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Patriots running back Rex Burkhead has added yoga and pilates to his regimen

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Patriots running back Rex Burkhead has added yoga and pilates to his regimen

Pliability sure is a hot commodity in Foxborough these days.

Apparently, New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead has added "yoga and pilates" to his offseason regimen, citing "flexibiity" as the reason:

While almost all NFL players engage in extensive training and conditioning, pliability is heavily emphasized in New England, and for good reason.

By now it's no secret that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady espouses being flexible, and his controversial trainer, Alex Gurrero, helps him to remain in shape at his old(er) age.

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Brady will be 42 by the time the 2019 season kicks off.

Burkhead on the other hand will only be 29.

Brady, who is basically a living marvel at this point, having just won the Super Bowl at age 41, and showing few, if any, signs of slowing down at his age, may well be influencing his teammates to adopt some of his habits.

Yoga, pilates, and trying to remain lithe, certainly fall under this category.

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Bill Belichick talks relationship with media, when reporters 'cross the line'

Bill Belichick talks relationship with media, when reporters 'cross the line'

It's hard enough to get Bill Belichick to talk to the media, much less talk about them.

But the New England Patriots head coach pulled back the curtain Wednesday for a special occasion.

Belichick joined Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens and Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" for a rare "coach's roundtable" as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon.

At one point, each coach was asked how they approach the media. As expected, Belichick gave the most brief answer, but his response was still interesting.

"Things are a lot different than they were at a different point in time. It is what it is," Belichick said, via WEEI.com. " ... Everybody is trying to do the best they can. I think there are times when -- I think when it gets personal, I think that is crossing the line.

"You can think whatever you want about my coaching — good, bad, I have heard all of it. That is your opinion and I have no problem with that. I think when it gets personal with players and other people within the organization, I don’t think that is where it belongs, but I don’t have any control over that. Whatever it is, it is. I just try and do the best I can for our football team."

Belichick's answer checks out, as trying to get him to talk in specifics about his players -- especially when injuries are involved -- is like pulling teeth. Just look at his comments from earlier this week about reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon, which included a pair of snarky remarks and a loud snort.

The Patriots coach wasn't alone in his opinion, though. Stevens, who's as polite as they come while dealing with reporters, admitted he gets irked when he feels his players are being unfairly criticized in the media.

Belichick certainly sets the bar in Boston when it comes to keeping the media at arm's length. But at least he's willing to admit where he draws his battle lines.

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Breakfast Pod: Could this really be Tom Brady's last season in New England?

Breakfast Pod: Could this really be Tom Brady's last season in New England?

Tom Brady's future, Dave Dombrowski's future, and the Patriots immediate future after tonight's third preseason game. We discuss them all here.

1:06 - DJ Bean, Michael Holley and Abby Chin get into a heated debate about Dave Dombrowski's job security after this season.

7:43 - Ted Johnson and Phil Perry stop by Early Edition to discuss Adam Schefter acknowledging the possibility that this season could be Tom Brady's last in New England.  

12:58 - Ben Volin and Phil Perry discuss everything we will be talking about after tonight's Patriots preseason game.

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