Broncos defense will try to confuse Brady


Broncos defense will try to confuse Brady

FOXBORO -- One of the keys to defeating the Denver Broncos on Sunday will be for Bill Belichick's defense to disguise and surprise Peyton Manning, keeping him off-guard all game.

But it's safe to say that the Patriots won't be the only team using that defensive style.

Throughout the first four weeks of the regular season, Denver has utilized a defensive formula that has all 11 players standing up before the snap.

Belichick said it makes for a "who's who" game.

"They have kind of a defense where nobody's down, and they kind of walk around," said Belichick on Friday. "They don't really have anybody in a three-point stance, or maybe sometimes one guy will get down. They've down that, they've shown that, I'll say, in every game, or, a number of times during the year. It's not like a one-time thing against Oakland. They've been doing that.

"They have some versatile guys, that, sometimes they rush, sometimes they cover. And they like to bring a lot of defensive backs, when they get into their six or seven defensive-back defenses. So, they're really like linebackers, but they're defensive backs. It just becomes an identification thing for the offense. Who's a DB, who's a linebacker, who's got who, who's down? And so, you potentially have 11 guys in coverage, instead of, just say, seven, which is a traditional four-man line.

"They've done that, and again, that's one of the many things they do that creates problems for you, preparation-wise," added Belichick. "They do it every week, then that's something you've got to be ready for, because you kind of know that sooner or later, they're going to give it to you."

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft is a bit taken aback when he walks into a room at Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots' five Lombardi trophies lined up.

"Wow. That's the first time I've seen five trophies there," he tells Andrea Kremer on HBO's "Real Sports" in a interview that will air as part of this week's episode Tuesday at 10 p.m.

"A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don't have things go their way," Kraft says, "And you never give up hope and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perserverance. You just keep getting up and getting up and then you get that breakthrough. I think that's what happened in overtime down in Houston. And that's lessons in life that are good for anyone." 

Here's an excerpt: