Tag:James Sanders
Posted on: October 17, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: October 17, 2010 12:10 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 6

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active: Texans DE Mario Williams, Texans WR Jacoby Jones, Chargers LT Marcus McNeill, Browns QB Brett Ratliff (psst, he’s Colt McCoy’s backup), Browns RB Peyton Hillis (he’ll start), NT Haloti Ngata.

On to the inactives:

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He was a late addition to the injury report, after hurting his finger late in the week. Without Chambers, Terrance Cooper could get more work, and don’t forget that QB Matt Cassel still has TE Tony Moeaki.

James Sanders, S, Patriots: He originally replaced an injured Brandon Meriweather a few weeks ago, and now, Sanders has a hamstring problem. Look for Jarrad Page to move into Sanders’ role.

Terrence Wheatley, CB, Patriots: He returned to practice this week for the first time this season, and New England was hoping he could contribute this week to a young secondary. He won't.

Jared Odrick, DL, Dolphins: His rookie season is quickly becoming a disaster. He played in Week 1, but he’s been set back by a hairline fracture in his leg ever since. There was some thought he could play this week, but obviously, he’s not.

Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
Patrick Crayton will get the start in place of Naanee.

Josh Wilson, DB, Ravens: He’s been bothered by a sore hamstring, but it was thought he could play today. The big loss for Baltimore is his kickoff returning ability. Expect Jared Parmele to take his place.

Charlie Batch, QB, Steelers: With Ben Roethlisberger's return, Byron Leftwich officially takes over the Steelers backup job.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:06 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 2:07 pm

Meriweather handling demotion the right way

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots free safety Brandon Meriweather went to the Pro Bowl last season. Through two games this season, he’s been coming off the bench. Meriweather started in Week 1, but only because the Patriots opened the game in their nickel defense. Against the Jets, the starting safeties were James Sanders and Patrick Chung. B. Meriweather (US Presswire)

So, young Pro Bowl safety a year ago now playing a second-string role? There should be plenty of drama to figure out, right? Not really.

“I haven’t been myself in practice,” Meriweather said in an interview Monday with WEEI. “Coaches wanted to show me that just because I wasn’t, that I still have to come and play. Basically, it’s all my fault that I’m not on the field as much.”

If that’s not refreshing, how about that he even elaborated on the issues in practice? “I was trying a lot of things in camp just to see if they worked,” Meriweather said. “And they weren’t. Instead of me stopping trying them and doing exactly what I was coached, I kept trying them.”

Tip of the hat for the honesty and maturity. In fact, double tip given this is the same guy who entered the league marred – fairly or unfairly – by character red flags (you may recall the University of Miami-Florida International University brawl in 2006, in which Meriweather was stomping on players in the pile).

Meriweather is a talented safety. He has superb range and is willing to lay a lick when approaching a ballcarrier from space. He’s been a good soldier throughout his NFL career and gradually improved in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. He’ll bounce back.

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