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Brady made a few more plays with his legs in 2014. (USA TODAY Images)

Tom Brady may not be Colin Kaepernick or Cam Newton, but looking back at some of the changes he made to his game in 2014 it was hard not to appreciate some of the improvement he made with his mobility.

He was much more successful when it came to using his legs last season, picking up 57 yards rushing the football during the regular season, and that yardage total would have also been a little higher had it not been for his 15 kneel-downs where he lost some yardage.  Oddly enough Brady didn’t have a negative carry at all last year after having two in 2013, which is a credit to the push he got from his offensive line, which took a lot of heat during the early part of the season when the team was struggling.

Looking at the numbers, there was quite a jump both in yardage and first down conversions compared to 2013 and here’s a quick breakdown of his totals:

TOTALS:
2013: 32 carries, 18 yards, 5 First Downs
2014: 36 carries, 57 yards, 11 First Downs

Kneeldowns:
2013: 17
2014: 15

Negative Carries:
2013: 2
2014: 0

No Gain:
2013: 4
2014: 5

1-5 Yards:
2013: 7
2014: 12

6-10 Yards:
2013: 1
2014: 2

Over 10-20 Yards:
2013: 1
2014: 2

One of the bigger things that stands out is the fact he had 11 rushing first downs last season, compared to just 5 in 2013.

Brady running with the football isn’t exactly something Patriots fans want him to make a habit of, but it had some enjoyable moments.  One of the more memorable ones in 2014 was the 1st down he picked up after a 17-yard run on third-and-11 against Miami in December which helped spark a 41-13 rout of the Dolphins.

That got the crowd fired up when Brady took a shot after lowering his shoulder on his way out of bounds.  He’s not exactly fleet of foot, with teammate Julian Edelman giving the veteran quarterback a hard time after the game was over.

“It was the slowest 17 yards I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Edelman.

It was Brady’s third longest career run and his longest since 2007 after he rushed for 19 against the Colts that season.  His longest ever was a 22-yarder against the Bengals back in 2006.

He took the ribbing from Edelman in stride, even poking fun at himself later on his Facebook page while comparing himself to a cheetah.

Brady’s a guy who’s always focused on getting better, but as much as it’s nice that he’s been taking off a little more with the football, hopefully this is a weapon he’ll try and limit since taking an injury would certainly hurt them.  After all, the Patriots need his arm more than his legs in order to come back and try to do it all again in 2015.

DEON SIMON TALKS ABOUT MEETING BILL BELICHICK:

Northwestern Tackle Deon Simon was apparently caught off guard at the combine, and offered his thoughts on meeting Patriots head coach Bill Belichick last weekend.

The 6’4″, 332-pound defensive tackle was surprised to meet the Patriots’ head coach, and in his “Around the NFL’s draft diary” explained the experience.

“I didn’t exactly think Bill Belichick was going to be there,” said Simon via NFL.com.  “But when I walked in the door, he was sitting right behind the door and he stood up and he shook my hand.

“It felt unreal, I mean, you always see him on television and I mean — that’s Bill Belichick! To have the opportunity to be in the same room with him and in the same presence, it was really exciting. I was just trying to hold my composure.

“It was on Saturday night. He was asking me about my background, personal stuff, but in the back of my mind, all I’m thinking is, man, that’s Bill Belichick.

“There were a few people in there, Bill and six others from his staff. In most of my meetings, the technical questions were mostly the same. They would set up a base defense and ask me where to line up. They’d show me an under look, a 3-4 defense, a 4-3 defense, just trying to read the offense. They’d ask me to read the opposing offense — 21 personnel, 10 personnel, the base fronts.

“It was just an amazing experience, something I’m never going to forget.”

