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Titans' Byard says, I want to make Brady 'look like Bortles'

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Titans' Byard says, I want to make Brady 'look like Bortles'

In saying he's not intimidated by facing Tom Brady, Titans All-Pro safety Kevin Byard ripped another playoff quarterback.

“It’s a playoff game, so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin,'" Byard told the Tennessean.com. “This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana. You know what I’m saying? I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks."

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It's a safe bet Brady won't have fewer passing yards than rushing yards, as Bortles did (87 yards to 86), in getting the Jacksonville Jaguars and their struggling offense past the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card game Sunday. 

Byard led the NFL with eight interceptions this season and picked off Bortles twice in the Titans’ 15-10 victory over their AFC South rivals in the regular-season finale that clinched Tennessee's first playoff berth in nine years.

Bortles threw 13 picks this season, Brady eight, including six in his past six games. 

Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan was quick to play the disrespect card for Tennessee, a 13 1/2-point underdog to the Pats.

“You see the noise and you see the disrespect from the media, from y’all, but it comes with the territory,” Morgan told the Tennessean.com “We haven’t been a very successful team in the last 10 years. It’s easy for people to overlook us. So we’ve got to take care of business and start winning games like this to get the respect that we desire.”

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbed'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbed'

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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