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ICYMI VIDEO: Robert Kraft, Matthew Slater Share Inspirational Father’s Day Messages To Ill Fan

Robert Alvarez
June 21, 2018 at 5:52 pm ET

The New England Patriots shared a powerful message to a die-hard fan who was battling illness and given only days to live over Father’s Day weekend.

After the fans’ first tweet went viral over social media following an outpouring of fans trying to get the teams attention, Patriots Owner and CEO Robert Kraft, along with special teams captain Matthew Slater, each sent personal videos for the fan to hear during his final hours. The Hollister twins also reached out to show some support and compassion.

Check out the course of events that went down over Twitter and made for a very special Fathers Day for one man and his son.


PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant Visits Foxboro During Patriots OTAs

Robert Alvarez
May 30, 2018 at 5:42 pm ET

Sometimes you just never know who may show up at Gillette Stadium.

On Wednesday, during the second week of Patriots organized team activities, a five time champion was in attendance and he wasn’t named Tom Brady.

NBA Legend and former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was invited out by the team for a meet and greet and spoke with members of the Patriots after practice. A few Patriots such as Eric Rowe, Stephon Gilmore, and Cody Hollister shared photographs with the basketball icon over their social media accounts.

According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, one player said Bryant was “Just hanging out and dropping some knowledge.”

Past famous visits to Foxboro in recent years have ranged from musicians Bon Jovi and Kenny Chesney to coaches from other sports such as Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tony LaRussa.

For a franchise thats been quoted recently as being “no fun”, it appears the players that did attend today’s OTA’s were rewarded with some memories they’ll never forget.


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PHOTO: McCourty Twins Ready To Be Teammates For First Time In NFL

Robert Alvarez
March 17, 2018 at 2:03 pm ET

Following news the New England Patriots made a trade with the Cleveland Browns for cornerback Jason McCourty, the McCourty twins celebrated over social media becoming teammates for the first time since their college days at Rutgers University.

The trade for Jason marks the second pair of twins currently on the Patriots roster, the Hollister twins, tight end Jacob and wide receiver Cody, are the others.



Their Rutgers teammates also chimed in by poking fun at the two joining up on the Patriots.

Best Of Social Media: AFC Championship Jaguars vs Patriots

Robert Alvarez
January 24, 2018 at 8:36 pm ET

The New England Patriots entered their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game against the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars seeking to advance to their third Super Bowl in four years.

The Jaguars, who won just three games the year before, were riding high with optimism heading into Gillette Stadium after their upset road win in Pittsburgh a week earlier.

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⏳⌛️#itstime #letsgooooo

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This was last year…..#gopats #patriots #patsnation

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In the first quarter, it was the defenses that stepped up early, as the only scoring game from a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

In the second quarter, and for the second week in a row, the visitors found the end zone first against the Patriots, as Blake Bortles found longtime tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 7-3 lead.


The Jaguars weren’t done, as the Patriots offense struggled to find a rhythm against a tough defense, Bortles and his offense weren’t afraid as the underdogs and opened up a stunning 14-3 lead following a Leonard Fournette four yard run up the middle at the seven minute mark in the second.

Needing an answer before halftime, Tom Brady continued his mastery of the two minute drill this season as James White tallied another postseason touchdown to cut the deficit to four heading into the half.

To open up the second half, the Patriots defense stiffened, but Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo continued his career year and nailed a 54 yard field goal to push the lead back up to 17-10.


After three quarters the Jaguars maintained their lead at 17-10.

Early in the fourth quarter, Lambo tacked on another lengthy field goal from 43 yards to open up a 10 point lead in Foxboro.

The Patriots found themselves needing to make plays soon and often, and quarterback Tom Brady looked to the direction of wide receiver Danny Amendola to get them back into this game.

He didn’t disappoint, even on a crucial third and 18.

After the big third down conversion, another AFC Championship game flea flicker made an appearance, Brady to Phillip Dorsett.

