Kraft snaps at NFL's labor attorney

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Kraft snaps at NFL's labor attorney

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted the lawyers out of the negotiating roomduring CBA talks. He didn't get his wish. And now the lawyers are feeling Kraft's ire. Even the ones on his own team.In a detailed story that offershope for a deal between players and owners, our buddyMike Silver over at the Yahoo! Sports says that, on Wednesday, Kraft snapped at league labor attorney Bob Batterman "because he felt Batterman was speaking in legalese platitudes."Silver said that "several people familiar with the meetings" noted Kraft's agitation. Silver's piece was a good scene-setter for Friday, a day in which the two sides agreed to extend their deadline to negotiate out another 7 days. Writes Silver, "Sources on both sides of the conflict agreed on one basic premise: If enough progress is made that another short-term CBA extension perhaps a week, perhaps two is announced by Friday night, the players and owners will almost certainly be headed for a settlement that will result in a multi-year deal before the end of this month."We now know that a one-week extension has been granted and the idea of labor peace continuing is in the offing.

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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: