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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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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 11's prediction for the Super Bowl

Coming up on Thanksgiving, races are still tight. Four teams in the AFC are only half a game behind the last Wildcard spot, for example. The Seahawks and 49ers are still hassling the NFC. Even the 2-8 Buccaneers are just two games away from their division’s lead. Other than the conference leading Pats and Cardinals, all divisions are led by no more than a game. The winless Raiders are now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, starting an interesting race for the top draft pick as well. A lot will go on in the final month and a half of the season, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 19: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 11 »

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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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According to a source close with the team, the Red Sox are close to signing free agent 3B Pablo Sandoval to a 5 year, $100 million dollar contract with an option for a 6th year. This is not done yet, but in the words of the source, “90% he comes here.”

This is an interesting deal, if it turns out to be true. Sandoval is a proven playoff performer and he is surprisingly reliable in the field for his size. However, that’s a lot of money being thrown at someone his size and that money could be better spent on pitching. Either way, Sandoval will be a fan favorite very quickly if he can stay healthy and produce the way he has in San Francisco.

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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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The Philadelphia Phillies are doing some background work on three Boston Red Sox players reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies are reportedly scouting pitcher Matt Barnes, catcher Christian Vazquez, and second baseman/outfielder Mookie Betts.

This is not yet a deal only a team doing their homework on players in the Red Sox system, something that happens often during the off season. It would be likely that the Red Sox would want pitcher Cole Hamels in exchange for the players in which the Phillies are interested in. Hamels is an elite pitcher that began his major league career with the Phillies in 2006.  In 2014, he had a 2.46 ERA and a 1.148 WHIP.  These statistics combined with his experience make him a pitcher that the Sox could use to anchor their five-man, starting rotation.

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