Tag:Sammy Morris
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: September 3, 2011 10:15 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Getting to 53
On Tuesday, teams had to cut their roster size from 90 to 80, and while some interesting names were axed.

Included among them werelong-time San Diego long snapper David Binn, Cowboys center Andre Gurode and draft bust Vernon Gholston), and more are sure to come today.

So keep an eye on this post, where we’ll highlight the biggest names who get pink-slipped; at some point, somebody surprising is going to lose his job.

  • Though we're unsure what he did, ESPN.com is reporting that free agent running back Dominic Rhodes has been suspended by the commissioner for at least one year.
  • Browns running back Brandon Jackson has been placed on the IR list and will miss the season.
  • Receiver Donnie Avery has announced, via his Twitter page, that he's been released by the Rams. Wrote Avery: "Its been real St.Louis. I had a good 3 years. The feelings were mutual. We both thought I need a fresh start somewhere else. #NoHardFeelings"
  • The Titans have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Packers for Quinn Johnson. The move is likely in response to the four-game suspension of Tennessee fullback Ahmard Hall.
  • The Jets announce they've traded defensive back Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for an unconditional draft pick. The Jets also have received guard Caleb Schlauderaff from the Packers for an unconditional draft pick.
  • Apparently, the Texans are planning on scoring a lot this year. They've released Brad Maynard, the only punter on the roster.
  • With the Cowboys shaving their roster to 53, kicker Shayne Graham has had the pleasure of being cut twice this preseason.
  • The Jaguars have placed backup running back Rashad Jennings on the IR list with a knee injury.
  • The Dolphins have cut cornerback Will Allen and running back Larry Johnson, according to the Miami Herald. Allen had restructured his contract and took about a $4 million paycut in base pay for 2010, but still, that wasn't enough to save him a spot on the squad. Miami could bring him back at another reduced rate.
  • According to scout.com, the Raiders have parted ways with cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Walter McFadden.
  • Though numerous reports said the Patriots were trying to trade defensive back Brandon Meriweather, he has been cut by the team. Also, in a bit of a surprise, New England has released receiver Brandon Tate.
  • Bears tight end Desmond Clark has confirmed that he's been released. Writes Clark on his Twitter page: "I played my butt off but sometimes it's more about the business. That's what it boiled down to."
  • The Broncos have announced they've also released receiver David Anderson and defensive tackle Jeremy Jarmon.
  • According to his agent, the Patriots have released veteran running back Sammy Morris.
  • Dan Orlovsky, in contention with Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins, to back up Peyton Manning, has been cut by the Colts.
  • The 49ers have cut quarterback Josh McCown. Here's what he'll do next, according to CSN Bay Area. "I'd love to come back," McCown said. "As for right now, I'm headed home to coach (high school football in North Carolina) and will continue to stay ready."
  • With plenty of personal baggage and a terrible end to the preseason, the Broncos have cut cornerback Perrish Cox, writes Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer.
  • Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner reports that Cincinnati has cut Max Jean-Gilles. A bit of a surprise considering Jean-Gilles was reportedly competing for a starting job. He simply didn't have a great camp.
  • The Colts have released Tommie Harris. You'll recall the Colts gave him a one-year deal after the Bears cut him in February. Though Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler, his projection has been hurt by numerous injuries in the past few seasons.
  • The Eagles have released receiver Sinorice Moss.
  • A bum hamstring has done in Titans defensive lineman Jacob Ford. He has been waived/injured.
  • New England has released defensive lineman Eric Moore -- who, at one point, seemed a pretty safe bet to make the squad.
  • The San Diego Union Tribune writes that Chargers receivers Laurent Robinson and Kelley Washington are gone.
  • The Newark Star Ledger has declared Steve Weatherford the winner in the Giants punting competition. That means Matt Dodge will be released, despite a solid preseason.
  • According to his agent, Brandon Ghee, a 2010 third-round pick for the Bengals in 2010, has been cut by Cincinnati.
  • The Broncos have released tight end Dante Rosario. He's probably surprised, considering he played the last four years for John Fox in Carolina.
  • The Gronkowski family suffered a double-whammy, as PFT reports that Dan and Chris will be released from the Lions and Cowboys, respectively.
  • Two years ago, the Cowboys gave Igor Olshansky a four-year deal worth $18 million (with $8 million in guarantees). Today, according to ESPN, the Cowboys have released him.
  • According to the Carroll County Times, the Ravens will release linebacker Tavares Gooden, despite holding trade talks with the 49ers at one point.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears running back Chester Taylor has been informed he’s been cut. Again. For real, this time. We think.
  • With the Saints maintaining a good depth of running backs (Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas), the team has placed Chris Ivory on the physically unable to perform list. After six weeks, when he’s eligible to return, New Orleans will have to make a decision about which running back is most expendable.
  • The Rams have cut 2010 fourth-round pick wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. He obviously wasn’t stellar in St. Louis, but the scribes will miss him because of his immense interview skills. As an example, this is what he tweeted when he found out the news: “Jus got released isshhh is getting real na ugh!!!!”

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:22 pm

AFC East draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Buffalo Bills

1st round, Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
Deep down we know we’ll never really run a 3-4 defense.

3rd round, Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
But just in case we do….

4th round, Da’Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina
Replace Donte Whitner? Heavens no, we wouldn’t have him do that! We’ll have Searcy replace backup George Wilson…and let Wilson be the guy to replace Whitner.

Miami DolphinsM. Pouncey (US Presswire)

1st round, Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
We’re still not entirely sure if Richie Incognito is a guard or a center. So, we got an even better tweener to shape that decision around.

