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BSJ Daily Briefing 10.17.19: Demaryius Thomas salty; Belichick continues team’s defensive trend, Bruins-Lightning

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder what the Patriots did on their mid-week day off ... paint ball?

  • Demaryius Thomas talked to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News and ... he's a little salty about the end of his Patriots' tenure.
  • “It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told the Daily News Wednesday in a candid discussion about his time in Foxborough. “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me.”
  • While Thomas did acknowledge the Patriots helped him get healthy (they definitely did), he didn't like the end.
  • “It was disrespectful to me,” said Thomas, who was dealing with a hamstring strain at the time. “Like, you know, you could trust me and I could trust you. You told me when you cut me at the (final) cut, sit around you’ll bring me back. And I stayed. I could have easily become a Jet once I got cut.… I could have been here the next day after I got released. But I chose to stay."
  • Meh. This is a little Thomas just being candid — I wouldn't expect him to feel any other way — and Manish playing up the Gotham Patriots hate ... can't really fault anyone here. The Patriots took a gamble signing him and decided to go in another direction.
  • Took a look at the Patriots' offense/defense roster to see if the talent imbalance is really what it appears, and it is. I'm not passing judgment on it, just pointing it out. The defense definitely won them the Super Bowl last year, so why wouldn't Belichick double (and triple) down a little bit? There's still time to even things out a little bit more.
  • Bruins have a huge matchup with the Lightning tonight at the Garden, but likely no David Krejci.
  • Jaylen Brown turned down $80 million.

Time to hit the links...


Bedard: With Patriots’ roster makeup, it’s clear Bill Belichick is betting his chips on defense over offense


Jaylen Brown reportedly turned down $80 million extension offer from Celtics
Winning Plays Podcast: Rating the rookies, East preview


Bruins Notebook: With David Krejci’s status uncertain, Bruins might have to get creative up front against Lightning




6 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL
7 p.m.
: NHL — Lightning at Bruins (NESN)
8:08 p.m.: MLB — Astros (2-1) at Yankees (FS1)
8:20 p.m.: NFL — Chiefs at Broncos (Fox)
9 p.m.: CFB — UCLA at Stanford (ESPN)

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