|01.06.10 at 12:39 pm ET|
Just got back from the start of Patriots practice, and the only two players not present for the media portion were offensive lineman/fullback Dan Connolly and wide receiver Wes Welker. In addition, two new players were spotted, one of which appeared to be new receiver Nick Moore (who we told you about earlier today). The practice was held in Gillette Stadium under clear and cold skies.
|01.06.10 at 10:18 am ET|
FOXBORO – Tom Brady has been selected as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year as voted by the Associated Press.
Brady received 19 votes, beating out Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams (14 votes) and Titans signal-caller Vince Young (seven votes).
Brady came back from reconstructive surgery on his left knee in Oct. 2008 to post seven 300-yard games, throwing for 28 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. Brady had his third 4,000-yard passing season, a new team record.
“Well deserved,” Belichick said of the award for Brady. “His leadership. His unselfishness. Everything he brings is top-shelf, on a daily basis. He’s exceptional.”
Brady will speak this afternoon following practice at Gillette Stadium in the media workroom.
|01.06.10 at 9:45 am ET|
Wide receiver Nick Moore was signed by the Patriots last night, reportedly to the practice squad. Moore, who announced the news via his Twitter account, is a 6-foot-2, 186-pounder out of the University of Toledo who was recently cut from the Vikings practice squad.
Moore appears to be a big fan of Twitter. (We’ll see how long that lasts, however.) In previous Tweets, he speculated that he could be at least a partial replacement for Wes Welker, who went down with a knee injury in the regualr season finale last Sunday against the Texans. (He also added that he‘ll be wearing No. 17.)
|01.05.10 at 9:37 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Tuesday that they will release more than 100 tickets for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card Playoff Game that fans will be allowed to purchase through Ticketmaster on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
All Patriots playoff ticket orders will be processed through Ticketmaster. Playoff tickets will NOT be sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket orders can be processed online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone by calling 800-745-3000. Visa credit or debit cards are the only acceptable form of payment for Patriots playoff tickets.
The Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m., the 13th home playoff game in the franchise’s history. Since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, the Patriots have not lost a home playoff game (11-0). Eight of those 11 games have been played this decade, including seven which have been hosted in Gillette Stadium.
|01.05.10 at 9:19 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete Q&A between Patriot coach Bill Belichick and the media from today at Gillette Stadium:
BB: It’s good to be in here, getting ready for the playoffs. It’s always an exciting time of the year when you’re coming into postseason play. It’s something we’ve been working for all year. I know our football team and coaching staff, players, everybody is excited to get going here. [They have an] outstanding football team in Baltimore. They’re tough. They certainly have played a lot of very competitive games. It was an interesting comment that Ray Lewis made that their experiences this year have made them tougher and more resilient, more ready for playoff competition. I can certainly see that. Other than the Chicago and Detroit games, the last half of the season, all their games have been very competitive, where they’ve been behind in the fourth quarter and come back to win them or played them right down to the wire. Or even last week’s game was an eight-point game for the better part of the second half. They’ve been in a lot of competitive situations. They’re excellent on defense. They are very good in the kicking game, lead the league kickoff returns and strong defensively, really in all areas, particularly the red area. They are a good turnover team. They don’t give up much. They take it away. They lead the league in points differential off turnovers. Offensively, they have a strong running game, good runners, real good tight end, good receivers, good quarterback, big offensive line. They do a lot of things well. It’s easy to see why they’ve had a successful season and why they’re our opponent this week.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about your reaction to Wes Welker’s injury?
BB: We’ve covered that and we’re off of Houston and onto Baltimore. The players we have out there, we’ll put together the best plan we can, get our players prepared, get them ready to go and I know they will all work hard to be ready for Sunday’s game against Baltimore.
Q: Can you just talk about your reaction to Wes Welker and how it’s going to impact your team?
BB: We’ve already covered it. We’re over and done with that. We’re onto Baltimore.
Q: So you don’t want to say anything about Wes Welker?
BB: I’ve already said it. He’s a great player and I know he’ll work hard to get back as soon as he can.
|01.05.10 at 9:15 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here are some quotes from the Patriots locker room this afternoon:
Shawn Springs, Cornerback
(On preparing for the playoffs)
“It’s most definitely better than being home, watching it on TV. As an NFL player, that’s what you play for, the opportunity to get into the postseason and play. It’s here now. And the first 16 weeks really don’t matter, nothing really matters but playing.”
(On the advantages and disadvantages to having played a team twice in a season)
“I don’t know if that’s an advantage or a disadvantage. That’s a tricky question because the teams gets to see you and you get to see them, so you know what each team brings to the game. This week, it’s just about executing your own technique and doing the best job you can do.”
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|01.05.10 at 6:03 pm ET|
FOXBORO–The Patriots got back to work Tuesday as they prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs this Sunday at Gillete Stadium. Today, Shawn Springs and Fred Taylor talked about being able to play in the playoffs, the Wes Welker injury, and Julian Edelman.
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