|Darrelle Revis: ‘Very frustrating’ to miss end of game with cramps||09.07.14 at 8:06 pm ET|
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It may not have changed the outcome but Darrelle Revis said he was frustrated to be kept on the sideline by a minor issue in the closing moments of Sunday’s 33-20 loss to the Dolphins.
“Very frustrating. I couldn’t be out there and help the team out in desperation mode at that time,” Revis said.
Revis was asked specifically if it was cramping from the heat and humidity that kept him out of the game at the end.
“Uh, yeah,” Revis said. “Minor. Minor. Minor things going on but yeah.”
Revis made his official debut with the Patriots and was targeted several times by Ryan Tannehill, including on the Mike Wallace touchdown reception over the middle that tied the game, 20-20, in the third quarter.
“I actually knocked the pass down and thought it popped up like the post he ran earlier in the first half. I don’t know, I have to see the film,” Revis said of the Wallace TD grab. “My teammates were telling me it hit his knee and popped back into his hands. You don’t want those happen – sometimes they happen ‘ but the only thing you can do is, I don’t know. Sometimes the plays happen and you have to tip your hat off to Mike for keeping focus and coming up with it some weird way.”
Wallace, who finished with seven catches and a TD on 11 targets, nearly had another touchdown on Revis on an out-and-up move in the second quarter but Wallace’s right foot came down out of bounds.
“It’s not a good day for us,” Revis said. “We didn’t play too well and that’s the taste we have in our mouth today. It doesn’t matter about my first day, it would have been way better if we would have come out with a victory. We’re worried about the loss.”
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia details how the Patriots were manhandled in the second half and lost their season opener for the first time since 2003, 33-20, to the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Tom Brady was sacked four times, including two strip sacks, while his offensive line gave up six hits on the quarterback in the game that saw the Patriots blow a 20-10 halftime lead.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — When Rob Gronkowski caught his first touchdown pass of the season from Tom Brady just 47 seconds into the second quarter, he unleashed his trademark spike and the Patriots went up 17-7.
Everything was going according to plan. He was getting his red zone opportunities in his first game back from his right ACL tear and the Patriots were dictating the pace of the game.
Then the wheels fell off in the second half. He appeared in just one of 13 snaps in the third quarter as the Patriots were outscored 23-0 in the second half, losing 33-20 Sunday in Miami.
“I mean it feels good to play football again, to be out there with the team,” Gronkowski said of his first action of any kin since last Dec. 8. “Being out there with your teammates, you win as a team, lose as a team. I just got to keep on improving every single week. I got a lot of things to work on. I got to keep working hard out there in practice.’
And the knee?
“Everything feels good,” Gronkowski said. “I mean I feel good, so we’ll just keep on playing and have a good practice week, this week, and just got to keep working hard to get better. Definitely can improve in a lot of areas.’
Gronkowski finished with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown as Brady targeted him 11 times on the day, including in the second quarter when he broke free of Brent Grimes in the end zone, a classic case of Gronk using his size to separate and get open for a six-yard score.
“It always it feels good to get the first one,” Gronkowski said. “Just literally a little slant and [QB] Tom [Brady] scrambled and he scrambled and saw me going across the end zone and he hit me on the pass. I just got to keep on improving, keep on making plays like that. We got to make more plays, as a team and got to keep on improving.’
As for playing just one snap in the third quarter, Gronkowski said it had nothing to do with his conditioning in the heat and humidity.
“We’ve been practicing in the heat a lot so that’s not it. They were just the better team out there today and got to give them credit. Whatever the coaches had. When they called the plays, that’s when I went in. I thought it was good, getting me acclimated out there and feel good. Just have to keep working hard this week.”
Gronkowski said the timing with Brady, as is the case with everybody else in a Patriots uniform, can improve.
“It was fine,” Gronkowski said. “I definitely can improve. That’s what practice is for and that’s what playing the game is for. I know we haven’t played in a game in a while but you can always improve in every area.”
“They just played better. They have a good team, they’ve got a good defense and we just have to go out there and play as a team better, make more plays definitely, including myself. They’re just a good team overall and we have to go out there and execute better.”
|James White trying to be ‘level-headed’ as he prepares for hopeful NFL debut in hometown||at 10:56 am ET|
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — James White was the first Patriots player on the field Sunday morning at about 10:15, nearly three hours before kickoff, running laps around the field.
Who could blame him for getting a head start on his warmups.
White attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in nearby Fort Lauderdale, and was a part of the 2009 St. Thomas Aquinas mythical high school “National Championship” team. At Aquinas he primarily split time with Bengals tailback Giovani Bernard.
“My freshman year, my high school played in the state championship [at Sun Life],” White said of returning to field the Patriots will be on Sunday.
“I do have a lot of family in the area and I expect most of them to come to the game. It’ll definitely be great for me.”
