|11.30.16 at 9:31 pm ET|
Darrelle Revis not only didn’t look like himself on Sunday against the Patriots, but hasn’t looked himself all year.
Well, maybe there is a reason why.
“He’s done,” a Revis confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. “If he had his way, he’d be done right now. He doesn’t want to play anymore. He’s made a lot of money.”
“He tanked it.” the confidant added.
Revis wasn’t great Sunday against Tom Brady and the Patriots as he allowed both of Brady’s touchdown passes.
After the game, Revis said he was surprised how much the Patriots went after him.
“This time he attacked me a little bit more than I expected, but at the same time it’s football. He has to execute and I have to execute better on my end,” the cornerback said.
After the 2014 Super Bowl-winning season with the Patriots, Revis signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets.
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|11.30.16 at 7:56 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It’s a lengthy Patriots injury report this week, as eight players are listed including some big names.
Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Julian Edelman (foot), Nate Ebner (concussion), Jordan Richards (knee) and Rob Gronkowski (back) didn’t practice at all on Wednesday.
Ebner was seen during the media portion, which included stretching, while Bennett was seen riding a stationary bike.
Matthew Slater (foot) and Chris Hogan (back) were limited.
Here is the complete Patriots practice report:
DID NOT PRACTICE
QB Tom Brady (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
S Jordan Richards (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
WR Matthew Slater (foot)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
|11.30.16 at 5:52 pm ET|
The biggest upset of the week was when the Buccaneers shut down the Seahawks offense and held Russell Wilson and company to just five points. Other than that, you could say the Chiefs and Lions winning were upsets, but anything can happen in divisional games. So as a result, not a ton of movement here in the WEEI NFL Power Rankings. As a result of Sunday’s loss, Seattle drops out of the top five, while the Chiefs sneak in after beating the Broncos. The defending Super Bowl champs really needed to win that game on Sunday night. They have five games left on their schedule, and three of them are against the Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders.
The NFC South saw big wins from everyone except the Panthers. Right now the Falcons have the inside track on winning the division, but Matt Ryan doesn’t exactly play up the to the “Matty Ice” moniker he earned in college, so the Saints and Bucs still stand a chance to get in.
The Giants and Dolphins both extended their winning streaks to six games, but they both played garbage opponents.
Holding up the rear, the Browns and 49ers have combined for 23 straight losses. Cleveland surely is keeping a close eye on college quarterbacks, but there is no sure-fire franchise guy like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck or even Jameis Winston. The 49ers are stuck with Colin Kaepernick, who is doing just enough to keep himself on the roster but doesn’t look like he’ll ever be as good as he was when Jim Harbaugh coached the team.
1. (1 last week) Cowboys (10-1) — Nothing new here. Dallas looked great on the national stage, and the only controversy about this team is WHICH rookie is more instrumental to the team’s success. The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot this weekend.
2. (3) Patriots (9-2) — After going weeks without forcing a turnover, the defense came up with big plays twice to help the Pats win a predictably close game against an inferior opponent. Malcolm Butler and Chris Long each stripped the ball free and stopped a Jets drive that seemed destined for points. Tom Brady played well down the stretch but clearly was hobbled by a knee injury. Rob Gronkowski’s fragility reared its head again as he was sent to the locker room early. The team would be wise to limit his snaps down the stretch, or even leave him out against the Rams.
3. (4) Raiders (9-2) — Derek Carr stole the headlines when he stayed in the game and played well after dislocating his pinkie. However, Khalil Mack could be the real star going forward as he builds a case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. After getting just one sack in the first five games of the season, Mack has at least one in each of the last six. On Sunday, Mack strip-sacked Cam Newton, recovered the fumble and took it to the house.
|11.30.16 at 4:23 pm ET|
Jeff Fisher may not know all the names of the Patriots running backs but he knows one for sure.
In running down the list of Patriots running backs Wednesday, the Rams head coach referred to a Danny and a Brandon. Danny Woodhead is on the Chargers and has been out of New England since 2012 while Brandon Bolden is almost exclusively on special teams.
But he also mentioned LeGarrette Blount. There’s good reason Fisher would remember him beyond the fact he’s on pace for 1,300 yards this season.
“I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette, because I gave him a start, and I have great respect for him,” Fisher said. “He’s a big back, and he’s hard to get down. And as they rotate through, different guys play in different situations, and they do a good job with it. He knows where the ball’s going to go, and the guys are very, very disciplined.”
His history with the Patriots power running back is a fascinating one.
Because of his discipline issues at Oregon – including the infamous punch he threw in the game against Boise State – Blount was not drafted in 2010. He did agreed in principle to a free agent contract with the 49ers following the draft. However, after a meeting with then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Blount decided to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Titans. That August, Blount was involved in another incident in which he threw a punch, this time with a Titans teammate, defensive end Eric Bakhtiari, a few moments after having his own helmet ripped off in practice.
The play ended with some pushing and shoving, Blount threw a right fist, contacting Bakhtiari’s facemask. Blount quickly talked to Fisher, who explained away Blount’s behavior.
