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2014 Training Camp Thread

Posted: 7/24/2014 6:57 PM

2014 Training Camp Thread 


First day of practice was today.   Some of early highlights include:

- Vince is practicing fully and appears to have lost weight
- McDaniels is impressed with Garoppolo and says he is fitting in well with the other QB's and has a great approach.

Here's a link to the Observations from Patriots Camp: Day 1 over at ESPNBoston.
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Posted: 7/24/2014 7:03 PM

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KT is supposed to be looking real good too - but he looked real good in camp last year as well.
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Posted: 7/25/2014 7:33 PM

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back2back days for KT looking very good by most accounts..
I watch the local New England sport shows, listen to the local sports radio shows etc ..
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Posted: 7/25/2014 8:12 PM

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They cut TE Nate Byham today ... didn't even last a week.

I'm seeing that KT is playing at a high level and Boyce is having some drops. The thing I remember about KT from camp last year was Brady saying he acted like he already belonged - really confident kid, does whatever it takes, makes things happen. Could be another guy who just needs a season or two to develop - they need WR's who'll fight for the ball.

Vereen and Hooman are also reported to be looking very good thus far. Even Chung is looking decent - so as a backup safety he could work out afterall.
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Posted: 7/25/2014 9:11 PM

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I hear there's a swagger developing between DB's in some of their drills. Chemistry, trust are so important to do your job that I hope we hear a lot more about players pulling together in their groups.... Its a different camp for every player and what BB will put them through. show a weakness and then you'll face it till it beats you or you beat it.. have fun men, BB will find out if you really do love football enough to win a championship.

Rooks had to play in mud as veterans laughed at them..Bruschi said on the NFL Network that he had fire hose duty when he played till someone got temporarily hurt near their eyes.. no damage just a scare....rookiesohlord.. The NFL regulates and gives these players the spa treatment now compared to old days...

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Posted: 7/26/2014 7:59 PM

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Just saw where Revis picked Brady off twice today. Gonna be an interesting season.

It's being reported that (future HoF) WR Greg Orton suffered an achilles injury yesterday.
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Posted: 7/26/2014 8:09 PM

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dokgonzo wrote: J

It's being reported that (future HoF) WR Greg Orton suffered an achilles injury yesterday.

LMFAO
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Posted: 7/27/2014 2:47 PM

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From Mike Reiss:

The only new players at practice were receivers Cole Stanford (No. 14) and 
Brian Tyms (No. 84), who were signed Sunday. To make room on the roster, the Patriots waived injured receiver Greg Orton

Caserio lauded the work of second-year fullback James Develin. “The unique thing about James, he’s a very versatile player, and we saw that even going back to last season -- he’s able to line up in the backfield, at tight end, detached from the formation,” Caserio said. “James is very smart, works very, very hard. He had a great offseason. As a player, from Day 1 that he entered the program to where he is now, he’s really improved. He’s put in a lot of time. It’s a credit to him. He’s smart and versatile, so he gives you a little bit of flexibility because he can do a number of different things -- he can block with force in the running game, he can put his hand down on the line of scrimmage and block with force on the line of scrimmage. He’s earned all his opportunities with his performance and his work ethc.” 
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Posted: 7/27/2014 3:09 PM

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There was a report that Browner lit up White.  ...they are starting to sound like Law, Miloy & complny.

 

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Posted: 7/27/2014 3:32 PM

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I think I read that Mayo lit up Bolden too. Maybe this is the year the defense is back to championship form.
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Posted: 7/27/2014 3:37 PM

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Full report from the Globe ... looks like Boyce is bouncing back and KT now has the dropped passes ... nice to see LaFell is fitting in, another veteran guy will help.



New injures

TE Michael Hoomanawanui seemed to favor his left leg at the end of practice, but not sure if it was too serious. Otherwise the Patriots made it through the day without any new injuries.

Dress code

Full pads and full contact.

Top plays

■ Garoppolo fired a bullet over the middle to WR Derrick Johnson in 7-on-7 drills, threading the ball perfectly through the outstretched hands of LB Ja’Gared Davis and just out of the reach of CB Justin Green.

