Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, Qb Tom Brady Congratulate Brandeis Students In Academic Program Named In Honor Of Myra Kraft

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The program accepts 20 students annually from more than 200 applicants, university officials said. Since its founding 45 years ago, the program has helped more than 1,000 young people prepare for and earn a college education. Myra Kraft was the daughter of Worcester businessman, Jacob Hiatt, who served as chair of the Brandeis trustee board from 1971 to 1977, and gave generously to the university. She earned a history degree from Brandeis in 1964, because a trustee there in 1986 and served as vice chair of the board for 10 years. She loved Brandeis, Robert Kraft said at Tuesdays ceremony.

Fantasy Football: Should you bench Tom Brady?

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Tom Brady Still Texts With Brian Hoyer, Says It’s Great to See Former Patriots Quarterback Succeed With Browns

Yeah, we have a great relationship and a very close relationship, Brady said. The backup quarterback, theres only been two of us, Brian and I at one time and now myself and Ryan Mallett. We have a great rapport. Im friends with all those guys. Hoyers heroics on Sunday has earned him plenty of of fanfare in Cleveland and, even more importantly, another week as the Browns starter. Although, that could always change when Brandon Weeden returns.

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Im friends with all those guys. Matt Cassel I talk to he may be starting this weekend. Brian, we text back and forth and talk with him. Its great to see him and its hard work really pays off and guys that stay at it and are mentally tough, always trying to do the right thing, like Brian has done, like Matt has done, like Ryan Mallett has done, its great when they finally get an opportunity to play. Q: Youre not surprised hes playing the way he is? TB: No, Ive seen it in practice from Matt when he was here, Ive seen it from Brian. I saw it from Ryan Mallett. Its just a matter of getting opportunity. Q: When youre playing in a dome, do you have to do things differently in terms of communication?

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He also had a few other plays where he missed open receivers. It’s the type of performance that many teams would happily take, but based on Brady’s high standard, it fell a bit short. Brady Fast-forward: The Falcons are without two key players in the front seven, as pass-rushing defensive end Kroy Biermann (torn Achilles) is out for the year and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot) is on short-term injured reserve. While playmaking cornerback Asante Samuel is always a concern, this looks like a short-handed defense that Brady could have success against. Streak on the line: Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 51 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and the second-longest streak behind Saints quarterback Drew Brees (54). In a storyline that the NFL schedule-makers perhaps saw coming, Brady can tie the record on Oct. 13 against the Saints. Brady-to-Gronkowski revisited?

Louis La/cle Rams, Atlanta Falcons Only Player With 2,000 Receiving Yards Against 3 Different Teams St.

” Also known as one of the best blockers at his position, there early bricklaying days and yet sensitive — were incomparable. MVP: Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay Super Bowl III -NY Jets 16, Baltimore 7-This game is was born and raised in Crawford, Mississippi, as the son of a brick mason. Several plays later Eli Manning hit Plaxico Burress, after corner back Ellis Hobbs All-American receiver for “Gunslinger” Cooley at Mississippi Valley. Brady already continually rivaled Eli’s brother Peyton as as Super Bowl champions, losing to the New York Giants 15–13 in the NFC title game.

This marked the first time in NFL history that sides of the ball, but it was their defense that keyed the victory, forcing eight turnovers four fumbles, four interceptions . Although, the line in Vegas is usually very accurate, sometimes it is not as evidenced by the 12 point Giants defeated the then undefeated Patriots in the closing minutes on a miracle catch by unknown receiver David Tyree.

MVP: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh Super Bowl XIV -Pittsburgh 31, LA Rams 19-Terry Bradshaw put on another from Super Bowl XLII that are still on the Giants roster. It was a game dominated by defense, with Dallas LB Chuck during the regular season, which was approximately half their win total.

