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Marquis Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Lane Johnson

Marquis Flowers jabs back at Eagles' Lane Johnson

Marquis Flowers had a lot to say on Twitter on Monday. The Patriots linebacker, who chalked up his busy day of tweeting to offseason boredom, took aim at Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, who called the Patriots a "fear-based organization."

Flowers knocked the Eagles' Super Bowl resume, which includes just one win. New England has five championship titles -- all of which have come under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. But Johnson reasoned that he'd rather have one Super Bowl with the Eagles than five under Belichick.

"Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They've won for a long time," Johnson told Barstool Sports on the podcast, "Pardon My Take." "Do I think people enjoy and can say, 'I had a lot of fun playing there'? No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth. They're successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like [expletive] robots. Hey, stop being a [expletive] head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it. Not to be reckless, but I'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is."

That wasn't Flowers' only defense of Belichick on Twitter Monday. He backed his coach after seeing the Boston Sports Journal's critical analysis of Belichick's game plan for Super Bowl LII. The story was titled, "Bedard’s Defensive Breakdown: Marquis Flowers’ role among bigger failures than Butler issue." BSJ's Greg Bedard noted how Flowers seemed to be used in all the wrong ways on Super Bowl Sunday. Flowers didn't see it that way.

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst, also took exception to Johnson's criticism of "The Patriot Way." 

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Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.

Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."

Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:

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Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.

Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.

Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."

The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.

No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England. 

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