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Patriots player ‘likes’ anti-Mac Jones social media post

Mac Jones warms up before a game

Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has taken a big step back in his second NFL season, and one of the men who is tasked with protecting him may have lost faith in the former first-round pick.

Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown had some interesting social media activity on Monday. The veteran “liked” a post that suggested Bill Belichick should inquire about reuniting with Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo after the season.

Brown can — and probably will — claim he hit the “like” button by mistake, but that is not a great sign for the Patriots.

Jones was impressive while leading the Patriots to the playoffs as a rookie last season. That was when Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was still the offensive coordinator in New England. Belichick has tasked former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia with running his offense this season, and the results have been disastrous.

The Patriots should have gone to overtime against the Raiders on Sunday. Instead, players went off-script on one of the most mind-blowing plays you will ever see (video here). It resulted in a game-winning defensive touchdown for Las Vegas.

Belichick said after the game that the Patriots chose not to attempt a Hail Mary because Jones cannot throw the ball that far. Jones openly disagreed with that assessment.

Jones now has just 2,310 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on the season. His body language during recent games has been overwhelmingly negative. Between that and Brown’s social media activity, it is hard not to feel like the Patriots are having locker room issues.

Bill Belichick addresses questions about Pro Bowler’s effort level

Bill Belichick with a headset

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots had some serious offensive line issues during their loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and Trent Brown appeared to be responsible for some of them. That led to questions about whether the veteran was giving full effort, and one of those questions was directed toward Bill Belichick on Wednesday.

One of the ugliest plays for the Patriots came when they were trailing 3-0 in the second quarter and had the ball deep in their own territory. Miami’s blitzing defensive back had a free shot at Mac Jones, which led to a strip sack that was recovered for a touchdown. Brown was the closest man to the free rusher.

Brown was not the only one to blame for the breakdown in protection. Jones could have identified the blitz and changed the play to have an extra blocker on the left side. It is also possible that Brown missed his assignment.

Another tough play for Brown came when he was trying to set the edge on a rush and came up totally empty. The result was a significant loss of yardage.

When asked on Wednesday about Brown’s effort level, Belichick delivered one of his token snarky one-liners and highlighted one of Brown’s better plays.

Brown has bounced back and forth between right and left tackle throughout his career. He played right tackle during his first three seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. He was then moved to left tackle in 2018 in his first stint with the Patriots, and he helped them win a Super Bowl. Brown signed a big contract with the Las Vegas Raiders the following year and moved back to right tackle. He was named a Pro Bowler that season.

The Patriots brought Brown back via trade last year. He was named their starting right tackle before a calf injury derailed his season. The 29-year-old was once again moved back to left tackle this year, and there has been some speculation that he is unhappy there.

Whatever the case, Brown and the entire Patriots’ offensive line need to do a better job. What we saw from the unit on Sunday is not going to lead to many wins.

Patriots OT has interesting weight incentives in his contract

Bill Belichick with a headset

The New England Patriots are doing their best to get an important offensive player to keep his weight in check.

Mike Reiss of ESPN reported on Sunday that Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown has some interesting weight incentives (totaling $750,000 all in all) written into his new two-year contract with the team. The incentives apply to both the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Here are the details (according to Reiss):

385 pounds or less on first day of offseason program — $150,000

375 pounds or less on June 1 — $75,000

365 pounds or less on July 15 — $75,000

365 pounds or less each Thursday during the season — $25,000 per week

Brown also has some other playing-time and perfomance-based incentives that you can read about in Reiss’ full piece here.

Brown, a Pro Bowler in 2019 who started nine total games for the Patriots in 2021 after being acquired midseason, is officially listed at 380 pounds. That makes him the heaviest player on New England’s roster as well as one of the heaviest players in the entire NFL.

The 28-year-old Brown will be relied upon as the Patriots’ starting right tackle next season. In addition to potentially putting some extra money in his pocket, Brown’s overall health should benefit from the incentives too. Though not related to his weight, Brown said he had a scary near-death experience last season.

Photo: Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the second half of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Brown opens up about near-death experience following IV mishap

Trent Brown in street clothes

Trent Brown is back in action for the New England Patriots and feeling good. That’s a major turnaround from where he was a year ago.

Brown was a big free agent signing for the Raiders in 2019. He was in his second season with them last year when he had a serious medical scare.

Prior to the Raiders’ game against the Cleveland Browns, Brown was getting his usual pregame IV. However, an air bubble got into his bloodstream. He was rushed to the hospital, where he spent a few days, and he missed the rest of the season.

Brown discussed the matter during a meeting with the media on Tuesday.

“To pass out and almost go into cardiac arrest was crazy,โ€ Brown said, via WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. โ€œI almost died, so it was scary. I was in Cleveland by myself in the hospital for a few days.โ€

The 27-year-old says the issue had him so concerned that he even pondered retirement.

