Patriots/NFL Running Thread

on Wed Aug 24th, 2016 7:23 am
[size=150:266un8df][u:266un8df]Dont’a Hightower’s new locker shows how much Patriots value him[/u:266un8df][/size:266un8df]FOXBORO — By appearance, Dont’a Hightower’s locker is no different than the 77 stalls around it.But appearance and perception are incomparable entities in this case. Hightower now resides in Bill Belichick’s most valued real estate in the team locker room at Gillette Stadium, taking up a spot that originally was owned by 2015 Patriots Hall of Fame inductee Willie McGinest and most recently by seven-time captain Jerod Mayo. ... _value_him
on Wed Aug 24th, 2016 7:24 am
[u:3jlv37sl][size=150:3jlv37sl]Guregian: Patriots should not play Tom Brady against Carolina[/size:3jlv37sl][/u:3jlv37sl]FOXBORO — Tom Brady wants to play Friday night against the Carolina Panthers. He wants to get into that preseason game and play some snaps against the Super Bowl runners-up.That was one of the most significant takeaways from his press conference yesterday. He’s itching to play in the worst way. ... t_carolina
on Thu Aug 25th, 2016 6:09 am
[size=150:56e0ud6t]Buckley: It’s an awkward situation for Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady[/size:56e0ud6t]Tom Brady is lobbying for reps in a preseason game that’ll be a dusty memory by the time he plays a for-real game on Oct.?9 in Cleveland.Is this a preview of coming attractions — when The Greatest Quarterback of All Time finally, inevitably, starts limping around like David Ortiz?It’s a delicate topic. Brady is 39 years old, but he looks younger, plays younger. He takes care of himself, from the weight training and cardio to the avocado ice cream and getting into bed before Jimmy Fallon is on. Patriots fans want Brady to keep on keeping on, except that he won’t, and that’s something nobody wants to hear — including the man himself, if recent events are any indication. ... oppolo_and
on Fri Aug 26th, 2016 6:20 am
[u:3u2qqzjc][size=150:3u2qqzjc]Cleveland Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to Patriots[/size:3u2qqzjc][/u:3u2qqzjc]The Cleveland Browns finally found a taker for 2013 first-round pick Barkevious Mingo: the New England Patriots.After an offseason of Mingo hype pieces touting his increased strength and mass, the hybrid linebacker and pass rusher is on his way to Foxborough via trade, the Browns announced. Cleveland will receive the Patriots' fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft as compensation.Mingo will fly to North Carolina on Thursday and join the Patriots there, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ... o-patriots
on Fri Aug 26th, 2016 6:21 am
[size=150:13qz8hge][u:13qz8hge]Five things to watch in Patriots’ game vs. Panthers[/u:13qz8hge][/size:13qz8hge]CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This is the fun one.The Patriots visit the Panthers tonight in?a game that could be a close simulation to the test they’ll face Sept. 11 in the?regular-season opener at the Cardinals. It’s the Panthers’ preseason home?opener, so it’ll be the crowd’s first chance to welcome the NFC champions. And it’ll provide a real feel for the way an atmosphere can propel a home team against an unproven quarterback.Here are five things we’ll be watching:1. QB Shuffle ... s_panthers
on Fri Aug 26th, 2016 6:21 am
[size=150:2kbr359i][u:2kbr359i]Guregian: Who makes the cut on Patriots’ 53-man roster?[/u:2kbr359i][/size:2kbr359i]Before heading to Arizona for the season opener against the Cardinals, now 16 days away, Bill Belichick will have some tough decisions to make.The Patriots coach, who has already started whittling away some bodies, most notably Bryan Stork, has to get his roster down to 75 on August 30, and then pare it again four days later to the final 53 on Sept. 3.So with two preseason games down and a third on tap Friday night, this seems like a good time to cast our second roster projection ... man_roster
Posted by: MBRer on Sat Aug 27th, 2016 3:44 am
[size=120:2l44x84c]Pats’ Brady turns in strong outing in preseason win over Panthers [/size:2l44x84c]CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Quarterback Tom Brady showed off his old form and directed two first-half scoring drives to help the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 19-17 in NFL preseason action Friday night. Brady, who is suspended for the first four regular-season games for Deflategate, didn’t enter the … ... -panthers/
on Sun Aug 28th, 2016 8:39 am
[u:25yjlqy5]Patriots insiders dispel notion of a rift between Brady and Belichick[/u:25yjlqy5]Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are at odds, right? There has to be some kind of rift between the three-time Super Bowl MVP and his legendary coach. They’re angrily going toe-to-toe over game reps.At least, that’s been one of the views making the rounds in wake of several recent events including Scissor-gate, Brady’s odd two-day absence to “take care of something,” and his continued lobbying to get into games, even though interim starter Jimmy Garoppolo really needs to play. ... ng_stories
on Mon Aug 29th, 2016 7:35 am
[u:39jy8r1s]Jacoby Brissett keeps perfect night in check[/u:39jy8r1s]FOXBORO — Jacoby Brissett is taking his statistically perfect performance from Friday night’s preseason win as nothing more than a feather in his cap and moving on to the next challenge.And for that, among other things, the Patriots rookie quarterback is proving to be a quick study. ... t_in_check
on Mon Aug 29th, 2016 7:36 am
[u:1ukdtlj2]Patriots Notebook: Cut-down day looms for seven players[/u:1ukdtlj2]FOXBORO — Seven spots.Heading into tomorrow’s league-mandated cut-down day, the Patriots have to shed that amount, from 82 players to 75, by 4 p.m. That means everyone who is on any sort of bubble will be sweating the minutes until that time comes.In a preseason in which the Pats have shown ample depth at a number of spots, the coaches have some difficult decisions to make, but the pressure on those who might be cleaning out their lockers is even greater. ... en_players