Giants’ Logan Ryan is excited about Brady’s return to Foxboro

On Sunday night in Foxboro, Tom Brady returns to New England as the Buccaneers battle his former team, the Patriots.

Brady won six Super Bowls during his 20 years with the Patriots before signing with the Buccaneers last season. In his first season with Tampa Bay, at age 43, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title. 

One man who has intimate knowledge of Brady is his former teammate Giants safety Logan Ryan, who played with New England and Brady for four seasons. 

After New York battles the Saints on Sunday, Ryan expects to watch Brady’s return to New England.

“I’m excited to get a win and get home and watch that game,” Ryan said on Friday. “I’m going to be tuned in. If you’re a fan of football, that’s a fun game to watch just because of the significance of it. I’ve obviously played with him. I’ve played against him. I always said it’s the best matchup in the world. If you’re a football junkie like me and you want to play against the best, he’s the best. So, it’s going to be fun. I know for him and (Patriots Head Coach) Bill (Belichick),

“I’m sure they’re going to – I can’t say they’re going to treat it as business as usual, but they’re going to do everything they can to win, like a maniacal amount of film watching going down. I’m sure they’re spending more time watching film than sleeping. I’m excited to watch. It’s going to be a game against two geniuses. If you’re a fan of the game, it’s a good game to watch and learn to see the strategic part of the game.”

Ryan is also the guy with the Titans that intercepted Brady’s final pass as a Patriot in the playoffs in 2019. Ryan still has the ball and discussed what he might do with it in the future.

“Yeah, so it’s funny,” he said. “The ball was just laying around my house because I don’t really do a lot with my stuff like I’m not egotistical and have just portraits of me all over the place in my house, so my kids like kick the ball around. When I saw Tom starting to – some of his autographed cards going for like a million dollars, I was like, ‘Let’s put the ball up on the shelf at least.’ (laughs) So, the ball is up on the shelf, and I actually spoke with Tom this offseason, and when the time is right, I probably should have had it ready for this game, but I want to auction the ball off for some of the proceeds for my charity if we can get behind it and split our charities and try to do something.

“Now, I don’t know who is going to want that ball. I don’t know if a Patriots fan wants his last ball ever thrown is an interception. I don’t know if a Titans fan is really going to pay. Like, I don’t know what the Titans fanbase, the media market, you know? So, I don’t know where it’s going to go.”

Ryan added that he could be an answer to a “Jeopardy” question down the line.

“Yeah, Tom might want it back (laughs),” Ryan said about the ball. “Tom might pay to get rid of it to burn it. No, there’s been talks between me and Tom on doing something with that ball. Hey man, it might go down in his Hall of Fame thing. Maybe I’ll get a little asterisk by who his last pass – or maybe it’s a ‘Jeopardy!’ question when (Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers is hosting it. It can be a ‘Jeopardy!’ question. It’s pretty fun, but yeah, I picked the ball up off the floor, and I’m going to try to do something to raise some money for charity with it.”

Newton, Belichick can prove a lot of people wrong in 2020(VIDEO)

It happened! Cam Newton finally has a job, and if things work out, it could be a good job. Newton agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots last week. If all goes well, the 31-year-old Newton has an opportunity to win in New England, and Bill Belichick has a chance to prove he can win without Tom Brady.

The Patriots have a defense that can help this team win now. Last season, the Patriots’ were number one in total defense and points allowed. When Newton had his MVP season and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, he had an outstanding defense.

In the last two seasons, Newton has played in only 16 games due to foot and shoulder injuries, but at this point, he is healthy and ready to prove the doubters wrong. If he beats out second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham in 2020 and plays well, he could put himself in a position to get a big contract. When healthy and at his best, Newton can be one of the better quarterbacks in football. However, there is also a possibility that he could be done. We will find the answer in 2020.

Regarding Belichick, he has to prove that he can win without Brady, who, after 20 years with the Patriots, took his talents to Tampa Bay. With Brady as the starting quarterback, Belichick is 219-64 in the regular season with Brady. Without Brady in the regular season, Belichick is 54-63. 

Therefore, Belichick, just like Newton, has a lot to prove. 

Listen below:

 

 

Tom Brady tells when he decided to move on from Patriots

All great things must come to an end, which is the case with six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Last week, the 20-year veteran decided to take his talents to Tampa Bay to join Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers. 

Before Brady made his decision to leave New England public, which he did via Twitter, Brady met with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Today, on a conference call, Brady discussed what transpired between him and Kraft:

Question: (On when he decided to move on from New England and how hard it was to tell them)

Brady: It was really the night that I spoke with Mr. Kraft and asked if I could come over and see him. We spoke and had a great conversation, and I just wanted to express what he’s meant to me in my life. We spoke with Coach Belichick at the same time – we were in different locations, so we talked to him and it was a great conversation. I got a chance to talk to Jonathan Kraft as well. All three of those guys have been involved with so many important decisions in my life – career-related, personal-related – and I leave there with great admiration for the people in that organization. It’s a world-class, first-class organization in every way, and I wanted to leave it that way too.

