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Brandon Boykin alleges Patriots tried to 'bully' Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots have staged joint practices all week in preparation for their preseason opener Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin told reporters Wednesday that Bill Belichick's boys tried to set the tone early.

"I can speak for the whole team. I felt like (Tuesday), honestly they came out with this attitude to try to bully us," Boykin said, per Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. "And even though it's practice, it's always still a game tempo. I think as a team -- and obviously I can speak for myself -- I wanted to try to set the tone on myself as an aggressive person (Wednesday) and just make plays."

Instead of heroics from Boykin, it was Tom Brady making plays Wednesday. The Patriots quarterback and his collection of young receivers put on a clinic, according to observers:

From's Jay Glazer: "Watching Brady, I think I heard the term 'surgeon' at least 7 times today from Pats AND Eagles personnel in awe of how he can carve at will." And this:

The Eagles have a shot to end the alleged "bullying" Friday night, but the takeaway here is Brady's play. Amid concerns the Patriots don't have the pass-catching weapons to compete this season, it appears their all-everything quarterback is just warming up.

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