|Adam Schefter: Person close to team would be ‘stunned’ if Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo||12.23.16 at 2:37 pm ET|
With the Patriots activating Jacoby Brissett off of injured reserve this week, there’s some thought it could be a sign the team will look to trade Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason.
Garoppolo will be a free agent after next season and then both Jacoby Brissett and Tom Brady are signed through 2019. The Patriots haven’t carried three quarterbacks on their roster since 2011, but then they traded away Brian Hoyer the next offseason.
Garoppolo could get a lot in return given the lack of quality quarterbacks, but maybe the Patriots won’t be trading him after all.
In Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen’s weekly notebook, Schefter cites a source close to the Patriots who said he would be “stunned” if New England traded Garoppolo. He added there will be interest from other teams, but so will the interest to retain him to try to ensure a successful transition from Brady to Garoppolo.
This certainly will be a story to watch in the coming weeks, especially following the season.
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|Fun Facts: 10 things to know heading into Patriots-Jets||at 12:45 pm ET|
The Patriots and Jets will meet for the second time this season, and second time in almost a month Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium. The two teams are trending in opposite directions, as the Patriots are working their way to the AFC’s No. 1 seed and the Jets are ready for their offseason to begin.
Here are 10 things to know heading into the matchup.
(As always, thanks to the Patriots media relations staff for the help with some of these from this week’s media guide.)
1. Each of the last seven meetings between the Patriots and Jets have been one-possession games, but that streak could come to an end this week as the Patriots are 16-point favorites.
2. With a win, it will be Bill Belichick’s 200th regular-season win with the Patriots. Only four other coaches have 200 regular season wins with a single franchise, including George Halas (318), Don Shula (257), Tom Landry (250) and Curly Lambeau (209).
3. The Patriots have thrown just two interceptions this season. The NFL record for fewest interceptions thrown in a season is five, which is shared by six different teams.
4. New England’s run defense has drastically improved of late. Prior to the Seattle game, it was allowing an average of 101 yards per game, but now is allowing an average of 87.9 yards per game. In the last three games, the defense is allowing 45.3 yards per game, the fewest in the NFL with the next closest team in the NFL being the Steelers at 66.3.
5. The Patriots have allowed just three first quarter touchdowns all season and have gone five straight without allowing one.
6. In the month of December, Tom Brady is 30-4 in home games. In his last 51 regular-season games against AFC opponents at home, he is 50-1 with the one loss being Week 17 in 2014 when he sat out the second half against the Bills.
7. Malcolm Mitchell’s 10 red zone targets since Week 11 are tied for the league lead. He’s seen at least one in every game during that span. In his first seven games of the year he had six catches for 82 yards, but in his last six games, he has 23 catches for 290 yards.
8. The Patriots have forced eight turnovers in their last four games, which comes after forcing just nine turnovers in their first 10 games. Since 2001, when winning the turnover battle in the regular season the Patriots are 130-9.
9. Jimmy Garoppolo and Brady have the two best quarterback ratings in the NFL when in shotgun, as Garoppolo is at 119.6 and Brady is at 113.2.
10. The magic number is 23. Including the playoffs, New England is 174-15 when scoring 23 or more points under Belichick.
|Scouting Report: What you have to know about Jets-Patriots||at 12:26 pm ET|
Everything you need to know about this Saturday’s game between the Jets (4-10) and Patriots (12-2) at Gillette Stadium.
WHEN THE PATRIOTS RUN THE BALL
This is a winnable matchup for New England. (Well, they’re all pretty much winnable matchups for the Patriots on Saturday, but this one is really winnable.) New England has one of the best and most consistent running games in the AFC at this point on the calendar. LeGarrette Blount (265 carries, 1,060 yards, 15 TDs) could make a case he was snubbed in his pursuit of a Pro Bowl berth, while James White (36 carries, 143 yards) and Dion Lewis (37 carries, 183 yards) have formed a difficult-to-handle duo as changeup backs. The Patriots have topped 80 run yards per game every week since the bye, which includes a robust 91 yards on 21 carries against the Jets last month; at the time, New York was one of the best run defenses in the league. Going into that November matchup, the Jets were the fourth-best team in the league against the run, allowing an average of 85.4 rushing yards per game. This week, the Jets are 14th, at 99.9 rushing yards allowed per game. That includes losses to the Colts and Niners where they allowed 139 rushing yards and 248 rushing yards, respectively. Expect the Patriots to feature a healthy dose of the run on Saturday for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it’ll help speed the game and get everyone home in time for bed before Santa comes.