“I know the Patriots have a great team; they always do – they have great players, great leadership, great coaches – and I certainly wish them the best. But for me, I’ve got to transition and focus on the opportunity that I have to make the current situation I’m in as best as I can. They hired me to do a job here, and I’m going to go in there and do it like you’ve always seen me do for a long time, like the fans have always seen me do, like opposing coaches, my teammates have seen me do. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got like I’ve done every day of my life for as long as I’ve been playing this sport.”

At 42, no one knows what Brady has left, but certain guys should not wear different jerseys, and sadly, Brady will end his great career in a different jersey.

Tom Brady says goodbye to Patriots

NFL free agency comes in and goes out very fast. Many of the big moves are made relatively quickly.

In a shocking but not surprising move, free-agent QB Tom Brady will not be returning to New England, he announced on Twitter today.

While the 42-year-old Brady did not say where he was going, Brady made it clear that he will not be playing for the Patriots in 2020.

Where the 20-year veteran goes will be interesting, but for now, we all wait and see. 

Read what Brady had to say below:

Patriots lead the way with four compensatory picks in 2020 NFL Draft

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2020 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced today.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.  No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year.  If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32).  This year, one club, the New York Giants, qualified for a compensatory selection under the net loss formula but will not receive that pick because the final numerical value of the CFA who was lost ranked 33rd among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections.  The New York Giants will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

The following 2020 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2020 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 23-25 in Las Vegas:​

Round

Round Choice/

Overall Selection

Team

3

33-97

Houston

3

34-98

New England

3

35-99

New York Giants

3

36-100

New England

3

37-101

Seattle

3

38-102

Pittsburgh

3

39-103

Philadelphia

3

40-104

Los Angeles Rams

3

41-105

Minnesota

3

42-106

Baltimore

4

33-139

Tampa Bay

4

34-140

Chicago

4

35-141

Miami

4

36-142

Washington

4

37-143

Baltimore

4

38-144

Seattle

4

39-145

Philadelphia

4

40-146

Philadelphia

5

33-178

Denver

5

34-179

Dallas

6

33-212

New England

6

34-213

New England

6

35-214

Seattle

7

33-247

New York Giants

7

34-248

Houston

7

35-249

Minnesota

7

36-250

Houston

7

37-251

Miami

7

38-252

Denver

7

39-253

Minnesota

7

40-254

Denver

7

41-255

New York Giants

The compensatory free agents lost and gained in 2019 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2020 Draft:

BALTIMORE

Lost:

Brown, John; Mosley, C.J.; Smith, Za’Darius; Suggs, Terrell

Gained:

Ingram, Mark; Thomas, Earl

CHICAGO

Lost:

Amos, Adrian; Bellamy, Josh; Callahan, Bryce; Kush, Eric

Gained:

Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha; Patterson, Cordarrelle; Skrine, Buster

DALLAS

Lost:

Beasley, Cole; Swaim, Geoff; Wilson, Damien

Gained:

Cobb, Randall; Covington, Christian

DENVER

Lost:

Barrett, Shaquil; Brock, Tramaine; Garcia, Max; Paradis, Matt; Roby, Bradley; Turner, Billy

Gained:

Callahan, Bryce; Jackson, Kareem; James, Ja’Wuan

HOUSTON

Lost:

Covington, Christian; Jackson, Kareem; Lamm, Kendall; Mathieu, Tyrann

Gained:

Roby, Bradley

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Lost:

Joyner, Lamarcus; Saffold, Rodger

Gained:

Matthews, Clay

MIAMI

Lost:

Bolden, Brandon; Gore, Frank; James, Ja’Wuan; Wake, Cameron

Gained:

Fitzpatrick, Ryan; Rowe, Eric

MINNESOTA

Lost:

Compton, Tom; Easton, Nick; Richardson, Sheldon; Siemian, Trevor

Gained:

Stephen, Shamar

NEW ENGLAND

Lost:

Brown, Malcom; Brown, Trenton; Flowers, Trey; Hogan, Chris; Patterson, Cordarrelle; Rowe, Eric; Waddle, LaAdrian

Gained:

Bolden, Brandon

NEW YORK GIANTS

Lost:

Brown, Jamon; Collins, Landon; Edwards, Mario; Mauro, Josh; Webb, B.W.; Wynn, Kerry

Gained:

Golden, Markus; Tate, Golden

PHILADELPHIA

Lost:

Foles, Nick; Hicks, Jordan; Tate, Golden

Gained:

PITTSBURGH

Lost:

Bell, Le’Veon; James, Jesse

Gained:

Nelson, Steven

SEATTLE

Lost:

Coleman, Justin; Hundley, Brett; Stephen, Shamar; Sweezy, J.R.; Thomas, Earl

Gained:

Iupati, Mike; Myers, Jason

TAMPA BAY

Lost:

Alexander, Kwon; Fitzpatrick, Ryan; Humphries, Adam; Taylor, Adarius

Gained:

Barrett, Shaquil; Perriman, Breshad; Pinion, Bradley

WASHINGTON

Lost:

Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha; Crowder, Jamison; Nsekhe, Ty; Smith, Preston

Gained:

Collins, Landon; Flowers, Ereck; Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique​


2020 NFL COMPENSATORY DRAFT PICKS

New England

4

Denver

3

Houston

3

Minnesota

3

New York Giants

3

Philadelphia

3

Seattle

3

Baltimore

2

Miami

2

Chicago

1

Dallas

1

Los Angeles Rams

1

Pittsburgh

1

Tampa Bay

1

Washington

1

TOTAL

32

Belichick, Saban, Flores, others react to the Giants hiring Joe Judge

On Wednesday, the Giants announced that they had hired former Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge.

The 38-year-old Judge will be introduced to the New York media at a press conference on Thursday.

Over the years, Judge has worked with such great coaches as Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, and on Wednesday, Belichick, Saban, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, and Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater gave their thoughts on Judge.

Here is what they had to say:

“Joe has done an outstanding job. He’s an excellent coach. He understands the game well, works extremely hard and is a very good teacher of fundamentals. Joe picks up concepts and coaching points quickly.  He is an exceptional leader and one of the best coaches I have been around. He has been responsible for coaching units comprised of nearly every player on the roster. That requires an ability to handle many moving parts, make constant adjustments and immediate decisions.  I appreciate Joe’s many contributions to our staff and team and wish him well.”

–Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots

“Joe did a fantastic job for our program early on in our tenure in Tuscaloosa. He went on to have a lot of success on Bill’s (Belichick) staff in New England. Joe is one of the brightest young coaches in our profession, and I think he will do a tremendous job as the head coach of the New York Giants. They are getting an extremely smart football coach who is very loyal, organized and diligent about getting the job done. We wish Joe and his entire family the best of luck with the Giants.”

–Nick Saban, Head Coach, University of Alabama

“It has been a real joy working with Joe over the past eight years. Joe’s commitment, work ethic and love for the game are incredible. His intelligence and knowledge of the game set him apart. We have shared many personal and professional mountaintop experiences together. I’m thankful for the time he coached me and know that without his contributions my personal NFL experience would not have been the same. I wish him nothing but the best moving forward. He will always have a fan in me.”

–Matthew Slater, Special Teamer, New England Patriots

“Joe is a coach I have a lot of respect for after working alongside him for seven seasons. He has great attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned in his preparation. His units were always well-coached and among the best in the league. I wish him success in New York.”

–Brian Flores, Head Coach, Miami Dolphins

“Joe and I worked together for three years when he was an assistant at Alabama.  He was high energy, had great attention to detail, and was always wanting to learn more about all aspects of the game.  He’s been recognized for a while as an up and coming coach and I think the Giants are a great fit for him and he’s a great fit for the Giants.”

–Kirby Smart, Head Coach, University of Georgia

Jones on playing Pats: ‘I think we’ll be prepared and confident going in’

As the Giants(2-3) prepare to travel to Foxboro to battle the world champion and undefeated New England Patriots(5-0) on Thursday night, they know that not many are giving them a chance, including Vegas, who has the Patriots as 16.5-point favorites.

While the Patriots are an excellent football team, Giants WR Golden Tate said the team wouldn’t be intimidated by New England.

“I don’t think we have a locker room full of fanboys,” Tate said on Monday. “I think we understand we’re all in the NFL; we’re going out there to do a job. We’ve all played in big games, I think, at some point, and it’s a big one because it’s the next one on our schedule, but I don’t think we need to put too much pressure on ourselves.

“I think we need to keep our emotions in check—I don’t think we want to get too high, we don’t want to get too low—just live in the moment, enjoy having the opportunity to go play in a very hostile environment against a great team, and go out there and shock the world. It’s as simple as that.”

Over the years, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been hard on rookie quarterbacks, and the Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones is a guy who has had a lot of success this season, but playing the vaunted Patriots’ defense won’t be easy for Jones.

“I think they’ve been a good defense for a long time,” Jones said. “I don’t know—probably rookies and all other quarterbacks—they’ve been a good defense, they can play well against anyone. I think like I said, we’re excited for the opportunity, we’re excited for the challenge, and I think we’ll be prepared and confident going in.”

