Bill Belichick jumped at the chance to bring back LeGarrette Blount after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. (US Presswire)

Cue up the AC/DC: The New England Patriots are back in Blount.

Even having galloped over the Indianapolis Colts in last year’s playoffs, which earned him a Sports Illustrated cover with his record setting postseason performance, running back LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots this past offseason to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But after departing from the field early during the Steelers’ 27-24 on Monday Night Football, however, Blount was released amid reports of being malcontent with his role. Reports indicate Blount is at Gillette Stadium just two days later, and has signed with the team for two years after clearing waivers. The deal is for the veteran minimum, plus incentives, according to an ESPN report.

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Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer

November 19, 2014 at 8:35pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made Jon Lester an offer according to an inside source, reports ESPN’s Gordon Edes. The source stated that Lester plans on taking his time to make a decision about the undisclosed offer made by Ben Cherington and other Red Sox management.

Before the 2014 season began, the Red Sox talked about a 4-year $70 million offer. Lester did not accept it and went into the season without further negotiations. Then at the trade deadline on July 31st Lester was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. Lester threw the Athletics into the postseason wildcard game against the Kansas City Royals with a regular season 2.35 ERA with Oakland. Continue reading Red Sox Make Jon Lester An Offer »

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When the Patriots face the Lions on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, they will have to defend the NFL’s best wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson is in his eighth season and has been dominant in each of them. He has had over 1,000 yards in 5 of his previous seven seasons and has 520 yards and three touchdowns this season despite only playing seven games due to injury. His best season was 2012, in which he had 122 receptions for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns. He is a big play machine who is averaging 16 yards a catch and has averaged the same number through the course of his career.

Johnson is routinely double and tripled teamed and is always the focal point of his opponent’s defensive game plan. He is 6’5” tall, 236 pounds, and is one of the fastest receivers in the league. He has great hands and high football intelligence, meaning that he is rarely out of position and does not make many simple mistakes that hurt his team.  In the GIF below, one of Johnson’s best plays of his career is shown. He is triple covered in the end zone and is still able to come up with the catch. The special piece about Johnson is plays like this are not once-in-a-career plays, but rather plays that he can make regularly. Continue reading All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense »

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Week 11 was a bad week for fantasy football running backs.  Unless, of course, you were one of the few people who started Jonas Gray. Other than Gray, only three running backs scored more than 20 points in PPR format on Sunday: Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, and Matt Forte. Those three stud running backs have been consistent all year, and have been priced accordingly.

Suggesting that Matt Forte is going to have a good week isn’t really the Redraft King’s goal (yes, I referred to myself in the third person). I’m trying to find the Jonas Gray’s of the world. I’m looking for value. In today’s NFL, value (and consistency) is easier to find at the wide receiver position. But first, let’s see how I did last week.

 

Week 11 Recap:

Phillip Rivers was bad—193 passing yards and a single touchdown pass—kind of bad. In a cruel irony for the Redraft King, Colin Kapernick, also threw for 193 yards a single score. Mark Sanchez, in catch-up mode from the beginning, had a much better day with 20.8 fantasy points. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 12 Fantasy Football Advice »

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With his 201 yard, four touchdown performance, Patriots RB Jonas Gray is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and moving up in the Jonas Power Rankings. (@SINow)

From lightly recruited high school prospect, to perpetual backup at Notre Dame, to opening act for Screech, to practice squad casualty, to this: Sports Illustrated cover boy.

Not a bad career arc, huh?

After Sunday night’s demolition of the Indianapolis Colts, Jonas Gray is the new toast of the town in New England (if New England were a town, of course). A stat change erased his lone negative run of the game, giving him over 200 yards rushing to go with a franchise record four rushing touchdowns.

I for one can’t wait to see the new documentary about Gray’s sudden rise to fame.

Between his funny bone on stage, bone crushing runs on the field, and Hollywood throwing him a bone with his very own film, it’s high time we revisited our Jonas Power Rankings. Don’t you?

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The Boston Red Sox are “all in”  and “making a big push” to bring free agent Pablo Sandoval to Boston according ESPN reporter Gordon Edes. Sandoval and his agent have discussed 5-year, $80 to $90 million contracts with both the San Francisco Giants and the Red Sox, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN via Twitter.

Sandoval, who played for the 2014 World Championship Giants, told a reporter that he “loved being here,” enjoying the city and the Red Sox representatives he met with on Monday.

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Since the Patriots settled on the starting offensive line combination of Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, and Sebastian Vollmer, they have seriously improved their ability to protect Tom Brady. It is no coincidence that the team is 6-1 (including the Kansas City loss) since the unit began playing together in week four. In addition to protecting Brady, the line’s run blocking was highlighted on Sunday night when Jonas Gray plowed his way to 201 rushing yards against the Colts. When the Lions come to Foxboro on Sunday they will present the toughest defensive front that the Patriots offensive line will face all season. Continue reading Patriots Offensive Line Faces Big Test Against Detroit »

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