Robert Kraft: Patriots may need to draft a quarterback

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Last year the Patriots traded away the last two quarterbacks they drafted, Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo. Now it might be time to draft a quarterback who will stick around long enough to succeed Tom Brady.

That’s the word from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was asked at the league meeting if the Patriots need to draft a quarterback and acknowledged that might be the case.

“I’m going to put my fan hat on, and obviously at some point we have to,” Kraft said. “Not just that, but think what happened in the ’08 season when in the first quarter against Kansas City, Tom [Brady] goes out. How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an 11-5 season? I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick]. He knows his responsibilities. Anything can happen, even if Tom comes in [and is in] tip-top shape.”

At the moment the Patriots have only two quarterbacks on the roster, Brady and Brian Hoyer. They’ll surely add at least one more before training camp, and that could come in the draft. Brady will be 41 in August, and although he says he can keep playing for a few more years, it’s possible that a quarterback they draft next month could be the next starting quarterback in New England.

95 responses to “Robert Kraft: Patriots may need to draft a quarterback

  1. why do owners feel like getting involved with the media? if there was any contention between belichick and kraft earlier- maybe its because kraft keeps talking about day to day operations to the media. coaches and gms prefer their things to be kept out of the media, it cant be helpful that the owner is opening up about them

  2. Ultimately that wouldn’t have been an issue if they had decided to trade Brady instead of Garoppolo last season. I know how controversial that idea is but ultimately this is a business and you do whatever you can to maintain long term success. Keeping Brady guaranteed success in the short term no doubt, but not in the long term.

  3. Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.

    ————-

    Super Bowl passing record and MVP. If that’s a slow decline, lets keep it declining.

  4. The beginning of the end! I love it. Patriots have been the benefits of a WEAK AFC conference. 6 wins from their crappy division mates every year. Guaranteed playoff spot. Real power is in NFC.

  5. @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.

  6. edukator4 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    why do owners feel like getting involved with the media? if there was any contention between belichick and kraft earlier- maybe its because kraft keeps talking about day to day operations to the media. coaches and gms prefer their things to be kept out of the media, it cant be helpful that the owner is opening up about them

    ———-
    Kraft talks to the media about 3 times a year. He’s a far cry from Jerrah. Kraft does just enough.

  7. Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.

    One day you will be right so keep posting it but I somehow dont think its this upcoming season.

  8. Really? Then why trade two excellent back-ups for next to nothing?

    Wish Kraft had the stones to call out Belichick’s sabotage of the future. I suspect you will hear that story in full from Kraft after Belichick retires or from Brady after he does.

  9. Jaiden Everett says:

    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.

    I agree. He’ll probably have to settle for 2nd place in next year’s MVP voting. Such decline. So wow.

  10. Robert Kraft: Patriots may need to draft a quarterback
    ============================================
    Translation: We’re not planning on drafting a QB

  11. Mason Rudolph would be perfect in that offense. He’ll most likely be picked before the Patriots pick though.

  12. If the Patriots have the opportunity and they fall in love with a guy at the right spot then I hope they do draft Brady’s successor.

    What I don’t want is them drafting a QB just because they need a QB. That’s how you end up with Christian Ponder.

    If they don’t find the next Jimmy G. Wait a year, Brady/Hoyer will be fine for 2018. Take your shot next year.

  13. Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.

    One day you will be right so keep posting it but I somehow dont think its this upcoming season.
    ——-
    Viking fans have been saying this about Rodgers since he turned 30. Haters gonna hate.

  14. magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.
    ————————————————

    Exhibit A: Peyton Manning
    Exhibit B: Joe Montana
    Exhibit C: Ray Lewis

    Want to maybe reword that?

  15. Jaiden Everett says:
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ——-

    He may run into an age wall. But so far, he has not been declining. He played at a very high level in the superbowl. The defense totally failed the patriots in the superbowl. I still dont understand why Butler wasnt playing, when Rowe was getting torched.

  16. Kraft went on to say that replacing the recently retired Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette were a much more pressing need. Adding “Replacing those guys is going to be a monumental task. When you think of all the production they have given us over years, you just can’t replace that off the street. We’re going to miss them for sure.”

  17. Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.

    _____________________

    I say Brady plays for 8 more years. He wants to break George Blandas record.

    No need to draft a Qb for at least 4 years.