Great stuff.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Former sports agent Joel Corry had a piece on CBSSports.com on Darrelle Revis, and points out there’s certainly urgency to get a deal done for the Patriots given the window they have to get a deal done, and Revis has the leverage.  “Retaining Revis is New England’s top offseason priority. The Patriots have an exclusive negotiation window to rework his deal before the March 9 deadline for the option year and he becomes an unrestricted free agent on the following day. The problem for the Patriots is Revis has the leverage in the situation because of how he performed in 2014 and the team’s limited ability to prevent him from hitting the open market.” … Jonas Gray gave an interesting interview to the Boston Globe’s Nick A Zaino III and talked about his interest in stand up comedy, among other topics.  ” I had a friend of mine who did a little stand-up himself. One day we were all hanging out, and I literally kept making everyone laugh, and so did he. So he gave me some advice, “You should think about doing stand-up.” And he said, “One thing you should do is, any time you say something funny and everyone laughs, you hear a joke, you think it’s funny, you write it down, you put in your notes, you put in a couple of keywords, you come back to it, and you try to turn it into a joke.” Next thing you know, I’m doing that, and next thing you know, I’ve got 200 jokes. I’ve got a ton of jokes. I was telling him some of the material; he thought it was great. And he gave me advice to just go ahead and do an open mike one night. I did the open mike, I videotaped it for him, sent it to him, he loved it.”  You can read more of the interview here … Mike Reiss took a look at a potential Devin McCourty contract and feels five years, $45 million along with a $10 million signing bonus would be a good number to get a deal done with the Patriots safety.  One would hope that locking him up for that long would be a possibility, especially if they get a similar deal done with Revis.  We’ll have to see how it plays out … If you’ve ever heard the “free money” that could be owed to you by listening to the commercials on sports radio recently in Boston, they emphasize that a lot of people have no idea they have unclaimed funds waiting for them.  According to MassLive.com, it appears State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s staff has tracked down some stars who are owed money by the state, including Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.  Former Patriots TE Christian Fauria does a commercial for FindMassMoney.com on WEEI and brags about the fact he bought a “flat screen tv” and even “a couple of DVD’s to go with it.”  Although one would believe that those other two guys have made just a little more money in the NFL than he did and won’t need to use whatever money they’re owed to buy one. … And finally there were reports about Shane Vereen seeking $5 million per season, but appearently that’s not the case.  Vereen recently took to Twitter to shoot down those reports, laughing off the notion, saying, “Haha not true but who wouldn’t be?!?!” … Speaking of Twitter, we’ll soon have an an announcement in the coming days about the fact we’ll be doing something fun with a current Patriot next Wednesday afternoon.  If you’re on there it should be a good time, so stay tuned.


Devin McCourty has evolved into quite a leader for the Patriots. (USA TODAY Images)

Sometimes playing well doesn’t always get you a lot of attention, that’s just the way it is.

For Patriots safety Devin McCourty, that’s probably the best way to describe him.

The veteran cornerback has evolved into one of the NFL’s top safeties and now he’s inching closer to potentially becoming a free agent, one of the many important matters that director of player personnel, Nick Caserio, will likely be focusing on this offseason.

When thinking about what McCourty brings to this football team, the best way to describe him is probably that he’s a quiet calm in a group that has gotten used to facing adversity over the years, as well as the experience from playing on the biggest stage.  You would almost have to equate him to the presence that Vince Wilfork provides up front on the defensive line, with the veteran being a guy who does a good job keeping guys from getting too high or too low when the going gets tough.

He’s already seen more than plenty of players his age, having played in two Super Bowls and adding a championship to his resume a few weeks ago.  He’s now one of the seasoned veterans in a secondary that has saw young players like Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler lining up around him and having a player like that around them makes a big difference.  He’s a player who was a leader in college, and a guy who treated the freshman with respect but made sure they understood their roles on the defense.  According to Newsroom New Jersey, McCourty sat with them in meetings and paid attention to how well they understood the defense and then worked with them to help make sure they did.

Since joining the Patriots, that approach hasn’t changed.  He’s garnered the respect of his peers who appreciate what he brings to the team.

“He’s not only one of our leaders, but he’s a vocal leader after that,” Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington said via lohud. “He gets everybody aligned right. He’s like the quarterback of our defense.

“Everybody has a great relationship with him off the field as well. It makes it a little bit easier to communicate with his guys.”

Players like that are special, and it falls into the blue print of what Belichick has tried to build his locker room around.  The plan has been pretty simple; bring in leaders and guys who love football.  The only challenge eventually becomes trying to keep all of them, and that’s what New England suddenly finds themselves dealing with this offseason.

Darrelle Revis will be the big story, since locking him up for the long-term really solidifies the secondary and essentially takes care of one whole side of the field.  The Patriots have the ability to use the franchise tag on McCourty, which should obviously keep him in the fold.  Logic would lead you to believe that they’ll franchise him but hopefully use that time to hammer out a deal that makes sense in order to ensure that he remains a key component of this group for years to come.

McCourty said earlier this month that he’s looking forward to how the process plays out.

“I’m excited for the process to see how it will all work out,” McCourty told NJ Advance Media. “I haven’t really thought about it that much even though the season is over and that’s kind of the top thing on the list. I think just coming down off the Super Bowl run and winning that, maybe next week or the week after it will really start to set in as it really gets closer to the whole free agency, franchise tag and all of that.”

