|Chandler Jones (hip) ruled out again, Akeem Ayers (non-injury) misses practice||11.14.14 at 4:55 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Chandler Jones will miss his third straight game Sunday when the Patriots travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in Sunday night football. Jones, who injured his hip on Oct. 16 against the Jets, hasn’t practiced since suffering the injury.
The team also reported that Akeem Ayers missed practice Friday for a non-injury related matter. He is expected to play Sunday night, per the team’s injury report released Friday afternoon.
Dominique Easley (knee) leads a group of four players who were limited on Friday and are questionable for Sunday night. Easley returned to practice on Thursday after missing Tuesday and Wednesday practices.
Matthew Slater returned to full participation on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. He is officially probable for Sunday.
Chandler Jones won’t be the only one in the football family not playing Sunday night. Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones – Chandler’s brother – has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Here is Friday’s complete Patriots practice report:
Did not practice
DE Chandler Jones (hip) OUT
DL Dominique Easley (knee) QUESTIONABLE
S Nate Ebner (finger) QUESTIONABLE
OL Cameron Fleming (finger) QUESTIONABLE
OL Ryan Wendell (knee) QUESTIONABLE
|Adam Schefter on MFB: When choosing a QB for next 4 years, it’s Andrew Luck over Tom Brady||at 12:58 pm ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with the Middays with MFB crew on Friday for his weekly chat about NFL news, and he discussed comparisons between Andrew Luck and Tom Brady. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.
Asked which quarterback he would prefer for the next four years, Schefter tabbed Luck over Brady.
“I think I’d take Luck because he’s entering the prime of his career, where you have to think that it’s going to get harder and harder for Tom to do what he’s done into his late 30s and 40s,” Schefter said, adding: “Look, Luck is the best young quarterback in football, period.”
One criticism of Luck is his turnover issues. In nine games this season he’s thrown nine interceptions and fumbled the ball six times, losing two. Schefter downplayed that concern.
“First of all, he’s still young quarterback. We lose sight of the fact that he’s in his third season,” Schefter said. “And I think it’s a case where they’re putting the ball in the air an awful lot, more this year than they have in other years. So, just by doing that you are risking yourself to turnovers, right? He’s also active in the pocket, rolling around, and could be vulnerable to strip sacks, I guess. But I’ll take Andrew Luck any day of the week, even with all the turnovers that he creates right now.”
Looking at Sunday’s game, Schefter said he’s going with the Patriots.
“I think we’ve learned that it’s foolish to pick against New England, particularly in big spots, particularly against younger quarterbacks,” he said. “So I’m going to pick the Patriots, which just about all but assures a Colts victory.”
There is no question the Patriots’ season turned the week of the Cincinnati game in Week 5.
The Patriots were coming off of being embarrassed on Monday Night Football in Kansas City in Week 4 and the national media began to question quarterback Tom Brady. But, in typical Brady and Patriots fashion, the Patriots rolled to a 43-17 win over the Bengals and have now won five games straight to post a 7-2 record to lead the AFC.
In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today’s Jim Corbett, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said how fortunate the team is to have Brady as its quarterback, and the negative comments in the media may have actually helped Brady and the Patriots.
“Tommy? Absolutely. We’re so fortunate to have him as the face of our franchise in many ways as a quarterback,” Kraft told Corbett. “He’s just such a wonderful, genuine person. He works so hard. Whoever was putting those [negative] comments out there, helped us. I think it really ticked him off. You see how he trains, how he takes care of himself. He has his own personal trainer and dedicates his life to conditioning. He’s like a guy who is 10 years younger. What he puts in his body, how he works out, everything he does is done off the charts in a special way. And we’re so lucky to have him. That Kansas City game in a way was maybe a watershed moment for us. I think the whole team came together after that.”
Another star player this season has been cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis was signed this past offseason, and according to Kraft has made “a big difference.” He also compared him to a former Patriot and new member of the Patriots Hall of Fame — Ty Law.
|Colts fans still hate the Patriots, New England ‘public enemy number one’||11.13.14 at 2:04 pm ET|
If you thought a few years without Peyton Manning has changed the Colts’ fan base thoughts of the Patriots, you were wrong. The Colts fans still have a strong dislike for the Patriots after they have won four straight games, including last year’s playoff game over their former division-rival.
“I think people are looking at it and trying to make it into [Andrew] Luck vs. [Tom] Brady, but here guys, the hatred for the Patriots has never gone away,” said Derek Schultz of WNDE on with Middays with MFB on Thursday. “I think in New England it is one of those things where it was more Brady vs. [Peyton] Manning than it was Pats vs. Colts, here it has always been not only anti-Brady, but anti-Patriots. You can’t go around this town and say the word Patriots without people scoundering and hissing at you. They are 10 times what the Knicks were 20 years ago with Reggie Miller vs. Knicks heyday and that is how big the rivalry is here. This still here locally is the biggest game of the year since this has turned into an annual matchup, and since the Colts don’t have a relevant division rival in the AFC South, this is public enemy number one.”
Following seeing those remarks about Colts fans, who do Patriots fans hate the most? Is it the division-rival Jets? The Broncos for their recent dominance? Do fans still have something against the Colts, or do fans still think back to the two Super Bowl losses?
What team do Patriots fans hate the most?
- Jets (57%, 522 Votes)
- Giants (20%, 184 Votes)
- Broncos (17%, 159 Votes)
- Other (5%, 43 Votes)
- Colts (1%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 922
With the first wave of voting complete, three members of the Patriots lead Pro Bowl voting at their respective positions.
Rob Gronkowski leads voting among tight ends with 166,066 votes, while kicker Stephen Gostkowski (67,814 votes) and special teamer Matthew Slater (36,679 votes) are also currently leading their groupings.
As for quarterback Tom Brady, he’s fourth among quarterbacks with 254,807, behind only Peyton Manning (359,598), Andrew Luck (284,575), Aaron Rodgers (280,394). He’s fifth overall, as he’s just nudged out by running back DeMarco Murray (263,097).
Despite the fact that Brady is near the top of the voting totals, don’t expect him to make it, even if the Patriots are able to play. The quarterback has been voted to the Pro Bowl in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, but the last time he actually went to the Pro Bowl was 2004.
The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 25 in Arizona the week before the Super Bowl.
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But when it comes to Brady looking at Edelman’s college highlights from Kent State from when he was a quarterback, the 37-year-old Brady doesn’t have any time for that.
“I tell him probably three times a day,” Edelman said. “I try to get him to sit and look on my phone at the highlight film, but he usually doesn’t have time for my little videos. He’s a busy guy I guess. That’s what happens when you’re married with three kids and being a quarterback.”
Edelman was Kent State’s quarterback for three seasons, passing for just under 5,000 yards, but also was a very good runner — rushing for 2,483 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Brady has made a few plays with feet this season — saying on multiple occasions it is something he’s worked on — and while it may not be what the quarterback is known for, he’s been able to get the job done when he’s had to.
“If he gets to get around and scramble and get his eyes down field it’s always kind of cool because that’s how explosion plays happen,” Edelman said. “TB, he’s been working hard on all that stuff, but hopefully he just stays right where he has to and doesn’t get out there too much.”