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

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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.

Patriots, Lions planning on joint walkthrough before preseason game

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Patriots, Lions planning on joint walkthrough before preseason game

FOXBORO -- There seemed to be an announcement made at Bill Belichick's press conference Wednesday morning, his first meeting with reporters during training camp. 

Belichick mentioned during his opening remarks that the team will be working with the Jaguars, Texans and Lions during camp. Joint practices with the Jags and Texans had already been announced. Joint work with the Lions seemed to be news.

Belichick was asked to clarify later that the team would be having three sets of joint practices, and said, "That's right."

The work the Patriots do with the Lions won't be exactly the same as what they do with the Jaguars and Texans, though. The Patriots clarified later that the plan as of now was for the team to have a joint walkthrough with the Lions in Detroit on the day before their Aug. 25 preseason game. 

The Patriots and Jaguars will conduct joint practices at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 7 and 8 before their Aug. 10 game in Foxboro. The Patriots and Texans will practice with one another at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on Aug. 15 and 16 before their Aug. 19 game in Houston. 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

0:41- How much is John Farrell to blame for David Price’s altercations with media members? Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss if the Red Sox manager needs to take more action against his players.

3:58 - Phil Perry joins Tom Curran and Kayce Smith to debate if Tom Brady is better now than he was 10 years ago in the 2007 season. 

10:06 - Kyle Draper joins BST to discuss the report that LeBron James is not happy with Kyrie Irving and ‘wants to kick his ass’ for asking out of Cleveland.

14:42 - How much does David Price dislike being in Boston? What are the chances he opts out of his contract in 2018? Evan Drellich, Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles break it down.