  18. magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.
    —————————————————————————————
    Short-term memory loss? Peyton Manning!

  19. Brady is in a slow decline

    Literally the slowest decline in the history of time. At this rate, he’ll be an average NFL starting quarterback by the time he’s 50.

  20. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    The beginning of the end! I love it. Patriots have been the benefits of a WEAK AFC conference. 6 wins from their crappy division mates every year. Guaranteed playoff spot. Real power is in NFC.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Yeah whatever you say Mr Delusional cowboy fan. You sure know what you are talking about,
    your team hasn’t been to an NFC Championship game in over 2 DECADES

  21. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    The beginning of the end! I love it. Patriots have been the benefits of a WEAK AFC conference. 6 wins from their crappy division mates every year. Guaranteed playoff spot. Real power is in NFC.
    ====================
    How many playoffs teams came from the AFCE last year?

  22. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    The beginning of the end! I love it. Patriots have been the benefits of a WEAK AFC conference. 6 wins from their crappy division mates every year. Guaranteed playoff spot. .———————-
    Despite the fact that their winning percentage in division is almost identical to their winning percentage out of division…

  23. simplec72 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm
    magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.
    —————————————————————————————
    Short-term memory loss? Peyton Manning!
    ——————————
    I agree with this. Manning had ALREADY decline to the point where he needed to retire in that Super Bowl. As evidenced by the fact he did retire.

  24. As good as Brady still is, once these guys get into their late 30’s or early 40’s, they are one injury away from being completely done. The body just doesn’t recover from injuries the way it did in their 20’s.

    Peyton Manning was having an MVP quality season in 2014, when he suffered a quad injury in week 9 versus Oakland. He never recovered from that. For Manning, he never had the best arm, he relied on his technique to get the ball downfield. Once his core muscles started to fail, that was the end for him. Favre had a similar end to his career, and Carson Palmer, and a whole bunch of others.

    Brady could keep going for another three or four years, as long as he stays healthy. But the reality is that he’s one injury away from being done.

  25. willycents says:

    March 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.
    ————————————————

    Exhibit A: Peyton Manning
    Exhibit B: Joe Montana
    Exhibit C: Ray Lewis

    Want to maybe reword that
    ——————————————————————————

    none of them threw for over 500 yards and scored 30+ points in a superbowl loss….

  26. willycents says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.
    ————————————————

    Exhibit A: Peyton Manning
    Exhibit B: Joe Montana
    Exhibit C: Ray Lewis

    Want to maybe reword that?
    _________________
    I will reword it,

    Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl while being the clear cut MVP of the league and breaking all time passing records in the Super Bowl ARE NOT in slow decline…does that clear it up for you?

  27. Pats fans who think that Brady being in the SB means he isn’t in decline are delusional. Bad QBs have won the SB, and some mediocre ones have even gotten accolades and big contracts for it (think Flacco). The Pats had the easiest path to the SB, were hardly dominant outside of the losing or mediocre teams on the way, got lucky drawing the Titans, got lucky with a blown whistle against JAX that should have put the game out of reach. His performance in that game belies his performance over the last 5 weeks of the season, which were a definite decline, and frankly one game does not a body of work make. Matt Flynn once threw for 6 TDs in a game – and look how that turned out.

    Plus the guy is 41. The drop off starts to happen a lot faster year after year, and Kraft is right – now is the time to start looking.

  28. Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.

    ——————

    There is no such thing as a slow decline at age 40. When it goes, we’ll all know it. He had an outstanding 2017 season and playoffs, so until he turns into a turnover machine or he can’t hit an open receiver, it will be business as usual for NE and the GOAT.

  29. Exhibit A: Peyton Manning
    Exhibit B: Joe Montana
    Exhibit C: Ray Lewis

    All bad examples

    Both QB had major injury issues
    Ray was not a QB

  30. Calm down peeps. Pats have been in 3 of the last 4 super bowls. lol I wouldn’t call that a decline!

    -Raider fan

  31. Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Over the last 13 months, Brady has a SB MVP, a regular season MVP, All-Pro honors, broke a SB passing record, broke the same record a second time, etc. etc.

    If that’s a slow decline, I’ll take it.

  32. NE drafts Jackson and signs Johnny Football and their QB problems are solved. Groom them until Brady is ready to retire.

