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Belichick gives high praise for Colts' Vinatieri


Belichick gives high praise for Colts' Vinatieri

FOXBORO -- Is Adam Vinatieri a Hall of Famer?

As the former Patriots kicker returns to Foxboro in his 17th NFL season, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked the question. And even though Belichick admitted to not really understand the Hall of Fame criteria, he did seem like he would put Vinatieri into the Hall if the choice was his.

"He's certainly one of the greatest kickers I've ever seen, since I've been in the league," said Belichick. "The longevity, the production, the performance of championships in big games. What more could he do? You know, what more could he do? Go out there and play wide receiver and catch a bunch of passes? What more could he do?"

Vinatieri spent 10 seasons with the Patriots and won three Super Bowls. Now with Indianapolis, he enters Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium having hit the most 50-plus yard field goals in a season in his career, with three through nine games.

So he's still got it.

"When Adam was here -- and I'm sure it's the same in Indianapolis -- he trained hard, worked hard, kept himself in good condition, had good overall strength, and certainly mental toughness and concentration, and all those things, technique," said Belichick. "He kicked the ball straight. I haven't seen any of that change too much. He might have lost a little bit of range, but, he's still making 50-yard kicks. I'm sure they're confident when they send him out there. And I can understand that."

As much as Belichick praised Vinatieri on Friday, he also made sure he expressed his confidence in his current kicker and Vinatier's replacement since he left: Stephen Gostkowski.

"Steve works hard, and he's been real consistent for us, since the first year he got here," said Belichick. "He's really pretty much the same guy every day. He doesn't get too up or too down. He's made a lot of big kicks for us. Not perfect, but he hasn't been too high in the highs or too low on the lows. He's been very consistent with his work ethic, his discipline, his ability to adapt to different snappers and holders over the course of his career. It's something you can't control as a kicker, but you have to work with. And he's done a good job of that. He hasn't let it affect him. What he controls is just his preparation."

Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September


Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed. 

The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month. 

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.” 

Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player. 

“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”    

Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump


Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots. 

The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message. 

Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.

Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.