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The Michael Holley Podcast with Richard Seymour

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The Michael Holley Podcast with Richard Seymour

Patriots great Richard Seymour sits down with Michael Holley on the eve of whether he finds out if he has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Seymour talks about how he’s feeling before learning his fate, (2:30) the first time he met Bill Belichick, (3:40) how more Patriots should be in the Hall of Fame, despite not having eye-popping stats and how Belichick wrote a letter to the Hall on his behalf. 

Also . . . 

(5:45) Why the Super Bowl against Carolina stands out as the most physical game he’s ever played in

(8:30) Whether he considers himself a Patriot or a Raider

(9:20) Did he think Tom Brady, who he started out with, would be still playing today?

(10:20) Seymour talks about playing competitively in poker and his family life nowadays

(12:25) How he sees Super Bowl 53 playing out

(14:05) If he is elected to the Hall of Fame, who would he have introduce him

The Michael Holley Podcast is presented by Night Shift Brewing

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Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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