|09.06.10 at 12:11 pm ET|
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined the Dale & Holley show Monday and talked about the Patriots’ preparation for Sunday’s season-opener vs. the Benglas. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Asked if he felt good about the defense heading into the season, Wilfork replied: “The season starts this week, whether you feel good or not. It is what it is. Every day, you try to get better and move forward. That’s where we’re at right now. We have a big game coming up with the Bengals. We’ll see on Sunday where we’re at. I mean, the season’s here. You can’t go back and re-do anything. We’re a week away, days away from opening up on a prime-time game against one of these up-and-coming great teams. That’s where we’re at right now. We have to put the work in now.”
While praising linebacker Jerod Mayo‘s leadership skills, Wilfork said a key for the Patriots is for everyone to stand up for themselves. “We look at everyone as leaders in this locker room,” he said. “Because to win, you have to have everybody owning up to things and being man enough to say they messed up. I think that’s something else that we’ve actually done this year. We don’t have just a couple of leaders. Just because you have a guy that goes out for the coin toss or that’s named a captain, it doesn’t mean everybody else is just a bunch of nobodies. I think we hold each other to a high level. We hold each other accountable.”
Asked if he would partake in any trash-talking with Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, Wilfork said: “No, not at all. Even if you do, it’s all in fun. It’s nothing personal. We know each other personally. … Between these lines, we go to war. That’s how it is. I’m going to try to stay away from him, but who knows if I can or not. Because he might push the wrong button.”
Wilfork was named winner of the Ron Burton Award at last week’s Patriots Kickoff Gala and was emotional in his acceptance speech. “The first people I thought about was my family,” he explained, referring to his late parents. “My mother and father would have been very proud of me. I do things because of them. They taught me the right way to do things. They taught me how to be the person I am today. That’s the first reason why I got emotional.”
|09.06.10 at 10:54 am ET|
Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather joined the Dale & Holley show Monday to talk about Sunday’s season-opener against the Bengals. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Meriweather said he’s looking forward to going up against the duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. “Any time you get a chance to play against two of the elite receivers ever to play the game, you get excited,” he said.
Meriweather said he did not plan to join the inevitable war of words with the loud-mouthed receivers. “I’ll say hello to Chad,” Meriweather said with a laugh. “I’m going to let my play talk. I’m not going to be one of those guys who goes out and says everything in the newspaper and to ESPN and all the different radio stations. I’m going to be one of those guys who, when I strap up my pads, I’m going to let my pads talk. I’m not going to do too much yapping.”
Pressed to comment on Ochocinco’s reality TV dating show, Meriweather said, “I tell you what, If he comes out there [talking trash] and the game is getting real good, I’ll mention it for you.”
Told that Ochocinco said he would grab one of the muskets from the Patriots’ minuteman mascots and fire it if he scores a touchdown, Meriweather didn’t seem offended, saying only: “Hey, that’d be funny.”
Meriweather downplayed the Patriots’ defensive struggles in preseason action. “It was the preseason,” he said. “Everybody’s doing something different, trying something new. You’re trying to put people in different places. … I wouldn’t be too worried about that. That was preseason.”
Looking at the youth in the defensive secondary, Meriweather said he isn’t concerned. “There’s a lot of [teams] that had a very young secondary that did big things last year,” he said. “We look at it as the more you know in your playbook, the better you’ll play. It’s not necessarily your age that makes you good, it’s how much of the defense you know and how much of it you can pretty much do on the field.”
The fourth-year safety said there will be some changes in the defense this season. “Bill [Belichick] and the rest of the coaches came in and told us we’re going to switch some things up, do some things different. They were going to let us play a little bit more,” Meriweather said. “Right out of the gate they gave us some more responsibilities, and I feel like we’re old enough now where we can do that.”
|09.06.10 at 1:41 am ET|
According to multiple reports, the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis have agreed to a seven-year contract extension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the numbers on the the deal are “likely to be a team, but not NFL record.” Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting the deal has $32 million in guaranteed money and can be voided to four years and $46 million.