Hopefully if all goes well, it won’t get to that point.  A tandem like these two doesn’t come around very often, and you could even make the argument that you could sign McCourty and Revis and take your chances from there.

Caserio recently admitted this team will look a little different next season.  But hopefully, if nothing else, those two will be a part of whatever their plans may be heading into 2015 and beyond.

MCCOURTY SHEDS SOME LIGHT ON THE COMBINE:

File this under, “in case you missed it.”  McCourty was interviewed by MMQB recently and offered up some insight to what it was like for him when he went through the combine before being selected in the 2010 NFL Draft.

According to McCourty, part of what he didn’t like was the written exams, which he admitted players simply just have to ‘suck it up’ and accept the fact it’s part of the process.

“Everybody at the combine just graduated college or left college early. The last thing they want to do is sit in a room for hours and hours and fill in bubble sheets,” said McCourty.  “One of the tests was four or five pages long, filled with ridiculous questions like, “Are you more like a dog or a cat?” (I picked dog.) It’s kind of nerve wracking, and definitely stressful. But honestly, you just need to suck it up and push through it. Understand it’s just part of the process, and something you’ll hopefully never have to do again in your life.”

McCourty also said that teams are trying to get players flustered and test how they’ll react in those situations.

“You hear stories about crazy questions teams ask guys: If they have girlfriends, if they could pick one superpower, etc,” said McCourty.  “To be honest, what threw me most off guard was when one team pulled up tape from my junior year at Rutgers when I didn’t have such a good game. The coach was drilling me: What happened with this play? Why did you do this wrong? I was ready to talk about any game from my senior year—but this? This game wasn’t reflective of my abilities. Looking back, I think the team knew that. They just wanted to see how I would react to that, and to see if I could demonstrate that I had grown since then.”

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

An interesting note on Tuesday after Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reported that the Patriots worked out former Green Bay Packers receiver Kevin Dorsey, citing a league source.  The former 2013 seventh round pick out of Maryland spent his rookie season on injured reserve and seems to be considered more of a special teams player.  Not exactly earth-shattering news but as we know many of the brightest stars, at first, don’t always end up shining as bright until later on. Needless to say, this appears to be the beginning of Bill Belichick kicking things off and doing his ever so popular offseason “due dilligence”… Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston had an interesting take on a potential deal for Revis and pondered a long-term deal of five years, which would certainly be welcomed by fans who would like to see the veteran defensive back stick around.  The deal, under Reiss’ parameters would be five years, $80 million, with a signing bonus of $16 million, giving him an average deal of $16 million per season.  The bad news? Reiss ran the deal past one NFL source who felt the numbers might be a little too low to get it done… One final note about McCourty, looking back at the regular season the veteran finished fourth on the team with 67 tackles during the regular season in 2014, including two interceptions, six passes defensed and a forced fumble.  He also finished second on the team with 14 tackles on third down as well as  two passes defensed… According to CSNNE’s Tom Curran, it sounds like pass interference penalties might be changing.  Curran reports that Troy Vincent, the NFL’s Executive VP of Football Operations told NFL.com that changing PI to a 15-yard penalty is being considered by the NFL’s Competition Committee.  Examples would include them having a couple of different types of PI calls, including a “Simple PI” from the Brown’s game to deal with “ticky-tack calls”, while a second category is called “Spot Foul Pass Interference” in which the ball is spotted where the foul occurs.  It’s an interesting concept and one that we’re probably sure to hear more about given some of the mistakes that were made last season.  However, instant replay will likely correct many of them, and for now it sounds like Bill Belichick’s request to make penalties reviewable could eventually become one more great thing to make a reality.

Tuesday’s Daily Patriots News Link Digest – 2/10/15


Shane Vereen sees a bright future ahead in 2015. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON.COM:

Patriots Free Agents: Keep Him, or On to Another Team? – Jack Andrade and Jeff Pini: Andrade and Pini go through a list of names they feel the team should try and keep, and ones they think they should let walk.

Spygate Cameraman Sells Patriots AFC Title Ring for Nearly $17,000 – Jack Andrade: Andrade has a quick report on the fact that Matt Estrella, the guy who was caught filming defensive coaches against the Jets that kicked the whole mess off, recently sold his AFC Championship title ring.

WEEI:

Gray: Seahawks Calling Pass Play at End of Super Bowl XLIX Wasn’t Bad Call – Ryan Hannable: Hannable has comments on from Gray on the game, and his reaction to being sent home last year.

Patriots position-by-position breakdown: Wide receiver – Christopher Price: Price reviews the receiver position heading into this offseason.

ESPN BOSTON:

Vereen sees great things ahead – Mike Reiss: Reiss has quotes from Shane Vereen, who feels the “sky is the limit” for this group.

Blount: It starts with coaches – Mike Reiss: Reiss has additional quotes from LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen after the two appeared on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Monday.

NESN:

Patriots’ 2015 QB Outlook: New England All Set With Top Starter, Backup – Doug Kyed: Kyed continues his position breakdowns and looks at the QB position in this entry.

PATRIOTS.COM:

This View from Above is little lonely at the top – John Rooke: Rooke has a good read on his thoughts on the offseason after the team won it all last weekend.

TAUNTON GAZETTE:

Between the fun and games for Patriots, there’s work to be done – No byline but the author gives his synopsis on the offseason plan they feel the team should take.

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE:

Cheating will follow Belichick, not Brady – Nick Canepa: Canepa apparently has an opinion on how these two will be viewed in light of deflate-gate and spygate, and he believes Belichick will get the worst end of the perception.

Monday’s Daily Patriots News Link Digest – 2/09/15

 

Here is a quick rundown of this morning’s top New England Patriots links, which we’ll be updating each morning as we begin the offseason. So be sure and check back each day to be kept informed heading into the 2015 season.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Edelman, Butler attend Grammys – The Globe has a staff report from Edelman and Butler’s appearance Sunday night at the 57th Grammy Awards.

After Super Bowl, hero Butler in demand – Mark Shanahan – Shanahan has a look at the busy life that Butler’s had since making his infamous interception and some of the other appearances by his teammates and one coming up with Bill Belichick.

BOSTON HERALD:

Brady, Gronkowski lead way in Patriots final report card – Ron Borges – Borges files his final report card and gives his thoughts on the fact that in the end the Patriots won the Super Bowl the old fashioned way – with defense.

Edelman’s family lives with NFL’s highs and lows – Karen Guregian – Guregian has a terrific read on Edelman, with some good stuff from his dad after watching his son win a championship.

ESPN BOSTON:

Key offseason dates for Patriots – Mike Reiss – Reiss outlines some of the upcoming dates as Patriots scouts begin a round of meetings this week to prepare for the NFL Combine.

WEEI:

Bianca Wilfork Shows Love for Patriots Fans, Even in the Bahamas  – Mike Petraglia – Petraglia has an entry with a quick video from Bianca Wilfork’s Instagram account from their vacation in the Bahamas where her and Wilfork spotted a fan wearing his jersey.

Free Agent Snapshot: CJ Spiller – Ryan Hannable – Hannable takes a look at C.J. Spiller, and gives his thoughts on how the Bills running back might fit in with New England.

Patriots Improvement on Third-Down Helped Pave Way to Super Bowl Title – Ryan Hannable – Hannable has a good read on New England’s 3rd down success in the postseason, which was by far the best among playoff teams.

MMQB:

The Super Bowl Story, According to Brady – Peter King – King has his Monday morning quarterback for this week which features a terrific look from Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels with their take on the final quarter of play last weekend.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:

Robert Kraft hangs out with Jay Z, Kanye West and others – John Healy –  Healy has an article on Kraft spending some time with some big names before last night’s Grammy Awards.

TMZ:

Pats’ Butler Pulls a Gronk, Rages in Vegas Nightclub – Staff – TMZ has an entry on Butler, who was the guest of honor at Chateau nightclub and got his own booth, his own custom champagne and his own personal cheerleaders.

Thursday’s New England Patriots Links 9/18


Jerod Mayo sat out Wednesday’s session, but according to reports his absence isn’t injury-related. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Notebook: Testing passes grade – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact that Matthew Slater is among players who are okay with the upcoming drug policy changes in the NFL.

Jimmy Garoppolo looks like QB to watch – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on Garoppolo, who he writes is in the best position among his class of rookie quarterbacks.

Logan Ryan shows yet again he’s right pick for job – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has an article on Ryan, who he writes is ‘a playmaker, pure and simple.’

Stevan Ridley must keep it up – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on Ridley, who likely saw his confidence get a boost following his performance last Sunday.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Ridley looking forward to Patriots’ home opener – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has an article on Ridley, who is looking forward to playing the team he followed as a child.

ESPN BOSTON:

Patriots-Raiders through stats-based lens – Mike Reiss: Reiss takes a look at a variety of areas in terms of numbers between the two teams in this entry, including the very different paths the two teams have taken since the “Snow Bowl” game.

Jerod Mayo’s absence not injury-related – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note from practice yesterday, which has some good news regarding the absence of Mayo.

