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Patriots Training Camp Day 3 Observations, Old-Timers Day

Steve Balestrieri
July 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm ET

Apologies for the late post… sometimes life can throw us a curve, or strand you on the road with a broken-down car…

The Patriots were back on the field in full pads in near-perfect weather conditions on Saturday morning. Prior to the practice session, Nick Caserio spoke to the assembled media and announced that Sony Michel would return to the field today. Caserio was pressed several times for more information on the open GM position for the Houston Texans but he held firm and reiterated that his focus was on making this team better. 

“Look, I’m in a great position,” Caserio said. “I’ve got a great opportunity each day to come in here and serve this team and this organization, and I enjoy doing that, and that’s what I’m excited to do. I’m going to continue to do that to the best of my ability.”

For a complete look at the Caserio interview see our FB page.

Caserio did say that Michael Bennett was excused for a personal reason and that out of privacy concerns, they wouldn’t discuss it. Caserio also had a wry smile when discussing Tom Brady’s day off on Friday. 

“Every day, we do what we think is best,” Caserio said. “Tom’s fine. I wouldn’t put too much stock in that.”

Finally, he spoke with glowing terms about Ty Law and Rodney Harrison, and he said that Saturday’s practice was going to be run-heavy with a focus on the running game.

Michel and David Andrews did return to the field, although neither got too involved in the play. But it was a positive outlook nonetheless. 

Besides Troy Brown helping out with WRs, there were a host of former Patriot greats on hand today. Randy Moss had a moment with Tom Brady before the QB got up the stairs to the practice field. Later, Brady was uncorking some deep passes Moss’ way after the session was over. Rodney Harrison was on the field and on the hill with fans and media members. Rodney signed a ton of autographs for the fans and had a nice interaction with several. Rob Ninkovich, now with ESPN was there as well as Willie McGinest who shared some time with Bill Belichick after practice and with Brady as well. 

Rodney Harrison autographing footballs for fans (SBalestrieri photo)

And then there was practice.

Our practice observations included: 

  • N’Keal Harry caught a really nice touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer. He showed his athleticism by leaping over J.C. Jackson in the corner of the end zone.
  • Brady struggled in his return to action on Saturday, going 0-4 in 11-on-11 work and just 2-8 overall in the run-heavy session.
  • Danny Etling continued to practice as a wide receiver and filled in at QB in some running back drills for the depth guys. He stayed late after practice working on both WR and QB drills. 
  • Nick Caserio was on the field and tossing fade routes and quick slants in goalline situations on a side session with Ben Watson and Matt LaCosse
  • Brandon Bolden and Damien Harris were both getting a lot of reps in the running game. 
  • Braxton Berrios, Maurice Harris, and Gunner Olszewski continued to field punts and were joined by Pat Chung today (still wearing the red non-contact jersey).
  • James White took a pretty good pop on an inside run by Christian Sam. It was an audible hit that got everyone’s attention.
  • In other side sessions, Brady worked with Harry and Jakobi Meyers while Hoyer worked with James White and Damien Harris.
  • Maurice Harris continues to catch everything thrown his way. He’s off to a strong start thus far.
  • The big men had some one-on-one battles at the far end of the field. Derek Rivers beat Marcus Cannon, Mike Pennel bull-rushed Ted Karras in a good battle, James Ferentz beat both Adam Butler and Nick Thurman in good action.
  • Umfomba Kamalu appeared to beat Andrew Beck but afterward had to run a lap so he may have jumped offside.
  • Jarrett Stidham hit James Develin for an easy touchdown when someone in the secondary blew their coverage and left him all alone.
  • Stidham also hit Maurice Harris on a nice throw.
  • Stephon Gilmore and  Jackson had pass breakups 

Play of the Day:

Jackson had a beautiful pass breakup on a deep ball from Tom Brady to Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett had gotten behind him and had a step and a half lead. Brady arced a deep 40-yard pass perfectly in the bucket, but Jackson closed and tore the ball out as they tumbled to the ground. 

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Celebrate Valentines Day

Robert Alvarez
February 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm ET

Love is in the air across Patriot Nation.

