Tag:Dan Connolly
Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: January 2, 2011 11:48 am

Week 17 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Browns RB Peyton Hillis, Steelers S Troy Polamalu, Ravens TE Todd Heap

And those who are INACTIVE:

A whole mess of Jets starters, including CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and RB Shonn Greene.

A whole mess of Patriots starters, including LB Tully Banta-Cain, WR Deion Branch, TE Aaron Hernandez and WR Wes Welker.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills: He missed three practice this week with a bad knee.

Dan Connolly, G, Patriots: Hasn't been seen since his amazing near-TD kickoff return with a head injury.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals: For a guy who might be playing his last game with Cincinnati, this is a quiet way to go out.

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:25 am

Dan Connolly wins a Player of the Week award

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots right guard Dan Connolly has been named the Week 15 AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. If you don’t know why, or you just can’t get enough of this highlight, click play on the video below.

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 10:02 pm

Dan Connolly is awesome

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you missed the best play of the first half of the Patriots-Packers game – hell, it’s one of the best plays of the entire season – make sure you check out the video below (I’ll try to get a better one later). It’s Patriots G Dan Connolly taking the kickoff return almost all the way to paydirt while using a stiff-arm, a cutback and breaking numerous Packers tackles.

It’s hilarious and awesome:

So, in honor of this momentous occasion – it’s the longest-ever kickoff return by an offensive lineman – here’s a quick top-five Twitter reaction list.

@Greg_A_Bedard I knew I should have made one of my keys to the game Dan Connolly in the kicking game. So stupid.

@QBKILLA (Warren Sapp) Fat Man's Dream!!!!!

@skjensen If Belichick has any sense of humor, which I'm not sure about, Connelly would line up for another return later in the game!

@JeromeSolomon Awesome return. If big man had scored and done the Billy "White Shoes" Johnson funky chicken, the earth would have stopped spinning.

@sportsguy33 Sorry, Dan Connelly's gotta finish that.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:16 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 4:17 pm

Patriots G Neal, Bengals DE Odom to I.R.

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two teams placed key players on Injured Reserve Thursday. One team is still relevant, the other is not.

The relevant team? New England. Lost for the season is right guard Stephen Neal (shoulder). Neal will be replaced by Dan Connolly, who did a solid job filling in at left guard when Logan Mankins was holding out. Connolly doesn't have Neal's raw power, but he's a decent athlete. The bigger story may be that Neal’s career could be over. Injuries over the year have left the ninth-year veteran in rough shape, particularly his bad shoulders. Neal contemplated retirement before the season.

The irrelevant team? Cincinnati. Lost for the season is defensive end Antwan Odom (wrist). You may have thought Odom was already out for the season due to the fact that he missed four games with a suspension and has been a complete nonfactor when on the field this year. The veteran pass-rusher has struggled to rebound from last season’s Achilles injury (most speed-oriented defensive ends do).

Odom will likely be replaced by Michael Johnson, a talented but inconsistent second-year pro who is practically the only Bengals end still healthy.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:07 pm

Patriots activate Mankins, dump Wheatley

Posted by Andy Benoit

In a case of the strong getting stronger, the first place Patriots will activate Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins this Sunday against the Browns. No word on whether Mankins will start (Dan Connolly has done a decent job filling in on the left side).

Mankins’ addition is a testimony to the value of humility (or at least the value of “a little bit of humility”). It took awhile, but Mankins decided to swallow his pride and report despite not having the long-term contract he wanted. The Patriots, doing their part, chose to welcome him back right away, rather than use the spiteful and misguided hardball tactic of suspending him three games. Now the team has another Pro Bowler to help out on offense.

To make room for Mankins, the Pats released disappointing cornerback Terrence Wheatley, who was a second-round pick just three years ago.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:08 pm

Nick Kaczur has back surgery, 2010 status iffy

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has undergone back surgery, putting his status for 2010 in very serious doubt.

Kaczur has been out since the second day of training camp. He had been filling in for Logan Mankins at left guard (Mankins is holding out). Dan Connolly is currently holding down that spot.

Second-year pro Sebastian Vollmer will continue to handle the right tackle duties. Vollmer has more raw ability than Kaczur but is still somewhat rough around the edges.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:17 am

Hot Routes 8.13.10: Of Preseason & Port-a-Potties

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  • Dan Connolly, who filled in -- and will fill in if necessary -- for the still-holding-out Logan Mankins last night, "held his own" according to Ian Rappaport of the Boston Herald . We haven't watched the game yet, because we're too busy swooning over Jimmy Clausen, but this is right in line with what we told Lauren Shehadi about the possibility of the Pats' doing a little "plug-n-play" on the offensive line.
  • Speaking of Clausen, Pat Yasinskas (former Panthers beat writer; now with the NFC South blog at ESPN) thinks that the rook QB "landed some jabs, but nothing close to a knockout punch" in his attempt to go after Matt Moore's job. I've got to agree -- the kid looked really sharp at times, but anyone freaking out over the first preseason game needs to settle down. It's going to take a nightmarish, Jake Delhomme-like start from Moore to force Clausen into a starting role.
  • Optimism reigns supreme at the Baltimore Sun 's Ravens Insider, where everyone seems thrilled at the offense's potent potability (or something). Ken Murray seems the most realistic of the group, though, making sure to point out that against the Panthers, the Ravens ridiculously depleted secondary didn't exactly have a big challenge. Not saying the 2010 AFC North Champions (they lose to the Jets in the AFC Championship, duh) are overrated, but just saying.
  • Jermichael Finley, who Andy is quite high on (more on that with an NFC North podcast coming this afternoon), uses boxing to become a better football player because it helps improve his hand and eye coordination. Until coach Mike McCarthy pointed out that hurting his hands and wrists isn't the best way to get paid as a tight end in the NFL. Smart call.
  • Lovie Smith says the Bears' starters could end up playing a full half against the Chargers. For those of you who (like me) are Dan LeFevour fans, won't you join me: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" /shakes fist angrily to sky
  • Jerry McDonald of Inside Bay Area writes that the D-line "stole the show" for the Raiders last night. And here I was thinking Kyle Boller would get all the attention this morning. McDonald actually makes a good point about Boller too -- the 'Boys dropped an easy red zone interception, and we're not singing his praises this morning if they make the pick happen.

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