Dec 16, 2015 4:10 PM

Belichick laughs after questions arise about possible Patriots union with RB Steven Jackson

FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots have officially clinched the AFC East title for the seventh straight year, but the buzz Wednesday came after it was reported that free agent Steven Jackson met with the Patriots.

He's a veteran running back that New England would use to fill another injury at running back, but when Bill Belichick was asked about the rumors of adding Jackson, he had quite the entertaining reaction.

"Let's finish on a high note," he said as he smiled, laughed, and left the room.

The Patriots have already been missing Dion Lewis' services at running back- with LaGarette Blount going down on Sunday, that creates another problem for the team to solve.

Over his career, Jackson has run for 11,388 yards and had 8-straight seasons with over 1,000 yards.

The Patriots already expect to add more of James White and Brandon Bolden and Montee Ball was signed to the practice squad this week.

"James [White] was telling me the other day, he's like 'You're the big brother of the group,'" said Bolden. "'You know what mom and dad expect.' That's kind of it, helping Montee [Ball] come in...we've got to get everybody caught up on this train."

The injuries and adjustments continue to climb for the Patriots. The team's offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, worked with Jackson back in 2011, and that could be helpful going forward.

It's a lot of ball handling issues and obviously all the handoffs and making sure those are all secure and then obviously building up the trust in the passing game," said Tom Brady. "That you can go to a guy and he's going to be dependable to catch it and do something with it. You've just got to kind of see how the role evolves based on that particular player, and then whatever they can do, you just try to do as much as you can working on the practice field."


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