Morris 'overwhelmed' to be in Patriots HOF


Morris 'overwhelmed' to be in Patriots HOF

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Former Patriots center Jon Morris didnt think hed get in.

Players are voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame by thefans. And Morris figured that most fans who vote werent even alive when heplayed from 1964-74.

So when he got the call from Robert Kraft, it caught him bysurprise.

Im tremendously overwhelmed, said Morris on Thursday atGillette Stadium, after being officially fitted for his red Patriots Hall ofFame blazer.

I had given up hope, he said about his chances of gettingvoted in. I really had. And I was very, very disappointed that I was nevergoing to make it.

Morris was indeed voted in and will be officially inductedinto the Patriots Hall of Fame on Saturday.

But he was in town on Thursday to take it all in, andcompared his playing days to whats going on in New England right now.

It is a different game, said Morris. I didnt playagainst too many guys that weigh as much as Albert Haynesworth weighs. And Iplayed with some good quarterbacks in my career... but Monday night wasthe best quarterback game Ive ever seen, what Brady just did.

Morris also seemed concerned for injured center Dan Koppen,who broke his ankle on Monday night, and will miss 6-10 weeks. Morris canrelate because it was that same injury that ended his career.

I had a terrible feeling when I saw that, said Morris. Isaw Koppen go down, and that happened to me in about the same I think itshis 10th year. It happened to me in my 10th year, in my second game of theyear, and I was out. That was it. That was my last game with the Patriots. Ihope that doesnt happen to him.

It was a sinking feeling when I saw that happen to him. Ivebeen there.

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Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots


Bryan Stork: 'Nothing but great memories' with Patriots

After being traded to the Washington Redskins this week, former Patriots center Bryan Stork broke his 35-day Twitter silence to say farewell to New England.

For those who are wondering, the acronym "HTTR" stands for "Hail to the Redskins," the team's fight song. #HTTR is used by the team and fans on social media.

Stork was reportedly mulling retirement after being dealt, but has decided to report. 

The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick before the move was processed.

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ratto: Kaepernick controversy touches on hot-button issues in an ugly political year

Ray Ratto joins Chevrolet SportsNet Central to discuss Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Belichick says all three QBs could use more game reps

Bill Belichick was expansive Saturday when asked on a conference call how he'll split the quarterback reps for the Patriots final preseason game Thursday in New York.

"I think that’s a good question, it’s a fair question, it’s one that we really have to give some good consideration to," Belichick began. "As I said before, I think whatever we do will benefit whoever does it. We want to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready for the Arizona game. Tom [Brady] isn’t going to be playing for a while, so it’s kind of his last chance to play until he comes back after a few weeks. Jacoby [Brissett] certainly could use all the playing time that he can get. I think that whichever players we play will benefit from it and it will be valuable to them. We could play all three quarterbacks a lot next week and they’d all benefit from that and it would all be good, but we can’t."

Since they can't, Belichick said there will be situational work done with whoever isn't going to get the game reps.

"We only have one game and so many snaps, so we’ll have to, between practice and the game, put them in some situations that are somewhat controllable like a two-minute situation or things like that that you know are going to kind of come up one way or another," said Belichick. "You can sort of control those in how you want those broken down, what’s best, what does each guy need and how can we get the best we need for each guy. I need to let them get the reps that they need, but it’s how do we get the team ready for what they need to be ready for. They all need to get ready for different things.

What Jimmy’s role is in a couple weeks is going to be a lot different than what Tom’s is, and it’s going to be a lot different than what Jacoby’s is. At some point later on, those roles are going to change again. So again, there’s no perfect solution to it. We’ll just do the best we can to try to have our individual players and our team as well prepared as possible at whatever point that is that we have to deal with, and whenever those situations come up."

As I wrote earlier today, this is the sticky and uncomfortable situation arising from Deflategate. It's not a Tom Brady penalty. It's a team penalty when one considers the ripple effects. And there's no handbook to consult.