Michael Floyd’s saga has been well-documented. He was busted for drunk driving (again), released by Arizona, picked up by the Patriots and a couple of months later found himself as a world champion.

Michael Floyd’s saga has been well-documented. He was busted for drunk driving (again), released by Arizona, picked up by the Patriots and a couple of months later found himself as a world champion.

Because of the unsavory launching pad for Floyd’s journey, some fans didn’t take kindly to his tweet picturing the wide receiver kissing the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win.

About 16 hours after that post, Floyd felt obligated to respond to those critics.

Appearing on ESPN Radio Sunday morning, Floyd addressed the issue once again.

“Random people just say the most crazy things, probably most of them were Arizona people,” he said. “They just think I’m not sorry for what I did, or I disrespected Arizona. All I can say is I made a mistake. I’m sorry for what I did. I’m moving forward. I think some people didn’t want me to be successful. I think that’s just life. I think there are a lot of people out there that don’t want people to succeed. You just have to make the best of it. For me, I got on a team that loved me and I was actually successful.”

Earlier in the interview, which included his former Notre Dame teammate Mike Golic Jr., Floyd also reiterated his the drunk driving arrest that put his story in motion.

“I made a dumb decision to drive,” Floyd said. “I thought I was OK and I fell asleep and I think the whole world knows what happened after that. It’s a dumb decision by an individual, you learn from it and move on.”

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Rob Bradford
Jabrill Peppers to the Patriots at No. 32 seems to be a favorite in early mock drafts. (Mike Carter/USA Today Sports)

Jabrill Peppers to the Patriots at No. 32 seems to be a favorite in early mock drafts. (Mike Carter/USA Today Sports)

If the early mock drafts are any indication, Patriots’ fans should get to know Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers.

Several initial mocks — including the latest from our pal Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network — indicate that when it comes to New England at No. 32, the Patriots would love to go with the defensive chess piece out of Michigan. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder filled a multitude of roles for the Wolverines the last few years, including as a defensive back, linebacker and return man. Check out more on Peppers here.

As you can see from the list below, there’s also a feeling that Temple linebacker Haason Reddick could also appeal to the Patriots at the end of the first round. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder had 17.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Owls.

–Yahoo’s Eric Edholm
Michigan DB/LB/PR Jabrill Peppers

–Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
Michigan DB/LB/PR Jabrill Peppers

–Nate Davis, USA Today
Michigan DB/LB/PR Jabrill Peppers

–Todd McShay, ESPN
Temple LB Haason Reddick

–Matt Miller, Bleacher Report
Temple LB Haason Reddick

–Rob Rang, CBS Sports
Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker

–Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
Alabama OLB Tim Williams

–Walter Football
Florida CB Quincy Wilson

–Dan Kadar, SB Nation
Auburn DE Carl Lawson

–Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated
Miami TE David Njoku

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Christopher Price

Several Patriots players have already said they will not attend a White House celebration this year with President Trump, but that didn’t stop Patriots owner Robert Kraft from having dinner with him Friday night.

Several Patriots players have already said they will not attend a White House celebration this year with President Trump, but that didn’t stop Patriots owner Robert Kraft from having dinner with him Friday night.

According to the Associated Press, Robert Kraft, joined Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives for dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida Friday night.

Kraft told Trump he knew the Patriots were going to win Super Bowl LI even when the Patriots were down 28-3.

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Ryan Hannable

Chris Long believes the 2016-17 Patriots were the “toughest team of all time.”

Chris Long said the 2016 Patriots were the "toughest team of all time." (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Chris Long believes the 2016 Patriots were the “toughest team of all time.” (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Chris Long believes the 2016-17 Patriots were the “toughest team of all time.”

The veteran defensive end, a guest on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, said this year’s New England team proved its bonafides in that department with the 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI.

“I really do think I just played on the toughest team of all time,” he said.

“The guys in that locker room, like, literally did not flinch,” Long said of the sizable deficit the Patriots faced at halftime. “I knew I was like, I’m a human being, I was like, ‘Golly, like I got some doubts right now. We’ve got to play way better in the second half.’

“Duron Harmon, who’s a safety for us, walked in and goes, ‘We’re about to make the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.’ I was like, ‘Dude, can we get a stop? Can we just like do one good thing? Maybe put one foot in front of the other?’”

