Robert Kraft: Oscar Buzz

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Robert Kraft: Oscar Buzz

By now, we've all seen the Robert KraftRicki Lander audition tape. And by now, I think we can all agree that we'll be hearing about this for a long, long time.

I mean, it's pretty obvious. Once Lander wins the role, and eventually an Oscar, todays viral sensation will be a piece of cinematic history. It will be embedded museums. We'll laugh at ourselves for ever laughing at it.

Meanwhile, Kraft will be the King of Hollywood.

The most powerful man in movies and the NFL.

Here's the video one more time: (Thanks to Barstool Sports for the original link.)

Bravo!

Just one question: What the hell is going on here? We need more plot.

As far as I can tell, Lander's character (Mary Elena) is a part-time stripperpart-time senior citizen dance instructor who's run into some problems in her personal life.

Kraft plays one of Mary Elena's grooviest, most-happening students, who just happens to recognize her at the club. He's drunk and horny, and not at all disturbed by catching his teacher on the "job." In fact, he's into it. It only makes him want her more. And he'll stop at nothing not even re-living the "most embarrassing moment of his life" to get just one dance.

In the next scene, Mary Elena's confronted by her boss from the dance studio (Lyle). He just heard from one of his other employees (probably Tina, Mary Elena's arch rival), that she had started dancing shifts at the strip club. He's basically telling her: "Listen, if you stay here, I'm going to fire you," . . . when Kraft barges in looking for pleasure. And the rest is history. Seriously, don't be surprised if "Nut Up or Move on" becomes this decade's "Show Me The Money."

And we can say we were there in the beginning.

Amen.

P.S. One of the most underrated parts of this video? Kraft actually connects on his punch at the end. Seriously, go to take another look. He really hits the guy. What a ridiculous move!

Just goes to show you how locked in he was to that character.

I mean, for a second there, I almost started to believe that Kraft was really an old, horn dog who runs around trying to pick up strippers.

Well played, Mr. Kraft!

I can't wait for the full release.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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."

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.

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During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."

Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.