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


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 “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."


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 “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.”



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.