AFC East: New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski: 'I grew up a lot'

December, 18, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski arrived at his locker Thursday, he playfully took a few items and put them behind where he’d be standing. He joked that it was for “product placement” as the cameras pointed in his direction.

It was a brief glimpse of “Gronk the Businessman.”

Soon enough, he was asked about “Gronk the Maturing Football Player.”

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Gronkowski’s maturity has been noted by quarterback Tom Brady in recent weeks, as the 2010 second-round draft choice has a different perspective after almost five full seasons in the NFL.

“I grew up a lot [smiling],” Gronkowski said when asked about how different he is now compared to his rookie year.

“Just being in the league a few years, you see the ins and outs -- how older guys do everything, how they last; and how you see some guys come in and leave right away and see what they did. And see guys like Tom and Rob Ninkovich, Revis, older guys like that, and see what they do and how they practice. It leads [by] example.”

Injuries have also added to Gronkowski’s perspective.

“Oh yeah, no doubt. It can be taken away any time,” he said. “Don’t take anything for granted.”

Two other sound bites from Gronkowski:

On Darrelle Revis: “He’s a great player, with ball skills, and so relaxed out there that you don’t even think he’s trying. That’s how he good he is, When you see a player like that, you say, ‘Is he trying?’ Because he’s right at the ball every time. That means he has a lot of skills, he’s quick on his feet, and the way he reacts to the ball is unbelievable.”

Preparing to face the Jets. “It doesn’t make a difference in records at all. The Jets are always a tough team, always physical, and always ready to play. It’s always a big game against them.”

Patriots' injury report: Julian Edelman, 11 others limited

December, 17, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are dealing with a long list of injuries as they enter the final two weeks of the NFL regular season.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was previously listed with a thigh injury, is now also listed with a concussion. He was a limited participant at Wednesday’s practice.

Another new addition to the injury report is cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring). He injured his hamstring against the Dolphins and did not play the rest of the game.

Starting left guard Dan Connolly (neck/ankle) also missed the remainder of the game against the Dolphins after injuring his neck. He was previously dealing with the ankle injury.

Running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and long snapper Danny Aiken (finger) are also new additions to the injury report.

Arrington, Connolly, Blount and Aiken were all limited at Wednesday’s practice.

Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), rookie offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle) and linebacker Chris White (ankle) all continued to be limited participants, too.

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) remains a full participant at practice.

Steve Maneri, Garrett Gilbert join Patriots

December, 17, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There were two new faces in the Patriots’ locker room on Wednesday – tight end Steve Maneri and quarterback Garrett Gilbert.

Maneri, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound former offensive tackle, spent a portion of training camp with the Patriots. Considering his background at a tackle, he is primarily a blocking tight end. Maneri said he does not have practice-squad eligibility, which would indicate that he was signed to the team’s 53-man active roster.

Gilbert, the Rams’ sixth-round pick (214th overall) in the 2014 draft, was released from St. Louis’ practice squad in October. Gilbert has practice-squad eligibility, and it's likely he'll land on the Patriots' practice squad as he practiced with the team Wednesday.

Gilbert played in college at Texas before transferring to SMU, where he had considerably more success than his time with Texas. The addition of Gilbert comes after the the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune reported that the Patriots were trying to sign rookie quarterback David Fales off the Bears’ practice squad, but the Bears promoted Fales to their active roster.

The Patriots have yet to officially announce the roster moves.

Patriots-based thoughts from Rex Ryan

December, 17, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Few coaches, if any, draw as large of a crowd for a conference call as Rex Ryan of the New York Jets. With about 20 reporters gathered around the speakerphone here at Gillette Stadium, Ryan called in for the standard weekly opponent call at 10:45 a.m. ET.

