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Lions Officially Name Matt Patricia Head Coach

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Matt Patricia is less than 24 hours removed from a Super Bowl 52 loss, but the former New England Patriots defensive coordinator has plenty to celebrate as the Detroit Lions officially named him their next head coach.

“When we launched the search for our next head coach, I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said.
“He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges.

“Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation. He embodies the same hard-working, blue-collar attributes that represent our organization and the great City of Detroit.”

This will mark the first head coaching tenure for Patricia, who spent the last 6 seasons in New England as defensive coordinator, a total of 14 years with the Patriots organization, a part of 6 Super Bowl championship teams.

 

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Bengals Sign Thomas Rawls

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed veteran running back Thomas Rawls, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals have waived/injured running back Tra Carson.

With starting running back Joe Mixon temporarily on the shelf due to a knee issue, Rawls will provide depth, alongside rookie Mark Walton, as Giovanni Bernard takes over lead back duties until Mixon returns.

 

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Patriots Sign Cyrus Jones

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The New England Patriots have signed cornerback Cyrus Jones off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots released recently signed running back Kenjon Barner. Jones’ new deal with the Patriots, who released him earlier this month, is for a reported two-years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown Misses Practice, Agent Denies Trade Request

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown was a no-show for practice on Monday, fueling trade speculation after an interesting exchange on Twitter with a former team employee, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac.

Brown responded to the former employee’s belief that Brown would not be an elite receiver without the help of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger but tweeting “Trade me let’s find out”.

While the absence raises eyebrows, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown has not requested a trade.

Additionally, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus released the following statement shutting down any rumors that Brown has requested a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“The tweet [on Monday] was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate, Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That’s all that that is, that’s not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that’s what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now.”

 

 

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