|Patriots release DBs Derek Cox and Justin Green and linebacker D.J. Lynch||08.01.15 at 5:19 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Three days into training camp, the Patriots have begun the process of trimming their roster.
Following the first full pads practice on Saturday, the team announced that they have released defensive backs Derek Cox and Justin Green and linebacker D.J. Lynch. Saturday’s moves drops New England’s roster down to 87 players.
Cox, 28, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on June 8, 2015. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12) and the San Diego Chargers (2013). He originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2009 out of William & Mary.
He has played in 63 NFL games with 56 starts and has accumulated 204 total tackles, 13 interceptions and 39 passes defensed. After being released by San Diego on March 4, 2014, Cox went to training camp with Minnesota after joining the Vikings on March 16, 2014. He was released by Minnesota on Aug. 25, 2014, signed by Baltimore on Aug. 27, 2014 and then released by the Ravens on Aug. 30, 2014.
Green, 24, originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Illinois on July 21, 2013. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder, spent the majority of his rookie season on the practice squad with two stints on the 53-man roster. He played in two regular season games in 2013 but did not register any tackles.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of LeGarrette Blount to Patriots training camp on Saturday, the first day of full pads practice for the defending Super Bowl champions.
|Bill Belichick feels special transition from Scott O’Brien to Joe Judge: ‘I think he’s a great young coach’||at 3:32 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It takes a lot for Bill Belichick to feel comfortable handing over his special teams unit after it’s been coached by one of the best assistants he’s ever had.
But in Joe Judge, Belichick feels as though he has someone who can begin to fill the shoes of Scotty O’Brien, who walked away from his special teams job after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale.
What has the transition been like so far in OTAs and minicamp?
“Smooth,” Belichick said. “Scott was a great coach, as good a coach as anybody I’ve ever been with and around, did a tremendous job. I learned a ton from Scott. I know Joe did, too, or has. But Joe is a great coach in his own right. Each of us have our own style.
“Joe has his own style, but very well prepared, very thorough, has great experience in the kicking game and all of the situations and techniques, both with the specialists and all the other positions on the field. Joe and I spend a lot of time together. I think he’s a great young coach.”
|After passing his conditioning test, LeGarrette Blount is ready to ‘fight’ for his job||at 2:05 pm ET|
FOXBORO — LeGarrette Blount isn’t taking anything for granted.
The sixth-year veteran running back coming off a Super Bowl title knows he’s in good position to be the Patriots’ feature running back this season.
Questions were raised this week about Blount’s status on the team after he reportedly failed a conditioning run on Wednesday and was kept on the sidelines to watch his team for the first two days of training camp Thursday and Friday.
But Blount has since passed his conditioning exam and was cleared to return to the team on Saturday, just in time for the first full pads practice of training camp.
“You want to be there,” Blount said. “You want to be there, for sure. It’s just a process of getting better. You have to do everything you have to do to get there. Get on the field and be out there and go through the grind with your teammates.”
What kept him out and on the sidelines the first two days? Blount only smiled and replied, “I don’t know.
Blount added that while he wasn’t cleared for team activities, “I was out here. First day of camp, I was out here.”
As for the conditioning test, what did it entail? “Conditioning. It’s just a conditioning test.”
With the formalities of a conditioning test in the past, Blount can now focus on fending off Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden, James White, Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for running back snaps.
“The job is open. There’s a bunch of good running backs here. All of our running backs are pretty good and at some point have played really good in their career. It’s an open job. Everybody has to fight for that position,” he said. “We can’t jump too far into the future. You don’t know what the future holds. I’m going to continue to come out here and get better and do everything I can to make sure I maximize my opportunities.”
|Tom Brady, Roger Goodell showdown to be open to media||07.31.15 at 8:01 pm ET|
There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.
According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.
While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.
That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.
That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.
So who will win? You can be the judge.
By the way, that settlement conference, unless something happens, will be *public*. Real reporters? Make your plane reservations!
‘ Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) July 31, 2015
FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo kept it short and sweet with the media on Friday. After enduring season-ending injuries in the midst of his last two seasons, he’d rather let his practice and playing time do the talking.
Mayo’s 75-second session with reporters after Day 2 of training camp began with an observation that he must be excited to speak publicly with many of the media on hand for the first time since a season-ending patellar injury to his right knee last Oct. 12 in Buffalo.
“So excited,” said with a wry smile.
In a bit of very encouraging news, Mayo, along with Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower progressed far enough in the offseason to avoid being place on the active physically unable to perform list. This is a major step forward after an offseason dedicated to recovery.
“Just rehabbing, staying around here and enjoying time with family and trying to get back to work,” Mayo said of his offseason. “Obviously, I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’m just trying to get better each and every day.”
In 2013, Mayo had his season end on Oct. 13 when he tore his pectoral muscle against the Saints in mid-season.
In the midst of his media scrum, Mayo was interrupted by teammate Devin McCourty. “Make way for some special guests,” McCourty said.
At least the NFL and NFLPA can agree on one matter in the Tom Brady Deflategate saga.
Both sides have proposed to Judge Richard Berman to find a “final resolution” to the matter before the 2015 NFL season begins.
In a letter to Berman, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lawyers for the two parties requested the matter be expedited to Sept. 4, six days before the Patriots open the season on Sept. 10 against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
“The NFLPA and Mr. Brady had intended to file a motion for a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction,” the parties wrote in a document obtained by CBSSports.com. “However, the parties met and conferred and have agreed that a final resolution of this matter prior to the commencement of the 2015 NFL regular season would be in everyone’s best interest.”
The two parties proposed the following schedule:
- Aug. 7: NFLPA and NFL cross move to vacate and confirm the suspension
- Aug. 14: Both parties file “respective papers” in support of those motionsThe two sides would then schedule a date for oral arguments that would “enable a decision to be rendered by Sept. 4, when Brady’s team must prepare for its first regular season game.”This is significant since it would avoid an injunction to allow Brady play, while, presumably, a suspension or other discipline is negotiated.