|08.13.10 at 5:40 pm ET|
After weeks of uncertainty, speculation, and utter confusion, the Patriots have brought back defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess from a brief attempt at retirement. Given that the Pats brought back the 32-year-old on the same day they lost another big part of their defense in Ty Warren, many are likely wondering what made Burgess change his mind.
“I think that’s between Derrick and myself,” Bill Belichick said on a conference call Friday. “It’s a personal conversation, so they changed basically when he arrived here and passed his physical and conditioning test this morning. He’ll be out on the field the next time we’re out there.”
While Warren’s injury raises a number of questions, Burgess’ return seemingly answers one. Based on training camp and just how thin the Patriots were at outside linebacker, it appeared three-year veteran Marques Murrell or second-round pick Jermaine Cunningham could be a starter at outside linebacker at the open of the season. Now that Burgess is back, there should be more of a rotation with Tully Banta-Cain retaining his own spot.
Belichick spoke rather highly of Burgess when addressing the team’s moves on Friday. The former Eagles’ third-round pick was described by Belichick as being a smart player who would benefit from a second full year in the Patriots’ 3-4 system.
“I think Derrick is a very knowledgable pass rusher,” Belichick said. “He has a good understanding of his opponents, pass-rush technique, and how to defeat blockers and how to specifically defeat individual blockers based on their strengths and weaknesses and how he matches up against them. He played primarily in a 4-3 defense in Philadelphia and Oakland the majority of his career and on our defense he played some in that position but also some as a 3-4 outside outside linebacker type. Again, that’s a little bit different compared to what he had done in the past.”
Belichick noted that from what he was able to see from Burgess in the spring, he had noticed that Burgess was beginning to look more comfortable in the 3-4.
Though he has missed all of camp thus far, his continued adjustment to the system and seeing what he may be able to contribute in his second season under Belichick will definitely be something to keep an eye on. The team finished 23rd in the league last season with with 31 sacks.
|08.13.10 at 5:39 pm ET|
Here’s the official announcement from the Patriots on the moves they made Friday afternoon involving Derrick Burgess and Ty Warren.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that LB Derrick Burgess was reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/did not report list. In addition, DL Ty Warren was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury.
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|08.13.10 at 4:54 pm ET|
The loss of defensive lineman Ty Warren (labral tear) will force the Patriots to turn to a cast of relative newcomers to the New England defensive scheme. One NFL veteran in his first year with the Patriots should benefit the most when it comes to an increase in playing time, but there are a variety of youngsters who will move up the depth chart.
Ty Warren and has been a pretty reliable presence since the Patriots took him the first round of the 2003 draft out of Texas A&M — he’s started 92 of a possible 105 games in that stretch, and has accounted for 496 tackles, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.
“[It was a] tough break for Ty but we have to move on. He’s missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years, so we’ve had to deal with that anyway,” Bill Belichick said Friday. “It’s unfortunate, but unfortunately that’s part of the game, so we’ll just move ahead.”
The question on many minds is who the team will “just move ahead” with at left end. With Warren now out for the year, the Patriots will likely depend on veteran Gerard “Big Money” Warren as the starter, at least at the start. A 32-year-old who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, Warren has played for Cleveland (2001-04), Denver (2005-06) and Oakland (2007-09), but is in his first year with the Patriots. He enjoyed his best season as a rookie with the Browns, when the Florida product had a career-high 48 tackles and five sacks.
In Thursday’s preseason opener against the Saints, Gerard drew the start at left defensive end and spent the majority of the first quarter and a half on the field with New England’s starting defense and finished with three tackles.
“Gerard’s worked very hard. He’s shown a lot of improvement. And he was a good player to begin with,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on a Friday afternoon conference call.
“It went well. That was one of the things we were focusing on; just go out there and communicate,” he said of his first experience with the Patriots. “You take this and go home and watch film tomorrow to try and learn on what corrections to make and keeping pushing forward.”
As for possible position depth, New England will also turn to second-year player Myron Pryor, who played in 13 games in his rookie season, making 23 tackles (13 solo). A sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft, he has yet to start at game in the NFL. In addition, veteran Damione Lewis, second-year man Darryl Richard and rookie Brandon Deaderick will also provide support at the position. And, as he has done several times over the last few seasons, the versatile Mike Wright can fill in in a pinch as well.
