Belichick for failing to draft talented players in recent years. Scott then credits former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for papering over the cracks a lack of weapons has created in New England’s offense.

“Here is a list of all the drafts in the last five years in which the great Bill Belichick had numerous picks. He hasn’t been able to come up with any stars. I believe he hasn’t drafted a Pro Bowler since 2013,” Scott said. “So this is a bigger indictment on Bill Belichick, not the coach, but as the general manager and his ability to surround his team with talent.

“When you had the perfect eraser, the equalizer, in Tom Brady, the greatest of all time, it didn’t matter who was out at wide receiver. He would make it work.

“So this is a bigger case for Tom Brady to say that he was the reason that organization was so successful for all those years. Because you take him away, and it’s like when LeBron (James) left the (Cleveland) Cavaliers. It’s like ‘You went with these cats?’ You go from winning the division and Super Bowl contender to not even being able to make the playoffs? You’re going to get shut out by the Buffalo Bills?

“This is a big indictment on Bill Belichick. Maybe Bill Belichick the general manager should be fired and on the hot seat. Keep (Belichick) the coach around because the coach is outstanding.”

Belichick is the Patriots’ de facto general manager, as the organization operates without someone formally holding that title. Thus, the team can’t fire him from a job he doesn’t have.

Nevertheless, Scott makes an important argument, which is bound to attract more supporters if the Patriots continue to lose and ultimately miss the NFL playoffs for the first time in ages.

Scott’s point about Brady only will fuel ongoing debate over whether he or Belichick deserves more credit for New England’s dynasty. Prepare for more takes on the matter from other NFL analysts, experts and fans.

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Five Blockbuster Moves We’d Like To See Before NFL Trade Deadline

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Every now and again, the NFL trade deadline is good for a few stunners.

So, will we get that this year? We’re about to find out.

It’s unclear what the trade market will look like due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic. But if nothing else, some deals are sure to be made (bold take, we know).

With that in mind, we decided to come up with a few blockbusters. We’re not saying these are the most feasible, but rather some wild, league-altering moves that aren’t impossible, but we’d nevertheless enjoy seeing.

Patriots trade Stephon Gilmore to Cleveland Browns Although Bill Belichick insists he doesn’t know anything about the trade rumors surrounding the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, we’re going to assume it’s a “where there’s smoke there’s fire” situation.

The Browns have cap space and are awash with mid-round draft picks. People don’t seem to think the Patriots will be able to get a first-round pick for Gilmore, so maybe the Browns toss them, at the very least, a second-rounder as part of the package.

Cleveland is in a spot where it’s disappointed for so long, but now is in the thick of the AFC North race. The Browns could stand to upgrade in the secondary, so maybe they make a borderline crazy move to acquire an elite talent — even if his year has been underwhelming.

Washington Football Team trades Ryan Kerrigan to RavensThe Ravens need help on the edges, and Kerrigan appears to be the top edge rusher believed to be available.

Baltimore’s seemingly nonstop interest in Yannick Ngakoue (now of the Minnesota Vikings) seems to be them tipping its hand that edge is an area that is viewed as needing an upgrade. So if they no longer can get Ngakoue, why not get presumably the next-best option in Kerrigan?

Indianapolis Colts trade Jacoby Brissett to PatriotsWe told you we wanted to get nuts.

Brissett isn’t playing in Indianapolis after the acquisition of Phillip Rivers, making clear that the former is not viewed as a long-term fit with the Colts. The Patriots, meanwhile, seem unlikely to go into full tank mode so long as Bill Belichick is running the show.

Maybe what happens is the Patriots, uncertain about how reliable Cam Newton is, decide they want an upgrade from Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer in the event they need to bench Newton. Brissett is familiar with the system and would probably come at a low cost, and would be a better option than both Stidham and Hoyer.

In this case, let’s say the Patriots swing a deal to land Brissett, they cut Hoyer and Brissett serves as a 1A option to Newton. Fun stuff.

Washington Football Team trades Dwayne Haskins to CowboysYes, the Cowboys are very bad. But we have a hard time believing a Jerry Jones-led operation is going to just curl up and die, even if it means making a move that isn’t exactly prudent in the long term.

Clearly, WFT and Haskins’ relationship is fractured, and Ron Rivera’s infatuation with Kyle Allen doesn’t lead anyone to believe Haskins has a future in Landover.

Even if Andy Dalton’s concussion doesn’t keep him out for a lengthy period of time, Haskins certainly would be an upgrade over Ben DiNucci. Haskins also is signed through 2022, so he would give Dallas a backup option if they re-sign Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton walks in free agency.

And, in the still-seemingly unlikely chance they cut ties with Prescott, the Cowboys would have a quarterback on the roster with starting experience.

