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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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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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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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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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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Until Sunday night, the Patriots had never won in Lucas Oil stadium. It stood as the place where Ahmad Bradshaw reluctantly scored a Super Bowl winning touchdown, and of course the infamous “4th and 2″ play. Last night the Patriots once again asserted their dominance in the AFC.
In the process they took another one of the media darlings, Andrew Luck, and brought him back down to Earth. Luck, like Peyton Manning two weeks earlier, had a good game statistically. However, like Manning, he was unable to find the endzone when he needed to thanks to the best defense they’ve had in a decade. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 11: Patriots Extend Lead in the AFC by Beating Colts 42-20 in Primetime »
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Before Jonas Gray ran over the Colts for 199 yards and the first four touchdowns of his career Sunday night against the Colts, he was a stand-up comedian.
“Back in the day, I called myself a funny guy — did a little stand up,” Gray said Monday. “I was pretty successful at it here and there. I was booed off the stage a few times.” Continue reading Meet Jonas Gray, the Comedian (Video) »
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