|09.06.13 at 1:23 pm ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said in the past he was a big fan of the way the Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel plays, but on Thursday, he was singing a different tune when it comes to the celebratory antics from the guy they call “Johnny Football.”
Appearing on CNBC as part of a segment that included Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brady was asked about Manziel and his emotional style of play.
‘I get pretty emotional,’ Brady said. ‘ I have a lot of respect for ‘¦ my teammates, for my organization and certainly for other guys in the NFL. There’s not a guy playing in the NFL who hasn’t earned the right to be here, and who isn’t supremely talented.
‘He’s probably been the best athlete in his high school class, in his elementary school class. So when you look across the ball, you have respect for those guys and treat them with respect,” he added. “Football’s a physical game ‘¦ and as [Kraft] would say, ‘If you’re a turd, it’s going to come back to you.”
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|09.06.13 at 12:59 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about news from around the NFL as the Patriots prepare to open the season Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo.
King wrote this week that Tim Tebow, cut by the Patriots on Saturday, still refuses to change positions and will only consider playing quarterback in the NFL.
“I’ll tell exactly how Tim Tebow is thinking right now, and that is that he believes at this point in time that the only way he’s going to have a chance, and a real chance to succeed at the quarterback position, is to be able to go somewhere and have an entire offseason program with a team,” King said. “He didn’t really do that with the Patriots. I think he signed with the Patriots maybe with two days left, or however many days left in their offseason program before they left in June. ‘¦
“And I think there’s something to this. If you’re not in the offseason program and you don’t have the ability to basically compete against the other guys who are the quarterbacks on equal terms, once you get to training camp, for the most part you’re not getting nearly as many reps with the first unit as the other guys are. He was clearly No. 3. He was going to have to beat out Ryan Mallet to be No. 2. He didn’t do that. So, it was an easy decision.
“Again, I understand what everybody says: Tebow can’t do it, he doesn’t have a chance, he’s not accurate enough — totally understand. But I think Tebow’s view is that it would be hard for him to live with himself if he didn’t have the ability to go somewhere, let’s say in early March, and just spend the entire offseason with a team.”
Added King: “I think that the biggest thing he took away from the Patriots that I believe that he will try to, at some point if he ever has the chance, to tell Mike McCarthy, let’s say, or Doug Marrone or a lot of these sort of progressive, teaching-type head coaches who are very good in teaching quarterbacks. I think what he would try to say to them is, ‘Look, you saw what happened in New England. It wasn’t a circus. Nobody knew I was there half the time. It was just, I was a football player.’ It doesn’t have to be where he was with the Jets where it’s a sideshow and [ESPN’s] Sal Paolantonio is reporting live six times a day.
“So, I think his whole view is, ‘I want to have one more chance at this. I want to have one more opportunity to spend four months with a team and to show them how I can help them and why I should play quarterback.’ Now, do I think that’s going to happen? Fifty-50, maybe. But I tell you what: He’s going to work right now. He’s down in Florida, he’s going to try to work right now, and he’s going to try to work this whole offseason at just the real basic fundamentals of it all. If somebody calls him this year, fine. But I almost think that in his ideal world, he’d like to be with Team X as of, say, February 1st, and just go through the entire next six months with them to see if he can make it.”
|09.06.13 at 12:41 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Every once in a while, Bill Belichick gives a little insight to what motivated him in his youth along a career path that will end in Canton.
On Friday, two days away from entering his 39th season on an NFL sideline, Belichick was asked what keeps him going.
“It beats working,” he joked.
Then asked if he had any odd jobs to make ends meet when he was making $25 per week working for Ted Marchibroda in 1975, he offered up some new background about what he did when he wasn’t working for his dad, Stephen Belichick.
“High school, college I had plenty of them,” Belichick said. “But I was fortunate that I was able to work at my dad’s football camps, which was two to three weeks a summer. That was really a great experience for me. It was a summer job that was a week off from my other summer jobs, whether that was waiting or working for Mayflower moving or whatever it happened to be but it was good because I had an opportunity to work with a lot of coaches, other college coaches, guys who eventually became pro coaches.”
Belichick also rehashed his first coaching experience, an encounter with Lou Holtz early in 1975 when Holtz was in charge of the North Carolina State.
“I was playing lacrosse and that was probably my better sport but I love football and then when the opportunity came up to go with Coach Holtz down to NC State in the spring of ’75, that was something I felt would marry well with my education, trying to get a masters and coach with him,” Belichick said. “But then when that didn’t work out, so Lou was the first coach that hired me and the first coach that fired me, as I like to remind him of.”
Of course, months later, he would begin his NFL coaching career as a sideline assistant to Marchibroda with the Baltimore Colts.
“It fortunately worked out with Coach Marchibroda with the Colts,” Belichick said. “I didn’t really have anywhere to go at that point because the NC State fell through. I was totally open and fortunately that was able to work out with Ted.
“It wasn’t [the] $25 a week. You can call that working but after taxes, there wasn’t even gas money. So, yeah, it’s great to work with great people. We have great ownership here, we have great assistant coaches. I like the players that are on this team. They work hard, they’re very committed to winning; the staff, the support staff. It’s a great, great opportunity here and I’m privileged to have the opportunity to coach this team. Yeah, I’m happy to be here.”
|09.06.13 at 10:58 am ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots practiced in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium Friday morning. It was the final full practice before the Patriots open the season Sunday in Buffalo. The team will go through a light walkthrough on Saturday before leaving for Western New York.
Like Thursday, all players except offensive lineman Will Svitek were accounted for and on the field. Unlike Thursday, there was no sight of Rob Gronkowski or anyone else during practice, which usually includes red zone work on Friday. Gronkowski was running the field during warmups with the rest of the team. It was the fifth consecutive practice Gronkowski attended this week, as the team began practice on Sunday. The team practiced in pads on Sunday and Wednesday and shorts and shells on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Players were off on Tuesday.
Gronkowski, who was again listed as limited in practice Thursday, ran short pass routes with the first team offense on Thursday, catching a touchdown pass from Tom Brady with no defense on the field.
When asked Friday morning before practice, there was no indication from coach Bill Belichick as to whether Gronkowski will travel with the team on Saturday and be available on Sunday.
“I’d like to think that every player out there is making progress every day,” Belichick said. “I think we all are. That’s why we’re out there practicing.”
Is Gronkowski’s health improving?
“That’s a question you’d have to ask him,” Belichick said. “But as far as every one of our players goes, we’ll do the same thing we do every week, on Friday, or two days before the game. We’ll go out we’ll practice and based on how things go today and where those players, we’ll list them on the injury report the same way we do it every week. That’s the same for every player. That’s what it is.”
Does he have a legitimate chance to play?
“We’ll list every player based on what their condition and situation is at the end of Friday’s practice on a Sunday game. We’ll do the same thing every week. Based on what we know at that point in time, that’s how we’ll list them. That’s what we’re going to do today.”
As for Svitek, he has been absent all week with a right knee injury.
|09.05.13 at 7:09 pm ET|
|09.05.13 at 6:16 pm ET|
The Patriots continued their roster tweaking on Thursday. In addition to the release of offensive lineman Braxston Cave and tight end Matthew Mulligan, according to reports, they have re-signed fullback James Develin and added offensive lineman Jordan Devey to the practice squad.
Develin, 25, spent the majority of the 2012 season on the New England practice squad and four weeks on the 53-man roster, seeing action in one game vs. San Francisco on Dec. 16. He survived the final round of cuts earlier in the week, but was released on Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder originally joined the Cincinnati practice squad for the final five games of the 2010 season after playing for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. A former college defensive end at Brown University, Develin spent the entire 2011 season with Cincinnati on the practice squad and signed with New England’s practice squad on Sept. 1, 2012 after being released by the Bengals.
Nick Underhill of MassLive.com was the first to report the news on Develin.
Devey is a 6-foot-7, 317-pounder out of Memphis was signed as an undrafted free agent this spring by the Ravens, but was released this summer. As a collegian, he certainly displayed the sort of versatility that appeals to the Patriots: in his first year at Memphis, he started every game and had five starts at right tackle, one at right guard, and six at left tackle. As a senior, Dewey started in all 12 games once again, and recorded two starts left guard, and 10 starts at left tackle.
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|09.05.13 at 5:39 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Thursday they released offensive lineman Braxston Cave and tight end Matthew Mulligan.
Cave, 24, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots from Cleveland on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder was originally signed by Cleveland as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame on April 30. He was released by Cleveland on Aug. 30. Cave played in 48 games for Notre Dame, including 35 starts at center. He also served as the team’s long snapper.
Mulligan, 28, was signed by the Patriots on Sept. 3. The 6-foot-4, 267-pounder is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New York Jets (2009-11) and the St. Louis Rams (2012). He went to training camp this past summer with Green Bay after signing with the Packers in April but was released on Aug. 31. Mulligan has played in 50 NFL games with 20 starts and has 14 receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown.
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