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Belichick reflects on relationship with Madden, Patriots prep for Jags


FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – Patriots head coach Bill Belichick opened his Wednesday morning press conference to reflect on the life and career of Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden.

Madden passed away Tuesday at the age of 85.

Belichick spoke about his relationship with Madden and what Madden meant to the game.

“All the things that are right about football. That’s what he stood for,” Belichick said.

Belichick, a legend in his own right, has dominated rookie quarterbacks throughout his career. He will have a shot against another this weekend in the 2021 first overall draft pick.

“Looks like a really good prospect,” Belichick said of Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

“I’ve known Trevor [Lawrence] going back to high school, some camps, stuff like that. He is a great quarterback,” said Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.

The Patriots, on a two-game skid, are playing for their playoff lives. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are on pace for the top draft pick for the second-straight year.

“Our 100 percent focus is on this week and how we can come out, come to practice, fix the issues that we’ve had, try to get better,” Jones said.

“We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to stop talking about it and just do it,” said cornerback JC Jackson.

“We know we’re capable of playing better and that’s definitely frustrating when you don’t do that for two weeks in a row,” said safety Devin McCourty.

“It’s no more of the cliché lines. It’s time to work. These last games mean a lot to us,” said linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

The Patriots had a number of players on the injury report this week.

Running back Rhamondre Stevenson returned from the COVID-19/Reserve list. Linebacker Harvey Langi and defensive end Deatrich Wise were also removed from the list.

The Patriots still have six players on the COVID-19/Reserve list. Those players include linebackers Matthew Judon, Josh Uche and Ja’Whaun Bentley, quarterback Brian Hoyer, and Brandon King.

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