As it turned out, White watched Sunday from the sidelines, as he was inactive for the game. Still, White feels the preseason has prepared him for the experience of eventually playing in a regular season game.
“The preseason games definitely help,” he said. “It’s definitely an experience that, especially for a rookie, you can’t take for granted. It definitely gets you ready for this first game. But at the same time, it antes up a little bit, that first game, first regular season game, especially against a division opponent like the Dolphins.”
White played in all four preseason games, carrying the ball 29 times for 80 yards while returning two kickoffs for an 18-yard average.
“You have to stay level-headed. You’re going to be excited,” he said. “It’s your first game but at the same time, if you get an opportunity to play you just want to go out there and do your job. Of course there’s excitement but at the same time you have to stay level-headed.
“It’ll definitely mean a lot. It’s something you dream about all your life, to get an opportunity to play in the NFL. You just want to go out there and make the most of it.”
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It’s a time-tested weather cliche but appropriate for the season opener between the Patriots and Dolphins here at Sun Life Stadium. It’s not the heat but the humidity that will be the biggest factor on the field.
Game time temperatures are expected in the mid-80s while the humidity will be around 70 percent, making it feel like 95 on the field. With the heat and high humidity, there is a chance of thunderstorms throughout the game.
Players and training staff will obviously be keeping a close watch on the conditions, making sure everyone is hydrated. This could be of particular concern to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who enters the game nursing a calf issue.
The Patriots, under Bill Belichick, are looking for their 11th straight season-opening win, which would match the Dolphins (1992-2002) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. The Dallas Cowboys hold the NFL mark, winning 17 straight openers from 1965 to 1981.
The Patriots 10 straight wins is also the longest such active streak in the NFL. The Patriots last lost on opening day in 2003 in the infamous “Lawyer Milloy Game” when the star safety was cut from the roster the week before the game and picked up by the Bills during the week. The Patriots were beaten 31-0 but recovered nicely to win Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.
The Patriots are opening the season against Miami for the eighth time and for the first time since beating them, 38-24, in the Monday Night debut of 2011. The Patriots are 4-3 against the Dolphins on opening day.
Aside from Brady’s calf, the Patriots enter the game relatively healthy, with tight end Rob Gronkowski expected to make his season debut on time as he promised earlier in the week. Gronkowski, who traveled with the team on Friday, will play despite not having participated in a single snap during preseason.
The biggest story to watch during warmups will be who takes the bulk of the reps at left guard. This will be the first time the Patriots enter a season without Logan Mankins since 2004. Josh Kline, who started the preseason finale against the Giants, is a candidate, along with Jordan Devey and Marcus Cannon.
Belichick indicated on Friday that he is considering an offensive line by committee to fill the void and make use of what he sees as good depth along the line.
Speaking of offensive lines, the Patriots defense figures to attack the group protecting Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as the entire group is new from 2013. The turnover is, in part, due to what happened in the wake of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin verbal abuse controversy, which reached scandalous proportions midway through last season.
This game also marks the regular season debut of Darrelle Revis in a Patriots uniform and he’s expected to go up against Dolphins star receiver Mike Wallace, a receiver Revis and Belichick termed “one of the fastest” in the league this week. Chris Price has a breakdown of this and other storylines to follow.
|Tom Brady (calf), Rob Gronkowski (knee) officially questionable for Sunday season opener||09.05.14 at 4:47 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady returned to practice Friday but the team listed him as limited with his calf injury and formally declared him questionable for Sunday’s season opener in Miami. Joining Brady as officially questionable are tight end Rob Gronkowski, returning from his ACL injury of last December, and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, nursing a hand injury from the first week of the preseason.
A league source confirmed to WEEI that Brady traveled with the team on their charter and is expected to play Sunday, as Brady himself announced on Thursday night in a national radio interview with Westwood One Radio. The team tweeted a picture of Gronkowski leaving the stadium with his luggage on Friday, also packed for the trip to Miami, where he is expected to suit up for the first time since his ACL tear on Dec. 8 last year and play.
Under NFL injury policy, a declaration of “questionable” technically means that the team believes the player has a 50-50 chance of playing.
Despite practicing this week, defensive end Michael Buchanan and defensive lineman Chris Jones were ruled out with ankle issues.
For the Dolphins, they suffered a setback when starting outside linebacker Philip Wheeler was ruled out with a thumb injury. Wheeler was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Wheeler joins center Mike Pouncey (hip), defensive end Terrence Fede (knee) and linebacker Jordan Tripp (chest) as those ruled out for Sunday. Left guard Billy Turner is doubtful with a foot injury.
The complete Patriots report is as follows:
|Mike Petraglia on return of Tom Brady to Patriots practice and offensive line by committee||at 1:47 pm ET|
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