|09.09.10 at 12:24 pm ET|
FOXBORO — We are roughly 45 minutes from the start of Patriots’ practice, but all signs point to the fact that quarterback Tom Brady will take part this afternoon.
Brady, who was involved in a Thursday morning car accident outside his Back Bay home, was not in the locker room during the recently-conlcuded media availability this morning, but his teammates say he was at the morning walkthrough — held on the field at Gillette Stadium — and they expect him to be at practice Thursday afternoon in anticipation of Sunday’s opener against the Bengals.
“He’s here,” said tight end Alge Crumpler. “He’s ready to go.”
While Brady has yet to speak with the media, the Patriots have issued two statements via Twitter, with the first coming at 9:21 a.m.: “Patriots QB Tom Brady was in a car accident this morning. He was not hospitalized and is expected at Gillette Stadium today.” The second came at 11:05 a.m.: “Caught up with Brady briefly between meetings. Reports that he’s ok.”
Brady’s father heard the news shortly after arriving in Boston this morning from the West Coast.
“I understand he’s fine, but I haven’t talked to him,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP’s father, Tom Brady Sr. told the Associated Press. ““Not the way you like to get off a plane.”
Meanwhile, Brady’s agent Don Yee has issued a statement on behalf of his client.
“I want to thank the safety personnel for their service, and express our concern and support for the well-being of the occupants of the other vehicle,” Yee, said in a statement. “I don’t have any other information to share at this time.”
|09.09.10 at 11:12 am ET|
Via their Twitter account, the Patriots just released the following statement: “Caught up with Brady briefly between meetings. Reports that he’s ok.” That statement is their second of the day regarding the car accident Brady was involved in this morning, with the first coming at 9:21 and reading: “Patriots QB Tom Brady was in a car accident this morning. He was not hospitalized and is expected at Gillette Stadium today.”
|09.09.10 at 10:44 am ET|
What The Jets Did Well Last Season:
* – Limited Opponents 1st Down Success: Only 38% of opponents’ first down plays gained 4 or more yards last season, the best mark in the league.
* – Got Off The Field On Defense: 34% of opponents’ possessions ended in “three and out” last season, the best mark in the league. It helped that they allowed just 31.5% conversions on third down, also the best mark in the NFL.
* – Few Short Field Scores Allowed: The Jets allowed only 6 scoring drives of fewer than 50 yards last season, 2nd fewest in the NFL:
5 – New England Patriots
6 – New York Jets
7 – Baltimore Ravens
7 – Pittsburgh Steelers
The NFL average was 13 such drives and poor Seattle allowed a whopping 22.
* – Successful Offense On 4th Down: The Jets went 15 for 20 on 4th down tries in 2009 (75%), the highest percentage in the NFL.
* – Blitzing Opposing Passers Effectively: It was no secret that the Jets blitzed like crazy last season. The actual figure was that they brought extra rushers on 56% of opponent pass plays. Only New Orleans (50%) was anywhere close. And it worked, too. Opponents posted a passer rating versus blitzes of 54, the lowest in the league, as was the 49% completions allowed. The 4.6 yards per pass play allowed when blitzing was 2nd (Indianapolis, 4.5).
* – No Quick Strikes Allowed: The Jets were the only team in the NFL that did not allow a single point in the first four plays of an opponent possession in 2009. Compare that to Tampa Bay, who allowed 13 such touchdowns.
* – Defended The Long Pass: Opponents completed just 7 of 65 (10.8%) passes of 21+ air yards (where the first touch is 21+ yards beyond the line of scrimmage) last season, easily the best mark in the league:
10.8% – New York Jets
16.0% – San Diego Chargers
17.3% – Chicago Bears
* – Broke Off Numerous Big Runs: Jets’ runners had 19 different rushes of 20+ yards last season, tied with Carolina for the 2nd most in the NFL (Tennessee, 24).
* – Forced Opponents Into Fair Catches: 49% of Jets’ punts were fair caught in 2009, the 2nd highest percentage in the NFL (Houston, 50%).
|09.09.10 at 8:06 am ET|
Sources have told the Dennis & Callahan Show that Tom Brady was involved in a car accident near his home at the corner of Commonwealth and Gloucester in Boston Thursday morning.
According to the report, Brady was “shaken” in what is being described as a “serious” two-car accident that took place just after 6:30 Thursday morning. An Audi with New Jersey plates (belonging to Brady) apparently hit a Ford minivan at an intersection. The jaws of life were used to remove a man in the back of the van who was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
One report from WHDH-TV said Brady had a green light while the minivan ran the red, and as a result, Brady hit the side of the minivan, causing the crash. One or both cars struck a pole, and the pole fell.
Sources indicate that Brady had to be extricated from the vehicle, but did not go to the hospital, declining medical attention and walking away from the scene. As of roughly 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, he was reportedly on his way to work at Gillette Stadium.
UPDATE, 9:22 a.m.: Via Twitter, the Patriots have just made a statement: “Patriots QB Tom Brady was in a car accident this AM He was not hospitalized and is expected at Gillette Stadium today.”
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Brady arrived at Gillette Stadium and participated in the team’s walkthrough.
Check back and listen for more information as it becomes available …
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|09.09.10 at 12:00 am ET|
FOXBORO — Over the last three years, few slot receivers have done a better job at going over the middle than Wes Welker. Since arriving in Foxboro prior to the 2007 season, Welker has spent plenty of time operating in that five- to seven-yard range, hauling in pass after pass from Tom Brady and scooting upfield for yardage after the catch.
The numbers are hard to dispute — in 14 games last season, Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions and finished second in receiving yards with 1,348. Since joining the Patriots prior to the 2007 season, he’s caught 346 passes, more than anyone else in the league in that time.
But some of his critics believe Welker has been able to gain that separation using the umpire as a pick. The thinking is that Welker would seek out the umpire in an attempt to try and “rub off” the defender — with that little extra daylight, he would make the catch and then turn upfield, leaving the defender tangled with the official.
While Welker isn’t the first pass-catcher to be accused of doing it, one official even went on the record with his thoughts last year. NFL umpire Paul King told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette the Patriots “do it all the time with [Wes] Welker. … [New England] likes to use [the umpire] as a pick.”
This season, the NFL has decreed the umpire will move from behind the defensive line to behind the offense, with the new positioning going into effect at the start of this past preseason. The league decided to make the move after several umpires had been injured in recent years in collisions with players — there were more than 100 occasions last season when umpires were knocked down by players.
On Wednesday, Welker was asked if he noticed any change in his offensive style as a result. He said the change in the umpires’ location is actually a relief, because it was the umpires who were getting in his way, not the other way around.
“I mean, they’ve said it’s always going to be an advantage to me, but I always felt like he got in my way more than he got in the defender’s way, to me,” Welker said of the umpire. “I’m actually kind of excited to have him out of the way, and let me work that middle.
“I never really noticed him a lot of the time when he was there. Only when he was in the way. Like I said, I always felt like he was in my way more than the defenders. Every once and a while, I’d get a good pick from him, and I was able to do something with it.”
|09.08.10 at 9:27 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Darnell Jenkins isn’t going to be watching “The Ultimate Catch,” but when it comes to doing what he can to imitate Chad Ochocinco, he’s willing to do almost anything else.
The 27-year-old practice squad receiver and former Miami product has been asked to serve as a decoy version of Ochocinco this week in practice to help the New England defense do as much as it can to prepare for No. 85. Jenkins, 5-foot-10 and 191 pounds, is three inches shorter than Ochocinco, but is roughly the same weight, and will be running the same routes as the Cincinnati receiver as part of the scout team.
Jenkins, who said he spent time around Ochocinco when the two were younger, said dealing with his own responsibilities as well as handling the work that goes into being Ochocinco isn’t that hard.
“It’s not really difficult — I study my plays day in and day out,” he said on Wednesday morning. “I concentrate and focus more in meetings and everything to get the basics down. I’m still learning the fundamentals of what we go over because they emphasize it daily. That’s basically what you have to do and what you have to know.
“Just know our system and what we have to do and everything else will take care of itself,” he added. “As far as practicing, showing the defense a good look … that’s nothing compared to what we have to learn.”
|09.08.10 at 7:33 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It’s a strange relationship, but make no mistake, Bill Belichick is a fan of Chad Ochocinco. Belichick answered multiple questions about the Cincinnati wide receiver on Wednesday, ranging from how he met the Bengals star wide reciever to his Twitter account.
“The first time I met Chad was at USC when I worked him out there on the USC campus”, said Belichick. “We kind of ran him into the ground. It was a good workout. It was very impressive.
“I like Chad. I like him as a player. I like him as a person. I like his enthusiasm and the fun he has with football, and I like how he competes on the football field. I have a lot of respect for that. We’re an odd couple, but in the end I think we have a lot of things in common.”
Belichick was then asked if he follows No. 85 on twitter.
“I don’t do Twitter or MyFace or any of that stuff.”
The outspoken wide receiver said recently via his Twitter account that he was going to shoot one of the muskets in the endzone after he scores a touchdown.
Wrote Ochocinco: “Does anyone know if i need gun powder to shoot the musket when I score this [Sunday]?”
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