Revis held out of training and the preseason with three years remaining on his rookie contract. He was seeking a 10-year deal worth more on average than the three-year, $45.3 million contract the Raiders gave to Nnamdi Asomugha in February of 2009. Speculation that a deal could be reached heated up Sunday night when reports surfaced that head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson had flown to Florida to meet with the cornerback and his mother.
The Jets confirmed a deal had been reached, with Revis tweeting the following:
“To my family, [agents] neil [Schwartz], & john [Feinsod] I love u guys I’m comin home baby!!! Revis Island LET’S GO.”
Since the Jets traded up 11 spots to select the Pitt product with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Revis has established himself among the elite at his position. He had 31 passes defended last season and a career-high six interceptions.
Mehta also reports that Revis will undoubtedly start for the Jets when they open the season vs. the Ravens next week, so the time he missed (which was spent training with former Patriots cornerback Ty Law, Mehta added) likely won’t mean anything come Week 2 when the Pats face the Jets.
|09.05.10 at 4:24 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Sunday afternoon they have released linebacker Tyrone McKenzie. In addition, they verified the acquisitions of Jarrad Page and linebacker Tracy White in separate trades, as well as the fact they were awarded tackle Steve Maneri off waivers from Houston.
Here’s a portion of the team’s official announcement on the moves:
Page, 6-0, 225 pounds, is a veteran of four NFL seasons after originally joining Kansas City as a seventh-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2006. He has played in 53 games with 39 starts and has accumulated 204 total tackles, 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles and 17 special teams tackles. In addition he has played in one postseason game, registering five tackles and one interception. Of his 11 total interceptions, five have come inside the five-yard line. After starting all 16 games at free safety in 2007 and 2008, Page was limited to just five starts due to a calf injury that forced him to finish the season on injured reserve.
White, 6-0, 234 pounds, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with Seattle (2003-04), Jacksonville (2005), Green Bay (2006-08) and Philadelphia (2008-09). He was originally signed by Seattle as a rookie free agent out of Howard in 2003. After two seasons with the Seahawks, he was waived prior to the start of the 2005 season and claimed by Jacksonville. He signed with Green Bay in 2006 before being waived on Oct. 7, 2008. He was signed by Philadelphia on Oct. 14, 2008. A standout special teams player, White has registered 94 special teams tackles, including a team-leading 18 special teams tackles for Philadelphia in 2009.
Maneri, 6-6, 290 pounds, was signed by Houston as a rookie free agent on May 7, 2010 out of Temple. He played in 45 games with 25 starts as a tight end for Temple.
McKenzie, 6-2, 245 pounds, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round (97th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of South Florida. He missed the entire 2009 training camp due to an injury and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31 and missed his rookie season.
|09.05.10 at 3:59 pm ET|
A league source has confirmed that offensive lineman Ted Larsen has been claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay. Larsen, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by New England, is a 6-foot-3, 304-pounder who played both offense and defense while in college at North Carolina State.
|09.05.10 at 3:24 pm ET|
The following players have been confirmed as members of the Patriots’ practice squad: Offensive tackle Steve Maneri and safety Sergio Brown. In addition, reports indicate that outside linebacker Shawn Crable, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger and wide receiver Darnell Jenkins have also cleared waivers and will join the Patriots practice squad.
|09.04.10 at 7:17 pm ET|
The Patriots just announced on their Twitter feed they have cut the following players: WR Sam Aiken, LB Eric Alexander, S Sergio Brown, LB Derrick Burgess, OL George Bussey, TE Carson Butler, RB Thomas Clayton, WR Buddy Farnham, WR Darnell Jenkins, OL Ted Larsen, TE Rob Myers, OL Rich Ohrnberger, WR Rod Owens, QB Zac Robinson, RB Chris Taylor, DB Ross Ventrone, OL Thomas Welch, LB Thomas Williams, CB DeAngelo Willingham and LB Pierre Woods. In addition, safety Brandon McGowan has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
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