Tag:New England Patriots
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:56 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 8:57 pm
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Reebok jerks potential deal off table

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you thought the news of Brandon Spikes’ sex tape would shrivel away – like I’m sure Brandon Spikes would have preferred – there’s more news tonight regarding the fallout of the Internet video.

It’s not quite as sexy as Tuesday’s news , but it likely will strike closer to the rookie Patriots linebacker's heart.

The Boston Herald writes Reebok has pulled out of a proposed marketing deal with Spikes. The financial terms weren’t available, but you can be sure, the deal would have allowed Spikes to upgrade his video camera system (maybe add a few mics, get some better lighting, procure one of these director’s chairs. You know, do it up nice).

The paper also writes Spikes could face disciplinary action from the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, but since the taping apparently occurred when Spikes was in college, I wonder how the NFL could justify that.

UPDATE:
The Boston Globe , citing a blog called "What Would Joe Namath Do?", writes the financial deal was worth about $60,000 and could have increased in value with on-field incentives. Talk about a real kick in the … um … shins.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Patriots lose top CB Bodden for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Patriots secondary suffered a major blow with veteran cornerback Leigh Bodden being placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday. The Patriots announced that Bodden went on IR with a shoulder injury, though multiple media outlets are pointing out that he's battled knee problems this preseason. 
L. Bodden (US Presswire)
New England used the Bodden move as part of their efforts to trim their roster to the required 75 men Tuesday. Bodden turned down free agent offers over the offseason to sign a four-year, $22 million with New England this past March. He is the team’s most reliable corner, in part because he is familiar with this scheme from his days playing for Romeo Crennel in Cleveland, and in part because he is adept in both man and zone coverage.

Bodden’s absence means that first-round rookie Devin McCourty, who has been impressive in training camp and the preseason, will likely get an opportunity to start. That would make for an extremely callow secondary, though, as last year’s second-round picks, Darius Butler (CB) and Patrick Chung (SS), both figure to see significant action with the first unit.

Third-year pro Jonathan Wilhite could also get a look, though he’s been inconsistent. Terrence Wheatley, who is also in his third season, is talented but injury prone.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 4:42 pm
 

Brandon Spikes embarrassed by sex tape

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I discovered an interesting e-mail sitting in my in-box this morning, a video purporting to be a sex tape involving Patriots LB Brandon Spikes.

It was hard to tell whether Spikes was the man in the web cam video, but it was rather graphic (frankly, I only got through about a minute of it, because, well, I didn’t want anybody looking over my shoulder in the Starbucks where I’m working).

Now, Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson, has spoken on the matter. As the Boston Herald writes, Watson said the second-round pick is embarrassed about the video and said “it certainly doesn’t reflect the kind of person that he is.” Also, the video apparently was made when Spikes was in college.

The Patriots have made no comment.

I won’t provide a link here, but I’m guessing you can find it somewhere on the Web. Just make sure you’re not in a Starbucks when you press play.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.30.10 decisions decisions decisions

Posted by Andy Benoit

One ESPN writer thinks Shanahan can’t be serious about McNabb sitting out Week 1.

The Lions plan on doing what most teams do when they get overwhelmingly insecure about their linebacking depth: sign Rocky Boiman.

It’s hard to picture the Bucs keeping Michael Clayton in 2010, though the underachieving veteran wideout is confident he’ll remain with the team. Clayton hasn’t played much this preseason, but Raheem Morris tends to sit his veterans in August more than most head coaches.

The Cardinals will apparently consider intangibles when making their quarterback decision – whatever that means.

The Panthers defense has performed well this preseason...does it matter?

How about the Panthers offense scoring zero touchdowns in 42 possessions so far this preseason...does that matter?

There is still plenty of competition for the kick return duties in Dallas.

Who else found themselves kind of wishing that we’d get at least one look at the gash in James Farrior’s head Sunday night? The Steelers linebacker did a good job covering it up (though it was impossible to hide all the excess blood).

New England’s young defensive backs are getting some help from the veterans.

