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Dion Lewis: Trash talk at Patriots last season 'all fun and games'

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Dion Lewis: Trash talk at Patriots last season 'all fun and games'

Dion Lewis couldn't resist taking a shot at his former team after his Tennessee Titans dominated the New England Patriots in a 34-10 win last season.

The former Patriots running back said “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your ass kicked,” after the Titans' impressive Week 10 victory.

Lewis was reunited with many of his old teammates Wednesday when the Titans hosted the Patriots for a joint practice ahead of Saturday night's preseason game. Did any of Lewis' former teammates bring up his harsh comments about the Patriots from last season?

“Naw, man. They know it’s all fun and games,” Lewis told reporters, via NFL Network's Mike Giardi, after Wednesday's practice. “Just competitive. Guys are out here talking trash today. That’s what you do when you go against somebody, you talk trash, you compete and you just try to get better. That’s just what it is when you’re on the field, you’ve gotta have that mind-set. Just having fun.”

Does Lewis still carry a chip on his shoulder from the Patriots not re-signing him after the 2017 season?

“That’s old news, man,” Lewis insisted. “I’m just happy I’m here. Trying to get better going against the Super Bowl-winning team. The only thing we do is come out here every day and try to get better -- just blessed to have the opportunity to go against those guys in practice. It definitely will help us moving into the season”

Lewis tallied 917 total yards and two touchdowns for the Titans last season. He failed to find the end zone in each of the last eight games as the Titans missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The Titans aren't expected to make the playoffs this season, either, but at least Lewis got his money in free agency.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon is settled in and feeling more comfortable than ever in his second year in New England.

It hasn't been the easiest road for the Patriots wide receiver, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns 12 months ago. Gordon played in 11 games with the Patriots last season before being suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance-abuse policy.

But the 28-year-old has received immense support from his Patriots family through it all, and for that he's appreciative.

“It feels like I am back home," Gordon told reporters on Thursday. "It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do."

Gordon was reinstated on Aug. 16 and immediately made his presence felt in the season opener vs. the Steelers, notching three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks, he's feeling far more confident with his role in the Patriots' offense.

“Last year was kind of on the fly," Gordon said. "I got traded in the season and had to pick it up as I was going along and with the injury at the same time. It was a lot to take on. This year, I have more familiarity with it, got extra time in the offseason to study what I already knew and when I got in here I was able to pick it up where I left off and even better I would say.

"It is pretty smooth right now.”

So far, so good this season for Gordon as he looks ahead to Sunday's AFC East matchup against the New York Jets.

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