New England has the number one ranked defense in football and is only allowing 6.8 points per game, which means that Jones could have a rough night.

The Giants probably won’t win on Thursday; however, this is the NFL, and on any given Sunday or in this case, Thursday, anything can happen. But, no matter what happens, these are the games that will help Jones’ development as a quarterback in the NFL.

Patriots win Super Bowl 53; Julian Edelman named SB MVP

It was not the prettiest of games, but in the end, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady get number six. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 to win Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta on Sunday night. With the victory, the Patriots(6) tie the Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in NFL history.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl LIII Most Valuable Player.

Edelman had 10 receptions for 141 yards and added an eight-yard rush. He is the seventh wide receiver to be named Super Bowl MVP and the first since Pittsburgh wide receiver SANTONIO HOLMES in Super Bowl XLIII.

Edelman has at least five receptions in 13 consecutive postseason games, the longest streak in playoff history. His 115 career postseason receptions rank second in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, who had 151 career catches in the playoffs, ranks first all-time.

The wide receivers to win Super Bowl MVP:

PLAYER

TEAM

SUPER BOWL

Lynn Swann

Pittsburgh

X

Fred Biletnikoff

Oakland

XI

Jerry Rice

San Francisco

XXIII

Deion Branch

New England

XXXIX

Hines Ward

Pittsburgh

XL

Santonio Holmes

Pittsburgh

XLIII

Julian Edelman

New England

LIII

*Desmond Howard was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXI as a return specialist

 

HOF Willie Roaf thinks the Chiefs could rout the Pats in AFC title game

The AFC title game is a matchup of old versus new. The old legend in Tom Brady against maybe a new legend in Patrick Mahomes. In the regular season, Brady and the Patriots outlasted Mahomes and the Chiefs 43-40 at Foxboro back in October. This time around Mahomes and the Chiefs will have home-field advantage as Kansas City battles the Patriots on Sunday(6:40 PMET) at Arrowhead with a chance to go to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.

Brady and Bill Belichick are arguably the greatest duos in NFL history, and history has shown us that it is hard to bet against this combination, but according to former Chiefs OT and Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, Kansas City will get it done on Sunday, and he is pretty confident about it.

‘This kid (Patrick) Mahomes is special, Roaf told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “For his first-year starting, he is doing some amazing things, so I’m looking forward to it, but it’s going to be a tall task for Tom Brady and those guys to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home. I would be surprised. It’s tough to play in Arrowhead.”

The Chiefs are 8-1 at home, including their blowout victory over the Colts last weekend in the divisional round; conversely, the Patriots have struggled away from Foxboro, and are 3-5 on the road.

You would think if the Patriots had any advantage it would be coaching as the Patriots have possibly the greatest coach of all-time in Bill Belichick, but according to Roaf, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who is 1-4 in championship games, will have a lot to prove, which Roaf believes will help the Chiefs on Sunday.

“I think Andy Reid has something to prove,” Roaf said. “I think he knows he has a special player in Mahomes, more special than (Donovan) McNabb was. And the ability this kid has and the maturity he is showing right now, I don’t think I’m too concerned. I just think they need to score points, play Chiefs’ football, control the clock, and I think the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl.”

Roaf is so confident in the Chiefs that he thinks it might be a rout.

“I think the game against the Patriots could be a blowout,” Roaf said.

Listen below as Roaf talks championship weekend in the NFL. Also, make sure to support Roaf’s “Frame Your Game” at frameyourgame.com.

 

Ex-Pat Bret Lockett on playing in New England: ‘I had a fantastic time’

No one likes to lose, and as we know, losing is not fun. However, even though the Patriots have won five Super Bowls, they are not having much fun, according to Eagles OT Lane Johnson.

Johnson told Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take the following:

“I’d much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls,” Johnson said.

Former Patriots DB Bret Lockett, who played with the team in 2009, disagrees. He enjoyed his time in New England:

“I had a fantastic time,” Lockett told the Go4it podcast. “The Patriots is by far one of the top organizations that I played for; I played for three of the 32 teams in the NFL. My brother played for the other two; the Bengals and Redskins. They’re just one of the top-notch organizations, and you see that from top down from Robert Kraft all the way down to how the team is managed, and obviously, how the team is coached with Bill(Belichick).

In the end, Lockett feels that winning makes everything fun:

“Listen, I always like to say one thing if you are not winning, it’s not fun,” Lockett said. “So, I don’t know too many losers that continue to have fun while playing, and don’t know too many people that are employed in the NFL that lose that are still playing. so I’ll just leave it at that.”

While I understand what Lane Johnson is saying, winning five Super Bowls has to be fun. Yes, it’s probably a lot of pressure, and Belichick can be a tough coach, but winning cures all.

I guess it all comes down preference!

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