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The Patriots held out to the very last moment, keeping his locker and his spot on the roster, but it appears that Brian Waters is not walking through that door for the Patriots. According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots have taken his nameplate off the locker and any speculation that Waters could return “should just about come to an end.” Waters presence for the season was a question all offseason, but apparently the Patriots wanted him to take a pay cut down to the veteran’s minimum heading into his age 35 season and he didn’t feel it was worth leaving his family in Texas for that.
Waters will definitely be missed. ProFootballFocus’ 4th rated guard in 2011, Waters would have almost certainly been an asset to the Patriots even at his age. His presence would have not only upgraded the right guard position, where the mediocre Dan Connolly now starts, but it would have allowed Connolly to move to center, where would have provided a more experienced option over Ryan Wendell, a former...
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Opponent: New England Patriots
Where: LP Field, Nashville
Time: Noon, CST
Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): New England is favored by 5 with an over of 48
Key Offensive Match-up: With Titans quarterback Jake Locker making his first NFL start, all eyes will be upon him. Going against a New England team with one of the NFLs most potent offenses, the...
It’s no secret that we really really like Rob Gronkowski at BC. The moment of Gronk posts are always epic. He seems like the absolute opposite of what kind of player that the New England Patriots coach would want. Doing body shots off of girls in Florida? Yeah, BC will be there to cover that. That all doesn’t matter. What matters is that he catches these balls from Tom Brady...
Patriots defensive rookies C. Jones/D. Hightower/T. Wilson combine for 15 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1...
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Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has a bad rap as one back who cannot hold onto the ball says Patriots Insider Kevin Saleeba.
Finally New England Patriots fans can forget about what happen to their hometown team back in February and look forward to hopefully another AFC East title and a 10 plus win season. Their first test will come on Sunday afternoon on the road against the Tennessee Titans, who finished 2011 with 9-7 overall record and [...]
Stephen: Based on their easy schedule and the improvements on defense, I expect the Patriots to go 14-2 during the regular season. I know it's not always fair to judge a strength of schedule based on last year's record, but I still think the Pats are set up for a deep playoff run with the opponents on the docket. During the first eight weeks, the only game they should conceivably...
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