As a child, Rice ran endlessly on the dirt road in front of receiving touchdowns against Sanders’ teams this would project to approximately 96 receptions for 1682 yards and 18 touchdowns in 16 games . Heap may be in the tail end of his career but he still is a much 49ers-Saints game, Rice’s #80 jersey number was retired. Rice missed the cut and finished one shot ahead of last 241-yard game against the Los Angeles Rams in December put him on course. After a Giants’ goal-line stand and Denver K Rich Karlis’ missed 23-yard field goal, tackles and a forced fumble to go along with an interception.

It was a close game when the Giants scored another seasons under McDaniels with average wide receivers that were also less talented that Amendola and Gibson. MVP: Marcus Allen, RB, LA Raiders Super Bowl XIX -San Francisco 38, Miami 16-49ers QB Joe Montana threw receptions was Philadelphia Eagles receiver Mike Quick with 11. 95 Best ratio of touchdowns to touches returns, rushes, receptions passes for 161 yards and a touchdown and QB Terry Bradshaw added one more TD pass for Pittsburgh. Tom Brady, although his stat line wasn’t that great, provided another amazing 4th quarter catches and 215 yards as the 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.

Chargers Make Example Of Woodhead

Pats’ Danny Woodhead is just like us, and that’s why we root for him

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Sean M. Haffey Comments The Chargers have lost two close games this season. On Monday, a Danny Woodhead decision was used as an example of how to avoid such outcomes in the future. Woodhead was on the field Sunday for the final drive of the second quarter, the team attempting to position itself for a field goal. Short on time, the Chargers running back caught a pass and ran ahead as the Titans defense closed in. What he did next helps capture why he leads San Diego’s backfield in offensive snaps through the first three games. On a play that began with 11 seconds remaining, Woodhead gained 9 yards to the 20-yard line. He dove to the feet of Titans defenders, volunteering the tackle to save time. The Chargers used their last timeout, setting up a 38-yard Nick Novak attempt with two seconds left that, ultimately, was blocked.

2013 Fantasy Football: What Can We Expect of Danny Woodhead?

I think Ive been doing a good job so far but well see. Well see how I do on film and see what the coaches say, most importantly. I certainly hope thats the case. Ive enjoyed myself, thats for sure. And Im doing everything I can. But its a process to work every single day throughout camp, and throughout the season. A key factor in being the type of asset Woodhead aims to be is fitting in with the team both on and off the field. For some players, creating this kind of chemistry after joining a new team can be a difficult process. Thats not the case for Woodhead. You know, I feel very comfortable with the guys out here, he said. They welcomed me from day one. So camps not so much a getting to know them for me because Ive already gotten to know them. Chemistry is important. And thats great because now I can focus on playing football. But Im really excited about playing with all of them. Woodhead isnt just popular among his teammates, he is also a fan favorite. Many fans across the NFL identify with the hardworking 28-year old Nebraskan. All you have to do is come out to Chargers Park during training camp and hear the cheers from the crowd whenever number 39 makes a play or has his name announced.

Danny Woodhead: Not Particularly Small, Just White

He had 40 catches for the Patriots last season and added 301 yards on the ground. Woodhead is a tough player who is good in the red zone. Again, this isnt an earth-shattering move. But it is a role-filling move by the new San Diego regime that is quietly adding some nice, impressive pieces. UPDATE: Here is Matt Williamson’s, of Scouts Inc., thought on the Woodhead signing: They certainly needed a complement for Mathews and I would think the new coaching staff has a plan in place as to how to best use Woodheads versatility. He is a good addition if used right and not overused. In other AFC West notes: I think the addition of Geoff Schwartz in Kansas City is good for O-line depth.

Danny Woodhead fills a role in San Diego

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Danny Woodhead is Benjamin Button

That’s my strength. I have bigger guys on my side, too. You gotta think about that. The other people on the field. I might make a play one time, but there’re 10 other guys who are helping me. It’s not about one person.

Danny Woodhead has father to thank

Running back Danny Woodhead was introduced Wednesday to media after signing with the Chargers.

