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Cyrus Jones on tough rookie season: ‘I reached a point where I didn’t even want to play’

02.18.17 at 4:57 pm ET
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Cyrus Jones was very critical of himself for his rookie season. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Cyrus Jones was very critical of himself for his rookie season. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

No one is harder on himself than Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Speaking at Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore where he went grew up, Jones reflected on his rookie season and was quite hard on himself.

“I’ll never take credit for something I don’t feel I contributed to,” Jones said of the Patriots winning Super Bowl LI, via the Baltimore Sun. “I was part of the team, but I didn’t feel a part of it.”

Added Jones: “I honestly felt cursed. I reached a point where I didn’t even want to play. I just didn’t have it.”

The Alabama product had fumbling issues when returning punts and was inactive for five of the team’s final six games. As a second-round pick, his issues were particularly frustrating.

“But honestly, it was hell for me,” he said. “That’s the only way I can describe it. I didn’t feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me.”

The rookie was the subject of a lot of criticism both in the media and from the fans. Jones acknowledged it had some impact on him.

“But honestly, it pisses me off,” he said. “You can say shut it out or don’t listen, but I know people are talking, and it’s negative. I’m not a dumb guy. It definitely affects me. What it should do is piss me off in a way that I want to shut them all up.”

Despite his tough first season as a pro, Jones is determined to make 2017 a much different one.

“This is not the end of the world for me,” Jones said. “I have no doubt I’ll be back and this will be a thing of the past. It’s not like I forgot how to play football overnight.”

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Here is the latest with Darrelle Revis in bizarre case

02.18.17 at 10:45 am ET
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Darrelle Revis turned himself into police Friday night. (

Darrelle Revis turned himself into police Friday night. (

It’s been a strange past few days for Darrelle Revis.

The Jets cornerback officially turned himself into police on Friday night in Pittsburgh. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy. He’s also been charged with making terroristic threats, which is a misdemeanor.

ESPN reports he has been released on non-monetary bond and his next court date will be Thursday. He was ordered to appear at all hearings and told not to have any contact with the alleged victims and witnesses, even on social media. He also has 72 hours to turn in his passport.

According to the police report, early Monday morning Pittsburgh police officers found two men unconscious after an incident with Revis. Those men told officers they had a verbal altercation with Revis, but didn’t know who had punched them. Revis threw a cellphone belonging to one of the men into the street, but police saw the video afterwards and that was when Revis was charged.

Revis’ attorney Blaine Jones told ESPN he believes Revis has a “very good case.” He described his client as serious, somber and “ready to answer charges.”

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Patriots reportedly lose valuable member of coaching staff to University of Alabama

02.17.17 at 10:29 pm ET
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Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll reportedly will become Alabama's offensive coordinator. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll reportedly will become Alabama’s offensive coordinator. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

After it was reported as a possibility earlier in the week, it looks like it will actually happen.

According to Chris Low of ESPN, Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll will be named the University of Alabama offensive coordinator.

Daboll was highly regarded in New England, as he was thought to be the coach to take over as offensive coordinator whenever Josh McDaniels were to leave the job. He has plenty of NFL experience, including being an NFL offensive coordinator with a number of teams — the Browns (2009-10), Dolphins (2011) and Chiefs (2012). He has been with the Patriots since 2013.

He also has a connection with Nick Saban, as he served as one of his graduate assistants when Saban was at Michigan State.

Also, with Bill Belichick being a close friend of Saban he likely recommended Daboll to Saban, while also likely helping Daboll decide whether or not to take the job.

As for who replaces Daboll in New England?

Belichick usually promotes within his staff, so look for coaching assistants Nick Caley, Mike Pellegrino or Cole Popovich to get consideration.

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Discarding Darrelle Revis was one of Bill Belichick’s best moves

02.17.17 at 4:14 pm ET
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The Jets may cut Darrelle Revis this offseason. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets may cut Darrelle Revis this offseason. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Two years ago, talking heads across the sports radio dial lambasted Bill Belichick for allowing Darrelle Revis to sign with the Jets in free agency. But now, all of the rage seems foolish. Letting Revis walk was one of the best decisions Belichick has ever made.

The latest lowlight for Revis came last weekend, when he may have knocked out two men during an early morning fight in Pittsburgh. According to police, the now-washed up cornerback had an altercation with two men who recognized him and approached him at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. One of them took out a cell phone and started recording Revis, who took the device and threw it onto the street. An unidentified male then came to Revis’ aid. The 22-year-old and 21-year-old victims say they were knocked unconscious shortly thereafter. Their story is corroborated by witnesses.

Revis, 31, is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault. His attorney, Blaine Jones, told the NFL Network Thursday Revis wasn’t the aggressor.

Long before last Sunday’s scuffle, Belichick’s decision to discard Revis was vindicated. Some say that happened the moment the Jets signed the veteran corner to a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed –– an obscene contract the Patriots would’ve never forked over.

After showing some signs of regression in 2015, Revis became a liability last season. It started Week 1, when Bengals wideout A.J. Green burned him for 12 catches and 180 yards. His performance didn’t get any better from there. The following week, he was torched by little-known Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard touchdown pass in prime time on Thursday Night Football. On and on it went.

