Rex Ryan didn't like some of the questions he was asked on Wednesdays conference call. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Rex Ryan didn’t like some of the questions he was asked on Wednesdays conference call. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — For the second straight year, Bills coach Rex Ryan got upset with the New England media on the weekly conference call with the opposing coach.

Ryan was first asked about him saying the Bills won the offseason. The coach said his quote was misinterpreted, but he doesn’t regret what he said.

“No, I would regret something I said? No, I’m never doing that,” Ryan said. “What I meant was, going into the offseason — that thing has been a great comment by the way — but what I meant was our guys did a great job in their commitment. They were totally committed to what they were doing. They were focused. They came in, they worked out. Beyond that, it was guys were in early, out late. That’s basically what I was trying to say. We had a great offseason that way. It had nothing to do with players that went to other teams, or came to our team. It had nothing to do with that.

“Of course it was blown up that we won the offseason, or whatever. I get it. I said it so, I’ll take it. No problem, I said it. I think everyone missed the intent of what I was saying, but who cares anyway.”

Ryan was then asked about him being on record saying he’s an “above-average” coach, but yet he has a 35-48 record since 2011.

“I don’t know. I guess that’s the way it is,” he said. “You guys would know better than me.”

The next question was a general one about quarterback Tyrod Taylor and his play over the first three games.

“Above-average quarterback,” Ryan said. “You guys just fill in the blanks, whatever you want to say. Above-average quarterback.”

He was then asked about fumbles where it was brought up that the Bills have fumbled 32 times in 19 games.

“I have no idea, man,” Ryan said. “We have to do a better job obviously of protecting the football.”

Finally, Ryan was asked about his Bill Belichick impersonation before Monday’s press conference and perhaps if it causes he and the team to lose focus on the actual game.

“I don’t know, man,” he said. “It’s more of a this is still a game. It’s really a billion dollar industry and things, but it’s still a game and you have to be true to yourself. I’m try to myself. To me it’s just a thing where I enjoy Belichick’s press conferences and everything else because he’s true to himself and he does a great job. It’s pretty funny to me. You guys can never get anything out of him. I think it’s great. It’s kind of funny that way. Knowing that every question is going to be about who is the quarterback.

“The one thing I do know for sure is Tom Brady’s not the quarterback and I feel good about that.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The oddsmakers have come around on the Patriots.

FOXBORO — The oddsmakers have come around on the Patriots.

After seeing their odds fluctuate over the course of the offseason because of the uncertainty regarding quarterback Tom Brady, according to Bovada, New England currently has the best shot at winning Super Bowl 51 at 15/4. The Packers are second at 8/1, and the Steelers (9/1) and Seahawks (10/1) round out the top four. (By way of comparison, at the other end of the spectrum, the Bears are 500/1 and the Browns are 1,000/1.)

Predictably, New England is at the top of the list when it comes to the AFC at 2/1, with the Steelers (9/2) and Broncos (11/2) just off the pace. The Patriots are also far and away the favorite in the AFC East at 1/5.

And despite not having a taken a single snap yet this season, Brady is at 16/1 odds to win the MVP. Aaron Rodgers is currently the favorite at 9/2, while Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton (both 6/1) are next in line.

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

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Christopher Price
Jamie Collins endured a rare session with the media on Wednesday.  (Elsa/Getty Images)

Jamie Collins endured a rare session with the media on Wednesday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — No high-level performer on the Patriots roster does a better job at keeping a low profile than linebacker Jamie Collins.

Collins, who is regarded by many as one of the best and most versatile defenders on the team, has absolutely zero interest in the art of self-promotion. His sessions with the media are few and far between, and when they do happen — like Wednesday — they are punctuated by two- and three-sentence responses. So when he talks, it’s a special occasion.

In his fourth year, the Southern Miss product takes criticism and praise the same way. Like when someone informed him that former teammate Jerod Mayo proclaimed that Collins was the MVP of the team through the first three games.

“I appreciate it, but I’m doing me,” Collins shrugged. “I’m trying to get it, regardless.”

That means always trying to find places he can improve.

“There’s always room for improvement. Like I said, I’m trying to get there every day by coming in here and doing what I do,” he said. “Getting faster, stronger, bigger. Seeing things quicker. Everything. Whatever it may be to make me get better.”

“Jamie’s an impact hitter. He’s got a lot of explosion, a lot of power,” said Bill Belichick. “He can certainly deliver a solid blow, and he’s long, and he’s athletic (and) he has got good range. So yeah, he’s a good player.

“He brings a lot to our team both in his talents and also in his playing style and his aggressiveness and ability to do whatever we ask him to do. Whether that’s playing zone-coverage, playing man-coverage, rush the passer, play on the end of the line, play in the middle of the line. With [Dont’a] Hightower out he’s had a lot of communication and play-calling responsibilities and he has not only handled those well, but it hasn’t affected any other parts of his game; that added responsibility.”

