Colvin eyes comeback... or does he?

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Colvin eyes comeback... or does he?

Today's Twitter buzz has a particular tone. NFL free agency has begun and fans are practically frothy with fantasy football-type expectations (It's worth pointing out, as other writers have, that the Eagles were last year's FA "winner." Loser? Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.)

But a different message caught my eye on Twitter. I was asked to confirm that Rosevelt Colvin is planning a comeback to the NFL.

Curious.

The former Patriot's newsfeed revealed 59comeback and colvin2012 hashtags. But who knows with Twitter? It's sometimes impossible to tell what's sincere and what's sarcastic, tone being so tough to coax out of any combination of 1-140 characters.

So I asked him.

"I'm working out but not pressing if it happens. All these people cut by the Colts, I'm gonna walk over there and just try out," Colvin joked.

Despite what I'll assume is your first thought, he says the recent NFL return of Randy Moss was not an inspiration. The feeling is bigger than one man.

"As athletes, if you compete on the highest level you never get that fix in anything else," the longtime linebacker said. "Most guys get forced out of the game. I could have still played when I retired but I had some family health issues I needed to handle."

Colvin's fans are digitally praying, begging via Twitter for him to pull on that old Patriots jersey. In a way it's not surprising. If Patriots fans could get their hands on a Way-Back machine and transport New England's 2004 defense to present-day Gillette, they would. They will never stop reminiscing about those players who could "cut the lights out" on an opposing offense.

But professional athletes have a more accelerated career expiration rate than their most adoring fans can face. Think Moss has rust? Colvin is 34; he's been out of football since 2008.

Nobody is more aware than he.

"It's a long shot, especially out that way in New England," Colvin said. "Once Bill moves on he's done. I'm not pressing about it anyway. Really, working out is for my health."

Though Colvin longs for the NFL's competition and camaraderie, he made it clear he's not planning to bust down doors looking for a job. Maybe the Tweets are just a flirtation. Maybe if he gets a response, it will turn into something more.

For now it's just hope.

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

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Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Strahan picks Steelers to upset Patriots in AFC Championship

Michael Strahan saw the Patriots lose a Super Bowl first-hand, but he doesn’t think they’ll lose Super Bowl LI. That’s because he doesn’t think they’ll be participants. 

Appearing on The Tonight Show, the former Giants defensive end and current Person Who is Frequently on Television said that he expects the Steelers to upset the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship.

“I think in the AFC, I think Pittsburgh might pull the upset this year,” Strahan said. 

When Jimmy Fallon objected, Strahan said Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ pass rush would be enough to beat the Pats if New England plays the way it did in the divisional round. 
 
“If you watched the Houston Texans, they had a shot; they just turned the ball over,” he said. “And the Houston Texans offense is in no way, shape or form near what Pittsburgh has. They don’t have the quarterback that [Pittsburgh has]. Defensively, Houston had the really good defense, but Pittsburgh [puts] the good pressure on the quarterback. And from my Super Bowl experience, Tom Brady does not like pressure. I’m just saying I feel like if there’s anybody who’s going to pull an upset, it will be them.” 

As for any rooting interest, Strahan said that he hopes the Falcons win the Super Bowl, citing Matt Ryan being overdue for a title and Julio Jones having a Brady-like quality of putting team goals before his own legacy.