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What does Jermaine Kearse have up his sleeve for Patriots as a Jet?

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What does Jermaine Kearse have up his sleeve for Patriots as a Jet?

It’s hard to think of a player who’d have more of an excuse for underachieving than Jermaine Kearse. The former Seahawks wideout was shipped to the Jets on Sept. 1, plunked down in an offense he didn’t know and hooked up with a quarterback he’d never met.
 
But the near-villain (for New Englanders) of Super Bowl 49 has settled in much better than anticipated for the surprisingly successful Jets (3-2).

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 He’s got 22 catches on 28 targets for 220 yards and three touchdowns. The Jets are getting by on grit, moxie, want-to, elbow-grease and good, old-fashioned American work ethic and it ain’t gonna last. But Kearse and quarterback Josh McCown will always have September.
 
“The transition was really fast,” Kearse said of the period after he came to the Jets in exchange for DT Sheldon Richardson. The Jets also got a second-rounder along with Kearse.
 
“I don’t even think there was a transition, because when I found out I got traded, I left that night and got in and the next morning I went straight into the facility to start learning the playbook because they told me I was going to play the first game, so I had to prepare myself for that,” he added. “It gets better each day. I felt like I had a solid grasp on the playbook, now it’s getting down to the details – running certain routes certain way or certain splits – just fine-tuning my craft and continuing to get better.”
 
Kearse has become a huge fan of McCown’s. No surprise since he’s the Jets leading receiver and on pace to far exceed his most productive season in the NFL, 2015, when he had 49 catches for Seattle.  
 
“[McCown’s] ability to lead – the confidence that he brings into the huddle, his excitement and his knowledge. He’s played in the league for 15 years now and there’s a reason why he’s still playing,” said Kearse. “He has that “it factor” in the huddle that allows guys to rally up and make things happen when we need to and I think you saw that last week when we had a 97-yard drive.”
 
Kearse first burrowed into the consciousness of Patriots fans in Super Bowl 49 when he pulled in a 33-yard pass from Russell Wilson with 1:14 remaining. The ball ponged off five different limbs and body parts before settling in Kearse’s stomach and putting Seattle on the brink of a Super Bowl win that they famously failed to secure.
 
Does Kearse think about the catch?
 
“I guess the only time I would reflect back on that game is if somebody asked me about it,” he said. “As far as the catch, it’s just my competitive nature, just the ability to be opportunistic and make the most of each opportunity that I had and in that play, Russell [Wilson] gave me the opportunity and I did whatever I could in my will to come down with the ball and I was able to.”
 
Does he now appreciate how great that game was and how historic his catch remains?
 
“This league is a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately-type-league” when it’s all set and done and I’m done playing,” he said, “I think that’s when I can sit down and look back on those types of plays and the plays I’ve made in certain games and reminisce on that, but as I’m still playing, I understand it’s a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately-league,” so you’re always trying to not stay second place and do more.”
 
Kearse said he’s trying to infuse the Jets with a little bit of the Seahawks fight.
 
“Obviously, you have a high-energy coach with Pete Carroll who is running all over the place and then you have Coach [Todd] Bowles who is not running over the place, but they get their message across in different ways,” Kearse said when asked about the differences between Seattle and New York. “I really enjoyed playing for Pete Carroll. I enjoy playing for Coach Bowles now. We have a very young team. We have guys who are playing with a lot of chips on their shoulders who are being competitive. I’m trying to bring the same mindset I had in Seattle and bring it over here and be able to relay any message that I think can help our team in the long run.”
 

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that their third child, Mia, died last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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Tom Brady gives inspiring commencement address for Forman School in Connecticut

Tom Brady gives inspiring commencement address for Forman School in Connecticut

Tom Brady took time out of his Saturday to congratulate the Class of 2020 at the Forman School in Litchfield, Conn.

The former New England Patriots quarterback gave an inspiring virtual commencement address in which he implored the graduating students to embrace adversity. Brady used the coronavirus pandemic as an example of a challenge the students -- along with the rest of the world -- are learning to overcome.

“We’ve all had our difficult times overcoming different adversities and challenges that we’re facing, and this one is no different,” Brady said. “I think what you understand when you’re going through things like this is you learn from them and you make the best of them.”

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Brady also spent time talking about his own career, and the obstacles he overcame to go from the No. 199 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft to a six-time Super Bowl champion and arguably the greatest QB of all time. The 42-year-old stressed the importance of putting 100 percent effort into everything one hopes to accomplish in life.

“Your future is going to be what you make of it,” Brady said. “Because you ‘re not going to be able to rely on people to do things for you. That’s not the way life is. If you want to be great at something, you’re going to have to put all your commitment and effort and discipline into doing just that.”

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Now that's a speech the Forman School Class of 2020 will never forget.