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McGinest wants to retire a Patriot

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McGinest wants to retire a Patriot

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
In his first training camp in New England, Bill Belichick used the names "Willie McGinest" and "Lawrence Taylor" in the same sentence. For McGinest, the fourth overall pick in the 1994 draft, it was another bouquet that turned into a millstone. During the first portion of his Patriots career, McGinest was viewed as somewhat lacking. He put up 19.5 sacks in 1995 and '96 combined and made the Pro Bowl, but once Bill Parcells left, injuries cropped up under Pete Carroll. McGinest played 20 games in 1997 and 1998 when he was entering what should have been the height of his athletic powers.A five-year, 25 million deal signed during his injury-phase didn't help. But by the time 2001 rolled around and McGinest was under Belichick's hand, the strengths unique to McGinest began to emerge. A beast against the run and a threat combining power and speed as a pass-rusher. A terrific leader by word and example. Smart, smart, smart. The arc of McGinest's career parallels that of Celtics captain Paul Pierce. And by the time his Patriots tenure ended and he followed Romeo Crennel to the Browns in 2006 at the age of 35, he was widely appreciated and respected here. On Friday, McGinest joked that he hoped to be offered a contract after running through a workout with the Detroit Lions as part of his work as an analyst for NFL Network. After realizing his comment was taken seriously, McGinest sent a statement to Pro Football Talk letting them know he was done. At the end of the statement, McGinest added, "The only thing that will bring me back is a one-day contract with New England to retire as a Patriot."It doesn't seem that outlandish a request. We'll see if it happens.

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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.

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."

Jags coach jokes: Brady could 'probably throw left-handed'

Jags coach jokes: Brady could 'probably throw left-handed'

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. 

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