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New Patriot Chris Long is in good humor

Chris Long’s views on Deflategate may endear him to Patriots fans.Marco Jose Sanchez/AP/Associated Press

When you check the scouting reports on Chris Long, they’re loaded with the usual adjectives: instinctive, energetic, relentless.

But here’s one the experts missed: hysterical.

A quick run through the newest Patriot’s Twitter feed finds that Long loves to share his thoughts — on pretty much everything — and they’re often quite funny.

On his struggle with the switch to daylight savings time, he posted: “So confused how to set my alarm tonight. Support me in this hard time.’’

On his alma mater’s chances in the NCAA Tournament, he’s clearly a little skeptical despite Virginia receiving a No. 1 seed: “Hey anyone in the bottom half of the Midwest region feel like beating Michigan state? Thanks asking for a friend.’’


Long is also no stranger to engaging his followers with his opinions on just about everything. When one asked if he was a “Trump guy,” Long answered “HELL no.’’

When another (we’ll call him Mario) chided the former Ram for considering a regular-season win over the Seahawks a career highlight and added a #neverwinningasuperbowl tag, Long asked, “You winning any super bowls these days, Mario?”

Long’s personality should fit in well with a Patriots team that relishes instincts, energy, and relentlessness on the field and laughs in the locker room.

Long agreed to a one-year deal late Tuesday (naturally he confirmed the deal via Twitter), hours after the Patriots shipped Chandler Jones (a fellow defensive end and no social media slouch himself) to Arizona. Long’s deal reportedly is worth $3 million.

Long, the second overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Rams, is coming off consecutive seasons cut short by ankle and knee injuries, collecting just four sacks in 18 games. He had 33 sacks the previous three seasons.

As humorous as Long can be, he also has a serious side. Long is part of the Waterboys Initiative, which works to raise money to build wells for people in Africa.


The 6-foot-4-inch, 275-pound son of NFL Hall of Famer and Charlestown native Howie Long may have endeared himself to Patriots fans long before signing on the dotted line.

In January of 2015, Long penned a story for The Players’ Tribune in which he made his opinions on Deflategate known.

“Let’s get down to it: this story isn’t as much about air pressure as it is about the cult of the New England Patriots,” Long wrote. “The Patriots are really good at two things: winning football games and not giving a [expletive] what you think about them.

“This modus operandi has earned the Patriots an equal number of fans and haters. One thing that drives people crazy is Belichick’s ‘less is more’ school of media engagement. Media relations, after all, is a game. It involves three parties: the teams, the media, and the fans. All three groups know it’s a game, but if a player or a coach doesn’t play ball, people get pissed.

“Bill Belichick is not only a Hall of Fame coach, but he is also the undisputed heavyweight champion when it comes to flustering members of the media. I find it hard to believe Deflategate would be as big of a story without Belichick and Brady as the villains. Anybody heard about the recent Cleveland Browns texting allegations? I didn’t think so.”

A Husky addition

Donald Brown is coming back to New England. According to Fox Sports, the Patriots reached agreement on a contract with the former University of Connecticut workhorse, a first-round pick of the Colts in 2009.


In seven seasons — the last two with the Chargers — Brown has 695 carries for 2,829 yards and 18 touchdowns. In addition, the 5-11, 207-pounder has 120 receptions for 1,066 yards and 2 TDs.

Brown, who was UConn’s first football All-American (second team), rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a junior and is the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,800 yards.

Happy St. Patrick’s

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Patriots inked linebacker Sheamus Liam McClellin, who played the last four seasons for the Bears, to a three-year deal, according to ESPN. Known as Shea, the 6-1, 245-pounder amassed 161 tackles and 7.5 sacks with Chicago, which drafted him in the first round out of Boise State in 2012.

Jones lands in desert

During his introductory news conference in Arizona, Jones said he was “very excited” about the opportunity to play for the Cardinals but acknowledged he didn’t pay too much attention to the trade rumors before he got the call.

“I was pretty much nose to the grindstone,’’ he said.

In a bit of light moment, Jones referred to himself as a “New England Cardinal . . . Oh, that’s funny,’’ he said before correcting himself.

Jones also said he’s looking forward to facing the Patriots, who will travel to Glendale this season.

“That might be a game I could circle with my red marker,’’ he said.


Butler weighs in

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler delivered an anti-bullying message to students at the West Middle School in Brockton Wednesday morning.

After speaking to the kids, Butler spoke with reporters about a possible contract extension, saying, “I’m just going with the flow, doing my job, making sure I come back in shape, make sure that I come back ready to go and if it happens, it happens.

“I want it to happen, but I can’t control the things I can’t control. I’m just playing football, glad to be in the NFL, glad to be a Patriots player, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

He said of the Jones trade, “It’s business. Chandler is a great person, and it’s just a business. It’s the NFL. Good luck to him. He’s an amazing person, a funny guy. Hate to lose him. But it’s a business.’’

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