|Darrelle Revis on Patriots offseason: ‘They work their butts off in New England’||06.30.14 at 8:45 pm ET|
Although he’s only been a member of the New England Patriots for just over three months, it’s become quite apparent the organization has made a good first impression on their new cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis has already openly praised head coach Bill Belichick after once calling him a “jerk” and quarterback Tom Brady following being division rivals from his time with the Jets — now, following the Patriots’ mini camp he’s admiring the organization as a whole on how they operate.
“They work their butts off in New England,’’ Revis told the Tampa Tribune. “As soon as you get into the offseason program, it’s non-stop. They want to be winners. They know what I can bring to the table and at the same time, we want to win. As a Jet, we had a rivalry with (the Patriots) and from the outside looking in, I looked at them differently.
“We respected them, but you want to beat them. Inside looking out now, I’ve got way more respect because I’m there. I get to see everything, how it operates every day.’’
The 28-year-old said his torn ACL suffered in the opening month of the 2012 season is 100 percent healed after playing through the 2013 season not at full strength, but still earning Pro Bowl honors. Revis said the decision to join the Patriots was based on them giving him a good chance to win.
“I’m really excited,’’ said Revis. “I went down a list of teams where I thought I could win and New England kind of stuck out for me. It’s been great and I can’t wait for training camp.’’
Revis is entering his eighth season in the league and will return to the AFC East after spending just one season in Tampa Bay.
|Julian Edelman talks Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady with NFL Network||06.25.14 at 10:08 am ET|
Julian Edelman appeared on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Monday night, and talked about a wide variety of topics, including Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Here are a few quick highlights:
“Darrelle is one of the best corners in the NFL and he showed that in camp. He did very well. He’s a very instinctive player. He’s great in the locker room, I like competing against him every day, and it’s good to have a player like that.”
On Gronkowski possibly playing in Week 1:
“Well, I’m not a doctor or trainer or anything. I see Gronk in the locker room, he’s working hard, doing what he’s trying to do. But when Gronk’s on the field, he’s probably one of the best tight ends in the NFL. It’s always great to have him out there and hopefully he will be.”
On Brady wanting to play until he’s 40:
“It wouldn’t surprise me. Knowing him the way I know him, I am sure he’s just focused on this year. You’re going to have to ask him that. The guy is in here, working hard, preparing to the fullest ability, taking care of his body. So you know that he’ll definitely have a shot to do it.”
On whether Belichick has watched his “Burgertyme” and “Smoothie Tyme” videos:
“You know, I’m sure he did. Because they kind came off his original, I think it was called the Bill PB&J [show] with the two pieces of bread in between with double layers of peanut butter. So I think we actually stole the concept from Bill Belichick.”
On what he remembers from the Patriots’ Week 12 win over the Broncos after being down 24-0 at the half:
“I remember we won. That was a good memory. That we won that one. No, but seriously — at halftime, we couldn’t have done anything worse than what we were putting on the field in the first half. We kind of just took it as, ‘We can’t get any worse than what we did so let’s go out there and just play each series the way we have to and just try to string a couple of consistent drives up,’ and we were able to do that. We played complimentary football in the second half, and came out with the win.”
|Darrelle Revis lands at No. 37 in NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ countdown||06.18.14 at 10:06 pm ET|
Darrelle Revis became the second member of the Patriots to land on the NFL Network’s Top 100, checking in at No. 37 on the countdown Wednesday night.
A three-time first-team All-Pro who will turn 29 next month, the 6-foot, 205-pound Revis has spent seven years in the league — six with the Jets (2007-12) and one with Tampa Bay (2013). He has 21 career picks to his credit, with his best season coming in 2009 when he had six. He signed with the Patriots as a free agent on March 12 after being released by the Bucs.
Rob Gronkowski was the first New England player to make the list, landing at No. 41.
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|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk about fire that still burns in Tom Brady, end of Patriots minicamp||at 7:00 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price assess the Patriots during June’s minicamp, look ahead to July training camp and say the competitive fire still burns in Tom Brady after a story this spring detailing the decline of the two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
|Duron Harmon listening, learning in anticipation of possible full-time move to safety||06.17.14 at 5:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It was hard not to notice the conversation.
At one point in Tuesday’s minicamp session, with the rest of the defense off on other parts of the practice field, four defensive backs stood together with a member of the New England coaching staff. There were cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, along with safety Devin McCourty. Once Browner is done with his four-game ban for PEDs, this is the trio that will likely serve as the foundation for the Patriots secondary in 2014.
The fourth part of the quartet? Second-year defensive back Duron Harmon.
So what’s your move when you’re a part of a conversation like that, Duron?
“Really, just me listening,” he said a little sheepishly when asked about the scene following Tuesday’s practice.
“You have guys that are All-Pros — what can I really say?” he added. “I’m in my second year, and these guys have played a lot of football and a lot of great football at a high level. It’s really a great chance for me to just sit back and soak up a lot of that wisdom from those three guys.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick cautioned people not to read too much into personnel groupings and on-field action throughout the OTAs and minicamp, but by the looks of things on Tuesday, it certainly appears Harmon has the inside track on the safety spot opposite McCourty, The Rutgers product, who played both corner and safety last season, had two picks and four passes defensed in 15 games in 2013, and certainly showed enough to be considered part of the rotation in the secondary for 2014.
