Archive for July 30th, 2011

Agent for Tony Carter alleges cornerback is healthy, was cut before he left for training camp

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The agency representing cornerback Tony Carter ‘€” who was released by the Patriots earlier this week for reportedly failing his physical ‘€” said Carter is healthy and was cut before he even left his home in Florida for training camp.

The tweet read as follows:

Tony was informed of his impending release by the New England Patriots head coach PRIOR to his departure for camp

TONY WAS INFORMED OF HIS RELEASE PRIOR TO DEPARTING FOR TRAINING CAMP, HE DID NOT REPORT TO THE FACILITY AND AT NO TIME WAS EXAMINED FOR AN ENTRANCE PHYSICAL.

Tony took the call about his release as he was packing to report for camp for an on time departure from his apartment in Orlando, Florida where he spent this off-season training.

Tony was, and continues to be 100% healthy.

Tony is still thankful for his time with the Patriots football club, and looks forward to the next steps of his career.

The 25-year-old defensive back joined New England’s practice squad last September and was promoted to the 53-man roster for the last three games of the 2010 season.

Patriots add two old faces in McGowan and White, drop a rookie

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The Patriots announced Saturday afternoon that they have re-signed veteran defensive back Brandon McGowan and linebacker Tracy White, and have released rookie linebacker Anthony Leonard.

The return of McGowan and White will provide the New England special teams unit with a dependable pair of veterans. The 27-year-old McGowan, who joined the Patriots in 2009, was on injured reserve for all of 2010 with a chest injury. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound McGowan has amassed 181 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over his six-year career, including 66 total tackles, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2009. He currently projects as a special teamer and backup safety.

The 30-year-old White is a nine-year veteran who came to New England in 2010, and evolved into a special teamer last year, finishing with 18 special teams tackles for the Patriots in 2010.

As for Leonard, there seems to be some question about his future. The rookie free agent out of West Virginia, who was originally signed on July 27, initially tweeted that he was being placed on injured reserve ‘€” which was quickly removed ‘€” then he added: “A Detour sign is not a “dead end”… It’s directions to the rite path.” Bottom line there? He could be in the team’s future plans. Last season with West Virginia, he started all 13 games and finished third on the team with 70 tackles, including 6.5 for a loss.

We have contact for the 2011 Patriots and Mike Wright leads the way

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

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FOXBORO — Perhaps no one symbolizes the bridge between the NFL training camp environment before and after the new collective bargaining agreement than Mike Wright.

And there was the Patriots nose tackle – nearly nine months after suffering what would be a season-ending concussion – back on the field on Saturday for all 2 1/2 hours, going through the drills, as the Patriots had their first full practice of camp in full pads.

It is annually one of the days coaches look forward to every summer, getting their team back on the field in practice with their pads on and get the players on the field hitting each other, building game conditioning.

“It’€™s good to be out here in pads,” Pats coach Bill Belichick said after practice. “I thought we had a good workday this morning, had a couple of good lead up days to it the past couple days. I think the players, even though it’€™s certainly challenging to come out and practice in this heat in pads and all that. But I think as football players you look forward to getting out in pads and playing football and so we did some of that today and that was what we needed.

“We’€™ve got a lot of mistakes that we’€™ve got to correct and move on and a few things we’€™ve got to get straightened out but I think we’€™re hopefully headed in the right direction and we’€™ll just take it day-by-day. It’€™s going to be a long process; we’€™ll just evaluate each day and try to make the most of our opportunities.” (more…)

Aaron Hernandez lets Chad Ochocinco off easy

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

FOXBORO — Aaron Hernandez ‘€” even though he’s just entering his second season in the NFL ‘€” knew full well that the first question he was going to get asked Saturday wasn’t about the health of his hip or what he’s doing to avoid a sophomore jinx.

As Hernandez came off the field it was about a particular uniform number he wore in 2010 and won’t be in 2011.

