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Tom Brady addresses rumor he was against Patriots releasing Antonio Brown

Tom Brady addresses rumor he was against Patriots releasing Antonio Brown

When the Patriots signed Antonio Brown earlier this month, it was reported Tom Brady told Robert Kraft he was "100 percent in" on bringing in the controversial wide receiver.

Eleven days later, Brown was released after intimidating texts sent by him to one of his accusers leaked to the public. That was the final straw for Kraft, who reportedly became "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

There has been some speculation the decision to part ways with Brown was Kraft's, and that both Brady and Bill Belichick disagreed with the Patriots owner's choice to cut ties with the star wideout. During his weekly interview on Westwood One with Jim Gray, Brady addressed that rumor.

"I think there's always reports and speculation about a lot of things that I have said or have not said or have been a part of," Brady told Gray. "The reality is I don't make any personnel decisions. I don't decide to sign players, I don't decide to trade them, I don't decide to release them, I don't decide to draft them. I don't get asked. I show up and I do my job. I'm an employee like everyone else.

"I'm gonna show up this week and do the best I can do as quarterback. Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want, but I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that."

Brady also noted his displeasure with his private "100-percent in" comment being made public.

With Brown gone, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and Jakobi Meyers will be Brady's go-to targets for the time being. If Edelman is forced to miss any time with his rib injury, the wide receiver position suddenly reverts to being an area of concern.

Brown tallied four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in his lone game with the Patriots vs. the Miami Dolphins.

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New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids aren't exactly known for their subtlety. 

So when Sam Darnold and the Jets turned in an embarrassing performance at home against the Patriots — losing a 33-0 decision on Monday Night Football —you just knew there were going to be some brutal headlines.

The Daily News crushed Darnold for his performance after the quarterback threw for 86 yards while turning the ball over five times — a dreadful showing that added up to a woeful quarterback rating of 3.7

Pretty straightforward, especially compared to the Post, which seized upon Darnold's ill-fated mic'd up moment, in which he admitted he was "seeing ghosts."

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Post even included the graphic of "Sam's Spooky Stats." And considering how badly the game went for the Jets — a primetime home loss to the Patriots with horrible quarterback play — you have to wonder if Darnold's ghost comment will haunt him like the Buttfumble did for Mark Sanchez.

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts" against the New England Patriots defense during the first half of Monday night's 33-0 loss.

Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the ESPN broadcast showed him on the sideline making the surprising admission.

The 22-year-old quarterback explained what he meant by the ghosts comment, telling reporters after the game, "When I talk to the coaches, I've just got to be straight up. For me, I've just got to see the field a lot better, that's kinda what that means. It was a rough night out there. Obviously, I've got to be better and learn from the mistakes, but we will get better."

Darnold definitely didn't see the field well at all. He threw four interceptions, and each one happened as a result of a horrible throw/decision. The USC product also completed just 11 of his 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns.

In fairness to Darnold, the Patriots have made many quarterbacks look pretty bad this season, but his performance Monday was a new low. Darnold had a 3.7 passer rating, which is the lowest mark by an opposing quarterback against the Patriots in Bill Belichick's 21-year tenure as the team's head coach.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters that Darnold "learned a lot (Monday night)." He's certainly not wrong.

The next step for Darnold is taking this experience and using it to correct the weaknesses in his game that are holding him back from being a top-tier NFL quarterback.

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