The Patriots clearly are interested in running backs this offseason.

The Patriots reportedly hosted RB Christine Michael. (Wm. Glasheen/USA Today Network)

The Patriots reportedly hosted RB Christine Michael. (Wm. Glasheen/USA Today Network)

The Patriots clearly are interested in running backs this offseason.

After signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee over the last few months, the Patriots hosted free agent running back Christine Michael on Tuesday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The 26-year-old played for both the Packers and Seahawks last season and finished with 148 carries, 583 yards and seven touchdowns. He also added 22 catches for 107 yards. This was his most productive season.

It is rather interesting the Patriots are still interested in running backs given they already have Burkhead, Gillislee, James White, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and D.J. Foster. Perhaps it’s just due diligence, as it doesn’t appear the team has room on the roster.

The most likely reason is they are making sure they have options in case one of their current backs were to get injured and they are forced to bring someone in from outside the organization.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots don’t appear to be in need of a center, but if they were don’t expect 33-year-old Nick Mangold to be in the mix.

Nick Mangold is currently a free agent. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Nick Mangold is currently a free agent. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots don’t appear to be in need of a center, but if they were don’t expect 33-year-old Nick Mangold to be in the mix.

Mangold has spent the last 11 seasons with the Jets after being selected in the first round of the 2006 draft. It’s because of facing the Patriots twice a year that the free agent doesn’t believe the Patriots would be interested.

“I’ve got to assume that after years of all the battles that I’ve had with New England, I don’t think Bill [Belichick] is all that fond of me,” Mangold said on Sirius XM NFL, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

The center is a seven-time Pro Bowler and played only eight games last year due to a foot injury.

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Ryan Hannable
Mike Tomlin took a playful shot at the Patriots during his commencement address Friday.  (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Tomlin took a playful shot at the Patriots during his commencement address Friday. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Patriots appear to be in Mike Tomlin’s head.

While the Steelers head coach was giving a commencement address Friday at Robert Morris University, he poked fun at the Patriots in order to help articulate a well-known analogy.

“I’ll proceed with a couple of assumptions,” he said. “And I realize that assumptions are very dangerous. There’s a cliché about assuming, isn’t it? It can make Patriots out of you and me.”

This isn’t the first time Tomlin has taken a gratuitous shot at New England. During Steelers wideout Antonio Brown’s locker room Facebook Live video after Pittsburgh’s Divisional Round win over the Chiefs, he used an expletive to characterize the Patriots.

“Let’s say very little moving forward. Let’s start our preparations. We spotted those [expletive] a day and a half,” he said, referring to the Patriots’ extra day of preparation. “But you ain’t gotta tell them we coming. . . . Keep a low profile.”

Perhaps the most memorable Tomlin-Patriots moment came during the 2015 season-opener at Gillette Stadium, when he complained about his headset feed getting hijacked by the Patriots’ radio broadcast.

“We were listening to the Patriots radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets,” Tomlin said following the Patriots’ victory. “That’s always the case [at Gillette].”

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Alex Reimer

The over/under for Patriots wins in 2017 has been set at 12.5, the most for a team in the last 10 years, and taking things a step further, they are the only NFL team to be projected as favorites in all of their games.

The Patriots are favorites in every game in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are favorites in every game in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The over/under for Patriots wins in 2017 has been set at 12.5, the most for a team in the last 10 years, and taking things a step further, they are the only NFL team to be projected as favorites in all of their games.

Sportsbook operator CG Technology released lines for every game (except for Week 17) on Tuesday and the Patriots are favorites in all of them. New England hosts the Jets in Week 17, so it’s almost certain they will be favorites in that game as well.

The Patriots are favored by an average of 6.5 points per game, with the largest spread being 12.5 at home when they take on the Chargers. They are only a 1.5-point favorite in Week 11 against the Raiders in Mexico City and then again in Week 15 when they play at the Steelers.

New England finished with the best mark against the spread in 2016 at 13-3.

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Ryan Hannable

Brandin Cooks has already received high praise from owner Robert Kraft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)It’s clear the Patriots got a great receiver this offseason when they traded a first-round pick for Brandin Cooks. 



Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian has never shied away from taking jabs at the Patriots, and he was at it again Tuesday night.

On his show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Polian was asked by a caller how the Bills can ever compete with the Patriots in the AFC East?

Bill Polian said the Patriots aren't as good as some think they are. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Bill Polian said the Patriots aren’t as good as some think they are. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian has never shied away from taking jabs at the Patriots, and he was at it again Tuesday night.

On his show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Polian was asked by a caller how the Bills can ever compete with the Patriots in the AFC East?

“Tom Brady was a quarter away from losing the Super Bowl last year pretty decisively,” Polian said. “They are a great team. They are not as great as people think they are. They’re not invincible. What they are is exceptionally well-constructed and exceptionally well-coached. But, Tom Brady isn’t going to play forever. He showed some signs of being human last year on a number of occasions, including in the Super Bowl.”

Polian is most famously known for saying he had a first-round grade on Brady before the 2000 NFL draft.

Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC East eight straight years and 14 of the last 16.

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Ryan Hannable