Check out all of the best social media postings from current and former Patriots to their loved ones on Valentines Day, including a funny feature from Super Bowl week with James White.

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Forever mine, my valentine @shelbywaddle ❤❤❤

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VIDEO: On 25 Year Anniversary Of Buying Team, Patriots Hall of Famers Thank Robert Kraft

Robert Alvarez
January 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET

January 21st will mark the 25th anniversary of Robert Kraft’s purchase of the New England Patriots from James Orthwein.

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To honor the occasion, a few Patriots team Hall of Famer members shared some personal congratulatory messages to Mr. Kraft.

For more on the anniversary, be sure to also check out a new story by PatsFans own Bob George highlighting some of most seminal moments in Patriots history.

ICYMI: Charles Woodson Still Cannot Get Over The Tuck Rule

Robert Alvarez
January 13, 2019 at 12:50 am ET

17 years ago, then New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri made two memorable field goals against the Oakland Raiders during the 2001 Snow Bowl, or whats more popularly known as “The Tuck Rule game”.

With heavy snow coming down all night coupled with near whiteout conditions, Vinatieri drilled a game tying 45 yard field goal to force overtime, then the winner from 23 yards a short time later.

Fast forward to Saturday, a now 46 year old Vinatieri was back in another snow playoff game, but this time the results were a bit different.

Late in the second quarter, Vinatieri missed a 23-yard attempt prompting former Raider and Hall of Famer Charles Woodsoon to tweet a funny reaction to the miss.

Seeing an opportunity, former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest chimed in a short time later with some ribbing at Woodson’s expense.

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Honor Veterans Day

Robert Alvarez
November 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm ET

As Veterans Day arrived on Sunday, current and former members of the New England Patriots made sure to thank the true Patriots of the United States through a variety of social media tributes to those who serve.

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November is Salute To Service month across the NFL as all teams honor and support veterans of the United States Armed Forces, for more information check out nfl.com/salute.

VIDEO: Willie McGinest “A Football Life” To Air Friday

Robert Alvarez
October 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm ET

In April 1994, Robert Kraft took part in his first NFL Draft as owner of the New England Patriots.

At the time, Kraft’s team was still rebuilding following a disastrous start to the 1990’s before he purchased the franchise.

The Patriots held the fourth overall pick in 1994 following a 5-11, 1993 season and used it on University of Southern California linebacker Willie McGinest.

On Friday Night, NFL Network will air its latest installment of the “A Football Life” documentary series that will profile McGinest’s life and journey to the NFL along with the sustained success he would help bring to New England and Kraft for the first time.

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Best Of Social Media: Week 1 Texans vs Patriots

Robert Alvarez
September 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm ET

At long last the New England Patriots season opener arrived on Sunday against the upstart Houston Texans and young quarterback Deshaun Watson, who just a year earlier, gave the Pats a thriller at Gillette Stadium.

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Let’s go boys. #GameDay

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GAME DAY MOOD!

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In the first quarter, the new look Patriots defense made an immediate impact, with the help of a healthy Dont’a Hightower.

The Patriots scored first, as tight end Rob Gronkowski logged his first Gronk spike of 2018.

7-0 Patriots.

Before the end of the quarter, the Texans scored a Ka’imi Fairbairn 42 yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3.

To open the second, the Patriots offense continued to look crisp, as quarterback Tom Brady found James White for a 12 yard touchdown and a 14-3 lead.

Deatrich Wise and the Patriots defense continued to step up, bowling strikes along the way after sacks.

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Stephon Gillmore continued to keep Watson out of the end zone.

Just before the half, Gronk caught one of the more bizarre balls you’ll ever see.

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The catch setup Phillip Dorsett’s first touchdown of the year and a 21-6 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Brady and Gronk continued to connect deep. With this reception leading to another Gostkowski field goal and a 24-6 lead.

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With under two to play in the third, the Texans finally found the end zone when Alfred Blue ran it in from the one on Watson’s first successful drive of the afternoon. 24-13 Patriots after three.

