McGinest to Washington: The Patriots will get you to push yourself


McGinest to Washington: The Patriots will get you to push yourself

At a recent Nike camp in Houston, new Patriots receiver Nate Washington bumped into Patriots Hall of Famer Willie McGinest and got an idea of what will be expected of him in New England. 

"The number one thing that he just told me is, 'It’s going to be good for you because they are going to pay attention to the detail and they’re going to get you in the aspect of making sure that you’re pushing yourself every single day,' " Washington told reporters on Tuesday. "Those guys in that locker-room, they work hard every single day and don’t take a day off. And those coaches, they work hard every single day and don’t take a day or a minute off.

"To be in that type of atmosphere gave me some type of understanding especially not only I’m at this point of my career but in this point of my life to what I needed. I needed a bunch of guys that were going to make me better. Although I’m 32 and although this is my 12th year in the league I do feel that I can get better physically and mentally and I needed to be around a core of guys that can push me to that point."

Washington and McGinest never played together in the NFL, but Washington never forgot an encounter they had years ago. As a young player Washington introduced himself to McGinest, and to his surprise the three-time Super Bowl champion already knew who Washington was. Ever since they've maintained a mutual respect for one another. 

Knowing what McGinest was able to accomplish in New England, Washington was excited to get started on his own Patriots chapter.

"I think that the relationship would just really be a mutual respect for each other," Washington said. "I think he’s a tremendous guy that put in a lot of work in his career. How could I as a younger guy not want to be or follow in those footsteps?"

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.