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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: We’re looking forward to rematch with Patriots 05.04.17 at 11:50 am ET
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Thomas Dimitroff is looking forward to taking on the Patriots this year. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Thomas Dimitroff is looking forward to taking on the Patriots this year. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

The Falcons have apparently moved on from blowing a 25-point loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, but they will get a chance at revenge next season when they travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots on Oct. 22.

Appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Thursday, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said his team is looking forward to that game.

“Look, I think any time you play a team and you come up on the losing side, the competitive side of you wants to be back in that game, on the field,” Dimitroff said. “You want to be competing for the win, of course. We’re looking forward to it. Our opportunity to play them this season will be there and I think that’s an opportunity for us to continue to rise to the challenge. And again, we like where we are, I like where we are as a young team overall.

“I think we have a confidence about us — I don’t think it’s an arrogance at all — I just think there’s a real interesting confidence. Quite honestly at the back end of the playoffs and the Super Bowl there was cool element of naiveté that was good for us. I thought we weren’t over-thinking, we were going in to play football as I thought we would. I like going into this season with a little more age but some youth as well.”

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Free agent S Taylor Mays reportedly invited to Patriots rookie minicamp 05.04.17 at 11:35 am ET
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Taylor Mays reportedly has a tryout with the Patriots. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

Taylor Mays reportedly has a tryout with the Patriots. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots could potentially have a former three-time All-American safety on their roster next year.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, free agent safety Taylor Mays has been invited to Patriots rookie minicamp for a tryout with the team. It is a low-risk, high-reward move.

Mays was a three-time All-American at USC and drafted in the second round by the 49ers in 2010, but hasn’t found much NFL success.

San Francisco traded him to Bengals after just one season where he spent the next four years before playing 14 games for the Raiders in 2015. Last year he re-signed with the Bengals, but was released after being suspended eight games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a second time.

He didn’t play for any team last season.

The Patriots are pretty set at the safety position, but if he works out perhaps he can be an upgrade over Jordan Richards.

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Robert Kraft believes there is ‘envy and jealousy’ between rest of NFL, Patriots 05.03.17 at 12:00 pm ET
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Robert Kraft believes the rest of the NFL is jealous of the Patriots' success. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft believes the rest of the NFL is jealous of the Patriots’ success. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Clearly, the Patriots are the most successful team in the NFL.

They have won two Super Bowls in the last three years and seemingly run away with the AFC East every year.

It’s because of this success Robert Kraft believes the rest of the NFL wanted the league to come down hard on them with Deflategate so they would be at a disadvantage.

Kraft acknowledged this at a Bloomberg event, courtesy of Pro Football Talk.

“Well, I don’t hold grudges, but I also don’t forget anything,” Kraft said. “Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. If I had never won a Super Bowl — I’m going into my 24th season as an owner. I’m passionate about owning a football team in my hometown. If I hadn’t won, I would be so angry at our folks and thinking about what can I do to do it. So, our competitors, I understand how they brought pressure on the league office to be very strong and not compromise on an issue that was nonsense and foolishness.”

Even though Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games for Deflategate, in the end it didn’t matter at all.

“He didn’t play the first four games, which is 25 percent of the season. The good news is, he took no wear and tear on his body,” Kraft said.

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Malcolm Butler reportedly joins Patriots for offseason workouts 05.03.17 at 11:10 am ET
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Malcolm Butler reportedly is working out with the Patriots. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler reportedly is working out with the Patriots. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

It looks like Malcolm Butler has come to terms with playing for the Patriots in 2017.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Butler has joined the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for their offseason workouts this week. Prior to the draft, he was not working out with the team.

Butler likely was holding out some hope that he would be traded around the draft, but now that it has passed, it seems almost a certainty he will be playing for the Patriots in 2017 as he likely won’t be traded.

The cornerback will be playing for $3.91 million this season, which was the reason why he was upset this offseason. The 27-year-old wanted to be paid like an unrestricted free agent and did not like the Patriots signing cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract. As a restricted free agent, he visited the Saints, but the two teams could not agree on a trade, and then New Orleans drafted Marshon Lattimore No. 11 overall in the draft.

Butler will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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LeGarrette Blount reportedly getting interest from 2 teams 05.03.17 at 10:31 am ET
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Two teams reportedly have expressed interest in LeGarrette Blount. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Two teams reportedly have expressed interest in LeGarrette Blount. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Now that the draft has passed, LeGarrette Blount’s options are getting limited as some teams just no longer need a running back.

After the Patriots signed Mike Gillislee last week, Blount no longer had a spot in New England, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t getting interest from other teams.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the Giants and Lions have expressed interest in the 30-year-old running back. The Giants drafted a running back over the weekend, while the Lions did not. At this point, the Lions might be the most likely destination.

Blount set career highs in carries and rushing yards last season, rushing 299 times for 1,161 yards to go along with his league-leading 18 touchdowns. It appears Blount has something left in the tank despite his age to give a team a solid season or two.

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Patriots get WR Devin Street back after claiming him off waivers 05.02.17 at 5:43 pm ET
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Devin Street joined the Patriots on Tuesday. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports)

Devin Street joined the Patriots on Tuesday. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will have a familiar face back come training camp this summer.

According to the NFL transaction wire, New England claimed wide receiver Devin Street off waivers after the Colts released him on Monday.

The 26-year-old was signed by the Colts off the Patriots’ practice squad early last season.

Street was a fifth-round pick for the Cowboys in 2014. He was signed by the Patriots on Sept. 5 last of last year before the Colts quickly scooped him off the Patriots’ practice squad.

Standing 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he does most of his work on the outside.

The Patriots now have a receiving depth chart of Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Matthew Slater, if you want to count him as a receiver. Street appears to be a long shot to make the 53-man roster, but is a good insurance policy for if one of the receivers were to get injured during training camp.

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Judging by his Instagram post, Tom Brady is ready for the Met Gala 05.01.17 at 5:52 pm ET
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What is Tom Brady up to this offseason?

On Monday night, Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen are the co-chairs of the Met Gala in New York City. The event is an annual fundraising gala to the benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

The quarterback is ready as he posted to Instagram a picture of the two dressed up with the caption: Met Gala….Let’s Ggggoooooooooo!!!! ❤️🔥⚡️

Here is the post.

Met Gala….Let’s Ggggoooooooooo!!!! ❤️🔥⚡️

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

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