Cannon receives 2011 Ed Block Courage Award


Cannon receives 2011 Ed Block Courage Award

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will let you know that they're not focused on individual awards or achievements. But the award that offensive lineman Marcus Cannon received on Thursday was one of a different beast.

Cannon was selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2011 Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to the player who best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship, while also serving as a source of inspiration.

And the rookie's comeback story was inspiring enough to be given the award.

Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma following his senior season at Texas Christian University, prior to being selected by the Patriots in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Cannon was promoted to the active roster in mid-November, and has appeared in seven games since.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn't usually speak about individual achievements, but this one was worthy of heavy praise.

"Of course, Marcus has gone through a lot this year," he said on Thursday. "He's certainly had to deal with a lot more than a normal rookie would have to deal with. It's a big transition as it is, just coming into this league. He dealt with a lot, very maturely and unselfishly. He did what he had to do, but at the same time, he was always there for the team, and was always doing what he could to help the team. And he's helped the team in a lot of ways.

"I'm proud that he's on our team, and what he's accomplished. He certainly deserves to be recognized for it."

Rex Ryan poses as Buffalo reporter on conference call with Julian Edelman


Rex Ryan poses as Buffalo reporter on conference call with Julian Edelman

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, always up for a good laugh, posed as a Bills reporter on a conference call with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.

Brissett's message when he handed off to Belichick? 'Ball security'


Brissett's message when he handed off to Belichick? 'Ball security'

FOXBORO -- Immediately after Jacoby Brissett scored his first NFL touchdown, a 27-yard designed run against the Texans, he headed over to the Patriots sideline and handed coach Bill Belichick the football. 

Until Tuesday, we didn't know what he said during the exchange, but he indicated that he wanted to keep the ball away from Houston's defenders. On Showtime Tuesday night, as part of Inside the NFL, we found out Brissett repeated one of Belichick's most frequently used lines back to the coach.

"Ball security," Brissett said. 

That was one of the highlights from the show, which pulled some of the best clips from a mic'd up Belichick before and during his team's 27-0 win over the Texans. 

Among the moments captured were Belichick's interactions pregame with former members of the Patriots organization like Vince Wilfork and Romeo Crennel. He was also caught discussing Brissett's warmup with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

"Looks a little wild here in warmups," Belichick said. 

"He'll be fine," McDaniels replied. "I think he'll settle into it."