Tag:New England Patriots
Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:07 pm
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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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Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:35 am
 

Brady eschews vanilla, rips the Jets

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This doesn’t have very much relevance to anything, but because it’s got people on the Interwebs buzzing, we’ll let you know what Patriots QB Tom Brady said about the show Hard Knocks – which, in my eyes, has been awesome (both with its colorful language (thank you Rex Ryan) and its complex math problems (thank you Antonio Cromartie)).

Apparently, Brady hasn’t made time to watch HBO on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

“You know, I haven’t turned it on,” Brady said this morning on WEEI Radio . “I hate the Jets. I refuse to support that show. … I’m sure it’s great TV and I’m glad people are liking it. But that’s something I have no interest in watching. I’d love to say a lot of mean things, too, but I’d rather not do that, either.”

Check out the link above. The question is asked about the 13-minute mark, so you can determine for yourself whether Brady was serious or joking. He didn’t sound like he was joking to me. But either way, his honesty is awesome.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:39 pm
 

Quinn Ojinnaka traded to Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson

The Atlanta Falcons have a very good (and very underrated) offensive line. The Patriots are in need of depth on the line, primarily because of Logan Mankins' holdout. The Patriots have lots of draft picks (always and forever). The Falcons have Quinn Ojinnaka.

Er, had -- the team just announced that they traded him to the Patriots in a deal that (see: above) makes a lot of sense for both teams.

Ojinnaka, a reserve guard who was drafted by Atlanta in the fifth round of 2006, started five games at right guard for the Falcons last year.

He'll also miss the Pats first game after being suspended -- it carries over in trades, natch -- for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

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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 20, 2010 12:21 am
 

Welker takes next step of comeback

W. Welker had two catches for 20 yards in an impressive return to the field (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

He didn’t officially start the game, and he didn’t make his way onto the field until the second play (well, officially, it was the first play, because the real first play was a penalty). But Patriots WR Wes Welker made his presence felt immediately.

He caught a six-yard pass, and then he made a nice catch on a pass thrown behind him for 14 yards and the first down. On the next play, Falcons DB Chris Owens blasted him on an incomplete screen attempt. But Welker got right up and was ready for the next play.

It’s just an awesome story. He had ACL surgery in February, and a little more than six months later, he was on the field and playing at a high level. Two catches, 20 yards, one good collision.

Amazing stuff from Welker.

And I was just about to post this when the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain Tweeted this. Just for some perspective: “I watched Texans TE Owen Daniels blow out a knee in the 8th game and he's not ready. I watched Wes Welker do the same in the 16th game.”

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 7:22 pm
 

Preseason game previews 8.19.10

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two preseason games tonight:

The Bills and Colts face each other in Toronto, and the Patriots and Falcons, after spending some quality practice time together the past few days, will meet at the Georgia Dome in a nationally-televised game on Fox.

That means we have two questions apiece for each squad as they head into their second exhibition game.

Bills

1)How will QB Brian Brohm perform? In Buffalo’s first preseason game, Trent Edwards started, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was the second man in. Tonight, Edwards will start and Brohm will back him. My question: why not just start Brohm and see what you’ve got?

2)Can C.J. Spiller stay healthy? He’d better. If not, he’ll join fellow RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the sideline. Then, who would Buffalo play?

Colts

1)Will backup QB Curtis Painter play any better? Because in the first game, he was brutal, and fans aren’t happy.

2)Will S Bob Sanders play at all? Although he’s feeling better than he has the past few years, I wouldn’t expect to see him. No reason to push him too hard in the preseason. At some point, though, you’d like to see him get back on the field.

Falcons

1)How will the secondary look against Tom Brady? In practice, the Falcons struggled against him and WR Randy Moss. Atlanta’s DBs have been awful the past half-decade. They’ll need to make progress at some point, right?

2)How will WR Brian Finneran look? The Falcons might actually need him this year. Will he continue to progress even as he enters his mid-30s?

Patriots

1)Will we see WR Wes Welker for the first time? He’s on the trip to Atlanta, so that’s a positive sign. I would say he’s 50-50. Pregame reports say he’s fully dressed. So maybe he will play.

2)Will Brandon Spikes continue to make a push to start at LB? Spikes has performed well with Gary Guyton trying to rehab an injury. If Spikes continues to play well, he could beat out Guyton.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Torry Holt now a free agent

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that the Patriots have released Torry Holt. The Patriots originally put Holt on IR, but the wide receiver and organization came to terms on an injury settlement.

Holt is undergoing knee surgery this week. By asking for (and receiving) his release, it’s possible the 34-year-old veteran could be aiming to still play in 2010. He’ll have to find a team, first.

If healthy, Holt's precision route running allows him to still get separation against No. 3 corners. Plus, he'd be an excellent mentor for younger wideouts.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Brady acknowledges Welker's contract wishes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady added a little fuel to a contract fire in New England – but the fire wasn’t his. In a radio interview with WEEI, Brady made mention of something many people already know: wide receiver Wes Welker is looking for a new deal.

“Every player on the team wants a contract and to be fairly compensated,” Brady said. “Wes doesn’t make a lot of money, but he’s one of (the) best receivers in the league. We all want to be compensated fairly, but we also understand we signed contracts.”

Brady clearly wasn’t criticizing the organization or campaigning for changes – he was merely stating the obvious. Brady himself is hoping for a new deal (he’s in the final year of his contract) but isn’t letting it be a distraction. Of course, by reprinting his words again and again, media outlets like this one do all they can to make things like this a distraction.

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