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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price dish on Dante Scarnecchia, Brandon Spikes, protecting ‘Patriot Way’ 04.17.14 at 5:52 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia is joined by Chris Price to discuss the leadership that offensive captain Logan Mankins brings to the Patriots. Mankins defended the team against the harsh criticism of former linebacker Brandon Spikes and laughed off a prediction from Spikes that his new team, the Bills, would beat the Patriots twice in 2014. Petraglia and Price also discuss how Mankins will stabilize a veteran offensive line that lost its longtime coach, Dante Scarnecchia, to retirement.

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Adrian Wilson tweets his thanks to Patriots after his release from club: ‘Can’t make the club in the tub’ 04.04.14 at 3:59 pm ET
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Adrian Wilson worked out with the Patriots in training camp before being placed on season-ending IR. (AP)

Adrian Wilson worked out with the Patriots in training camp before being placed on season-ending IR. (AP)

FOXBORO — The Adrian Wilson era is over in Foxboro before it really ever began.

The Patriots released the 34-year-old safety on Friday, just over a year after being signed as depth in the secondary.

Wilson was signed on March 15, 2013 to a three-year deal. In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Wilson established himself as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in football, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl, three All-Pro honors and a trip to Super Bowl XLIII. In 11 seasons, he recorded 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.

He was released by the Cardinals on March 8, 2013, then signed by the Patriots a week later for three years and $5 million.

Wilson originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice (64th overall) by the Cardinals out of North Carolina State in 2001. He was released by Arizona on March 8, 2013. Wilson has played in 181 career games with 162 starts and compiled 716 tackles, 25½ sacks and 27 interceptions in his 12 years with the Cardinals. He holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive back (8), is the Cardinals’€™ all-time leader in passes defensed (99) and forced fumbles (15), and his 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in 2006 is tied with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the longest in team history.

Right after he joined the team, he offered Kyle Arrington a year’s supply of diapers for Arrington’s newborn baby to have Arrington’s jersey number 24, the number Wilson had in Arizona. Wilson eventually got his No. 24 jersey Arrington. Darrelle Revis can have No. 24, the number he’s played with on the Jets and Buccaneers.

Wilson never played a regular season snap for the Patriots as he was placed on season-ending injured reserved on Aug. 31, 2013 with an achilles injury.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Vince Wilfork, Robert Kraft and Patriots spending habits 04.02.14 at 10:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the return of Vince Wilfork, following his three-year, $22 million extension and what it means for the Patriots going forward. Petraglia and Price also discuss Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his growing fatigue with ‘petty’ financial issues every season.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price dish on Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Patriots in NFL Draft at 2:40 am ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price address the visit of Johnny Manziel, a.k.a. ‘Johnny Football’, to Foxboro on Wednesday, where he was expected to sit down with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others in the organization. Petraglia and Price look forward to the NFL Draft in early May and other players like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who might be on the Patriots’ radar in May.

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Patriots’ proposed rule change regarding goalpost height passes 03.26.14 at 11:13 am ET
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Only one of the Patriots’ proposed rule changes was approved on Wednesday at the NFL annual meeting. The goalpost height will increase by five feet, moving from 30 to 35 feet.

The proposal to move the point-after attempt to the 25-yard line was tabled, although the NFL will experiment with longer PATs in the preseason, moving the line of scrimmage for the extra point to the 20-yard line for the first two weeks of exhibition games.

The proposal to add more cameras for instant replay has been tabled until May.

Other rules approved on Wednesday include allowing the game clock to continue after a quarterback sack prior to the two-minute mark, and making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play a call that is reviewable.

Owners on Wednesday rejected proposals to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line and to allow more than one player to return to the roster during the season after being placed on injured reserve.

On Tuesday, three rules were approved, the biggest allowing referees to communicate with the officiating office in New York during a review to help determine the outcome of a call. The other two were making dunking over the crossbar in celebration a penalty and making roll-up blocks on the side of a player illegal.

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John Elway can really relate with Peyton Manning in Super Bowl misery 02.03.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — Peyton Manning said he played a great football team. John Elway said his team made too many mistakes. They’re both right and they can now relate with one another on a whole new scale after the Broncos were humiliated by the Seahawks, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Never had a team jumped out to such a big lead in a Super Bowl as did the Seahawks when they grabbed a 36-0 lead in the third quarter.

“It was embarrassing,” Wes Welker said, perfectly summing up Denver’s day in the swamps of Jersey.

Truth is, the game felt like garbage time from the moment Manning and his center Manny Ramirez weren’t on the same page and the opening snap of the game sailed into the end zone for a safety.

“I think we played a great football team,” Manning said. “We needed to play really well in order to win, and we didn’t come anywhere close to that. We weren’t sharp offensively from the very get-go. The turnover on the first play of the game to give them a safety is not the way you want to start a game. For whatever reason, we couldn’t get much going after that. Give Seattle a lot of credit. They are an excellent football team, and they caused a lot of our mistakes. At the same time, we just didn’t play well.

