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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the wake of an ESPN report that detailed friction between coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft, Belichick said Monday that it was “absolutely” his intention to return as coach of the New England Patriots in 2018.

Belichick’s answer in a conference call with reporters came after ESPN’s report said that “those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group.”

The ESPN report said Belichick received a mandate from Kraft to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and that Belichick was “furious and demoralized, according to friends.”

Asked about the reported mandate, Belichick said Monday, “I haven’t read the article. I’ve already commented at length about that situation. Nothing has happened since then. So I don’t have anything to add to it.”

Belichick also responded to whether the characterization that he was “furious and demoralized” was accurate. “First of all, I don’t really know what you’re talking about; I haven’t read the article,” he said. “I don’t know what that refers to. Look, I know we’ve been through this before. I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and unattributable. I’m not really interested in responding to all those random, and I would say in a lot of cases, baseless comments.”

The Patriots host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs.

Later Monday, in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, Belichick was asked how he would describe his relationship with Brady and Kraft.

“Great. Great. Eighteen years with Tom, and [19] with Robert. It’s been great,” Belichick said. “I appreciate everything Robert has done for me, the opportunity he’s given me, the support. And I’ve been pretty lucky to have Tom as the quarterback for 18 years, playing for 17 years. He’s a great player to coach, and he’s done a lot for this team, and he’s been a huge help to me personally. I have a great relationship with both Robert and Tom. And I would throw in there, since I was part of the article, I feel like I have a good professional relationship with Alex [Guerrero] too.”

Asked if Kraft has ever told him to make a trade he didn’t want to make, Belichick said: “We’ve never done that. We talk about things organizationally and make organizational decisions.”

Belichick was then asked about a few parts of the ESPN article.

When asked about the line that read, “Belichick, having always subscribed to the philosophy that it’s time to go once an owner gets involved in football decisions, left the impression with some friends that the current dynamic was unsustainable,” Belichick said on WEEI: “Once again, I’m not going to reply to all the individual; none of those statements are attributable to anybody. They’re all just anonymous quotes, and so I’m not even going to give the credibility to those anonymous quotes by replying to them.”

Asked about a different part of the story that noted Belichick “has even become good friends with [Roger] Goodell; the two men had a long and private meeting, which two sources told ESPN occurred during the off week after the regular season, when the commissioner visited Foxborough,” Belichick said on WEEI: “That is absolutely not true. The last time I saw the commissioner was before our game against Oakland in Mexico City. He was on the sideline, I saw him before the game, and we wished each other well. That’s the last time I saw him.”

Asked what his relationship is like with Goodell, Belichick said on WEEI, “Again, he’s the commissioner. Certainly, I’m a coach, he’s a commissioner. I think we know what that kind of relationship is; as far as saying hello to him and talking to him and that kind of thing. But seeing him last week? No.”

As for if he would characterize his relationship with Goodell as “good friends”, Belichick said on WEEI, “I don’t know what that means. I’m not going to reply to each individual anonymous quote. Somebody wants to put their name on something and talk about it? I would consider that. For every anonymous opinion and quote that’s out there, I don’t feel obligated to reply to all those, by any means.”

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NFL Week 7 Power Rankings

By Ryan Talbot | Contributing writer

The Buffalo Bills return to action on Sunday following a Week 6 bye. The week off didn’t benefit or harm the Bills’ status in various power rankings. Here’s a look at where Buffalo sits entering Week 7.

USA Today: No. 9

Movement: Down 1

Analysis:

Luck plays huge part in any team’s season. It may be smiling on Buffalo, which draws battered Jameis Winston, Derek Carr next two weeks.

Pro Football Talk: No. 10

Movement: No movement

Analysis:

Rex Ryan vowed to end the playoff drought in his first year with the team. Sean McDermott may be the one to get it done.

NFL.com: No. 11

Movement: Up 1

Analysis:

Members of the #BillsMafia were off this past weekend, given a reprieve from complaining about the offense. Tyrod Taylor is probably the most confusing quarterback this side of Cam Newton. Whereas Newton is an up-and-down player, everyone keeps wondering if Taylor is an undervalued player mired in a bad offense or a quarterback who is merely jussst good enough to get you beat. Not everything can be blamed on supporting cast. Sometimes a passer has to take chances downfield and let the chips fall where they may. Witness Alex Smith this season. Wonder what would’ve happened if Buffalo had drafted Patrick Mahomes …

Sporting News: No. 11

Movement: Up 2

Analysis:

They went into the bye with a reeling offense, but their surprising start has been anchored by a defense playing better on every level under Sean McDermott. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy need to put the team on their backs.

This week: vs. Buccaneers, a defense built for them to exploit

The new ram WR Sammy Watkins in practice “sharp”, Jared Goff said.

Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins

IRVINE, Calif. — Sammy Watkins has been on the field with the Los Angeles Rams for three days and has been an active participant in only two practices. But he has already impressed starting quarterback Jared Goff with his grasp of the offense.

“He’s been sharper than I’ve expected,” Goff said Wednesday. “That’s not saying anything negatively about him, but it’s a new system for anybody. He’s been on it. He’s been sharp. It’s been a really pleasant surprise.”

The Rams officially acquired Watkins from the Buffalo Bills on Friday morning in exchange for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick in next year’s draft. Watkins didn’t join his new teammates until Saturday afternoon, three hours before their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. He had no idea how he would fit then, saying, “I don’t even know the offensive plays yet.”

But Watkins has been a quick study. He’s rooming with fellow receiver Robert Woods, his teammate in Buffalo the past three years. And assistant receivers coach Zac Taylor has been guiding him through the scheme.

