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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:19 am

Patriots biggest roster decision over the next couple months is at qb

The true quiet period of the NFL season is almost upon us, so ESPN examined the biggest upcoming roster decision for every team that could be decided in the coming months.

The New England Patriots don’t have many question marks, so the team can focus beyond the 2017 season and on building for the future. ESPN’s Field Yates highlights QB Jimmy Garoppolo as the biggest roster decision in the coming months.

“The Patriots held on to backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason despite substantial trade interest from the Browns,” Yates writes. “He will be a free agent next offseason. Tom Brady might be less than two months away from 40, but he has shown no signs of physical regression. And the Patriots expect Brady to play beyond the 2017 season.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:38 am

Quick-hit thoughts/notes around Patriots and NFL (Vollmer on magic of Scar, OL breakdown, training camp primer).

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:56 am

New England Patriots training camp: Which starting spots are up for grabs?

A year ago, as the Patriots coasted into Week 17 holding a one-game lead in the AFC, it was fair to wonder if Bill Belichick planned on resting his starters.

So someone asked.

Belichick feigned confusion.

“I don’t really understand that question,” Belichick said. “We have – I don’t know how many starters we have – but we have a lot more than – we can only inactivate seven players. This isn’t like a preseason game where you have 75 guys on your roster. This is a regular season game. I don’t really understand that whole line of questioning. I’m not saying I’m a great mathematician or anything but the numbers just don’t add up for that type of conversation so there’s no point in even getting involved in it.”

Of course Belichick understood what was asked. But his point was valid: The Patriots, like many teams, have more than 22 players that can be considered “starters."

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:50 am

New England's passing game weapons could be spectacular

It was just the first day of training camp but one thing became clear already: The Patriots will feature a plethora of talented players in the passing game. Some of them have already been here in the past, some of them have joined the team this offseason; but no matter their history with the team, it appears as if they have the potential to keep defensive coordinators awake at night once the season starts.

Two players in particular have stood out during yesterday's session. Offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks seems to have already built a good rapport with quarterback Tom Brady, while tight end Rob Gronkowski looks like his old, dominant, non-injured self. Both have been spectacular yesterday and – even though it is still far too early to definitively say – could be part of a group that is tough to stop.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:58 am

Ealy makes camp debut; Camp notes 7/28

For the first time since early June, Kony Ealy took part in a Patriots practice. The veteran defense end suited up Friday after taking “visual reps” from the sideline in shorts and a t-shirt on Thursday. This marked his first on-field activity since leaving practice midway through June’s mini-camp.

After Friday’s session, Ealy told reporters his situation yesterday was not injury-related.

“Just something that me and coach – you’d have to ask Coach Bill [Belichick], me and him had something going or whatever,” he tried to explain. Belichick would only divulge “He’s here,” when asked directly by a reporter about Ealy Friday.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:37 am

Mason's visit to Pats camp changed his view

Attention to detail sounds like a big theme. Where else did you see it?

Mason: It was a morning special-teams meeting and Coach Belichick and their special-teams coach [Joe Judge] got up and they were going through a drill. Most of the time, you go through the clip and it's "good job" or "bad job -- we need to keep our eyes up." It was about three [film] clips in and it probably took him about 10 minutes, because he went through "step," "movement," "come to balance," "strike," "finish." And then he said, "This is the way we do it." Then he took another clip and showed a not-so-great way to do it. It wasn’t so much criticism as much as it was teaching, and that's what helped you understand "that's where the genius is." It's in doing the mundane things extremely well. They don't beat themselves, because they do the mundane things well: from tackling, to how they leverage the football, to how they run a route, to how they coordinate and communicate on special teams. To me, that's one example, but there were several

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:46 am

Rob Ninkovich announces his retirement

Reports that Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich would announce his retirement appeared on Sunday morning and Ninkovich made it official on Sunday afternoon.

The team held a press conference attended by many of Ninkovich’s teammates and kicked it off with coach Bill Belichick at the podium to talk about a player who joined the team in 2009 and was part of two Super Bowl champions. Belichick noted that Ninkovich, who had stints with the Saints and Dolphins before coming to New England, came in without any fanfare before carving out a key role as a linebacker and defensive end.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:55 am

Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore fight; Camp notes

Whenever two elite competitors go at it in a physical environment there is a chance for the battle to go a bit too far. It happens every summer on every training camp practice field in the NFL.

It happed for the first time this summer in Foxborough on Tuesday as Bill Belichick’s Patriots returned from a day off for another full-pads practice that included the first real fisticuffs of the summer.

The scuffle occurred in an 11-on-11 drill in the red zone when Stephon Gilmore’s tight coverage on a Tom Brady throw to Julian Edelman in the back right corner of the end zone concluded with the feisty slot receiver tossing the free-agent cornerback addition to the ground and throwing a number of punches before teammates and others intervened to break up the short, two-man matchup.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:28 am

#PatsCamp spotlight on first-year Patriot

"When you come out here, you've got to be ready to go."

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:56 am

Brady shines, Garoppolo struggles in scrimmage

On Thursday Bill Belichick basically pulled back on the throttle and gave many of his veterans a rest by allowing the first offense and starting secondary time to work on the lower field and a glorified walk-through setting. On Friday he had the entire team take part in an intra-squad scrimmage.

While neither took place under overly intense circumstances, the scrimmage offered some opportunities to evaluate some of the younger players under game-like conditions.

“We’re going to do some team situation work today and try to put a lot of the segmented portions of practice together, so down-and-distance, moving the field, kicking situations, communication, play-calling and so forth, clock,” Belichick said before practice. “As many things as we can kind of work into this practice and create similar to a game situation, that’s what we’re going to do today.

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