With Ridley, Pats’ attack more than passing – Lee Schechter: Shcechter has an article on Ridley, who is trying to just go out there and run hard this season.

Brady, Patriots not in Spurs-like form – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article with comments from Brady, who says the team isn’t quite where they need to be on offense and compared his team to the San Antonio Spurs.

Collins returns to practice; Mayo absent – Lee Schechter: Schechteer has a note on Jamie Collins, who returned to the practice field on Wednesday after sitting out their week two game out in Minnesota.

Why did Tom Brady wear a glove? – Mike Reiss: Brady was asked why he wore a glove against the Vikings last weekend, and Reiss gives the reason why in this entry.

Chandler Jones earns AFC defensive honor – Mike Reiss: Defensive end Chandler Jones was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Minnesota on Sunday.

WEEI:

Raiders aware they face a sizable challenge this weekend – Christopher Price: Price has an article on the Raiders, who he writes are well aware of what they’re walking into when they visit Foxboro this weekend.

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD:

Patriots Beat: Football or rugby, New England’s Ebner excels – Mike Lowe: Lowe has an article on Nate Ebner, who received quite a bit of praise from Bill Belichick earlier this week.

247SPORTS.COM:

Easley Making Progress For Patriots – Kirk Larrabee: Larrabee has a Florida-slanted read on former Gator and rookie Dominique Easley, who made an impact during Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

RAIDERS.COM:

Raiders vs Patriots Through the Decades – The opposing team’s site goes back through the previous decades and shows how the two teams have fared against each other.

SFBAY.CA:

Belichick sees Al Davis in current Raiders roster – Jason Leskiw: Leskiw has an article on the fact that Belichick feels this current group is an Al Davis style of team and that it’s strange not having him in the league.

Wednesday’s New England Patriots Media Links 9/17


Tom Brady so far this season has relied heavily on Julian Edelman. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots coaches seek better balance on offense – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer files his notebook this morning and leads off with the fact that the Patriots coaching staff is focused on making sure they’re more balanced offensively moving forward.

Patriots piling up penalties at alarming rate – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer looks at the number of penalties the Patriots have had over the first two games, which is an unusual staff for the normally disciplined group.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots offense has work to do – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on the offense, which so far has been miserable on third down.

Patriots Notebook: Not too bad for rookie – Karen Guregian: Guregian files her notebook this morning, which leads off with Matt Patricia’s impressions of rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

BOSTON.COM:

Patriots Take 2: Improved Trench Play Lifts New England To Victory Over Vikings – Erik Frenz: Frenz has a terrific look back at the game in his film review piece, including some breakdowns of some key situations in the game.

ESPN BOSTON:

Catching up with former Patriots, Week 2 – Mike Reiss: Reiss goes through and looks at some former Patriots and how they’ve performed so far this season.

Following up on Patriots’ offensive line – Mike Reiss: Reiss goes down the list of offensive linemen and also breaks down the number of snaps they’ve played.

Patriots lose Quarles off practice squad – Mike Reiss: Riess has a note on the fact the Patriots lost Kelcy Quarles after the defensive lineman was signed by the Colts to their active roster.

Patriots add three to practice squad – Lee Schechter: Schechter has a note on the fact New England added some new additions to their practice squad, including bringing back Darius Fleming.

Leftovers from the Gillette – Lee Schechter: Schechter has some quotes on a variety of topics, including Bill Belichick’s praise for Nate Ebner, who has seen the former Ohio State’s confidence grow over the past couple of seasons.

Patriots’ coaches want balance on offense – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an article on the fact the Josh McDaniles and Bill Belichick want to continue making sure the team has more balance offensively.

Belichick: No idea how policy impacts bans – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an article with comments from Belichick on the league’s impending new drug policy, eith Belichick telling the media he doesn’t have ‘any idea’ of how it will affect current suspended players Brandon Browner of Brian Tyms.

Weekly Mail is Delivered – Mike Reiss: Reiss answers questions in his weekly mailbag, including addressing concerns over Tom Brady’s reliance on Julian Edelman.

WEEI:

Why Bill Belichick is not taking 0-2 Raiders lightly – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia looks at the Raiders, who have a fair amount of talent on the defensive side of the football.

NESN:

Jerod Mayo, Sealver Siliga Stand Out In Patriots-Vikings Flim Review – Doug Kyed: Kyed does his weekly film review, and he goes down the list of positions with his comments.

LOWELL SUN:

Amendola experiment a big failure - Barry Scanlon: Scanlon has an article condemning Amendola, who he feels has played the part of “the invisible man” so far this season.