The 31-year-old Long, who had never made the playoffs prior to arriving in New England prior to the 2016 season, said he had to operate on some level of faith.

“But like if it wasn’t for guys like Duron who had no doubt … I’m not used to this winning thing. Maybe to guys that have been around there for a while, they’re like, ‘Well, [expletive] will just work out. You know?’ I didn’t have that instinct, for whatever reason.

“But yeah, it wasn’t like a big speech. We just went back out and did it.”

Long said there were a lot of things that went into the comeback, but in the end, it’s about coaching.

“Bill [Belichick] does a great job of throwing curveballs at us. He did all year. Everything he does is by design,” he said. “I do think he’s the greatest coach of all time.”

“Any curveball you get on Super Bowl Sunday, you might think the hill is too steep. But guys were just conditioned to be able to go out there, hit the curveball, keep rolling. We got a break or two, that’s all it took, and then you can feel once you get that break or two, the momentum it turns into like, ‘Oh [expletive]’ on the other sideline.

“And on our sideline, we’re trying to go win a football game. You know what I mean? It turned fast. But I do think it’s because we’re mentally very tough.”

Long also added that he’s not retiring.

“I’m not retiring,” Long said. “But I don’t know what I’m doing.”

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

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Christopher Price

The Patriots apparently have some NFL executives upset.

Robert Kraft and the Patriots reportedly have upset NFL executives. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft and the Patriots reportedly have upset NFL executives. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots apparently have some NFL executives upset.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, NFL executives are “seething” at the Patriots for their actions after winning Super Bowl LI.

The report says these executives didn’t like Robert Kraft saying his fifth title was “the sweetest” and also were upset Kraft didn’t stop Matt Patricia from wearing a Barstool Sports t-shirt of Roger Goodell as a clown on the team plane when they were returning from Houston.

The t-shirt really didn’t go over well with Goodell.

“The t-shirt really bothered him,” an ownership source told La Canfora. “The fact that Kraft didn’t stop him from wearing that ticked some people off, but did they really think he’s going to protect Goodell after all of this?”

The report also said Kraft still wants league counsel Jeff Pash out.

“Robert still wants Pash out,” an ownership source said to La Canfora. “The only way there will ever be a full reconnect between the Patriots and Goodell is if Pash was no longer there.”

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Ryan Hannable
Willie McGinest has been criticized for his post game profanity (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Willie McGinest has been criticized for his postgame profanity. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

While Patriots fans were celebrating the team’s Super Bowl victory on Sunday night, there were others who were not so happy, and it wasn’t just Atlanta Falcons fans.

On Friday, SB Nation posted some of the complaints viewers sent to the Federal Communications Commission, and plenty of people watching the Super Bowl postgame celebration weren’t pleased with what they heard.

Some of those complaints:

“At the end of the superbowl [sic] a black teammate congratulated tom brady and told him “YOURE THE GREATEST, YOURE THE [expletive] GREATEST, YOURE THE [expletive]GREATEST!”

“I cannot believe Willie McGinest is so uncouth he cannot find a better word than [expletive] while carrying the Lombardi trophy past players and fans. This happened after Superbowl 51 on Feb 5 2017. Obviously fox was unaware because it was not bleeped out. He told fans and players to kiss it, kiss this [expletive], tongue kiss it. I mean really. And while staring into camera.”

“The Super Bowl was perfect, even though my team lost. Lady Gaga was classy and even though I do not side with her politically, I felt her half-time show was spot on! I loved it. Patriots came back and deserved the win no doubt, however when Willie McGinest was walking the trophy to the stage all of my good feelings for the show were lost! I lost count how many times the “f-bomb” was dropped not to mention the innuendos. Many children stayed up to watch this great show and they were exposed to such vulgarity. Has our culture changed so much as to expect this as a norm? Not cool!”

It’s not the first time the Patriots have been criticized, as Tom Brady was caught on camera cussing in 2014, which similarly brought some FCC complaints.

It’s also not the first time the Super Bowl has been brought under FCC trouble, as Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction initially left CBS with a $550,000 fine.

Luckily for FOX, the Super Bowl ended after 10 p.m., which falls under the FCC’s “safe harbor period,” meaning they shouldn’t get fined for the profanity.

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Marisa Ingemi