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Ndamukong Suh actually said Rams "eliminated" Julian Edelman in Super Bowl

Ndamukong Suh actually said Rams "eliminated" Julian Edelman in Super Bowl

Congratulations to Julian Edelman, who became the first Super Bowl MVP to also be neutralized by the opposing defense.

If you're scratching your head, wait until you hear what Los Angeles Rams defensive end Ndamukong Suh had to say about Edelman following the New England Patriots' 13-3 victory in Super Bowl LIII, via WEEI.com.

He's an elite player, plays hard, found some holes in our defense in the first half and pretty much the third quarter.

In my opinion, just thinking back, we eliminated him, even though he got yardages. We just have to not allow points to get on the board and give our offense more opportunities to score.

Yes, Suh actually believes the Rams' defense eliminated Edelman. The guy who torched them for 10 catches and 141 receiving yards -- 53.8 percent of New England's total yards through the air -- en route to winning Super Bowl MVP.

We'll humor Suh's point: L.A. did keep Edelman out of the end zone by limiting him to mostly short receptions in the middle of the field. And the Rams' defense arguably held its end of the bargain Sunday in Atlanta by holding the Patriots to 13 points, the fewest ever by a winning team in the Super Bowl.

But Edelman also accounted for three of New England's six longest plays -- one 27-yard reception and two 25-yard receptions -- and in the flow of a low-scoring game was the most dominant offensive player on the field.

To Suh's credit, he was well aware the Rams' defense could have done more to keep the Patriots out of the end zone in the second half.

We didn't do enough. We had opportunities to get off the field and we didn't get off the field. Simple as that. We had to hold them to field goals, that's what we talked about. This time, this go around, we didn't do that late and it's unfortunate.

But Suh's use of the word "eliminated" to describe one of the best Super Bowl performances ever by a wide receiver is quite liberal.

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Multiple Patriots testifying at Mass. State House on education inequality

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Multiple Patriots testifying at Mass. State House on education inequality

Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Matthew Slater, and Duron Harmon testified before Massachusetts lawmakers Friday to raise awareness about inequality in education.

The New England Patriots players, who are all members of the Players Coalition—an advocacy group of NFL players -- testified in support of the Massachusetts Education PROMISE Act.

Lawmakers gave a round of applause for the four Patriots as they entered the room, which can be seen in this video from ESPN's Mike Reiss:

If passed, the bill would raise education spending in Massachusetts by more than one billion dollars per year "by increasing funding for school employee health care costs and special education services, as well as the base rate of funding districts get for low-income students and English language learners," according to Boston.com.

The goal of that increased funding would be to reduce the "wide disparities between rich and poor communities" in the state's education system.

This type of cause fits into the mission of the Players Coalition. Further, the McCourtys, as well as Slater and Duron Harmon, have been outspoken members of the Patriots during their tenure, and have consistently been involved with these types of efforts off the field.

In 2017, Matthew Slater received the Bart Starr Award, one of the NFL's most prestigious honors, which is given annually to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field.

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Alabama TE Irvin Smith Jr. posts photo with Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

Alabama TE Irvin Smith Jr. posts photo with Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

Alabama tight end Irvin Smith Jr. tweeted out a photo of him shaking hands with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was standing alongside Alabama coach Nick Saban, at the school's pro day.

Alabama has gone to some lengths to emphasize Belichick's presence at Alabama's pro day, with a number of tweets showing the two talking.

But this photo is different.

First, Irvin Smith Jr. tweeted the photo, but as he is photographed in it, obviously was not the one who took it.

Second, with Dwayne Allen's departure, and Gronk's status and durability a question mark, the Patriots have a need at the position. Our Phil Perry has the Patriots drafting Smith in the second round of the draft, at No. 41, so speculation on the Alabama TE is not unfounded.

Or the meeting could just be one of many between Belichick and players that he observes at various pro-days. 

Regardless, we will find out in a little over a month with the 2019 NFL draft kicks off, whether or not the Patriots are in on Smith.

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