Belichick on Matt Ryan: 'There’s really no weaknesses to his game'

Belichick on Matt Ryan: 'There’s really no weaknesses to his game'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick provided a rare glimpse into the Patriots’ draft history Thursday, revealing a deep secret in regard to the 2008 NFL Draft. 

The Patriots, it turns out, did not plan on drafting Matt Ryan. They had a guy on the roster who had just thrown 50 touchdown passes. 

That was Belichick’s rationale for not providing his impressions of Ryan as a Boston College quarterback, and he added that rarely facing him at the NFL level (twice) has left the Patriots with less first-hand familiarity with the Atlanta quarterback. 

“That wasn’t a player that we were going to take, so he wasn’t really a factor to us [in college],” Belichick said.

Yet Belichick, who was rather cordial Thursday at Gillette Stadium, couldn’t completely play dumb when it came to Ryan. The New England coach went was effusive in his praise for the MVP favorite. 

“He’s had a great career,” Belichick said. “He does everything well. He handles the line of scrimmage well, gets the team in the right plays, plays good in critical situations, deep ball, intermediate throws, possession passes, red passes; he’s athletic, he can get out of some trouble. There’s really no weaknesses to his game. 

“He’s a team player, he does the right thing for the team, puts his team in a position to win. There’s not much to not like about him.”

Ryan finished second in the NFL with 38 touchdowns in the regular season, throwing only seven interceptions in the process. This postseason, he’s thrown seven touchdowns and no picks in two games, averaging 365 passing yards a game. 

Now for some fun with playing with quotes: The Patriots actually did have the seventh overall pick in that draft, so perhaps the Falcons can take a page out of the Patriots’ book and conjure up a slight over a team with a top-10 pick ruling out their guy. #BulletinBoardMaterial 

Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

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Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

According to The Costa Rica Star, airport police at Juan Santamaria International Airport found two ounces of marijuana inside an iced-tea can alongside several different types of THC based paraphernalia within Duron Harmon's suitcase.

Tonight he issued an apology to the Kraft family, Patriots, and his own family.

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Harmon traveled into the country from Fort Lauderdale and was sent back after being briefly detained.

The Patriots organization acknowledged the arrest, “We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” a Patriots spokesman said in a statement to multiple media outlets. “He has since returned to the U.S., and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”


Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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