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Will Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey be found? Robert Kraft seems to think so

02.13.17 at 12:52 pm ET
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Robert Kraft is hopeful Tom Brady's jersey will be found. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft is hopeful Tom Brady’s jersey will be found. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

One of the bigger storylines from Super Bowl LI was something that didn’t even happen in the game.

Tom Brady’s jersey was taken from the Patriots locker room after the game and hasn’t been found since.

On Monday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed his frustration on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, but believes it should turn up sooner rather than later.

“It’s very sad to me that someone would do something like this, and it’s like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not too distant future,” Kraft said via The Boston Herald. “I hope it’ll be cleared up soon. I think that a lot of people spend a lot of time looking into the matter and what happened, and I’d rather not say anything that would cause any problems in the work that’s been done. One way or another that jersey will be back.”

Kraft also said despite trailing by 25 points, he never gave up hope the Patriots would comeback and beat the Falcons.

“When the score was 28-3, I think there were roughly three minutes to go [in the third quarter]. Our chance of winning was 0.04 percent, so 99.6 percent [to lose], but given the organization we have, I never give up,” Kraft said. “I always believe, and especially having the privilege of having a coach like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, both of their games move up as the pressure mounts and just a lot of things happened the right way – the catch by Julian Edelman was… sort of made up for the two catches over the last few years where we lost at the last moment with miracle catches.”

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Robert Kraft addresses Patriots players not wanting to attend White House ceremony with President Donald Trump

02.13.17 at 9:28 am ET
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Robert Kraft said this is the first time players not attending the White House has got media attention. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft said this is the first time players not attending the White House has got media attention. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft appeared on the TODAY show Monday morning and one of the topics was the number of Patriots players who have said they will not attend a ceremony at the White House with President Trump for winning Super Bowl LI.

Kraft said players not attending the ceremony isn’t anything new.

“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” Kraft said when asked if his relationship with President Trump has impacted his relationship with his players. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention.

“You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”

Just a week after the Super Bowl there are already six players on record saying they will not attend: Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch and LeGarrette Blount.

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Tom Brady doesn’t think Super Bowl LI was one of the greatest games he’s ever played

02.13.17 at 9:15 am ET
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Tom Brady detailed the 25-point comeback to MMQB's Peter King. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady detailed the 25-point comeback to MMQB’s Peter King. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It’s been a week since Super Bowl LI and Tom Brady opened up on the game, specifically the Patriots’ 25-point comeback, in an long-ranging interview with MMQB’s Peter King.

While many thought it was one of the greatest games ever played, Brady doesn’t think so.

“I don’t really think that is necessarily the case,” Brady said to King from Montana. “I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’ But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game.

“There are so many things that played into that game—a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half — so it was just a great game.”

Despite all the hits Brady took in the game, he wasn’t sore the week after.

“I have zero pain,” Brady said. “I feel great. I feel 100 percent.”

Brady also detailed the comeback, score-by-score. Here are some of the highlights.

— Even when Atlanta made it 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady didn’t lose hope.

“It was similar to what I had felt at halftime,” Brady said. “We came out of halftime saying, ‘Look, we’ve had 20 minutes time of possession, we’ve run 45 or 46 plays, we’ve done a good job moving the ball up and down the field, we just have nothing to show for it because of a missed third-and-one, a fumble in their territory, an interception return for a touchdown in their territory, because of poor execution in the red area … We had over 200 yards passing in the first half [actually 184], so it wasn’t like we were in there at halftime saying, ‘Hey, how are we going to move the ball?’

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Based on Tom Brady’s latest Instagram post, he’s not stopping playing anytime soon

02.12.17 at 6:57 pm ET
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Exactly a week after Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady posted a picture of him and his daughter after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons.

The quarterback still can’t believe it’s been a week since the game and hinted he won’t be stopping playing anytime soon.