  33. Pats fans who think that Brady being in the SB means he isn’t in decline are delusional. Bad QBs have won the SB, and some mediocre ones have even gotten accolades and big contracts for it (think Flacco). The Pats had the easiest path to the SB, were hardly dominant outside of the losing or mediocre teams on the way, got lucky drawing the Titans, got lucky with a blown whistle against JAX that should have put the game out of reach. His performance in that game belies his performance over the last 5 weeks of the season, which were a definite decline, and frankly one game does not a body of work make. Matt Flynn once threw for 6 TDs in a game – and look how that turned out.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Just being in the SB, no of course not (see Manning the year he retired). But tough to claim the reigning MVP who threw for over 500 yards in the SB is in decline.

    The rest of your post makes no sense. Its not generally expected that a team would dominate another tough team, how does not dominating diminish any success? It was clear the entire year that the Pats had a weak defense so they were likely not going to dominate everyone. They did, however, dominate the Falcons, Saints, Broncos, Raiders, Dolphins, Bills (twice), and Titans. 4 of those teams made the playoffs, so again I don’t understand what you are even trying to say.

    How is it luck being the #1 seed? They should have played the Chiefs, but they couldn’t get the job done at home. Same with the Steelers. That’s not luck, its playoff football. And it wasn’t “one game” to show the anti-decline. In his 3 playoff games, he had a QB rating of 103, 108, and 115; 8 TDs to 0 INTs; average 64% completion. Strop trying to make excuses.

  34. simplec72 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.
    —————————————————————————————
    Short-term memory loss? Peyton Manning!

    Manning didn’t win MVP his last year. Nor did he improve on three career avg ststs. Completion %, yards per completion, and passer rating. Keep hating.

  35. Wasn’t that the whole drama going on with the 3 of them and that’s why the two good QBs had to go? Bill wanted to start playing them and training them and Brady flipped out and kraft sided with Brady. I’m pretty sure that was reported last year.

  36. “Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season”.. the hate is real with this one.. lol, probably a Vikings fan…

  37. Kraft went on to say that replacing the recently retired Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette were a much more pressing need. Adding “Replacing those guys is going to be a monumental task. When you think of all the production they have given us over years, you just can’t replace that off the street. We’re going to miss them for sure.”
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    The irony of such a comment when just yesterday it was uncovered that the NFL applied a new catch rule that had not yet been adopted DURING the SB. Both times this was implemented, it negatively impacted the Pats. Not saying the outcome would have changed, just again pointing out the irony here.

  38. People need to stop comparing Manning’s late years to Brady’s. It’s insulting to Brady.

    Dad-bod Manning was trash in his age 38-39 seasons. His arm strength was very diminished at 38, especially later in the year. Yes, Denver’s D carried him to a Super Bowl at 39, but they won in spite of him, not because of him. He was BENCHED for a stretch of that season for Brock Osweiler. I know they chalked it up to “injury” but that was just to protect Peyton’s delicate sensibilities.

    Brady just had a dominant MVP caliber season while throwing for 500+ yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs in the Super Bowl.

    Brady will play 2 more years at a dominant level and maybe more. He’ll probably win another Super Bowl as well.

    Brady surpassed Manning a long time ago and is just piling on now.

  39. Manziel is a really good young quarterback who had an addiction that he is over so if the Patriots sign him they won’t have to give up a draft pick for one.

  40. File this in the ‘duh’ category.

    Their QB is 41. One slip in the shower could end his career (a torn ACL at this point would take 18+ months to recover). Even if he is in a safety bubble and doesn’t get hurt, it’s hard to imagine him lasting another 4 years (the length of a rookie contract).

    If Brady outlasts yet another young QB, then wow. I think the Patriots will gladly give up an early round pick to have 4+ more years of Tom Brady being Tom Brady. In case that doesn’t happen, having a young guy to compete just makes sense.

  41. bradygirl12 says:

    I love Brady, always will…but when I think about how they traded Garoppolo away, it still ticks me off.
    —————————–
    They had no choice, what would you have liked them to do?

    They 100% could not keep and pay both.

    The choices were to…

    A. Trade/cut 5x champ Brady when he clearly has 2-3 more years left at a championship level.
    B. Trade Jimmy G

    Jimmy G looks great, but everyone’s putting him in Canton after a handful of games.