The No. 85 now belongs to Chad Ochocinco, and Hernandez did not even hold Ocho over a barrel for it. But he joked that perhaps he had a little remorse after handing it over just to be a good teammate.

“I don’€™t know, we’€™re playing at a high level, so all of us have a decent amount of money, but I definitely should have, but I didn’€™t and it was just a welcome to the team,” Hernandez said. “I’€™m glad to have him. Hopefully we can get some big things out of him this year, like everybody else. And I thought he may look better and play better in 85 since that’€™s his last name, so why not give it to him.

“As soon as he came in, I saw him smiling. I knew he was going to talk to me about the number. I already knew as soon as they took him that there was a chance he would to want the number. I obviously could have been like, ‘€˜No, I don’€™t want to give it up,’€™ but I’€™m not that type of person. There was 81, the jersey I wanted when I came here, but [Randy] Moss had it so it actually worked out perfectly.”

Told that Ocho was willing to let him drive his Prius for the number, Hernandez seemed ‘€” well ‘€” underwhelmed.

“Maybe the Lambo,” referring to Ocho’s famous matte black Lamborghini.

So, Hernandez gets a new number, the No. 81, which belonged to Randy Moss at this time last year. Jeremy Ross had it at the start of camp this year but that lasted all of two days.

“No, I wasn’€™t giving up 85 unless I could get a decent number,” Hernandez said.

As for the important stuff, Hernandez said that his hip, injured last December against Green Bay, has healed nicely from surgery in February and is ready for the NFL rigors.

“I’€™m doing good,” Hernandez said, adding that the coaching staff was sure to take it slow in the first couple of days to make sure he was ready. “I feel good. I feel ready to play. Just taking it slow. Making sure I’€™m healthy because of the lockout. They weren’€™t keeping an eye on me, so they didn’€™t really know where I was at. But I feel good, I’€™m ready to go.

Hernandez believes there will be no long-term effects of the hip injury. In other words, he’s ready to go full speed.

“Yeah, I’€™m not a doctor but I hope so,” he said.

Colts sign Peyton Manning to extension

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Peyton Manning finally got his new deal on Saturday, as Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: OFFICIAL—-WE HAVE A DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Irsay also tweeted the terms of the deal, which will pay the four-time NFL MVP $90 million over five years. The owner noted that the contract was “cap friendly” and will pay Manning $69 million in the deal’s first three years.

The $18 million a year is equal to what reigning MVP Tom Brady makes and puts him next to the Patriots quarterback as the two highest-paid players in the league. An 11-time Pro Bowler, Manning is set to enter his 14th season since being drafted first overall by the Colts in the 1998 draft.

Report: Saints agree to terms with Mark Ingram

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The Saints and Mark Ingram, the 28th pick in the 2011 draft, have agreed to terms on a deal, according to a tweet from Adam Schefter. Ingram enjoyed a three-year career with the University of Alabama, skipping his senior season to declare for the draft. As a sophomore, Ingram won the Heisman Trophy over Stanford running back Toby Gerhart and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

The cover athlete of NCAA Football ’12 rushed for a school-record 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns, leading Alabama to a BCS national championship. In the title game against against Texas, he tallied 116 yards and a pair of scores on 22 attempts. An injury-plagued junior year, in which he compiled only 875 yards in 11 games, hurt his draft stock. However, he was still widely considered a first-round talent at the time he declared for the draft.

Nineteen of the 32 first-round selections in the 2011 draft have now agreed to terms with their respective teams, according to NFL.com.

Report: Ty Warren to visit Broncos

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

According to a report in the Denver Post, former Patriots defensive end Ty Warren will visit the Broncos Saturday night.

With the Broncos switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3, so too would Warren. The former 13th overall pick played five-technique in the Patriots’ 3-4 but would likely move inside to play the three-technique in Denver if he were to sign.

Warren had played his entire career with the Patriots, winning two Super Bowls, before being released by the team Friday. He reportedly failed his conditioning test due to a hamstring issue.