โ€œI definitely thought about my kids. I even thought about retirement. It was that scary,โ€ Brown said. โ€œI was about to be done with it.โ€

Brown started to turn a corner and about eight months later says he finally felt back to normal. He was traded back to New England over the offseason and got hurt in Week 1. The Patriots activated Brown off injured reserve ahead of their Week 10 win over the Browns. Now he’s back contributing on the football team and feeling good, and his Patriots are 6-4 and rolling.

Photo: Jan 27, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) arrives at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Brown trade details: Pro Bowler returning to Patriots via Raiders

Trent Brown

Trent Brown played some of his best football with the New England Patriots prior to signing a massive contract with the then-Oakland Raiders, and Bill Belichick is now bringing back the star offensive tackle.

The Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a trade that will send Brown back to New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The two teams are swapping draft picks in 2022.

Brown has also reworked his contract and agreed to a new one-year, $11 million deal. He previously had two seasons and $29.5 million left on his contract, but he will now become a free agent following the 2021 season.

Brown, 27, arrived in New England via a trade with the San Francisco 49ers back in 2018. He started all 16 games at left tackle for the Patriots, who went on to win the Super Bowl. Brown parlayed that success into a four-year, $66 million contract with the Raiders.

Brown spent some time on the reserve/COVID-19 and had another frightening medical scare last season. He appeared in just five games.

Raiders reportedly open to Trent Brown trade

Trent Brown

Former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trent Brown could be on the market.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Las Vegas Raiders have had preliminary discussions about trading the offensive tackle, and may be able to find a suitable deal.

The 27-year-old Brown was a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 and is signed through 2022. He’s an elite talent when healthy, but that was the issue in 2020. He was sidelined by a lengthy stint on the COVID/Reserve list, and had some other issues that were pretty alarming at the time.

There’s certainly one quarterback we know of who would probably be a lot happier if his team went out and got a lineman of Brown’s caliber.

Trent Brown wears facemask with fist in grill of helmet

Trent Brown

Trent Brown went viral on Sunday for his facemask.

Brown was photographed pregame wearing a helmet that had a fist in the grill part of his facemask.

The fist is presumed to reflect the Black Power fist, which was a symbol used by the Black Panther Party and has now been used by Black Lives Matter.

Brown was photographed wearing that helmet during the week and in pregame. However, he did not wear it during his Las Vegas Raiders’ game on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, as it would violate the league’s uniform policy.

Brown is playing his first game in two months after being activated from the COVID list. This also comes after he had a scary pregame IV situation earlier this season.

Scary details emerge about Trent Brown pregame IV issue

Trent Brown

Trent Brown was a surprise inactive for the Las Vegas Raiders’ Week 8 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and now we’re learning more details about the scary situation surrounding him.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, there was an issue involving Brown’s pregame IV. Some air entered Brown’s bloodstream. The situation required immediate medical attention.

Brown hadn’t played since Week 5 after being placed on the COVID-19 list, but he was activated earlier in the week and expected to play on Sunday. The IV issue is the reason he did not play.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr says Brown was wheeled out of the locker room.

“All of a sudden, we come in and they’re wheeling him out and I’m like,’ Bro, what is going on?’ It was crazy and so we prayed,” Carr said after the game, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “As a team we prayed for him, we made sure he was OK, his family, because I’m sure they were scared to death.”

The incident sounds similar to what happened with Tyrod Taylor. Team medical staffs provide injections and IVs for players routinely, and it’s not often we hear of scary incidents like this transpiring.

Trent Brown responds to ex-girlfriend’s domestic violence claim

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Trent Brown released a statement on Twitter in response to a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend.

Brown’s ex-girlfriend Diorra Marzette-Sanders, who is also the mother of his son, filed a lawsuit against Brown in a California civil court on Monday. The suit alleges that Brown committed domestic violence against her multiple times in 2018 and violated an agreement that he would support the girlfriend and child even without being married.

Brown, who signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Oakland Raiders in March, released the following statement.

Brown did not participate in the team’s practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury.

“We’re aware of it and we’re looking into it. I’m not going to say anything else other than, we’re aware of it,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said in a statement.

Marzette-Sanders accused Brown of slapping, punching and choking her numerous times, beginning in 2018. She said she has been “bruised, bloodied and battered” by Brown and that he threatened to shoot her when she threatened to leave with their son.

Trent Brown fine with Raiders playing him at RT

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Trent Brown was one of the Oakland Raiders’ biggest additions of the offseason, which makes the team’s plans for how they will use him a surprise to many.

Brown played left tackle for the New England Patriots last season and performed well enough to be regarded as the top free agent tackle on the market. When the Raiders signed him to a four-year, $66 million deal with over $36 million guaranteed, most thought they would be playing him at left tackle and moving Kolton Miller to the right side. Instead, the Raiders are doing the opposite.

Brown will move back to right tackle, where he also played with the Patriots, and are keeping Miller at left tackle. That works fine for Brown, he said on Tuesday.

That’s a good attitude for him to have, but the larger question remains whether the Raiders are making the right decision. Moreover, if Miller continues to struggle at left tackle as he did last year, will they make a change or stick with it? Brown better be prepared to play on either side just in case.