Demps to IR as Pats make cuts to 53

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Demps to IR as Pats make cuts to 53

FOXBORO - The Patriots got their roster down to 53 Friday night, rounding out the cuts we already told you about with a few more moves of note. The most prominent move was the team putting rookie running backreturn man Jeff Demps on injured reserve, ending his season. He is not on the 53-man roster so he won't be eligible for the newly implemented IR-return rule. Demps tweaked his right leg Wednesday against the Giants. He walked to the locker room and then to the shower, albeit with a limp, so chances are slim he was damaged beyond 2012 repair. But putting the 5-7, 175-pounder on IR gives him a redshirt season in which he can learn the offense, bulk up and begin to carve a role.

In addition to the releases of Deion Branch, Brian Hoyer, James Ihedigbo and Dan Koppen, the Patriots also shipped out a few more better-known veterans: LB Niko Koutouvides, S Sergio Brown, LB Jeff Tarpinian, and S Malcolm Williams. All had special teams relevance.
DL Marcus Harrison, OL Matt Kopa, WR Jesse Holley, S Derrick Martin, FB Eric Kettani, DL Aaron Lavarias, TE Alex Silvestro, WR Kerry Taylor, and 2012 draft pick Jeremy Ebert were also let go. The team also released rookie free agent linemen Derek Dennis, Dustin Waldron, Jeremiah Warren and Darrion Weems. Tight end Tyler Urban was also released.

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

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Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.