Belichick: Patriots have a 'good feel' for Locker's talents


Belichick: Patriots have a 'good feel' for Locker's talents

FOXBORO -- Jake Locker has been named Tennessee's starting quarterback to begin the regular season, and the assumption may be that his inexperience could provide the Patriots with some difficulty as they prepare for him.

But Bill Belichick pointed out on Monday that's not necessarily the case.

"There's a decent amount of film on him, from when he played a couple games last year," said Belichick. "He's had a lot of experience and a lot of playing time this preseason.

"So I think we have a pretty good feel for what they've shown. What else they have, that they haven't shown, we'll see how that unfolds. But we did work on him coming out of college. I think he's pretty much the same player that we expected to see coming out of college. He's athletic, has a good arm, is a smart guy. He can certainly get the ball down the field, and he's a hard guy to tackle. He's elusive."

Locker isn't the only "elusive" player the Patriots will need to prepare for this weekend. And while their speed isn't the same, Belichick compared Locker's elusiveness to that of running back Chris Johnson.

"Johnson's speed is unique, and I'd say Locker's is pretty fast, too," said Belichick, when asked about preparing for Johnson. "So, it's hard to replicate that."

Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots


Rex Ryan: Zero focus on 'extracurricular things' vs. Patriots

FOXBORO -- Seems as though the Bills don't quite have their stories straight. 

On the one hand, you have Bills players, who say that they won't hesitate to retaliate if a Patriots player gets near one of their pregame warmup drills, as Jacoby Brissett did in Week 4. 

On the other hand, you have the Bills coach, who sounded less eager for there to be any kind of scrap before this weekend's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

"No, I mean with us, just go out and warm up," Ryan said in a conference call Wednesday. "That’s what you do, but any of the extracurricular things, you know, there’s absolutely zero focus on that, and shouldn’t be any focus on that. It’s just about playing games.

"I mean if people want to show how tough they are, put the boxing gloves on and get in the ring or something. That might be more impressive -- I don’t want Gronk by the way.

"But I definitely don’t want to see that happen, and our focus is 100 percent on the game and doing the very best we possibly can."

It's an interesting comment from a coach who has made it very clear that he wanted to build a "bully" in Buffalo. His team shut out the Patriots after trying to intimidate New England's rookie quarterback before the game. Did his team not benefit somehow from what occurred before kickoff that day?

He doesn't think so.

"It had nothing to do with our team . . . Absolutely nothing," he said. "You know, those things happen every now and then but it was no big deal. It did absolutely nothing for us."

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad."


Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."