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Titans' Byard says, I want to make Brady 'look like Bortles'

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Titans' Byard says, I want to make Brady 'look like Bortles'

In saying he's not intimidated by facing Tom Brady, Titans All-Pro safety Kevin Byard ripped another playoff quarterback.

“It’s a playoff game, so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin,'" Byard told the Tennessean.com. “This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana. You know what I’m saying? I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks."

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It's a safe bet Brady won't have fewer passing yards than rushing yards, as Bortles did (87 yards to 86), in getting the Jacksonville Jaguars and their struggling offense past the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card game Sunday. 

Byard led the NFL with eight interceptions this season and picked off Bortles twice in the Titans’ 15-10 victory over their AFC South rivals in the regular-season finale that clinched Tennessee's first playoff berth in nine years.

Bortles threw 13 picks this season, Brady eight, including six in his past six games. 

Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan was quick to play the disrespect card for Tennessee, a 13 1/2-point underdog to the Pats.

“You see the noise and you see the disrespect from the media, from y’all, but it comes with the territory,” Morgan told the Tennessean.com “We haven’t been a very successful team in the last 10 years. It’s easy for people to overlook us. So we’ve got to take care of business and start winning games like this to get the respect that we desire.”

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Patriots sign first-round pick draft pick Isaiah Wynn

Patriots sign first-round pick draft pick Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots signed first-round draft pick OL Isaiah Wynn, the team announced Friday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Wynn, selected as the 23rd overall pick out of Georgia, played both guard and tackle with the Bulldogs.

New England's second-round pick, running back Sony Michel, is now the only Patriots draft selection that remains unsigned.

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Report: Patriots agree to deal with top draft pick Isaiah Wynn

Report: Patriots agree to deal with top draft pick Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots have agreed to a deal with first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn, the offensive lineman out of Georgia, ESPN’s Field Yates reports.

Wynn, the 23rd overall pick was a guard in college but may be used at left tackle by the Pats. The only New England draft pick who remains unsigned is Wynn’s Georgia teammate, running back Sony Michel, their other first-round selection, who went 31st. 

In the NFL rookie salary scale, each drafted player gets a four-year deal and first-round picks have a fifth-year option built in. 

According to sporttrac.com’s salary projections, Wynn’s deal is worth $11.5 million total and Michel’s will be $9.69 million.

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