Most improved: Running game or defense?

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Most improved: Running game or defense?

The Patriots did two things really well on Sunday that they didn't do in more than spurts last season: run the ball and defend well.

Mike Felger likes the way the Pats ran the ball, saying that it not only helps the offensive line who is still working on protecting Brady, but it also takes pressure off of Brady.

Andy Gresh notes that it makes the Pats much more complimentary in terms of the pass and the run together.

But is a run game the missing ingredient to a Super Bowl win? Or is it defense? Most likely, it's both.

Pats trade up in sixth for UCLA tackle Conor McDermott

Pats trade up in sixth for UCLA tackle Conor McDermott

FOXBORO -- The Patriots traded up to make their fourth selection of the 2017 draft, grabbing UCLA tackle Conor McDermott with the 28th pick of the sixth round (No. 211 overall). 

The Patriots were slated to pick at No. 216 prior to the trade, but they shipped their only remaining pick (No. 239 in the seventh round) to the Cowboys to move up five spots. 

The 6-foot-8, 307-pound McDermott drew pre-draft praise for his size and athleticism, but there are questions about his strength. NFL.com quoted an AFC scout as saying McDermott was “just not strong enough to play in our league” during the pre-draft process. 

McDermott is the younger brother of Vikings longsnapper Kevin McDermott. The two played in college together at UCLA. 

The selection means the Pats split their first four selections between offensive tackles and edge defenders. They took defensive ends Derek Rivers (No. 83 overall) and Deatrich Wise (No. 131 overall), with Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia going with the 85th pick. 
 

Report: Tests show no drugs in Aaron Hernandez's system at time of death

Report: Tests show no drugs in Aaron Hernandez's system at time of death

Tests showed no trace of synthetic marijuana or "K2" or any illegal drugs in Aaron Hernandez's system at the time of his death, WCVB-TV in Boston reported. 

Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who was serving a life sentence for murder, hanged himself in his jail cell and was found dead April 19 at a Massachusetts prison. He had been acquitted on a double-murder in Boston days earlier.

Newsweek had reported that an autopsy showed K2, a form of synthetic marijuana, in Hernandez's system. Sources told the WCVB that Hernandez used his own blood to draw a pyramid image, similar to the "all-seeing eye of God" that's on the back of US currency, on the walls of his cell.  Hernandez also wrote the word “illuminati” in capital letters under the pyramid.

The TV station also reported that there was no letter to a gay prison lover found in the cell, as Newsweek had previously reported. The three letters found were addressed to his fiance, his 4-year-old daughter and his lawyers.