“They have an excellent defense. Certainly, to get behind and give them the lead, played into their hands. That’s what they do to a lot of teams. I think when you get the lead on a team, it definitely benefits their team and their defense. We certainly didn’t want to do that. We wanted to keep the game on the field and keep the score even. We got behind early and never could make a run to catch up. From that standpoint, it was a disadvantage for us, and an advantage for them.”

As for Elway, the Broncos Vice President of football operations, he won two straight Super Bowls (XXXII, XXXIII) but not before getting blown out in his first three. Elway was dominated by the Giants in Super Bowl XXI and lost 39-20. His Broncos scored the first 10 points of Super Bowl XXII before Washington scored 35 points in the second quarter and won, 42-10. It only got worse two years later when the Broncos were humiliated, 55-10, by the 49ers. Sunday’s game felt like that, something Elway denied after the game. “No, those are separate,” he said.

But still, Elway could relate with a Broncos team that won the AFC title like his did in the 1980s, only to get blown out on the game’s biggest stage.

“We just didn’t play like we’re capable of,” Elway said. “I was disappointed. Hopefully, we’ll learn from this. It started tough. We just couldn’t seem to get it going.

“It was a great year. It’s always disappointing. Only one team is happy at the end of the year, and you’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They played well. They took advantage of mistakes we made. I’m proud of these guys.”

The Broncos were sloppy and committed four turnovers, which didn’t include the bad snap for a safety or the overturned Trindon Holliday kickoff fumble recovery by Steven Hauschka.

“What hurts more is the turnover, because if you turn it over that many times, especially in this game to a good football team, which you know you’re going to play in this game, it’s hard to [win]. But that’s where you have to give the Seahawks a lot of credit.”

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Super Rout: Seattle Seahawks score in every way, crush Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII 02.02.14 at 9:54 pm ET
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MVP Malcolm Smith celebrates his 69-yard interception return for a TD in the first half Sunday. (AP)

MVP Malcolm Smith celebrates his 69-yard interception return for a TD in the first half Sunday. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD — In one of the most lopsided Super Bowl games ever, the Seattle Seahawks scored in the first 12 seconds and didn’t let up from there in an epic beat down of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.

It was not only Seattle’s first Super Bowl title in their 37-year history, it marked the first major championship for Seattle since the Supersonics beat the Bullets for the 1979 NBA championship.

Seattle dominated the game in every way possible, scoring a touchdown in all three phases while adding two field goals and a safety for good measure. The Broncos are no strangers to Super Bowl blowout losses as John Elway lost Super Bowl XXII by a 35-10 count. Two years later, they were blown out 55-10 by Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and the San Francisco 49ers.

In one of the most dreadful performances of his career on the game’s biggest stage, Manning threw a pair of costly interceptions, including a pick that was returned 69 yards by Malcolm Smith for a touchdown late in the first half. That interception made it 22-0 just over three minutes before halftime and earned him Most Valuable Player honors. Manning finished with a Super Bowl record 34 completions but needed 49 attempts for 280 yards. He was intercepted twice, including a bad pass behind Julius Thomas in the first quarter that wound up in the hands of Seattle safety Kam Chancellor. The game ended appropriately as Manning was strip-sacked on 4th-and-11 with three minutes left at his own 30. It was Denver’s fourth turnover of the game.

Then, on the opening kickoff of the second half, Percy Harvin, playing his first game since a concussion suffered in the NFC divisional round against New Orleans, outraced the Denver special teams unit 87 yards for a touchdown. That was the second kickoff return in as many Super Bowls, as Jacoby Jones returned a kick 108 yards in Baltimore’s Super Bowl XLVII win in New Orleans.

The Broncos continued their disgraceful performance on the next two drives. Instead of going for it on 4th-and-11 from Seattle’s 39, trailing 29-0, Denver coach John Fox decided to punt.

On the next possession, Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas caught a 29-yard pass down to the Seattle 15 but fumbled, committing Denver’s third turnover of the game.

The Thomas turnover led directly to Seattle’s fourth touchdown of the day, a 23-yard connection from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, with Kearse breaking three half-hearted tackles on his way to the end zone.

The game was a disaster from the very start. Manning couldn’t handle the opening snap from the shotgun from his own 14. The ball got by the Denver QB and was recovered in the end zone by Knowshon Moreno for a Seattle safety 12 seconds into the game, the quickest points in Super Bowl history.

Despite converting four of their first six third-down conversion attempts, Seattle could only manage field goals on their first two possessions inside the red zone but it didn’t matter in the end as the Seahawks out-gained the Broncos 148-11 in the first 15 minutes and never were threatened.

The Broncos avoided the indignity of becoming the first team ever to be shutout in the Super Bowl when Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 14-yard in-cut in the end zone at the end of the third quarter. Manning found Wes Welker for a successful two-point conversion.

Seattle came right back, as Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score to make it 43-8.

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