Gaffney says he's good to go


Gaffney says he's good to go

FOXBORO - Jabar Gaffney's most productive seasons as a pro were his last three - 54, 65 and 68 receptions in two years with the Broncos and one with the Redskins.

But while they were personally productive, they weren't quite fulfilling, the wideout indicated Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

"You go other places and you realize what you had here in Coach Belichick," said the 31-year-old Gaffney after a Patriots OTA practice. "He's a one of a kind coach and coming back here he reminded me of that real quick. His attention to detail and how he wants perfection and wants you to do your job."

Belichick's attention to detail was evident Thursday when, late in practice, he had the Patriots offense running laps for inefficient work.

"That's the thing, perfection," Gaffney replied when asked what all the running was caused by. "Can't make mistakes. You make mistakes, you're gonna take off and run for it."

Tom Brady's made no secret of his high regard for Gaffney, especially in the last few months.

Asked how the two are getting along now that he's returned, Gaffney said, "We have a great relationship on and off the field. We just have that rapport with each other. He knows where I'm gonna be and I know he's gonna put it right there. He has all the confidence in me and I have all the confidence in him. We picked right back up and started building that relationship up again.

In three years with the Patriots (2006-08) Gaffney only had 85 catches. But his ability as a technician and his dependability were standout traits.

His return - and that of Donte Stallworth and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels - has the Patriots going a little retro.

Gaffney laughed when asked if he still had some gas left in his tank, adding, "I'm ready to go a couple more years."

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: