Belichick typically doesn’t offer thick compliments about new players, especially at this early stage.

Last year in Oakland, Patterson scored twice off gadget runs (including a 47-yard jaunt). For his career, he’s tallied six rushing TDs, five kick-return TDs and seven receiving TDs — the type of versatility that you’d imagine would spin the creative wheel in Belichick’s brain.

Yet after acknowledging the importance of the learning curve for Patterson shortly after the trade in March, he seemed relatively pleased with this week’s progress.

All the players that have been here this spring have improved and worked hard to make progress, Belichick said. He’s certainly in that group. Glad we have him. He’s good to work with. He’s a talented player.

On Wednesday, we rolled out our predictions for team MVPs in the AFC. Now it’s the NFC’s turn. A reminder: Don’t @ me. Everything I’ve written here will be proven this autumn to be a 100 percent accurate and unimpeachable piece of springtime professional football analysis. To the list…

So long as Belichick, Brady, and Gronk are around, the Patriots are going to remain atop the AFC. For all of the drama that reportedly consumed their facility last season, they still journeyed all the way to the Super Bowl. Brady and Gronk will be back for mandatory minicamp, will be there for training camp and the preseason, and will proceed to tear up the rest of the NFL from September to January.

That’s just the way it works. Everything else is just offseason noise. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a very real conflict between Brady and Belichick. It just means that talent almost always finds a way to matter more once the real football begins. Brady is still the game’s best quarterback. And Belichick is still the game’s greatest coach.

One week after NFL owners stunned many by agreeing on a new policy to fine teams if their players do not stand for the national anthem, a SurveyMonkey poll conducted exclusively for Yahoo Finance finds that a slight majority of adults approve of the policy. Under the new policy, players can choose to stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem, but if they come out on the field they must stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem. SurveyMonkey surveyed 1,795 U.S. adults online on May 24 and May 25, and found that 54% approveof the new policy. 43% disapprove, and 3% skipped the question.

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