|Tom Brady sends good wishes to former backups Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer via Facebook||11.13.14 at 1:48 pm ET|
|Tom Brady thinks Brian Hoyer against Ryan Mallett is ‘pretty cool’||11.12.14 at 11:20 am ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady can’t wait to see his last two back-ups square off against each other.
Brian Hoyer will lead his 6-3 Cleveland Browns into battle against the 4-5 Houston Texans Sunday in Cleveland. The Texans starting quarterback will be Ryan Mallett, getting his first career NFL start.
Hoyer has his team all alone in first place in the AFC North while head coach Bill O’Brien decided to make a change, giving Mallett the chance after Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled heading into last week’s bye.
“It’s pretty cool,” Brady said. “It speaks to their work ethic and I think what they’ve been able to accomplish. They’ve both overcome quite a bit in their career, so it will be fun to see. We play at 8 o’clock, so I’m sure a lot of guys from our team will be paying attention.”
Of course, Brady will have some extra time to pay attention Sunday afternoon if he’s not napping. The Browns and Texans play at 1 p.m. in Cleveland while the Patriots don’t kick off in Indianapolis until 8:30 p.m.
Brady has already faced another former back-up this season head-to-head, when the Patriots beat Matt Cassel and the Vikings, 30-7, in Week 2.
|Bill Belichick on Tom Brady Backup Bowl: ‘Lot of respect’ for Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer||at 6:30 am ET|
FOXBORO — This weekend marks the Tom Brady Backup Bowl, a contest that will feature Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer going up against Houston’s Ryan Mallett in a duel of former New England second-string quarterbacks.
Mallett will be making his first career start after taking over the No. 1 job with the Texans. Meanwhile, Hoyer has led the Browns to a 6-3 start, completing 58 percent of his passes for 2,212 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“Both those guys worked really hard here,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “They both did a good job for us. I have a lot of respect for both of them and a personal liking for both guys. We wish them well.”
‘Well, I’d say Darius has been in pretty much the same role that he was in last year as a nickel back [with Greg] Toler and [Vontae] Davis usually outside and Butler usually in the slot,” Belichick said of the 28-year-old Butler, who was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2009 before joining Indy in 2012.
As for Brown, he was an undrafted free agent who spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with New England before joining the Colts.
“Sergio’s had a big role in the kicking game,” Belichick said, “and then when [Laron] Landry was out the last four or five weeks then he had a lot of playing time at safety on defense and has been a little bit less involved in the kicking game.
“He’s been in those two roles. It looks like they’re kind of independent of each other, so the more involved he is on defense, the less in the kicking game; the less on defense, the more in the kicking game. He’s done both.’
|Brady Backup Bowl? Ryan Mallett set to face Brian Hoyer next weekend||11.05.14 at 3:22 pm ET|
If everyone stays healthy, it’ll be a reunion of former Tom Brady backups next weekend, as Ryan Mallett — who was named the new starter for the Texans on Wednesday — will lead Houston against the Browns, who are quarterbacked by Brian Hoyer.
The 26-year-old Mallett, who spent three years with the Patriots, takes over for a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien praised Mallett on Wednesday, saying he’s improved across the board since he arrived in Houston in a trade with the Patriots in September.
“Watching Ryan in practice every day, I believe it’s gotten better and better,” O’Brien told Houston reporters on Wednesday. “His huddle command, his knowledge of the offense, he’s been in this system for four years. … I think he’s made a lot of progress whereas he’s never played in a game or hasn’t had many reps in a game. We’re going to give him his shot to play.”
“It sure didn’t seem like it, I’ll tell you that,” the 26-year-old Mallett said when asked if he ever thought he’d get this chance. “I’ll tell you that. It’s been four years. It didn’t seem like it … I was starting to question if I’ll ever get a shot. Well now I’ve got a shot. We’ll see what I do with it.”
Hoyer has been at the controls of a Cleveland team that has a 5-3 mark at the midway point of the season. The 29-year-old, who was cut loose prior to the start of the 2011 season — ostensibly for Mallett, who took over as the No. 2 quarterback in New England — has completed 58 percent of his passes this year, to go along with 2,014 passing yards and 10 touchdowns.
|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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