By Adam Hart
Know who was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Team? Brandon Meriweather, that's who.
With this news comes the collective "huh?" from all Patriots fans not related to the freelancing safety. How could a player who struggles to secure consistent playing time make the Pro Bowl? Don't ask Darius Butler or Julian Edelman. Ask Wicked Good Sports.
Here are the reasons, from least- to most-likely:
1) He deserves it.
2) Fellow The U alums banded together to vote one another in. Except the only thing they band together to do is lose and, in recent years, get stompy in brawls. Meriweather's No. 19 in your program:
3) Nobody watches the Pro Bowl due to its tameness. Time to turn the game's secondary into the Wild West of headhunting. Yeehaw.
4) The NFL is hellbent on promoting its game in England, Big Bang Clock style:
5) They ran out of safeties.
6) They forgot Eric Berry plays in the AFC.
7) NFC players saw the friendly-fire hit on Devin McCourty and unanimously selected Meriweather, hoping to increase the chances they earn 45,000 as Pro Bowl winners. Losers get 22,500.
8) He wears No. 31, McCourty wears No. 32. Hanging chad:
9) Remember when he told the media he quit listening to the coaches and decided to try stuff in practice? Other NFLers like the idea of doing what they want.
10) Might get windy in Hawaii, and he did a remarkable job holding the ball on kickoffs in Chicago.
Yes. The kickoff thing has to be it.
Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)
DID NOT PRACTICE
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
Though neither has rivaled Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live stream, Tom Brady is having a big day when it comes to teammates posting videos of him.
First, former teammate Vince Wilfork shared an ad for Intel in which he designed a graphic of Tom Brady. Shortly after on Wednesday afternoon, Pats offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer posted a video for NFL Deutschland called “Sea Bass’ School of Football” featuring the Patriots quarterback (video below).
In the video, Vollmer, who was born and raised in Germany, tries to teach Brady how to give the German call of Brady’s 10-yard run in second quarter of the Patriots’ divisional round win over the Chiefs last postseason. Brady, as people speaking a language they don’t know are wont to do, struggles to say the correct words. He says “lightsaber” a few times and Vollmer gives him guff. It's not the funniest thing in the world, but it's a hell of a lot lighter than Brady's press conference Wednesday.
Brady isn’t the first Patriot to appear in one of Vollmer’s videos. Rob Gronkowski did the first one in November and Danny Amendola did one that was posted last month.