Eagles trade Alshon Jeffery to PackersOf course, this would be unlikely because the Packers are averse to upgrading Aaron Rodgers’ weapons ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

But, let’s say they try to go all-in whilst their quarterback is in the middle of a heater of a season — all with a suspect receiving group — Jeffery makes a good bit of sense, even with concerns about his health.

However, because of Jeffery’s whopper of a contract, it probably will be a hurdle to make the money work. But if the Packers really think they can win this season (and they should), a receiving corps of Davante Adams, Jeffery, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard (when he’s off IR) would be, in a word, nice.

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NFL Rumors: Here’s The Latest On Stephon Gilmore’s Knee Injury

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Stephon Gilmore’s status for Sunday’s matchup with the Buffalo Bills is in question after the New England Patriots cornerback suffered a knee injury in practice Thursday.

Gilmore, who was listed as limited on the Patriots’ injury report, left practice early and underwent an MRI after he “tweaked his knee,” according to a report Friday from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

The injury is considered minor, per Rapoport’s source, but it’s not yet clear whether Gilmore will play against the Bills.

“He has not been ruled out yet,” Rapoport tweeted.

#Patriots star CB Stephon Gilmore tweaked his knee and had an MRI after leaving practice early Thursday. Source said the injury was deemed minor. Though his status for Sunday is not fully clear, he has not been ruled out yet.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2020

Gilmore is New England’s No. 1 cornerback and the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He’s played 98.7 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps this season and hasn’t missed a game since 2017, his first year with the team.

If Gilmore cannot go Sunday, J.C. Jackson, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones would become the Patriots’ top three corners against Josh Allen and the Bills’ explosive passing attack. Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs ranks fifth in receiving yards (603) and tied for fourth in receptions (48) this season.

Jackson is Pro Football Focus’ third-highest graded cornerback this season. McCourty and Jones have rotated between corner and safety.

Gilmore, who was given a $5 million raise before the season, has been the subject of trade rumors as Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline approaches.

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Should Patriots Be Buyers, Sellers Or Neither At NFL Trade Deadline?

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Will the New England Patriots buy, sell or stand pat ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline?

That could depend on what happens Sunday.

The Patriots currently sit at 2-4, their worst start since 2001. They trail their Week 8 opponent, the 5-2 Buffalo Bills, by 2 1/2 games in the AFC East standings.

Beat the Bills this week, and New England would vault back into contention in this divisional race, which also features the 3-3 Miami Dolphins. Buffalo would be trending downward with three losses in four games, and Miami has a major question mark at quarterback as it integrates rookie Tua Tagovailoa.

In that scenario, it might make sense for a 3-4 Patriots team to acquire reinforcements at wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and/or defensive tackle for a playoff push. (They’re now especially thin at wideout with Julian Edelman sidelined for the foreseeable future.)

Lose, though, and the Patriots would be in danger of quickly falling out of postseason contention. They’d be 2-5, losers of four straight, 3 1/2 games back in the AFC East, and likely would need to win seven or eight of their final nine games to even earn a wild-card spot in the NFL’s expanded playoff structure.

Since 1990, no team that started 2-5 has advanced beyond the divisional round, and just 4.8 percent (seven of 146) have made the postseason.

At that point, the Patriots could look to flip some of their more valuable assets for draft picks. Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore would be at the top of that list given his contract situation. Left guard Joe Thuney, who’s playing on the franchise tag, should draw interest from Super Bowl hopefuls, as well.

Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Thursday the Patriots will listen to offers on “almost anyone.”

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Is that an oversimplification — win and they’re buyers, lose and they’re sellers? Perhaps.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked Friday whether the outcome of Sunday’s game will impact how the team approaches the trade deadline.

“I don’t think so,” Belichick replied. I mean, ultimately, any decision we make would be to do what’s in the best interest of the team. … Whatever it was, we could take them into consideration and, in the end, do what’s best for the team. Whatever that is, I don’t know.”

Belichick later offered a bitingly sarcastic response when asked about the “talk radio fodder” surrounding the Patriots’ deadline plans.

“Yeah, well, I guess I’ll just put it nicely and pass on the opportunity to get involved in talk radio,” he said. “That’s really a tough one for me to say no to. But, I’m going to say no talk-radio questions. Thanks for asking, though. I appreciate the opportunity to get involved.”

It is important to note that trading a high-profile player wouldn’t necessarily mean the Patriots are punting on the season (see: Jamie Collins in 2016). The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting salary cap uncertainly also could complicate player movement in both directions.

But it’s not hyperbole to call this matchup in Buffalo a potential turning point for the Patriots franchise.

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