■ Garoppolo also had a gorgeous deep fade pass down the right sideline, dropping it perfectly into the hands of TE DJ Williams and just over the out-stretched arms of DE Michael Buchanan, who chased Williams downfield in coverage.

■ Awesome throw-and-catch by QB Ryan Mallett and WR Josh Boyceon a fly pattern down the left sideline, with Boyce making a great catch over CB Brandon Browner.

■ Browner lowered the boom on rookie RB James White, dropping him to the ground with a thud in 11-on-11 drills and unleashing a primal scream after the hit.

Three Up

■ FB James Develin: The Patriots are raving about his play and versatility, and had another crushing lead block in a goal line drill on Sunday, springing Stevan Ridley for an easy touchdown.

■ Boyce: Had a solid day catching the football and got behind the defense a couple of times.

■ CB Malcolm Butler: Had an interception in his second straight practice, is getting more opportunities to play and has replaced Swanson as the most impressive young defender through the first four days of camp.

Three Down

■ Stork: Fumbled a snap with Garoppolo for the second straight day, and had to jog a lap around the field as punishment.

■ WR Kenbrell Thompkins: While Boyce stood out on Sunday, Thompkins continues to drop the ball at an alarming rate, with at least three on Sunday.

■ G Cameron Fleming: Rookie fourth-round pick got toasted by DE Jake Bequette a couple of times in pass rush drills. He missed most of the offseason workouts due to Stanford’s late graduation and has some work to make up.

Gronk Watch

Gronkowski participated in a half-speed 11-on-11 drill with no contact, but otherwise kept to the same routine: He participates in individual and positional drills, and takes mental reps during 7-on-7 and full team drills.

Odds and ends

■ WR Brandon LaFell had a ridiculous one-handed catch with his left hand on a deep post over the middle from Garoppolo. It looked like LaFell had crazy glue on his hand.

■ Ridley had his first fumble of camp when he fumbled a handoff exchange early in practice, and Garoppolo also had a nice talk from Ryan Wendell after messing up another handoff exchange.

■ Second-year offensive lineman Josh Kline is getting work at several positions up and down the offensive line — a good sign that the Patriots are preparing him to be one of the top backups this year, or even the starter at right guard. Sebastian Vollmer is also getting work at both tackle spots, just in case.

■ Interesting that through four days of practice, Darrelle Revis has only played left cornerback. They don’t have him matching up with any one receiver, and instead have him stick to one side as the Pats go back and forth between man and zone coverage. Revis has also done a lot of special teams work, and spent Sunday working on the punt return team, blocking the gunner.

■ Fun watching G Logan Mankins and DT Vince Wilfork go at it on OL-DL drills, with Mankins driving Wilfork into the ground on one play.

■ RB Jonas Gray showed really nice burst and cut-back ability on an inside run in 11-on-11 drills. He has a chance to crack the 53-man roster and fill the “LeGarrette Blount” role as the Patriots’ big running back.

■ RB James White continues to get a ton of work in both running and passing drills, and RB Shane Vereen has probably gotten the most targets of any receiver in camp.

■ One downside for Boyce on Sunday – he tripped over his own feet and fell down as Mallett threw him a slant pass in 7-on-7 drills. BillBelichick hates it when players can’t stay on their feet.

■ S Kanorris Davis, a key special teams contributor last season, has not been participating in full team drills, but has been getting a lot of 1-on-1 tutoring off to the side, presumably about playing the gunner role on special teams.

■ Young LBs Cameron Gordon and Steve Beauharnais both drew Belichick’s ire for jumping offsides on one play, and were forced to run a lap.

■ The first fight of training camp involved Hoomanawanui and rookie LB Taylor McCuller, who locked horns well after the play ended on one catch-and-chase drill.

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Posted: 7/27/2014 4:47 PM

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darrelle revis.
According to the Boston Herald,  Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis intercepted Tom Brady twice during their first padded practice session.
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Darrelle Revis was the star of the show, and it wasn’t even close. He intercepted a pair of Tom Brady passes that were intended for Julian Edelman. The first occurred during 1-on-1 drills when Revis undercut the route by the sideline. The next came during 11-on-11 work when Edelman appeared to create separation but Revis quickly regained ground and quickly turned as the ball arrived to snatch it out of the air. The quick hands and reaction speed were very similar to what we’ve seen from Randy Moss in the past. Revis also broke up a pass intended for Josh Boyce in 1-on-1s and a pass for Brandon LaFell in 7-on-7s.

