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Tom Brady doesn’t know why some people don’t like the Patriots 01.18.17 at 2:07 pm ET
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Tom Brady has gotten under the skin of some of his opponents. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady has gotten under the skin of some of his opponents. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Mike Tomlin was caught on camera disparaging the Patriots after Pittsburgh’s divisional playoff win over the Chiefs. Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie used the same language about Tom Brady in 2011 before a playoff showdown with New York.

Asked why this has happened on multiple occasions Wednesday, the Patriots quarterback shrugged.

“I don’t know,” he said.

Admittedly, the incidents are few and far between. Prior to Brady’s Wednesday press conference, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he had nothing but respect for Brady and the Patriots.

“They’re the gold standard,” Roethlisberger said on a conference call with the New England media. “They’re the best. They’re awesome. A lot of teams try and look at their blueprint and their recipe for success, and I think try and do what they do.”
Roethlisberger was asked if he believed there was some resentment around the league toward the Patriots.

“Nope,” he said. “Not at all.”

For what it’s worth, Brady was equally complimentary toward Roethlisberger.

“Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player, and he’s been that way since 2004 when he came into the league. I’ve always loved the way he plays, very tough, hard-nosed,” Brady said. “He’s just been a great player. I think the respect is very mutual. To play at his level for as long as he has and with his style of play has been remarkable.”

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Former Jets CB Antonio Cromartie: Tom Brady best of all-time 12.05.16 at 12:41 pm ET
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Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who once called Tom Brady “an asshole” prior to a playoff game against the Patriots, said Monday that the New England quarterback is the best signal-caller of all-time, as far as he’s concerned.

“I played against Brett Favre. I played agains Peyton Manning. Tom, Tom tops [them] all,” Cromartie said on an appearance on the Fox Sports 1 show “Undisputed.”

When asked why Brady was ahead of his peers, Cromartie cited postseason history.

“Tom played a lot better in the playoffs,” he said. “He played a lot better during the season. And it didn’t matter who he had at receiver. You could put Troy Brown at defensive back and have him playing receiver, and he’s going to win football games. The thing that Tom understands about football is mismatches.”

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Tom Brady on Darrelle Revis: ‘He makes it tough’ 10.21.15 at 12:33 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady is ready for his old friend to come calling at Gillette Stadium this Sunday.

For one full season, the Patriots quarterback had the chance to compete against Darrelle Revis in practice and he would often rave about how much that competition in practice would help him gear up for a game.

Well, now Brady will call upon much of that experience from 2014 training camp and regular season practice as he’s back in the familiar position of facing No. 24 on the opposite side of ball come game day.

“There was a lot of competition in practice last year with him,” Brady said Wednesday. “He makes it tough. His instincts are incredible out there. He’s one of those guys that sees everything on the field. He sees the formations and routes and splits. Anything pre-snap that can help him get an idea of whether the ball coming his way or if it’s going the other way or if it’s a run or pass or deep throw or short throw. He’s a very dependable, consistent player. He’s been an incredible playmaker since he’s been in the league. He covers the top guys every week so I got a first-hand look at that last year every day in practice. It was great to have him a part [of team] here but he moved on so now he’s our competition again.”

Revis leads the Jets with three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

“Revis is having a big year with those two stats,” Brady said. “A lot of playmakers. You’ve just got to be conscious of where you’re throwing the ball. You can’t just throw it up for grabs and see if they’ll catch it because they’ve got guys with great ball skills.”

When Revis left, Brady said Wednesday that he just wrote it off to business as usual in the NFL.

“That’s kind of NFL football, free agency and stuff like that,” Brady said. “A lot of players have switched teams over the years. We’ve had a lot of guys come to our team from that team, and vice versa. So, I’ve got a lot of respect for that team and the way they play football and how well they’re coached and how well they’re playing this year.”

