Tag:Marcus Stroud
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:24 pm
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Ty Warren cut by Patriots, is 'moving on'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots are making moves, folks. There's a pair of little trades you may have heard about over the past few days that saw them acquire Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth. And then Friday, there was the release of several big-name veterans.

The Pats announced that they've cut Tully Banta-Cain (as reported/expected), Alge Crumpler, Tony Carter, Ryan Coulson, Marcus Stroud, Nick Kaczur and, most surprisingly, defensive lineman Ty Warren.

The team also announced that they've signed third-round pick Ryan Mallett and fifth-round pick Marcus Cannon.

Warren is obviously the biggest surprise there, and while early speculation seemed to be that he might return to the Patriots on a lesser deal, his statement to the Boston Herald on Friday afternoon tells a very different story.

"I appreciate the Pats through the years," Warren said. "They're doing some things defensively and choose to go in a different direction. I thank the Krafts for the opportunity and drafting me in 2003. It was a pleasure.

"I will be moving on to bigger and better things. We are sorting out and will look forward to wearing a contending NFL team jersey this fall."

Warren was slated to make just south of $6 million in 2011 (thought that wasn't his cap number), missed the entire 2010 season due to injury and appeared headed to the PUP list to start the season.

So it's entirely possible he and Crumpler return at cheaper prices. However, according to Charean Williams of the Dallas Star-Telegram, Warren is interested in "returning home to play for the Cowboys or Texans."

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:25 am
 

Offseason Checkup: New England Patriots

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

 

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The Patriots were probably the best team in football last season, compiling a 14-2 record before surprisingly losing to the Jets in the second round of the playoffs. Let’s see what New England had: Outstanding QB, check. Pretty good running game, check. A good enough offensive line and wide receiving corps, yes. A rock-solid defense, um, no.

The team had its problems on defense – which is talented but oh so young – but the wizardry of Brady who knows coach Bill Belichick’s system so well overcame most of those defensive hiccups. The Patriots haven’t had a losing season this century, so whatever constructive criticism that follows in this piece doesn’t suggest that the Patriots suddenly will struggle to win games. With Belichick, that simply doesn’t happen very often (unless, ahem, he’s donning the headset in Cleveland).




Recent unsuccessful playoff runs

A ridiculous statistic for you: the Patriots haven’t won a playoff game since the 2007 AFC championship game. That’s right, since that undefeated New England squad lost the Super Bowl to the Giants, the Ravens in the 2009 playoffs and the Jets in 2010 – all three of those were considered upsets, as well.

Doesn’t matter that New England has an annual chokehold on the AFC East (though New York is beginning to threaten that dominance), the Patriots can’t get anywhere in the playoffs. They haven’t won a Super Bowl in six years. So, what’s the problem?




1. Wide Receiver
Getting rid of Randy Moss probably was the right call for New England, but when the Patriots sent him away, they also lost their downfield threat. You might argue that Moss’ skills are in decline – and the Titans would DEFINITELY say that – but he’s still quite a long-ball receiver. Wes Welker is one of the best slot receivers in the game, Deion Branch had a nice comeback year and New England’s young tight ends are really solid. But a Moss-like receiver would be welcome.

2. More DL depth
Mike Wright and Ron Brace missed a combined nine regular-season games last season before injuries forced them to the Injured Reserve lists while Ty Warren missed the entire year, and a trio of rookies (two of whom were undrafted) were forced to step in and replace them. What the Patriots need in this year’s draft is a pass rusher off the edge, and since they have a plethora of draft picks, they could certainly try to trade up and find one. Wright, with 5.5 sacks, was the team leader, and following behind him were LBs Tully Banta-Cain and Rob Ninkovich. They need some help on the DL, though newly-signed Marcus Stroud could certainly ease some of that burden.

3. Better secondary play
Devin McCourtey had a strong rookie season, leading the team with seven interceptions and Leigh Bodden – who missed all of last year – will be a definite upgrade over Kyle Arrington. Pat Chung is solid at the SS spot, but FS Brandon Meriweather wasn’t very good last season (how he made the Pro Bowl is baffling). It would not be a surprise if New England tries to replace him.




The Patriots obviously have some corrections that need to be made. But this franchise has been the best – and most feared – in the NFL since Belichick took over (though Rex Ryan absolutely will NOT kiss his rings), and he doesn’t hesitate to get rid of loyal Patriots who he feels can’t help them anymore (I’m looking at you Richard Seymour, Adam Vinatieri, et al). The Patriots will continue to battle with the Jets for AFC East dominance, but like usual, New England will be a preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl.

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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: March 1, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Report: Patriots sign DT Marcus Stroud

Posted by Will Brinson

As the window for teams and players to talk contract gets increasingly smaller, the Patriots have shored up their defensive line depth by signing defensive tackle Marcus Stroud.

That's according ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reports that the Pats have signed Stroud to a two-year deal.

Stroud is a three-time Pro Bowler who piled up big stats with the Jacksonville Jaguars during his seven years there after being drafted 13th overall.

After being traded to the Bills in 2008, he never topped three sacks in a single season and struggled on the front line of an absolutely abysmal rush defense, particularly as Buffalo moved to a 3-4 defense in 2010.

The 32-year-old was released by Buffalo a few weeks ago and now finds himself on the roster of a divisional rival.

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Bills release Marcus Stroud

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Stroud

The Buffalo Bills have decided defensive lineman Marcus Stroud isn’t worth his price tag. The team released the veteran on Wednesday, saving the $4.5 million that Stroud was due in 2011.

Stroud spent three years playing for what was one of the most atrocious run defenses in football.

The former Jaguars Pro Bowler managed just 7.5 sacks in 46 games as a Bill. Stroud struggled at times to get off blocks against the run and did not seem to acclimate well to the team’s 3-4 scheme.

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Schobel has more thinking to do

A. Schobel is thinking about returning to Buffalo for another season (Getty). About five weeks ago, longtime Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel thought about ending his career. He said he was leaning toward not playing but that he wasn’t 100 percent sure.

Now, as training camp approaches, he appears to be having second thoughts. According to the Buffalo News , Schobel, a two-time Pro Bowler who’s coming off a 10-sack year, is thinking more seriously about returning for his 10th NFL season.

"I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago," Schobel told The News. "I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me (to make a decision) but I'm thinking about it."

If he does return, it’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the lineup. Last year, playing a 4-3 defense, the Bills finished 30th in the league in rushing defense, despite the same DL lineup starting 13 of the 16 games. This year, Buffalo has installed a 3-4 scheme with former DT Marcus Stroud lining up at left DE and DT Kyle Williams at the NT. At right DE, the projected starter is former Ravens DE Dwan Edwards.

Schobel most likely would play outside linebacker, which is probably why he thought about retiring in the first place. At 6-foot-4 and about 240 pounds, Schobel would be the right size to play at his new spot.

If he doesn’t return, his spot probably would go to Aaron Maybin – Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2009 who made very little impact last season but who has plenty of upside.

--Josh Katzowitz

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