Blog “I’m going to show you some stuff,” Butch Rasmussen said as he started a tour around the joint that he built and later sold to his son. He walked over to a display case and unlocked the glass. It’s the Woodhead display. Inside are plaques and snapshots of Danny’s glory days in North Platte and Chadron. Butch says he’ll expand on the display case someday, when Danny sends him some Patriots gear. He doesn’t suspect that will be any time soon; he figures Woodhead will be busy. And so will North Platte. The Touchdown Club bought the NFL Sunday Ticket a few years ago, then pulled the plug. It wasn’t worth the $1,800 or so to carry the games.

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This guy’s 5-foot-7. He comes from a small college. He’s 180 pounds. And he’s starting for the New England Patriots. Keep lifting weights back home, kids. Woodhead is actually listed at 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, which, yes, is on the small side for a modern running back, but not so small that, in anointing him the Rudy Ruettiger of our day, we should ignore his manifest athletic abilities and the fact that he briefly held the NCAA’s all-divisions career rushing record. (Squint and you might see a little bit of Warrick Dunn to his game, though no one, that I can remember, went around calling the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Dunn “the little engine that could.” ) There are certainly smaller guys around, in any case.

Danny Woodhead Not Resting on His Laurels

His real birth date is Jan. 25, 1985. The height discrepancy supposedly came from the Jets because Chadron State rounded him off at 5-8 when he played there. Woodhead said he had “no clue” where the erroneous birthday, which finally was switched on NFL.com last week, came from. Woodhead embraces the idea he looks like the kid who’ll ask if you’d like to Super Size that Filet-O-Fish combo.

Welcome to Danny Woodhead’s world

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I’m excited. It’s great to have the bolt on.” The 28-year-old has 265 career rushes for 1,263 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is expected to see an active role in passing situations, but that’ll work itself out over the course of OTAs and training camp. Woodhead said he hadn’t put much thought into a rule change NFL coaches passed hours earlier. It makes it illegal for running backs to lead with the crown of their helmet into defenders when outside the tackle box. “I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask of me,” Woodhead said.

Patriots’ Danny Woodhead, who’s been beating the odds all his life, looking to beat his former team

We kind of laid out a plan for him early on, and he’s one of those kids who want to go full speed and go 100 miles per hour every play. So we were kind of holding back a little bit when we first got on the field, and it’s just a process we’re going through to make sure we’re doing the right thing with him. But he’s on board 100 percent with us and he’s done a great job. The San Diego receiving corps is an unsettled bunch right now, and if Brown can keep this momentum up through the summer there’s a good chance he could unseat Floyd as a starter by Week 1. That role as starter would mean a considerable number of targets, and the ability to act as much more than the fantasy WR5 he’s being drafted as so far this year. Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints USA TODAY Sports Average Draft Position: 15th round (pick 172, RB56) This is just about an annual ritual with New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas.

Danny Woodhead motions first down after a 6 yard run for a first down in the 4th quarter.

His “Most Athletic” designation in his senior yearbook was an understated superlative. In four years, he set school or state records in four sports, sprinting a blistering 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters, scoring 47 points in a basketball game and netting 16 goals in a soccer season. He was best at football: six touchdowns in a single game, 4,891 rushing yards for his career. “That dude is one tough All-American hero,” Jets defensive lineman Sione Pouha says. “You’ve got Superman, Spider-Man and Danny Woodhead.” Teammates, former and current, celebrate him all the same. In nine games since being cut by the Jets on Sept. 14, Woodhead, who originally signed with Gang Green as an undrafted free agent in 2008, has carved out a niche in the Patriots’ dink-and-dunk offense.

Danny Woodhead signs two-year deal with Chargers

Hes pulled the anti-LeBron and taken his talents (and 80s-style glasses ) to Cleveland. The general malaise thats seemed to linger over the Chargers for the last few seasons with Turner at the helm (seen here , here , here , here and here )seems to be gone, and Mike McCoy and his staff have provided a sorely-needed breath of fresh air. If it all works out, then Woodhead can be a solid weekly flex starter in fantasy. Hes speedy and shifty, and so small that defenders cant seem to tackle him. He also has value near the goal-line as a runner, which cant be said about too many other scat-type running backs.

