Archive for August, 2010

Patriots make minor changes to the roster

The Patriots made minor changes today, releasing offensive lineman Brian Simmons and signing recently cut defensive back Terrence Johnson. Both players have/had a long shot of making the roster.

In other news, Rex Ryan is eying the ex-Patriot Adalius Thomas. With Calvin Pace injured, the Jets will need a replacement and Thomas and Ryan have history together up in Baltimore. “I would say that would be a possibility,” Ryan said of Thomas joining the Jets. “I wouldn’t rule that out.” (- from ESPN)

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Other Patriots News From Today

With most of today’s news coming from Tom Brady’s remarks on ‘Hard Knocks’ and how he hates the Jets (All Pats fans should), here is some of the other news coming out of camp today.

Signings:

  • Recently cut safety Ross Ventrone was seen at practice
  • Offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka was acquired from the Falcons for an undisclosed draft pick

Releasing:

  • Defensive back Terrence Johnson was released

Injury Related News:

  • Bill Belichick on Nick Kaczur’s injury “I don’t think he’ll be available in the immediate future, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m not sure exactly how long that will or won’t be …”
  • Outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was not practicing today, but he was on an exercise bike, so that’s a start
  • Leigh Bodden and Gary Guyton were back at practice today
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A recap of the Patriots vs Falcons

As NePatriotsDraft says, last night was truly a night for the youngsters. Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowsk each caught a touchdown pass, Mesko punted a great game, and the running backs had a great day.
What I liked:

  • Welker seems not to lost a step
  • Our rookie tight ends are stepping up
  • Fred Taylor stills has gas in the tank

Highlights:

Stats:

Passing:

  • Tom Brady – 10/12 85 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Brian Hoyer – 8/15 94 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Zac Robinson – 2/2  17 yards

Running:

  • Fred Taylor – 11 carries for 54 yards,  1 touchdown
  • Sammy Morris – 6 carries for 52 yards, 1 touchdown
  • BenJarvis GreenElis – 7 carries for 12 yards

Receiving:

  • Aaron Henandez – 4 catches for 46 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Rob Gronkowski – 4 catches for 38 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Brandon Tate – 2 catches for 25 yards
  • Randy Moss – 2 catches for 24 yards
  • Wes Welker – 2 catches for 20 yards

Lasting Questions:

  • Will Dan Connolly be as effective against a starting defense?
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Torry Holt placed on IR and other news

The Patriots signed recently released wide receiver Buddy Farnham and also signed offensive lineman Brian Simmons. The signings were made possible with the placing of wide receiver Torry Holt on injured reserve and the release of defensive back Ross Ventrone. Holt suffered a knee injury and is scheduled to have surgery this week, according to various sources.

In other news, Ron Brace and Derrick Burgess showed up for practice today. Some notables that were missing were Nick Kaczur and Jermaine Cunningham.

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Recap of Last Night’s Game

Julian Edelman was sensational last night. With 90 yards, he was all over the place. Tom Brady had a great few drives and Randy Moss was involved some plays. Zoltan Mesko had an average of 43.4 per punt, which is already better than Chris Hanson, and Hoyer looked like a capable backup. So overall, it was a good game for a preseason game.

What I liked:

  • Julian Edelman gets better with every game.
  • The defense got to Drew Brees
  • The offensive line held up without Mankins
  • The Patriots were great in the red zone

Highlights:

  • Green-Ellis ran in for a 6 yard touchdown
  • Marques Murrell sacked Drew Brees
  • Edelman returned a punt for 40 yards to the Saint’s 19
  • Devin McCourty returns a kickoff for 52 yards
  • Eric Alexander intercepted Daniels

A Look at the Rookies:

  • Ben Tate caught a pass for 20 yards
  • Devin McCourty returned a kickoff for 52 yards
  • Brandon Spikes had 8 total tacks and 3 solo ones

Stats:

Passing:

