Belichick: Patriots ignoring Jacksonville's record

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Belichick: Patriots ignoring Jacksonville's record

The Jacksonville Jaguars have won just two games since the season began. Not a daunting collection of NFL talent at this point.

But Bill Belichick, in hopes of maintaining a sterile environment for preparation before Sunday's game in Jacksonville, says he won't mention that the Jags stink.

"We dont talk a lot about records," Belichick said on a conference call Tuesday. "We just dont do it we didnt talk about Houstons record or San Franciscos record or Jacksonvilles record. It doesnt really mean anything. What we do is we look at our opponent and try to analyze their strengths and the things that we have to do to be competitive against them and the areas of weakness that we feel like we can attack. Whatever their record is doesnt really matter. Those are against other teams, we didnt have anything to do with those games. Its how we match up against them.

"All our preparation and focus will be on what Jacksonville does well, what we need to stop and where we think we may be able to gain some advantages or have opportunities and how we can hopefully exploit those," Belichick added. "Thats really the way we approach every game. What the teams record isnt really very important because the most important game that were going to play hasnt happened yet."

Belichick said the Patriots are happy to return to a "normal" work week after playing prime-time games in three of the past four weeks.

"Its definitely good to be back on a regular schedule," said Belichick. "I think that all of us players, coaches, really everybody in the organization you kind of get used to a routine. You play on Sunday and you have that routine and then you play again on Sunday so you kind of know where youre at on Wednesday, where you should be in terms of your preparation, where you are on Thursday, whether youre ahead or youre behind in that preparation, where you are on Friday in terms of getting things done leading up to the game.

"When you change that game time or game date, whether its an eight-day week or a four-day week or a six-day week, whatever it is, youre trying to find your equilibrium there of where you are," Belichick added. "So like last week, on Wednesday, we werent the same point we usually would be on a Wednesday because having played Monday night, those type of things. I think its good to be in a routine and its good to be playing from Sunday to Sunday. I think just for today, on Tuesday, as a coaching staff we know where we normally are on Tuesday and I think that in terms of our preparation, our targets of where we need to be, what we have to have done, we can be there and then moving along . . ."

Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season

Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter. 

From Schefter on Facebook:  

Specific details on Rob Gronkowski's new deal with Patriots, per @RosenhausSports:

1st tier, which gets him to $10.75M either 90 percent play time or 80 catches or 1200 receiving yards or All Pro -- and he's made All Pro four times.

2nd tier to $8.75M: he has to get 80 percent play time or 70 catches or 1000 receiving yards or 12 TDs.

3rd tier takes him to $6.75M is 70 percent playtime, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 TDs.

But a big new groundbreaking deal for Gronk.

Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows. 

The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10. 

Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change

Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change

Tuesday’s announcement from Roger Goodell that the NFL is “relaxing” its rules on celebrations is good news for at least one Patriot. 

That would be Brandin Cooks, who began celebrating the rule change on Twitter not long after the league made its announcement. 

Cooks, whom the Patriots acquired from the Saints this offseason in a trade that sent first and third-round picks to New Orleans, lost his favorite celebration last season when it was made clear that miming archery was off-limits. Josh Norman was fined $10,000 last season for such a celebration. 

Following Norman’s fine, Cooks lamented the league’s decision to punish what Cooks had previously done in reference to a Bible verse (Psalms 144:6). 

"Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them," Cooks told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this."

Added Cooks: ”I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it."

When Tuesday’s news emerged, Cooks and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram were quick to react.