Archive for September 10th, 2010

Patriots Fans Aren’t the Only Ones Excited For Sunday

Patriots fans may be excited for this weekend, but it looks like the the level of excitement they may have isn’t anywhere near where Wes Welker’s is.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com points out that Welker spoke to the media on Friday, and after an offseason of rehabilitation following his knee injury in last year’s final regular season game, Welker says this is the moment he’s been waiting months for.   According to the veteran receiver his preseason return was one thing, but this one’s totally different.

“It will mean a lot, because this is what I’ve been working towards this whole time and making sure I was out here for Week 1,” he told reporters Friday. “Every day we’re a little bit closer. I just can’t wait. I’m excited to get out there.”

Welker also said that he has his “whole family coming to town”, so he’s expecting it to almost feel like his first game all over again.

Considering what he’s accomplished in such a short period of time, his recovery has already been nothing short of remarkable.  His torn ACL had many even predicting he’d start the year on the ’Physically Unable to Perform’ list, which would have caused him to miss the first six weeks of the season. 

Instead he started camp on active PUP back on July 27th, but was taken off of it on August 1st and sat out the first preseason game, but played in each one thereafter.  He finished the preseason with 5 catches for 75 yards, 39 of which came on one play against the Rams in the third exhibition game.

Now he’s ready for the regular season, which is good news for Patriots fans who have been waiting months to see him back on the field in a meaningful game.

One other note on Welker, be sure and tune in for NFL countdown this weekend, as Kenny Mayne is featuring Welker in this week’s “Mayne Event”.  According to a press release from ESPN Mayne’s concept for Welker’s speedy recovery is that he “made a deal with the devil”.

Needless to say be sure and check it out, I’m guessing it should be pretty entertaining.

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Friday Patriots Practice Report

The Patriots went through their final practice session on Friday, and quarterback Tom Brady once again showed no ill-effects from yesterday’s car accident and took part in the team’s workout.

The Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the main Gillette Stadium field, and according to published reports participation seemed much better than it had been, with only CB Terrence Wheatley (foot), OL Nick Kaczur (back) and OL Quinn Ojinnaka (suspension) reportedly missing from practice.

The team will open the season this Sunday against the Bengals at Gillette Stadium.

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Patriots Name Their 2010 Captains

Heading into Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported on Friday that the team has announced their 2010 captains.


No surprise, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was among the players named as captains on Friday.

Head coach Bill Belichick announced today that RB Kevin Faulk, NT Vince Wilfork, QB Tom Brady and LB Jerod Mayo are the captains for your 2010 New England Patriots.

“I think that’s a great selection by the team,” Belichick told the media on Friday. “Those four guys have all been in that role before, have done all the things that, I would say, if I were voting for captains, those four guys have done all the things you’d want your captains to do for this particular season, which is really what everything is based on. We have a lot of other good leadership on the team, I think there’s a lot of other players that have significant leadership roles on the team, whether they’re captains or not, that really doesn’t have anything to do with the player’s leadership.

“There are a lot of other guys that could’ve been captains that are good leaders for the team, but these four will do a great job. They were selected by the team and that’s a good selection.”

Rapoport also notes that Randy Moss, who had been a captain the past two seasons, is not one this year.

Prior to today’s announcement, Mayo had been the lone captain during each of the team’s preseason games. So good news for him, as he’ll no longer be alone at midfield before the start of each game.

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A Quick Introduction

Hello everyone,

With football season just about upon us, it’s time to get ready for some Patriots football as the team gets set to kick things off this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals down at Gillette Stadium.  My name is Ian Logue, and I’m a local Seacoast resident who has been covering the Patriots for an independent fan media site for the last 10-years.  Now thanks to Greg & the gang, I’m excited to say I’ll have the opportunity to keep you up to date on the latest happenings down in Foxboro this season.

The plan will be to provide you with frequent daily updates on the day-to-day happenings with the team, along with postgame analysis after each game throughout the season.  There will also be other features here as the season goes on, including an expanded version of “Grogan’s Grade”, which as you know airs every Monday morning at 7:30am on the Buzz with former Patriot great Steve Grogan.

Please be sure to post any comments or questions in the comment area under each entry and I’ll do my best to answer any questions that come up – and if I don’t know the answer I’ll definitely find out for you.

In the meantime I’m looking forward to getting started, and more importantly I look forward to hopefully giving you a great place to check out to stay updated on the Patriots here with the Morning Buzz.

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