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FOXBOROUGH Xavier Woods Jersey , Mass. — The New England Patriots are spending the week leading up to Sunday’s AFC title game doing what they always do in the days leading up to any game. Not saying anything negative about the opposition. That’s the Patriots way — don’t give the other guys anything to put up on their bulletin boards. So, when someone like Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey predicts his Jaguars will unseat the defending Super Bowl champs in Sunday’s game, the Patriots take the high road and talk about how tough the other guys are to deal with. Reacting to Ramsey’s boast, quarterback Tom Brady, on his weekly WEEI appearance, said, “I think what I have learned for a long time is — it’s how you play, it’s not what you say. Everyone has different ways of handling things — players do, coaches do. We do what works for us, other players do what works for them. The game is going to be decided by who plays the best, not who hypes the best or speaks the best. “He’s a really good player. I have watched a ton of film on him,” Brady said of Ramsey. “He has a lot of strengths. He’s obviously very confident. That is reflected in how he plays. I am more concerned about how he plays (as) opposed to what he says.” Brady, headed for his seventh straight AFC title game and 12th overall, also called the upstart Jaguars “the toughest” team the top-seeded Patriots have faced all season — something that didn’t sit too well with Jacksonville. Jacksonville’s Telvin Smith called Brady out on Twitter, saying, “Bruh this the oldest trick…pump us up in the media but in the buildin I kno what’s really bein said. Respect.” Brady, who has had his shares of bumps and bruises in this http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/zach-brown-jersey , his 40-year-old season, skipped his Wednesday media session as he met with team medical personnel over a right hand injury. He then was held out of practice on Thursday because of the injury, calling into question how effective he would be if he plays Sunday. He is still expected to play Sunday. He captured his 26th postseason victory, recorded his 13th 300-yard postseason passing game — extending his NFL record for both — and also broke a tie with Joe Montana to become the all-time leader with 10 three-TD playoff games. The Patriots, seeking the sixth Super Bowl crown of the Brady/Bill Belichick Era, hammered the Tennessee Titans 35-14 in the divisional round, while the third-seeded Jaguars stunned the Steelers 45-42 in Pittsburgh and come into this game filled with confidence — and toughness. Asked Wednesday what it will be like facing the NFL’s No. 1 defense, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, active this time around after missing last year’s title run, said, “That is a big challenge. They have very talented players on both sides of the ball. Especially on defense, they have many, many great players. It is going to be a big challenge. “It is the best team we are facing all year coming up in the AFC Championship Game this weekend. We have to be ready. We have to be prepared. It is going to be a big, tough challenge, for sure.” The Jags are trying to become only the third team — and first since the 1985 Chicago Bears — to lead the league in rushing and win the championship. “It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a great challenge for us,” Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone told the New England media via conference call Wednesday. “We understand how great of a team New England is and how much of a challenge all three phases are going to be faced with. It’s going to be difficult and we understand that.” These teams practiced together prior to the first preseason game back in August, and Patriots players said they saw back then things would be different with a team that won three games last season. Now http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/roquan-smith-jersey , they meet for the AFC title. The Patriots have gone 3-3 in the six straight title game appearances, losing twice to the Denver Broncos and once to the Baltimore Ravens. Most people expected a battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week but the Jags flipped the script and come into this game as decided underdogs. A big change beside the coach was the return of Tom Coughlin to the organization he helped build — as the first coach of the expansion team in 1995. Jacksonville’s vice president of football operations, Coughlin coached the New York Giants to a pair of Super Bowl wins over the Patriots, and one would have to think he can be of some help this week — as he has the entire season. Asked if Coughlin might be getting too much credit when he, Marrone, is the coach, Marrone said, “He should get a lot of credit. (Jaguars general manager) Dave Caldwell should get a lot of credit. Our coaches should get a hell of a lot of credit and our players deserve the most credit. “So I think everyone is trying to pull in the same direction. I just think that those people getting the credit, they deserve it. As long as we win I don’t really care who gets the credit. So I have no problem with that at all.” The Minnesota Vikings can cross another core player off their to-do list for contract extensions. Linebacker Eric Kendricks became the latest recipient of a new multi-year deal, when he re-upped with the club on Monday. After being drafted in the second round out of UCLA in 2015, Kendricks has led the Vikings in total tackles in each of his first three seasons. The only other player in franchise history who's accomplished that feat was Rip Hawkins, who did so over his first four years from 1961-64. "He represents us in a first class way out in the community. He's a leader in the defense. He's a leader in our locker room. His work ethic, his prep that he puts in week in and week out, is why he is such a dynamic player on Sunday," general manager Rick Spielman said. "Hopefully we will continue to add players like Eric as we continue to build this roster and move forward." During training camp in 2017, the Vikings signed defensive end Everson Griffen, nose tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes to contract extensions to keep them from reaching free agency. Kendricks has one season left on his rookie contract. This deal Marcus Martin Jersey , according to reports by ESPN and NFL Media, is worth as much as $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed. Up next in the extension queue: linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter, all with rookie contracts set to expire after the 2018 season. "The hype is real. Everybody is super excited," Kendricks said on a conference call with Minnesota reporters. "We're always excited to play football here. I think it's the best locker room I've ever been in. We've got the best defense I've ever been on. I'm just excited to play for this team. With the addition of Kirk Cousins, it's not going to hurt us by any means at all. I'm just excited to see how he can sling the rock. I'm excited to practice against him, especially." Last season, Kendricks had a career-high 136 total tackles. He has two interception returns for touchdowns since entering the league plus 30 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and 21 pass breakups. Playing the middle spot in the team's base 4-3 scheme and manning with Barr the two linebacker positions in the nickel defense, Kendricks became an instant starter for head coach Mike Zimmer. As a rookie, Zimmer once said, Kendricks often ran around the field like he had "too much coffee." He has since settled in well and significantly improved his pre-snap recognition of plays. "I just don't want to be falling off. I'm definitely going to hone in on my craft, whether that's pass rush, my drops, route recognition, things like that. Run game, my first step is always a little bit sloppy Travis Frederick Jersey ," Kendricks said. "Just always getting better. I'm just trying to take it to the next level." The Vikings announced the deal on Monday, the first day of offseason workouts as players filed in from their winter habitats and many of them saw the gleaming new headquarters for the first time. "This facility is ridiculous," Kendricks said, later adding: "I don't know where I'm going yet, but I'm going to figure it out. Everything is really nice." Kendricks kept the extension a secret, even from his parents. His brother, Philadelphia linebacker Mychal Kendricks, was the only one not involved in the negotiations who had the inside scoop. This has been quite the year for the family, starting with the Vikings-Eagles matchup in the NFC championship game that went Mychal's way and then the Super Bowl big brother won two weeks later. "That's one of the things that we dreamed of growing up playing this sport, so it's been cool," Kendricks said. "I can't say it makes me any hungrier. I've been hungry. I just know what I want, and I'm going to work to get it." Adidas Patrick Kane Jersey
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