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Bill Belichick on report Patriots had Jets playbook: ‘Talk to Mike Pettine’ 06.19.14 at 12:30 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Here we go again.

In the latest edition of Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com, columnist Greg Bedard reports that new Browns head coach and former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes that old copies of the Jets playbook, circa 2011, may have wound up in the hands of the Patriots.

“The initial playbook itself is actually quite thin, and that’€™s by design,” Pettine told Bedard. “€œI don’€™t put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it’€™s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”

Pettine told Bedard that there was a story circulating that at Wes Welker‘€™s wedding in 2012, Tom Brady laughed with Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith (Welker’€™s college roommate at Texas Tech) that the Patriots “may or may not” have had possession of some Jets defensive playbooks.

“It didn’€™t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,”€ Pettine continued. “€œHe gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘€˜Don’€™t you know Saban and Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’€™s going to end up in New England.’ ”

Belichick, who told reporters he was allowing just three questions before leaving for the summer, was asked about the charges after Thursday’s final minicamp session. Belichick was specifically asked if he has ever had the Jets playbook at some point.

“[Go] talk to Mike Pettine. I don’t know,” Belichick offered.

Darrelle Revis played for Mike Pettine as recently as 2012, when he tore his ACL in September in a game against the Dolphins. Revis was also asked about the playbook charges after Thursday’s minicamp. He laughed and was somewhat more insightful when asked if he knew the Patriots may have had the playbook.

“No, I don’t know anything about that,” Revis said. “I don’t know. I don’t even know how to answer that. If they did, they did. If they didn’t, they didn’t. At that point, it really doesn’t matter. You still have to go out there and compete and go out there and win the game.”

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Tom Brady, Kliff Kingsbury and Mike Tyson hang out at the Preakness 05.17.14 at 10:21 pm ET
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This one is pretty self-explanatory from the title of the blog post, so we won’t go too much into detail. Turn it sideways and you’ll see the Patriots quarterback, the former heavyweight champ and a former Brady backup (Kevin O’Connell should be so lucky). They were all hanging out at the Preakness Saturday.

UPDATE, Sunday, 12:51 a.m.: Initial reports were that Wes Welker was part of the photo, but after a closer look, it was determined that Welker wasn’t present.

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Churchill Downs: We overpaid Wes Welker $15K after he won at Derby 05.16.14 at 9:08 pm ET
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Remember this picture of a happy looking Wes Welker handing out $100 bills after the receiver cashed in at the Kentucky Derby earlier this month? Turns out, the former Patriots wide receiver made the money as the result of some error on the part of Churchill Downs, and the racetrack said Friday it wants its money back.

TMZ is reporting Welker was overpaid by almost $15,000 and wants the money, adding that the track  claims it was due to a machine malfunction, and has sent the wide receiver a letter looking for the loot.

Welker went on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday and said they’ll have to “get in line.”

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Wes Welker really enjoyed himself at Kentucky Derby 05.05.14 at 12:32 pm ET
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It looks like Wes Welker had a lot of fun at the Kentucky Derby over the weekend — the former Patriots receiver was spotted handing out $100 bills after he cashed in.

 

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Tom Brady going to the Derby, Devin McCourty goes back to Rutgers and Patriots kicking tires on college wide receivers 04.14.14 at 12:29 pm ET
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1. Tom Brady is going back to the Kentucky Derby. According to this report, the quarterback is expected to make the trek to Churchill Downs this year, along with current teammate Vince Wilfork, ex-Patriot Wes Welker and a boatload of celebs. This year’s Derby takes place on May 2 and 3, so expect more of these pictures sooner rather than later.

2. According to our pal Dan Duggan, Devin McCourty was back in New Jersey over the weekend to watch the Rutgers spring game, and it’s clear that he continues to have a major impact on the Scarlet Knights. Some current Rutgers defensive backs talked about the impact that McCourty, as well as several other former Rutgers guys who play for the Patriots

“When I really started getting deep into my recruiting process and really starting to narrow down where I want to go, I started paying attention to what position I wanted to play and I started realizing Rutgers put a lot of defensive guys in the league, especially in the secondary,” current Rutgers DB Nadir Barnwell. “I definitely want to go to the next level, so this is definitely a good place to be. They’ll definitely take my game to the next level.”

