Found August 08, 2012 on
While, just like every year, the Patriots came into training camp with most of the focus on star quarterback Tom Brady, there are a number of position battles within the club that probably have a little bit less drama than the starting QB role. One of those battles is at the running back position, where Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen (no relation to Ben Vereen, as far as we know) are getting most of the looks prior to Thursday when the Pats play the New Orleans Saints in a preseason game. Ridley seems to be getting most of the repitions,...

Dane Fletcher tears ACL in preseason opener

Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network is reporting that LB Dane Fletcher suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of Thursday's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots won 7-6, but a loss like this to kick off the season is never a good sign. Fletcher started the game at ILB, but his injury occurred while on the punt unit. Tough break...

Tom Brady Hit Hard & Fumbles in First Series Of 2012 Pre Season

A.B. First big Brady hit of the “season” is a blindside sandwich fumble. Which is exactly why in a Belichick utopia, Brady would only take 5 snaps max during each pre-season game. I’m pretty sure that everyone in New England stopped breathing for a few seconds there.

Saints, Patriots bring 3 top TEs to same field

Three off the NFL's best tight ends could play in Thursday night's preseason game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots. The teams practiced together for the second straight day on Wednesday but neither coach discussed who would play. All three tight ends have different styles. For the Saints, Jimmy Graham leaps for high passes. For the Patriots, Rob...

Cops: No evidence Saints wiretapped

Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says his investigators have found no evidence at this time that the Saints or general manager Mickey Loomis rigged Superdome wiring so opposing coaches' radio communications could be intercepted. Edmonson says state police investigators have run an extensive probe in conjunction with the FBI since the eavesdropping allegations surfaced...

Patriots LB Fletcher tears ACL

Dane Fletcher started at inside linebacker for the Patriots on Thursday, but it turned out the preseason opener will be his only game this season. Fletcher suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first quarter of the Patriots' 7-6 win over the Saints and is out for the season. Fletcher was entering his third season with the Patriots. He started...

Saints Nation: Five Things to Look For Today in Saints @ Patriots

After a few days of practice against the Patriots leading up to the game, the Saints will face off tonight against New England at Gilette Stadium for their second preseason game of the season. Hard to believe we're just four days removed from the opener and already the Saints are set to take the field once again. Here's five things I'm looking for going into this battle...

2012 Fantasy Football Preview: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints are looking to take their frustrations post-scandal out on the football world.  Luckily, if there is one things that will likely not affect the Saints is their value as a fantasy juggernaut. Here is the breakdown of positions and what to look out for Quarterback Drew Brees is a top 3 pick and that is hard to swallow because there is almost no reason why...

Saying Goodbye

Being a fan of the New England Patriots has numerous upsides: championships, legitimate reasons to be obnoxious for about 20 weekends out of the year, and now the pleasure of crushing Tim Tebow twice a year.  Of course there is no such thing as a perfect situation, there are some big bummers about being a Patriots fan: no one wants to watch the games with you, apparently we can...

A Star Is Born, And So Is A Money

If Nick Saban had never met Bill Belichick, Saban would be an outstanding football coach. It is obvious, though, that Saban has taken much from his time as an assistant to Belichick. One of those things is the designation of players in nickel and dime situations.

Saints hideous Nike collar omens Broncos look

(AP Photo) Football season officially kicked off Sunday night when the New Orleans Saints defeated the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in the Hall of Fame Game on NFL Network.  The game started the league’s 2012 preseason and debuted Nike’s new uniforms. And New Orlean’s were awful. Saints players looked like they had black Count Dracula fangs coming out of their shoulders courtesy...

Patriots Deefeat Saints 7-6

The New England Patriots used their ground game to run over the New Orleans Saints Thursday night. Patriots won 7-6 in their preseason home opener.

Clash of the 5,000-yard quarterbacks

History unfolds Thursday night when the New Orleans Saints visit the New England Patriots in pre-season football. It will mark the first time that two 5,000-yard QBs take the field together. It will probably the only time they do until at least 2013.
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