Tom Brady: Von Miller looks like Lawrence Taylor out on the field

Tom Brady: Von Miller looks like Lawrence Taylor out on the field

FOXBORO -- After 17 years with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady has very likely heard more than his fair share of Lawrence Taylor stories.

Brady's seen plenty of Taylor, too, and when he watches Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller on tape, he sees some qualities of Taylor's game. 

"I never played against Lawrence Taylor," Brady said, "but I watched a lot of Lawrence Taylor, and they’ve got the same number, or two digits from one another, but they look like they can go kill the quarterback, so he’s done a great job of that."

Brady would know. In two games against Denver last season -- including a Patriots loss in the AFC title game -- Miller recorded four sacks, three hits and six quarterback hurries.

His play at the end of the conference championship helped push the Broncos into Super Bowl 50, where he was named MVP two weeks later.

"I think he’s pretty great every single play, every game," Brady said. "I think he’s actually gotten better in all phases of the game, not just as a rusher but dropping into coverage, covering guys, playing the run. He’s a phenomenal player."

This season Miller's recorded 13.5 sacks, he's forced two fumbles and he's broken up three passes. Combined with DeMarcus Ware and Shane Ray, Miller helps make Denver's pass-rush among the most formidable in the NFL.

"I mean, if it’s just one outside guy that’s one thing. When you’ve got to deal with two, it’s hard to get help in both places," said Belichick. "You can help there but then you have no passing game and you run out of guys to throw it to . . . They have a well-balanced rush, although Ray and Miller have I think probably over half the sacks, probably over half the pressures, but again, it’s hard to get both guys, again, unless you don’t send anybody out, which you could do that. But there’s a consequence to doing that."

One advantage the Patriots will have this weekend versus the last time they were in Denver is that left tackle Nate Solder is healthy and available. He missed both games at Mile High last year due to a biceps injury that ended his season, but he'll be back on the field, where he'll see plenty of Miller -- an old foe.

Solder has matched up with Miller five times over the course of their careers, but that's not the full extent of their shared history. They matched up in college once, with Solder's Colorado squad edging Texas A&M, 35-34. They met again at the Senior Bowl, and then they shared an agent leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft where they were both first-round picks.

Might that familiarity help Solder on Sunday?

"I’m sure there’s something to that," Belichick said. "I mean, I don’t think there are any linemen in the league that are sitting there saying ‘Oh, good. We’ve got Von Miller this week. This will be a little breather this week.’ I mean, nobody’s saying that."

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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