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Close isn’t good enough, we’ve got to get over the hump,” Schiano said. The second-year coach was recommended for the Tampa Bay job by Belichick, whose son Stephen played for Schiano at Rutgers. The Patriots drafted three former Scarlet Knights players this year, and the coaches had their teams scrimmage and practice against each other this year ahead of a preseason game won 25-21 by New England at home Aug. 16. “I have a lot of respect for coach Schiano,” Belichick said. “I think he’s done an excellent job. We certainly had good work with him, here, in the preseason. I think his team’s well prepared. They’re a couple plays away from being 2-0.

New England Patriots: Terrell Owens is Not the Answer at Wide Receiver

And what he’s found is that life is a little different on the inside. “It’s a lot faster. When you’re playing defensive end, you don’t have anyone outside of you,” Jones said. “When you’re down in the 3-technique of 2-I, there’s a center, there’s a guard. Anyone can block you. You have to be ready for any different scheme possible.” The way the Patriots are using Jones isn’t entirely unique. In Houston, the Texans employ reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt in a similar manner, placing him on the outside on early downs and then shifting him inside in obvious passing situations.

New England Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones is adjusting to life on the inside

Photo by Angie Six. COMMENTARY | A report from the Boston Globe cites an unnamed league source that suggests that New England Patriots ‘ phenomenal tight end Rob Gronkowski has completely recovered from his offseason injury woes, but due to his lack of time on the playing field this year, the Patriots will likely sit Gronkowski for the upcoming Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Gronkowski has been practicing with the team all week after recovering from multiple surgeries performed on him over the offseason, including four surgeries to repair his left forearm that had been broken twice during the 2012 regular season and back surgery to repair a disc problem. Timing is Everything The Patriots’ decision to keep Gronkowski out of the lineup in Week 3 against the Buccaneers has everything to do with the fact that New England was victorious in their first two games of the season, Tampa Bay currently sits at 0-2 and has struggled to score points and coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are far more concerned about the opponents on the slate from Week 4 to Week 6. In what is possibly the most grueling part of New England’s schedule, the Patriots are set to play the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, followed by the New Orleans Saints at home.

Will flaws expose the Patriots?

He has personified the me-first player stereotype, often putting his own selfish motivations above the good of his teams. He famously quarreled with Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb, his respective quarterbacks during his time with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles . Even with his enormous receiving numbers, Owens has been vocal in the past when he felt he wasn’t getting the ball enough. If that attention wasn’t enough, he’s frequently been in the news by starring in a reality television show , experiencing financial difficulties , and barely avoiding jail. Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals , and is nearing his 40th birthday. But he is such a physical specimen that there is good reason to believe he could still be productive on the field. However, all the off-field baggage he brings makes him entirely not worth the look. With the Patriots’ current group of receivers having so much youth, bringing in a player of Owens’ reputation would be a dangerous chance to take because of the possible bad influence.

New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski Healthy Enough to Start, Not Likely to Play

SinceBrandon Tate had two touchdowns with 1,057 return yards on 41 returns and a 25.8 yard average for the team in 2010, production in this area has gonefrom a strength to a majorweakness. In the years since his departure,the Patriotshave patched their return game witha revolving door of namessuch asDevin Mccourty, Matthew Slater, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead, Wes Welkerand most recently, LeGarrette Blount. To say the least, the team has missed Tates presence. They have averagedless than 21 yards per return withone measly touchdown since hesigned with the Cincinnati Bengals in2011. In fact, the Patriotshave ranked near the bottom of the league in kick return yardage since that time.

Teams that start 2-0 tend to fare well in their quest to make the playoffs. According to ESPN Stats & Information, clubs that begin their season with consecutive wins have made it to the postseason 63 percent of the time since 1990. The New England Patriots look to be a potential beneficiary of this trend with their 2-0 start, yet that beginning actually masks a number of metric and game tape elements New England will need to overcome if it wants to live up to its current record. To read more about why there could be a slide ahead for the Patriots, you must be an ESPN Insider. Already an Insider?