The big pass setup an Amendola touchdown, and the Patriots were back within four.

The Patriots defense would make some clutch stops of the Jaguars offense, providing Tom Brady with enough time to complete yet another playoff game comeback, with Danny Amendola again providing the big touchdowns. 24-20 Patriots.


The Jaguars took over for the final drive, and on a fourth and long, cornerback Stephon Gillmore thwarted any chance of a response with a big pass breakup to turn the ball over on downs. The Patriots, who trailed by 10 early in the fourth quarter, would hold on for the 24-20 victory and win their second consecutive AFC title.


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Call it a comeback. #NotDone

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“We’re going to the Super Bbbboooowwwlllllllll!!!!!!!” #patriotnation

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@tombrady really is the storm.

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sly I thought we had an understanding here… #gopats

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AFC CHAMPS…Nuggy was turned up at the house LOL-Dmac

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Back to back!! My baby/My rider/My love! We coming for it all….. #notdone

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Super bowl bound

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New England Patriots Training Camp Primer – Wide Receivers

Steve Balestrieri
July 11, 2017 at 6:30 am ET

Position is Loaded and Will Be Fun to Watch

The Patriots head into training camp in just a few weeks and there should no shortage of competition at several spots, especially at the back end of the roster. As a lead-in to the beginning of camp, we’ll break down the positions and give our take on who is a lock, a near lock for the 53-man roster and who is on the bubble. Next up are the wide receivers.

Bill Belichick likes to say that the spring’s OTAs and Minicamp is a learning exercise and that the real competition begins in training camp. With the new rules in play, the Patriots will start camp with 90 players and don’t have to cut down until the final 53.

The Patriots were stocked pretty well at wide receiver in 2016 and were very productive. The good news was they lost only Michael Floyd who played just a bit down the stretch. The better news was that the team only got Danny Amendola to agree to another pay cut, but they locked Julian Edelman on an affordable, team-friendly deal that keeps him around for the next few years.

And yeah, the team brought in speedster Brandin Cooks who has been very productive with Drew Brees and the Saints. What’s not to like about this position? Not very much. On paper, this unit looks as deep, talented and versatile as any group we’ve seen. But we digress, let’s look at the entire unit.

So… who’s locked in and who’s on the bubble?

Roster Locks: Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell
The Patriots traded their first-round draft pick to New Orleans for Brandin Cooks, the #32 pick in the draft for a guy who is just 23-years old and in the past two seasons has caught 162 passes for 2311 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Cooks has that take your breath away speed in the open field and is versatile, he can play inside, outside or in the slot. Look for the Patriots to move him around and put him in motion to get a free release and get set to watch some fireworks this season.

Julian Edelman is primed for another big year. (SBalestrieri photo)

Edelman is Brady’s best friend off the field and his favorite target on it. The self-made wide receiver has turned himself into a fantastic professional. Facing questions in 2016 about his foot after multiple surgeries on it in 2015, Edelman played all 16 games, caught 98 passes for 1106 yards and was always counted on to make the clutch catch at crunch time.

In the playoffs, Edelman caught 21 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown. His catch in the Super Bowl late in the 4th quarter with the Patriots behind was one of the great plays of the entire season and helped the Patriots win the game in overtime.

Mitchell was having a very good training camp and then hurt his arm in the preseason. That slowed his progress but in the second half of the season, the lights came on for him and he was solid down the stretch. Overall, he made 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, including a two-touchdown game against Darrelle Revis, the first time Revis has allowed any WR to catch two TDs on him in a game.

Mitchell also had a solid Super Bowl, catching six passes for 70 yards as Tom Brady showed amazing trust in his rookie wide receiver. Now with a full offseason under his belt and better familiarization in the system, Mitchell should be an even better player in 2017. With all of the options, his numbers may not reflect it, but we expect big things from him this season.

