David Ortiz stands with Tom Brady.

David Ortiz has Tom Brady's back. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

David Ortiz has Tom Brady’s back. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

David Ortiz stands with Tom Brady.

In an interview with SI.com, the Red Sox slugger said Deflategate is “stupid,” and he’s not going to watch football if Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season.

“I think it’s stupid, to be honest with you,” Ortiz said. “Put it this way: You’re talking about the one player that everybody wants to watch play. We’re not just talking about any player. We’re talking about Tom Brady.

“If I turn on the TV on Sunday to watch a Patriots game and I know that Tom Brady is not playing, I would turn off the TV. I don’t want to watch that game.”

Ortiz also offered his thoughts on Bill Belichick.

“I’ve met him before. He’s a great guy,” Ortiz said. “The thing is that people watch what we do on the field, they want us to be a nice guy but that’s not how it is. When you’re between those lines, you’re trying to beat whatever is in your way. But after, it doesn’t mean you’re that kind of human being. That’s what fans pay to watch. They want you to go out there and get the job done. But that doesn’t mean you’re that type of person. Coach Belichick is a super nice guy. An incredible human being. He’s a guy who in the Boston area is known as a charitable man and a guy who’s doing good things for the community. I don’t really see the point where people want to look at him where’s he’s a bad person.”

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady took to Facebook on Memorial Day to honor the people have fight and have fought for our country, in particular former NFL player Pat Tillman.

Tom Brady took to Facebook on Memorial Day to honor the people have fight and have fought for our country, in particular former NFL player Pat Tillman.

Brady wrote: I hope everyone is having a fun Memorial Day. I would encourage us all to remember and honor the brave men and women who have fought for our country to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. Thank you to our heroes and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us, to keep our country safe. May we honor you by striving to give our best every day. I would also like to honor Pat Tillman, who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. Pat was a great NFL player with a bright future when he chose to leave the NFL and enlist in the Army Rangers. I was fortunate to play against Pat and his brother in high school. He was an exceptional person, warrior and hero in every way.

To support the Pat Tillman Foundation, a friend of mine will be biking over 50 consecutive days to cover the 2,800 miles of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route that runs from Canada to Mexico along the Continental divide (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico). Please use the link below to make a contribution on his behalf and honor Pat’s legacy:

https://fundraise.pattillmanfoundation.org/fundraise…

‪#‎crusheverything‬ ‪#‎navysealfoundation‬

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Ryan Hannable
Using the rule of 26-27-60, Carson Wentz should have a good career in the NFL. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Using the rule of 26-27-60, Carson Wentz should have a good career in the NFL. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A few weeks before the NFL draft, we wrote about the rule of 26-27-60, and how it relates to quarterback prospects. Basically, history tells us that quarterbacks who score at least a 26 on the Wonderlic, start 27 or more games in college and complete at least 60 percent of their passes as a collegian will go on to be successful in the NFL. (For a closer look at a historical breakdown, as well as some notable exceptions to the rule, check out that story here.) With the Wonderlic numbers from most of the top-level quarterback prospects now available, here’s a full look at how the rule of 26-27-60 applies to the full class of signal-callers. Who will make it and who will miss out? Add your opinion in the comments:

Carson Wentz (drafted by the Eagles): 40 on the Wonderlic, 42 games started, 64 percent completion rate
Jared Goff (drafted by the Rams): 34 on the Wonderlic, 37 games started, 62 percent completion rate
Paxton Lynch (drafted by the Broncos): 18 on the Wonderlic, 38 games started, 63 percent completion rate
Connor Cook (drafted by the Raiders): 25 on the Wonderlic, 43 games started, 58 percent completion rate
Christian Hackenberg (drafted by the Jets): 24 on the Wonderlic, 38 games started, 56 percent completion rate
Cardale Jones (drafted by the Bills): 25 on the Wonderlic, 23 games started, 62 percent completion rate
Dak Prescott (drafted by the Cowboys): 25 on the Wonderlic, 33 games started, 63 percent completion rate
Jacoby Brissett (drafted by the Patriots): 24 on the Wonderlic, 26 games started, 60 percent completion rate
Kevin Hogan (drafted by the Chiefs): 38 on the Wonderlic, 46 games started, 66 percent completion rate

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Christopher Price
Former Pats wide receiver Tiquan Underwood is heading into his second CFL season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Former Pats wide receiver Tiquan Underwood is heading into his second CFL season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

While NFL training camps are still two months from opening, Canadian Football League camps opened this week. (The CFL opens its regular season on June 23.) There are a handful of players who spent time in Foxboro recently who are currently in camp with a CFL team:

British Columbia: wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins — Hawkins was signed by the Patriots in the spring of 2013, but the Cal product was cut a few days in training camp. He had 39 catches for 673 yards and three TDs last year for BC.

Edmonton: running back Akeem Shavers — Shavers spent a portion of 2013 with the Patriots, but didn’t see any meaningful action.

Hamilton: wide receiver Tiquan Underwood — Underwood spent a portion of the 2011 season with the Patriots, catching three passes for 30 yards. He gained a small measure of fame after he was released the day before Super Bowl XLVI. The former Rutgers standout had 557 yards receiver last year for the Tiger-Cats.

Montreal: defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias, quarterback Jonathan Crompton — Lavarias was on and off the practice squad in 2011 before he was one of the final cuts prior to the start of the 2012 season. The 28-year-old has 87 tackles and 11 sacks in three seasons with the Alouettes. Meanwhile, Crompton was a practice squadder who was on the roster for roughly half of the 2010 season before being cut loose in favor of Ryan Mallett. In his three years in the CFL, Crompton has 19 touchdown passes.

Toronto: Defensive back Kanorris Davis —
This gonzo defensive back who made his name with some solid special teams work is in camp with the Argonauts. He was on the New England roster for a portion of the 2013 season.

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Christopher Price

Maybe there was something to Malcolm Butler not being present at Thursday’s OTA for the Patriots.

Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler

Maybe there was something to Malcolm Butler not being present at Thursday’s OTA for the Patriots.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract prior to the 2016 season. Staying away from OTAs limits his injury risk and also could send a message to the organization.

Reiss does note the cornerback was at the team’s “Fantasy Camp” with high-paying sponsors last Wednesday at Gillette Stadium and a local high school playing basketball with teammates a few weeks ago, so he is in the area.

Butler is scheduled to make $600,00 this season as he was an undrafted free agent in 2014. He will be a restricted free agent after this season.

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Ryan Hannable

NFL officials have confirmed to NFL Media that they plan to speak with the players who were linked to performance-enhancing drugs via a report from Al Jazeera last December.

NFL officials have confirmed to NFL Media that they plan to speak with the players who were linked to performance-enhancing drugs via a report from Al Jazeera last December.

Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal were among those named in the story.

“We have been working with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and Major League Baseball since these allegations were raised,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “Working with the NFL Players Association, we expect to talk directly to the players sometime next month.”

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Christopher Price