Players name Brady No. 2 in Top 100 behind Newton


Players name Brady No. 2 in Top 100 behind Newton

When the NFL Network polls players for their Top 100 list, every year there are more than a few head-scratchers. Ravens receiver Steve Smith openly ridiculed this year's voting, and in certain instances, he has a point. 

But when it came time to unveil the top two players in the NFL for this year's rankings, it seems as though the players got it right. Cam Newton, the near-unanimous MVP of the league in 2015, was given the No. 1 spot, while Tom Brady took home second place. 

Brady -- who was on pace for a career year before the Patriots lost multiple offensive starters to injury -- received one MVP vote this year to Newton's 48. Carson Palmer, who didn't make the NFL Network's top 10, also pulled down an MVP vote for his performance in 2015. 

The Patriots and Panthers were the only two clubs with two players in the top 10. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski landed at No. 9, and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly landed at No. 7. Others in the top 10 included Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 10), Falcons receiver Julio Jones (No. 8), Packers quarterbackk Aaron Rodgers (No. 6), Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (No. 5), Steelers wideout Antonio Brown (No. 4) and Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt (No. 3). 

Both Brady and Gronkowski inched one position closer to the top of the list this year. Brady was named the league's No. 3 player last year. Gronkowski checked in at No. 10 after putting together a First-Team All-Pro campaign in 2014. 

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.