Patriots say the presidential election doesn't factor into locker room talk

Patriots say the presidential election doesn't factor into locker room talk

FOXBORO -- Matthew Slater is as good a gauge as any when reporters are looking to take the temperature of the Patriots locker room on a particular topic. The Pro Bowler and captain was recently selected to serve yet again as the team's union representative, and he is comfortable expounding on big-picture issues facing the team. 

On Tuesday, Election Day, the topic was politics. And while Slater is often willing to entertain reporters on most subjects, that was one he didn't really want to touch.

"I’m going to refrain from commenting on any political matters at this time," he said.

That was almost the universal sentiment for Patriots players asked for their thoughts on the election and whether or not the locker room was a place to have political discussions with teammates or coaches. Many said it wasn't.

"The locker room, I don’t think is a huge place for guys really to talk politics," receiver Chris Hogan said. "There’s always a couple of guys that will be in here butting heads or something like that, but . . ."

"I’m going to keep the political stuff out of these questions right now," defensive end Rob Ninkovich said.

Ninkovich's locker mate Chris Long went said that he didn't discuss politics with teammates -- though he was mentioned as a sounding board for teammate Devin McCourty when McCourty and Martellus Bennett raised their fists after the playing of the national anthem before the season-opener -- and went so far as to say that he had chosen not to vote.

"I’m not voting," he said, "but, really, that’s not a conversation I want to go down."

Slater did at least acknowledge that he'll be at the polls at some point on Tuesday.

"Not yet. We'll get out tonight, though. After practice," he said. "My mom, my wife. I got the text today to make sure to vote. I think too many people, especially as an African American in America, too many people have had to sacrifice and die for me to have the right to vote so I'm definitely going to exercise that."

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. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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