Whether you agree with Mayo’s assessment, it’s hard to argue with the results. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder leads the Patriots in tackles (23) and interceptions (2), and is tied for the team lead in passes defense (3), all to go along with one sack. Picking up some of the slack in the wake of the knee injury sustained by Hightower, he’s also worn the green dot on the back of his helmet.

But don’t tell him he’s unique because he gets to wear the communication device from the sidelines.

“Everybody makes too much of the green dot,” he said. “It ain’t really nothing. It ain’t nothing. It ain’t nothing.”

Collins also dismisses talk of added pressure on his shoulders because he’s in a contract year.

“No, man. I ain’t worried about none of that,” he said. “Like I said, man. I’m going to come in here and do what i do, regardless. Regardless.”

Would that include playing some quarterback? He lined up under center in high school, and the Patriots do have some uncertainty at the position going into Sunday’s contest against the Bills.

“I can play whatever,” he said with a small smile. “Whatever it is. I don’t care what the level is. Whatever it is you need me to do, I’m doing.”

Quarterback included?

“Yeah.”

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Christopher Price
Martellus Bennett was cracking jokes in the locker room again Wednesday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett was cracking jokes in the locker room again Wednesday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is one of the most outgoing personalities in the Patriots locker room and he was at it again on Wednesday.

Bennett was asked about the “calling card” of a Ryan brother’s defense as the team will face Buffalo on Sunday.

“Calling card? I think you can dial a bunch of different numbers to get the Ryan brothers,” Bennett said. “They do a lot of different things. It’s hard to have one phone number for them. It’s hard to track them down. I played with Rob when I was in Dallas, but I think overall you can’t just call it one thing.”

The jokes didn’t stop there as he was asked about “flying around” the practice field on Tuesday after getting the weekend off following the Thursday game against the Texans.

“I fly around every day,” Bennett said. “Can’t land this jet. It’s like having a private plane, wherever I want to go, I just go. I’m not worried about no jet fuel. I would say Gatorade, but they don’t sponsor me so I am going to get a good ole’ sip of that drink. Gatorade could have had a plug.”

Much has been made of the Patriots’ uncertainty at quarterback this season, but it’s not bothering Bennett.

“No, we just go do our job,” he said. “Just get open. They’ll get it to you. They are here for a reason.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — What’s the latest with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett? Is Rob Gronkowski close to 100 percent? And what are the latest shenanigans of Rex Ryan? All this and more as WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Patriots Bills inside Gillette Stadium.

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Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — You can sense Rob Gronkowski is feeling better and better.

In a fairly animated press conference Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots tight end said he admittedly wasn’t 100 percent in his return to action on Sept. 22 against the Texans.

But the tight end said Wednesday he is getting closer and closer.

In the game against the Texans, he was targeted just once and didn’t catch a pass in the 27-0 win. The one target came at the end of the first quarter when the Patriots were third-and-1 at the Texans 6. Jacoby Brissett lofted a high pass to the left back corner of the end zone. The pass was well out of reach but Gronkowski couldn’t get very high off the ground.

The rest of the game he was a blocking tight end and served primarily as a huge decoy in the Patriots passing game.

“Whenever you’re coming back from an injury, you’re not all of a sudden at 100 percent or full-go, so just kind of taking it one day at a time and easing myself into the progression of playing football and doing everything out there,” Gronkowski said Wednesday.

“I felt good, definitely. You’re always sore no matter what after playing a game. No matter if you play 10 plays or 70 plays, [you’re] definitely sore like any other game, but no setbacks, no nothing; feeling good and just progressing every day.”

Gronkowski said he’s been doing a lot of reading up on hamstring injuries like his suffered in mid-August in joint practices against the Bears.

“You’ve got to be careful with any injury, but I mean, if you research hamstrings, if you know anything about hamstrings, you’ve definitely got to be careful,” Gronkowski said. “You’ve got to progress. You can’t just hop back in and be full-go 100 percent. I wish it was like that. I can’t wait until I’m going crazy out there again. So I’m just progressing myself into it and feeling better every single day.”

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — There was good news coming out of Patriots practice on Wednesday.

Both quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were present and were even throwing passes, as the media was able to see the first individual drill. Although they weren’t with much velocity, it’s a good sign for being available Sunday against the Bills.

FOXBORO — There was good news coming out of Patriots practice on Wednesday.

Both quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were present and were even throwing passes, as the media was able to see the first individual drill. Although they weren’t with much velocity, it’s a good sign for being available Sunday against the Bills.

The team had perfect attendance for the second straight day with defensive lineman Anthony Johnson returning after being released on Monday, as he replaces Ian Silberman on the practice squad.

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

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Ryan Hannable

Rex Ryan really must be feeling bored.

The affable Bills head coach reached a new level on Wednesday conference call when he posed as “Walt Patulski” a reporter for the Buffalo News and asked Patriots receiver Julian Edelman if he were playing quarterback for the Patriots.

“Are you playing quarterback?” Ryan asked.