One position group everyone has their eyes on at Patriots training camp is the wide receivers. On paper, this corps isn’t among the league’s best, which has made some quick to bash the current talent on the roster for early mistakes in training camp.
That’s exactly what Mike Girardi of the Boston Sports Journal did last week, saying the Pats’ wideouts “stink, stank, and stunk” in early practices. Girardi’s take has apparently gotten back to New England’s receivers, and Kendrick Bourne used the writer’s words against him on Sunday.
Girardi attempted to question Bourne after practice about Tyquan Thornton’s impact on the offense. Bourne cut him off before he could finish, however, emphatically repeating Girardi’s “stink, stank, and stunk” with a smile and walking off.
Honestly, this response by Bournce is hilarious. The media has every right to report on the team and criticize, but sometimes this power is abused and goes too far. They have no problems ripping players from afar, then show up to practice and rely on these same players to do their job.
Since Girardi made Bourne’s job a little more difficult with his over-negativity, the wideout paid him the favor right back. Not only did he avoid the question, but he flipped the script on the media member and gave him some bad press in return.
Hopefully Bourne and the rest of his teammates can rally around “stink, stank, and stunk” to show what they’re really capable of. This group being better than expected would be just the shot in the arm this team needs to get back to the postseason.
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