In the fourth quarter, Doresett continued to impress, setting up another Gostkowski field goal to extend the lead to 27-13.

Nursing a two touchdown lead, return man Riley McCarron made things interesting following a muffed punt that lead to a Bruce Ellington five yard touchdown reception from Deshaun Watson. 27-20 Patriots.

So with the Texans down just seven, Ryan Allen and the special teams unit delivered as Houston was unable to tie the game and the Patriots would go on to win week 1 27-20.

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12 & 99.

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Week one ✔️

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Willie McGinest Sacks Twitter Troll In Funny Response

Robert Alvarez
February 12, 2018 at 8:53 pm ET

For anyone who uses social media frequently, they understand the “trolling” and smack talk opposing fanbases constantly say via Twitter or Facebook. With the Patriots Super Bowl losers, things have gotten a bit testy as rivals try to kick the team when their down.

Even some of the games best players have gotten the brunt of internet trolling and on Sunday former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest decided to “lay the hammer down” on somebody who was talking smack to him in regards to his old teams success.

Sheesh that escalated quickly.

Its no sack of Peyton Manning or a goal line stop of Edgerrin James but there goes Willie McGinest, continuing to defend the New England Patriots in retirement.

Best Of Social Media: AFC Championship Jaguars vs Patriots

Robert Alvarez
January 24, 2018 at 8:36 pm ET

The New England Patriots entered their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game against the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars seeking to advance to their third Super Bowl in four years.

The Jaguars, who won just three games the year before, were riding high with optimism heading into Gillette Stadium after their upset road win in Pittsburgh a week earlier.

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This was last year…..#gopats #patriots #patsnation

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In the first quarter, it was the defenses that stepped up early, as the only scoring game from a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

In the second quarter, and for the second week in a row, the visitors found the end zone first against the Patriots, as Blake Bortles found longtime tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 7-3 lead.

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The Jaguars weren’t done, as the Patriots offense struggled to find a rhythm against a tough defense, Bortles and his offense weren’t afraid as the underdogs and opened up a stunning 14-3 lead following a Leonard Fournette four yard run up the middle at the seven minute mark in the second.

Needing an answer before halftime, Tom Brady continued his mastery of the two minute drill this season as James White tallied another postseason touchdown to cut the deficit to four heading into the half.

To open up the second half, the Patriots defense stiffened, but Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo continued his career year and nailed a 54 yard field goal to push the lead back up to 17-10.

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After three quarters the Jaguars maintained their lead at 17-10.

Early in the fourth quarter, Lambo tacked on another lengthy field goal from 43 yards to open up a 10 point lead in Foxboro.

The Patriots found themselves needing to make plays soon and often, and quarterback Tom Brady looked to the direction of wide receiver Danny Amendola to get them back into this game.

He didn’t disappoint, even on a crucial third and 18.

After the big third down conversion, another AFC Championship game flea flicker made an appearance, Brady to Phillip Dorsett.

The big pass setup an Amendola touchdown, and the Patriots were back within four.

The Patriots defense would make some clutch stops of the Jaguars offense, providing Tom Brady with enough time to complete yet another playoff game comeback, with Danny Amendola again providing the big touchdowns. 24-20 Patriots.

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The Jaguars took over for the final drive, and on a fourth and long, cornerback Stephon Gillmore thwarted any chance of a response with a big pass breakup to turn the ball over on downs. The Patriots, who trailed by 10 early in the fourth quarter, would hold on for the 24-20 victory and win their second consecutive AFC title.

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Call it a comeback. #NotDone

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@tombrady really is the storm.

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sly I thought we had an understanding here… #gopats

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AFC CHAMPIONSHIPS #OneMore

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AFC CHAMPS…Nuggy was turned up at the house LOL-Dmac

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Back to back!! My baby/My rider/My love! We coming for it all….. #notdone

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Super bowl bound

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert Alvarez
January 16, 2018 at 10:36 pm ET

Monday marked the federal holiday in the United States that honored civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Taking to social media, many current and former members of the New England Patriots took time to reflect back on King’s legacy and influence on the country with some memorable quotes and photographs.

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Happy #MLKDay

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