There was a report during the spring that Brady was avoiding Revis during drills.  Now we know why.
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It sounds like Revis is back to his old self after suffering a torn ACL in 2012.
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Posted: 7/27/2014 4:55 PM

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Rookie running back James White opening eyes at Patriots training camp

submitted by dana draper on july 27, 2014
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New England Patriots rookie running back James White has been making quite an impression on the team's coaching staff during OTAs and is picking up where he left off at training camp.
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He could end up taking away touches from Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
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White could figure into in the passing game early in his career and he is an excellent pass blocker and eventually take over the multiple role back if Vereen signs with another team after his contract expires next March.
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White "has quick burst and patience to wait for blocks to develop, a combination that often leads to positive yards," via CBS Sports. "Also he has soft hands as a receiver and sound blocking technique in pass protection, making him a threat for touches in every phase of the game."
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"It feels good (to play with contact),” White said, via Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald.

“That’s what you’ve got to love about the game, the physical aspect.”
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“Just being able to do all things in the backfield, just trying to do whatever the coaches tell you to do, so that’s what me and him both try and do,” he said. “Whatever the coaches ask us to do, we try to go out there and try and get it done.”
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Posted: 7/27/2014 5:18 PM

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I love the phrase "excellent pass blocker".  They beat the Panthers in the SB largely because Faulk was suvh a good blocker

 

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Posted: 7/27/2014 6:27 PM

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As much as we all drool over "big play WR's", they've built quite a stable of dynamic RB's. If they can get back to the draw plays, and lining these guys all over the place like they used to with Faulk, this could be a brutal offense to try and stop.

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Posted: 7/27/2014 9:12 PM

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Faulk was great... and the Panthers were falling for play action. Brady also rolled out a lot to buy time.
What a shoot out it became...especially at the end of the first half into the whole second half.. What a tale of two half's.. . There were so many blown, clutch plays..
Dok you talk about this all the time. We need players raising their level (joey Porter....lol) at the right times..
You don't need to be a star to be clutch often. Great timing and being in position will do it for players that understand the action and are prepared to react. Coaching, productive player depth and team chemistry make for lots of clutch plays. We need a little more of it to get our "4ever great" fourth championship.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:05 PM

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Been under the weather for a while and haven't been following camp, has Gronk made an appearance at training camp yet?
The time has come..... Here's to the 2014 Season.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 5:43 PM

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Gronk started practicing at half speed yesterday.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 5:50 PM

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Just saw that the Pats claimed injured rookie RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina.  Very interesting move.  He won't play this year, but he's a guy a lot of us liked in the draft and who could be a nice player to have for next year's training camp.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 6:03 PM

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Division wrote: Been under the weather for a while and haven't been following camp, has Gronk made an appearance at training camp yet?
This time of year?  Sun rash, bad hair, poisin ivy? Hope you are feeling well.  I had the flu one summer - absolute misery.

 

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Posted: 7/28/2014 6:14 PM

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GinoC wrote:
Division wrote: Been under the weather for a while and haven't been following camp, has Gronk made an appearance at training camp yet?
This time of year?  Sun rash, bad hair, poisin ivy? Hope you are feeling well.  I had the flu one summer - absolute misery.
 LOL.  Had some Kidney issues (stones twice) and a prostrate issue, nothing serious. Thanx for the well wishes tho...biggrin
The time has come..... Here's to the 2014 Season.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 12:32 PM

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtuZ-HFIYAAWo1I.jpg

Garoppolo getting the rookie treatment from Brady and Mallet. LOL
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Posted: 7/29/2014 12:38 PM

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Tommy Kelly says Patriots have a "loaded defense" but they have to prove it on the field.

See Jet's, that's how you complement your team and not like like a cocky dbag. Also gives you an out if your defense plays like crap
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Posted: 7/29/2014 1:34 PM

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I'm seeing several mentions that Brady, Gronk, and Revis go off to a side-field during ST drills. I kind of expected Gronk and Brady to get extra reps on the route tree, but pretty cool that Revis is involved.

