|Tom Brady says so long to Vince Wilfork via Facebook||03.17.15 at 12:24 pm ET|
On Tuesday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave a farewell salute to departing defensive lineman Vince Wilfork via Facebook. After 11 seasons as a teammate of Brady in New England, Wilfork signed with the Texans on Monday.
|Julian Edelman on Patriots free agency: ‘[Bill Belichick] always has a plan; I trust what he’s doing’||03.14.15 at 2:53 pm ET|
The Patriots have been relatively quiet this week with the start of NFL free agency, losing notably Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and possibly Vince Wilfork, while only adding tight end Scott Chander and defensive end/outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard as notable names.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman talked about how he trusts Bill Belichick during times like this, among many other things while appearing on “The Rich Eisen Show” Friday. (Video can be found at the bottom of the post)
“It’s a tough part of the year because it happens every year and you have friends that go to another place, or you have teammates that it doesn’t work out with,” Edelman said of free agency. “Everyone has to deal with it, so it’s kind of one of those things where you wish them luck, but coach always has a plan and he is always going to do what is best for the team. He reminds us he’s been doing it for 30, 40 years now. … Whatever coach does, you know he is always going to do what is best for the team. He always has a plan; I trust what he’s doing.”
Edelman looked back on what the day was like when he was drafted in the seventh round by the Patriots. Because it was the seventh round, Edelman said he was already thinking about teams he could potentially sign with as an undrafted free agent. He played quarterback at Kent State, but was a wide receiver going into the draft.
“When I got drafted Nick Caserio was on the phone, or it was Berj [Najarian], they go we just selected you,” Edelman recalled. “It was the seventh round so I was over here looking at teams I would going to potentially sign with as a priority as a free agent and so they call and they draft me and put Bill on the phone and Bill goes [impersonating Belichick], ‘We don’t really know what you’re going to play, you can play football. We’ll see you at camp.’ I was like alright, see you at camp. I got drafted there, so it was kind of we don’t know what you’re going to do, but you can play football kind of thing.”
Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
|Tom Brady set to hit Augusta this weekend||03.13.15 at 8:03 am ET|
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|3 Patriots-related thoughts as clock ticks down to official start of free agency||03.09.15 at 1:50 pm ET|
The free agent running back market is expected to receive a bit of a jolt with the news that LeSean McCoy and the Bills have set on a five-year deal with $40 million with $26.5 guaranteed. (In addition, any deal free agent running back DeMarco Murray receives should also be in that same range.) Those will undoubtedly impact the Patriots and any plans they may have for Shane Vereen. While Vereen won’t be in that neighborhood, McCoy’s deal could be a sign that the market for third-down backs like Vereen could be better than it has been in recent years.
For the Patriots, the idea of facing Ndamukong Suh twice a year certainly isn’t appealing, especially when he’s paired up with two excellent edge rushers in the likes of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. Suh is one of the most complete young defensive tackles in the league, as he’s managed to build a resume not just as a run stopper but as an interior pass rushing presence as well. But at the same time, New England has always found a way to neutralize Suh — in two career regular-season games against the Patriots, he is 0-2 with one sack and seven tackles. Ultimately, in a division that was already full of really good young defensive fronts, this creates an even greater priority for New England when it comes to protecting quarterback Tom Brady. Several mock drafts have already marked the Patriots as needing an interior offensive lineman in the draft, and Miami’s pickup of Suh likely adds to that need.
Tom Brady‘s backups continue to find work, as it was reported Monday that Brian Hoyer appears to be on the move to Houston to join the man who supplanted him in the No. 2 role in New England back in 2011, Ryan Mallett. (Mallett reportedly agreed on Monday to a two-year, $7 million deal to stay in Houston.) Meanwhile, it’s expected that Hoyer’s move will be made official when free agency officially begins on Tuesday, although ESPN reported Monday that Hoyer will get an offer from the Jets. Including Matt Cassel (who signed with the Bills), the Patriots could face former QBs in as many as three games in 2015.
|Rob Gronkowski: ‘When you win the Super Bowl, it changes lives’||03.04.15 at 8:14 pm ET|
The Winter of Gronk has been in full swing, but the Patriots tight end took some time to join ESPN Radio’s “SVP and Russillo” show on Wednesday to promote the ESPN Madden Ultimate Team vote.
Gronkowski picked his own Madden team, and his first choice was not much of a surprise in Tom Brady.
“It was pretty cool to pick these teams,” said Gronkowski on the show. “There are so many legendary players out there, it was kind of hard. Sometimes you went with your favorite player who was on your team growing up that you like to watch, but obviously I had to pick my first choice, which is the best QB ever, Tom [Brady].”
“When you win the Super Bowl, it changes lives,” Gronkowski said. “It’s been very cool, but I was also [part of] a Super Bowl loss, when we lost three years ago. I can tell you this, winning it is a lot, lot different than losing it. It’s been a great time. Pretty awesome.”
The All-Pro said he will always remember the parade through the streets of Boston the following Wednesday after the game.
“I didn’t really know what it was going to be like, what I was really getting myself into. I didn’t know duck boat rides were four miles with thousands and thousands of people [cheering],” Gronkowski said.
He finished the regular season with 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, which was his second-best statistical season of his career. Gronkowski and Brady had a strong connection all season long, with Gronkowski being Brady’s go-to target. He said he and Brady still keep in touch during the offseason, but knows whenever the two meet up it’s all work.
“It’s like a work atmosphere. Call him up, see where he’s at and see if he wants to throw the ball around a little bit,” he said. “Whenever you meet up with Tom, you always know you’re going to be working — at least for an hour or two on the field. You know you can always count on that.”
Over the past month Gronkowski has been enjoying himself — appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, taking a vacation to Florida and most recently a weekend in Vegas.
“It’s been a little crazy, a lot of fun,” said Gronkowski of his time since the Super Bowl. “I’m just enjoying the time, celebrating with my teammates, my family and friends. Basically just enjoying the time off because you go through the grind for seven months straight, so you kind of sit back, relax, have some free time to yourself, so it’s been cool.”
|Jameis Winston plans on winning Super Bowl next year, wants to be viewed with Tom Brady||02.20.15 at 5:49 pm ET|
When meeting with the media Friday at the NFL combine, quarterback Jameis Winston certainly didn’t lack confidence.
This came up when he was asked if he saw it as a competition between he and Marcus Mariota as to who would be the No. 1 overall pick.
“I’m not into no competition type of thing,” Winston told reporters. “I’m in it to win games and be the face of someone’s franchise. This is no competition between just me and Mariota, because one thing about me, I plan on winning the Super Bowl next year so it’s going to be me vs. Peyton Manning and Jameis vs. Tom Brady. I want to be viewed like that.
“After all this combine stuff, you’re not going to hear no more about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. I want my name to stay relevant for the next 15 or 20 years of my career.”
Before taking any questions, Winston admitted he’s had some issues in the past and he’s putting them behind him.
“First off, before we start anything, I want to let you all know I know made mistakes and I know I have a past but right now it’s about me moving forward and earning the trust of all these 32 teams out there,” Winston said. “And by saying that, I’m a competitor and I know what I’m capable of doing so I will be throwing [Saturday] at the combine.”
A picture surfaced on the internet this week of Winston working out, which caused some people to question his conditioning and overall shape. Winston isn’t worried about what his critics think.
“A lot of people thought I was fat, but I’m here, I’m proving everybody wrong,” said Winston. “I look good and I know it.”
Winston won the 2014 National Championship with Florida State before losing to Oregon in the Rose Bowl this past January.
For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
|Old Tom Brady combine video from 2000 remains amazing||02.16.15 at 12:10 pm ET|
With the combine set for this week, here’s our annual look at Tom Brady, taking part in the 2000 combine at the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
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