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Matt Cassel details how the Patriots trolled Rex Ryan for his foot fetish

Matt Cassel details how the Patriots trolled Rex Ryan for his foot fetish

Matt Cassel seemingly has a great story from his time with the Patriots every week. 

Before the Patriots dominated the Dolphins 43-0 in Week 2, Cassel talked about the team's decision in 2007 to change their mind on resting starters and go for a perfect season. Ahead of New England's showdown with their division rival New York Jets, Cassel shared another gem about former head coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish. 

During Ryan's time leading the Jets, he made headlines feuding with the Patriots and backed it up in 2010 when New York took down New England in the Divisional round. Another story that helped define Ryan's tenure in New York was his apparent foot fetish. 

As Cassel detailed on NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Pregame Live, Wes Welker saw an opening to make fun of Ryan before a regular-season matchup and he took it. The former Patriots wide receiver made just about every foot reference he could when answering questions at a press conference. 

According to Cassel, Welker conspired with former linebacker/special teams ace Larry Izzo to poke fun at Ryan. 

"You have to give a lot of credit to Larry Izzo," Cassel said. "Those two conspired on this thing and Larry was feeding (Welker) lines, and it was just beautiful stuff."

After the Jets fired Ryan, he spent less than two seasons as the head coach in Buffalo. He hasn't made a return to coaching, but if he does the trolling is sure to come back. 

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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