Meriweather takes high road in Chicago

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Meriweather takes high road in Chicago

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Brandon Meriweather faced the media in Chicago on Monday. And even though he's gone from New England, there were echoes of its influence in Meriweather's words. According to ESPN's Mike C. Wright, Meriweather had this to say when asked about his release by the Patriots, "Tobe honest, thats between meand coach Bill Belichick. I have a lot of respect for that organization. I have a lot of respect for Bill, and the rest of the staff there. Thats behind me."Meriweather was exceedingly diplomatic and said all the right things in his unveiling. To wit (courtesy of Wright's Twitter account). "This is a business, and nothing surprises me anymore. " "I expect to come in and do whatever coach Lovie Smith asks. If he asks me to play special teams, I expect to do that. " "I just think it will be a good fit. The style of defense that they play . . . I love Coach Lovie and the organization."

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Gronkowski, Butler among missing from Thursday OTA session

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Gronkowski, Butler among missing from Thursday OTA session

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had a handful of surprise absences from Thursday's OTA session, the third such session of the week and the first that was open to reporters. 

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, corner Malcolm Butler, corner Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon were all missing from the session. The reason for their absences was unclear. 

Other players missing from the practice were receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, both of whom are recovering from offseason surgeries. Edelman was spotted wearing a boot on his surgically-repaired foot at Wednesday's Patriots fantasy camp at Gillette Stadium. 

Running backs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis -- both of whom ended last season on injured reserve -- were also missing from the practice, as were offensive linemen Tre' Jackson, Shaq Mason, Josh Kline Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer. 

Defensive linemen Frank Kearse and Alan Branch were not present. Safety Nate Ebner, who is in the process of trying to make the US Olympic rugby squad, was also missing. 

Long-snapper Joe Cardona, who is currently fulfilling his duties as an active member of the Navy, was also not present Thursday. 

Jim Breuer reads purported Jastremski email to Toucher and Rich

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Jim Breuer reads purported Jastremski email to Toucher and Rich

On Toucher and Rich, comedian Jim Breuer reads an email he says he received from a man he met at a Mexican resort who said he was John Jastremski, a key figure in the Patriots’ Deflategate saga. 

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Breuer identifies picture as Patriots staffer Jastremski: ‘Absolutely’ him

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Breuer identifies picture as Patriots staffer Jastremski: ‘Absolutely’ him

Toucher & Rich try to get to the bottom of comedian Jim Breuer's ‎Deflategate story. Breuer IDs a picture of Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski as the man he met last year at a resort in Mexico who told him he was the key guy in the controversy.

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