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Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:50 am
 

Stroud looking to be reborn

M. Stroud hopes to be reborn in New England (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Playing the last three seasons with the Bills, DT Marcus Stroud has almost been an afterthought.

His first sevens with the Jaguars, Stroud – a former first-round pick – was a solid defender when he stayed healthy, and though his stats remained consistent while in Buffalo, the Bills were terrible, Stroud was playing in a new defense (he had to switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4) and he was thought to be nearing the end of his career.

Now that he’s signed with the Patriots, though, he’s hoping for a career resurrection. It’s because he’s seen players like Rodney Harrison and Bryan Cox arrive in New England on the downside of their careers and then find success with the Patriots.

“I’ve seen the trend,” Stroud told the Boston Herald . “You have guys who are in the same situation I’m in, who some people may deem washed up or on his last legs. And then they end up going to New England and having a lot of success for another two, three, four years. That’s what I’m looking at. I know how my body feels right now. It’s just a matter of getting in shape and being ready. I promise you, I will do that.”

Not all veterans find success with the Patriots (I’m looking at you Torry Holt, Joey Galloway and Adalius Thomas), and if Stroud really doesn’t have much juice left in his body, the club hasn’t committed much guaranteed money to him (though, according to the paper, he could make as much as $4 million during the next two seasons if he hits his incentives).

But remember the Bills no longer wanted him, cutting him for the benefit of younger players, and he is coming off shoulder surgery. Stroud remains confident, though.

“This definitely gives me a chance to go out and play and prove that I still got a lot of good years of football left,” Stroud said. “I know how to play ball, and I know I still got a lot of good ball left.”

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.15.10: The Backpack Boys

Hot Routes are late today -- I apologize but it was unavoidable. (Things happened, and I did a Facebook chat. If you missed it, you should go back and check it out now .)

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  • Steve Breaston is part of a group of Arizona Cardinals called the "Backpack Boys." This isn't -- as I hoped -- because they were part of an awkward boy band on the side. It's because Adrian Wilson (High Point, represent!) named them that when they carried book bags around. And apparently, they just "make plays."
  • Rhys Lloyd is now offically back with the Panthers . This is a good thing for Carolina because a) Lloyd is hysterical, b) he plays lots of golf with Matt Moore and surely Matt Moore needs something good in his life right now and c) if John Kasay had to handle kickoff duty, his arthritis would really kick in.
  • Chad Ochocinco and Willis McGahee are involved a Twitter war leading up to the Cincinnati - Baltimore game this Sunday. I know it sounds crazy to say this, but this is the least shocking development of Week 2 in the NFL. I'm not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing for the world we live in, but it's something.
  • DeJuan Morgan has signed on with the Colts to help replace Bob Sanders. Obviously he can't do that entirely, but Morgan's a heck of a player and has plenty of talent, so he'll at least help.
  • Pretty cool shirt designed by the NFLPA to help raise money to fight concussions. Er, to benefit concussion/traumatic brain injury anyway. (Fighting concussions is kind of silly -- really only awareness can do that.)
Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Ryan confirms Jets' interest in Adalius Thomas

Posted by Will Brinson

Adalius Thomas, currently a free agent after being released by the Patriots, has been a hot name lately -- Calvin Pace is reportedly out for up to six weeks , Jason Taylor is apparently made of string and kitten furr these days and as much love as Vernon Gholston's gotten on "Hard Knocks," Rex Ryan would probably prefer a more reliable option at outside linebacker.

Enter Thomas, who the Jets are interested in talking to/signing/being BFF's with; this is according to Ryan following practice on Sunday.

"I have talked to [Adalius Thomas]." Ryan said, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger . "I would say it would be a possibility. I'm not going to rule that out."

Manish Mehta of the Daily-News notes that Thomas' "arrival is a fait accompli" (which was like the most awesome phrase in the world until Josh Elliott killed it when Brett Favre de-tired this year); Mehta also points out that Ryan also said he wasn't "concerned" that the defense doesn't have Pace or Darrelle Revis.

I mention that last part only because it's about as insane as bringing in Thomas is smart at this point.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:33 pm
 

How is Jason Taylor even still playing football?

Posted by Will Brinson

The news that Calvin Pace could miss up to six weeks is pretty devastating for the Jets -- and Jason Taylor, too, because the 35-year-old is now expected to play "100 percent" of the snaps (instead of 75).

