Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/21/13
Patriots fans and experts can debate who will be the team’s X factor this season, but Aaron Hernandez is no longer an option after he was released from the team following his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd. However, USA Today still tried to make the case that Hernandez could be the key to New England’s success this season in its NFL 2013 season preview issue. ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter noticed the unfortunate selection for the Patriots’ X factor and tweeted out a picture of it. Picked up USA Today's NFL 2013 preview issue. Here's what it listed as Patriots "X" factor... http://t.co/eh4dyxmOZP— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 21, 2013 A fan then pointed out to Schefter that ESPN put Hernandez in its 2013 season preview as well. Touché... @bucbolthead: probably printed same time as ESPN preview. http://t.co/s3Dwa3DDsp— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 21, 2013 Well, you can’t always get your preseason predictions right.

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