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Stop watch: Tom Brady needed more time to throw vs. Packers, looks to rebound vs. Chargers

12.03.14 at 2:48 pm ET
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Tom Brady only had 2.21 seconds from snap to throw Sunday against the Packers. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tom Brady only had 2.21 seconds from snap to throw Sunday against the Packers. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

If you thought Tom Brady wasn’t getting a lot of time to throw Sunday against the Packers, your eyes were not deceiving you — the numbers back it up.

By our math, Brady had an average of 2.21 seconds to throw from snap-to-release in Sunday’s game. As always, it’s worth nothing with these numbers that sometimes they are game plan based, with quick wide receiver screens and other factors, but the 2.21 seconds is low for Brady’s standards this season, particularly during the seven-game win streak.

In Weeks 2-4, the quarterback averaged 2.1 seconds from snap-to-release by our numbers, including a season-low 1.96 seconds against Kansas City. By contrast, against the Jets in Week 7 the quarterback had a season-high 2.58 seconds and then 2.41 seconds a few weeks later against the Colts. The increased time to throw is both a product of the offensive line’s play stepping up, as well as Brady’s ability to move in the pocket and create more time on his own.

The individual plays themselves, opposed to the average against the Packers get even lower. Brady only had eight plays all game where he had more than 2.6 seconds to throw, including only two in the second half. The Patriots had three passing plays of 20 yards or more, and on those plays he had 3.5, 3.51, 2.75 seconds respectively.

“We got behind early, but we fought back and we hung in there all game,” Brady said on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning. “Finally, we had the opportunity to go ahead and we just couldn’€™t do it. We were kind of trying to climb the mountain all day and we were right at the top, and we had an opportunity to get there, and we kind of let it flounder away. I think that was the real frustrating thing for all of us. … These sit with you for a little bit and you have to move on and move past them. You have to focus your energy on the next opponent because it doesn’€™t get any easier for us.”

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Stevan Ridley is up and around just 15 days after surgery

12.03.14 at 2:37 pm ET
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Stevan Ridley recently underwent knee surgery after a season-ending injury in an October loss to Buffalo, but it looks like the running back is up and around. He posted this video to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon.

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Patriots sign 3 players to practice squad

12.03.14 at 1:43 pm ET
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As the Patriots are in San Diego preparing for Sunday’s game with the Chargers, the team departed with three openings on its practice squad. They filled out the practice squad on Wednesday by signing three players — cornerbacks Daxton Swanson and Justin Green, as well as linebacker Deontae Skinner.

Here is a portion of the release from the team:

Green was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 1, 2014 after being traded from New England to Dallas on Aug. 15, 2014 for defensive tackle Ben Bass. Skinner and Swanson were released from the New England practice squad on Nov. 26.

Green, 23, originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Illinois on July 21, 2013, and was released at the end of training camp before being re-signed to the practice squad. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder played in two regular-season games with the Patriots last year after spending most of the season on the practice squad.

Skinner, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Mississippi State on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 26 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1. He was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Sept. 13 and played in seven games with one start, accumulating 10 total tackles and three special teams tackles. He was released on Oct. 29 and signed back to the practice squad on Oct. 31.

Swanson, 23, was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept 1, 2014 and then released from the practice squad on Sept. 3, 2014 before being re-signed on Sept. 17. He was originally signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 22, 2014. Swanson entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts on April 30, 2013, out of Sam Houston State. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder was released by the Colts on Oct. 29, 2013 and was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on Nov. 18, 2013. He was released by San Francisco on May 12, 2014.

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Donte’ Stallworth on D&C: Ray Rice ready to ‘prove to society that he deserves a second chance’

12.03.14 at 10:22 am ET
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Donte' Stallworth

Donte’ Stallworth

Former Patriots wide receiver and current Huffington Post writer Donte’ Stallworth joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to discuss various topics around the NFL, including the latest on the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Since Rice won his appeal with the league in late November and was allowed to return to football, it has been a mystery whether a team will sign the running back to play again.

