We obviously got a lot of emails regarding the flag thrown and then picked up after the final play in Monday night’s loss to the Panthers in Charlotte. My personal opinion is that the officials blew the entire situation. First, I do think that
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I think Jones is having a good but not elite second season. I think he’s taken some nice steps forward as a sophomore. He’s become the most important member of the Patriots front seven and will be counted on in the coming weeks and months to be a big factor on the defense down the stretch and into the postseason. But I don’t think he’s at the level where he’s a complete game changer and playmaker – as was the case with a guy like J.J. Watt a year ago in his second season. I thought Jones struggled to set the edge in the run a couple weeks ago against the Dolphins. I still think he can become a more consistent force as a pass rusher. In a league that has a lot of good defensive linemen and edge rushers right now, I think Jones is a still a ways away from being near the top of that group. But he looks like he’s certainly moving in that direction and I think he has a very bright future ahead of him as a top member of Bill Belichick’s defense.
Sorry to disappoint you, but the trading deadline has already passed. So there is no chance of Peterson joining the Patriots this season via trade. I’m also not sure that I agree that his addition is what would make New England unbeatable at this point. He’s a great player, don’t get me wrong. But he’s in the next year coming off a truly elite season last fall. And there isn’t a lead back in the game that I would project to have six seasons of elite NFL pounding left in him, never mind the fact that I doubt Brady will be elite when he’s 42. I just don’t see the Patriots sending a huge package of draft picks to the Vikings for Peterson. Certainly it can’t/won’t happen in time for this Sunday night’s kickoff. Sorry.
Why are the Pats not considering signing Terrell Owens? Is it due to his age or off the field issues in the past? I mean with his size & experience that alone should help our WR core. And yes he's no longer a threat down the field, but in a bunch formation or even slot here & there I think he would b effective. Plus we can get him at a low cost. So what do you guys think?
I think I’m surprised that we still get these questions about Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010. He’s about to turn 40 years old. No, I don’t think he could help the Patriots right now unless the team is looking to win a body-building competition. Owens is done. I hope he’s moved on and I think all his fans should too.
Hi Paul, I don't understand why [LeGarrette] Blount is returning kickoffs , when they have Boyce with all that speed, sitting? It seems to me giving the chance he could be dangerous. Thank you.
Hi Phil, I have to be honest and say that I don’t really understand why Blount is returning kickoffs. He’s not had really any success this season, the first time he’s done it in his career. I expect that
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The Patriots are not going to be wearing throwbacks in any game this season. Sorry. As for the second question, I would definitely plan on getting to the game very early. The parking lots open four hours before kickoff, but you could come even earlier if you wanted to check out Patriot Place and its restaurants. If not, come when the gates open and set yourself up with a good tailgate in the parking lots. That’s a part of the full game day experience hear in New England. But if it’s too cold or you aren’t ready for that, come to one of the many great restaurants at Patriot Place. Enjoy a good meal. Then walk around and take in everything there is to see at this impressive complex. That would include the Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
Hey guys, thank you for keeping us up to date on all things Patriots. The Pats D is doing a great job this season, but already thinking about 2014. Our DTs, if all of them were healthy, will make a great group, but an old one. What are the chances to draft a DT next year?
Given the age, lack of depth and injury situation at defensive tackle I do think that’s a position that could be targeted next May in the draft. It’s also a position that can be added to via free agency without a massive investment, as we saw this spring with
Love reading your article! My question is a sentimental one: when the Patriots win the Super Bowl this year, do the players like Wilfork, Kelly, Mayo, Vollmer etc. on injured reserve still get rings like the active roster does? Or is it only the 46 players dressed on game day who receive them? I'd hate to see them not receive them due to injury.
Save for a possible rare exception, all players get rings. That includes players on injured reserve, players on the practice squad and guys in other various circumstances. Certainly the guys you mentioned – key core veteran members of this franchise – will get their rings if your prediction comes true!
On Carolina's final drive with 5:30 left Cam Newton ran for a critical first down on 3rd and long, at the end of the run he ran/was pushed out of bounds. Why didn't the clock stop? With time being so critical it seemed to me a huge error?
The clock only stops when a player goes out of bounds in the final two minutes of the first half and the final five minutes of the game.
Hey I just noticed heading into week 12 Chandler Jones has 9.5 sacks which puts him in the NFL top 5, so it made me curious who has the Patriots season sack record and how many is it? (I couldn't seem to find it anywhere on the web).
New England’s single-season sack record belongs to Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, who had 18.5 sacks in 1984. He also holds the second spot on the all-time list as he notched 16.5 a year later in 1985.
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