|10.22.14 at 7:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal attempt last Thursday night, it was the Patriots’ second blocked field goal of the season and now both of those blocked kicks have led to AFC Player of the Week honors as he was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7 on Wednesday.
This comes after Chandler Jones was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week when he blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in Week 2 against Minnesota.
“I wasn’t the only guy in the middle pushing. I just happened to be the one that got my hand up there to block the field goal,” Chris said. “It’s an honor to win it, I guess.”
The team works on it on a daily basis and with two blocked kicks it’s been paying off.
“We work on it almost everyday, actually,” Chris said. “We try and work on every phase of the game and we actually worked on it a little bit today.”
With Chandler reportedly sidelined for about a month with a hip injury, others will need to step in and back an impact on the defensive line.
“We have guys that are stepping up,” Chris said. “This week we have Dominique Easley and Zach Moore — we have those guys stepping up this week and they are doing really well for us.”
“They stepped in and they do their job really well for us,” he added. “They work really hard in practice and watching film. They know their stuff and they do really good things for us.”
|10.22.14 at 5:03 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the New England Patriots will overcome injuries to Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones to come up with a defensive game plan for Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
|10.22.14 at 4:42 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots offensive line appears to be getting closer to being back to full strength.
After not practicing at all last week prior to missing the game with the Jets, offensive linemen Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly both returned to practice on Wednesday for a second straight day, although on a limited basis — both were dealing with concussions.
Also on the offensive line, Cameron Fleming (finger) returned to practice for the first time this week since suffering the injury in the Kansas City game. (It should be noted the Patriots practiced on Tuesday where all three players were present, but the team wasn’t required to put out a practice report)
As expected, Chandler Jones (hip) was the only player to miss practice and Darrelle Revis did not appear on the injury report after missing Tuesday’s practice. It’s been reported he was sent home for being late to the facility.
Here is the full injury report:
Did not participate
DE Chandler Jones (hip)
|10.22.14 at 4:13 pm ET|
Asked Wednesday about missing practice on Tuesday, Revis did not elaborate.
“[That's] between me and coach,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “Talk to him about it.”
In his first season with the Patriots, the 29-year-old Revis has one interception and 23 tackles.
“Having Darrelle here, I’ve really been impressed with his professionalism, how serious and businesslike he is in terms of his preparation and studying of games, of what we do and what our opponents do,” Belichick said Wednesday when asked about Revis on a conference call with the Chicago media.
“A hard-working guy that’s spent a lot of extra time in trying to do his job the very best he can do it,” added Belichick. “I have a lot of respect for how he’s gone about that. Those are the things you just don’t see when a players with another team — not the same kind of day-to-day appreciation that I’ve had the opportunity to have this year. He’s played well for us. I’m glad we have him.”
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|10.22.14 at 3:56 pm ET|
Revis and Marshall went after each other on several occasions when Revis was with the Jets and Marshall was with the Dolphins, a series of clashes that culminated with Marshall saying Revis received the benefit of the call because he’s a star player.
“My technique could have been better, but at the same time, I think they gave him ‘The Jordan Rule,’’ said Marshall after Revis picked off a pass for Marshall and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in a 2011 game between New York and Miami. “You get a little close to Michael Jordan, they going to call a foul. It works that way in football. Some guys, they’re scared to throw the flag. . . . He may be getting that rule.”
On Wednesday, Revis seemed to indicate that whatever beef the two have had has since been extinguished.
“Great receiver, man. This week, we have our hands full in two big receivers in him and [Alshon] Jeffery. We’re looking forward to it — I’m sure he is too, ” Revis said when he was asked about Marshall. “I know Brandon personally. It’s football, man. We compete … that’s what we do for a living. We had our battles in the past. It’s great, man. This week is going to be great.
“He’s smart and he’s big. probably about 6-foot-4 or something. Very physical at the line. A possession type receiver who can go deep as well and run after catches — he’s taken hitches 60, 70, 80 yards. Like I said, we know what type of players they are. We respect them a lot. We know how explosive they are in the passing game, and we have to be able to stop that.”
Revis said that the directive of the secondary doesn’t necessarily change because defensive end Chandler Jones will be gone for roughly a month because of injury.
“No,” he said. “We know Chandler is our best pass rusher. Like I said, the next guy has to step up. We all have to step our play up, all across the board. We have to play tighter coverage.”
“That’s what we need to do as a whole. We have to continue to play consistent ball and do what we do best — that’s just create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense,” he added.
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|10.22.14 at 3:11 pm ET|
But on Nov. 26, 2006, Brady, then 29, put a move on likely future Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, that Brady proclaimed after a 17-13 win at Gillette Stadium he would tell his kids about. With Brady and Urlacher all alone in the middle of the field, and Urlacher sizing Brady up like a lion before devouring its meal, Brady juked inside and then cut outside for a key first down, leading to the go-ahead touchdown.
“Somehow that always gets brought up, too, when we play these guys,” Brady recalled again Wednesday. “There weren’t many of those in my career, so it’s pretty easy to count them all on one hand when something like that happens. We’ve had some great games against those guys, some very memorable games. They’ve got a real good defense, and I think they always have. It’s kind of been a mark of that team for a long time. A lot of guys at different positions ‘ [Lance] Briggs is still there, Jared Allen is a great player ‘ they’ve got quite a few of them. And some new faces, too ‘ the type of guys that we’ve really had to take time to get to learn. So, it’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we’re excited for it. Hopefully we can go out and try to get to 6-2.
Brady didn’t have kids at the time of the move but now his kids are growing fast. Has he bragged yet about the play to them?
“They’re probably still too young to know that at this point. To figure out what dad does yet is still kind of confusing for them. One day, you’re right. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday, so it’ll probably be the only time I’ve made a Hall of Famer miss.”
|10.22.14 at 12:41 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has had his best three games of the season the last three weeks, and a major reason why is improved protection.
While sacks can occasionally be overrated, Brady has been sacked just four times in the last three games, compared to nine times over the first four games.
“They’re doing a great job. I’ve got confidence in all those guys,” Brady said following Thursday’s win over the Jets. “They do a great job. I’ve got a lot of trust in all those guys.”
Despite using three different starting offensive lines the past three games, the quarterback has had an increasing amount of time in the pocket to throw each of the last three weeks. By our count, against Cincinnati he had an average of 2.16 seconds from snap to release, then 2.24 against Buffalo, and finally a season-high 2.58 seconds last Thursday against the Jets.
According to Pro Football Focus, last Thursday was the most time from snap-to-attempt Brady has had since Thanksgiving of 2012 in the “Butt Fumble” game.
To this point, Brady has had his three statistically best games of the season the past three weeks — throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals, 361 yards and four touchdowns against the Bills and 261 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets.
The increased amount of time is coming following the blowout loss in Kansas City when Brady had an average of just 1.96 seconds to throw by our count, and had 17 of 24 plays (71 percent) where he took less than two seconds to release the ball. In comparison, against the Jets he had 12 of 37 plays (32 percent) where he took less than two seconds.
Keep in mind a lot of the release time numbers are based on scheme and game planning against certain opponents with quick wide receivers screens, etc. skewing the numbers a bit, but there is no question having more time to throw has led to Brady’s better performances of late.
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