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Tom Brady vs. NFL appeal won’t be heard until 2016

09.29.15 at 6:22 pm ET
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For those who still thought there was a chance Tom Brady would serve some type of suspension for Deflategate in 2015, that will not be the case.

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court granted the NFL and NFLPA’s request that the league’s appeal of the decision to vacate Brady’s four-game suspension be expedited. The appeals court ordered the NFL to file its opening brief by Oct. 26 and Brady’s side to respond by Dec. 7. Then, an apply will be filed by the league by Dec. 21 and the appeal itself could be heard as early as Feb. 1.

This means Brady will play the entire 2015 season without having to serve any kind of suspension if the NFLPA were to lose the appeal.

Super Bowl 50 will be played on Feb. 7 and Feb. 1 would be the beginning of Super Bowl week, but Brady himself will not be required to attend the proceedings.

Although this story still refuses to go away, it appears to be dying down at least for a few months.

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Patriots release RB Travaris Cadet to make room for LB Jonathan Bostic

09.29.15 at 4:09 pm ET
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Travaris Cadet

Travaris Cadet

The Patriots announced Tuesday they have release running back Travaris Cadet to make room for the addition of linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who was acquired in a trade with Chicago. Here’s a portion of the release from the team on the moves.

Bostic, 24, was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round (50th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Florida. The 6-foot-1, 245 pounder, has played in 29 career games with 17 starts over his first two seasons and accrued 203 tackles, two sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Last year, he played in 13 games with eight starts and led the Bears with a 127 tackles and three passes defensed. Bostic was inactive for Chicago’s first three games this season.

Cadet, 26, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 17, 2015. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the New Orleans Saints out of Appalachian State in 2012 and spent the last three seasons with the Saints. Cadet played in one of the first three games for the Patriots, seeing action in the win at Buffalo on Sept. 20. He caught one pass for 1-yard in that game. Cadet has played in 42 NFL games with one start and has 11 rushing attempts for 37 yards, 46 receptions for 346 yards with two touchdowns, 50 kickoff returns for 1,293 yards and two punt returns for two yards.

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Jon Bostic on coming to Patriots: ‘I’m just getting started’

09.29.15 at 3:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jon Bostic is all about fresh starts.

After getting traded from the 0-3 Bears to the 3-0 Patriots on Monday for a sixth round pick, a fresh start is exactly what the 24-year-old linebacker and special teamer has in Foxboro.

“One thing they tell you coming in, it’s a business. You can’t be surprised by anything. You just really have to keep looking ahead. Get in and learn the philosophy, special teams playbook, defensive playbook and keep moving,” Bostic said Tuesday, after attending his first series of positional meetings with the defense and special teams. After chatting with reporters, Bostic spent several minutes with special teams assistant coach Ray Ventrone at his locker going over plans for the next two days of the bye week.

It’s been a whirlwind two days for Bostic, who headed to New England Monday evening, hours after being informed that he had been traded.

“I just got here. I haven’t looked at too much,” Bostic said. “I went to a couple of meetings so far but I’m just getting started.”

Bostic wasted no time making an impact. In the second preseason game against the Chargers in 2013, Bostic laid out Chargers receiver Mike Willie. The hit earned him high fives from his teammates but also a $21,000 fine from the league for lowering his head while hitting a defenseless receiver. In Week 11 against the Ravens, Bostic recorded his first career interception, the first Bears rookie linebacker to do so since Lance Briggs in 2003. Bostic ended the 2013 season with 57 tackles, two sacks and one interception.

Bostic was a second round pick (50th overall) by the Bears in 2013 after an impressive career at Florida. The Gators are a team that the Patriots have traditionally tapped into for talent, with players like Dominique Easley, Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham. Bostic was very aware of the lineage from Gainesville to Foxboro.

“They came down to Florida,” Bostic said of his first encounter with the Patriots. “I knew obviously they were a team that definitely liked Florida guys so you never knew. At some point in your career, whether it’s at the beginning, the middle or the end, they could be interested. That’s every team. You’ve got to be ready for every team. If they decide this is a guy we like, then you have to go with it.

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Rodney Harrison on OM&F: Patriots should ‘be smart’ with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski in blowout wins

09.29.15 at 12:00 pm ET
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NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots’ 3-0 start and other happenings from around the league. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

The Patriots blew out the Jaguars 51-17 Sunday and despite leading by 30 points in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady was still in the game. Some said Brady should have come out to help prevent injury, especially given the number of significant injuries to quarterbacks this season.

Harrison said the Patriots and Bill Belichick need to “be smart” with Brady and other skill players late in blowout wins.

“I understand Bill [Belichick] and he’s always preaching finish, 60 minutes, never mentally come out of the game and make sure you’re in tune for 60 minutes — I get it,” Harrison said. “But, at the same time, the Patriots are a hated team. The thing that scares me when I am watching in the viewing room, I’m watching nine games at once, I’m just looking for one of these guys to take a cheap shot, something like, I’m not saying Ben Roethlisberger‘s hit was a cheap shot at all, I thought it was a clean hit, I thought the guy tripped.

“But, I don’t want to see Brady, when you’re up 30 or 40 points, or whatever in the game and a situation where he could get injured or Rob Gronkowski going across the middle, or Edelman and one of those linebackers or DB’s taking a cheap shot. I understand what Bill is going for and maybe they are trying to put up numbers and trying to pad his stats, but at the same time you have to be smart, you have to understand it’s not a 16, 17 week season for these guys. You know they are heading to the playoffs. You know they are going to be right there in the AFC battle — I would say preserve them. Make sure you take them out of the game and get some of these other guys some experience.”

Even though the Patriots are 3-0 and have scored the most points in franchise history through the first three games of the season, Belichick will still keep preaching to the team to get better each week. Harrison said this mentality is what keeps the Patriots as good as they are.

“They are 3-0. They have 13 games left and you start feeling good about yourself now, I mean there’s teams that can beat you,” Harrison said. “I mean as bad as Miami is, if Miami gets their chemistry going and gains a little confidence, they can come in and beat you. Buffalo, they’ll compete a lot better. At any point in time, these teams are still coming for the Patriots. I think Bill, he does a masterful job of keeping the team focused, keeping them humble and keeping them hungry. I think that is the key to Bill. We’ve always had success. As a Patriot, you know you’re going to win football games, it’s just a matter of continuing to get better. That is what he preaches.”

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Looking back: How Patriots O-line came into place last season

09.29.15 at 11:07 am ET
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The Patriots' offensive line took some time to come into place last year. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Patriots offensive line took some time to come into place last year. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Patriots offensive line was a huge part of the team’s success last year, but some may forget just like the rest of the team, the O-line struggled over the first few games just like Tom Brady.

Only a few months into his new job taking over for Dante Scarnecchia at the time, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo remembers it well.

“A lot of questions about me, too. I remember that,” DeGuglielmo said with a smile Monday during media availability with the Patriots’ assistant coaches.

Things clicked during Week 5 when a line consisting of (from left to right) Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell and Sebastian Vollmer was formed. That grouping started eight games together over the course of the regular season, and its cohesiveness translated to success for Brady and the offense.

Here is exactly how it broke down:

  • Solder, Connolly, Stork, Wendell, Vollmer (7-1 record) –€” Weeks 5, 8-14: Brady: 214-320 (66.9 percent), 2,433 yards, 21 TDs, 6 INTs, 103.6 QB rating, 4 sacks
  • Any combination besides above (5-3 record) –€” Weeks 1-4, 6, 7, 15, 16: Brady: 160-263 (60.8 percent), 1,675 yards, 12 TDs, 3 INTs, 89.8 QB rating, 17 sacks

DeGuglielmo offered some insight into how that grouping was formed.

“It’s a great combination of the communication, personnel, knowing each other, working with each other, maybe ability,” he said. “There’s something to do with the different guys of different talent levels. To find the right combination if you will last year, or to settle into a combination last year, it had less to do with how fast they run, or how big they were and more to do with how smart they were and figure out what was going on in a timely manner. … You try and figure out what you have and utilize their strengths and try to protect their weaknesses.”

The 47-year-old is one of the more outgoing members of the coaching staff, and while DeGuglielmo was discussing the team’s struggles early last season, a reporter told him he’s “loved here,” as he is a native of Lexington and graduated from Boston University.

“I’m glad, I’ll let my wife know,” he joked. “Listen, believe me, I enjoy being local, I do.”

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Report: Giants working out WR Wes Welker

09.29.15 at 10:03 am ET
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After not being re-signed this past offseason by the Broncos, former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker hasn’t had a home since the end of last season.

That could be changing soon, as the Giants are working out Welker on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Welker has battled concussion issues for the past few years and some have thought the 34-year-old should retire. He played 27 games in Denver over the last two seasons, catching 12 touchdowns, but only two coming last season.

The Texas Tech product spent six years in New England from 2007-12 where he revived his career.

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Fantasy Football: Week 4 waiver wire

09.29.15 at 9:49 am ET
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As we head into Week 4, the waiver wire pickings will start to thin out. That’s because things are starting to come into focus, but it’s also because the bye weeks are starting. This week, only the Patriots and Titans are off, but that number swells to four teams in Week 5. The time to bolster your roster is now. Don’t wait until the bye week is actually upon you, as the prime talent may have been snatched up by then.

Every league has a team or two with, let’s call them, out-of-date rosters. They’re still hanging on to players who should have been given up on long ago. There’s a guy in one of my leagues who still has Reggie Wayne on his team. Don’t be that guy. Get to work on your depth now if you haven’t already.

As always, I will be adding additions to my free agent target list throughout the day as I continue to work through all of the Week 3 games. You can get a look at these deep options later on this afternoon in Rotobahn’s expanded waiver wire. It’s totally free, so check it out if you compete in a big league.


Karlos Williams
Marcus Mariota
Michael Vick
Ryan Mathews
Eric Ebron

The ownership rates for each player were sourced from Yahoo!.


Marcus Mariota, Titans, 70 percent

He’s a great pickup if he is still around in your league. He’s been great so far with three straight quality starts to open his career and the scary part is that he hasn’t used his legs to create points yet. That is certainly coming at some point. This guy moves like a running back, but he one thing you need to keep in mind is that he’s got a bye this week.

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