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Antonio Cromartie jumps to Tom Brady’s defense, rips Roger Goodell 08.06.15 at 11:43 am ET
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Sounds like Antonio Cromartie has Tom Brady's back. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Sounds like Antonio Cromartie has Tom Brady‘s back. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Seems like several of Tom Brady‘s biggest rivals are supporting him.

Bernard Pollard and Terrell Suggs have all said Brady shouldn’t be suspended, or the whole mess has been way overblown. Now, Antonio Cromartie, who has gone off on Brady in the past, sprung to the defense of the quarterback on Thursday while ripping NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his arbitrary brand of justice.

“I don’t think he should be suspended,” the Jets cornerback told ESPN Thursday when asked about Brady and his alleged role in Deflafegate.

“In the rulebook, there’s no suspension in the rules. There’s only a $25,000 fine,” he added. “So I don’t see how you can try to lay the hammer down on someone when the rule states for itself there’s no suspension for it. There’s only a maximum fine for $25,000.”

Cromartie continued: “Are we trying to go back to the Spygate and get more from that? Or are we just leading back to us, saying ‘Well, I have full control of everything. I made the rules as it goes, rather than follow the rules of what’s already been written.'”

Chromate said that when it comes to Deflategate, Goodell and his actions send an ominous message to the rest of the NFL.

“Nobody’s safe,” Cromartie said. “Nobody’s safe no matter who you are. Roger is going to do what he wants to do. It don’t matter what the rules say. He’s going to make his own rules as he goes. And it shouldn’t be like that. But at the end of the day, we as players gave him the freedom to do whatever he wants to do. We signed the sheet. So we had our own fault for doing it. We should have been more detailed. We shouldn’t have rushed into things. We should have pushed it to another month and a half and made the owners lose money, and then you go from there.”

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Could Aqib Talib’s departure set stage for Patriots’ pursuit of Darrelle Revis? 03.12.14 at 1:32 am ET
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The departure of Aqib Talib for Denver — and a six-year, $57 million deal that includes $26 million in guaranteed money — leaves a hole in the Patriots secondary.

As it relates to the offseason, Talib’s decision changes the landscape for New England, namely when it comes to the possibility of Darrelle Revis in Foxboro. While the acquisition of Revis was a fantasy football-style pipe dream beforehand (just move some money around and voila!), now with Talib leaving for Denver, there’s the genuine possibility that the Patriots could acquire Revis.

The veteran corner, who apparently will be cut (or traded) by the Buccaneers on Wednesday, could be had for a little as a fifth-round pick, according to Jason LaCanfora, who tweeted Tuesday night that Revis wants to be in New England. A three-time first-team All-Pro who will turn 29 before the start of the 2014 season, the 6-foot, 205-pounder has established a well-earned reputation as one of the best defensive backs in the recent history of the game. He has 21 career picks in seven years in the league, and the only reason that number isn’t higher is because quarterbacks have almost stopped throwing in his direction entirely. According to the analytical site Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks threw in his direction just 63 times last year, the second-fewest pass attempts against any cornerback who had at least 800 snaps last year (he trailed only Seattle’s Richard Sherman).

“He covers big guys, small guys. He’€™s quick, he’€™s fast, he’€™s patient, he’€™s strong,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said of Revis prior to the Patriots-Bucs game last September. “He doesn’t have any weaknesses. I don’t think I’ve completed many balls on his side of the field very often. He’s not a guy that you want to test and see how well you’re going to do. He’€™s just a great all-around player.”

No one is debating the greatness of Revis, but it’s a double-edged sword when you talk about his current situation: If the Patriots decide to push their chips to the middle of the table and swing a deal for the defensive back, they’d be taking on a massive contract the likes of which they’ve rarely dealt with, as well as a player who has a history of holdouts. (For what it’s worth, the Patriots have never paid a cornerback more than $10 million annually. I know the financial landscape has changed over the years with the fluctuating cap numbers, but that’s a sizable milestone to consider when talking about a possible pickup of Revis.)

