|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘I dealt with whatever feelings I had last week, but I’ve moved on’ regarding trade of Logan Mankins||09.02.14 at 7:45 am ET|
Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning as the Patriots prepare for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Dolphins in Miami. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots finished a 2-2 preseason with Thursday’s 16-13 loss to the Giants. Since then, the team traded stalwart offensive lineman Logan Mankins and backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. According to a report, Brady was very upset upon learning that Mankins was sent to the Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick.
“I haven’t really spoken to anybody about it,” Brady said. “I have my own personal feelings that obviously are very personal to me. Whatever those are, I just want our team to be the best it can be for this year. I love Logan, Logan was a great friend of mine. Nobody stood for Patriot football more than him. But he’s moved on. I hope he’s happy. We’ll keep in touch.
“We’ve got a game to win. I can’t really think too much about what happened in the past. Like I said, yeah, I dealt with whatever feelings I had last week, but I’ve moved on. I’ve got to move on, because that’s what this team expects me to do. With Miami coming in, the only thought on my mind is how I can be the best quarterback against them and how I can can try to go out there and lead my teammates and be a great example and be a great motivator and bring the enthusiasm and energy for the team. Because without that then we have less opportunity to win. And you guys know me, I like winning.”
Brady has been through this before, losing close friends in the final days and weeks before the season begins, but he said the business aspect of football is no easier to handle as a seasoned veteran.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I’m a very person-to-person type of person. I am a very emotional person. I don’t think those things have ever gotten easier for me. And I don’t think they ever will. But you’ve got to come to grips with it also, and learn to deal with things in a mature way.
“We as players, the business side of things, we’re there to play, we aren’t there to run businesses. We’re there to enjoy the camaraderie with our teammates, enjoy the playing experience with our teammates. We play for one another, and you deal with whatever comes up and then you move forward. I think that’s part of the sport. Being that it’s happened, I know it’s going to happen next year, too, I know it’s going to happen the year after that, the year after that — for as long as you continue playing here you’re going to be dealing with this.
“But now we’ve got a chance to move forward, to move forward with the start of the year. And you’ve got to bring the best attitude you can when it matters to the most, which is now.”
|Patriots confirm addition of QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, nine others to practice squad||09.01.14 at 1:46 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The replacement for Ryan Mallett is officially on the practice squad.
The Patriots announced Monday that they have signed the full compliment of practice squad players as allowed under the new rules in the collective bargaining agreement. Among them is 26-year-old McLeod Bethel-Thompson, a third-year quarterback out of UCLA and Sacramento State.
The Patriots kept three quarterbacks – Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo – throughout OTAs, minicamp, training camp and preseason, before trading Mallett to the Texans on Sunday for a future late-round draft pick.
Professionally, Bethel-Thompson has been with Miami (2011), Minnesota (2012-2013) and San Francisco (2013). The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, was originally signed by San Francisco on July 28, 2011, as a rookie free agent. He was released by San Francisco at the end of training camp and joined the Miami practice squad in late December.
Bethel-Thompson spent the entire 2011 season as the third-string quarterback for Minnesota. He was released by Minnesota in October of 2013 and was claimed and awarded to San Francisco, where he spent time on both the 53-man roster and the practice squad.
Additionally, the Patriots announced that they have signed nine others to the practice squad. They include DL Jake Bequette, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Josh Boyce, LB Ja’Gared Davis, S Kanorris Davis, RB Jonas Gray, DL Charley Hughlett, OL Chris Martin, DL Deonate Skinner and DB Daxton Swanson.
Bequette, Boyce, Ja’Gared Davis, Kanorris Davis, Gray, Martin, Skinner and Swanson all were in camp with the Patriots this season. Hughlett spent part of the offseason with the Patriots this year.
Hughlett, 23, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys out of Central Florida on April 30, 2012. He is a long-snapper by trade and took snaps Monday with the punting team. The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder was released by Dallas on Aug. 27, 2012. He was re-signed by Dallas on Jan. 7, 2013 and released for a second time on May 29, 2013. After being released by New England in May, Hughlett was signed by Jacksonville on June 19, 2014 before being released on Aug. 25, 2014. He handled all long snapping duties for four seasons at Central Florida.
|Patriots officially announce Ryan Mallett trade, as well as other transactions||08.31.14 at 4:29 pm ET|
The Patriots announced a series of roster moves Sunday afternoon, including the official announcement of the trade of Ryan Mallett, the acquisitions of Kelcy Quarles and defensive lineman Bruce Gaston and the release of linebacker Chris White. Here’s a portion of the statement from the team on the moves:
Gaston, 22, was originally signed by Arizona as a rookie free agent out of Purdue on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder, was released by Arizona on Aug. 30, 2014. Gaston saw action in 50 consecutive games over four seasons at Purdue with 44 starts and finished with 131 total tackles, seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Quarles, 22, was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent out of South Carolina on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-4, 294-pounder, was released by the Giants on Aug. 30, 2014. He played in 35 games with 28 starts during a three-year career at South Carolina, finishing with 105 total tackles and 13 sacks. Quarles attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy for one year prior to transferring to South Carolina.
Mallett, 26, is a veteran of three NFL season with the Patriots. The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder, originally joined the Patriots as a third round (74th overall) draft pick out of Arkansas in 2011. He has played in four NFL games and has completed one pass for 17 yards.
White, 25, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2011-12) and the Patriots (2013). The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder, was claimed off waivers and awarded to the Patriots from Detroit on Sept. 1, 2013. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (169th overall) by Buffalo out of Mississippi State in 2011. He was traded by Buffalo to Detroit in a trade for QB Thad Lewis on Aug. 25, 2013. White was released by Detroit on Aug. 31, 2013. Last season, White played in 16 games and finished with one tackle on defense and nine special teams tackles.