WHEN THE PATRIOTS PASS THE BALL
The Patriots should also be able to do some damage against the Jets pass defense. The New York front seven had its big moments against the Patriots in November, but Tom Brady still finished 30-for-50 for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns while not getting sacked in the close-but-not-really-close 22-17 win. Brady (249-for-372, 3,064 yards, 22 TDs, 2 INTs, passer rating of 109.7) slumped a bit last week against the Broncos, but let’s all keep in mind that was the best pass defense in the league. If he’s getting a mulligan this year, it’s that game. Overall, the Jets are 21st in the league in pass defense, allowing an average of 252 yards per game. According to Football Outsiders, the vulnerabilities of the New York pass defense are in slowing second and third options in the passing game, particularly wide receivers. Remember the first time these two teams met? Chris Hogan (33 catches, 49 targets, 631 yards, 4 TDs) and Malcolm Mitchell (29 catches, 43 targets, 372 yards, 4 TDs) combined for nine catches, 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both of them by Mitchell at the expense of You Know Who. Look for more from these two this time around. Don’t forget Martellus Bennett (50 catches, 66 targets, 649 yards, 5 TDs). Meanwhile, expect Julian Edelman (85 catches, 866 yards, 2 TDs) to see a healthy dose of targets — he’s been targeted 139 times this season already and is nearing his career-high of 151, set in 2013. It wouldn’t be crazy to suggest that Edelman has another double-digit target afternoon.
|Tom Brady posts funny Facebook video promoting TAG Heuer||12.22.16 at 9:31 pm ET|
Tom Brady is an endorser of Swiss manufacturing watch company TAG Heuer and in his latest Facebook post, the quarterback posted a video promoting their products.
The caption with the video is: Life can get stressful, but like TAG Heuer, I NEVER crack under pressure!
|Tom Brady on wearing cut-off hoodie similar to Bill Belichick: ‘You don’t like this style?’||at 3:08 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady’s media availability ended on a lighter note, as the quarterback was asked about the cut-off hooded sweatshirt he’s been wearing to his press conferences the last few weeks.
Brady was asked if he’s been going into Bill Belichick’s locker?
“You don’t like this style?,” Brady said with a smile.
The quarterback went on to explain his reason for wearing the cut-off hoodie.
“It’s so tight in the neck so I’ve got to cut it down a little bit because I’m wearing so much crap underneath at this time of year,” Brady said.
Lastly, don’t worry about Brady and Belichick sharing fashion tips.
“No, he and I don’t consult that way,” Brady said.
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|Tom Brady isn’t focused on Michael Floyd’s past, but acknowledges WR has a lot of catching up to do||at 2:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has a new receiver and a big-name at that in Michael Floyd, but it isn’t a typical offseason signing.
Floyd was claimed by the Patriots last Thursday after being released on Wednesday by the Cardinals following a DUI arrest last Monday morning.
It was his second DUI incident, as he was arrested when he was in college at Notre Dame.
Brady said he isn’t thinking about anything that happened in Floyd’s past, as it wasn’t his decision to claim him.
“I’m not focused on any of that,” Brady said. “I mean, I don’t make decisions like that. I’m just try to focus on what I’ve got to do this week and if it’s trying to work on football stuff with particular players, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
As for picking up the offense in such a short period of time given it is Week 16, Brady noted Floyd has a lot to do.
“I think it’s just you’ve got to put the time in,” Brady said. “I don’t think it’s an easy thing to do by any stretch. I think that’s why offseason’s are so valuable, to have that work. We’re pretty late in the year, but we’ll do the things that he’s confident in and that the coaches are confident he can do well and we’ll see if we can go do something positive.”
Floyd has practiced with the team three times — once last week and twice this week. Brady and the rest of the offense are doing everything they can to get him caught up.
“As much as we could,” Brady said of what he’s done with Floyd. “He’s only been here for a short period of time so there’s a lot to catch up on, especially as a receiver in our offense, but he’s working hard at it.”
It’s unclear whether or not Floyd will be active Saturday against the Jets, but it would appear likely.
|Tom Brady (thigh) back on injury report, QB among 5 Patriots limited||12.21.16 at 4:18 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After two weeks off of the injury report, Tom Brady is back on it.
Brady was among five Patriots limited in Wednesday’s practice.
The quarterback suffered a quad injury in the Seattle game on a hit from Kam Chancellor and then injured his knee the following week in San Fransisco. The quarterback was banged up for both the Jets and Rams games, but was back to full strength each of the last two weeks.
Now, Brady has a thigh injury. Note, earlier it was listed as a knee injury, but the team had it incorrectly listed.
Martellus Bennett and Dont’a Hightower were also limited, while Danny Amendola was the lone player to miss the session.
Malcolm Butler (hip), Elandon Roberts (hamstring) and Eric Rowe (hamstring) were removed.
Here is the complete practice report.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
QB Tom Brady (thigh)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
S Jordan Richards (knee)
WR Matthew Slater (foot)
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