Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm
Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm
When New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman takes the field in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, it will mark his first game in almost a month. No one is more excited about that than Edelman, although quarterback Tom Brady probably isn’t far behind.
The two are working overtime to re-establish and fine-tune the connection that helped Edelman produce a team-high 92 receptions before he was shut down during the final games of the season with a concussion.
“We’ve been practicing the last week and a half or something; I know Tom a little bit here now, these last few years. He knows me. There’s a foundation,” Edelman relayed in his first remarks to the press since Dec. 14 following a victory over the Dolphins. "But even if whatever happened didn’t happen, we still have to continue to try to get better. That’s what we’re trying to do -- staying after, throwing a couple extra routes, bouncing ideas off each other. Like any other week, I guess, but the stakes are a little higher.”
Edelman should hit the ground the running against a shaky Baltimore secondary. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats before missing the final two games with a concussion.
Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:06pm
According to the report, the contract was filed to the NFL on Monday. In the new deal, Brady changed the $24 million “skill” guarantee in his contract to “injury” guarantee. By doing that, Brady will get the guaranteed money only if he is injured. The Patriots will now be able to release the Brady at any time, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, in which case there would likely be plenty of teams interested.
The Patriots entered Monday with $5,713,472 in cap space that can be rolled over to next season. The most immediate effect of Brady’s new deal is to allow the Patriots to be more competitive in trying to retain some of their core free agents, especially Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty.
Brady is listed as probable with an ankle issue, but we don't think it will limit him. But with nothing to play for, Volin thinks Brady gets about a half worth of action in Week 17. Any Patriot will be a risky fantasy start as the team already has the top seed wrapped up.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Brady’s ankle won’t be the limiting factor this week. He may only play a few series against the Bills, though we’re expecting 2-3 quarters from most of the Patriot starters.
Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss on the possibility that the team rests its starters: I view this game as being similar to a fourth preseason contest when the third preseason game doesn’t go as well as planned. I could envision a scenario where the Patriots want to develop a little momentum on offense, and if that comes early, they start making some personnel changes such as Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski taking a seat. On defense, key players such as cornerback Darrelle Revis and linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower, among others, figure to be "protected" as well. The team also has the luxury of allowing some of its injured players extra time to recover, which I’d expect them to do. So their approach preparation-wise won’t change, but I do believe their personnel-related approach will be different than the norm. How significant, and if Brady and Co. play at all, is obviously something we'll be watching closely.
New England has locked up the #1 seed, but the offense isn't exactly clicking, so they may want their starters to play extensively to see if that momentum returns. It's a guessing game as to how long they'll play. At this point were expecting 2-3 quarters from Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:18pm
The 49ers rank 31st in passing yards, which would be their worst finish in Jim Harbaugh’s four-year tenure, though they were 30th last season.
QB Colin Kaepernick said Tuesday he’s intent on improving his mechanics and all-around game in the offseason.
“It’s hard to break habits in-season,” Kaepernick said. “You don’t want to completely change something because it can throw off everything else you’re doing.”
Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:07am
The Patriots escaped with a 17-16 win over the New York Jets Sunday in a game in which they struggled to move the ball at times. Although they struggled, the Patriots improved to 12-3 and clinched a first-round bye.
“After the last few weeks of football, I’d love to go out there and see if our offense can put together the best 60 minutes of football that we’ve put together in a long time," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show. "We’ve been up and down as of late. We’ve got to start really putting some great football together here in these next [few weeks]. We got the bye. We’ve got to be able to win this week then we get the bye and then play at home. Hopefully we can take care of business the first week of the playoffs and then go from there.”
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
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