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Malcolm Butler had a good wisecrack about Patriots Super Bowl benching

Malcolm Butler had a good wisecrack about Patriots Super Bowl benching

Time heals all wounds, and it looks like Malcolm Butler is to the point where he can joke about his final game with the New England Patriots.

Following a joint practice session with his old team Thursday, the Tennessee Titans cornerback was asked for the umpteenth time about being benched during the Patriots' Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

But this time, Butler took a humorous approach with his answer.

"I have no regrets at all," Butler told reporters, via WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable. "I graded out at 99 percent, one punt return rep. It was great."

Butler indeed was on the field for exactly one Super Bowl LII snap, a Patriots punt return. There are plenty of theories as to why he didn't play more, and that speculation will continue until New England head coach Bill Belichick offers a full explanation that likely will never come.

When asked if Belichick had given him any answers, Butler replied:

"Where the Hoodie at? You have to go ask him. It’s the past and I am past that."

We detect some sarcasm in these comments, but Butler insisted he harbors no ill will toward a Patriots team that helped launch his NFL career, which is entering its sixth season.

"I enjoyed my time there and everything happens for a reason," he added. "I am happy I am still in the NFL. I have a great relationship with those guys. It’s all good."

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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