New England Patriots News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
5/16/13: While the QB and the coach have stayed the same for the past dozen years, the receiving corps in New England always seems in flux. It was not too long ago that Brady was throwing 50 touchdowns and 25 of those were to Randy Moss. Wes Welker did pretty well there for a while too. There is a new look in New England now with Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, and Josh Boyce. The Pats still have a couple decent tight ends on the roster in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, as well. And as long as Brady is throwing, the passing game should be fine.
5/2/13: A good prop bet during the first round of the draft is if the Pats will use or trade their first round selection. If you bet on 'trade', then you win this year. Acting completely within character, New England traded their No. 29 pick to Minnesota for a garage load of mid and late round picks. This is a good draft to do that in, considering there is very little star power, but a lot of depth. The Patriots first pick was the 20th of the second round, where they selected Jamie Collins, an outside linebacker from Southern Miss. Not many teams have the luxury of drafting for depth, but several good drafts allow you to do that.
4/25/13: Most people expect the Patriots to coast to yet another division title, and they probably will. They have only been challenged a couple of times during the Billechek/Brady era, and this year should be no different. But for all of their regular season success, it has been nine years since the Patriots last hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for winning the Super Bowl. New England will pick 29th in the draft, and really do not have a lot of holes to fill. Their secondary should be improved now that Aqib Talib has had some time in the system. The Patriots will have five nationally televised games in 2013, including rematch of the AFC Championship in Baltimore.
4/18/13: On a non-football note, Patriots owner Bob Kraft will donate up to $100,000 for victims of the horrible bombings at the Boston Marathon. The Patriots have established a website for people to donate, and Kraft will match the donations up to $100,000. In an era of greed, publicity, and me-first, it is wonderful to see others work to heal a community. Additionally, Vince Wilfork, who spent his entire nine year career in New England has pledged $10,000 for the healing effort, while new Pats WR Danny Amendola pledged $100 per catch and $200 for every drop next season.
4/11/13: Patriot fans must be getting nervous about the return of star tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk broke his forearm twice last year and has had three operations. Now it seems that the arm is infected, so the doctors must take out the metal plate and treat the infection before they can put a new plate in. There are some variables here, so he may be back in a couple months or may have to miss the opening of the season. Gronk is a big part of the Patriots offense, so this set back may force the Patriots offensive planners to adjust their scheme, at least for a few games.
4/4/13: The Patriots sure do not let their roster age. They have parted ways with their top two wide receivers, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, replacing them with Danny Amondola (from the St. Louis Rams), Donald Jones (from the buffalo Bills) and Michael Jenkins (from the Minnesota Vikings). The team still has tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but currently lacks any down field threat. In other news, former Pats hit man Rodney Harrison says that the team got it right by signing Adrian Wilson from the Arizona Cardinals, because he brings attitude and respect to the defense.
3/28/13: The "Patriot Way" is really a very heartless approach to the roster. The team has a value for each player, and if the player wants or thinks he can get more elsewhere, then the Pats part ways (see: Richard Seymour, Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, and Wes Welker for examples). So while the team often loses top free agents, they can keep some on occasion. Such is the case with right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer was a free agent that the Pats wanted to keep. Ultimately, he is staying with New England and the opportunity to win a Super Bowl.
3/21/13: There are reports that QB Tom Brady was irate when he learned that Wes Welker signed with the Broncos instead of returning to the Pats. Whether or not that is true, the Patriots immediately signed WR Danny Amondola (St. Louis) to be his replacement, and have gone so far as to offer a timeline of events. The Pats claim that their offer had more guaranteed money than Denvers. Perhaps the team is trying to build some good PR with their fans who loved Welker and his league high productivity in receptions and yards for the past five years.
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3/14/13: The Patriots have been quiet in free agency, and that is likely by design. However, there is some big news coming out of New England in that fan favorite and QB Tom Brady's favorite wide receiver, Wes Welker, is leaving for Denver. The Pats franchised Welker last year, but the two sides were unable to come to any agreement on a long term deal. The sides were reportedly very far apart in their demands, so Welker took a two year deal in the Rockies. Patriots fans and players have to be disappointed in the outcome, but maybe the Pats now target Danny Amendola from St. Louis.
3/7/13: After a decade of unparralelled success, one really can not knock any moves the Patriots make or do not make. This season, they opted not to use their franchise tag on anyone, so Wes Welker and Aqib Talib are set to be free agents unless the team re-signs them by March 12. Welker has led the league in receptions since he joined the Pats in 2007, and QB Tom Brady wants him to come back. Talib was acquired from Tampa for a fourth round pick last season, and quickly became the team's best cornerback and strengthened a weak secondary.