New England Patriots

1st round, Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The hints of decline that veteran left tackle Matt Light showed last season are only going to get worse. No way we’ll pay him market value.
P.S. Sebastian Vollmer’s future is at right tackle.

2nd round, Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
It’s a tradition around here to draft corners in the second round. Plus, Kyle Arrington has no ball skills.

2nd round, Shane Vereen, RB, California
We need to replace Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor. Also, we wouldn’t mind letting some other team overpay BenJarvus Green-Ellis once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

3rd round, Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
Just in case Vereen turns out to be a flop.

3rd round, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Even we’re not sure exactly why we did this. But we’ll figure something out.

New York Jets

4th round, Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
We can’t shake the images of Joe McKnight throwing up at camp last year.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:36 am

'Special' performance by New England

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

P. Chung blocks a FG that New England would return for a TD (AP).

Tom Brady was efficient but not electric Monday night. Randy Moss didn’t make a catch. New England’s running game was adequate. And the Patriots were outgained 412-272.

Sure Miami’s offense in the second half was terrible, but how in the hell did New England pull out the 41-14 victory when the team was good but not great?

Easy: special teams. 

Going into the second half behind 7-6, New England responded immediately as Brandon Tate scorched the Dolphins with a 103-yard kick return, his second special teams score of the season. Then, it was Patrick Chung’s turn. He blocked a punt and then blocked a field goal (not to mention the pick-6 he had against Miami QB Chad Henne).

For the Patriots, special teams were the way to break open a game that was shaping up to be a close one.

“We’ve talked a lot about the second half this week,” Brady said in his postgame news conference. “That’s a great way to start it. You’re getting hyped and throwing the ball around and ready to start, and then you see Brandon Tate run by and you take a seat on the bench. I’ll take it every time.”

Said Bill Belichick in his meeting with the media: “We got a great block from Sammy Morris, Tate turned it on and he split it. Other than the one vs. Cincinnati, Brandon has been close several times this year. He didn’t need much room. Those guys did a great job of blocking, and Tate hit it.”

Even more impressive, though, was Chung. It’s only his second year in the league, and in 19 career games coming into tonight, he had accumulated two INTs and 41 tackles. Safe to say that tonight was the highlight of his career.

“Great performance,” Brady said during an ESPN interview. “He’s been ready to break out. He’s worked his butt off all of season. He really showed tonight what he’s capable of. We need more of it. It’s the fourth week of the year, and we have a lot more football to go.”

Naturally, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano wasn’t nearly as impressed with his team.

“What we put out there on film on special teams, it was a mess,” he said. “It’s embarrassing and these fans deserve better than that.”

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:39 pm

Report: Faulk headed to IR Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

Reports surfaced yesterday that Kevin Faulk had a torn ACL following his injury against the Jets.

Now it appears as if that news is correct and that Faulk will miss the rest of 2010 -- Adam Schefter reports that Faulk will be placed on season-ending injured reserve some time Wednesday.

The news is obviously a huge blow to the Patriots; Faulk's been their go-to third down back for what feels like forever, and you could argue that in terms of what he provided them as a pass-catching back (not to mention a jack-of-all-trades) is nearly impossible to replicate.

Fred Taylor is still the "feature back" as it were, but he's certainly not the youngest fella on the planet, and suddenly the Pats' trade of Laurence Maroney seems a little more hasty than anyone ever thought it would. Sammy Morris is the likely fill-in for much of Faulk's duties.

Retirement remains a possibility for Faulk as well -- Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday that Faulk's son asked him if "this was it" for the back who ranks third all-time in Patriots yards from scrimmage.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:14 am

Is Maroney on the out in New England?

Posted by Andy Benoit

After getting just eight carries in the first two preseason games, Patriots running back Laurence Maroney did not get one touch in the all-important third preseason contest Thursday night against the Rams. Instead, Bill Belichick elected to start veteran Sammy Morris and feature BenJarvus Green-Ellis (aka The Law Firm) off the bench. L. Maroney (US Presswire)

Belichick was asked about Maroney’s lack of involvement afterwards. "We never had the ball,” he said. Some have accused Belichick of side-stepping the question. But he has somewhat of a point. The Patriots ran only 36 plays on the night, which is about half the number of plays a typical game yields.

But still, that means there were 36 chances to get Maroney the ball. Isn’t he supposed to be the team’s starting running back? So far this preseason, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The Patriots could conceivably cut the former first-round pick. After all, Morris and fellow veteran Fred Taylor can share the starting snaps. And Kevin Faulk remains one of the best third-down backs in the league. Factor in Green-Ellis and the exit down becomes easy to open for Maroney.

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 4:19 pm

Patriots veteran RB Sammy Morris talks age

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe has an page/NE">Patriots+news" target="_blank">interesting article on Patriots running back Sammy Morris. Morris is an 11th-year veteran who, though still viable, is nearing his end. He’s always been one of the solid, underrated role players in the game. Morris plans to play as long as a team will have him. But he’s not ignoring the reality of a post-football life.

Walker writes:

When Morris decides to call it quits, he can see a future coaching high school or college athletes. Morris, who played at Texas Tech, will have the opportunity to test his coaching skills at his camp July 15-17 at the Army Field in Foxborough.

Morris will team with friend and former Redskins linebacker Devin Lemons for the three-day camp for players ages 8 to 18. The camp is important to Morris, who said he didn’t have the opportunity to participate in similar clinics when he was young.

“There was never an NFL team or even player presence in the [San Antonio] area when I was growing up,’’ he said. “Really, I got my work done just actually playing and practicing . . . and kind of looking back on it I always wished there was something else that I could have done to improve my skills early on and improve on the foundation.

--Andy Benoit

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