“I still don’t get why they don’t get some of the best defensive backs every year, just if you watch what they’ve been able to do and what guys have done throughout the league,” McCourty said. “We definitely take pride in it. We have a lot of guys that play in the secondary in the NFL and hopefully it continues.”

3. More pre-draft receiver buzz around the Patriots: South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington has drawn interest from multiple teams around the league — according to Mike Garafalo of Fox Sports, that includes New England. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, he’s already had a workout with the Patriots. The 5-foot-9, 196-pounder had 49 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns last season with the Gamecocks. Ellington, who also started as a point guard with the USC basketball team, projects as a slot receiver with great speed at the next level. (He’s also the cousin of Cardinals running back Andre Ellington.) Here’s some video on him:

In addition, the Patriots have already had a follow-up visit with University of Washington wide receiver Kevin Smith. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in December 2011, became a huge part of the UW offense last season,, finishing with 50 catches for 765 yards and four touchdowns. Known for his sure hands and positive locker room influence, Smith is a former high school basketball standout who also has special teams value as a kick returner.

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Aqib Talib: I never had a hip problem when I was with Patriots 03.13.14 at 12:13 am ET
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Aqib Talib was introduced to the media in Denver for the first time as a Bronco on Wednesday, and he quickly dismissed any thought that he had been struggling with a hip injury — despite the fact that he had been listed on the injury report by the Patriots with a hip injury at multiple points in the 2013 season.

“That was in Tampa, that was the right side. I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” he told reporters.

“The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa. The injury I had was actually a quad injury, it was reported as a hip injury. But that’s how they do things.”

Talib — who signed a six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos that included $26 million in guaranteed money — addressed the larger issue of his health, including the injury that knocked him out of the 2013 AFC title game against Denver when he collided with Wes Welker.

“At 28, I still feel good, I still can do standing backflips and stuff like that, so I feel like I’m in pretty good shape,” said Talib, who hasn’t played a full 16-game season since he arrived in the NFL.

“The injury in the AFC championship, it was just a deep bone bruise. It just swelled up a lot, but no damage, really. It was just a real deep bruise. I just had to do the ice and get my motion back and things like that. It’s perfectly fine now. I’ve been back working out and it’s perfectly fine.”

Talib added that there was no ill will toward Welker.

“Wes is a good friend of mine,” Talib said. “I watched that play 1,000 times and I can promise you he didn’t do it on purpose.”

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History of Patriots and franchise tag 02.17.14 at 10:56 am ET
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We’ve written about this a couple of times to this point in the offseason, but with the franchise tag window open Monday, it’s worth taking another look at how the Patriots have used the tag in the past and what happened as a result:

2002: Adam Vinatieri, contract extension
2003: Tebucky Jones, traded
2005: Adam Vinatieri, played it out and later departed as a free agent
2007: Asante Samuel, played it out and later departed as a free agent
2009: Matt Cassel, traded
2010: Vince Wilfork, contract extension
2011: Logan Mankins, contract extension
2012: Wes Welker, played it out and later departed as a free agent

To be clear, there are two types of franchise tags:

The non-exclusive franchise tag: The most common designation. Under this agreement, the player must be offered a one-year deal based on the average of the non-exclusive franchise numbers at his position over the last five seasons and their percentage of that year’€™€™s salary cap or 120 percent of his prior year’€™€™s base salary, whichever is greater. If a player does get a non-exclusive franchise tag, they can talk with other teams, but if he signs an offer sheet with another club, his team has five days to match the offer. If the offer is not matched, his team will receive two first-round picks as compensation from the signing team.

The exclusive franchise tag: With this designation, the player receivers a one-year offer from his own team that’€™€™s the greater of the average of the top five salaries at his position once the restricted free-agent signing period has ended or 120 percent of his prior year’€™€™s salary. A player cannot negotiate with other teams with the exclusive franchise tag.

Teams have a two-week window, starting Monday, to tag their players.

Read More: Adam Vinatieri, Asante Samuel, Logan Mankins, Matt Cassel
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