Here are some of the notable topics related to the New England Patriots:

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Patriots' defense has changed since Oct. 16. Ryan made the point that the Patriots look different defensively from when the teams met Oct. 16. He touched on the Patriots bringing in a "couple big guys" since that point (presumably referring to defensive tackle Alan Branch and defensive end Akeem Ayers) while also pointing out "a lot of different coverages that they haven't played in the past that they're playing now." Asked later about those coverages, Ryan said there are different things a team can do in man coverage and that's what he was referring to.

Thoughts on the Patriots-Jets rivalry. Asked his place in the New England-New York rivalry, Ryan said he had no idea. Then he re-directed, saying, "We all know what's getting ready to happen in this game. We know that both teams give their maximum effort against each other. I don't think each team particularly likes each other. It's on. Regardless of what the record is. We could be playing for first place or whatever, it's the same effort always. It's usually a close game and it's usually a physical game."

More on the Patriots. While Ryan and the Jets don't like the Patriots, there is respect. "They always have it -- six years in a row that they've won the division. You're a little envious, I guess. It's what it is -- they're the ones you chase. We respect them a great deal -- they're led by a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Hall of Fame coach. So they're hard to beat and we recognize that, but that doesn't mean that we'll take our rightful place underneath them. That's not going to happen. We're here to beat them. That's our mentality every time we play them. They're going to get our best shot and we're going to get theirs; we understand that about each other."

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Not going to gush about Revis. The opening question of the conference call was on cornerback Darrelle Revis, with Ryan asked to speak about what he's seen from Revis this season. "No," Ryan answered, before pausing and adding, "I'm just going to go with 'yes' and 'no' answers the whole time. Just kidding." While Ryan lauded Revis, when asked if he was worthy of MVP consideration, Ryan also stopped short of saying too much while citing the possibility of being charged with tampering. "If I comment on him, then I'll get in trouble [for] commenting on somebody else's players. I'll just say he's an excellent player and let the experts figure out where he belongs in the discussion."

How tough this season has been on him. When Ryan was asked how tough the season has been on him given "some of the things swirling about what's going on inside the team," he responded, "Anything that's swirling around inside our team, I'm proud of this team. We've got nothing (in terms of issues). Some guys' reports are probably as far off as any I've ever seen. This team is tight. Our record is the only thing that stinks. We have a great group of guys that care, that prepare, practice hard. It's obviously unfortunate that our record is what it is. But it has nothing to do with the type of character in this room."

Thoughts on competing against Bill Belichick twice a year the last six seasons. Asked how much he's relished matching X's and O's and wits with Belichick, Ryan said, "I don't know how I've fared that way with him, but as a competitor, you like facing the best. That's what he is. Obviously I like doing that, just like any competitor would. I obviously wish I had more success against him, but they do a tremendous job in all phases of the game. They're a really well-coached football team, and his assistant coaches are outstanding as well, and they've been around a long time with him. Obviously, it's a huge challenge. As a competitor, absolutely I enjoy the preparation and the battles against him."

Belichick: Getting ready for Jets' best shot

December, 17, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Even though the New York Jets are in the cellar of the AFC East with a 3-11 record, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows how tough Rex Ryan's teams play against New England.

"It seems like quite a while since we've played the Jets," Belichick said during his news conference on Wednesday. "Jets are playing well, they're a very competitive football team. They're in every game, they've been in a lot of tight games.

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AP Images/Elise AmendolaIn their first meeting this season on Oct. 16, the Patriots slipped past the Jets, 27-25.
"Seems like every game comes down to the last possession kind of like it did with us, like a lot of our games with them have in four of the last five times we've played them."

Flashback to Week 7, when the Patriots beat the Jets by just two points -- a 27-25 victory sealed by defensive lineman Chris Jones' blocked field goal as time expired.

The previous four meetings between these two teams have been decided by three points or less, with two of those games being decided in overtime. The last time a team won by more than three points was on Nov. 22, 2012, when the Patriots beat the Jets, 49-19.

"We'll see how it goes against the Jets," Belichick said. "We've played other teams and different matchups and all that. The Jets are pretty healthy, they had one change on their offensive line but the rest of those guys have all started 14 games. They've had pretty good consistency at tight end. The running backs are very good. The quarterback's a good runner. We'll see whether we can improve against the Jets in the running game. That's what we need to do."

