Jones, almost a Jet, not feeding rivalry's drama


Jones, almost a Jet, not feeding rivalry's drama

FOXBORO -- An effort was made Friday in the Patriots locker room to get Chandler Jones to rev up the rivalry engine. Because he's a rookie, because this is Jets Week, Jones was asked if he's noticed a uptick in energy in advance of Sunday's game.
"We're 3-3 right now. That's not where we want to be. Personally, that's not where I want to be. You've got to win. You go in every week with the same goal -- to win. You've got to win the football game. That's every week. You have to have that sense of urgency to win every week. And that's our goal."
He was practically chided to not take the reporter's bait. But Jones held steady in his response.
"I mean, we just want to win," he laughed. "If you want to call this a big game. Personally for me, it'll be a big game -- that's my mentality every week. Against the Jets, yeah, it's a big game."
He almost ended up on the other side of the fight.
A few days before the 2012 NFL draft, ESPNNewYork reported the Jets were showing "strong interest" in Jones and wanted to move up to select him. New York ended up taking a different defensive end, Quinton Copes, at 16 overall, but Jones confirmed the team's early inquiries.
"Yeah. They showed a lot of interest. They showed a lot of interest," he said.
Meeting with the head coach was part of the process.
"From what I know, Rex Ryan's a great coach," Jones recalled. "I sat down and I interviewed with him over the draft. He's a good coach. He's very up to date on things.
"I went up there and we sat down -- he sat me down -- we went over a few schemes. Basically what every team does with you. We talked about my brother UFC fighter Jon 'Bones' Jones a little bit, but that's about it."
Both he and the Patriots seem happy with how the draft turned out. The rivalry aspect will be decided, as Jones wanted it, on the field Sunday.

Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions


Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask questions

BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.

Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.

She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.

"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.

Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.

Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.

Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald talks with Toucher and Rich about the report that the Patriots inquired what the price would be to acquire Seahawks Pro Bowl corner Richard Sherman via trade.