Tag:New England Patriots
Posted on: August 15, 2010 3:37 pm

Torry Holt done for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

So much for Torry Holt being the No. 3 wide receiver in New England this year. The Patriots have placed the 11-year veteran on Injured Reserve.

Holt had gone from possibly the No. 3 receiver to a man fighting for the No. 6 job. He has been battling a knee.

This marks the end of the season for the 34-year-old, and possibly the end of a Hall of Fame-worthy career.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 2:27 pm

Logan Mankins still playing hardball

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins has been quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less ardent in his stance for a long-term contract. Mankins continues his holdout.

Sunday is the deadline for the Patriots to send Mankins a letter stating their intent to place him on the roster exempt list. If the club does that, Mankins would have to sit out three games after he signs (preseason games would count). This carries some weight if Mankins is serious about extending his holdout into the regular season. (If he’s on the roster exempt list, he’d have to sign before the eighth game in order to ensure an accredited season).L. Mankins (US Presswire)

Albert Breer of The Boston Globe spoke with Mankins’s camp. Breer writes:

Asked if the letter has come, agent Frank Bauer said, "We haven't got it yet, but it'll come." Then asked where the negotiations stand, Bauer said he has heard "Not a word" from the team. "They don't care. ... I would expect them to do everything nasty that they can," he added.

"They have totally lost this player mentally," Bauer said. "For this young man to work like he has and play for the club for five years, and be promised he'd be taken care of, and to throw the offer they did across the table? It was never, ever a five-year deal. They wanted six years, they wanted seven. They have to do what they have to do, and we'll do what we have to do."

My understanding is that the offer on the table was a five-year extension off his RFA tender from this year (before it was chopped down), and would legitimately make him the third-highest paid guard in the league, with the requisite guarantees and bonuses. That offer was made after Saints guard Jahri Evans got his seven-year, $56.7 million deal in May, and is now off the table.

"This deal and the Jahri Evans deal are apples and oranges," Bauer said.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 4:46 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:34 pm

Patriots could lose Ty Warren for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots defensive end Ty Warren, one of the most solid, underrated players in the game, could be lost for the season with a hip injury, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Warren has a labral tear (similar to what Yankee Alex Rodriguez had a while back). It is not career-threatening, but if surgery is required, Warren would be shelved for 2010.

If Warren, one of the premier run-defenders in the game, goes down, the Patriots would likely turn to another Warren: Gerard. The former Brown/Bronco/Raider is not experienced in a 3-4 scheme, but he has been challenging veteran Mike Wright for playing time all offseason.

On Tuesday, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson talked to Reiss about Warren’s value to the Patriots. "The things that he does for the people around him and us, it goes unspoken," Johnson said. "He is a strong character in the locker room. He is a strong character in our meetings. He's a stand-up guy. He's a guy that if he misses a play, or if he blows a play out there on the field, he stands up and says 'that was me and that's not going to happen again.' You can't have enough of those type of guys out on the field."

UPDATE: The Patriots have put Warren on Injured Reserve, ending his 2010 season. They have also reinstated end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess, which means the veteran is not retiring after all.

UPDATE II: Warren explained his decision to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com: "It was something that I wanted to get done -- that I needed to get done. I've been laboring around for about a year-and-a-half. The season's too long to be taking shots all year, to feel OK one week and feel bad the next. To have arthritis and not be able to be me. I'm going to sacrifice one year for the next couple."

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 7:03 pm

No new deal for Brady pre-preseason; Welker out

Posted by Will Brinson

The Saints and the Patriots are currently warming up on the field at Gillette Stadium where they will kickoff their respective preseasons tonight.

Two things stand out about this game before the first snap has even been taken. One, Wes Welker is not playing, according to CSN's Tom Curran , who notes that people were, um, "interested" to know whether or not Welker was gonna play. Curran (who looks a lot like Drew Brees, no?) says he's "told there is no chance [Welker will play]. No. Chance. Chance? No."

Even more important, though, is the fact that Tom Brady has no new contract. And that means that the Patriots' star quarterback will indeed be playing football -- and therefore risking a theoretically large amount of money -- without any guarantee to his long term financial security.

Yes, security here is quite relative, as Tom Brady ain't exactly going broke any time soon. But if he (hypothetically) has his ACL blown out on the first play from scrimmage in a preseason game, things will be quite awkward.

So don't expect Brady to see too many snaps tonight. And if he sees a lot of pressure from the Saints or gets hit at all, expect him to kindly request Bob Kraft to join him back in the kitchen.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 10:13 am

Hot Routes 8.12.10: injuries, absences and morons

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USA Today reports that people living in the New York and New England area will get a chance to see the September 2 Patriots-Giants preseason game in 3D. No word on when fans will get a chance to see NFL starters in 3D.

Bills fourth-round rookie receiver Marcus Easley will indeed need knee surgery. Easley's 2010 season is over. Also, wideout James Hardy is out 7-10 due to injury. This likely means that Steve Johnson will capture Buffalo’s No. 2 receiver job.