In addition to a strong run game (they rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 147.1), the Jets also stop the run better than most NFL teams as they rank fourth in opponents' rushing yards per game (87.5).

"Defensively strong front, good at stopping the run," Belichick said. "Physical pass rush team, those front seven guys don't come off the field too much. They're used in a lot less nickel and dime than we've ever seen. They try to keep those guys on the field as much as possible so they're a pretty disruptive group."

The Patriots may have locked up the AFC East, but these final two games against the Jets and Bills have major implications as the Patriots are vying for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Considering the history of Ryan's Jets playing the Patriots tightly, Belichick needs his team to play better than in the past.

"This will be a big week for us and I think we need to play better than we did the last time we played them," Belichick said. "I think that will be good enough. Barely was good enough last time but it'd be good enough this time."

Report card: New England Patriots

December, 14, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here are the grades from the New England Patriots' 41-13 win against the Miami Dolphins in Week 15:

Quarterback: It's customary to talk about Tom Brady's arm, which was less than stellar at times on Sunday. But it was all about Brady's feet on his 17-yard scamper, a major turning point in the game. He was a man on a mission on the run that set up a LeGarrette Blount touchdown early in the second half. Brady's grade is lowered for missing a few throws and getting multiple passes swatted down at the line of scrimmage, including his one interception. Grade: B+

Running back: After weeks of limited action, Jonas Gray reemerged as a viable backfield option with his good vision, underrated speed and power running. His 62 yards led the way on a day when the Patriots didn't commit to the run. Blount struggled other than his touchdown run. While Shane Vereen finished with a lowly six carries for five yards, his three-yard touchdown run was impressive as he stayed on his feet and powered through a tackle into the end zone. Grade: B

Wide receiver: Per usual, it's the Julian Edelman-and-Brandon LaFell show for the wide receivers. Edelman had a bad drop where he turned to go upfield before hauling in the pass and he was lucky to not lose a fumble. But he did make some big catches, especially early on, and had a nice grab down the sideline. LaFell had a quiet six catches for 66 yards. Shout out to Brian Tyms for a great vertical route. Too bad Brady overthrew him by a hair. Grade: B+

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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesKyle Arrington's scoop and score on Jamie Collins' blocked field goal was a special teams standout.
Tight end: Rob Gronkowski delivered when the Patriots needed him. Brady had him a few more times, and the QB is at fault for missing throws, including a deep ball where he underthrew his big tight end. But in the end, Gronk is Gronk and dominates all of the competition. Give some credit to Michael Hoomanawanui for some solid blocks on Dolphins' pass-rusher Cameron Wake. Grade: A

Offensive line: In the Week 1 battle between these teams, the offensive line was a mess. It's amazing what some continuity can do for a team. The O-line played a good game, especially in the second half. The pass protection was solid all game; credit the Dolphins' athleticism on the swatted passes. The run-blocking was poor early on, but improved in the second half. Sebastian Vollmer did a great job of containing Wake. Grade: B+

Defensive line/linebacker: Welcome back, Chandler Jones. Jones, who missed the last six games with a hip injury, made a triumphant return with seven total tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins continue to be a brutal linebacker tandem for opposing teams to deal with. Vince Wilfork provided solid interior pressure and was a presence in the run game, as he needs to be. Rob Ninkovich also played a strong game with a sack and a nice pass breakup on a dropback. After getting gashed in Round 1 against the Dolphins, the Patriots' defensive front dominated the rematch. Grade: A+

Defensive back: Darrelle Revis was lights out in coverage. He deserves credit for an assist on Duron Harmon's interception. Devin McCourty had a key pass breakup on Charles Clay in the end zone. Brandon Browner had penalties called against him, as has become customary, though one was a poor call. He also got away with an early hit as he assisted on Patrick Chung's interception, but Browner made some big plays in the secondary. Outside of Malcolm Butler getting torched by Mike Wallace on the Dolphins' opening snap, the secondary had a solid performance. Grade: A