Near Roster Locks: Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola
Hogan came over from the Buffalo Bills last year and for the first time in his career, he didn’t enter training camp on the bubble with guys brought in to replace him. All he did was have a career year in 2016 with 38 catches for 680 yards, for an incredible 17.9 yards per catch with four touchdowns.

In the playoffs, Hogan caught 17 passes for 332 yards and two more scores. Like Cooks and Edelman, he has the versatility to move inside, outside or in the slot. That means that Josh McDaniels can move those guys around and create favorable matchups.

Chris Hogan looks to build upon a successful 2016 season this year. (SBalestrieri photo)

Amendola has found a home here in New England, and while he never became the replacement for Wes Welker that he was supposed to be when he signed, (that job has been more than ably filled by Edelman) he’s been remarkably clutch.

He is arguably no more than the fourth option in the passing game, but when the chips are on the line, he has Brady’s absolute trust. Trailing in the Super Bowl with less than a minute to go and needing a two-point conversion, Brady was going to him all along. And he delivered, as he’s done in many clutch situations.

I don’t expect him to have eye-popping numbers in 2017, but we can expect a couple of highlight reel catches or touchdowns…possibly both. And then the team will re-do his deal again next spring.

On the Bubble: Andrew Hawkins, Devin Lucien
Hawkins signed with the Patriots after playing for the Browns the past three seasons. He also played three more with the Bengals. The diminutive 31-year old wide receiver has had a 50-catch season with Cincinnati and a 60-catch season with the Browns.

In another year, I’d say his chances of sticking around are pretty good, but a look at the top five WRs on the roster and the question is, Who would he replace?

Lucien has good size and is the second tallest WR on the roster at 6’2. He was drafted by the team in the 7th round in 2016 with their final pick and stuck around last year. But like with Hawkins, it will be very hard for the players to unseat any veterans ahead of them on the roster.

Outside Looking in…. Longshots: Austin Carr, Cody Hollister
The Patriots signed undrafted free agents Austin Carr and Cody Hollister this spring and both are intriguing.

Carr is a 6’0, 201-pound wide receiver who caught 90 passes for 1247 yards and 12 touchdowns while operating out of the slot for Northwestern. He runs quick, precise routes and specializes at catching passes in traffic. He sounds exactly like a bigger version of Danny Amendola.

Hollister is a long-shot to make the roster but has good size and very good special teams’ ability. During mini-camp, we saw Hollister displaying good chemistry with 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett. That’s the kind of thing he’ll have to do this summer if he has any chance of sticking.

I would put both Hollister and Carr in the realm of having a good shot at landing on the Practice Squad.

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Andrew Hawkins Announces Signing With Patriots

Robert Alvarez
May 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm ET

The New England Patriots officially added another wide receiver to their already crowded depth chart on Wednesday by signing free agent Andrew Hawkins to a one-year contract.

Hawkins announced the signing via the Lebron James developed professional athlete social media platform “Uninterrupted.”

“I’m super excited about the opportunity to join the reigning football champions. I exited Cleveland, and I said it was about joining a contender and the Patriots are the contender, the reigning champs. The program is top-notch and you get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history.”

Hawkins professional football path began in the Canadian Football League from 2009-2012 where he won two Grey Cup Championships for the Montreal Alouettes after four collegiate seasons at the University of Toledo.  In January 2011 he signed his first NFL contract with the then St. Louis Rams but was waived in August of that year. The Cincinnati Bengals claimed Hawkins off waivers later that summer and he spent the next three seasons in Cincinnati before moving north to Cleveland from 2014-2016.  The Browns released Hawkins on February 27th 2017.

2014 saw Hawkins have his most productive season as a professional, leading the Browns with 63 catches for 824 yards, but inconsistent quarterback play in Cleveland limited Hawkins to a combined 60 catches over the last two seasons. For his career, Hawkins has 209 receptions for 2,419 yards with five receiving touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

Julian Edelman, Brandon Cooks, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Matthew Slater are already locked into spots on the active depth chart. Hawkins will likely be competing with undrafted free agents Austin Carr and Cody Hollister in training camp. Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White are also on the Patriots practice squad.

