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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:47 am

Jabaal Sheard: Patriots' front seven got butts kicked at rainy practice
Among the takeaways from Sunday's Patriots practice was that the defensive front seven got badly outplayed by the offense.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:25 am

The two weeks Jimmy Garoppolo made a name for himself

Jerry Glanville had a few simple rules during eight years as an NFL head coach and three at the college level: Throw the ball deep; leave game tickets for Elvis at will call; and always run the ball on fourth and 1.

He never broke that last rule until he met a kid named Jimmy Garoppolo.

Glanville coached Garoppolo at the 2014 East-West Shrine Game, an all-star game for NFL Draft prospects. Facing fourth and 1 with eight seconds left in the second quarter, Glanville called a quick slant for Garoppolo, which he calmly completed to receiver Matt Hazel for a touchdown.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:45 am

Success for Jimmy Garoppolo will help Patriots in more ways than one

FOXBORO — Jimmy Garoppolo probably doesn’t have much time remaining as a quarterback for the Patriots, and that would prove a great outcome for all involved.

Garoppolo continues to look like the real deal in training camp. Though it’s impossible to predict how it will translate when the third-year quarterback takes on the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills in the regular season during Tom Brady’s suspension, Garoppolo’s work in practice has been consistently brilliant.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:32 am

Guregian: The Tom Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo bond is doing just fine

FOXBORO — While Tom Brady has been working like a madman to make sure he’ll be ready for his delayed start to the season, he’s also trying to help his understudy Jimmy Garoppolo manage those first four games in his absence.

Scenes that have played out with the two quarterbacks from the last two practice sessions, both during and after the workouts have concluded, have been incredibly revealing.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:33 am

QB Jacoby Brissett carries rookie load well

FOXBORO — As Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo tried to hurl deep passes into trash cans at the conclusion of yesterday’s training camp session, Jacoby Brissett watched their competition from afar.

“Who won?” Brissett asked a gaggle of reporters.

While the two quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart were reviving an old favorite, Brissett was on rookie duty, getting some extra work in on the far field and waiting to carry their shoulder pads.

“That’s my job as of lately,” Brissett said lightheartedly.

Brissett’s job could grow significantly more complex next month when Brady leaves the team for a month to serve his four-game Deflategate suspension.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:33 am

Blogservations: Getting defensive, Brady, Garoppolo hard at work and more

For the better part of the first week of camp the offense has enjoyed the better of the overall play in Foxborough. In fact, Bill Belichick expressed some displeasure with his defense on the field during Sunday’s practice, and on Wednesday he made an unsolicited negative comment about that side of the ball.

When asked about the play of Trey Flowers and his ability to stop the run, the coach explained that the defensive ends all have done well in that department, but added a zinger.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:19 am

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell starts strong; Nate Washington eyes spark

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With the New England Patriots on a day off from training camp Saturday, let's take stock of some personnel by identifying three players who have built momentum through the first eight practices, and three who haven't:

MOMENTUM-BUILDERS

DT Markus Kuhn -- Signed to a one-year free-agent contract with a maximum value of $1.5 million after spending the first four years of his career with the Giants, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Kuhn has received a good number of repetitions playing alongside 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown. It could simply be a case of the Patriots' coaching staff wanting to get a closer look at him, but seeing Kuhn on the field more regularly with the top group than others such as Terrance Knighton has caught the eye.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:20 am

Tom Brady sizzles in intrasquad scrimmage, going 25-of-25
Tom Brady's intensity and accuracy were on full display during Friday's practice.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:41 am

With Bennett and Gronkowski, Pats’ shotgun is double-barrel danger

Until they actually play the games, we won’t know if the Patriots tight end tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett will live up to all the hype.

But if the preliminary signs are any indication, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to enjoy the ride.

Watching Gronkowski and Bennett take turns dominating team drills during the early stages of training camp, the dynamic duo appears to be as frighteningly unstoppable as rival NFL coaching staffs were predicting not long after Bill Belichick snagged Bennett from the Bears in a trade five months ago.

Of course, the Patriots haven’t reached Arizona for the season opener yet, and there’s still the unknown of how Bennett will handle those days when maybe the ball isn’t coming his way as much as he’d like. Not being targeted enough, particularly in the red zone, reportedly became an issue for him in Chicago.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:42 am

Bill Polian sees former draftee Donald Brown as perfect fit for Patriots system

FOXBORO — Over the last 20 years or so, few can boast the consistent, high quality evaluation resume of Bill Polian, the former president and vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts.

So when the Hall of Famer — an architect of eight division titles, 11 playoff appearances, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl XLI crown with the Colts, plus an NFC title game appearance with the Carolina Panthers and three straight Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills — offers an opinion on one of his former draft picks, you listen.

Polian drafted Patriots running back Donald Brown 27th overall in 2009, and he believes strongly that not only does his former player still have enough physically to be effective, but that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels run the right scheme fit for Brown’s skill set.

In Polian’s opinion, Brown could not have landed in a better spot when he signed with the Patriots in March as an unrestricted free agent after an unremarkable two-year stint with the Chargers.

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