Special teams: Collins' athleticism on his field goal block was truly exceptional. Kyle Arrington did a great job of sticking with the play to scoop and score off of the block. Ryan Allen picked up where he left off last week with a pair of booming punts in the first half. And congratulations to Mr. Consistent, Stephen Gostkowski, for surpassing Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots' all-time leading scorer (1,165 points). Grade: A

Coaching: The decision to run on three plays at the end of the half when the Dolphins had three timeouts was not a good call as Miami scored a touchdown. Also, some of the defensive matchups early on were less than ideal. But Bill Belichick and his staff clearly prevailed. Moments of note were using Nate Solder as an extra tight end and the quick-snap punt on fourth-and-one. What stood out most were adjustments as the Patriots scored a third-quarter franchise record 24 points after the offensive woes in the first half. Grade: A

Chandler Jones gets emotional in return

December, 14, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As members of the media surrounded New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones at his locker after Sunday’s 41-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, the voice of another Patriots player bellowed out from the back end of the locker room with an announcement for all to hear.

“Sack Man is back, Chandler Jones!” the player yelled.

Jones laughed at the statement before bringing to the media’s attention that fellow defensive end Rob Ninkovich’s sack on the day gave him three straight seasons with eight sacks. There wasn’t much more for Jones to say about himself. He had let his game do the talking in his return.

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Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesChandler Jones, who had 1.5 sacks in his first game in nearly two months, celebrates with Tavon Wilson.
In his first game back since a hip injury forced him to miss six games, Jones recorded 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble as the Patriots defense stifled the Dolphins for the majority of the afternoon. Jones played in 55 of the team’s 81 defensive snaps (including penalties) and looked explosive in his time on the field.

“I feel like when you’re on the field and when you’re in between those lines, there’s no 70 or 80 percent; you have to go 110 every time,” Jones said. “I feel like if I didn’t have the ability to go 110 percent, I shouldn’t have been out there. I always go 110 percent every play.”

It had been a long time coming for Jones to make his return. Initially expected to miss four to six weeks after injuring his hip in an Oct. 16 victory over the New York Jets, Jones was out just over eight weeks. There had even been reports shortly after his injury that he could miss the rest of the regular season. But instead, he kept working to get back, nearly returning last week and looking strong during practice this wee, showing coach Bill Belichick that he belonged on the field.

“This week he was able to take a lot of reps and certainly looked like he was ready to go from a practice standpoint, a conditioning standpoint,” Belichick said. “It was good to get him back out there.”

And it was good for Jones to get back out there. All week, Jones had been told it would be a day-to-day thing as he remained a limited participant in practice. So to be deemed active for a game that the team not only won, but used to clinch their division? Jones couldn’t help but take it to heart.

“Just a few months ago I was on crutches, so for me to be out there running with my team, I got a little emotional,” he said. “It felt good to be out there; it did.

“Just going through that whole routine and process of a pregame again kind of felt a little emotional like, ‘This is happening. I’m back out here.’ You’ve just got to enjoy it, every day and every second that you have the opportunity to play at this level, you’ve just got to enjoy it and that’s what I try to do every day.”

Jones’ teammates certainly enjoyed having him back as well.

“It makes our job a lot easier in the secondary, trust me,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “Chan is one of our best defensive linemen at rushing the quarterback and he made some plays today. It was great.”

“He’s played great football all year and it was killing him being sidelined,” defensive captain Devin McCourty said. “It was really good for him to get back out there. He made plays like he has done all year when he’s been out there. Another key guy on our defense and having him back healthy is huge.”

In addition to getting Jones back, linebacker Dont’a Hightower also played after missing last Sunday's game at San Diego with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Sealver Siliga returned last week after missing nine games with an injury. The Patriots’ defense is getting healthy at the right time, and it has defensive captain Vince Wilfork pleased.