The Broncos weren’t exactly thrilled with James Harrison’s hit on Kyle Orton.

And, even better, James Harrison doesn’t exactly care. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Harrison said of Orton, “"He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train. And the train wasn't coming off the track. (Orton) was popping off down there the first time they were about to score. So you run your mouth, expect to get something. Everything's between the lines, so he got what he had coming."
 

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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: August 26, 2010 10:01 pm
 

QBs blowing up on Thursday night, Avery hurt

Posted by Will Brinson

We tweeted earlier wondering who would have the best numbers between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Rodgers won the battle (but not by much), throwing up a monster first half line, going 21/29 with 195 yards and 3 TDs. Manning wasn't exactly bad though, going 13/23 with 199 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.

Elsewhere (well, in New England, actually), Tom Brady and Sam Bradford are having a decent little night of their own.

Brady went 10/12 for 175 yards and 2 TDs including a 65-yard bomb to Randy Moss; Brady also "lost" a series when Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff 97 yards to the house.

Bradford, in what amounts to an audition for the Rams' starting job, looked superb while going 15/22 for 189 yards and 2 TDs. (Of course, ex-Duke guy Thaddeus Lewis had, as of this writing, ripped the Pats for 74 yards and a TD, so maybe it's a defensive thing.)

Bad news hit for the Rams, though, when Donnie Avery left on a cart after a nasty knee injury.

We'll keep you updated on that as we find out more.
Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:20 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 7:57 pm
 

Report: Pats extend kicker Gostkowski

Posted by Will Brinson

Stephen Gostkowski, the fifth-year kicker who replaced Adam Vinatieri, and the New England Patriots have reached an agreement on an extension, according to reports.

The Boston Herald 's Ian Rapoport reports that the Gostkowski, who signed a one-year tender this offseason as a restricted free agent that paid him $1.79 million, and the Patriots have reached a four-year extension.

He will now be significantly more compensated now -- according to Rapoport's report, he'll make about $3.5 million a year through 2014, with $5 million in guaranteed money on a deal that begins after 2010.

That's a chunk of change, but the Pats' kicker has proven worthy of being a highly paid kicker, having only missed 18 field goals over the course of his career. And considering that Sebastian Janikowski makes $16 million over four years ($9 guaranteed), that's pretty good value for the Pats.

For those particularly inclined to judge his accuracy (like me!), he's 30/33 from inside 30 yards, 31/35 from 31-39 yards, 14/20 from 40-49 yards and 2/2 from 50 yards and longer. He also has the fifth-highest field goal percentage in NFL history (Vinatieri is 12th).

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:07 pm
 

Veteran movement from today

Posted by Andy Benoit

Three teams brought in new veterans to provide depth Monday. The Redskins signed former Steelers safety Tyrone Carter; the Patriots traded for Falcons guard Quinn Ojinnaka; and the Bears signed former Redskins quarterback Todd Collins.

The Carter signing is surprising given Washington’s plentiful depth at safety. Third-year pro Kareem Moore is expected to win the starting job opposite LaRon Landry. That leaves two young former starters in Chris Horton and Reed Doughty filling the second string. Coaches haven’t been thrilled with Horton’s inconsistency, and Doughty tends to take bad angles at times. But both are quality backups. So what’s Washington’s plan with Carter?

Some observers have raised questions about New England’s Ojinnaka acquisition. The fifth-year pro is suspended the first game of the season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy (domestic violence in May 2009). But, the uncomfortable truth is that New England needs depth up front, and Ojinnaka is a fairly versatile 300-pounder with 12 career starts. And the good news about a one-game suspension is that it’s only one game.

Of course, as ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas pointed out, with the Falcons drafting Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley, it was possible that Ojinnaka wasn’t going to make the Falcons final roster anyway. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff may have used his relationship with is former Patriot front office colleagues to his advantage here.

As for Collins – obviously, he gives the Bears security in the event that Jay Cutler gets hurt or suddenly collapses under the weight of his own ego.

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