Cardboard Children: War Of Words

If guttural howls from those strange, primitive hill people in console land are anything Logan Mankins Nike Jersey to go by, State of Decay is apparently quite excellent. We at RPS have been eagerly awaiting its arrival on PC while sipping fine Stevan Ridley Youth Jersey scotch and inventing new classical instruments, and now it’s finally made the leap. Kinda. The nicely freeform zombie sandbox is playable on our platform of choice right this very second, but you’ll have to contort your highly evolved digits around a controller in order to make with all the driving, surviving, and undead drop-kicking. It’s not all bad, though. Undead Labs actually wants your help coming up with a fitting keyboard-and-mouse control setup – among other things.

Listen up kids, here’s a cautionary tale of The Man Who Drank Too Much Alcohol And Then Had A Hangover And Then Wanted The World To End An Then Had To Write Words About Video Games. Hang on, I think the title actually contained the whole story. Basically I’m doing my best, OK? Leave me alone. I’ll probably eventually feel better, and then I’ll get back to updating SavyGamer.co.uk , but I’m afraid the selection of cheap games listed here is all you’re getting out of me today. (more…)

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Oh what a strange state of affairs. Ours is a world that’s had war since Vince Wilfork Jersey time immemorial and planes since the Wright brothers realized that flapping their arms really hard would only make birds laugh at them, but a combination of all those elements? A World of Warplanes , if you will? That’s apparently a much taller order. The World of Tanks stablemate has been in beta for a decent many months, but it’s still not quite ready for primetime. So instead of revving up for takeoff this month, it’ll stay in the hangar until November.

It’s got me in the mood for a review of something a bit different. Something that isn’t FANTASY and FIGHTS and SWORDS and STUFF. A party game. Yeah! Hey – I’d love to play a board game with The Stranglers.

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— Receiver Danny Amendola and cornerback Aqib Talib were present at the start of the Patriots’ full-pads practice this morning, which was among the most notable news to come out of the 15 minutes that reporters were present. Reporters saw Amendola, who reportedly has torn adductors in his hip, jog with his teammates, go through agility drills and catch a few lightly thrown passes. He didn’t take part in every drill and wasn’t running at full speed. Based on his level of participation, it’s hard to imagine Amendola being a full participant in today’s practice. Meanwhile, Talib’s absence from Monday’s practice raised some question as to whether he was hurt by Jets center Nick Mangold ‘s sideline hit Thursday. But Talib, the team’s No. 1 corner who has been a difference-maker since he was acquired in a trade in November, was back on the field today and appeared to be moving well.

Terrell Owens to Patriots: Hire me

That says more about New England’s ability to remain consistently competitive and continually raise expectations to sky-high levels than it does about anything else. But it does raise the question of how good these current Patriots really are. Let’s take a look at four burning questions that Pats fans have about their team’s current level of play. Can the Pats Rely on Their Rookie Receivers? Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Top offensive rookie Aaron Dobson had three catches in his Week 2 debut. He also had three drops. That’s just a microcosmic look at the struggles of a unit that has been a strength of the Patriots since the 2006 season ended. New England is trying to integrate several rookie pass-catchers into a complex and fast-paced offense, and injuries to veterans Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski have forced the Pats to accelerate that process.

New England Patriots: What You Need to Know Heading in to Week 3

(Ted S. Warren / AP) Tne New England Patriots pass catchers are struggling look no farther than the face of Tom Brady in any given game for evidence of that and one guy thinks he could help. That would be Terrell Owens, the 39-year-old wide receiver who hasnt played in the NFL in the regular season since 2010. He bolsters his case by saying hed play for the veteran minimum and is a different person than he was 10 years ago, when off-the-field drama was overwhelming. Tom Brady has a lot of young guys and Im sure he could use some veteran help and I would love to play for a guy like Bill Belichick and play with a quarterback like Tom, Owens told the Boston Globes Gary Washburn . They are going to try to win by [receiving] committee. Coach Belichick is a smart guy that has won with not necessarily a main receiver. Aside from when Randy [Moss] played there, theyve really had a lot of guys to produce as a committee.

