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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:14 am

What are Robert Kraft's chances for induction into the Hall of Fame?

As for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I solicited the viewpoint of a handful of voters and this is the sense I got: Kraft should get in, but it just might take a little time. He falls into the "contributor" category that was created three years ago to help with the logjam of worthy candidates. This is the category that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Former general managers Ron Wolf and Bill Polian, and owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. were previously inducted in this category.

To me, Kraft's candidacy is on par, if not exceeds, those in that group.

Keeping the Patriots in New England when they were a threat to leave for St. Louis, playing a major role in helping end the lockout in 2011, and the Patriots' five Super Bowl championships and impressive won-loss record in his tenure are among the strengths of his candidacy. Two ambassador trips to Israel he led with Pro Football Hall of Famers are also part of his contributions, among other things, such as playing a pivotal role in the tremendous financial growth of the league's television contracts.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:43 am

Patriots 2017 training camp: Four things to watch during joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars

After a day off yesterday, the New England Patriots will return to the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium today – and they will not be alone. The Jacksonville Jaguars will join the defending world champions for three joint practices leading up to the two teams’ meeting in the preseason opener on Thursday. Today and tomorrow, the Patriots and Jaguars will hold sessions open to the public before a closed walkthrough on Wednesday.

With the upcoming three sessions mind, here are four things to watch.

The Patriots’ rookies will have their first test against different NFL competition.
Despite having a deep and experienced roster, some members of the Patriots’ 2017 rookie class have been among the standout performers during training camp so far. With the Jaguars coming to town, they – most promintently defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr., linebacker Harvey Langi and wide receiver Austin Carr – will face a different kind of challenge.

After all, New England’s young guns have only had NFL-level experience of going against their own teammates who play in the team’s own scheme. Competing on a different level will be the next step in determining whether or not the Patriots’ rookie class is indeed as impressive as it has looked like the last two weeks.

New England’s secondary will benefit from going against the Jaguars…
The Patriots are scheduled to face some big-name receivers on their upcoming schedule. Atlanta's Julio Jones headlines a list that also includes Denver's Demaryius Thomas, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and Los Angeles’ Keenan Allen. New England’s sparing partner for the next week also has some highly talented wideouts on its roster in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:49 am

Patriots not in a rush with TE Rob Gronkowski

It would seem that reports of Rob Gronkowski’s potential demise are greatly exaggerated after the New England Patriots All Pro tight end dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars during Tuesday’s joint practice. Gronkowski collected six touchdowns and a seventh reception that set up a field goal in a drill and had what is universally regarded as his best day of camp.

Prior to Tuesday, Gronkowski had been relatively quiet with much of the media’s attention directed towards the ridiculous grabs by WR Brandin Cooks. The fact that TE Dwayne Allen played with the Patriots hurry-up offense raised additional red flags.

But even if Gronkowski hadn’t erupted on Tuesday, there shouldn’t have been any cause for concern.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:45 am

After 'horrible' spring, Dwayne Allen knew he had to be in better condition

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. Veteran tight end Dwayne Allen, whom the Patriots acquired from the Colts in a trade on March 9, has a well-earned reputation as a consummate pro on and off the field. He was the Colts' Ed Block Courage Award winner in 2014 and their Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015.

It is obviously something he takes pride in, which is why he was hard on himself for what was a difficult entry into the Patriots' program.

"Spring was horrible," he told ESPN.com last week. "It's one of those things where you have an offseason where you're training, you're doing well, you're thinking that you've trained and prepared enough, and then you come into OTAs and it's like, 'Oh my goodness, I have not trained enough.'

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:42 am

Bill Belichick connects Jeff Hostetler, Tom Brady after practice

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- In a moment that linked two of the quarterbacks who helped Bill Belichick win six Super Bowls, the New England Patriots coach went out of his way to connect Jeff Hostetler with Tom Brady after Tuesday’s practice.

Hostetler, who lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, was visiting the Patriots’ joint practice with the Houston Texans at The Greenbrier resort with his family.

The 56-year-old Hostetler, of course, filled in for the injured Phil Simms late in the 1990 season and helped the New York Giants defeat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. Belichick was the Giants’ defensive coordinator that year, and he has since cited Hostetler as a prime example of how players always have to be ready because they might unexpectedly be called upon.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:27 am

Here are four players I’d inquire about if I were calling on behalf of the Patriots:

Jeremiah Attaochu (Chargers) – A second-round pick in 2014 out of Georgia Tech, the 6-foot-3, 252-pound Attaochu has played in 34 games and has 10 sacks. The Chargers, now running a 4-3 system similar to Seattle under new coordinator Gus Bradley, have two top-of-the-line ends in Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa.

Eli Harold (49ers) – The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Harold entered the NFL as a 2015 third-round pick out of Virginia and falls into the tweener category of defensive end/linebacker. How he fits in San Francisco has been an evolving story, given the franchise’s frequent coaching changes. The 49ers, like the Chargers, are adopting a Seahawks-type 4-3 scheme under new coordinator Robert Saleh and Harold is currently listed as a backup. The 49ers could use a boost at cornerback, where the Patriots have some depth.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

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Preseason game recap: Tom Brady ends night on a high note in return to Super Bowl site. http://dlvr.it/PgHByD #Patriots
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Re: Patriots Running Thread

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:43 am

Edelman's knee injury overshadows strong Patriots effort

The New England Patriots' starters turned in a mostly dominant performance in Friday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions, although there was a potentially ominous cloud over the proceedings because receiver Julian Edelman injured his right knee two minutes into the game and was carted to the locker room.

Edelman planted hard on his right foot while running after the catch, and as he lunged forward, he immediately reached for the side and then the back of his knee.

Quarterback Tom Brady’s concern was evident as he entered the medical tent along the Ford Field sideline to check on Edelman, one of his closest friends.

Edelman didn’t return to the game. The Pats fear Edelman tore his ACL, but the team doesn't know for sure, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who said an MRI is scheduled for Saturday.

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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:49 am

Moving nearly 8,000-pound sign was Patriots' Super offseason story

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. How did the Patriots ultimately decide on plans to fit their fifth Super Bowl banner inside Gillette Stadium? Here are some behind-the-scenes nuggets from one of the most unusual storylines of the offseason:

The Gillette Stadium sign/structure that was raised to fit the five banners underneath it weighs approximately 8,000 pounds.

When the stadium was designed prior to its 2002 opening, there had never been any thought on where to put a Super Bowl championship banner. The reason is simple: The Patriots didn't have one at that time. The stadium opened in May 2002, just a few months after the team won its first Super Bowl.

When the Patriots unveiled their first Super Bowl banner, the placement was on the walkway opposite the third-level press box. The thought process among team officials at the time was that would be the permanent home for any banners.

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