|Alan Branch, Chandler Jones not spotted at Patriots practice||10.30.14 at 12:17 pm ET|
One day after making his Patriots’ debut on the practice field, defensive tackle Alan Branch was not spotted at the start of Patriots practice, according to multiple reports.
Branch, a defensive lineman, officially signed on Wednesday morning — this after being spotted in the Patriots locker room last week. According to Pro Football Talk, Branch had his pending DUI case resolved, avoiding potential suspension by the NFL under the new substance abuse policy. Branch did not appear at all on Wednesday’s official injury report released by the team.
Also missing was Chandler Jones, out indefinitely with a hip injury. Jones has not practiced since injuring his hip against the Jets on Oct. 16.
Fellow newcomer Jonathan Casillas, a linebacker, was again at practice as he tries to assimilate the Patriots defensive system in time to be useful against the Broncos this Sunday. He was traded to the Patriots from the Buccaneers Tuesday at the trade deadline.
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|Tom Brady earns AFC offensive player of month award||10.30.14 at 11:35 am ET|
FOXBORO - From the ruins of September came the resurgence of October for Tom Brady.
The Patriots quarterback Thursday was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. After going 2-2 in September and looking like a beaten down quarterback in a 41-14 loss in Kansas City, Brady has responded with one of the best four-game stretches of his career.
Brady led the Pariots to a 4-0 record in the month of October and completed 100 of 144 passes for 1,268 yards with 14 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 129.1. Brady’s 14 touchdowns are tied for first with Peyton Manning during October and Brady is the only starting quarterback that has not thrown an interception during the month.
The Patriots entered the month of October with the 29th ranked offense in the NFL and under Brady’s guidance, the team climbed to No. 10. Brady’s play in the month of October also helped the 24th-ranked scoring offense ascend to the third-ranked scoring offense entering November.
It is the seventh time overall that Brady has earned an AFC Player of the Month honor. It is Brady’s first since he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December/January in 2011.
Brady had two 300-yard games in October and threw two or more touchdowns in all four wins, including four in the win at Buffalo on Oct. 12 when he finished 27-of-37 for 361 yards and five when he finished 30-of-35 for 354 yards in the 51-23 win over Chicago last Sunday.
Brady has 2,059 passing yards and 18 touchdowns so far in 2014 and is on pace to finished with 4,118 passing yards and 36 touchdowns.
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price preview 16th edition of Tom Brady-Peyton Manning and what it all means||10.29.14 at 6:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry. Brady holds a 10-5 lead in the series and had won the last four meetings before losing to Manning in the AFC championship last January in Denver. The two met in an epic contest last year at Gillette Stadium, when the Broncos raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead, only to see Brady and the Patriots execute a miracle comeback and win, 34-31, in overtime on field goal in the last minute.
|Report: Alan Branch resolves DUI case as he joins Patriots||10.29.14 at 1:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Alan Branch is coming to the Patriots with a clean legal slate.
Pro Football Talk, via a source, reports that the defensive tackle, who practiced for the first time with the Patriots on Wednesday, has resolved charges connected to a DUI arrest in August that led to his release from the Bills.
The resolution wasn’t critical to the Patriots but rather the NFL, which imposed a Nov. 1 deadline to all NFL players to resolve DUI charges under the new substance-abuse policy.
Branch will still be subject to a two-game fine, with a maximum forfeiture of $50,000 but, barring the unforeseen, will not be suspended.
|Tom Brady says Peyton Manning has ‘always been someone I’ve really looked up to’||10.29.14 at 12:58 pm ET|
But as is usually the case, there’s a lot of truth in humor. Brady is 37 and Manning is 38. Brady came into the NFL in 2000 while Peyton Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. Brady holds a 10-5 advantage in the series, including 2-2 in the playoffs.
Brady was asked about what it is about the rivalry that gets him fired up every year.
“I’m pretty self-motivated,” Brady said. “He’s always been someone I’ve really looked up to, studied and admired. He is older than me. Maybe when I’m his age I’ll be playing as well as that.”
Brady then turned very serious and complimentary, detailing exactly why it is he respects Manning so much.
“Every week it’s so consistent, you can just count on a great performance,” Brady said. ‘A lot of people who have played don’t do it on a consistent basis. When you see someone who does it at a high level, I have a lot of appreciation for that. I understand what it takes. It’s not just a daily commitment, it’s a life commitment.
“Every decision you make is a conscious decision to try and help your team win, whether that’s in March, whether that’s in September, November. You just can’t flip the switch when it matters. You’ve gotta communicate that to all your teammates. The competition is always on. It never goes away. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. I’ve always respected him because he’s someone who’s chosen to get better.”
What was very apparent Wednesday is Brady’s understanding of his margin of error when Manning is running the offense on the other side.
“You just know you’re gonna get one of the best offenses in the league, so what that means to me is our offense has to be at our best,” Brady said. ‘You can’t think you’re gonna go out and score 10 points and win the game. I don’t think any of our games have really come down to that. It’s really an important week for our team and all of us on offense have to play our best because we know we’re playing against one of the best offenses in the league.”
Does Brady ever get tired of the hype year after year when they meet?
“You wait a year to play this game,” Brady said. “You got one of the best teams in the league against us and we feel we’re a pretty good team. It’s why you play the game. Doesn’t get any better than this.”
|Tom Brady goes all Rajon Rondo in wishing Celtics ‘good luck’ for the upcoming season||10.29.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady is at it again on Facebook.
On Wednesday, his page posted a photoshopped image of him from his childhood holding an old-school Voit basketball. The photoshopped part was the Rajon Rondo-esque headband.
Brady appears a bit chubby in the photo but with an endearing smile.
The post wishes the Celtics “good luck this season.”
|Patriots officially sign Alan Branch, release LB Deontae Skinner||10.29.14 at 11:13 am ET|
FOXBORO — After a week of speculation and workouts, the Patriots have finally reached a deal with defensive tackle Alan Branch. The Patriots announced the move late Wednesday morning before practice. To make room on the roster, the team released rookie linebacker Deontae Skinner, who had been seeing more action lately with the season-ending injury to Jerod Mayo.
Wednesday’s news was first reported by ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe first reported that Branch and the team agreed to terms on Oct. 21.
After fulfilling his rookie contract with the Cardinals, Branch a two-year contract on July 28, 2011 with the Seahawks. He played there for two seasons, including his best year in 2011 when he had three sacks and 34 tackles.
Branch played one season in Buffalo after signing a one-year contract with the Bills on April 2, 2013. On Dec. 23, 2013, Branch signed a multi-year contract extension with the Bills. He was getting ready for his second season in Buffalo when he was arrested for a DUI on Aug. 23. A day later, Branch was cut from the team.
Branch was brought in last week and worked out for the Patriots. He was assigned a locker and uniform No. 97 but there was a delay on reaching agreement on a one-year contract. Reiss reported that the details had been worked out and he was expected at Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team gets ready for the Broncos this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Free-agent DT Alan Branch is here at Gillette Stadium. Look for him to practice today and an official signing to be announced by Patriots.
‘ Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 29, 2014
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