Patriots

Tom Brady shuts down random Twitter user questioning his Madden rating

Tom Brady shuts down random Twitter user questioning his Madden rating

Twitter trolls, beware: Tom Brady reads the comments.

EA Sports published its player ratings for "Madden NFL 20" on Monday and gave the New England Patriots quarterback a 96 overall, second among all QBs behind Patrick Mahomes.

Some random guy on Twitter disagreed with this assessment, escalating his hot take to the point of declaring he could run faster than Brady.

Why do we care what "Matt Harrington" thinks of Brady's athleticism? We don't ... but the Patriots QB apparently does.

Here's Brady coming out of left field to put "Matt Harrington" in his place:

Game over, Matt.

Brady obviously is slow by NFL standards but recently ran a 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds, which is faster than the glacial 5.28-second dash he ran at the 2000 NFL Combine.

It's also faster than the random Twitter troll can probably run, as this guy found out the hard way.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET): Apparently this Twitter troll gave Brady an idea, as the Patriots QB tweeted out some humorous "evidence" of why he deserves a better "Madden" speed rating.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Chase Winovich praised for high motor, doesn't know 'why he's built like that'

Chase Winovich praised for high motor, doesn't know 'why he's built like that'

Chase Winovich had another strong performance for the New England Patriots in the team's preseason win over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.

Winovich was on the field for a good portion of the evening, and he got relentless pressure on the Titans' quarterbacks and wreaked havoc in the backfield. All told, he finished with 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for loss and showcased one of his top skills for all to see. And even Patriots head coach Bill Belichick noted it in his postgame press conference.

"Chase is a high motor player," Belichick said to reporters after the Patriots victory. "He plays hard. He's very good in pursuit. You see it in the kicking game. You see it on defense. He's got a good motor. He plays hard."

Belichick wasn't the only one who noted Winovich's performance. Winovich's fellow rookie, quarterback Jarrett Stidham, also noted his superlative on-field effort.

"He's a great dude and has a motor like no other," Stidham said. "He's a heck of a player."

But why does Winovich play so hard? What drives that relentless motor? Winovich joked that it was because his grandmother promised him that if he played hard and didn't get hurt in high school, she'd give him $5 and a chocolate bar. So, he was looking to earn those in today's game.

Winovich did cite some of his motivations, including support from his hometown of Pittsburgh and the bond he feels with his teammates.

But in reality, Winovich doesn't know exactly why he plays hard. He just does it. It's how he plays.

"It's weird. I really don't know why I'm built like that," Winovich said. "It might be a gift and a curse sometimes when it's extremely hot and they're just trying to run the ball away ... But you'll see me just sprinting and trying to hit somebody or hit something."

It was abundantly clear that Winovich's goal was to always be involved in the play against the Titans. He particularly demonstrated that when he ran down running back Akeem Hunt on a play that saw Hunt break through the line of scrimmage and Winovich come from the backfield, after beating his man, to tackle Hunt nearly 15 yards down the field.

And when he wasn't chasing running backs downfield, he was blowing up plays at the line of scrimmage and making the lives of the Titans offensive linemen miserable.

Winovich's motor is certainly a trait that Belichick and the Patriots appreciate. If Winovich, a third-round rookie, can continue to impress and play hard, that should give him a chance to earn an important role with the squad. Either way, his relentless style will make an impact on New England, whether that's on special teams or as a pass rusher.

WATCH: Bill Belichick's awkward but funny halftime interview>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Popped and Dropped: Patriots rookies show out vs. Titans

Popped and Dropped: Patriots rookies show out vs. Titans

The Patriots won their second game of the preseason on Saturday night, and in so doing they saw several rookies come through with strong performances. They "popped." Who "dropped?" 

We cover both ends of the spectrum here . . . 

POPPED

DAMIEN HARRIS

The rookie third-round pick showed off his variety of skills on Saturday night, chipping in as both a runner and a receiver. One two-play stretch to end the first quarter showed him catch a pass for 10 yards from Brian Hoyer and then rip off a 20-yard run with a nice cut back against the grain that led to open space. He finished the game -- after not having played against the Lions in Week 1 of preseason -- with 14 carries for 80 yards and four catches for 23 yards. "I thought he ran hard," Bill Belichick said after the game.

