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With the NFL celebrating its 100th season, we took on the task of ranking the 100 best players in Patriots history. Whether its quarterback Tom Brady, offensive tackle Leon Gray or running back Curtis Martin, we did our best to weigh their contributions to the Patriots, along with what they did in the league on other teams. (Those contributions elsewhere carried less weigh in these rankings, however.)

The Patriots will face off against the Carolina Panthers Thursday night in their third game of the preseason. With only a few weeks before the start of the season, here’s what the experts are saying about the preseason matchup.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, it looks like the Patriots are looking to give more reps to starters, since head coach Bill Belichick has been limiting their snaps this week in practice. This could include defensive starters like Stephon Gilmore or Dont’a Hightower, neither of which have seen the field this preseason.

But most notably, it seems that Tom Brady will take his first snaps of the preseason tonight. In an interview on the Greg Hill Show, Brady said that he “hopes to play” tonight against the Panthers. The Patriots have been playing veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Jarrett Stidham to this point in the preseason in place of the 42-year-old quarterback.

New England Patriots safety and three-time Super Bowl champion Patrick Chung has been indicted for cocaine possession in New Hampshire, Assistant Belknap County Attorney Keith Cormier confirmed to

Patriots USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.

The offense, which is a Class B felony, occurred “on or about” June 25, according to a copy of the indictment. Cormier said he was unable to release any additional details beyond the contents of the one-page indictment document.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung,” the Patriots said in a statement. “We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place.”

There is no attorney listed for Chung in case summary documents filed with the court. Chung’s agent did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

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