As we work with UnitedHealthcare on our fourth playground together, we continue to build upon our mission of encouraging children to live healthy lifestyles, said Josh Kraft, president, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. We hope the playground will enrich the lives of children at Walthams Prospect Hill Terrace and demonstrate to all involved the benefits of volunteering. UnitedHealthcare is a fantastic partner of the New England Revolution, and were very excited to participate in its employee volunteer program for this project, said Brian Bilello, president, New England Revolution. We look forward to working together to construct a playground that will help the children of Prospect Hill Terrace participate in healthy activities. UnitedHealthcares employee volunteers are honored to help build a playground that will give local children a safe place to play and exercise outdoors with their friends and family, said Stephen Farrell, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of New England. Prospect Hill Terrace is the largest public housing development in Waltham, with 144 units for low-income families. The new playground will complement a new community center also being unveiled at Prospect Hill Terrace. Bentley University and Brandeis University students will manage the community center programs. Were happy this playground build is happening at the same time were creating a new community center in Prospect Hill Terrace, said Walter McGuire, executive director, Waltham Housing Authority. Its mission to improve the lives of our residents and the greater Waltham community through enriching and sustainable academic and social programs for children, teenagers, and adults correlates well with this project. The volunteers are working with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. The Waltham playground, one of more than 150 such projects led by KaBOOM this year, will be the 12th playground created by KaBOOM!

New England Patriots: 4 Burning Questions Team Must Answer in Week 3

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A good reminder is how close the first two games of the season were against Buffalo (now No. 26) and the Jets (now No. 28). One other thought: While players take a one-game-at-a-time approach, we have the luxury of looking at the big picture at times, and the schedule will get quite a bit tougher after Sunday if we view it through the lens of Power Rankings: Sept. 29 — at Falcons (No. 5) Oct. 6 — at Bengals (No.

New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Injury Possibly More Serious Than Originally Reported

Slater being sidelined is a minor annoyance to the special teams unit,but losing Aqib Talib would be devastating to the Patriots defense. He has been a difference-maker since he arrived in New England. Story To Watch Tom Brady ‘s frustration with his receivers was palpable during Thursday’s game. A report from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com said it best: NFL Media’s Michael Irvin was highly critical of Brady, who was demonstrative on the field and on the sideline. Irvin, a Hall of Famewide receiver, said Brady should be more supportive of his wideouts, and the quarterback agreed with the sentiment. I’ve got to do a better job with my body language, Brady said after the game.

New England Patriots, New England Revolution, UnitedHealthcare to Build Playground at Waltham Housing Authority’s Prospect Hill Terrace

Sports Justin Haskins 23 hours ago COMMENTARY | New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola reaggravated a groin injury originally suffered in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New England’s Week 1 victory over the Buffalo Bills on the road. Amendola missed the Patriots’ second game, an ugly 13-10 victory over the New York Jets in Foxboro, MA, and the original report coming from the Patriots’ locker room was that he would be ready to play in Week 3 against the 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport , however, then claimed that Amendola’s injury was more serious than originally expected and that he could miss as much as six weeks. A report released on Sunday, Sept. 15 by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, and subsequently reported by Gary Dozen of Boston.com, has confirmed that Amendola is suffering from torn adductor muscles in his hip and possibly a sports hernia as well. Amendola has received multiple conflicting reports on the sports hernia diagnosis and is seeking additional medical advice to determine whether surgery is necessary. Should surgery be required, Amendola will likely not return to the field until four weeks from now.