“Getting [Jones] back this week, getting Sealver back last week and Hightower back this week, we’ve got all our dogs back,” Wilfork said. “That’s where we want to be. We want to be healthy going into December these next games ... so we can be at full speed moving forward.”

The Sack Man is back, along with the rest of the dogs. And the Patriots are prepared to make a full push heading toward the postseason again.

Darrelle Revis to Dolphins: 'You might need to watch what you say'

December, 14, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots players were shown multiple quotes from Miami Dolphins players on the screens inside their facility leading up to Sunday’s 41-13 victory over Miami, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning. The quotes were about the Dolphins’ 33-20 season-opening victory over New England, meant to serve as motivation to Patriots players this week.

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Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis addressed the topic after Sunday’s game.

“There was a lot of talk … those guys were chirping. The Miami Dolphins were chirping this week about [how] they should have beaten us by 50 and all of those type of things the first game,” he said. “If that's what they want to do, then that's what they want to do. The one thing you have to understand is you get a second stab at it because we're in the same [division]. You might need to watch what you say.”

Added safety Devin McCourty, “We lost to them in Week 1 and they had a lot to say.”

Patriots enjoy championship gear

December, 14, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the New England Patriots' 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins:
  • Players enjoy championship gear. When defensive lineman Zach Moore was asked whether a picture could be taken of his AFC East championship hat, and Moore obliged, teammates Akeem Ayers and Darius Fleming were nearby and asked to join in. That, in some ways, reflects some of the chemistry that has developed with this team. Several players were fired up to wear their championship gear.
  • Belichick flattered to be mentioned with Lambeau. With his 229th career victory (including postseason), Bill Belichick moved into a tie with Curly Lambeau for fourth place on the all-time list. Belichick thanked a questioner who asked what it meant to be mentioned in the same sentence as Lambeau. "It’s flattering, very flattering," he said. "Curly was one of the great founders, really, of the National Football League. [He] spent the year at Notre Dame, brought the Notre Dame offense into the NFL, ran the box, had championships in Green Bay. [He] really kind of started the passing game with [Don] Hutson and Cecil [Isbell]. He was certainly one of the innovators in the league in his time. [It’s] very flattering to be put in his category, in any sentence, really."
  • Family feeling in the room. Some players had their children in the locker room after the game, including quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Brandon LaFell. The environment, as one would expect based on the accomplishment, was upbeat. "We have big goals every year for our team, so this is the one that is the first one to get," Brady said after hugging his son en route to his postgame news conference. "It's great to win. That's why we play. I've been very fortunate to be a part of an organization where that's what matters the most and to be able to play with some really great players over the years. I think winning and experiencing it with players and coaches and Mr. Kraft and Jonathan and his family, it's pretty awesome."
  • Bledsoe draws a crowd. Patriots Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Bledsoe was in town for business, and he was here for the game. At one point in the postgame locker room, a bunch of reporters surrounded Bledsoe to ask him questions, which was a blast from the past. Bledsoe joked that Brady's 17-yard run felt like it was in slow motion, which led him to crack about how many often said he moved as a glacierlike pace during his own playing days. The Patriots tweeted out a photo of him, Brady and Robert Kraft after the game.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As part of ESPN's "NFL Countdown" program, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the following Sunday morning:

"The Patriots are raring to go against a Dolphins team that has beaten them two straight games. On the screens inside the Patriots training facility, New England displayed multiple quotes from Miami players after they beat the Patriots in the regular-season opener, about how the Patriots players quit, about how they took it to them, and each Patriot was able to repeatedly walk past and read the multitude of quotes the Miami players said about them after the opener. Someone wanted New England to remember."

Akeem Ayers has turned out to be a steal

December, 10, 2014
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Since being acquired by the New England Patriots in a trade with the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 22, defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers has played 327 of a possible 418 defensive snaps (78.2 percent).

