|12.31.09 at 2:37 pm ET|
FOXBORO – It’s no secret that Bill Belichick believes Randy Moss is one of the smartest and most instinctive receivers in the game.
That’s why he was so excited to add him to the roster along with Wes Welker before the 2007 season.
But right up there with Moss in Belichick’s eyes is Houston’s Andre Johnson.
The receiver who came out of the University of Miami in 2003 has been the centerpiece of Gary Kubiak’s offense in Houston. He has been one of the biggest reasons Matt Schaub leads the NFL in passing with 4,467 yards through 15 games.
He can also make the spectacular grab like the one below he made in Week 2 against Tennessee.
And he has been asked to play in virtually every receiving position on the field and run every conceivable route.
“The number of different things he does, the positions he does them from and when you watch the film where everybody is asking where do we lineup and all that, they go out there and run it,” Belichick said. “Clearly, he’s smart, knows the different formations, the different routes they ask him to run from those different formations. It doesn’t look like it’s a problem. They don’t have a lot of mistakes in the passing game, kind of like when you watch Indy, New Orleans and teams like that.
“You see the pattern, there’s good distribution. They have good passing concepts. Sometimes you watch plays and you have guys running together and it doesn’t look like it’s a very well designed route. You hardly ever see that with Houston.” Read the rest of this entry »
|12.31.09 at 1:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO – With the snow falling outside, the Patriots returned to practice indoors on Thursday afternoon at the Dana Farber Field House.
Tom Brady and Randy Moss returned to practice as there was full attendance for the second practice of the week as the team gets ready to take on the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium.
The team worked in sweats and shells for the second straight day.
|12.31.09 at 11:29 am ET|
FOXBORO – Just listening to Houston Texans Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson talk, it’s clear that he believes Vince Wilfork – his former teammate at the University of Miami – is one athletic dude.
Forget Wilfork’s size at 6-2, 325 pounds. Johnson said he tells everyone who will listen that Wilfork can do a lot on and off the field.
“Yeah, I was telling some of the guys that they will be surprised at how much of an athlete Vince is because you look at him and he’s so big,” Johnson said. “You wouldn’t think that he can do some of the things that he does. I remember on Friday – the day before the games – we would go out and have walkthroughs and Big Vince would be out there. He’d set up a little offense and he’d be out there playing quarterback. He was going through play-action plays and it was something he did every Friday.
“Those are the things that you don’t forget – just seeing him do things like that – but he was a heck of an athlete. Being from Florida, I had a chance to see him play in high school and things like that. So Big Vince was very athletic.”
|12.30.09 at 8:29 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Thanks to the Patriots media relations staff, here is the transcript of Vince Wilfork’s press conference at Gillette Stadium’s media work room.
VW: It’s an honor to make my second Pro Bowl. As a football player, that is something that you may not set up as a goal, but everybody in the back of their mind has it as a goal of theirs, even if they say or don’t say it – what it means to be a Pro Bowler. I am very thankful and happy to be chosen for my second one. It’s an honor and a lot said, not just by mouth but just by the way you play the game, the people you play with, the coaches that coach you, coaches that coach against you, your teammates, your friends, your fans.
“It’s just a lot said when you go out there and put a lot of hard work into what you do and the passion you have for what you do. I thank my fans, my coaches, my teammates and everybody that knows me. [Everybody that] knows I play this game always with a chip on my shoulder because of the passion I have for it, and hard work pays off. I continue to play hard no matter what the situation may be, but that is just something to me, that’s the personality that I have. It’s something down deep in me that my father and my mother taught me, is that if you’re going to do something do it the right way. I try to do that and I teach my kids the same thing. It’s an honor and it’s a privilege to be recognized with the elite at my level in this game. Read the rest of this entry »
|12.30.09 at 7:34 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Thanks to the Patriots media relations staff, here is the transcript of today’s press conference with Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker at the Gillette Stadium media workroom.
Q: Congratulations on another selection to the Pro Bowl.
WW: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
Q: Do you ever set that out as a personal goal for yourself at beginning of the year?
WW: I really don’t. For me, it’s going out and playing hard every single week. Everything I can do to help the team win. I think whenever you play like that all these other things kind of take care of themselves.
Q: What was your reaction? Had you been curious?
WW: Not really. I feel like I had a pretty good idea it would probably happen, but you never know in this league and how things will turn out. I was definitely excited and glad to hear it. Read the rest of this entry »
|12.30.09 at 4:57 pm ET|
Texans Injury Report
Did Not Participate
T Duane Brown (knee)
DT Shaun Cody (knee)
LB Brian Cushing (foot/ribs)
TE Joel Dreesen (shoulder)
WR Jacoby Jones (shoulder)
|12.30.09 at 4:31 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report
Did not Participate
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Randy Moss (not injury related)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)
WR Wes Welker (not injury related)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
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