WORCESTER TELEGRAM:

Brady plays favorites with receivers – Rich Garven: Garven has an article on the fact the receiving numbers are skewed and looks at the numbers favoring Julian Edelman.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Links 9/16


Tom Brady and the offense still have work to do. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Report Card: Defense sets the tone – Ron Borges: Borges gives his grades from Sunday’s game, which he felt was just an average performance by Tom Brady.

Patriots Notebook: Reputation takes a hit – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on the fact that Brady held onto the ball just long enough to make a few key plays Sunday, that lead to a few tough hits that he absorbed.

Patriots-Vikings: 5 takeaways from the game – Jeff Howe: Howe gives his five thoughts from Sunday, which also saw Brady be “oddly disconnected” after the contest.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Expect slow progress from Patriots offense – Christopher Gasper: Gasper has an article on the offense, which he writes still has problems to fix.

Cameron Fleming’s versatility draws praise – Anthony Gulizia: Gulizia files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on offensive lineman Cameron Fleming and his performance during Sunday’s game.

Patriots offense is dysfunctional right now – Ben Volin: Volin files his “On Football” column this morning and takes a closer look at what’s wrong with New England’s offense.

ESPN BOSTON:

Getting to know the Oakland Raiders – Mike Reiss: Reiss gives a quick rundown on the Raiders, who the Patriots will face this Sunday.

Penalties, missed chances irk Brady – Lee Schechter: Schecter has an article with notes from Brady’s appearance on WEEK, and the quarterback explained some of the issues on offense.

Pats’ 1st-quarter review: Jones on edge - Mike Reiss: Reiss goes back through the first quarter and points out some key points in the first quarter, including the results in the change in Chandler Jones’ role in the game plan.

Patriots’ 2nd-quarter review: Blocked FG – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the second quarter, and writes that Jones’ effort on the blocked field goal was ‘an exemplary individual effort’.

Patriots’ 3rd-quarter review: Brady’s glove – Mike Reiss: Reiss writes that in the third quarter Brady appeared to switch to a new glove on his left non-throwing hand for the start of the quarter.

Patriots’ 4th-quarter review: Stork time – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the performance of Bryan Stork, who entered the game in the final quarter of play on Sunday.

Usage of dime helps Ebner break through – Mike Reiss: Reiss highlights Nate Ebner in this entry, who is seeing more time so far this year on defense.

The Film Don’t Lie: Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss takes a look at what the Patriots must fix in this entry.

So far, Brady only has eyes for Edelman – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an article on the fact that Brady needs to distribute the football to players other than Edelman.

NESN:

Vikings, Norv Turner Kept It Simple For Patriots In New England’s Win – Doug Kyed: Kyed looks at Sunday’s game and writes that Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s game plan was pretty straightforward.

WEEI:

‘Rock’ Steady: Julian Edelman Focused on Imporoving Every Week – Christopher Price: Price has an article on Edelman, who knows there are more than enough rocks to go around.

PATRIOTS.COM:

Ask PFW: Does Brady not trust his receivers? – Erik Scalavino: Scalavino has his mailbag for this week that looks at a variety of topics, including why Brady wasn’t able to spread the ball around Sunday.

Nitpicks & Nitwits: Errors keeping Patriots from elite status – John Rooke: Rooke has a good read this morning on what he feels are some of the problems the Patriots need to fix.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Patriots had their way with Vikings on both sides of the ball – Kevin McNamara: McNamara has an article on Sunday’s game, which was a nice change following a week where they were pushed around by the Dolphins.

CSNNE:

McCourty: Whenever you get a pick, you look for Wilfork - Devin McCourty appeared on CSNNE’s “Quick Slants” and pointed out that when he picks off a pass he looks for Vince Wilfork as the “lead blocker”.

BLEACHER REPORT:

Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola Failing to Live Up to Expectations with Patriots – James Christensen: Our friend from NEPatriotsDraft.com has a good read this morning on the fact that neither receiver, thus far, has been productive in the offense in 2014.

WORCESTER TELEGRAM:

Tom Brady shines on touchdown toss – Rich Garven: Garven files his notes, which leads off talking about the 9-yard strike to Julian Edelman at the end of the first half.

Patriots are showing improvement – Rich Garven: Garven writes that the Patriots managed to overcome a sluggish start and followed it up with playing much better in week two.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 9/15


Brady and the offense bounced back during Sunday’s win in Minnesota. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots defense was good, but bigger tests await - Ben Volin: Volin writes that despite the Patriots dominance on the defensive side of the ball yesterday, bigger tests still await this team.

