Dorsett on working with Brady: 'It's been great . . . He's Tom Brady'


Dorsett on working with Brady: 'It's been great . . . He's Tom Brady'

FOXBORO -- Phillip Dorsett has had a pretty charmed career thus far in terms of the quarterbacks he's worked with. For his first two seasons, he caught passes from Andrew Luck. For the last three days, since being traded by the Colts to the Patriots, he's been working with Tom Brady. 

Asked for what it's been like sharing a field with a future Hall-of-Famer and five-time champion, Dorsett replied quickly. 

"It's been great, obviously," he said. "He's Tom Brady."

Dorsett will have to try to work with Brady as closely as he can in order to get on the same page with the 40-year-old. The list of new receivers who haven't worked out in New England is long, and though Dorsett is talented enough to have been selected in the first round in 2015, he doesn't want to wilt in a new system with a demanding quarterback.

How does he prevent that from happening? Work. It will require study, he knows, but there's no substitute for on-the-field interaction. This offseason, Brandin Cooks could be spotted chatting with Brady at every opportunity, just to make sure he's on the same page with his new quarterback. Chris Hogan, who has been in the system for over a year now, spent an extra 45 minutes on the field working with Brady following the team's first practice after Julian Edelman's injury. 

Those are the kinds of things Dorsett will try to do as he takes on a crash course in Patriots football. 

"I'm just learning now," Dorsett said. "I'll learn a lot more. I'm getting reps in there now. The more I learn, the more reps I'll get."

As it currently stands, Dorsett looks like the fifth receiver on the Patriots depth chart behind Cooks, Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell has been limited in practice lately due to a knee injury, though, so perhaps the speedy Dorsett sees time as the team's No. 4.

When it comes to returning punts, Dorsett said he would be happy to perform in that role if asked, but it sounded as though that's not something he has been asked to do just yet. Even if he doesn't factor into the mix as a returner, the Patriots have a handful of options in Hogan, Amendola and Patrick Chung.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.