Brady wrote: It’s hard to believe a week has passed since SB51. It’s hard to believe the game is only 60 minutes. It’s harder to believe I’ve been a Patriot for 17 years! What happens on that field with my teammates, in front of our family and fans, is almost impossible to describe. It’s mythical for me, and yet it’s real. And it’s why I’ll never stop as long as I’m able. #ROS

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Patriots looking ahead to 2017 season with 2 new trademark phrases

02.12.17 at 2:45 pm ET
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The Patriots are looking ahead to next season. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are looking ahead to next season. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are already on to 2017.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Patriots have trademarked two slogans — “Blitz for Six” and “No days off.”

The plan is to use “Blitz for Six” on Patriots apparel, including t-shirts and sweatshirts as the team looks to win its sixth championship next year.

Bill Belichick chanted “No days off” at the Patriots’ parade last week and it would seem the team will use that the same way it used the “Do your job” phrase after the last Super Bowl win.

Other phrases the Patriots have trademarked over the years include: “Ignore the noise” and “We are all Patriots.”

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Michael Floyd caught heat for kissing Lombardi trophy, and now he’s responding in more than just 140 characters

02.12.17 at 9:38 am ET
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Michael Floyd’s saga has been well-documented. He was busted for drunk driving (again), released by Arizona, picked up by the Patriots and a couple of months later found himself as a world champion.

Because of the unsavory launching pad for Floyd’s journey, some fans didn’t take kindly to his tweet picturing the wide receiver kissing the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win.

About 16 hours after that post, Floyd felt obligated to respond to those critics.

Appearing on ESPN Radio Sunday morning, Floyd addressed the issue once again.

“Random people just say the most crazy things, probably most of them were Arizona people,” he said. “They just think I’m not sorry for what I did, or I disrespected Arizona. All I can say is I made a mistake. I’m sorry for what I did. I’m moving forward. I think some people didn’t want me to be successful. I think that’s just life. I think there are a lot of people out there that don’t want people to succeed. You just have to make the best of it. For me, I got on a team that loved me and I was actually successful.”

Earlier in the interview, which included his former Notre Dame teammate Mike Golic Jr., Floyd also reiterated his the drunk driving arrest that put his story in motion.

“I made a dumb decision to drive,” Floyd said. “I thought I was OK and I fell asleep and I think the whole world knows what happened after that. It’s a dumb decision by an individual, you learn from it and move on.”

Mock draft roundup: Jabrill Peppers to Patriots at No. 32 seems to be early consensus

02.11.17 at 11:24 am ET
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Jabrill Peppers to the Patriots at No. 32 seems to be a favorite in early mock drafts. (Mike Carter/USA Today Sports)

Jabrill Peppers to the Patriots at No. 32 seems to be a favorite in early mock drafts. (Mike Carter/USA Today Sports)

If the early mock drafts are any indication, Patriots’ fans should get to know Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers.

Several initial mocks — including the latest from our pal Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network — indicate that when it comes to New England at No. 32, the Patriots would love to go with the defensive chess piece out of Michigan. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder filled a multitude of roles for the Wolverines the last few years, including as a defensive back, linebacker and return man. Check out more on Peppers here.

As you can see from the list below, there’s also a feeling that Temple linebacker Haason Reddick could also appeal to the Patriots at the end of the first round. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder had 17.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Owls.

–Yahoo’s Eric Edholm
Michigan DB/LB/PR Jabrill Peppers

–Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
Michigan DB/LB/PR Jabrill Peppers

–Nate Davis, USA Today
Michigan DB/LB/PR Jabrill Peppers

–Todd McShay, ESPN
Temple LB Haason Reddick

–Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
Temple LB Haason Reddick

–Rob Rang, CBS Sports
Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker

–Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
Alabama OLB Tim Williams

–Walter Football
Florida CB Quincy Wilson

–Dan Kadar, SB Nation
Auburn DE Carl Lawson

–Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Miami TE David Njoku

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