By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Replacing Jerod Mayo (knee) the player will not be easy for the New England Patriots. But maybe just as challenging will be filling the communication void left by his absence.
"Everybody has a job to do. When someone goes down, everybody else has to step up and play their role," said Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. "This is going to be a prime example for us. Whatever happens, whoever we have out there Sunday playing, they're going to have to be able to step up because we all depend on them."
More like unshakeable confidence that whoever is on the field, will get the job done when called upon.
"I don't think Bill (Belichick) would put anybody on the field he doesn't have confidence in," Wilfork said. "We feel the same way. We have each other's back. We know exactly what we have in this locker room and on the field."
What Wilfork sees is a defense that has struggled with being consistent, something he believes will improve in time.
"It's a good thing when you can sit back and say you got more that you can give," Wilfork said. "We have more we can give than what we're putting out. It's going to take all of us, not just myself or a couple players. Whoever is on that field, we're all depending on each other."
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Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.