Found November 16, 2011 on The Rap Sheet:
When the Patriots beat the Jets on Sunday, they did so with a defense will with players who no one had heard of. Well, some players, you were familiar with. But DB Sterling Moore? LB Jeff Tarpinian? These are the guys they went to battle with. Yes. The result was a resilient, impressive effort (one I talked about on WEEI today). LB Jerod Mayo hit on the same topic, explaining how he handles players with whom he has zero experience. “I can help by just talking to those guys, trying to calm them down and just communicate, make sure everyone’s on the same page,” Mayo said in the locker room today. “It’s a little different, but at the same time, we have that next-man-up mentality and I think those guys are stepping up.” (more…)

Patriots QB Tom Brady weighs the merits of hurrying it up, Gronkowski, and other stuff!

Patriots QB Tom Brady met the media earlier today, in a pretty good mood. Considering his team just beat the Jets by a large margin a few days ago, that would make sense. Brady hit on a few topics after a Sunday night game that ended with him completing 12 passes in a row. One pertinent topic revolved around his use of the hurry-up offense, which helped immensely against the Jets...

Patriots coach Bill Belichick breaks down the play-calling duties for the first time

You never know what Bill Belichick will say. Sometimes, you get the one-word answers. Other times, an interesting discussion on an item that hadn’t been addressed in a while. Today, we got both. But the most interesting thing that came out of Belichick’s news conference on the first day of Chiefs Week is that Belichick divulged that Matt Patricia is the defensive play-caller...

Why coming up with a timeline for Patriots CB Devin McCourty is so difficult…

The Patriots got some tough injury news in the win over the Jets, as captain CB Devin McCourty went down with a separated shoulder. We knew after the game that there was no structural damage, and there are no broken bones or no complete tears. Yet a few days later, we still don’t know a ton more about when McCourty will return. Why? Based on what I’m being told, McCourty is...

And now a moment with the pass rusher himself Andre Carter. No...

And now a moment with the pass rusher himself Andre Carter. No question this guy has been the 2011 defensive MVP for the Patriots and he’s only on a one year deal. Time to lock him up for at least two more!

Mankins happy so far, except for `horrible call'

By Paul KenyonFOXBORO _ Logan Mankins has been getting singled out more than usual this season. Most of the time that has been good news for the all-pro guard, but there have been some negatives, as well. Mankins was one of the big stories for the Patriots in training camp. After spending an unhappy season wearing the franchise tag, he reported on time this year and promptly signed...

Andre Carter Set a Patriots Record

New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter set a team record during this past Sunday night’s win over the Jets. Carter had a monster night and set the franchise record for most sacks in a game with 4 1/2. “I’m still shocked, still soaking it in,” said Carter. “I’m just happy we went out there and [...]

CB Devin McCourty among the missing from today’s walkthrough practice

After a physical game Sunday night with the Jets, Patriots coach Bill Belichick opted for a light workout today, putting the team through a walkthrough indoors at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse. Colleage Ian Rapoport, who made the trip over, believes it was rest and rejuvenation time before Monday night’s game with the Kansas City Chiefs. To no one’s surprise, cornerback Devin McCourty...

Bill Belichick on ex-Chiefs lineman Brian Waters: ”He’s earned everybody’s respect here.”

Brian Waters spent 11 seasons playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. On Monday Night, the All-Pro offensive lineman will get to go against his former team for the first time since signing on with the Patriots as a free agent back in September. Earlier today, Pats coach Bill Belichick talked during a conference call with the media about how lucky the Patriots were that Waters was available...

Handy man

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Patriots Hurting at Linebacker With Absence of Jeff Tarpinian, While Devin McCourty Misses Third Practice

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What’s My Name? Patriots Cast of No Names Make Name for Themselves

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