Long on short week: 'I just trick my mind into thinking it's Thursday'


Long on short week: 'I just trick my mind into thinking it's Thursday'

FOXBORO -- Chris Long is starting out his week by lying to himself. To get prepared to play on a Thursday night, it's simply part of the process. 

"I start by pretending this is not Monday," Long said. "This is effectively . . . What the hell day is it? Thursday? It's like a Thursday. I just trick my mind into thinking it's Thursday right now, and we are playing a Sunday night game. Wake up tomorrow and it'll be Friday."

Long and the Patriots have about three days to get themselves ready for Houston. The mental challenges are clear: There's a lot of studying to do and very little time. The physical demands can be just as taxing if not more so.

Long, who turned 31 in March, appeared to be as healthy as anyone on the Patriots defense in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Dolphins. He finished the game as the team's most productive pass-rusher, registering six total pressures, including four hits and one tackle for a loss. He also batted a pass at the line of scrimmage, recovered a fumble, and two of his hits led to pass attempts that were intercepted. 

He explained that this week will be a little bit different than most others when it comes to recovery. The process won't change, but the volume will.  

"[You do] the same things you do every week but just more of it," he said. "I think sleep is always important. Hydration. All that stuff. There's no magic potion. You just gotta do what you do every week, and just do that some more. That's how you get ready for a short week."

Though he was still clearly in the process of fooling his mind into thinking it was a different day on the calendar, Long said that the physical aspect of things won't be as difficult. 

"I can trick my body," he said with a smile. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.