Seymour tight-lipped about seeing old team


Seymour tight-lipped about seeing old team

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran

FOXBORO - Richard Seymour's conference call visit with the New England media on Wednesday was noteworthy more for what he didn't say than what he did.

The first first-round draft choice during the Bill Belichick era, traded away suddenly in September 2009, was all business during the call.

At the end, Seymour was asked, "Are you hoping to catch up with Bill Belichick at all, before or after the game on Sunday?"

Seymour replied, "All my teammates out there. I dont have a problem with any of them."

The response is open to interpretation.

Seymour may have meant that, in addition to Belichick, he's hoping to catch up with "all (his) teammates out there."

Or he could have been specifically omitting Belichick and saying that he has no problem with any of his former teammates.

Whatever the answer truly meant is nice fodder for speculation about grudges and hurt feelings. Suffice to say Belichick isn't on Seymour's Christmas card list. But will their strained relationship impact this game? Probably not much.

Seymour would be motivated whether he was traded or left as a free agent. And his talking points Wednesday were torn from the Patriots' guide to speaking to the media. Few specifics. Short, to-the-point answers.

"Its a big game for us," acknowledged Seymour. "We have to bring our A game in order to beat them. This is a team that we respect and they have a lot of good players, so well put our best foot forward."

Seymour wasn't willing to discuss the deal that delivered New England a first-round draft pick last April (Nate Solder).

He said simply, "For me it was a business decision. They could have gone in any route that they wanted to in terms of the draft. I dont really get caught up in who they got and what pick was it. I cant control any of that. The only thing I can control is how well I go out and play and continue to do that. Thats really it from my standpoint. I dont really look at it any other way."

Seymour's play and his off-field influence on the team was a frequent touchstone Wednesday.

Asked about his former teammate, Tom Brady said, "Hes obviously a leader in that defensive front there and when he gets going, they all get going. Thats the thing, they really rally around him. When he makes his plays, then they all start making plays. So its got to be important for us to try to figure out ways to slow him down."

The only person Seymour discussed specifically was the late Myra Kraft. Seymour came to her funeral in July.

"For me, Myra was a great lady, she was great to the Kraft family - was great to me and my family," he explained. "I have a lot of respect for her and I just wanted to pay my respects. It isnt anything about football its about life. You know how valuable and precious life is.

"I know how much Mr. Kraft cared for his wife and loved her and he was always an example for me and my wife to follow in terms of how he treated her and how she treated him. For me, its about the type of person you are at the end of the day, so I just wanted to go and pay my respects."

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Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office. 

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.

"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."

Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition. 

"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.