2/28/13: The Patriots did it again. The team and franchise QB Tom Brady restructured Brady's contract to extend him until he is 40 years old. More importantly, the move frees up about $15 million in cap space for the team for the next two years. Brady has said that he wants the team to resign WR Wes Welker. The Pats will likely not franchise him, but rather let him test the market to establish the parameters of a new contract. This additional cap space could help New England retain Welker, or bolster the defense through free agency.
2/21/13: Patriots head coach Bill Billecheck must have something up his sleave. How else can one explain not franchise tagging Wes Welker, who averages 112 receptions per year (since joining the Pats in 2007). Welker will be 32 years old and a franchise tag would cost $11.2 million next season. No doubt that he will be among the highest sought after free agents this offseason, unless he signs a new deal with New England. Many teams could use a Wes Welker on their roster, and it is no secret that QB Tom Brady wants the team to keep Welker for a long time to come.
2/14/13: Several former Patriots players, including Willie McGinnist and Tedy Bruschi, have publicly said that it is time for someone on the team to sit down and talk to Rob Gronkowski's off-field antics. That someone, they hint, is QB Tom Brady. Gronk recently was filmed at a Las Vegas night club, shirtless, on stage, and body slamming a friend. Not unusual for a man in his early-20's, but a major liability and embarrassment for the emotionless Patriots. New England was simply not the same offense without Gronk in the line up, particularly since Aaron Hernandez was never really healthy all year. They need Gronk to mature a bit in order to get back to the top. Or they need to make more tapes of other teams' practices. Either way.
2/7/13: The Patriots sorely needed tight end Rob Gronkowski in their playoff loss to eventual Super Bowl champ Baltimore, but he was out with an injured arm. There is no question that he is an elite player and his productivity and impact on games is proof. But his off-field antics are wearing some people thin. Most recently, he was recorded shirtless on stage at a Vegas nightclub, then body slammed a friend. This flies in the face of the stoic demeanor the Patriots embody under head coach Bill Billicheck. However, if he returns to form next sesaon, then all will probably be forgiven.
1/31/13: Would Tim Tebow be a fit in New England? Logically, no. How could anyone justify taking Tom Brady off the field. However, if Tebow would embrace a move to fullback, then it is possible. Patriots' OC Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round when head coach of the Broncos. The Patriots have a history of taking Jets castoffs and making them good players, like Danny Woodhead. And Bill Billechek seems like the kind of guy who would love to stick it to the Jets by succeeding where they failed. It is all speculation for now, but it is an interesting argument.
1/24/13: Once again the Patriots advanced pretty far in the playoffs, but once again they will not be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Last season, it took a Lee Evans dropped ball in the endzone and a missed Billy Cundiff field goal to beat the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. This year, Baltimore kept it close through half time and then dominated in the second half. The Patriots have been perennial contenders, but have not won the championship since 2004. That was also in the pre-Spygate days, leading some cynics to draw their own conclusions on the Patriots' success.
1/17/13: New England finds themselves in a familiar spot - hosting the AFC Championship Game. Even more familiar is that it is a rematch of last year's game against the Baltimore Ravens. New England handled Houston at home for the second time in just five weeks, holding on for a 41-28 victory. The Ravens were one Lee Evans dropped pass from advancing to the Super Bowl in 2012, but the Patriots ultimately won. This year, however, star tight end Rob Gronkowski will be unavailable as it appears he re-broke his arm and is finished for the season.
1/10/13: New England took their customary bye week to rest and heal. They are spending this week preparing to host the Houston Texans again. The Texans came calling in Foxborough on a heavily hyped Monday Night game in Week 12. The Patriots destroyed them. A month later and the Pats faithful expect the same result. Houston earned their way to the Divisional Round by beating the Bengals in the Wild Card Round for the second straight year. Now they have a much more daunting task: Tom Brady and the Pats in New England with an extra week to heal and prepare.
1/3/13: Its January, so time for the Patriots to have a bye week and start a run to the Super Bowl. New England coasted through their final game against Miami with a 28-0 beatdown. Tom Brady threw for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns, and Steven Ridley added 74 on the ground and a pair of TDs. The Patriots limited the Dolphins to about 50 yards rushing, ending Miami's season with a losing record. With Houston losing to Indianapolis, the Patriots locked up the number 2 seed in the AFC, and will have a week off to prepare for the second round.