Also saw something today that Ty Law recommended to Revis that he take fewer dollars and come to NE - they're from the same home town, as it turns out.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 4:27 PM

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Thanks Peyton for setting white people back another 50 years on the dance floor. LOL


https://vine.co/v/M03hFuMiXmj
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Posted: 7/29/2014 4:52 PM

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Clearly he and Lodoonian need to team up.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 6:24 PM

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You're going to leave Mark Madsen out of that fun? The Bookends featuring LT. 
With of course LT doing his singing in the middle.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 7:18 PM

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Continuing to read good reports on James White.  It's going to be interesting to watch him this year.  He could end up being a key player by season's end if he keeps improving.

There have been a lot of criticisms of Wisconsin RB's who are great in college and flame out in the pros.  But there really haven't been that many of them drafted high so I don't know if that criticism is fair.  And White is only a fourth rounder so there shouldn't be crazy expectations for him.  So I'm very optimistic about him.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 7:21 PM

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Stork didn't finish practice today.  Hopefully it's nothing serious.  He's only a rookie, but I'd still rather have him starting at center this year than another year of Wendell.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 8:51 PM

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Lets hope Cambridge MA's own Dave DeGuglielmo who coached,

The O-line for the Giants 2004-8...with a Giants record year of 2518 rushing yds and 5.0 yds a carry in 08.

Was Asst OL/QB for the Fish from 2009-11...Reggie bush's first 1000 yd. year

The gang green whiners OL coach for 2012.

He spent 6 days at the Univ. of Maryland before coming here Jan 22, 2014.

Lets hope he can help fill in well for Mr. Everthing....former O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 9:40 PM

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From what I've read the players like him already - he's not just coming in and changing everything on some ego trip.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:27 PM

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Gronk doing some blocking drills on Ninkovich at the end of practice. First time I've seen that with no hand-held pads involved.

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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:34 PM

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I hope this isn't a start to something bad

Browner gets into it with coach:

Patriots training camp played host to a heated outburst between cornerback Brandon Browner and receivers coach Chad O'Shea, which included a back-and-forth well within earshot of fans and media in attendance.

About halfway through Wednesday morning's session, Browner was participating in a one-on-one drill where he was asked to cover a receiver going at full speed. When O'Shea reacted angrily after a rep in which Browner played with particular physicality, the 6-foot-4 corner turned his attention toward O'Shea.

Media members are not allowed to quote or paraphrase things that are said on the practice field during training camp, but Browner was visibly upset at O'Shea -- taking a few steps toward him -- and the two exchanged words as Browner's teammates intervened.

For Browner it was an up-and-down practice. Moments before his incident with O'Shea, he had been planted on the ground in the middle of a route by Kenbrell Thompkins. The next rep in which those two lined up across from each other, Browner shoved Thompkins down to the ground.

The emotional explosion that occurred later seemed to be the result of a buildup for Browner. Not only from those two plays with Thompkins, but others that took place earlier in camp during which Browner felt as though he had been beaten one-on-one.

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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:35 PM

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Oh, here's the Link  

http://www.csnne.com/blog/patriots-talk/browner-pa ts-receivers-coach-have-heated-exchange
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Posted: 7/30/2014 2:48 PM

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Posted: 7/31/2014 12:15 PM

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Posted: 7/31/2014 4:58 PM

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@ProFootballTalk: Steve Gregory signs with Chiefs http://wp.me/p14QSB-9wU2 "lol

Good!!! Now we won't be tempted to bring that scrub back
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Posted: 8/1/2014 11:08 AM

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ESPN Boston says it looks like fourth-round RB James White will "be a significant part of the team's attack -- on all three downs."

This is our third James White post in the last 24 hours, so you know he's buzzing at Pats camp. Bill Belichick has raved about him, he's gotten goal-line reps and now top beat man Mike Reiss is jumping on board. As a direct backup to both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, White would have some deep-league flier appeal.
Source: ESPN Boston
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Posted: 8/1/2014 1:52 PM

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Brady Quinn was in for a workout disbelief

LOL
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Posted: 8/1/2014 1:58 PM

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I don't think Bolden makes the cut - these new RB's are looking too good.
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