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His stat line: 13 tackles, three quarterback sacks, one interception, and generally solid play against the run.

Ayers has been a midseason steal for the Patriots, who traded a sixth-round draft choice to Tennessee in exchange for Ayers and a seventh-rounder. With the Titans struggling and set to pick near the top of each round, and the Patriots set to pick near the bottom, the trade basically was about the Patriots moving down in the draft around 10-20 spots.

On Sunday before the 24-13 win against the Chargers, the point was made that we didn't think we'd be asking the question, "Where would the Patriots be without Ayers?" Then the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Ayers delivered another strong performance, which had coach Bill Belichick talking about him again on Wednesday morning.

"He played outside linebacker in college and at Tennessee, and he played defensive end in sub situations, which is pretty common for a lot of guys like him, a Rob Ninkovich type of guy," Belichick said, pointing out that in the six games he's been with New England, the team has mostly been in sub defense which has had Ayers at end.

"He has done about what we expected him to do. He learned very quickly, got on the field quickly, has a lot of position flexibility physically, and has a lot of position flexibility mentally in terms of assignments -- rushing, covering, man coverage, zone coverage. He has a good feel for the game. He's a smart guy, an instinctive player -- like Rob, but different than Rob."

QB snapshot: Tom Brady

December, 9, 2014
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A quick observation of quarterback Tom Brady and how he played in the New England Patriots' 23-14 win in Week 14:

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1. Excellent work with his feet. When was the last time we saw Brady scramble for two first downs? It happened late in the second quarter (third-and-3) with a 4-yard scramble and late in the fourth quarter (third-and-2) with a 5-yard scramble. This was an underrated part of Brady's performance. He's not known for his athleticism in that area, but his willingness to take off and run was critical to the team's success.

2. Living on the edge near the goal line. There were too many tipped passes in the red zone and near the goal line as Brady was throwing into extremely tight windows. Part of that is a result of the space being tight in that area of the field, and protection breaking down, but Brady's decision-making in that area of the field was a bit riskier than the norm.

3. Moving up the ranks. Brady's 64th career 300-yard passing game moved him into third place in NFL history, as he passed Dan Marino.

4. Locking in on Gronkowski and Edelman. A breakdown of the difference in production when Brady was throwing to tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman, compared to the rest of his targets:


SAN DIEGO -- Offensive starters for the New England Patriots in Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers:

LT: Nate Solder
LG: Dan Connolly
C: Bryan Stork
RG: Ryan Wendell
RT: Sebastian Vollmer
TE: Rob Gronkowski
TE: Michael Hoomanawanui
TE: Tim Wright
QB: Tom Brady
RB: LeGarrette Blount
WR: Brandon LaFell

The Patriots started deep in their own territory, which probably dictated the decision to go with three tight ends.

Stevan Ridley rehabbing on stationary bike 15 days after knee surgery

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New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is already working hard to rehab his surgically repaired right knee.

On Wednesday, Ridley posted an Instagram video of him on a stationary bike just 15 days after the surgery.

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Ridley tore his ACL and MCL in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills.

Ridley is a free agent at the end of this season, as his rookie contract is reaching its end.

QB snapshot: Tom Brady

December, 2, 2014
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A quick observation of quarterback Tom Brady and how he played in the New England Patriots' 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 13:

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The Packers pressured Brady as much as any team this season. When Green Bay sent at least five pass-rushers, Brady was 9-of-16 for 86 yards, which tied for his most pass attempts against the blitz in a game this season.

Brady, who entered Sunday with a league-high 93.1 Total QBR against the blitz, fell well short of his season averages, per ESPN's Stats & Information:

Completion percentage vs. blitz
1st 11 games: 67.7
Sunday: 56.3

Yards per attempt vs. blitz
1st 11 games: 7.7
Sunday: 5.4

Touchdowns vs. blitz
1st 11 games: 9
Sunday: 0

First-down percentage vs. blitz
First 11 games: 55 percent
Sunday: 31 percent

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