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Bill Belichick unfazed by Jalen Ramsey's trash talk: "We'll be ready to go."

Bill Belichick unfazed by Jalen Ramsey's trash talk: "We'll be ready to go."

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick, you may have heard, isn't the biggest proponent of social media. But that doesn't mean he doesn't hear about it when someone badmouths his team. 

Jalen Ramsey put himself in the crosshairs of multiple franchises before the season when he rated quarterbacks and big-name pass-catchers, many of whom didn't impress him.

Belichick was asked if he had to do anything this week to make sure that his players don't engage in a back-and-forth with the big-mouthed, big-time corner or his Jaguars teammates.

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"We know when the game starts," Belichick said. "We'll be ready to go. I'm sure they will too. We'll see what happens. 

"Right now we're focused on our preparation for the game. Got a lot of respect for coach [Doug] Marrone, their coaching staff, their players, their team. Hopefully we'll be ready to go."

Ramsey spoke to GQ and ESPN's Mina Kimes ahead of the start of the regular season and made some eyebrow-raising remarks about a couple of current and former Patriots players, including Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady.

"I don't think Gronk's good," Ramsey said.
He added: "Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he's had a very bad game -- and that corner has had a very good game."

On Tom Brady, Ramsey told GQ that the 41-year-old doesn't suck. 

The Jaguars like to stick Ramsey across from an opposing team's top receiver, typically, Belichick said during his Wednesday press conference. Would Marrone stick Ramsey on Gronkowski this weekend? 

Perhaps, but that might open the Jaguars to a mismatch in the run game should Brady notice that strength-and-size disparity. The Jaguars could sick Ramsey on Gronkowski in obvious passing situations, but in last year's AFC title game, he saw mostly safeties and linebackers until he left the game with a concussion. Ramsey saw a good deal of Chris Hogan (targeted three times on Hogan) and some Brandin Cooks (once).

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Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam newton

Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam newton

Chris Hogan wasn't with the Patriots for long, but in three seasons with the franchise, he experienced about as much as you possibly could for that short a time frame. He played in three consecutive Super Bowls and won two while catching passes from the legendary Tom Brady. 

Hogan signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason after he said the Patriots moved on from him, though there are no hard feelings. Now he's working with the talented but inconsistent Cam Newton in Carolina, and has already noticed a key similarity between his new quarterback and Brady, as he told ESPN's David Newton

That competitive nature, it’s there. When it comes time to strap on the pads and play football, their focus is on one goal and that’s winning football games.

Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.

Newton won the MVP in 2016 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, but lost to Von Miller and that brutal Broncos defense that featured Malik Jackson, Chris Harris Jr. and DeMarcus Ware just to name a few key contributors.

You have to wonder what would have happened if the Patriots hadn't lost to Denver in that year's AFC Championship game. Super Bowl 50 is the only Super Bowl the Patriots haven't participated in over the last five years. 

Hogan had enough time with Brady to notice what made him great, so if he sees that same competitive fire in Newton, then that has to be a good sign for Panthers fans. We already know Newton has the ability to turn a conference on its head, so there's a possibility we see him and Brady square off in February this coming season You never know. 

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WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

It's Fathers Day, and for most of us who love sports, we've mostly developed that interest through our dad's, and Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is no different. 

NFL Films posted a great special on Edelman and his dad Frank and the journey they each went on for the former Kent State quarterback to become the second leading receiver in NFL Playoff history and a three-time Super Bowl champion. 

"I discovered football through my father," Julian said. "My brother played, he was seven years older than me, and my father was coaching him, so I was the kid in diapers running around the practice field and I’ve had a love for it ever since."

The video shows some of Edelman's highlights as a youth football star, donning No. 21 because he thought he was Deion Sanders. However, his opportunities were limited throughout his amateur career due to his size. 

"The thing about Jules is he was really little," Frank said. "He used to come in my room crying in the middle of the night saying, ‘Daddy when am I gonna grow, when am I gonna grow.’ And I said son, don’t worry. 

"He’s fearless, and always had a chip on his shoulder."

As a three-year starting quarterback at Kent State, Edelman threw for 4,997 yards, 30 touchdowns and 31 interceptions to go along with 2,483 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. The only interest he drew as a quarterback was in the Canadien Football League, while the Patriots drafted him in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft to be a receiver. 

"I said, ‘Jules you just got picked up by British Columbia,’ and he goes, ‘I ain’t going I’m gonna be a receiver in the NFL," Frank said. 

Edelman only caught one pass for 11 yards in college, so he and his dad worked seven days a week for Edelman to get up to speed on being a successful receiver. His dad's coaching style was similar enough to Edelman's new coach that he called his dad, "Baby Belichick."

From catching punts with one eye covered and a hand behind his back to using running routes on tennis courts, Edelman's methods seemed to work for him. 

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