To make room for Hawkins, the Patriots released wide receiver Devin Street and now have 12 wide receivers under contract.

Hawkins then followed up his announcement by posting an edited video scene from the HBO series “Ballers” which featured wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola but with Hawkins head put onto the main character Ricky Jerret, played by John David Washington.

Back to Work. #Patriots @dannyamendola @edelman11

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Daily Notebook: Monday Patriots News and Notes 5/1

Ian Logue
May 1, 2017 at 5:00 am ET

After a busy weekend, here’s a look at this morning’s top stories:

Quality over Quantity In the 2017 Draft For the Patriots – The NFL Draft is typically one of the biggest weekends of the year for most Patriots fans who follow it intently, but given how few picks New England finished with in terms of selections (4), it will certainly go down as one of the most memorable due to how few they walked away with.

As Mike Reiss of ESPN pointed out on Sunday the four selections tied the 1995 San Francisco 49ers for the fewest draft picks by a defending Super Bowl champion, but New England seemingly made the most of the players they came away with.

They grabbed two offensive linemen and two defensive ends this weekend, infusing youth into two important positions for this team.

In Antonio Garcia and Conor McDermott the Patriots have two young players they can begin grooming for the tackle position on the offensive line, whether it’s for an eventual replacement for Nate Solder or simply to add quality depth in case of injury to either Solder or Marcus Cannon.  Protecting Brady is obviously a priority as the quarterback turns 40 and after losing right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who seems appears poised to retire, it’s a wise move for a team that is lacking depth behind their two starters.

In Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise Jr. the Patriots have two young defensive ends to help boost their pass rush, which is certainly good news for a team that has had their share of trouble getting to the quarterback.  Rob Ninkovich has played a lot of snaps over his career and at 33 may not have many seasons left, so developing players behind him is a good move.  Should either player emerge into a role player in 2017, it will only be that much better.

Overall, it’s not a bad draft for a team that was already in good shape thanks to what has been a pretty strong offseason. Thanks to this weekend, they’ve grabbed some terrific young pieces for the future, which if they pan out, will be another reminder of the quality of work that continues to be done by Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio and New England’s scouting department.

Conor McDermott brings versatility to New England.

McDermott Has Versatility, NFL Pedigree Working For Him – While we spotlighted Wise Jr. on Sunday and the fact his father is a former NFL player, recently drafted tackle Conor McDermott also falls into that category.

His brother, Kevin, is a long-snapper for the Vikings, which is a skill that McDermott claims is also in his arsenal, as well as the fact he’s had plenty of experience as a tight end.

“I used to long snap in high school,” said McDermott during his conference call on Saturday.  “And I did some back up during my college career.”

He also said that he was a tight end for his entire life prior to moving over to tackle in college.

“I was a tight end my whole life and then when I got to UCLA they moved me right to tackle, and then I did some tackle-tight end formations and some goal line and short-yardage for my first two years before I became a full-time left-tackle starter,” he said.

McDermott went on to say that he’s familiar with Nate Solder after having studied him in college, and he admitted he’s “been a fan of his for a while”.  He also went on to say he’s looking forward to meeting him.

The rookie also said that there’s some good chemistry between he and fellow draft pick Antonio Garcia, with the two having spent time working together at the Senior Bowl.

“We spent a good amount of time together,” said McDermott. “We were on the same team and practiced together every day, watched film together in meetings. He’s just a great guy. I’m happy for him and excited to work together.”

Needless to say, he sounds like a great fit and another great addition to the defending champs.

Patriots Add 17 Undrafted Free Agents – One part of the offseason that has become more of a focus in recent years has been keeping an eye on undrafted free agents, which has been fun to watch thanks to the players who have emerged from those ranks over the years for the Patriots.

