Report: Waters turned down raise from Patriots

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Report: Waters turned down raise from Patriots

It appears as though Brian Waters really just doesn't want to play football. Not in New England, at least.

The Patriots guard held out for all of training camp, but it was assumed by many that he would show up in Foxboro in time to be ready for New England's Week 1 against the Titans. When he didn't, reasons swirled as to why: Maybe the Patriots asked him to take a pay cut; maybe he wanted to stay at home with his family.

A report this morning from the Boston Globe adds another layer to the Waters saga. According to Shalise Manza young, Waters was offered a "significant" raise -- more than the 1.4 million he was due to make in 2012 -- and he turned it down.

Waters made the Pro bowl last season after missing all of training camp. Some have speculated that he still may have interest in playing football, but only somewhere close to his Texas home. Since he's still technically under contract with the Patriots (he's now on the reservedid not report list) it's unlikely they would release him to sign with another AFC contender like the Texans.

The Patriots have already had their share of problems at right guard this season. Dan Connolly suffered a concussion in Week 1, and his replacement Donald Thomas had a hard time against a talented Cardinals defensive line in Week 2. Surely the team would love to have Waters back. But with this latest news, that appears more unlikely than ever.

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Jerod Mayo: 'Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year'

Jerod Mayo: 'Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year'

Jerod Mayo still has faith in New England Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.

The cornerback, who was the Patriots' top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, struggled mightily in his rookie season. He fumbled his way out of a role on special teams, where he served as a returner.

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He then failed to perform at nickel cornerback, and the Patriots traded for Eric Rowe, who pushed Jones down the depth chart and often onto the inactives on game day. Jones' emotional outburst during Week 5 when he got ejected for punching Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins didn't help.

Despite all that, Mayo thinks Jones will turn things around.

"I think Cyrus Jones will probably be most improved this year," Mayo said in the latest edition of "The Ex Pats" podcast. "I want people to remember a rookie [Matthew] Slater. A rookie Matt Slater was terrible. He would sit here on this podcast and tell you he's terrible, and I think Cyrus Jones is more athletic than Matthew Slater. I think -- I know for a fact, because I've seen it time and time again, the biggest leap not only in athleticsm but also in confidence is from year one to year two."

Jones admitted to the Baltimore Sun that his rookie was "hell." He added he felt "embarrassed." The 23-year-old cornerback said he didn't feel like he was a part of New England's Super Bowl LI win.

“Failure is another opportunity to begin again more intelligently,” Jones wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post.

Mayo seems to think Jones has learned his lesson, and will rebound with the help of Bill Belichick. And the Patriots may need Butler to be the most-improved player. Malcolm Butler's future with New England has become uncertain, and the remaining top cornerbacks are over 6-feet.

The Patriots need a slot corner. Jones is the next man up.

"As much as the media has kind of battered this young kid, Bill's going to boost him up this entire offseason," Mayo said. "Bill -- he's the best at putting lowlights up after a game . . . But during the offseason, he kind of -- it's individualized coach. He knows this guy's confidence is in the toilet. He's going to boost him up as much as possible.

"You know [Jones] can play football. He played in the SEC. He played on the top team on the country, and was a standout performer. So this is a confidence issue. This entire thing is a confidence issue, and I think they fix that."