“I think he’ll get a second chance,” said Stallworth, who himself got a second chance in the NFL after being suspended for the 2009 season due to his DUI manslaughter conviction. “I think there will be something out there that will give him a second chance. He made a horrible decision and he’s acknowledged it. It’s something similar to my situation, I think that he’s got a lot of work to do, and he knows that. Naturally, he wants to get back to playing football. He’s a really good player, still young. He’ll be turning 28 I think next month. … He’s still young, he’s still got some juice left in his tank, and I think he’s ready to get back and prove to society that he deserves a second chance as well.”

Peterson is suspended for the rest of this season, but Stallworth said he believes Peterson will return to the league at some point in the future.

Said Stallworth: “I think it’s going to take some time. The NFL and obviously the players, but the NFL as whole has taken some hits this year with the domestic violence cases and some other issues. I think at the end of the day, I can’t speak personally to Adrian Peterson‘s case because I don’t know him personally, but I do know Ray and his wife. And I know that they’re working to get back to trying their best to live a normal life as a family, as a couple, as mother and father and husband and wife. Ray’s a good man. And I say that without caution because of something of one instance that he did in his life doesn’t make him a horrible person. But he did make a horrible decision and I think he acknowledges that and he understands that it was a horrible decision. He was always a model citizen in Baltimore, that one of the things that he was always praised for in the community.

“He’s got a little ways to go to earn back the trust of the community and earn back the trust of the NFL fans. And if he gets the trust of an NFL team, then he’ll be playing.”

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Why you should never, ever think you can beat Tom Brady in fantasy football

12.03.14 at 9:44 am ET
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Thanks to DailyMVP, even a telemarketer named Gary can feel like Tom Brady. This video shows a certain future Hall of Fame quarterback trash talking for the daily fantasy sports site, DailyMVP.com.

Love that hair, Tom, er Gary.

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Packers rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Tweets about his respect for Rob Gronkowski

12.02.14 at 10:16 pm ET
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Green Bay rookie defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made a huge play in Sunday’s game against the Patriots, knocking the ball away from tight end Rob Gronkowski on a fourth-quarter pass play in the end zone to help the Packers come away with the win. When compared to many of the defenders Gronkowski has gone against this year, Clinton-Dix did as well as could be expected. Following the game, he gave a shout-out to Gronkowski.

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Josh McDaniels on why the Patriots use so many running backs

12.02.14 at 8:26 pm ET
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Brandon Bolden was the latest running back to be featured in a game, with his first touchdown of the season on Sunday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brandon Bolden was the latest Patriots running back to be featured in a game, scoring his first touchdown of the season on Sunday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It’s been a revolving door at the running back position over the last several weeks for the Patriots, with seemingly a different player being featured every week.

Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden have all received at least three carries over the last three games, including three of them scoring touchdowns.

Against Indianapolis it was Gray rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns, against the Lions it was Blount rushing for two touchdowns in his first game back as a Patriot and this past Sunday Bolden scored his first touchdown of the season against the Packers — all while Vereen has continued to be a dependable third-down back out of the backfield.

So, how exactly is it determined who will be the featured back that particular game?

“We have confidence in all of our backs, and they can all do a lot of the things we do in our offense,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said on Wednesday’s conference call. “And then there are some things that we do with them that are a little bit more specific. I think there are so many variables that go into how we use them on a weekly basis — the style, the game plan, the personnel groupings we’€™re using, what we anticipate getting from the defense and the types of things that we choose to do during the course of the game.

“They are all ready to go, and sometimes, we kind of know what their role is heading into the game, and then however the game unfolds and the way we’€™re being played and what we choose to do as the game goes on sometimes will certainly impact who ends up playing in different situations or who plays more or what have you. They’€™re all ready to go. We have a lot of confidence in all of them, and we would anticipate all of them playing that go to the game.”

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