Rams coach Sean McVay said he felt confident Watkins could learn the plays relatively quickly because there’s some carryover with what Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison implemented. Watkins estimated Monday that it would take him “a week and a half” to get fully up to speed with the way McVay attacks defenses.

Rams coach Sean McVay is learning a little bit more about Sammy Watkins every day. “You can feel his speed and his juice down the field.” Watkins caught several intermediate throws from Jared Goff today and was constantly matched up with Trumaine Johnson.

By Wednesday, Watkins found himself constantly matched up with Trumaine Johnson, the Rams’ long, big-bodied primary cornerback. They faced one another in red zone drills and Watkins juggled Goff’s throw out of bounds. Watkins then caught a couple of Goff passes deep toward the middle of the field during 11-on-11 work, and the two connected on what was about a 20-yard gain on the far side of the field.

Goff said he found himself in awe at times.

“You try not to,” he said, “but then you kind of turn around and look at everyone like, ‘Everyone see that?’”

“Big, physical, fast — a complete receiver,” Johnson said when asked his impressions of Watkins. “I can’t wait for him to settle down, after a week or two, getting the offense in. I’m trying to work him out as much as I can, trying to match up every time.”

On Wednesday, Johnson intercepted Goff for the second time in three days. He was the underneath corner in zone coverage and Goff threw it right into his chest while attempting to hit Watkins in stride. Johnson also intercepted Goff on Monday while in the red zone during 11-on-11 work when he jumped a curl route from Robert Woods.

Cody Davis, John Johnson, Kevin Peterson and Troy Hill also intercepted Goff on Monday and Tuesday, and Lamarcus Joyner and Mike Jordan missed some easy ones, too.

“I was being a little aggressive the past couple days,” said Goff, who looked a lot better and was more accurate Wednesday. “Some plays I can’t make. And just learning. I’m still learning, still growing. You should test your limits a little bit, I think, but at the same time I have to be smarter than that. I have to take care of the ball better than that, and I will.”The Rams are already getting excited for what Watkins’ presence can do for Goff and the dynamic of their entire offense. Watkins’ health has been a big question in his career, including two recent foot surgeries. But if healthy, he gives the Rams the vertical outside threat they were missing, someone who can take the top off coverages and open things up for the likes of Woods, Cooper Kupp and Tavon Austin.

Watkins is expected to play with the first-team offense against the Raiders on Saturday in Oakland, a homecoming of sorts for Goff. McVay hopes to get all his starters in the game for at least the entire first quarter, though Watkins’ workload may be a little lighter than that of the other receivers.

“He’s looked really good,” McVay said. “He’s got great hands, an ability to run through the football. You can feel his speed and his juice down the field.”

Michael Bennett why he will continue to sit in the national anthem.

CARSON, Calif. — Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett started what he said will be his season-long refusal to stand for the national anthem on Sunday before his team’s preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bennett, like free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season, said his gesture is to raise awareness to racism and intolerance. Bennett did not single out law enforcement or any particular group as someone or something he disagreed with but instead said Americans need to try and bridge prejudices and stop acts of hatred.

“I hope that I can activate everybody to get off their hands and feet and go out into the communities and push helping each other,” he told reporters after Sunday’s game. “Sit down with somebody that’s the opposite sex, sit down with somebody that’s the opposite race, different religion and understand that people are different and go out and join the community and try to change the society, change what you’re a part of. If you don’t like it, keep changing it.”

The racial protests Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., which led to death and injuries, helped foster his decision to sit for the anthem, Bennett said. Yet, this move was clearly not a knee-jerk reaction.

“Charlottesville had a lot to do with it but I think it’s just the journey of who I am as a person. I think everybody has a time where they feel like they need to be who they are and stand up for what they believe in,” Bennett explained.

Bennett has spoken on racial, religious and other political issues for more than a year. He also has held camps, given time and money and supported some of the causes which he has addressed.

Those actions didn’t drive enough attention, which is why Bennett said that he decided to not stand for the playing of the national anthem before games — a gesture that has evoked emotions, supportive and not.

Bennett and several of his Seahawks teammates addressed racial turmoil and other issues throughout last season. Players typically locked arms in solidarity before games during the national anthem, something many did Sunday.

Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem before a preseason game last season drew ire and praise but also made him a lightning rod for controversy, which still resounds loudly. Kaepernick has drawn the wrath of politicians, some military, supporters of the armed forces and in particular members of law enforcement — the main target of his protest.

Kaepernick remains unemployed, in part because of the stance he took — a stance that has made him one of the most recognizable athletes in our era. The Seahawks are the only team to bring Kaepernick in for a face-to-face interview this summer but they opted not to sign him.

Bennett said he has nothing against the military and that his stance is to encourage bridge building, not further separation or hate. He said he expects negative backlash but that he feels he must stand up for his beliefs by not standing for the anthem.

“Of course I’m going to face backlash. This is bigger than me. This is bigger than football. This is bigger than anything that we have any different. This is about people. This is about bringing opportunities to people, giving people equality. This is bigger than a sport,” said Bennett.

Coach Pete Carroll said he did not see Bennett sit and he did not know that he would. Bennett said he did not discuss his plan with anyone because he doesn’t want to bring someone into a potential cauldron of controversy. Based on what happened with Kaepernick, that likely will be unavoidable.

Bennett said he did not speak to his former teammate, Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who did not stand for the playing of the national anthem during Saturday’s loss against the Cardinals. Several Seahawks players did not know if Lynch’s gesture was any type of protest. Some added that he usually did not stand or wasn’t on the field during the national anthem when he played for the team.

Seahawks officials said it was never brought to their attention when Lynch didn’t stand for the national anthem that it was any type of protest.