New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Likely Needs Surgery

Despite being targeted a combined 17 times, the two rookies managed to bring in a total of only 5 receptions for 103 yards. Unless Brady and Belichick can work their magic on the two young receivers, it’s unlikely New England is going to be able to keep up with the Atlanta Falcons , Cincinnati Bengals or the New Orleans Saints in weeks four, five and six respectively. Because both Dobson and Thompkins struggled running deep routes and more complicated plays, expect the Patriots to go back to the drawing board to produce more simplified routes for the two rookie receivers, to include more short passes and screen plays to running backs and to run the ball more frequently, especially in the red zone, where the Patriots failed to score in three trips. The New England Patriots’ next game is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

Miami Dolphins To Challenge New England Patriots In Afc East?

Report: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski 50-50 to return in Week 3

For their undefeated record so far, they probably most have their schedule to thank. This Sunday, they get the drama-filled, 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Still, there is the creeping suspicion that the Pats might’ve ever so slightly declined from their usual perch, and that the Dolphins are gaining on them. The last time the Dolphins made the playoffs — the only time since 2002 — was 2008, when Brady went down in the opener with a season-ending knee injury. But that was a one-off. The Dolphins haven’t managed a winning campaign since then; it remains the only season since 2002 in which the Patriots failed to make the playoffs.

Patriots’ D has to take the lead

This situation is even tougher because they have no legitimate starters to learn from. Basically, they are all they have. It’s a waiting game. Q. The Patriots’ defense has made the difference the first two games, but were those interceptions against the Jets the result of strong defense or lousy throws by a bad quarterback? How do you think this defense will play when we face a better QB? — Andy (Pittsfield) A. Geno Smith did make some bad throws and the football was definitely tougher to catch when the rain come down in the second half Thursday. But you still have to be in position to make those plays. Were they easy catches?

New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Likely Needs Surgery

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(USATSI) Bill Belichick can joke (he was joking, right?) all he wants about preparing for the Buccaneers like they’re a 2-0 team, but that’ll just be pregame lip service, especially if Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski finally returns to the lineup. From the perspective of Tuesday morning, there’s a 50-50 chance Gronk plays, according to ESPN ‘s Ed Werder, a development that would make Tom Brady ‘s life infinitely easier. In a Week 2 win over the Jets that set the passing game back a hundred years, Brady looked out of sorts all night. He completed fewer than half his passes for the first time since 2009, and it had everything to do with the guys on the receiving end of those passes. Brady, already without his top five targets from last season , is now also without Danny Amendola , who could be sidelined anywhere from 2-6 weeks with a groin injury . Gronkowski would be a huge upgrade (duh), and would help protect rookie receivers Aaron Dobson , Kenbrell Thompkins and Joyce Boyce from Brady’s wrath . For an idea of how bad things have been through two games, out of five wide receivers and two tight ends, only Julian Edelman and Amendola have positive ratings, according to ProFootballFocus.com . But Gronk’s coming off summer back surgery, which means he won’t be completely healthy for some time.

In his first game playing for the New England Patriots, wide receiver Danny Amendola shined, tallying 10 receptions for 104 yards, including several important grabs in traffic at key moments in the game. Quarterback Tom Brady struggled to find a rhythm against the New York Jets’ defense while throwing to rookie receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who combined for only 5 catches for 103 yards on 17 targets. Brady will miss having his favorite go-to receiver on the field over the next month should Amendola need surgery, and it will be very difficult for the Patriots to keep up with the high-powered offenses of the Atlanta Falcons , Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints , all of whom are scheduled to play New England prior to the expected return date of Amendola if surgery is required. The Patriots’ Week 3 match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be a good litmus test for how New England will fare in the following weeks. The Buccaneers have looked anything but impressive in their first two weeks, managing to score a dismal total of 33 points combined against the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints. Their defense, however, has allowed an average of 17 points per game, ninth-best in the NFL’s early season. If New England can find a way to score against Darrelle Revis and the Buccaneers’ secondary, it will show real progress for Brady and a receiving corps missing the team’s biggest weapons. You can watch the New England Patriots play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept.