No, the game hasn’t been altered or cancelled all together, but there reportedly will be a change in location for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

No, the game hasn’t been altered or cancelled all together, but there reportedly will be a change in location for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the NFL will announce on Wednesday they have agreed to a multi-year deal to have the Pro Bowl be played in Orlando, Florida and not Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

The announcement will also be with ESPN (who broadcasts the game) which likely means there will be some connection with Disney World given the proximity.

There is no word whether or not there will be any changes to the format of the game as of now.

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Ryan Hannable
The Seahawks will use Brandon Browner similar to the way the Patriots did. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Seahawks will use Brandon Browner similarly to the way the Patriots did. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Although Brandon Browner spent just one season in New England, the way the Patriots used him in the secondary may help him in his time with the Seahawks after re-signing there this offseason.

Browner never seemed to fit with the Saints last season and in mid-April, the cornerback/safety re-signed with Seattle, the team he spent the first three years of his NFL career with.

With the Patriots, a lot of times Browner would be matched up against opposing tight ends lining up inside, almost as a hybrid linebacker.

This is something Seattle and coach Pete Carroll noticed and will likely be his role this season as the Seahawks want to improve on being ranked 26th in the league in covering tight ends, according to Football Outsiders.

“He’s a guy who draws the best out of people around him,” Carroll said via ESPN. “Guys feed off his energy because he’s so tough. And then his willingness to go ahead and learn a new spot. He was wide open to it. I had the chance to see him play in positions like he’s being asked to play now when he was in New England, and we saw some really good things we thought we could mix into our stuff, and he’s very much looked the part. But I really think it’s about him; we like the guy so much.”

Being 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, this role fits him much better than lining up on the perimeter.

“I love it,” Browner said. “It’s kind of similar to some of the things I did in New England. I’ll be matched up on guys that fit my size, be in there on the run a little bit. It’ll show my skill set a little bit.”

Added Browner: “Being on the outside, it’s more of a man-to-man concept: You’re a corner on an island. Being in that box, you’re accounted for from the linemen in the run. You’ll get some run keys from the end man on the line of scrimmage. Things are just a little different. But you’re a football player in there. Playing corner, it’s more of a one-on-one thing. We’re playing basketball out there on that island. When you’re in that box, that’s football, I think.”

As for whether or not Browner brings up winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots against the Seahawks, he tries not to mention it much.

“That’s a touchy subject,” Browner said. “I try to leave that one alone, man. It does [get brought up] every now and again, but I try to leave it alone.”

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Ryan Hannable

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.