During his lone season with the Patriots, Revis was a lockdown No. 1 corner. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2014 were 33 of 76 (43.4%) for 523 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 53.8 rating. That stellar play is a big reason why the Patriots steamrolled their competition in the second half of the year and won Super Bowl XLIX.

Letting Revis leave that offseason was bold, especially because the Patriots replaced him with Malcolm Butler. The undrafted rookie made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, but was still relatively untested. But now, two years later, he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis, meanwhile, was picked apart all season long in 2016. Quarterbacks who targeted him last season posted a passer-rating north of 100.

For the price of $600,000, Butler vastly outperformed Revis and his $17 million base salary. Beat writers are now calling for the Jets to cut Revis outright, and eat the $6 million they still owe him.

The way Belichick played the Revis situation is a reminder the Patriots’ dynasty is about more than Tom Brady. That kind of deft personnel management –– signing Revis to an one-year, $12 million deal with $20 million team option so he could rebuild his value –– is a big reason why the Patriots have been able to stay on top for 15 years.

Belichick preaches the importance of value. The way he handled Revis embodies his brilliant team building philosophy.

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Michael Floyd pleads guilty to extreme DUI, sentenced to 120 days in jail

02.17.17 at 2:13 pm ET
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Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Friday. (

Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI on Friday. (

Michael Floyd was arrested for DUI in December after falling asleep at the wheel and on Friday he learned his punishment.

The wide receiver pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and has been sentenced to 120 days in jail. The other six charges against him were dropped.

Fox 10 reports 24 of the days will be served at Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the other 96 will be home detention.

Floyd also has to do 40 hours of community service and was fined over $5,000.

The receiver was released by the Cardinals the week of the incident and was claimed off waivers by the Patriots the next day. He played in two regular season games with the team and the divisional round in the playoffs. He was inactive for the AFC title game and Super Bowl LI.

Floyd is currently a free agent, and for more on his future in New England click here.

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Louis Riddick, Josh McDaniels were almost a package deal in San Fransisco

02.17.17 at 1:38 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a "package deal" in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a “package deal” in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Remember when Josh McDaniels was thought to be the next coach of the 49ers?

It appears it would have been a package deal with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick as his general manager.

On ESPN Radio, Riddick claims he was “very, very, very, very, very, very, very close” to becoming the GM of the team, but didn’t get the gig because McDaniels removed his name from consideration and the two were a “package deal.”

“It was either going to be him and I, or it wasn’t,” Riddick said. “Josh, for his personal reasons, decided that now wasn’t a good time. When he decided that — which I was on board with that, obviously — therefore I wasn’t in the running anymore.”

Riddick claimed he had a good interview with the team before McDaniels took his name out of the running.

“It went awesome,” Riddick said. “I got a lot of great feedback from them. I felt that my plan was rock solid, and if it was something that would’ve worked out for Josh and myself overall, then we would be there. But it had nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the pairing, it just wasn’t the right time for us to do that.”

Ultimately, the organization decided on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the new coach and former NFL player John Lynch as general manager.

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Does Michael Floyd have a future in New England?

02.17.17 at 12:31 pm ET
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It doesn't appear Michael Floyd will be returning to the Patriots next season. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

It doesn’t appear Michael Floyd will be returning to the Patriots next season. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

Judging by what Michael Floyd said during Super Bowl week he would like to return to New England next season, but with him being a free agent, it isn’t completely up to him.

The Patriots would need to offer him a contract.

“I hope to be back in Foxboro,” Floyd said the week of the Super Bowl. “I love it here. I hope that I can make that happen, for sure.”

Added Floyd: “I have no idea how that process works. I haven’t experienced it, but I’m sure it’s exciting and I can’t wait. I hope I’m here.”

As it stands now, the Patriots have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola under contract for next season as receivers. It is worth noting Amendola has a cap hit of close to $8 million and if he returns, he will do so with a new contract.

So, is there room for Floyd?

The short answer may be no. With those players, the only player under the age of 28 is Mitchell, who was a rookie this past season. The Patriots need to try and get younger at the position and because of that, Floyd might not be the best option. While the team doesn’t necessarily need to draft a receiver, they should make an attempt to get a younger player in the mix.

Floyd was claimed by the Patriots on December 15, a day after being released by the Cardinals following a DUI arrest. He played in two regular season games, with his best being Week 17 against the Dolphins catching three passes and a touchdown, as well as delivering a huge block to spring Edelman for a long touchdown.

He was active for the divisional round with Mitchell out, but then was inactive for the AFC title game and Super Bowl. Floyd and Tom Brady didn’t appear to be on the same page in the divisional round on a few plays. It’s not totally known just how well Floyd picked up the offense in his two months with the team, but did do a good job of simulating Julio Jones in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl LI.

The 27-year-old isn’t in a position to cash in on a big deal given his year, so he may be best suited to take a one-year, prove it type contract next season. Given the Patriots’ situation at receiver, it may not be best with them.

New England could add another young receiver to have four along with Edelman, Hogan and Mitchell, but then if the Patriots wanted to have five, Amendola would be a better option than Floyd because of his chemistry with Brady and ability to make clutch plays.

While Floyd was never an issue with the Patriots, he may be with another team next season.

[UPDATE 2:20 p.m.]: Floyd was sentenced to 120 days in jail for his DUI arrest. It’s unclear how this might impact his future, but is worth noting.

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