    If they held onto Jimmy G rest of season, he just walks to the highest bidder anyway. The Pats hands were tied.

  42. For years, if the Patriots drafted a QB it was to be a back-up. Now they must look at it as possibly their future starting QB. I’m not very enthusiastic about any of the “top QBs” being talked about but I was thinking more like Luke Faulk of Washington St.

  43. This is not disrespecting Tom Brady, the guy is awesome.

    Father time catches up with everyone, and it is coming for him. He does not have as long as anyone keeps saying he has. If you are a fan, enjoy him while you can.

    He is one of the Top 5 Football Players of all time, and in this era, he is clearly the best.

    With Regards to drafting a QB, Kyle Auletta or Mason Rudolph are guys to keep an eye on.

    If (This is a Big if) a guy like Josh Allen Slides a little bit, it would not surprise me if they traded up to get him.

  44. “The beginning of the end for the Patriots.”
    “Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.”

    Yep, being hearing some version of this oh since what, maybe 2006??? Every year it seems. Eventually, even a blind squirrel finds a nut. So, maybe someday, you will be right. BUT, I say – TODAY is NOT that DAY!!!! LOL!

  45. ShouldBuffaloStay says:
    March 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Wasn’t that the whole drama going on with the 3 of them and that’s why the two good QBs had to go? Bill wanted to start playing them and training them and Brady flipped out and kraft sided with Brady. I’m pretty sure that was reported last year.
    ———————–

    Yep. Some glorified blogger made up some Patriots fan fiction and ESPN ran with it.

  46. The Patriots should be able to find a competent QB in late rounds of the draft. As long as the system is in place, he will have a chance for success.

  47. “How many people would have said that Matt Cassel would have led us to an 11-5 season? I put my faith and confidence in Bill [Belichick].”

    Bob Kraft just made the argument against Brady being the best ever…for some reason…the Patriots continued success sans Brady never comes up among the phoneys who claim he’s the greatest…

  48. Kraft should have Belichick trade up to 20 and draft Lamar Jackson. Let Jackson develop as a passer for a year or two and when Brady is done, have McDaniels build the offense around his athletic gifts. Trying to find another Brady is just setting themselves up for a major failure, so they might as well start looking to the future now and start grooming a physically gifted athlete like LJ.

  49. Without Brady, how would the pats ever make it to the playoffs?

    – Drew Bledsoe
    (Pats Superbowl QB, 1993-2001)

    Just a reminder, I think every QB the Patriots have had on their roster for the last 25+ years went to the playoffs and/or Superbowl, even before Brady was the starter.

  50. People keep saying how great Jimmy G is without anything being proven. He was a 2nd round pick, and that’s what he’ll prove to warrant moving forward. Guys like Rosen coming out this year are far superior. JG squeaked by a few terrible teams due to ~12+ FG’s and then a couple teams that already clinched with nothing to play for starting their scrubs. The Pats were smart getting something for JG and the opportunity to go for a front line guy while they have good cap room.

  51. I don’t understand why people are so upset about trading away Garoppolo. The Patriots had no choice. Trading away Tom Brady would have ripped the Patriots apart. Brady is too close to too many people on the team who would have resented Belichick for trading away two more very good shots at a Super Bowl the next two years. There are zero guarantees with Garoppolo. He’s very good. His timing wasn’t. Brady beat Belichick’s master plan. I have zero issue with that.

  52. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    The beginning of the end! I love it. Patriots have been the benefits of a WEAK AFC conference. 6 wins from their crappy division mates every year. Guaranteed playoff spot. Real power is in NFC.
    ————————
    The AFC East had the third highest winning percentage in the NFL last year, and the other theee teams had to play the Pats twice a year.
    To get to the Superbowl you have to beat the teams outside your division too.
    All 5 of the Patriots SB victories were against NFC teams. Look it up!!

  53. jeremycrowhurst says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm
    Brady could keep going for another three or four years, as long as he stays healthy. But the reality is that he’s one injury away from being done.
    __________________________________________

    The reality is every player that takes the field is one injury away from being done.