New England loaded up with 17 undrafted players, although there may be changes still yet to come prior to when camp opens in a couple of months due to the roster shuffling that will likely take place between now and then.

One interesting story is the fact New England added a pair of twin brothers to the mix in Cody Hollister (WR, Arkansas) and Jacob Hollister (TE, Wyoming), which will likely be a fun story to follow later this summer as the two were recently profiled by FoxSports.com.

I was such a cute baby (on the right haha)

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According to published reports, here is a list of the other additions from this weekend:

  1. LeShun Daniels Jr. (RB, Iowa)
  2. Jason King (OL, Perdue)
  3. Harvey Langi (LB, Brigham Young)
  4. Josh Augusta (OT, Missouri)
  5. Corey Vereen (DE, Tennessee)
  6. Austin Carr (WR, Northwestern)
  7. Dwayne Thomas (CB, LSU)
  8. Kenny Moore (CB, Valdosta State)
  9. Max Rich (OT, Harvard)
  10. David Jones (S, Richmond)
  11. Damarius Travis (S, Minnesota)
  12. Adam Butler (DL, Vanderbilt)
  13. D.J. Killings (CB, Central Florida)
  14. Cole Croston (OT, Iowa)
  15. Jason Thompson (S, Utah)

As for who will be the next Malcolm Butler (2014), David Andrews (2015) or Ryan Allen (2013), among plenty of other past standouts, that remains to be seen.  But if history is any indication, it will certainly be an area to keep an eye on during training camp to see if any one of these players ends up being this year’s surprise heading into this season.

Kirk Minihane of WEEI called Edelman “Essentially Brain Dead” Friday.

WEEI’s Minihane: Edelman a “Dummy” and “Essentially Brain Dead”, Brady’s Charity “Shady” – If you listened to WEEI on Friday, Kirk Minihane of “Kirk and Callahan” dropped some disturbing comments about Julian Edelman along with questionable remarks toward quarterback Tom Brady.

The topic of discussion came about surrounding the fact Brady and Edelman are taking part in an upcoming “Wealth and Success Summit” on June 8th in Boston with motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

While Minihane and Callahan disagreed with the two players being part of the event, Minihane went over the top with his criticism and had choice words in particular for Edelman.

“What I would say is, again, it gives you an insight into how empty Brady is,” said Minihane of the fact the quarterback is appearing at the event.

“He’s not empty, just because he has different priorities than you…” responded Callahan.

“If you think Tony Robbins, that crap he’s peddling is real, you are as dumb as the day is long,” said Minihane to Callahan.  “That’s what I would say.”

From there they played a clip from one of Robbins’ appearances, and that only infuriated Minhane further, which sparked one of his usual rants.

“I mean, really, and Brady will be sitting there with his notebook taking notes while this idiot [referring to Robbins] talks and slings his crap,” said Minihane.

“Julian Edelman, who is essentially brain-dead,” Minihane continued, “really is going to sit there and … ”

“Julian Edelman?” responded Callahan.  “You’re going to pay $6000 to hear Julian Edelman? …”

“Talk?” barked Minihane.  “I don’t want to listen to him talk here at the station for free every week.”

If you listen to Minihane with any regularity, you’ll notice a pattern of ripping someone, and then coming back with “I like that person … “.  He took same approach with Brady as the segment continued.

“So Brady has only so much time, according to Gerry [Callahan], for Best Buddies but he can take a day with Anthony Robbins, a full day, right?  O.K., just want to get that straight,” said Minihane.

“This is frightening, this seriously creeps me out.  I like Brady, he’s a nice guy, our interactions with him, he’s always been a good guy with us.  I know he does a lot of charity work.  I like the guy.  I’m actually worried about him.  I want to go there, I’ll pay the $6000, I’m going to throw a net over Brady and bring him somewhere and try and bring him back to reality because his mind has snapped.  It’s snapped, he’s snapped.”