“He apologized, and I said he didn’t have to apologize,” Fisher told reporters. “It’s football. It’s training camp. His past is his past. Is that the first punch you’ve seen in camp this year? No. I’m not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he learned from his mistake, and he’s very competitive. That’s why we brought him in here is to watch him run the football like that.”
Blount survived the final roster cut and was placed on the Titans’ 53-man roster. But there was one more twist. Blount was then waived to make room for veteran linebackers Tim Shaw (signed from the Bears) and Patrick Bailey (Steelers). Titans officials told Fisher Blount could be signed to the rookie practice squad once he cleared waivers. Blount was waived and almost immediately claimed by Tampa Bay, a moment Fisher recalled Wednesday.
“We signed LeGarrette as a college free agent in Tennessee so I had him throughout the offseason through the end of training camp,” Fisher said. “Just his athletic ability, his strength and his run instincts and his dedication. He just was that guy just wanted to be a real pro. We got in a situation right at the final cut-down where the roster was tight and got bad advice and thought he would probably, potentially clear [waivers] and I could get him back to practice for a week or two and we would go from there. And he was claimed by Tampa.
“Disappointed that we lost him but very, very excited about him and the career he’s had.”
|11.30.16 at 3:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It will be a special day Sunday at Gillette Stadium when roughly 40 members of the 2001 Patriots Super Bowl team return to be honored for the 15-year anniversary of the team, coincidentally for a game against the Rams, the team they beat in the Super Bowl.
One of the members of the team, Drew Bledsoe, has been in the Boston area all week as on Tuesday he was honored at “The Tradition” event at TD Garden and then on Wednesday visited Gillette Stadium.
Bledsoe met with the media, touching on a number of different subjects, but mostly Tom Brady.
The former quarterback revealed he never expected Brady to be a NFL starter.
“I figured he’d be around the league for a long time because he was a hard-working guy with a great attitude and I figured he’d be around for a long time but I don’t know that I ever thought he’d be a starter to be honest with you,” Bledsoe said. “He was just a skinny kid out of Michigan. But obviously he felt different. His legacy is far more about what he does outside the lines of the field in terms of his leadership with the organization and his leadership with the team and how he demands everybody match his work ethic.”
Despite being 39 years old, Brady is having one of his best years statistically of his career. Through seven games, the quarterback has thrown for 2,201 yards and 18 touchdowns with just one interception.
“The fact that Tommy is still playing at the level he’s at is pretty impressive,” Bledsoe said. “You guys know, you wear everybody out talking about his diet and exercise regimen but it’s working. That combined with the fact you can’t hit the quarterback anymore these days has allowed him to play a lot longer.
“Watching the deal with Cam Newton and he has a list of hits he wants to talk about with the Commissioner and I’m like, ‘OK I’ve got a list of about 150 hits I’d like to discuss with the Commissioner,’ these guys used to try to rip our heads off. But I think Tommy can play for a long time. He takes good care of himself. He’s been a great leader for this organization and I think he can go for a while now, which will be interesting.”
|11.30.16 at 3:05 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It seemed like a pretty harmless question to Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Wednesday’s conference call, but his response may indicate why the coach is one of the most losing coaches in NFL history.
Fisher was asked his thoughts on the Patriots’ running backs now that they have had Dion Lewis back for two days.
“Well, they’re all different,” Fisher said. “I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette [Blount], because I gave him a start [with Tennessee], and I have great respect for him. He’s a big back, and he’s hard to get down. And as they rotate through, different guys play in different situations, and they do a good job with it. He knows where the ball’s going to go, and the guys are very, very disciplined.
“I’ve been impressed with Brandon and what he’s done out of the backfield. You’ve got to deal with him, in addition to Danny. You’ve got playmakers all around, so we have to play sound defense.”
Brandon? Yes, Brandon Bolden is a running back, but he’s primarily a special teams player and has just one carry all year. And Danny? Fisher should know Danny Amendola is a receiver, so maybe he still thinks Danny Woodhead is on the Patriots.
Regardless, not a good look for a head coach who is playing the Patriots in four days.
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|11.30.16 at 2:00 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There were two quarterbacks at practice on Wednesday, but one of them wasn’t Tom Brady.
Jacoby Brissett joined Jimmy Garoppolo at practice, which means the rookie has come off injured reserve and now the Patriots have 21 days to activate him to the roster or else he reverts back to injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
The new NFL rules say teams can pick one player on injured reserve to bring back during the year, but besides Brissett the team has no real options as Sebastian Vollmer, Greg Scruggs and Jonathan Freeny have no chance of returning.
Brissett injured his thumb Week 3 against the Texans, but played Week 4 against the Bills before getting surgery the week after. He’s been around the team much of the year, even going on road trips, which is something Bill Belichick doesn’t typically do with players.
It’s possible Brissett never gets added to the roster and is just an extra body at practice the next three weeks with Brady dealing with his knee injury.
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