Brady in Manhattan to support UGG For Men

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Brady in Manhattan to support UGG For Men

A sign of June: Patriots "content" involving UGGs.

But June it is and OTAs aren't open to the media until Thursday, so here you have it.

Tom Brady "traded his cleats for boots on Tuesday night."

This according to the New York Post, which detailed Brady's trip to Midtown Manhattan for an UGG For Men store opening. The Patriots quarterback has been one of the brand's spokesmen since 2010.

I had the slippers for a long time, all through college. Its a California brand so being a California kid, I know something about them, he said. As you can see when you go in there, there are so many different styles, so it is a cool brand. Its a lot of fun to be a part of something thats grown as much as it has over the past few years.

You know Brady went to Michigan. You know he was a backup his first two years -- which caused him great angst -- before starting every game in 1998 and 1999. But I bet you didn't know he wore UGG slippers in that span!

Let's move on.

Whenever we advertise digitally or on Tom in print, we have a positive reaction, said UGG President Connie Rishwain.

The rest of the Patriots have had a positive reaction as well.

I wear them all the time. I certainly have a lot of variety," Brady said. "I wear them to the Stadium, to work. Especially at the football stadium, a lot of my teammates, Ive given away a lot of slippers to them over the years too. When you walk in the morning and half of the team is wearing the slippers you gave them, its pretty cool.

It's difficult to imagine 53 NFL players in UGG slippers. But probably less so in June than September, so we'll take it.

Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

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Van Noy sees playing-time bump as he learns Patriots language

When Kyle Van Noy was traded to the Patriots in late October, he had a lot to learn. He needed to understand the layout of his new team's maze-like facility. He needed to adjust to a new locker room. He needed to adapt to a new home. 

He also had to become fluent in a new language.

The former Lions 'backer was inactive for two weeks before he was comfortable enough with the Patriots system -- and the coaching staff was comfortable enough with him -- to get on the field. He played 29 snaps against the Niners in first game with his new club, then saw 28 plays against the Jets. On Sunday he saw his role expand as he played 40 of a possible 51 plays, which was more than Shea McClellin (38) or Dont'a Hightower (33). 

"Kyle has done a great job of working really hard to acclimate to what we’re doing, and he has had to learn really fast as far as the system, the communication, the language," said defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on a conference call Tuesday. "It’s like when you go to a different system, offensively or defensively, a lot of times it’s just learning the vernacular and the verbiage . . . That’s a big part of it. Then getting more familiar with that kind of terminology and the communication is critical because there’s a lot of calls and adjustments, things like that that we’ve got to do on the field."

Van Noy was making some of those calls himself on Sunday as he wore the green dot on his helmet when Hightower was on the sidelines. Even with the added responsibility, Van Noy was able to play freely enough that he put together what might have been the best game of his three-year career. 

Used at the end of the line of scrimmage as well as in a more traditional off-the-line linebacker role, Van Noy was effective in defending both the pass and the run: He stuffed three Rams rush attempts, he recorded a quarterback hit that led to an incompletion, he drew a holding call, and he recorded an athletic interception when he tracked a wobbling Jared Goff pass that floated over the middle after Jabaal Sheard hit Goff's arm as the rookie released his throw.

After several of his stand-out plays, Van Noy was visibly excited on the field and later on the sidelines. It was the culmination of six weeks of work, learning as much as he could from a coaching staff that was eager to teach him. 

"He’s extremely prideful in his work and his approach to the game," Patricia said. "He’s very cerebral. He’ll ask a lot of questions. He really wants to understand what we’re doing and why, which is great. We’re trying to give him those answers and insight into kind of where some of this either came from or developed or situations like that so that’s really good."