Brock Holt

Back in 2012, the Red Sox sent a package of prospects over to the Pittsburgh Pirates for projected closer of the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan. Brock Holt was a mere throw-in, and Joel Hanrahan revealed himself as a bust, which cleared a path for Koji Uehara to dominate as the Red Sox closer.  Holt played 23 games last year season with the Red Sox where he primarily filled in for Middlebrooks at third base. He batted .203 and failed to secure a roster spot for himself on the Red Sox 25-man roster.

Before the 2014 season began, there once again was no roster spot for Brock Holt. Yet again, we thought at the time that the Red Sox were going to defend their title a little bit more formidably.  After a month and a half of disappointment and injuries, Holt found himself thrust into the starting lineup. Initially covering for Middlebrooks at third, by mid-June, Holt was thrown into the outfield, where he excelled, despite being an infielder by trade. Since then, Holt has played every single position on the baseball diamond this season besides pitcher and catcher. Continue reading Brock Holt: Utility Man or Key Future Starter? »

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Julian Edelman has been one of the few bright spots on the Patriots' struggling offense. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

As Al Davis said “Just win baby.” The only positive out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders is that the Patriots improved their record to 2-1. Thankfully the defense played well enough and made the big play when they needed it. Tom Brady and the rest of the offense continued to look out of sync and devoid any identity. In a “glass half full” sense you could argue the offense struggled early last season and ended up in the AFC Championship game. However, this season has not seen the injury issues that last season endured, and the roster this season has more talent and experience at the wide receiver position. Growing pains happen every year but when the starting quarterback is often revered as one of, if not, the greatest of all time, you’d hope they can get a more consistent result earlier than they have been the past couple seasons.

- Everyone expected there would be questions with the offensive line. Coming into the season they had a new offensive line coach for the first time in decades. They traded the anchor of the line, Logan Mankins, in the preseason. Against Miami, they were rotating guys on and off the field constantly. The past two weeks they have used the same starting five left to right of Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Dan Connolly, Jordan Devey, and Sebastian Vollmer. At one point the rookie Bryan Stork subbed in to play center moving Connolly to guard and Devey to the bench. No one had a game they’ll want to remember, but they’ll need to remember because this is a weakness that many teams can exploit on a weekly basis. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 3: Offense Struggles, Patriots Top Raiders 16-9 »

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1. Patriots Survive Loser Oakland:

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* Boy are they boring

* Patriots were in last place two weeks ago and now in first

* Evan Washburn on the sideline for CBS confirming Pam Oliver’s claim that you have to be blond and pretty to be on the sideline

* 70% of red seats empty at kickoff

* Amazing this is Belichick’s 15th season with the Patriots

* The effort of Matthew Slater is a joy to watch

OFFENSE

* Another boring, uncreative, disconnected and failed offensive game plan Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Average Patriots Make Sunday Boring »

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Tom Brady has been unhappy with the offense's performance this season (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports).

After a solid performance in Minnesota last week, the Patriots will try to continue their momentum against the woeful Oakland Raiders. The Pats defense had no problem dominating veteran quarterback Matt Cassel, and they have a chance to do the exact same to Raiders rookie Derrick Carr on Sunday.

Here’s what we’ll be watching for in the Patriots 2014 home opener.

Airing it Out

The New England offense only scored 16 “true” offensive points last week, and they’ll need to show some improvement on Sunday. Tom Brady was visibly disappointed in the offense’s performance in Minnesota, and this week could be a chance for Brady and his receiving core to create some chemistry. Continue reading Week 3 Preview: Raiders at Patriots, Sept. 21, 2014 »

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Tyler Murphy (John Quackenbos/Boston College Athletics)

Maine, 10; Boston College, 40

Boston College had little trouble pulling away from FCS rival Maine (1-2) at Alumni Stadium, winning its fifth straight head-to-head meeting with the Black Bears. For the second straight week, the Eagles’ defense put the clamps on the opposition, completely negating the Bears’ running game.

BC got off to a sluggish start, as quarterback Tyler Murphy threw an interception to linebacker Randy Samuels, giving Maine the ball in the Eagles’ red zone. Three plays later, Maine QB Daniel Collins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Micah Wright. The Eagles responded with a 10-play, 40-yard drive and a 40-yard field goal by Alex Howell to get on the board. Two drives later, Murphy faked a handoff and broke through for a 71-yard TD run and a 10-7 lead. Continue reading College Football Week 4 Roundup: BC Rolls, UMass Gets Steamrolled »

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When the Patriots play the Raiders on Sunday, rookie quarterback Derek Carr will face a Bill Belichick defense for the first time. Historically, this has been a bad matchup for rookie quarterbacks, as the Patriots are 14-5 against rookie quarterbacks since 2001. All five losses have come on the road. Carr, however, looks to come in to Foxboro and stun the Patriots.

Although Oakland is a poor team with a depleted roster, they may have found their quarterback of the future in Carr. Their strategy was similar to that of the Seattle Seahawks when looking for a quarterback, in that they brought in several different candidates, had an open competition, and awarded the job to the quarterback who had the best offseason and training camp. Continue reading Patriots Get Possible Glimpse of Future in Derek Carr »

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Yesterday, Tom Brady uploaded his resumé onto Facebook and, as expected, the internet blew-up.  His resume included several summer gigs at golf courses, a job building custom houses, and an internship at Merrill Lynch.  Only under the ‘Additional’ section does Brady mention his football accolades, which is humble to say the least.

Today, TMZ Sports, in the wake of their exposing of other NFL player’s misdoings, located Brady’s old boss from Dudlar & Sons’ Inc., a construction company, where his boss shared how focused and determined of a worker Brady was.

Dudlar recalls – “Brady was the hardest worker that I’ve ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, ‘That Brady kid’s a worker.” Continue reading Tom Brady Reveals Resume, Old Boss Recalls QB as ‘Hardest Worker’ »

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