Will Brady's playing time hurt Garoppolo's progression? (1:12)
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How do Red Sox rank in intangibles?

It's no surprise that David Ortiz doesn't have much speed. That comes from some of the younger talent on the Red Sox roster. Speaking of which, how high is Xander Bogaerts in the baserunning ranks? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

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According to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, the Patriots have reinstated DT Alan Branch, who had been suspended by the team Aug. 18. The reason for Branch's suspension was not known.

Belichick trying to stockpile pass rushers (1:12)
Gruden eager to see what Stork can do (0:49)
Souza scores from first on Mahtook double (0:29)
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Patriots' non-QB MVP: Jamie Collins

Yes, Collins is more valuable than Rob Gronkowski, Mike Reiss writes. Not only is Collins a rare athlete whom Bill Belichick once loosely compared to Lawrence Taylor, but New England has little depth behind him. Non-QB MVPs

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Will Ortiz hurt Betts by splitting MVP votes?

When two candidates from the same team are in MVP contention, theory arises that they'll split the votes, allowing a third player from another team to win the award. It's possible -- but not likely -- to happen to Mookie Betts and David Ortiz. Schoenfield: Myths of MVP voting (Insider)

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Olynyk should be hot item next summer

Kevin Pelton writes that Kelly Olynyk has developed into a terrific outside shooter for his size. The 7-footer, who will turn 26 in April, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next July. Ranking 2017 NBA free agents (Insider)

Mingo should boost Pats' pass rush (0:55)

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Per Adam Schefter, the Browns are trading former first-round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo, to the Patriots. Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and has seven sacks in three seasons. The Browns did not pick up his fifth-year option and he was scheduled to become a free agent after this season. Patriots hoping he will provide some additional pass rush.

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Is Gronk more dominant than J.J. Watt?

Rob Gronkowski practically lapped the TE field in #NFLRank, but Watt exceeded his fellow 3-4 DEs by just a smidge more. Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett cracked the top 10 among tight ends. #NFLRank audit by position (Insider)

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Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball vs. the Royals at Fenway Park. Rodriguez just threw a bullpen session in Tampa and came away telling reporters that he felt no issues with his hamstring. He missed his most recent start last Sunday in Detroit after leaving an Aug. 16 start in Baltimore in the fifth inning despite not allowing a hit.

Tough day at the office for Boston

It started when Andrew Benintendi sprained his knee on a bad piece of baserunning -- an injury that landed him on the DL. It got worse when the Red Sox lost on a walk-off error, the third time that has happened this season. No other team has more than one such defeat, David Schoenfield notes. What we learned Wednesday

Ortiz's final season 'stunning' (0:52)

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