Harrison 'disappointed' in Meriweather


Harrison 'disappointed' in Meriweather

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Looks like you can't teach them to a young one, either.

Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, traded to Chicago released by the Patriots in no small part because he appeared more interested in delivering devastating hits -- frequently to the head -- than in playing effectively, is doing the same things with his new team the Bears that he did with the Pats, and may find himself benched this week.

Among those shaking his head in dismay: Former Patriot Rodney Harrison.

"I'm a little disappointed," Harrison, now an NBC football analyst, told Tom E. Curran on Thursday night's 'Quick Slants'. "I had a talk with Brandon Meriweather last year and I told him specifically, 'Brandon, you have to be careful of going out here with these dirty hits'. Helmet-to-helmet, vicious hits. We saw it last year against Todd Heap, and I don't want him to have a reputation as being a dirty player because I think it takes away from everything you try to accomplish in your career.

"However, this year he goes to the Bears and, week in and week out, I see Brandon Meriweather leading with his helmet.

"Brandon's a good friend of mine, okay? So I have to tell the truth . . . The thing that I'm afraid of, he's either going to hurt himself or hurt someone else. He has to do a better job of playing safety, making good tackles, not getting beat on the deep end, and stop trying to knock out everybody he has an opportunity to knock out."

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: