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Sometimes 2-2 is a reason to celebrate (see: Jets, New York), other times it’s a potential disaster.

The Patriots fell to .500 on Sunday, falling 33-30 on a last-second field goal against a Panthers team that had scored 45 points combined in their first three games.

“Disappointed, 2-2 is just a record, but just in terms of how we played and what we need to do in order to play better and win,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on WEEI on Monday morning.

“Hopefully, we can figure out a way to play consistently over an entire game.”

The Patriots just as easily could be 1-3, with Texans safety Corey Moore dropping an interception that would have sealed a Houston Week 3 victory, instead turning into a 36-33 Pats win thanks to some Brady magic.

We’ve been here before. We’ve buried the Patriots before.

In 2014, after getting pummeled 41-14 by the Chiefs on Monday night with Brady playing dreadful, the New England dynasty was declared dead. Brady was washed up. Bill Belichick had lost his magic touch.

That season ended with a Super Bowl.

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While wide receiver Devin Lucien’s rookie season was spent on the practice squad in Foxborough, there’s reason to wonder where the 2016 seventh-round pick will spend his second.

Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Malcolm Mitchell wasn’t the only wide receiver drafted by the New England Patriots a year ago.

It will be up to Devin Lucien to remind the organization of that as training camp begins Thursday.

At this juncture, it’d be easy to forget New England’s war room selected Lucien three rounds and 113 spots after Mitchell last spring. It’d be easy to call the late-bloomer by way of UCLA and Arizona State as much of an afterthought then as he is now.

In a nine-man Patriots draft class, Lucien was the ninth man. On a 90-man roster, he was the lesser-discussed Sun Devil behind undrafted running back D.J. Foster.

Lucien cannot afford to stay out of the discussion this summer. There’s little room for anonymity on a wideout depth chart headlined by Mitchell, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and trade acquisition Brandin Cooks. There may be no room at all.

If the 24-year-old hangs around for 2017, it’ll likely take a rise out of nowhere.

Though for Lucien, it wouldn’t be the first time.

After catching just 58 passes for 752 yards and four touchdowns through four years at UCLA, the Pac-12 veteran went on to reel in 66 passes for 1,075 yards and eight touchdowns as an Arizona State graduate transfer in 2015.

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November 27, 2016, Atlanta: Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel scores a 35-yard touchdown against the Cardinals for a 17-10 lead during the second quarter in an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel netted the highest passer rating of any receiver on passes thrown to him in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Throws to @AtlantaFalcons WR Taylor Gabriel netted a higher passer rating than any other wide receiver in the league in 2016

The passer rating of 148.1 on balls thrown to Gabriel last season was significantly better than the second-best rating of 129.8 on passes to Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan. Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams had the third-highest, at 124.6.

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New England is preparing to poach another restricted free agent from its AFC East rival in Buffalo.

The Patriots extended a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet to Bills running back Mike Gillislee, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The offer includes $4 million in the first year.

To help manage the cap with the anticipated addition of Gillislee, veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola has agreed on a pay cut, Rapoport added. Amendola is set to earn just over the $1.7 million salary he pocketed last season, a source involved informed Rapoport.

The potential Gillislee heist comes 13 months after the Pats signed wideout Chris Hogan to a three-year, $12 million offer sheet which the Bills ultimately declined to match.

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