  54. They can only draft a QB if he/she agrees tp join Brady’s trainer-cult and french kiss his boys.

  55. .
    if teams stopped playing cover and blitzed brady he would be done asap.
    he cant handle being hit. and I am not talking about the wasted energy from him crying about getting hit to anyone that will listen

  56. it’s true that brady is the most durable, toughest qb of all time. even at 41 he can take harder hits than the glassware you see on most teams. but of course if the opportunity is right belichick will make a move. kraft. will find out when the rest of us do.

  57. “The beginning of the end for the Patriots.”

    Much as I hate to admit it, that’s probably an accurate statement. Too many high-talent players lost to injury and free-agency. The dynasty has to end at some point, and I’m thinking this may be it. Human nature being what it is, people hang around longer than they should. Money and ego have a way of sending reality upstairs to its room, but reality always wins out in the end, and the reality is the Patriots need more than a band-aid to stop the bleeding. Nobody wins forever. It wouldn’t surprise me if this the the last year for both Brady and Belichick, and unless Kraft can come up with a way to create a new dynasty, I don’t see another SB ring in his future.

  58. Art of the crowd

    All 5 of the Patriots SB victories were against NFC teams. Look it up!!

    ————

    And I’ll bet every time the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl it was against an NFC team. And I’ll go out on a limb here and say every time an AFC team won a super bowl it was against a NFC team.

    Genius

  59. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 29, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    The Patriots should be able to find a competent QB in late rounds of the draft. As long as the system is in place, he will have a chance for success.

    Translation: Brady is a system QB.

  60. magnusthe1st says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    @Jaiden Everett says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm
    Brady is in a slow decline. He’ll be done after this season.
    ___________________________________________

    Wrong. Guys who just appeared in a Super Bowl are not in slow decline.

    ————————
    So Peyton Manning wasn’t in decline in his last Super Bowl? And he won!!

  61. Kraft should concentrate on getting guys who stop the other team from running all over the field. His qb isn’t the problem. It’s the paper tiger defence that fooled everyone for a few games when they played offences my local high school team can stop.

  62. OBP says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Ultimately that wouldn’t have been an issue if they had decided to trade Brady instead of Garoppolo last season. I know how controversial that idea is but ultimately this is a business and you do whatever you can to maintain long term success. Keeping Brady guaranteed success in the short term no doubt, but not in the long term.

    —————————————————————————————————————
    Yeaa sure… If that happened you would complain of the lack of loyalty or whatever.. Why is it that most only see one side of an issue?

  63. dualprime says:
    March 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    So Peyton Manning wasn’t in decline in his last Super Bowl? And he won!!
    =================================

    He was barely ambulatory in his last Super Bowl, and he didn’t “win” anything.

  64. Brady had a great run in the NFL no doubt.

    My prediction is he’s done! He won’t make it through this year.

    His old body just won’t survive taking the hits from 21/30 year old kids that have bones, legimates and tendons that are like rubber bands.

    If he makes it through 8 games I would be surprised.

  65. A couple of thing that puzzle me and maybe Patriot fans can put me straight. Firstly Jimmy G. Granted he looked good when Brady was serving his suspension and didn’t look to shabby for the 49ers but he hasn’t proved anything yet. I can remember a few QBs that looked like franchise players as backups and alike but when the honeymoon period is over tend to settle down to a decent level but nothing like what they previously showed. People are acting like JG is the second coming. Secondly I can’t understand what problem the Patriots have with Brady’s personal trainer if true. Imo Brady looks as good as ever, his brain is better than any QB that has ever lived, he was never an athlete so despite his age all he to do is make sure he can throw and take hits. Surely the Patriots can see the benefit of his training regime. One thing that age helps you with is you should know what your doing and he does.

  66. Calm down on the wishful thinking, every few years the Patriots (like every other team) draft a QB. Since they didn’t draft one last year it only makes sense they’ll draft one this year or next. Decline? You keep hoping while we keep winning. And, by the way, Manning was in a decline for both of his last 2 SBs.

  67. Art of the crowd says:
    March 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    The beginning of the end! I love it. Patriots have been the benefits of a WEAK AFC conference. 6 wins from their crappy division mates every year. Guaranteed playoff spot. Real power is in NFC.
    ————————
    The AFC East had the third highest winning percentage in the NFL last year, and the other theee teams had to play the Pats twice a year.
    To get to the Superbowl you have to beat the teams outside your division too.
    All 5 of the Patriots SB victories were against NFC teams. Look it up!!
    __________________

    True – and 1 of those was legit even.

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