Patriots rebound with resounding victory over Vikings – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young files her game story, which saw things get so bad for former Patriots QB Matt Cassel that Vikings fans began chanting for his back-up late in the game.

Defensively, nobody could keep up with Chandler Jones – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer has a column on the game Chandler Jones had yesterday, which also saw him return a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Patriots’ special teams flourish against Vikings – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer files his notebook this morning, which leads off with how well New England played on special teams yesterday.

For NFL, week was as bad as it gets – Dan Shaughnessy: Shaughnessy has a column on how bad the last week was for the league, which saw two of its biggest stars damage its’ image.

Tailgaters go the extra mile(s) to see Patriots – Jess Myers: Myers has a column on a some fans who came a long way to watch their team yesterday.

Patriots’ defense impressive, but offense still work in progress - Ben Volin and Dan Shaughnessy discuss yesterday’s game, which saw the offense still struggle a bit at times.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots pick apart Vikings for 1st win – Jeff Howe: Howe writes that the team apparently dumped last week’s playbooks as they sunk the Vikings during Sunday’s win.

Borges: Returning to edge, Chandler Jones bullies Vikings – Ron Borges: Borges has a column this morning on Chandler Jones, who had plenty of success Sunday against the Vikings.

Patriots Beat: ‘D’ ensures things take turn – Karen Guregian: Guregian has a column on the defense, and writes that this group has a knack for creating turnovers.

Patriots Notebook: Easy does it with Rob Gronkowski – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact Gronkowski played fewer snaps than he did during week one.

Staking their ground – Karen Guregian: Guregian looks at the ground game for New England Sunday, which saw them more committed to running the football.

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD:

Patriots’ defense shows Vikings no mercy – Dave Campbell: Campbell has a column on the fact the Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence on Sunday.

Best & Worst of Patriots-Vikings game – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian looks at some of the performances from Sunday, including the fact Stephen Gostkowski made all of his field goal attempts.

ESPN BOSTON:

Patriots’ offensive snaps: Amendola dips – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the snap totals from yesterday, which saw Amendola on the field for just 19 plays.

WR Jennings disappears on Revis Island – Mike Reiss: Reiss notes that Darrelle Revis won the match-up on Greg Jennings, who finished with just one catch on Sunday.

Patriots restore order at line of scrimmage – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the play up front, which saw New England play much better this week.

Penalties pile up for Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on the penalties from Sunday’s game, which saw New England accept 15 of them for 163 yards.

Tom Brady far from satisfied with offense – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an entry on the fact Tom Brady didn’t seem pleased after Sunday’s win.

Belichick on 200th win: ‘It means a lot’ – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an entry on Belichick’s reaction to winning his 200th game.

WEEI:

‘Minitron’ Delivers Big in Minnesota – Christopher Price: Price has a column on Julian Edelman, whose continued success continues to allow the Patriots to put the Wes Welker controversy behind them.

Bill Belichick on making history with 200th win: ‘I’ve coached a lot of good football players’ – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia has comments from Belichick after his 200th career win, in which the coach credits his players.

Bill Belichick on Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and the NFL crisis: ‘The whole situation is really unfortunate’ – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia notes a comment by Belichick after the game on the situation with Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, which saw the two stars damage the league’s image this week.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Patriots rebound with 30-7 thumping of Vikings – Mark Daniels: Daniels files his game story, noting that unlike week one, there was no second-half comeback by the opposition Sunday.

Jim Donaldson: Chandler Jones had extra motivation on his mad dash to end zone – Jim Donaldson: Donaldson has a column on Jones, who kept saying “don’t get caught” to himself on the way to the end zone yesterday when he returned the blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Revis Island makes a comeback in Minnesota – Mark Daniels: Daniels looks at the performance by Darrelle Revis Sunday, which saw him shut down Greg Jennings.

Patriots’ offensive line shows improvement – Mark Daniels: Daniels has a column on New England’s offensive line, which played much better Sunday in Minnesota.

CSNNE:

Shutdown corner –  Tom Curran: Curran looks at Revis’ performance Sunday, which played a key role in the success the defense had after coming away with four interceptions.

LOWELL SUN:

Hey, Patriots fans, maybe sky isn’t falling after all – David Pavear: Pavear has a column after yesterday’s win and feels that maybe the team isn’t inept after all.

