Ex-Pat Klecko, Reggie Jackson join anti-Jet chorus

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Ex-Pat Klecko, Reggie Jackson join anti-Jet chorus

By Art Martone
CSNNE.com

You'll get nothing out of the Stepford Patriots, of course, but there's mounting evidence the Pats -- and many in the athletic community -- have just about had it with the Jets' never-ending verbal assaults.

CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran reported Thursday that former Patriot Dan Klecko sent him a text message -- "out of the blue" -- that he described thusly:

"Could you please make some mention," Curran related Klecko saying, "at some point, about the ridiculousness of the Jets' talking trash and showing a lack of respect toward the Patriots? It's driving me crazy."

(And the ironic thing? Klecko's father, Joe, was anall-time great for the Jets. He played for New York from 1977-87, is amember of the team's Ring of Honor -- in fact, he was in the inauguralclass -- and his jersey number 73 was retired by the team.)

This came on the same day that baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson called out the Jets' Antonio Cromartie for saying Tom Brady is an "a--hole."

Dan Klecko played for the Pats from 2003-05, winning two championships, but also won a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in 2006 and later played for the Eagles; he's not, as Curran pointed out, "a dyed-in-the-wool Patriot." This led Curran to conclude:

"If Dan Klecko is irritated about this, that shows how irritated the Patriots must be . . . Inside that locker room, and definitely inside that organization, the Patriots have had more than enough of the New York Jets. And if they get a chance to, they'll put their foot on their neck come Sunday."

Meanwhile, Jackson -- appearing on ESPN 1050 Radio in New York -- told Cromartie to "shut up and playfootball.

"What are you talking about? What are you doing? Shut up, playfootball, Jackson said. "What are you talking about Patriots coachBill Belichick and these people for? Spend your time looking at film,spend your time knocking down a pass. What are you doing? Youre notaffecting Brady; youre wasting time . . .

"Go look at the hardware, dude. Walk through the lobby up there andlook at the championship trophies that are there. You don't have that,you don't have anything close to that.

"You might want to shut up, you might learn something. Read, you mightfigure something out. Watch film, you might get educated. If not, youhave a chance to get embarrassed on Sunday. I hope you don't, because Ilike the Jets."

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the Associated Press he's proud of the way his team has responded -- or, rather, hasn't responded -- to the Jets.

"I don't want to speak to how other people do things or be judgmentalabout what motivates other people," said Kraft. "But stylistically, I think we do things alittle bit different than the folks we're playing this weekend . . .

"I'm proud of the way the team is conducting itself right now. We're trying to let our actions speak when we play . . . The style of people from New England is to try to let our actions speakon Sunday at 4:30 and not have a lot of blather and say things that, insome ways, take away from the game."

Art Martone can be reached at amartone@comcastsportsnet.com.

Branch reinstated by Patriots after week-long suspension

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Branch reinstated by Patriots after week-long suspension

Alan Branch has been reinstated by the Patriots after the team suspended him prior to last week's preseason game with the Bears, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. 

When Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Branch's absence last week, he replied, "It's a club matter."

What got Branch suspended by the team is still unknown, but he is expected to be a contributing player on the interior of the Patriots defensive line in 2016. He started in 17 games last season, including both playoff games, often lining up alongside fellow defensive tackle Malcom Brown. 

Through training camp the Patriots have also used Terrance Knighton, Vincent Valentine, Anthony Johnson and Joe Vellano on the interior of their defensive front. Branch, however, has consistently been used with the team's first defensive grouping. It's unclear how a week away from the team might impact his spot on the depth chart. 

Field Yates of ESPN was the first to report the news that Branch had been reinstated.

Brady makes trip with Patriots to Carolina

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Brady makes trip with Patriots to Carolina

Tom Brady traveled with the Patriots to Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, ahead of the third preseason game Friday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald was first to report the news. 

There’s no word on if Brady will play. He missed the opener against the Saints and, after cutting his thumb with scissors, missed the second exhibition game last Thursday against the Bears, both at Gillette Stadium.

Brady, of course, will miss the first four games of the regular season serving his NFL-imposed Deflategate suspension.

Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

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Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

The Dallas Cowboys have a “Do Your Job” sign posted in their locker room and “Gronk Nation” isn’t happy about it.

Here’s an excerpt from “Gronk Nation” - the website of Rob Gronkowski and his family - about “America’s Team” co-opting the slogan of the 2014 Patriots' Super Bowl run: 

While we all know that the Pats thrashed the Cowboys 30-6 last October and Dallas hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season, so they need all the motivation they can get – but can’t America’s Team come up with their own slogan instead of stealing ours?