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Ochocinco seems to be feeling heat

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Ochocinco seems to be feeling heat

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- The Patriots' locker room can be a desolate place during the media access period even when things are going well.
When things go badly, players tend to turtle even more. So when Chad Ochocinco strode into an otherwise empty locker room Monday afternoon, it seemed agood time to get a State of the Ocho address. He'd been ducking interviews for going on two weeks, ever since he was torn a new one by Tedy Bruschi over an innocuous tweet. Ocho had courteously explained he needed to get his playbook down before he held court. The media respectedthateven though players are contractually obligated to make themselves available at least once a week. After all, Ochocinco seems to bea good enough guy and he's promised that when he gets going he'll give us all we need. Give him a break, right?But after Sunday's loss in which his inability to make plays figured prominently, questions needed answering. He did so halfheartedly. On Monday, as he leaned into his locker with about 30 media members creeping closer, I asked if he had time for an interview. "Are you going to ask me every day," he asked. "Just doing my job like you're doing yours," I answered. "Great sarcasm," Ocho answered. I told him I didn't mean it the way he took it. "Great sarcasm," he repeated. He escaped to the equipment room, returned and turned down the group. Whether it's Bruschi, ESPN or any of the local entities, criticism of Ochocinco's performance here has clearly made its way to his ears. And now he's hearing it even in normal exchanges where it isn't intended. Heaven never felt so cold.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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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