And if they wait out the process and try to pick him up if he’s cut, they almost certainly would be bidding against a series of teams like the Raiders and Browns who have a lot more cap space than New England has at this point.

If one was to read between the lines, if the Patriots would be interested in making a play for Revis, it would mean they would have to give themselves some financial flexibility. If you start to see names like Isaac Sopoaga hit the waiver wire on Wednesday, that would be a pretty fair indication that New England is doing whatever it can to create some cap room to accommodate the veteran corner.

It is worth mentioning that the Patriots do have some other options in free agency. Both Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (who recently ended talks with the Broncos) and Antonio Cromartie are on the market, as well as Charles “Peanut” Tillman and Walter Thurmond. (However, Jacksonville is considered the favorite to land Thurmond at this point, as former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is the head coach there.) In addition, this draft class is considered excellent when it comes to cornerbacks, with as many as five potential first- or second-rounders this year in Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Jason Verrett (TCU), Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) and Bradley Roby (Ohio State).

But ultimately, none of those names would bring the same sort of star power to Foxboro. History tells us that it would be rare, but if the Patriots want to break with tradition go all in on a marquee cornerback, they could have their best chance to do it Wednesday.

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Knee injury will force Aqib Talib to skip Pro Bowl 01.20.14 at 9:43 pm ET
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Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib has bowed out of the Pro Bowl, and will be replaced by New York’s Antonio Cromartie.

Talib suffered a knee injury in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, and as a result, won’t get to make the trip to Hawaii. It was the first Pro Bowl invite for the 27-year-old, who finished the season with four picks.

The play on which the injury occurred has become a flashpoint, as New England coach Bill Belichick argued that Denver wide receiver Wes Welker made one of the “worst plays” he had ever seen when he deliberately crashed into Talib.

“It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib. No attempt to get open,” Belichick said. “I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen. That’s all I’ll say about that.”

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Pats-Jets roundup: Mike DeVito says Jets are ‘loose’ heading into Thanksgiving night game 11.21.12 at 12:50 pm ET
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The Jets are 4-6 and heavy underdogs heading into Thursday night’s game against the Patriots, but one player indicated the team is feeling ‘€œloose’€ heading into the contest.

Jets defensive end Mike DeVito said the normal tightness associated with a matchup against the Patriots is missing this week, and he said the team is ready to go.

‘€œI feel like we were real loose this week at practice, which is good to see,’€ said DeVito a Cape Cod native who played collegiately at Maine. ‘€œI think a tendency that we’€™ve had in the past when it’€™s Patriots Week is to tighten up, you naturally get a little bit tight because you recognize the importance of the game, and how physical and ratcheted up it always is. … You play this game too tight, you’€™re not going to be successful. You play this game loose and with swag and having fun, that’€™s when you’€™re going to do well, and I think guys are happy about that.

‘€œI just know we play well when we feel like this.’€

Added DeVito when asked if the team was ready to play its best game: ‘€œWithout a doubt, yeah, without a doubt. Guys are really confident. We’€™re jelling as a team, we believe in each other, and I have no doubt that we’€™re going to be ready to go on Thursday night.’€

Jets center Matt Slauson wants it to be known that the Jets are ready to fight.

‘€œI would expect to see a high-motor, high-enthusiasm team. … We’€™re going to be flying around that field,” he said. “Regardless of what happens in the game, we’€™re going to fight until the very end of the game with everything we got.’€

‘™¦ Rex Ryan is not underestimating the talent level of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Jets coach hailed Brady as a ‘€œonce-in-a-generation quarterback’€ as he prepares his team to defend the Patriots offense.

‘€œThe thing about him, he’€™s a machine yet he’€™s passionate and a fiery leader,’€ Ryan said Tuesday. ‘€œYou wish he was just a machine. His competitive side elevates his team as well. That’€™s what you get from those once-in-a-generation-type quarterbacks.’€

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