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Blount: It's 'straight enemy mode' vs. Patriots until after Super Bowl

Blount: It's 'straight enemy mode' vs. Patriots until after Super Bowl

After last year’s Super Bowl, LeGarrette Blount pointed at Bill Belichick and declared to the Patriots head coach, “YOU are the greatest.”  The power back then found quarterback Tom Brady and said the same, only he added an unprintable adjective prior to greatest. It rhymes with trucking…

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Now on the other side as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Blount has a message for Belichick, Brady and anyone else who will listen.

"I play for the Eagles now," Blount said. "I don't play for the Patriots anymore. I don't watch the Patriots. I don't care about the Patriots. I just focus on what we need to do put us in the best position to win this game. I had a great time there last year, but, last year is last year."

Blount was often the centerpiece of a very close running back room that featured current Patriot holdovers Dion Lewis, James White and Brandon Bolden. He’s kept in touch with those players. He considers them friends. But that friendship just got trucked by the big fella, at least until after Super Bowl Sunday.

"Straight enemy mode," said Blount. "Ain't no friends. Ain't no homies. None of that. We know ... We know what we're going to do. They know what they're going to do. We both have the same goal in mind. There aren't any hard feelings, it just is what it is."

Blount would have loved to return and play another season with the Patriots, but Belichick had decided the offense was too predictable with him on the field. So as he went out and signed Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee, Blount had to seek other employment opportunities. 

The Eagles came a calling and it’s been a solid match, his power complimenting an explosive pass offense at first quarterbacked by Carson Wentz but now led by Nick Foles. Blount finished the year with 766 yards rushing and a pair of scores. He’s added another two touchdowns here in the postseason. The Pats hope to keep him out of the end zone two Sundays from now.

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

Julian Edelman is grinding.

The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.

Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.

"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."

Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

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Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.

In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.

James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.

“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”

James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.

But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.