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Former Jets DE Shaun Ellis signs with Patriots

Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2011 9:42 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m. ET: Andre Carter, 32, announced on Twitter Sunday night that he too has signed with the Patriots. As Rotoworld notes, it's the latest indication that New England could be featuring  the 4-3 defense more in 2011 than they have in recent years.  Carter played the previous five seasons with the Redskins where he had just 2.5 sacks in 2010, but registered 11 sacks in 2009, and 10.5 in 2007.

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Defensive end Shaun Ellis spent his entire 11-year career with the Jets. An unrestricted free agent once the lockout ended in late July, Ellis has found a home, signing with the New England Patriots, sources tell the Boston Globe. The deal is for one year and contingent on Ellis passing a physical.

The Patriots have been busy reshuffling their defensive line in recent weeks. They cut Ty Warren, traded for Albert Haynesworth, and signed Mark Anderson on Friday.

Ellis' position flexibility could make it easier for the Patriots to move between 4-3 and 3-4 fronts. (Worth noting: as Bill Belichick pointed out last week, New England has played both a 4-3 and 3-4 during his tenure, although personnel usually dictates formations.) 

The Globe's Greg Bedard breaks down what the acquisition could mean for New England's defensive line:
Ellis has line versatility but expect him to make his biggest impact in subpackages at defensive tackle in a rotation with Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth. Ellis killed the Patriots in the first and third matchups last year, and they often doubled him in the second game. He is an outstanding guy in the locker room. Ellis give the Patriots another player who can beat the guy in front of them one-on-one, and without the benefit of scheme. The Patriots did not have enough of those players last year. Good signing.
If Ellis, who registered 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2010, is so valuable why did the Jets let him walk? For starters, he's 34. New York also drafted Muhammad Wilkerson and Kentrick Ellis, both defensive linemen, with their first two picks. And Wilkerson is expected to be the starter in Week 1.

The Jets offered Ellis a one-year, veteran minimum contract last week but he said he wanted to weigh his option. And apparently he has because now Ellis is a member of the Patriots.

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Hey Screwball, you are an idiot. I see you've stopped taking you anti-physchotic medications and crawled out of your sewer to spew more garbage onto these boards. Shut up you cowardly douche.


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Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:09 pm
 

PRACTICE?

"PRACTICE? Are we talking about PRACTICE? I'm a franchise player and we're talking about PLAYER?"~Allen Iverson~

Valid point and well taken, Brian, but the only way I'd be concerned is if:
1) They don't make the 53 man roster.
2) Start the regular season on the PUP list.

With the lockout and shortened off season I think alot of teams are holding back players (especially veteran players) for risk of injury in a meaningless preseason.



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Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:41 am
 

Former Jets DE Shaun Ellis signs with Patriots

I noticed you recently updated your profile.  You are forever bashing the city of Boston, New England and it's fans and now you claim to be a Celtics and Bruins fan.  Brian, you are the definition of "Hypocrisy".  I guess you found it too difficult to not be a fan of the only city who's four major sports teams that have won at least one championship in the last decade. 

It also appears you've made a number of enemies, even among your fellow New York fans.  You accussed both Vince and Beats 723 of being "Pats Fans".  If you took the time to read through their posts or check their profiles (which you almost always do), you'd notice Vince is a Jets fans and Beats 723 is a Giants fan...apparently they both find your posts disgraceful.  Time to change your ways, Brian.

It's time for an intervention.  Outlined below are some steps to consider when posting a message.

1) Avoid resorting to profanity laden childish name calling when addressing CBSsports members.
2) Provide valid evidence based material to support your arguments.
3) Refrain from feeble attempts at trying to prove your toughest with implied threats and challenges of face to face encounters.
4) Ease up on the use of posting messages in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
5) Do not make things personal.
6) Do not provide personal information about your life...it's irrelevant and no one really cares.
7) Deal in reality and not fantasy...again refer to #5.
8) Stay on topic.

Many of the members enjoy intelligent, adult debates about their favorite sports teams.  I truly hope you find this outline helpful.  And like I mentioned in the past, I did congratulate you on the Jets playoff victory over the Patriots. They were out played and out coached that day.  Greatness is marked by Championship, I hope we agree about that.  I hope you don't think making it to two AFC championship games defines Greatness.  I've never assumed going 18-1 does.


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