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Trey Flowers on the riddle of Trent Brown: 'Can't go around him...Can't go through him'

Trey Flowers on the riddle of Trent Brown: 'Can't go around him...Can't go through him'

FOXBORO -- Trey Flowers has seen Trent Brown before. Two seasons ago. Week 11. Santa Clara.

Flowers spent a large majority of that game against the 49ers rushing from the interior, but he ran into Brown's massive frame and long arms on multiple occasions. On a second-quarter Colin Kaepernick touchdown pass, Brown bench-pressed Flowers with enough force that Flowers very nearly face-planted.

Now that the two are teammates, Flowers may be more familiar with Brown's skill set. But that hasn't made Brown any easier to figure out during one-on-one periods at Patriots training camp. 

"Trent is big and he can move his feet well," Flowers said following Saturday's practice. "That's just a guy who...Can't really go around him. Definitely can't go through him. Just gotta find a way to kind of get him to move his feet or whatever. He's a big guy. You just gotta figure out a way, I guess."

Easier said than done. Brown lost his first one-on-one matchup of camp on Friday when Adrian Clayborn used his speed and quickness to get by the 6-foot-8, 380-pound front-runner for the starting left tackle job. 

But typically those moves haven't worked on Brown. For as imposing as his frame may be, he's athletic enough to shadow rushers who try to bend around the corner. That combination of size and nimbleness led Von Miller to call Brown "the best right tackle in the NFL." Niners coach Kyle Shanahan called Brown "the best pass-protection tackle I've ever seen in my life."

"I went up against him in San Francisco," Flowers said. "He had some decent feet then. He's definitely a guy you can look at and you may think he's not as athletic, or he doesn't move as well. But he's surprising. He's definitely a good addition to the team. I'm glad he's on our team."

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Wes Welker pushes back on merits of Bill Belichick's Patriots system

Wes Welker pushes back on merits of Bill Belichick's Patriots system

Just because Wes Welker played his best football in New England doesn't mean he enjoyed his Patriots experience more than any other.

The former Patriots wide receiver, now the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers coach, admitted Wednesday he felt a weight was lifted off his shoulders when he left New England in 2012.

"Maybe a little bit," Welker told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "I was still upset about it. I did want to be there, but there was part of me — I just like enjoying the game. I like having fun, all those things."

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Head coach Bill Belichick has established an unparalleled system of success in New England, but the "Patriot Way" can be demanding on players and isn't for everyone.

Now that Welker is in the coaching world -- he began as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2017 and joined the 49ers in 2019 -- he believes there's room for players to enjoy themselves while staying committed to winning.

"Coaching now, you learn a lot from the tactics and different things like that, but at the same time putting your own twist on it and understanding — I tell my guys all the time: ‘As long as we’re giving great effort and we’re on top of our assignments we’re going to be good. Once it’s not where we need to be, that is when we have problems,' " Welker said.

"I feel like you’re playing your best ball when you’re having fun and enjoying (yourself)."

Welker put up historic numbers with the Patriots, racking up 672 receptions over six seasons. He didn't always see eye-to-eye with Belichick, though -- remember the fallout from that "foot" press conference? -- and said Wednesday his New England tenure had some bumps along the way.

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“I think there were some times where I didn’t really feel that at times for different reasons — the guys that we had in the locker room, the camaraderie that we had was better some years than others," Welker said. 

" ... When you’re one of the highest-paid players on the team, you’re expected to deliver like a highly-paid player. There’s definitely pressure on that and all these different things is tough and it’s hard. Coach Belichick is hard on guys and tries to get the most out of him that he can."

Welker said in the same interview he wasn't surprised Tom Brady left the Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

Welker believes Brady was motivated by a desire to prove he can succeed outside New England, but it's not a stretch to think Welker sympathized with Brady for wanting a fresh start after 20 years with Belichick.

"The way he goes about it is there are no superstars," Welker added of Belichick. "Everybody has their role on that team. Everybody is going to get called out. There’s no preferential treatment, and a lot of times he calls out the star players just to set the tone with the whole team."

Belichick's system obviously has reaped enormous benefits, but Welker apparently leans more Lane Johnson than Matthew Slater in his opinion of it.

Report: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson in charity golf match

Report: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson in charity golf match

It sounds like sports fans won't have to wait until Tom Brady makes his Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut to see the legendary quarterback compete in a sporting event.

Brady and his former NFL rival Peyton Manning will take part in a golf match featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, CNBC's Jabari Young reported Tuesday night.

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The match could be played as early as May, per Young:

The person, who requested to not be identified as negotiations are stilling being finalized, said the event would likely happen in May and would benefit charity. Though nothing is official, the event could take place live on Turner Sports’ TNT channel or elsewhere in the WarnerMedia company, but its unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view.

Young also writes the match would pit Mickelson and Brady versus Woods and Manning. Other details include the match being played without fans at an undisclosed location. Social distancing measures also would be followed.

Woods and Mickelson squared off in a 1-on-1 golf match in November of 2018 as part of a pay-per-view event. Mickelson prevailed and took home nearly $10 million in the winner-take-all format. This match with Brady and Manning could be played in a similar fashion, although nothing official has been announced.

This event would provide several hours of quality entertainment for sports fans. The outbreak of the coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of many sporting events, as well as the suspension or delay of nearly every sports league's season around the world.

It's very difficult to predict when sporting events/seasons could resume, but in the meantime, fans have this pretty exciting golf match to look forward to watching.

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