BLEACHER REPORT:

New England Patriots Prove They’re Still Alive Among AFC’s Elite – Erik Frenz: Boston.com’s Frenz writes that Patriots fans can breathe easy, as they’re still among the top teams in the AFC.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Media Links 9/2


Garoppolo is still having a tough time grasping the fact that he’s now Tom Brady’s back-up. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON HERALD:

Rob Gronkowksi stirs up offense – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on Gronkowski, who is looking forward to being back on the field.

Patriots Notebook: Garoppolo embraces role behind Brady – Karen Guregian: Guregian files her notebook this morning, which leads off with Garoppolo adjusting to being the go to guy if Brady goes down.

Sealver Siliga cuts to the chase – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has a good article on Siliga, who talked about what it was like the Saturday before roster cuts.

ESPN BOSTON:

Brady: Mankins was Patriots football – Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Brady following his appearance on WEEI where he talked about his reaction to Mankins being traded.

Brady leftovers: On Gronkowski, Wright - Lee Schechter: Schlechter has more from Brady’s interview on Dennis & Callahan.

Garoppolo on No. 2: ‘Hasn’t really sunk in’ – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article on back-up Jimmy Garropolo, who said the fact he’s Brady’s back-up hasn’t quite ‘sunk in’ yet.

Under Armour inks Gisele Bundchen – Darren Rovell: Rovell has an article on the fact Brady’s wife now joins him as a endorser of the brand.

WEEI:

5 things you have to know about Dolphins – Christopher Price: Price takes a look at the Dolphins and feels they’ll likely look to push the pace offensively.

Tim Wright on Rob Gronkowski: ‘I definitely think we can work off each other’ – Mike Petraglia: Pegraglia has a nice read on Wright, who feels being out there with Gronkowski should allow him to work off each other and that he’s going to learn ‘a lot of things’ from the tight end,

CSNNE:

Brady contemplates his future with the Patriots - Phil Perry: Perry has an article with some comments about Brady’s future with the team, with the quarterback saying he hopes he can remain a Patriot for a long time.

METROWEST DAILY NEWS:

Patriots Notebook: Bequette, Boyce return, signed to practice squad – Glen Farley: Farley has a note on some additional practice squad additions.

ENTERPRISE NEWS:

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: There’s a touch of the Pats in Wright’s past – Glen Farley: Farley files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on the fact Wright’s first reception came in a loss to the Patriots last season.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 9/1


Ryan Mallett’s era as the back-up quarterback here in New England came to an end on Sunday after he was dealt to the Texans. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s a quick rundown of this morning’s media Links:

BOSTON HERALD:

Ryan’s hope in Houston – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on Ryan Mallett and feels that while it came one day later than expected, his era in New England is over.

Patriots Notebook: Quarles beefs up defensive front – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the addition of Kelcy Quarles.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots’ skimpy return for Ryan Mallett shows how teams view QB - Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” article this morning and gives his thoughts on the value – or lack thereof – New England received for Mallett.

Technology tracks players’ speed on football field – Callum Borchers: Borchers looks at a new technology where players will be wearing quarter-sized sensors that will track their speed, distance, and other information during the course of a play.

BOSTON.COM:

Takeaways from Ryan Mallett’s Trade – Zuri Berry: Berry has his thoughts on the Mallett deal, and feels Garoppolo obviously beat Mallett out and earned the top back-up role.

If Given the Chance, Discarded Patriots QB Ryan Mallett Will Thrive With Texans – Adam Kaufman: Kaufman gives his thoughts on Mallett, who he believes will do well in Houston.

ESPN BOSTON:

Film review on Patriots DL Kelcy Quarles – Mike Reiss: Reiss went back through and looked at film of newly acquired defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles.

QB Bethel-Thompson to practice squad - Mike Reiss: Reiss notes a report of the addition of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad, who was one of 12 players in for a tryout on Saturday.

Patriots claim DT Gaston, release LB White – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at a couple of transactions, including the fact New England claimed Bruce Gaston from the Cardinals while releasing LB Chris White.

Analysis: Digesting the Ryan Mallett trade – Mike Reiss: Reiss gives his thoughts on the Mallett deal, and feels the pick they gave up was commensurate with what the market called for given his previous performances.

WEEI:

Game over: Ryan Mallett trade closes interesting chapter for Patriots - Christopher Price: Price writes on the end of an era after the Mallett trade.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Browner will stick to schedule as his 4-game suspension begins – Mark Daniels: Daniels has an article on Brandon Browner, who doesn’t plan on altering his preparation approach despite his suspension.

SEACOAST ONLINE: 

Matt Light to attend KTP’s Septemberfest – Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light is set to appear at the Kittery trading post on Wednesday.


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