|Jarvis Green poised to rejoin Patriots?||09.04.10 at 4:06 pm ET|
Former Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green was cut by the Broncos Saturday afternoon, which could pave the way for his return to New England.
The 31-year-old Green, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2002 draft out of Louisiana State by the Patriots, enjoyed eight seasons with New England. While he was never a full-time player over the course of a single season, Green provided depth along a defensive line that featured Pro Bowlers Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork.
Over the course of his career with New England, he became a prolific pass rusher — in the 2003 AFC Championship Game against the Colts, he had 2.5 sacks, and would go on to finish with 7.5 sacks in 2006 and 6.5 sacks in 2007.
In 2009, Green was hobbled by a knee injury, and had just one sack in 13 games with the Patriots. When Green was a free agent following the 2009 season, the Patriots were interested in bringing him back, but the price was too rich for New England as he ended up signing a four-year, $20-million deal with the Broncos.
However, according to the National Football Post, the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder was cut loose on Saturday. That opens up the possibility of a return to a New England team that has struggled to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and lost Ty Warren for the year because of a hip injury and recently cut veteran Damione Lewis.
|Pats confirm release of Lewis, also cut Ghiaciuc||09.03.10 at 4:56 pm ET|
The Patriots have confirmed the release of defensive lineman Damione Lewis, and also announced that offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc. A 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, Ghiaciuc was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 4. He is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2005-08) and San Diego Chargers (2009). He originally joined Cincinnati as a fourth-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Central Michigan.
|Reports: Patriots cut Lewis||at 1:46 pm ET|
Multiple outlets are reporting the Patriots have released defensive lineman Damione Lewis. The 32-year-old Lewis. who was picked up by the Patriots as a free agent on April 2, is a 6-foot-2, 301-pounder who was a first round pick of the Rams in 2001. He spent five seasons with St. Louis (2001-2005) and another four with Carolina before signing a one-year deal with New England this past offseason.
|Wilfork, Lewis on D&H: Rams loss looked worse in person||08.30.10 at 1:53 pm ET|
Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork and defensive lineman Damione Lewis joined the Dale & Holley show on Monday morning to talk about Thursday night’s disappointing loss to the Rams and what will need to be improved in the final preseason game against the Giants.
“You can’t be pissed off or nothing like that because we didn’t do what we’re supposed to do. At the same time, we looked at the film and corrected the mistakes,” Wilfork said. “Hopefully, we can go out Thursday against the Giants and put it together and move forward. It would be very encouraging if we can do that. We can’t take another step back this week and I don’t think that we will. I think we’re ready and we’re going to see what’s going to happen on Thursday.”
Lewis also touched on the possibility of the NFL expanding the regular season schedule from 16 games to 18 games.
“If we’re going to play 18 games then we should be paid to play 18 games,” Lewis said. “I don’t see how you can schedule us for 18 and then turn around and pay us for 16. … If they’re going make two preseason games regular season games then they’re not preseason games anymore, they’re regular season games. We get regular checks during the regular season.”
Below are the highlights of the conversations. To hear the interviews, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Tom Brady said earlier that Bill Belichick jumped on you guys for Thursday’s performance. I would think on the defensive side of the ball, you probably deserved whatever he was saying.
I mean at this point, we’ve been through a bunch of practices, been in training camp for a while. Things we can do better, we need to do better. Things we put in from Day One, we need to know how to run it and go forward from there. You can’t be pissed off or nothing like that because we didn’t do what we’re supposed to do. At the same time, we looked at the film and corrected the mistakes. Hopefully, we can go out Thursday against the Giants and put it together and move forward. It would be very encouraging if we can do that. We can’t take another step back this week and I don’t think that we will. I think we’re ready and we’re going to see what’s going to happen on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »
|Lewis on D&H: Block responsibility biggest difference||08.23.10 at 1:15 pm ET|
Patriots defensive lineman Damione Lewis joined the Dale & Holley show on Monday morning to talk about his first training camp with New England and the biggest differences in transitioning to this defense.
“My whole career I’ve been a 4-3 guy and an inside guy, three technique,” said Lewis, who spent the past four seasons with the Panthers. “My main job has been penetrating. Here, it’s a little bit more of a block responsibility and not to say it’s not in the 4-3, but everything is based on penetration when you’re on a one-on-one block and being able to sit down on double teams. Here, block control responsibility has been the biggest difference.”
Lewis also talked about dual practices with the Saints and Falcons and if he would mind doing it more regularly if the NFL schedule went to 18 games.
Below are the highlights of the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Tell us how you got to the Patriots?
Well, it’s kind of hard to turn down [Bill] Belichick and these guys when they come calling. This program’s had so much success over the years and especially since my stint in my league is going into my 10th year and kind of starting that run back in 2001. I have a tremendous respect for the organization and the way they handle things. When you see guys outside of football and how they carry themselves, it speaks a lot about what they’re doing here.
How have things changed for you even from the start of training camp to now in terms of reps and expectations?
Well, I think the main thing about all of that is over the years you learn that you never know what the game is going to throw you. So, you have to be ready and ready to move forward, and that goes for me and for every other guy in the locker room. You never know what’s going to go down and you just can’t ask those kind of questions to yourself like, “What just happened?” You have to go whenever your number is called. Read the rest of this entry »
|Pats officially sign DL Lewis||04.10.10 at 11:15 am ET|
The Patriots made it officially this morning, signing veteran defensive lineman Damione Lewis. Here’s the press release issued by the team on the move:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced the signing DL Damione Lewis. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lewis, 6-2, 301 pounds, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2001-05) and the Carolina Panthers (2006-09). He has started 65 of 131 regular season games and has accumulated 360 total tackles, 22.5 sacks, 14 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. Lewis’ best statistical season was in 2004 with the Rams when he registered 61 total tackles and 5.0 sacks.
Lewis originally joined St. Louis as a first-round draft choice (12th overall) out of Miami in 2001. He was signed by Carolina as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2006. He was waived by Carolina on March 4, 2010. Last season, Lewis started all 16 games for the Panthers and finished with 41 total tackles, 0.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
|Pats reportedly add DL Lewis||04.02.10 at 6:02 pm ET|
The Patriots have reached an agreement with veteran free-agent defensive lineman Damione Lewis, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 32-year-old Lewis was a first-round pick out of Miami in 2001, and has played with St. Louis (2001-2005) and Carolina (2006-2009). His finest season came with the Rams in 2004 where he played in all 16 games and ended up with career-highs of 61 tackles and five sacks in addition to eight quarterback pressures.
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