No huddle: Four Pats rap about roster cuts

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No huddle: Four Pats rap about roster cuts

The league clock is steadily ticking away on roster cuts. By Friday, every team must be at 53.
One day before New England's roster gets trimmed from 90 to 75, four different players were made available via conference calls. Cornerback Devin McCourty, receivers Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman, and D-lineman Kyle Love all spoke about what this week is like.
MCCOURTY: "I think it's one of the worst parts about this business those two large cutdown dates. I think a lot of the young guys and guys that are on the team have worked hard and I think coming in every day, putting their best foot forward, working hard and then letting the chips fall where they may.
"I remember when my brother Jason was in the same spot early when he was a sixth round draft pick just trying to encourage him and help him out. I told him, 'You did everything you could to work hard for that position so, whatever happens, just be happy and be proud of yourself.'"
SLATER: "It was definitely a tough time. Reality is, you have to get through a certain amount of players down to 53. What I learned early in my career is to try not to think about it and just go out and continue my job, focus on what I had to do. Really, at the end of the day, if I put forth my best effort that's all I could control. It's tough when you're worrying about things you can't control because it can consume you. I just learned not to play the numbers game and just try to go out and take advantage of each and every day that you have here, and hope for the best from there.
"There is a bit of stress that comes with that, but I think every day around here is an up-tempo, tense day. We have to have a sense of urgency every day around here because we have a lot of things to improve on and a lot of things to get done. We understand what time of year it is and what happens. But that's part of the game and we can't do anything to change it."
EDELMAN: "People really don't talk about it. You're over here just thinking about yourself and what you have to do to make the team and contribute to the team. When that day comes I'm mostly thinking about what I've got to do to help this team.
"It's a stressful job. That's part of it getting into this that it's a possibility. What I do is just worry about what I can worry about, what I can control, and that's trying to be a better football player every day and taking the coaching from the coaches.
"You've just got to go out there and do what you think is best for your situation and the situation of the team. That's what I try to do."
LOVE: "It's just another work day. Guys just come in, try to do your job, get better every day. It's just another day for us.
"A couple guys have asked me, 'What about this? What's going on with this? When do you get that call?' and stuff like that. I just tell them, 'Guys, don't too much worry about that. Don't worry about that. Just work hard every day, give it your best effort and play hard when it comes down to it."

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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