Cunningham sets goal to have big year


Cunningham sets goal to have big year

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; With so much talk surrounding the Patriots acquisition ofAlbert Haynesworth, its easy to overlook some of the younger players who mayplay just as big a role on the defensive end in 2011.

One of those younger players is defensive end JermaineCunningham.

Cunningham is entering his second NFL season, and is poisedto have a big year, after making 35 tackles in 2010.

Thats the goal, said Cunningham after Sunday morningswalkthrough. I mean, every season youre supposed to have expectations. I justwant to go out there and do good, and help the team win.

Im feeling good you know, just getting back to playingfootball, just trying to come out here and work hard and keep getting better.

There wasnt even much walking in Sundays walkthrough forthe Patriots defensive linemen and linebackers. For most of the session, itlooked as if they were just standing around doing nothing on the side practicefield at Gillette Stadium.

But in reality, they were doing more than that.

Youve got to make sure you know what youre doing, soweve got to make sure weve got all the assignments down, said Cunninghamafterwards. Just try to get in the best position.

In 2011, Cunningham is in a position to prove himself as aspecial player. Not just because hes a promising talent at 6-foot-3 and 260pounds. But also because of the recent cuts New England just made by releasingTy Warren and Tully Banta-Cain. Cunninghams production, at this point, is evenmore important to the Patriots.

He just sees it as another opportunity to prove his worth onthe Patriots defense.

Every season people get better, people get worse, saidCunningham. Its just, the best person is always going to play. Youve justgot to go out there and prove yourself.

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Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

Roethlisberger responds to Edelman comments: 'We've got our trophies'

On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships. 

“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”

Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows: 

"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."