  • Tom Brady – 5/8   67 yards
  • Brian Hoyer – 8/13   106 yards
  • Zac Robson – 3/8   47 yards

Running:

  • Chris Taylor – 8 carries for 29 yards
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 11 carries for 34 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Lawrence Maroney – 8 carries for 30 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Thomas Clayton -  4 carries for 13 yards

Receiving:

  • Julian Edelman – 6 catches for 90 yards
  • Randy Moss – 2 catches for 30 yards

A lasting question:

  • Where the Patriots shopping Green-Ellis?
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Patriots vs Saints Tonight

The Patriots play the New Orleans Saints tonight at 7:30 EST. The game, best said ‘as a measuring stick’ by Jerod Mayo, should be a good one. You can watch the game on WBZ or on NFL.com (You have to pay for a subscription though).

Things to Watch:

  • If the line can hold up without Logan Mankins
  • How rookies like Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham affect the defense
  • Aaron Hernandez is who I’m watching closely. Randall Gay has loads of praise about him and he’s had a great camp
  • Wes Welker and his routes/turning I’m not so sure about Welker playing after listening to Mike Reiss. He hasn’t participated in live tackling yet and it does make sense for BB to hold him out

For those who can’t watch:

If your not able to watch the game, here are some resources to get updates on them.

  • Twitter:  @mikereiss  @PatsExaminer @NEPatriotsDraft @PatsPropaganda @realpatriots @patriotfan
  • Sites:  patsfans.com  patriots.com
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Patriots release OG Darnell Stapleton

The Patriots cut newly acquired  offensive guard Darnell Stapleton. Stapleton was originally signed to add depth to the depleted Patriots line, but it seems that did not work out. The move is an odd one seeing how he was just signed days ago and how the Patriots line is so thin. My guess is he wasn’t who they thought he was.

With the release, the Patriots were able to sign running back Thomas Clayton, who had been recently cut by the Patriots. Clayton was a 6th round pick by the 49ers back in 2007.

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Pats sign Darnell Stapleton, DeAngelo Willingham and release others

The Patriots signed guard Darnell Stapleton and defensive back DeAngelo Willingham, and they also released wide receiver Buddy Farnham and defensive lineman Adrian Grady.

Stapleton is a ex-Steeler from their Super Bowl team. He started 12 games last year before having a season-ending injury. Willingham has been bouncing around different teams’ practice squads and more recently was with the Bengals.

Grady and Farnham where cut to make room for Stapleton and Willingham, though I would of liked to see more Farnham, the Ivy League and New England Player of the Year last season at Brown.

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The Patriots Today

HC Bill Belichick held a press conference today to discuss training camp, and other topics. Here is a recap of what he said and other Patriot news.

Injuries:

  • Ty Warren and Nick Kaczur are day to day from what Belichick said  “.. both missed a number of practices and are both being evaluated by our medical staff and we’ll see what comes of that”
  • Leigh Bodden returned to the field from the knee injury he suffered last week during practice. He said the injury was of  “no concerns”
  • Gary Guyton did not return today from his minor knee injury
  • Ron Brace is still on the PUP

On the Saints:

  • Joint practice is to be held held soon on the practice field and the Patriots official start preparing for them today.
  • Belichick on the Saints “Its a new year, but we know that they’re a great football team and it will be a good opportunity for us to compete against somebody that we know has a high quality of performance, coming off a great year …”

On Aaron Schobel:

  • Belicheck was num on the issue saying “Nick [Caserio] and the personnel staff look at all the players out there. Any player that is not on the roster, we have evaluated and he has some kind of status with us, whatever the category, and there are a number of categories. That’s what the personnel staff does: they look at all the players. The ones that are on other teams, we keep track of them and the ones that aren’t on any team, we keep track of them”

Other:

  • Derrick Burgess still has not shown up and Belichick doesn’t have an update for us today

You can watch the press conference here.

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