12/27/12: Many people thought that the Patriots would drop an easy 50 points on the Jaguars this past Sunday, but these people have obviously have not paid attention to the team for the past 12 years. In typical form, New England pulled out just enough to win, and that was it. The Jags went up 10-0 early, but that was a mere formality, as the Patriots rallied back to win 23-16. The Pats fans were out en masse, giving host Jacksonville its largest home crowd since 2004, and interfering with the home teams' snap counts, which is how the game ended.
12/20/12: The Jags took a trip south to face in-state rival Miami last Sunday, but put in another poor performance in a 24-3 loss to the Dolphins. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but that was all the scoring they could muster. QB Chad Henne threw for 221 yards, 106 to breakout wide receiver Cecil Shorts, but the team could not cross the goal line. The loss puts the Jags at 2-12 on the season, and the coaching staff will have to figure out what to do at the quarterback position. Now the speculation will be if the Jags will acquire hometown hero Tim Tebow in the offseason.
12/13/12: If there was any doubt that New England was among the best in the AFC, then those doubts were fully settled last Monday. On paper, the Patriots-Texans game was the best game of the season. But New England jumped out to a very quick 21-0 lead and simply dominated Houston on a cold, snowy, New England night. The Pats ended up with a decisive 42-14 victory and improved to 10-3 on the season, and in good position to win homefield advantage and a bye in the playoffs. Tom Brady was Tom Brady, throwing for just under 300 yards and four touchdowns. New England will get a great test this Sunday when they host the San Francisco 49ers.
12/6/12: The Patriots took another step toward returning to the Super Bowl this past week by locking up the AFC East crown. New England has won their past five games to improve to 9-3 on the season, with Miami in second with only five wins. The Patriots went down to South Florida and beat the Dolphins 23-16 at Sun Life Stadium. New England may have their toughest game of the regular season this week, as they host 11-1 Houston in the Monday Night Game. Both teams are assured a playoff spot, but this game may decided home field advantage later on.
10/1/12 ? The Buffalo Bills had a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter against the New England Patriots. But the lead wasn?t large enough to stop Tom Brady and the New England offense. Brady led the Pats to six straight touchdown drives in the second half en route to a 52-28 blowout. Brady threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski had over 100 yards each in receptions. The Pats also added another wrinkle to their offense, a running game. Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley both rushed for 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns. The running duo ran circles around the Bills high price offensive line. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns but also threw four interceptions.
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Though they haven't hoisted the Lombardi Trophy since 2004, the past 10 years have certainly been fruitful for the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and co. have ended the year with a winning record in every season since 2000. Calling Gillette Stadium home since 2002, Boston's beloved Patriots are favored to win almost every time they step on the field.
New England Patriots Tickets - 2011 Season Info
Though they probably wouldn't say it, the Patriots are entering 2011 still smarting from a bitter 28-21 loss to the New York Jets in the Divisional round of the 2010 playoffs. History, however, has given the Pats no reason to change their outlook or brand of football in 2011. Dumping Randy Moss midseason last year allowed New England to more closely embody the team-first attitude that, if fully bought into, can be extremely effective in the NFL. Save Brady, New England has no superstars on the offensive side of the ball, and still manages to possess perhaps the most potent offense in the league. Their best receiver, Wes Welker, is devastatingly reliable if not a gamebreaking player. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jets castoff Danny Woodhead currently spearhead the running game, and both could've probably walked Boston's streets anonymously until last season began. Whether or not the Patriots can use this brand of football to bring home another Super Bowl in 2012 remains to be seen, yet at 5 to 1, they are currently the favorite in Las Vegas.
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New England opens in Miami on Monday Night Football, and will definitely get the best effort from a Dolphins team trying desperately to push itself out of the third-place seat in the AFC East. Sanchez and the Jets don't come to Foxboro until Week 5, with games against the Chargers, Bills, and Raiders giving the Patriots a very reasonable shot of hosting New York with a 4-0 record. A 14-2 2010 will be difficult to duplicate in a league moving closer and closer to parity, yet barring a meltdown or significant injury, New England should make the playoffs in 2011.
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The front office gave Tom Brady a new weapon in signing Chad Ochocinco. Bill Belichick has a habit of taking veterans and fitting them into a system that works instead of trying to force them into a system that doesn't fit their skill set. Patriots also landed Albert Haynesworth. There is no question that having Tom Brady under center with Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Ocho Cinco and Julian Edelman out wide that they will have one of the most prolific passing offenses in the league. Don't forget about their defense. Belichick is a defensive mastermind and will take a group of no names and make them one of the best in the league.
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