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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One top Patriots-Jets storyline this week is if the Patriots will face No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold (foot injury) or veteran Josh McCown. The last rookie QB to beat Patriots was Geno Smith in 2013.

Will Paxton put the Yankees past the Red Sox? (2:08)
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Price, Venters earn Comeback Player awards

Red Sox starting pitcher David Price has won the AL Comeback Player of the Year award and Braves reliever Jonny Venters has earned the NL honor. Venters hadn't appeared in the majors since 2012 due to injuries.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore spent time with Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. at their alma mater, South Carolina, over the bye week. Gilmore said he didn't know Bradley would be there and relayed that they talked about the Red Sox championship run. One thing that piqued Gilmore's curiosity was if Bradley was sore after the long grind of season. Bradley wasn't, which surprised Gilmore and highlighted the differences in the two sports.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Burkhead, who wasn't present at the start of practice, was in the locker room Tuesday afternoon during the media-access period. Burkhead's absence from the start of practice wasn't injury-related.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing in the rain and cold on Tuesday, with TE Dwayne Allen and RB Rex Burkhead the lone players not spotted at the start of the session.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick had just been asked a question about explosive plays when a follow-up was tossed in his direction about a game filled with them: Monday night's Chiefs-Rams classic. Belichick said he caught parts of the game, and when asked his biggest takeaway, he said, "The Jets. That is my takeaway. Getting ready for the Jets." Belichick, as always, is locked on the next opponent.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Shawn Hochuli has been assigned as referee for Sunday's Patriots-Jets game. Hochuli's crew is first for most penalties called per game, averaging 21.3.

Kyrie shows off crazy workout (0:20)
Rozier throws down one-handed slam (0:19)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting right guard Shaq Mason, who missed the last two games (calf), says he “definitely” plans to practice this week. As for playing, he says, “I'm ready whenever they let me.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State alum Nate Ebner on Tom Brady's Michigan banter: “I think history, the past 10 years, has kind of shown the way this rivalry has gone. I don't think that's going to change ... I feel pretty confident. I've been getting the best of (Brady) since I've known him.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on Michigan-Ohio State: "I've lost too many years of bets to Ohio State guys, Michigan State guys. But this is our year, baby! This is our year! This is the year we have to take it to the next level at Michigan. They have a great chance going to the Horseshoe. I think we're going to kick their butt. We got a great defense, and I can't wait to watch it. It's going to be a fun game." (via his weekly interview Monday on WEEI).