Belichick takes another quiet swipe at NFL

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Belichick takes another quiet swipe at NFL

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO - You know Bill Belichick doesn't do Twitter or Myface or any of that. But somebody probably should get him Tweeting under the handle "StuffBBsays".On Wednesday morning, while fielding a fleet of questions about his 2010 captains that he enjoyed at first but began to weary of after a bit, Belichick was asked why the Patriots don't put the little "C" on the jerseys to denote who the captains are. He shrugged. "I guess that's another one of the new traditions in the league," he sniffed. "I've seen a lot of football games, there has been football for a long time, and there have been captains with no patches and it seemed like everything was fine. I guess that's another one of our improvements, with the new overtime rules and all that." So that would be example 374 of passive aggressivity (?) toward the powers that be. Amusing as this one was, it does not trump Belichick's reaction to the NFL's Director of Football Ops praising a hit by Brandon Meriweather a week after Meriweather drew a 50,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet collision with Baltimore's Todd Heap. "I think that would be a first for me," Belichick said then. "The officials are now evaluating the players and their performance that's great. I can't tell you how much that means to me, really." The Patriots will hold a walk-through on Wednesday in the practice bubble. After two days off, it's clear New England's ratcheting it back this week. Asked if the walk-through was an "attempt to get healthier," Belichick said, "It's our preparation for the Dolphins. We'll be out this week, whatever the conditions are, we'll be out there and we'll deal with them."

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Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.