But a series of events — starting with the offseason release of veteran safety Steve Gregory and continuing with the addition of Revis and Browner — have led to Harmon moving from backup defensive back to injecting himself into the mix at strong safety.
While the 6-foot, 198-pounder isn’t a classic hitter in the typical strong safety mold, he’s already put in plenty of work studying some of the best safeties in the game in hopes of getting up to speed as fast as possible. He said Tuesday he spent the bulk of the offseason watching film on safeties like Seattle’s Earl Thomas, Indy’s Antoine Bethea, Tampa Bay’s Dashon Goldson and Cleveland’s Donte Whitner, as well as McCourty.
“One of the things that I did was just pinpoint a few safeties I thought were very, very good in the game, and I watched them,” he said. “I tried to watch different techniques that they utilized. I tried to watch how they play, how they play physically, how they play at the line of scrimmage. How they play in the deep part of the field. And just seeing what type of football players they are and try and utilize that and put some of it in my game.
FOXBORO — The Patriots just wrapped up the first day of their mandatory minicamp session on a warm day behind Gillette Stadium. The session, which ran for roughly two hours, was held in sweats, T-shirts and helmets. Here are a few quick notes:
– Keeping in mind that the players were again in numberless jerseys, the following players were not spotted at the start of the session: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, cornerback Malcolm Butler, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, linebacker Darius Fleming, defensive lineman Dominique Easley and defensive lineman Armond Armstead. In addition, a rehab group that included special teamer Matthew Slater, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and D.J. Williams and quarterback Ryan Mallett all disappeared into the practice bubble shortly after the start of practice.
– With Mallett sidelined, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo again got lots of work, and while he wasn’t great, he certainly appeared to be sharper than he was in the final OTA session last week. (The last OTA that the media had access to.) He had maybe his nicest pass of the day when he connected on a deep sideline route with Wilson van Hooser toward the end of practice. Garoppolo drew a large media crowd at the end of practice.
– Earlier in the day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick cautioned against reading too much into what’s going on throughout the OTAs and minicamp, but it appears that the safety job opposite Devin McCourty is Duron Harmon‘s to lose. A couple times throughout the day, while the rest of the team was working through special teams or offensive drills, a collection of defensive backs could be seen working together on their own on one corner of the field. It was a group that included McCourty, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner — the presumed starters in the secondary — as well as Harmon. We’ll have more from Harmon later in the day, as he drew a sizable group of reporters once practice ended. (Tommy Kelly and Chandler Jones also talked.)
– The specialists appeared to have a pretty good day, with Ryan Allen really booming a series of punts throughout the day. Not like this has been a huge topic of conversation, but it’s worth mentioning that Allen and kicker Stephen Gostkowski don’t have any competition at this point on the roster. And based on how Allen looked today, not sure there’s any reason to have an extra punter in camp to serve as competition.
– Both Bryan Stork and Ryan Wendell each had to run a lap after a botched snap, while Jeremy Gallon dropped a punt.
– Danny Amendola (7-on-7s) and Jeremy Johnson (11-on-11s) each had a pair of nice catches that stuck out.
– The Belichick Playlist at camp today was heavy on U2 and The Who, with Coldplay and Bon Jovi thrown in for good measure. And owner Robert Kraft was on the field for a sizable portion of practice, taking in the action.
|Lots of mixing and matching in Patriots secondary||06.02.14 at 12:38 pm ET|
The acquisitions of cornerback Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner — as well as the drafting of defensive back Jemea Thomas and the continued maturation of youngsters like Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan — means there will be a lot of personnel changes in the New England secondary this year, a stark contrast from the last few seasons where they were pretty stable.
More than many other positions, defensive backs have to learn how to play together. It’s a process, one that can take “awhile,” as noted by Revis last Friday. Add to that the fact that Browner will have to sit for the first four games of the season because of a violation of the league’s policy on PEDs, and it means that the members of the New England secondary will have to take advantage of every rep that’s afforded to them over the course of the spring and summer months in an attempt to learn how to play alongside each other as fast as possible.
To that end, the Patriots were working several different secondary combinations in their OTA practice session on Friday. Expect more of the same going forward as the Patriots mix and match personnel in hopes of finding the right chemistry.
“Every individual is different,” said cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer when asked about working new faces into the mix. “Each case is probably going to be a little bit different, so you just kind of work with, ‘What was their experience? What do they have here? How does it fit into what we’re doing?’ You just take it individual by individual case. Our ultimate goal is to make each individual the best possible player they can be to help the team. We’ll ask them to do numerous different things and as we build that way and the individuals get better, then the group gets better [and] then the team gets better.”
“It could take awhile,’ Revis said when asked about the bonding/meshing process with the rest of the defensive backs. “As of right now, we’re in OTA’s, and this is the time when we can glue together — not just as a secondary, but as a defense. Also as a team as well.
“We’re all in this together. Everybody is working hard, and that’s what we’re all trying to do. We’re trying to get prepared for the season and use these OTA’s as something for us to build toward the season.”
By the time Browner returns, he and Revis will likely be sitting atop the depth chart at corner. But when it comes to getting everyone ready, the spring and summer months are geared toward getting as many different defensive backs reps alongside
“It’s a combination of trying to get everyone to work together. We’re going to ask guys to do different things. We’ll move guys around, ask them to do different techniques, different spots,” Boyer said. “There’s going to be numerous groups of guys in and out. We’ve always got to be ready, because if a guy’s not there, you’ve got to play someone else. We’re going to cover that from different angles.”
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