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With so much roster manipulation going on throughout the NFL over this weekend, it’s reasonable to wonder what an NFL coaching staff and front office considers when coming to decisions on the best players to keep and those best-suited to a particular system.
With the trade of Ryan Mallett to the Texans, it was clear the Patriots were waiting until the very last (best) moment to see what they could get before pulling the trigger. They made the deal and then claimed a defensive tackle off waivers from the Giants in Kelcy Quarles that many believed more talented than one or two of the tackles the Giants wound up keeping.
The move, in a nutshell, illustrates that Bill Belichick and his staff are all about opening roster spots in one area to fill needs (either in talent or depth) at another. In this case, Belichick stayed true to his recent approach of keeping just two quarterbacks, (especially when one is named Tom Brady) and building depth along the defensive line. Belichick watched last year as he lost his two most experienced and accomplished defensive linemen in Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly.
He now has a free agent out of South Carolina that could fill big shoes if Wilfork or someone else goes down along the front.
Belichick was asked Sunday if there’s a difference between building the 46-man projected roster for game day or the 53-man active roster he finalized on Saturday.
“I’d say the best 46, that’s an easy question,” Belichick said. “I’m not saying it’s an easy answer but it’s easy in that you pick the players for that particular week that you feel like give your team the best chance to win based on your matchup with that team and your game plan going into that game, which you can control. If you do a lot of one thing and less of something else, then you can configure based on the 53 players, you can pick the 46 ones that best fit that plan for that particular week and then change it the next week if you want to.
|Patriots trade QB Ryan Mallett to Texans||at 1:35 pm ET|
The Patriots have traded quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Texans, per a league source.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Mallett, who was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft out of Arkansas, has served asa backup to Tom Brady for the better part of the last three seasons. In four games, he’s gone 1-for-4 for 17 yards. According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN, the Patriots will get a sixth-round pick in return for Mallett. (It’s known that the two teams were talking about a potential deal for Mallett as early as the spring.)
The Patriots will now likely turn to rookie Jimmy Garoppolo as the primary backup to Brady.
The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
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|Jimmy Garoppolo ‘felt pretty comfortable from the beginning’||08.29.14 at 1:18 am ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jimmy Garoppolo had all week to prepare himself for his first NFL start at quarterback.
Yes, it was just preseason but Bill Belichick wanted to give the rookie a simulation of what the work load is like getting ready to take all the snaps in practice and then take of them in a game.
“I’m sure it was. I think it was a good experience for him, just helping his development,” Belichick said. “He obviously has a long way to go but I think he learned a lot from the week.”
The result? A bit of a bumpy start but a productive night and in the end, invaluable experience commanding an offense that is regarded as one of the most complex in the game.
He had a couple of underthrows and incompletions that resulted in punts on the first two series. He threw a first half interception when Josh Boyce appeared to turn the wrong way on an in-cut pass. And he took a bad sack in the fourth quarter.
But through it all, he finished 22-of-42 for 284 yards, a 71.9 rating, and a beauty of a touchdown toss to Aaron Dobson in the first half. He also directed the Patriots down the field in a two-minute drill before halftime with a pair of sideline passes, showing poise and skill.
How did Garoppolo feel overall?
“You know, it could have gone better,” Garoppolo said. “There was definitely some things that, you know, we messed up on, fixable things and things to learn from when you watch the film.
“I’m not sure. I don’t know. It’s one of the things that we’ll see on the film, whatever it was, that we weren’t clicking like we should’ve been. We’ll fix it.”
“We’ll look at the film,” added Belichick. “I’m sure there are some good things and I’m sure there are some other things that need to be corrected.”
Garoppolo definitely appeared to find his groove late in the first quarter and into the second, when he led the Patriots to 10 points and a halftime tie.
“I felt pretty comfortable from the beginning, but you know, just gradually, I mean that’s how every game is,” Garoppolo said. “You start to pick up what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to do it, so just gradually got more comfortable.”
Bill Belichick would not commit to whether Garoppolo had done enough to beat out Ryan Mallett and win the No. 2 quarterback job behind Tom Brady. Garoppolo said that competitive dynamic didn’t create any stress in the quarterback room.
“You know, me and Ryan, and Tom [Brady] as well, we all have good relationships with one another, help each other out, and those two guys have helped me more than anyone probably. It’s the same as it always was.”
Does Garoppolo feel ready to assume the No. 2 spot behind No. 12?
“Yeah, ready to do whatever they ask me to do,” he said. “Whenever an opportunity comes, whether it’s first, second, third, whatever it is, you have to be ready for it and I think this preseason, going into the games with the mindset that I was the starter and just preparing like that, it really helped me get ready for that.”
|Bill Belichick isn’t committing to a backup for Tom Brady: ‘Last year doesn’t have anything to do with it’||at 12:30 am ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Bill Belichick may very well know already who will serve as the backup quarterback to Tom Brady this season. But after Jimmy Garoppolo played every offensive snap of Thursday’s 16-13 preseason-ending loss at MetLife Stadium, he wasn’t really in a mood to share.
After Garoppolo went 22-of-42 for 284 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, Belichick was asked if he’s come to some sort of conclusion about his back-up quarterback.
“No,” Belichick replied.
Is Mallett still the de facto No. 2? “I haven’t announced about any starters or anybody,” Belichick said.
Reminded that Mallett was the No. 2 last year, Belichick offered this insight.
“Last year doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Belichick said. “This year is this year. This year is this year. This year is this year.”
Garoppolo played in all four games this preseason, going 46-of-79 for 618 yards, with five touchdowns and the one interception Thursday night.
Mallett, who did not play a single snap Thursday, appeared in three preseason games and was 14-of-26 for 161 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.
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