Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in 2014.
The unit did pave the way for another potent ground-attack, and received heavy praise for its role in the emergence of LeGarrette Blount late in the season.
Health could play a huge role in the unit’s improvement this season. Sebastian Vollmer’s campaign ended pre-maturely a year ago, and Nate Solder missed time which even forced Logan Mankins to start a game at tackle. A season with no major injuries should be all the team needs to lower Brady’s sack totals, and maintain success on the ground, without Blount. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer »
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Why on Earth would Bill Belichick want to coach somewhere other than New England? Better question, why would NFL Network reporter Albert Breer of all people be the one person privy to this information?
The relationship between Belichick and Breer is notoriously icy. Breer likes to push the always reserved Belichick by asking him essentially the same question in several different ways. For some reason he seems to think that he can out clever Belichick or maybe he assumes Belichick lives by the “three question rule”. Whatever the case, Breer’s relationship with Belichick, or lack thereof, was a hot story in September of last season when he would not stop badgering the coach on the injury status of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.
For this reason it makes it all the more strange that while on the Toucher & Rich show on “the Sports Hub” Breer offered some “insight” into the future of Belichick’s coaching career. Continue reading Bill Belichick Coaching Elsewhere? Albert Breer Stirs the Speculation Pot »
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The Red Sox won 14-1 Monday night, which by itself is worthy of a CNN breaking news alert. David Ortiz launched two home runs, passing Yaz on the all-time home run list… and even Stephen Drew hit a home run.
But, perhaps nothing was more amazing than Brock Holt’s amazing catch while playing in a position that’s foreign to him: right field. Continue reading Video: Brock Holt Makes Unreal Catch in Red Sox 14-1 Win Over Blue Jays »
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The Celtics have agreed to sign 25-year-old swingman Evan Turner, and it’s likely for a portion of the mid-level exception. The final terms of the contract are not yet known, as the Celtics have around $7 million in non-guaranteed salary, so the amount of room they will have under the cap is not yet determined.
Turner averaged 17.7 points per game for a very bad 76ers team last year before being traded mid-season to the Indiana Pacers, where he averaged just 7.1 points per game over 27 games. Continue reading Celtics to Sign Evan Turner »
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Despite the loss of Aqib Talib, the Patriots secondary is their most improved unit going into the 2014 season. With Talib healthy last season, the Patriots secondary, overall, was a strong unit. As evidenced in their the AFC Championship Game loss to Denver, Talib’s injury forced everyone to slide “up” a slot, and in turn, weakened the unit greatly.
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When it was first reported that Aqib Talib would be leaving the Patriots to join Peyton Manning in Denver, few thought that the loss of Talib would actually lead to an upgrade at the position. The additions of the league’s best man-to-man corner, Darrelle Revis, and a 6’4″ physical freak in Brandon Browner should give the Patriots a top five secondary in the NFL. Continue reading Patriots 2014 Defensive Backs Preview: Revis, Browner, McCourty, Dennard »
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1. British Open:
* If Tiger has no chance on Sunday – should he wear red?
* 64 year old Tom Watson beat Tiger on Sunday 68 to 75
* Garcia wants to know why he can’t win majors – how about being short on putts on 16 and 17 on Sunday
* Ricky Fowler wearing the Eminem starter kit
* Rory on fire since breaking up with girlfriend (she won the Istanbul Open on same day)
2. Red Sox:
* With the young guys up they are more enjoyable to watch
* Two amazing throws by Vazquez almost picking off both runners Saturday
* Haven’t seen this many Red Sox runners go first to third in a while
* Ortiz grounded out five times and never ran hard once – Yaz would have been booed out of the park
* Brock Holt 26 multi-hit games
* Red Sox since they released AJ Pierzynski: 7-1 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox Cooking »
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The Celtics completed a deal with Washington on Saturday, re-signing unrestricted free agent power forward Kris Humphries to a three-year, $13 million contract and subsequently trading him to the Wizards in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Humphries was quite solid last year for the Celtics, who acquired him from Brooklyn in the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, averaging 8.4 points on 50.1% field goal shooting and 5.9 rebounds in 69 games, 30 of them as a starter. He will now play with Pierce in Washington.
Boston also received the Wizards’ trade exception in the deal. The Celtics used the exception they got as part of the Nets’ package last year in the three-team trade that brought Marcus Thornton and Tyler Zeller to Boston earlier this month. While the Wizards are coming off a trip to the second round of the playoffs and are looking like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for the 2014-15 season, Danny Ainge and the Celtics seem content to take the rebuilding process slowly, although the possibilities of trading for Minnesota PF Kevin Love or dealing point guard Rajon Rondo to Houston are still reportedly on the table. Continue reading Celtics Send Humphries to Wizards in Sign-and-Trade, Retain Pressey »
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