"I mean [Johnny] Hekker is a tremendous weapon," Belichick said in his opening remarks to reporters on Patriot Way. "This guy looks like as good a player as I've ever seen at that position."
If you're thinking this is a troll job, think again. Belichick regularly praises players from the opposing team in the walk-up to a game -- and it's not always a household name. Last week, The Hooded One had very nice things to say about Jets special teamer Josh Martin. (I checked, he's a real person.)
Belichick went on to compliment Hekker's athleticism and ability to thrive in all phases as a punter. This was press conference that turned into a love letter. If Eminem ever gets inspired to record a "Stan" sequel, we might have a hook.
"This guy is a weapon. I mean, he's not a good player -- he's a weapon."