“This is so below Brady.  This is so minor league.  This is Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback ever, the greatest football player who ever lived, a king in this town, he’s married to Gisele [Bundchen], the two of them are worth about $600 million and he’s going to schlepp to some hotel with Anthony Robbins and that dummy, Edelman?  For this talk?  Am I the only one who thinks this is utter madness?  Evidently.”

Speaking about Minihane’s praise for Brady’s charity work, he was singing a different tune earlier in the week.  Minihane went after the quarterback following the Globe (a newspaper he’s openly admitted he can’t stand and has a strong dislike for editor Joe Sullivan) releasing the piece about Brady’s charity, Best Buddies, last weekend, questioning where the money was being allocated.  Minihane surprisingly took the newspaper’s side and claimed Brady and the charity weren’t being transparent.

Minihane accused Brady of not being transparent with his charity last week using the word “shady.”

“So a charity that never disclosed it, gives $500,000 a year for his charity and what Brady does with it is things like, $250,000, if you donate to Best Buddies, there’s a chance that money is going to his high school in San Mateo, they get $250,000,” said Minihane.  “If you give Best Buddies $100, if you’re a guy making $35,000 a year, you give Best Buddies $100 because you love Brady, just know, there’s a chance it’s going to Santa Monica Catholic Community, or the TB12 Foundation, a charity formed by Brady in 2015 to support clients of his Foxboro-based TB12 Fitness and Nutrition company.  That’s in the world of shady to me right there.  I’ll say it.”

“Ohio State University, $50,000, in honor of Ed Razek, that’s where your money may be going, a former Victoria Secret executive who is said to have helped launch Brady’s romance with Gisele, in 2006.  $50,000 Michigan, obviously Dana Farber, Mission of Hope Haiti, Navy Seal Foundation, a charity for Tom Martinez, Brady’s coach who died five years ago. $30,000 went to a nursing facility in Minnesota that cared for Brady’s grandfather before he died in 2016.”

He then argued with Mut Mutnanski about if giving to the nursing facility was a good cause (again, Brady’s grandfather was cared for there which obviously holds a special place in the heart of the quarterback) and proceeded to argue with Mutnanski about whether or not Brady’s own foundation was also good cause.

“You think the TB12 Foundation is a good cause?” barked Minihane.  “Based on what?”

From there, Minihane claimed Brady and Best Buddies weren’t being transparent about where the money was going, which Mutnanski tried in vain to explain to him that the information is there if Minihane just “does the work” and looks for it, which it is.  Co-host Gerry Callahan also tried to reason with him, but failed as well.

Minihane, who joined the show a few years ago and has injected some life back into WEEI’s morning show, has played an important part in the station taking back the lead in the ratings over 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich.  But some of his bizarre rants seemingly are said (one can only hope) without him really thinking them through and certainly must test the incredible patience shown by his co-host, along with the two terrific producers WEEI has for that show in Chris Curtis and Ken Laird.

Brady and Edelman both appear weekly on the radio station during the regular season, with Brady being the only one of the two who conducts a weekly interview with Kirk & Callahan’s show every Monday during the season.  Edelman usually appears in the afternoon with Ordway, Merloni and Fauria and since WEEI owns the rights to Patriots Monday, that’s the primary reason why those two players appear on there each week.

Needless to say it would be great if Minihane could tone it down and stick to the things he does really well, like interviews like these, instead of these rants that likely wouldn’t be received positively with either player if they were made aware of them.

It’s been a rough road for Minihane, who has faced multiple suspensions over the years and last season cost the station weekly interviews with Mike Lombardi and has alienated others.  One would believe that costing the station a weekly interview with a player like Brady – or Edelman for that matter – likely wouldn’t be something that would go over too well with the station.

Brady’s said in the past he’s a very positive person and tries to avoid negative situations.  Despite that, it’s safe to say the veteran quarterback wouldn’t be feeling overly positive about Minihane’s comments.  Knowing Minihane, who already predicted Brady’s impending demise two seasons ago, there will most likely be more to come.