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Rodney Harrison on D&C: Roger Goodell situation not ‘just black and white’

09.12.14 at 10:13 am ET
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NBC Sports NFL analyst and former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to discuss the Ray Rice saga and the state of the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan on demand page.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has come under heavy criticism this week for the way he’s handled the Rice situation, and there have been calls for him to be fired.

“I don’t think it’s anything just black and white,” he said. “I just think there’s been so much confusion, I think the public, I think I’m confused, I think everyone is kind of confused  with all of the information that’s coming out. I think we’ve got to sit tight and ultimately let everything play out. But I will say this, if the commissioner had seen that video previously, and still only handed out a two-game suspension, I think we would have to take a fierce look at him no longer being the commissioner.”

Some players, such as recently retired linebacker James Harrison, have been enjoying seeing Goodell have to deal with all of the pressure of the last week. Rodney Harrison said that while some players might not like Goodell, everything the commissioner does is under the microscope.

“Anytime you have a position of power and come in and start changing rules, it’s always going to be met with some form of resistance,” he said. “At the same time, that’s something as a commissioner you can’t really allow the outside world to control what you’re trying to do. It’s one of those things where he’s one of the most powerful men in football, so anything that he does is going to be scrutinized. This is a situation where everybody knew, but he only handed out a two-game suspension. He really put himself in a tight position.”

Harrison said he was shocked when the league originally handed just a two-game suspension to Rice.

“We knew that [Rice] knocked her out,” Harrison said. “It’s just one of those things where, two games, I couldn’t believe it was two games. I felt should have been 8-12 games.”

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Cordarrelle Patterson thinks Bill Belichick dissed him

09.12.14 at 7:38 am ET
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Cordarrelle Patterson could be seeing a lot of Darrelle Revis come Sunday in Minnesota. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Cordarrelle Patterson could be seeing a lot of Darrelle Revis come Sunday in Minnesota. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Cordarrelle Patterson may be overdoing it in his desire for motivation this Sunday against the Patriots.

“I’ve seen a little article today where Belichick, I think he said he didn’t want me,” Patterson told the Pioneer Press. “So that’s the kind of things that stick in the back of a player’s head. And you get out there, you just want to beat the defense up since people say things like that.”

Patterson is referring to the fact that the Patriots traded the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to the Vikings, who used that pick to select Patterson. Patterson views that as the Patriots not wanting him and thinking he wasn’t good enough for New England, a team that was in dire need of a deep threat for Tom Brady.

Belichick said Wednesday they used the pick to address other needs and praised Patterson.

“Patterson is obviously an explosive guy,” Belichick said. “You see that in the return game. He’s a deep threat. He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands, whether you hand it to him or throw it to him on a short pass. He’s a dangerous catch-and-run guy; he’s also a vertical guy. He’s a strong player.”

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Revis Report, Week 2: Corner could face unique challenge in Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson

09.11.14 at 11:35 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis had tough luck on Sunday with Mike Wallace. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis had tough luck on Sunday with Mike Wallace. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Each week, we’ll present The Revis Report, a look at what’s on tap for the Patriots cornerback. This week, New England travels to Minnesota for a date with the Vikings.

Overview: This will mark Darrelle Revis‘€™ second regular-season game with the Patriots, and his first against the Vikings since he was with the Jets on Oct. 11, 2010. New England is coming off a surprising 33-20 loss to the Dolphins in the regular-season opener.

“We’re ready to go,”€ Revis told reporters after practice on Thursday. “We had a great practice today [and] we’ve just got to focus on [Friday] and tie all three practices together, and we’ll be ready to go.”

Last week: According to NFL gamebooks, Revis played 62 of a possible 74 snaps against the Dolphins (84 percent), and after looking at the All-22 film, we had him lined up on the left side for 61 of the possible 62 snaps. (This would certainly jibe with what we saw from him over the course of the preseason, where he was on the left side for 33 of his 36 preseason snaps.) In all, he was targeted five times by Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and yielded two catches for a total of 36 yards to Miami’s Mike Wallace, and also had two pass breakups.

While Revis stuck to one side of the field for the bulk of the afternoon, most of his action came in head-to-head matchups with Wallace. The most eventful play came in the first half when Wallace dropped an impressive double-move on Revis, allowing him to get some separation on the cornerback and get some clearance on the way to the end zone. However, the ball was just slightly off the mark, and Wallace was unable to come down with the ball inbounds. Revis ended the game with one tackle and a fumble recovery.

(For what it’s worth, Wallace’s move caused us to think about the most notable quote of the previous week from Revis on the receiver, saying that his speed can sometimes be deceptive. “Film can play tricks on your eyes sometimes when you watch it,” Revis said when asked about preparing for Wallace. “Until you get out there … film speed and game speed are totally two different things. I played against him in the past — a lot of guys on this team have — and I know how fast he is. He’s probably the fastest receiver in the league.”)

Ultimately, Wallace ended the game with seven catches (on 11 targets) for 81 yards and a touchdown, an uptick from the numbers he had averaged against Revis-led defenses in the past (four catches for 41 yards per contest).
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Report: Ray Rice told Roger Goodell in June that he hit Janay Palmer

09.11.14 at 9:53 pm ET
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Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell have forged a tight bond over the last decade. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell have forged a tight bond over the last decade. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The news keeps getting worse for Roger Goodell.

