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Rodney Harrison has simple message for Odell Beckham Jr. after Patriots comments

Rodney Harrison has simple message for Odell Beckham Jr. after Patriots comments

Odell Beckham Jr. caused a bit of a stir earlier this month for saying he wants to turn the Cleveland Browns into the next New England Patriots and win multiple championships. Nothing he said was bad, although it might have been a little over-the-top.

OBJ ended up walking back those comments in an Instagram story, but former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison still isn't happy with what the superstar wide receiver had to say.

Harrison went on CBS Sports Radio and offered a simple message for Beckham and the Browns.

“I think the first thing they have to do is if they want to be like the Patriots, they have to shut up," Harrison said on "The Zach Gelb Show." "You don’t need Odell Beckham talking, talking about he’s trying to be like the Patriots. Just shut up and play, OK?"

Harrison is right about one thing -- the Patriots don't talk much. The "Patriot Way" is all about being humble, staying focused on the next opponent and not giving the other team any kind of bulletin board material or scouting info as a result of talking too much to the media. It's probably not the most enjoyable approach for players, but it's hard to argue with the results in New England -- the Patriots just won their sixth Super Bowl in February.

The Browns have a few players, Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield most notably, who aren't afraid to speak their mind publicly. There's nothing wrong with that, but if expectations aren't met, there will be plenty of criticism thrown toward these two stars. And Beckham has set the bar even higher for the Browns in 2019 with his comments on becoming the next Patriots.

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Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

The New England Patriots weren't exactly in a great spot heading into Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season. The team was only 2-2 and was coming off a crushing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

In that game, Tom Brady didn't look like his usual self. He had two picks, just 159 passing yards, and one touchdown pass that came when the team was already down 27-0. He was replaced late by Jimmy Garoppolo, who looked solid on the field. That led some to wonder if the Patriots dynasty was coming to an end.

Famously, after the game, Bill Belichick answered every question posed about the game with one simple response. "We're on to Cincinnati." The press conference went viral and put a spotlight on the Patriots' Sunday night clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That game ended up defining the season. The Patriots bounced back by smashing the Bengals by a final score of 43-17. Brady looked as strong as ever, and that was the first step for the Patriots to get back onto the Super Bowl path.

At least, that's how former Bengals linebacker Marquis Flowers remembers it. On Twitter, Flowers shared a brief memory of the game, including what his then-defensive coordinator said.

So, yeah. Clearly that type of hype up didn't work, especially since the Patriots were so desperate for a win at the time. And the "demise of the Patriots" storyline was clearly overblown considering that they've won three Super Bowls and appeared in a fourth since that game.

The D-coordinator's words and the headlines of the time make this an amusing anecdote that just makes the whole event that much better for the Patriots, in retrospect.

That said, It's easy to see why Flowers was able to laugh this off. Flowers was a part of the Patriots in 2017, so he has seen both sides of the "We're on to Cincinnati" game. Flowers likely enjoyed his time in New England, as he logged 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his best NFL season to date. He also got to play in the Super Bowl (although the Patriots fell in that game to the Philadelphia Eagles).

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Patriots 2019 training camp schedule: Here's when veterans will report

Patriots 2019 training camp schedule: Here's when veterans will report

The defending Super Bowl champions will be back at Gillette Stadium exactly one month from Monday.

The NFL announced training camp report dates for all 32 teams Monday, and the Patriots' rookies are due in Foxboro on July 21, while the veterans are set to arrive on July 24.

Training camp traditionally starts one day after veterans report, meaning New England should begin training camp Thursday, July 25.

The Patriots have been off since June 10, when head coach Bill Belichick cancelled the team's final two days of organized team activities and set up a lively paintball experience instead.

The team hasn't announced complete training camp dates and times yet, but the Patriots will head to Detroit in the first full week of August for joint practices with the Lions prior to their Aug. 8 preseason opener.

They'll also hold joint practices with the Tennessee Titans the following week.

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