Faulk says he'll 'probably' start season on PUP

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Faulk says he'll 'probably' start season on PUP

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Tuesday morning, Bill Belichick said it was possible that Kevin Faulk would start the season on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Tuesday night, Faulk sounded like he expected it. Speaking at the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's Kickoff Gala, Faulk was asked about being placed on PUP and having to miss the first six weeks of the season. "It would be difficult, but thats probably whats going to happen," Faulk said . "Ill deal with it as it comes. That goes with the territory." The 13-year veteran is coming off a torn ACL suffered against the Jets in Week 2 last season. His mentoring role is invaluable to the team. But he's becoming further removed from his days as the best playmaker in this offense ."Whenyou've been doing it for this long, you understand the business and understand the game, so you accept your role and move on," Faulkexplained."Keep getting better while on the PUP list, each and every day, and wait to see when your opportunity comes again. That's been my role for the past 13 years." Faulk told me he has no definitive answer as to where he'll start the season. He told reporters, "I went into coach Bill Belichick's room, me and him talked, and he said, 'I know if I said I can put you out there right now, youd give me 120 percent.' And hes probably right, but he was like, 'I want you to be better than 120 percent.' Thats Bill. Hes just being himself. I told him, 'I understand, whatever it is I can do to help this team win, thats what Im going to do.'" Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on. ... Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.

Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.

Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.