According to an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report Thursday, Ray Rice told the NFL commissioner in a meeting on June 16 that he punched his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. OTL cited four sources that indicated Rice’s admission to Goodell in a disciplinary hearing.

If true, the assertion directly contradicts Goodell’s statement this week that “when we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened.”

Goodell made that claim Tuesday during an interview with CBS News, saying the latest video released by TMZ Sports about the incident was “inconsistent” with what the former Baltimore Ravens running back had told him.

But the four sources close to Rice say that during the disciplinary meeting in the commissioner’s office in New York on June 16, Rice made it clear to Goodell he had hit Janay Rice, then his fiancee, in the face inside a Revel Casino Hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and had knocked her unconscious. Goodell and the Ravens insisted prior to the release of the TMZ elevator video released this week that they had no knowledge of what happened inside the elevator.

“Ray didn’t lie to the commissioner,” a source with knowledge of the meeting told “Outside the Lines.” “He told the full truth to Goodell — he made it clear he had hit her, and he told Goodell he was sorry and that it wouldn’t happen again.”

“He told the truth,” a second source said. “This is a public lynching of Ray.”

A third source with knowledge of Rice’s discussion with the commissioner told ESPN that “there was no ambiguity about what happened [in the elevator].” A fourth source also confirmed how the information was relayed at the meeting; however, a fifth source with knowledge of the meeting said Rice told Goodell he had “slapped” his fiancee.

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Darrelle Revis: I’m a ‘big fan’ of Cordarrelle Patterson

09.11.14 at 6:03 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis and the Patriots will meet Minnesota on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and the Patriots will meet Minnesota on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis said Thursday that he’s a “big fan” of Minnesota’s multidimensional threat Cordarrelle Patterson.

“He’€™s one of the probably most explosive players in the league — he makes plays in the kicking game, and also on offense,” Revis told reporters after practice on Thursday. “They’€™re pitching him the ball, tosses, and he’€™s getting reverses and he’€™s taking them the distance. He’€™s a very explosive player.

“We have to know where he’€™s at at all times,” Revis said of Patterson, who currently has the longest streak of games played with either a rushing or receiving touchdown (six).

Patterson presents a challenge on a number of levels for New England. The second-year receiver is being utilized in a few different roles by the Vikings: In Sunday’s opener against the Rams, he had three catches for 26 yards, as well as three carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. He also had a pair of kick returns for 48 yards.

It’s debatable how much we’ll see Revis and Patterson go head-to-head on Sunday. Patterson was moved around the Minnesota offense in the Vikes’ regular-season opener, while Revis spent 61 of a possible 62 defensive snaps against Miami on the left side.

But when it comes to team defense, Revis knows he’ll have to do his part when it comes to tracking down and helping corral Patterson.

“You’€™ve got to spot him out at all times,” Revis said, “and know if he’€™s on the left side of the formation, if he’€™s on the right side, if he’€™s motion, is his alignment off the ball, is he in the slot, is he motioning into the backfield. You’€™ve just got to know where he’€™s at at all times as a defense, as a whole so we can know where he’€™s at and get a guy or two in that area.”

But if they do lock up, it presents a unique matchup challenge for Revis for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the 6-foot-2, 216-pound speedster isn’t shy when it comes to the prospect of getting physical.

“I’€™ve played against my fair share of physical guys. It looks like he’€™s a very physical, explosive guy. Like I said, I’€™ve been through my fair share and you put him in that category,” Revis said. “It doesn’€™t matter who lines up, physical or not physical, you’€™ve got to go out there and compete.”

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LB Jamie Collins (thigh) added to Patriots injury report

09.11.14 at 4:38 pm ET
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Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

Linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) was added to the Patriots injury report on Thursday.

There were no other changes for the Patriots, as New England had perfect attendance at Thursday’s practice when it came to its 53-man roster.

In addition to Collins, center Ryan Wendell, tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive linemen Michael Buchanan, Sealver Siliga and Chris Jones were listed as limited for the second consecutive day as the Patriots continue their prep work for Sunday’s game in Minnesota against the Vikings.

Here’s the complete injury report:

Limited Participation
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
DE Michael Buchanan (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
DL Chris Jones (ankle)
DL Sealver Siliga (hand)
C Ryan Wendell (knee)

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Report: Tony Corrente will work as lead official for Patriots-Vikings

09.11.14 at 4:26 pm ET
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Tony Corrente will serve as the lead official for Sunday’s Patriots-Vikings game in Minnesota, according to Football Zebras.

Since the start of the 2013 season, no official has worked more New England games than Corrente: he was the lead official for the last year’s AFC title game between the Patriots and Broncos. In addition, he also worked the Oct. 13 game against the Saints in Foxboro and the Dec. 15 contest against the Dolphins in Miami.

Known as one of the more well respected officials in the game, he served as the lead referee for Super Bowl XLI. (He also gained a small measure of infamy in 2012 for accidentally uttering an obscenity at another official while his mic was on. He was docked a game check.)

For more on Corrente’s work as an official, check out his page at Pro Football Reference. For a complete look at this week’s officiating assignments, visit our friends at Football Zebras.

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