Patriots/NFL Running Thread

on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 6:32 am
[u:1792q6qc]Guregian: The Tom Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo bond is doing just fine[/u:1792q6qc]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. ... _just_fine
on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 6:33 am
[u:1qrlixyi]QB Jacoby Brissett carries rookie load well[/u:1qrlixyi]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. ... _load_well
on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 6:33 am
[u:1vas52gm]Blogservations: Getting defensive, Brady, Garoppolo hard at work and more[/u:1vas52gm]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. ... k-and-more
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Sat Aug 6th, 2016 7:19 am
Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell starts strong; Nate Washington eyes sparkFOXBOROUGH, 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-BUILDERSDT 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. ... eyes-spark
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Sat Aug 6th, 2016 7:20 am
[size=120:1803oytv]Tom Brady sizzles in intrasquad scrimmage, going 25-of-25[/size:1803oytv]Tom Brady's intensity and accuracy were on full display during Friday's practice. ... -25-for-25
on Sun Aug 7th, 2016 9:41 am
[u:2kv6q050]With Bennett and Gronkowski, Pats’ shotgun is double-barrel danger[/u:2kv6q050]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. ... ble_barrel
on Sun Aug 7th, 2016 9:42 am
[u:296oxj6b]Bill Polian sees former draftee Donald Brown as perfect fit for Patriots system[/u:296oxj6b]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. ... r_patriots
on Mon Aug 8th, 2016 6:19 am
[u:23hit7k0]Tom Brady leads TD drive to win second straight scrimmage[/u:23hit7k0]The Patriots completed their ninth practice of training camp today. It was held in full pads for the sixth time, and they scrimmaged for the second straight practice. Here are the Herald’s observations from the workout.Did not participate: RB Dion Lewis (PUP, ACL surgery), S Nate Ebner (rugby exemption), TE Bryce Williams, LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder bruise), G Tre’ Jackson (PUP, knee surgery), RG Jonathan Cooper (foot), C Bryan Stork (concussion), RT Sebastian Vollmer (PUP), WR Danny Amendola (PUP, knee and ankle surgeries), WR Keshawn MartinReturned: WR Julian Edelman, RB Donald Brown, TE Clay Harbor ... d_straight
on Tue Aug 9th, 2016 6:24 am
[u:3e5vcj7v]Malcom Brown could be Patriots’ next breakout star[/u:3e5vcj7v]FOXBORO — Terrance Knighton already knew. Soon, the rest of the NFL will catch up.Defensive tackle Malcom Brown is in line to be the Patriots’ breakout player of the year after his impressive rookie season. The 2015 first-round pick quickly became an important voice in the locker room this offseason, and he has been the team’s most dominant interior presence to this point in camp.Knighton studied Brown’s work last year, and the 30-year-old instantly recognized the youngster’s potential. ... akout_star
Posted by: Tom Nolette on Wed Aug 10th, 2016 3:12 am
[size=120:2bompyr2]Patriots’ Julian Edelman leaves practice with injury[/size:2bompyr2] New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left Tuesday morning’s practice with an apparent injury to his lower left leg. Edelman, who suffered a broken left foot and underwent surgery last November before returning for the playoffs, threw his helmet to the ground while a team trainer examined his leg, … ... th-injury/