Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will end the longest player holdout of the year today, according to multiple national reports.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup.
"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."
As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.
WHO!??? 😂😂😂— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) January 18, 2018
What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk.
"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that (expletive)."
Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players.
"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."
"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."
FOXBORO - Who knows if Tom Brady’s injured right hand is cause for concern? The quarterback reportedly injured himself on a botched handoff at practice Wednesday and was got X-rays to determine if there was a break. A source close to Brady said the 40-year old “should be ok,” but that’s hardly definitive.
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This morning, the news was presented to Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. He’s no dummy.
“I’m sure he could probably throw left-handed if he has a problem with his right hand and throw just as well,” he said. Marrone's Jags face the Patriots Sunday in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.
Brady has missed a fair share of practices this year and been limited for a number of others. That hasn’t prevented the Pats QB from being the odds-on-favorite to win the NFL’s MVP. Patriot players didn’t notice difference yesterday, and if they did, they sure as heck weren’t sharing.
“He looked good, like he always does,” said Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Eric Rowe added, “Shoot, I don’t know. He looked like Tom. He was doing the same stuff he always does.”
Brady is coming off a 35-of-53 for 337 yards and three-touchdown performance in the Divisional Round playoff game vs. Tennessee.