Scott enjoying chance at new start in New England

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Scott enjoying chance at new start in New England

FOXBORO -- Trevor Scott says it himself.

"I'm pretty simple."

Once football season starts he's all about the game, all the time. Not a surprising point of view considering Scott was thrown off his path in 2010.

A sixth-round pick by Oakland in the 2008 NFL draft, Scott had five sacks coming off the bench. The next season he upped the effort and earned more snaps, more sacks (seven), and six starts.

Scott started Oakland's first 10 games of 2010 before his progress got derailed. An ACL injury dumped him off onto IR November 25.

He returned for a full season but had lost his edge. Part of the problem was rehabbing during the lockout ("It just kind of sucks," Scott had said of being denied communication with team trainers), part of it was bad timing (2011 was a contract year).

Bottom line for the Raiders: Their pass-rushing specialist had just seven combined tackles and zero sacks.

But he battled.

"No matter what happened -- on or off the field -- I just kept working hard," Scott said on Sunday. "I just kept persevering through my injury and all that stuff.

"As much as it's a physical injury, it's also mental battle too. You have to stay positive and focus on your goals. Mine was to get back on the field and do well. I'm very happy that I'm here."

New England presented a chance to "start over." The way things went down in Oakland was unfortunate. It's also old news.

"It was what it was. It was the past. I don't really want to talk about that," he said with a tight smile.

And why bother?

In his first preseason game with the Patriots, Scott put on a show at defensive end with three tackles, three quarterback hits and a sack. New England has also used him during camp at linebacker, too, and the scheme versatility should help his cause.

Is one preseason game too small a sample size to get excited? Sure. But whether Scott is going against first or third string offense doesn't matter -- each rep rolls into getting that second chance.

"You just have to keep it all in perspective. At the end of the day, this is a game. We do this because we love to do it.

"I just like to do my job and win."

It's as simple as that.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 

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But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents
 

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Phil Perry analyzes  whether Danny Amendola will take another pay cut to stay with the New England Patriots.