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Kevin Byard may have just given the Patriots some extra bulletin board material. The Titans safety apparently feels confident that he can do to Tom Brady what he just did to Blake Bortles.

Speaking to Jason Wolf of The Tennesseean, Byard roasted Bortles as a way of saying Brady doesn’t intimidate him. The Jaguars quarterback threw two interceptions his way in the Titans’ 15-10 win over Jacksonville in Week 17.

“It’s a playoff game, so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin,'” said Byard. “This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana. You know what I’m saying? I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make [Brady] look like Blake Bortles if I can and try to catch a couple picks.”

Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and free safety Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and free safety Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 6, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Kevin Byard: Supremely Confident

To be fair to Byard, he’s no stiff. He earned First Team All-Pro honors (along with Brady and Rob Gronkowski) in 2017 and led the NFL with eight interceptions. Also, Brady hasn’t been quite as sharp in his last six games, throwing six picks of his own.

But at the end of the day, it’ll be hard to make Brady look like anything close to Bortles. Especially the Bortles you saw in last Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game against the Bills. Bortles threw for just 87 yards in that game, and in fact gained more yards on the ground (88) than through the air.

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The last time Brady threw for under 100 yards in a game came in Week 17 of the 2014 season, when he passed for 80 yards against the Bills – in the first half. He sat for the second half.

But needless to say, most of New England will know the name “Kevin Byard” after these comments. It’s not the worst thing an opposing player has said about the Patriots, but for them it could be enough to raise their motivation a tick. Which isn’t something you really want to do against them.

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The undersized Byard (5-foot-11) also better hope he doesn’t get matched up against Rob Gronkowski, or else he could have a bad time.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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