Just the thought of that seems like a stretch -- Taylor's been a great player in the NFL but he's ancient at this point. After reading a recent interview that Taylor did with Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald (as tweeted by the NY Post 's Bart Hubbuch), the possibility that Taylor could make it through every single play of the first six weeks of the season seems downright impossible.

LeBatard asked Taylor if he had a "lot of stuff on [his] body that doesn't work right" and this was Taylor's response:
"I have a left shoulder that is hanging on by a string. It hurts to swing a golf club. I can't wear flip flops too long because of what is torn in my feet. I've had a bad back for six years. I've probably had six to eight epidural shots. I've popped every finger out. Not just sprained. Dislocated and put back. I can't make a fist with either hand. Hurts to tie my shoes. I have to use shoe horns. Other than that, life is good. And I'm one of the very fortunate healthy ones who has played this game for a long time."
I mean, seriously? What the hell is even doing on a football field? How did he manage to pass a physical? Why is he putting himself through the rigors of a season of the NFL when he a) doesn't need the money and b) could be spending his time complaining about how much it hurts to play golf seven days a week?

Those are the immediate questions that spring to my head when I think about what he's saying -- the more pressing inquiry, though, is how the mess is he supposed to stay healthy if he's playing every single snap for the Jets?

So, yeah, Rex Ryan should probably handle whatever "miscommunication" he's got with Adalius Thomas pretty quickly.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:18 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:18 am
 

Report: Pace out 6 weeks with broken right foot

Posted by Will Brinson

Calvin Pace will miss the Jets' first six games of the season with a broken right foot, according to reports that emerged on Sunday.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News cites a source that says Pace, who injured his foot during last week's preseason game against the Redskins, will be out until Week 7.

That's rough news for the Jets, who, as we mentioned yesterday , expected Pace to be out "a few weeks" -- it was conceivable that Jason Taylor could handle "100 percent" of the snaps (as they'll need him to) for a couple of weeks, but six is a lot to ask.

Vernon Gholston is also considered a possible outside linebacking fill-in, and there remains a strong chance that Adalius Thomas could be mentioned as a replacement for the injured Pace. We discussed this possibility on Saturday , but things are weird between Thomas and the Jets -- expect any awkwardness to get patched up pretty quick with a sudden need for an outside linebacker.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Pace out few weeks, Thomas won't talk to Jets?

Posted by Will Brinson

Calvin Pace is expected to miss "a few weeks" after leaving the Jets' preseason game against the Redskins, according to Rex Ryan .

That creates a bit of a problem, in that Jason Taylor, who's 35 mind you, is now going to have to play "100 percent" of the snaps, instead of "75 percent."

One possible solution that's been floated out there is the signing of Adalius Thomas, who played with the Ravens under Ryan. However, SI 's Peter King tweets that "Ryan told me Adalius won't call [the Jets] back."

That would seem odd, except for the fact that the Patriots recently released Thomas in a fairly ugly divorce and neither the Ravens nor the Jets swooped in to sign him -- clearly, there's something at odds with Thomas and GMs/coaches in the league.

If that wasn't definite, it certainly is after hearing that he won't even call Rex &$^$ing Ryan back.

Update (2:53): Peter King tweets again, this time to say that he just got off the phone with Thomas and the linebacker told him, "I definitely want to play. [There] must be a miscommunication."

That, obviously, changes everything that we wrote above -- and it may just be that Ryan doesn't want to talk to Thomas about joining the Jets. He had his chance earlier, of course, but at that point in time he thought outside linebacker as a position of strength for his team. Now he might feel differently. And maybe Peter King is playing Cupid.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 8:55 pm
 

The biggest name player still unsigned

One big name free agent who is still unsigned is linebacker Adalius Thomas. The versatile Ravens star became an overpaA. Thomas (US Presswire)id role player with the Patriots. The common thinking might be that Thomas’s perceived attitude problems in New England make him undesirable. The reality is, the 33-year-old’s unemployment is performance-related. Thomas looked stiff and plodding in too many games last season.

Thomas can play inside or outside in a 3-4 – a scheme roughly half the NFL teams employ these days. Because he has no major injuries on his record, Thomas will likely be given a chance to make a roster once training camp injuries start piling up. (No guarantee though – after all, who would have guessed we’d be in late July talking about how Thomas has generated virtually zero interest on the open market?)

--Andy Benoit

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