Julian Edelman to miss AFC title game rematch, Matt Patricia reunion

When Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator of the Patriots, he saw a lot of wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Patricia, who became the head coach in Detroit this offseason, won’t be seeing any of Edelman when the Patriots pay his new team a visit in September. With the NFL upholding Edelman’s four-game suspension on Tuesday, we now know for sure that he will be out of the lineup for New England’s Week Three Sunday night game against the Lions.

Edelman will also miss a Week Two trip to Jacksonville for a rematch of the two teams that took place in the AFC title game last season. Edelman didn’t play in that game either as he was rehabbing a torn ACL while Danny Amendola scored two touchdowns and Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards.

The Blues gave up quite a few assets in trading for the Sabres’ talented center. How did St. Louis end up getting the better of this deal?

Making drastic changes was also the theme in Buffalo, where general manager Jason Botterill continued shuffling the under-performing roster of a team that finished last in the standings for the third time in five years.

We had to change the dynamic, Botterill said. The bottom line was there’s a lot of great people in that locker room, but when you finish 31st, you have to look to make changes.

It worked out, allowing him to pick his team.

Collins looked at the Bills and Dolphins but signed a three-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $1.7 million with the Cowboys three days after going undrafted. He already has signed a two-year extension that keeps him in Dallas through 2019.

His three seasons with the Cowboys, which includes 30 starts, have exceeded expectations.

Honestly, it’s that times 10, Collins said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. I never knew what it was like being a Cowboy. Now that I’m going into my fourth year, I really understand what it’s like, and it’s great. I think about it all over again, and I would have come here every time. It’s been a blessing. Just looking forward to the future and what it holds for us.

Collins began his pro career at left guard before moving to right tackle last season when Doug Free retired.

Gray has been like Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to pitching at home and on the road.

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