JAKOBI MEYERS

The subtleties of Meyers' game are becoming less . . . subtle. His releases off the line of scrimmage are a thing of beauty, and he actually forced a defensive back to fall down on a third-and-seven snap in the third quarter. He was wide open and Jarrett Stidham found him for 14 yards. It was curious to see Meyers on the field late in the game -- he took a hard shot after one catch and met with trainer Jim Whalen and team physician Mark Price after the fact -- but finished the game and looked OK. It looks like Meyers has a roster spot secured so perhaps he was out there late to help young quarterback Jarrett Stidham have an NFL-caliber receiver to throw to. 

CHASE WINOVICH

Winovich is more than a high-motor player. He ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at 256 pounds. That's a gift. But, man. That motor is something. Winovich had a run-stuff, three quarterback hits and a sack in the first half to go along with a special-teams tackle and a drawn hold. In the second half he added another pressure and two eye-opening hustle plays where he chased down Titans from behind. The first saw him sprint across the field to bring down a scrambling Logan Woodside for a one-yard gain. The second saw him tackle a runner from behind when rookie corner Ken Webster whiffed in the open field.

ISAIAH WYNN

The second-year left tackle saw his first live reps since tearing his Achilles last summer and performed solidly. Wynn played the first three series of the game and then came out looking healthy. One of his better reps might've been when he handled a game from Austin Johnson and Daquon Jones while working alongside Ted Karras. He mirrored a speed rush to the inside from Johnson, then slid back in the opposite direction to absorb the 322-pound Jones. 

JARRETT STIDHAM

It wasn't perfect for the rookie quarterback. Stidham was nearly picked on three separate occasions, including one that was almost turned over at the goal line and might've gone back for a 99-yard pick-six. But he settled in and led the offense on two scoring drives. The second, against players who likely reside near the bottom of Tennessee's depth chart, was impressive. The Patriots went 99 yards with the help of six completions from Stidham to five receivers. The final strike was a beautifully-thrown back-shoulder ball to Damoun Patterson that went for 23 yards and six points.

JAKE BAILEY

The rookie punter blasted a punt from his own end zone that hung in the air for 5.21 seconds and landed at the Titans 35-yard line. Bailey also hit a post-safety punt 67 yards from his own 20 to the Titans 13-yard line. He held on a missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, but there didn't appear to be anything wrong with the operation there. As the potential punter for the 53-man roster, odds are he'll have holding duties as well. 

DROPPED

BRIAN HOYER

Hoyer got out to a rough start. He was hit and forced into an incompletion on his first snap of the game. His second resulted in a pick by Logan Ryan when Hoyer underthrew Braxton Berrios on a crossing route. It didn't look like Berrios' route was incredibly flat as the ball came his way, but the throw was far from pinpoint. It certainly wasn't all bad for Hoyer, who then hit on his next six attempts for 55 yards. But the pick stands out as a down moment to start the game against top competition on the other side. 

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

Two preseason games, two misses for Gostkowski. Saturday night's came on a 40-yarder. It looked like the operation -- with Bailey holding, not Ryan Allen -- was clean. He just pulled it wide left. Not an ideal summer so far for the veteran who signed a two-year $8.5 million contract this offseason.

JAMES FERENTZ/HJALTE FROHOLDT

Tough go of it for the Patriots offensive line in Nashville. Ferentz allowed a sack that looked like it stung Hoyer and kept him down for an extra moment or two. Before that, he was lucky not to pick up a penalty for a late shove that might've pushed the Patriots off the goal line. (He was probably saved by an over-the-top acting job by a Titans defensive lineman who sold the push a little too much.) Ferentz did pick up a late holding penalty. Froholdt picked up two holding penalties on the night. In all, the Patriots posted 12 penalties for 99 yards. Ugly. The Titans weren't far behind with 10 for 77 yards. 

LANCE KENDRICKS

The Patriots are thin at tight end. They need someone with NFL ability. Kendricks, a nine-year vet, could be that guy. But not if the obvious mental mistakes start to pile up. That's what happened on Stidham's first drive of the game, when Kendricks held in the end zone, giving the Titans a safety and a 17-8 lead.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.