Something people need to realize about the story of the fan who was told to remove his McNabb jersey at Eagles camp: that “fan” had a guest to be at practice. Team-issued credentials usually carry the unwritten – though sometimes written – rule of not wearing NFL apparel with them. And, the fan gladly removed his jersey and bought a Kevin Kolb jersey later in the day. In other words, this whole thing is no big deal.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had this to say about super talented right tackle Andre Smith: “Andre’s doing OK. That’s not a well, that’s not a jumping jack. That’s not a backflip, he’s doing OK."

Michael Crabtree strained his neck in yesterday’s practice. It happened when Crabtree went up for a ball and came down hard on his back. No word yet on the severity.

Brad Childress still doesn’t know when Percy Harvin will return.

Since we’re on the Vikings, we’ll just get this over with for today: Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre…undecided.

Ladies and gentleman….Martellus Bennett: "What really counts is the season,” Bennett, who is sitting out with an injury, recently told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “S***, I had a hell of a preseason last year. That s*** didn’t mean nothing. I had 300 yards or whatever in three games, but that doesn’t mean nothing. But what really counts is the season, not the preseason or whatever. I just want to get to the season and do my job."

Former Cowboys first-round pick Bobby Carpenter can’t even keep a starting job in St. Louis. Larry Grant has supplanted Carpenter at weakside linebacker.

Posted on: August 12, 2010 9:06 am

Texans speaking with Schobel but no firm news yet

Posted by Andy Benoit

A week after being released by the Buffalo Bills, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Schobel remains unsigned. This isn’t a surprise, necessarily; Schobel was released because the Bills became disenchanted with his vacillation between playing and retiring. Before his release, Schobel indicated that if he were to return to Buffalo, it would be in late August.

Schobel will likely join a team near the end of training camp. The question remains, Which team? Many suspect the Houston Texans. Schobel lives in Houston. He’d fit the 4-3 scheme. And, he’d finally be playing for a postseason contender.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been in touch with Schobel but remains mum on the soon-to-be 33-year-old’s prospects for 2010. "Nothing has changed with Aaron,” Kubiak told reporters yesterday. “I talked to him the other day, had a great visit with him. I think it's just a matter of what does Aaron want to do, where does he want to do it."

The Texans are the favorites to land Schobel, but the Patriots – who sorely need help in the pass-rushing department – are very interested, as well. And we’ll assume the Broncos have also considered Schobel, given what happened with Elvis Dumervil.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 10:09 am

Hot Routes 8.10.2010

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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--The Steelers don’t have much depth at outside linebacker. Which is why they drafted Jason Worilds in the second round and Thaddeus Gibson in the fourth round. Still, through a combination of problems , Pittsburgh isn’t getting much production from those two.

--Ravens safety Dawan Landry has been flat-out hurting people in training camp. He busted Willis McGahee’s lip and he smashed Derrick Mason so hard that Mason sprained his ankle. Without crazy-man FS Ed Reed in the lineup for the time being, Landry is exactly what Baltimore needs in its shredded defensive back corps. 

--The Dolphins released a preseason depth chart, and there a couple of interesting decisions on there. For one, Joe Berger is ahead of Jake Grove for starting center. Brian Hartline is listed as a starting WR. Chad Pennington is fourth-string QB behind Tyler Thigpen and Pat White. ESPN.com cautions none of this means much of anything yet.

--Jets coach Rex Ryan admits he made a mistake last year placing Vernon Gholston at outside linebacker. Gholston has been an absolute bust since New York took him in the first round of the 2008 draft – come to think of it, maybe we should wait at least one more year before giving him the big ol’ bust label, though Gholston has been pretty bad – but Ryan says he’s really excited about Gholston’s prospects this season. 

--Dolphins CEO Mike Dee wrote a letter to Miami’s fans and posted it on the team’s web site , apologizing for canceling Monday’s practice at Sun Life Stadium. Take it easy, Mike. I don’t think fans will blame you for the weather. Still, a class move from Dee.

--What will it be like when the Patriots and Saints hold a joint practice today? The Boston Herald has the FAQ and the answers . There won’t be a scrimmage, but the two teams will work together in individual drills and some down-and-distance situations. 

--The Browns players have 17 active Twitter accounts, but after Brandon McDonald’s crude Tweets in the past, the Cleveland organization will be paying a watchful eye at how the rest of the Browns participate in the social media world. Mangini, though, admits that he doesn’t expect his players to stop using Twitter

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:10 am

Two key injuries to offensive linemen

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two key, wide-impacting injuries to offensive linemen today. Patriots right tackle Nick Kaczur has a back injury that, according to Mike Reiss, could sideline Kaczur indefinitely. Second-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer will likely replace Kaczur.

In New York, there has been talk that William Beatty could take over at left tackle for the Giants. This would push David Diehl inside and relegate veteran Rich Seubert to the bench. This scenario has become likely now that Seubert is out indefinitely with a broken hand. Diehl, a natural guard, should thrive inside. The question is whether the athletic but raw Beatty has improved his lower body strength enough to handle a starting role.

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