According to a report from Monique Walker of the Boston Globe, Ty Warren will undergo surgery on Monday, a procedure that will be done by Dr. Mark Philippon in Vail, Colo. Comcast Sportsnet is reporting the surgery will take between four and six months to recover from.
|08.13.10 at 4:50 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Friday that they have reinstated pass-rusher Derrick Burgess and have placed defensive end Ty Warren on injured reserve. For Burgess, it seemingly means his brief retirement has ended, but for Warren it means he will miss the season.
The Patriots lost Jarvis Green to free agency and last season traded Richard Seymour, meaning that with Warren out the defensive line could consist of Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Mike Wright, all of whom started in Thursday night’s preseason opener vs. the Saints.
Burgess had been missing from training camp since it opened, with many reports surfacing that he had told players that he was retiring. In bringing Burgess back into the fold the team strengthens its pass rush a bit, but the loss of Warren is a crushing blow to the defensive line.
|08.13.10 at 4:18 pm ET|
According to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots defensive end Ty Warren’s hip injury could threaten his season. Warren has been out for most of training camp and did not play in Thursday’s preseason game vs. the Saints.
The report states that the injury, which is believed to be a labral tear, is “likely to require surgery.” If Warren does indeed get the surgery, he would likely miss the 2010 season. Gerard Warren started in Ty Warren’s place Thursday night with Mike Wright playing the other end.
If Warren does in fact miss the season, the defensive line, which has lost both Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green within the last year would likely consist of Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Wright, the three starters in Thursday’s game..
Warren has racked up 496 tackles since the Patriots selected him with the 13th overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft out of Texas A&M. He is under contract through 2013 after signing a five-year extension prior to his rookie deal’s expiration.
|08.13.10 at 1:29 pm ET|
Running back Fred Taylor joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday to discuss his career and returning from an ankle injury last season.
“All offseason, not all offseason maybe the first two months, I was going back and forth and the injury was still lingering around,” Taylor said. “I was trying to get it healthy as I possibly could in that amount of time before the offseason could start back up. I was like, “Man, this is frustrating, real frustrating.” I didn’t expect it. I was able to fight through it and I’m here now, I’m all in and my hearts here and I’m all in, ready to go.”
Taylor also touched on learning from his head coach and possibly becoming a coach himself after his football career.
Below are the highlights of the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
How did you approach this training camp?
I approached this the same way I approached the rest. It starts by developing an offseason foundation, just working hard in the offseason, having a routine, eating properly and just coming in and doing what the coaches ask me.
Did you say after last season that your career might be over?
I mean, I didn’t expect to have that injury. My expectation was to come in and help the team the most that I could and do whatever I can to help the team win. Unfortunately, I got hurt in game four. I returned but still not quite up to par. I just wanted to get out there and let the guys know I was in it to win it. Then, unfortunately our season was cut a little short through all our expectations. All offseason, not all offseason maybe the first two months, I was going back and forth and the injury was still lingering around. I was trying to get it healthy as I possibly could in that amount of time before the offseason could start back up. I was like, “Man, this is frustrating, real frustrating.” I didn’t expect it. I was able to fight through it and I’m here now, I’m all in and my hearts here and I’m all in, ready to go. Read the rest of this entry »
|08.13.10 at 12:19 pm ET|
Running back Sammy Morris joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday to talk about his health entering training camp and the crowded backfield of the Patriots.
“We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other,” Morris said. “I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day.”
Morris also touched on contributing in other areas and playing on special teams.
Below are the highlights of the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
How has camp been going for you?
I think camp has been going pretty good. Just coming in, I think everyone comes in and hopes to do their best and stay healthy. Try to improve every day and try to improve as players which will help improve the team.
As far as your health, how are you coming into camp?
Pretty good. We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other. I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day.
Is that something you were trying to do?
Yeah, you know Mike Woicik, our strength and conditioning coach, he’s been around a long time. He was telling me about his days with the Cowboys and how he would tell Emmitt Smith, especially with running backs that the older you get, the less you should weigh. He actually told me that for two years and I’m just now taking heed and taking his advice. Between Kevin [Faulk] and Fred [Taylor] and myself, we’ve tried to come in a little lighter and I feel pretty good. Read the rest of this entry »
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