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Dale Zanine- USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots are coming off of their first loss of the season after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The team that they beat the week previous is having their struggles, especially against t...
Dale Zanine- USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots are coming off of their first loss of the season after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The team that they beat the week previous is having their struggles, especially against the AFC East. The Atlanta Falcons have lost three straight games to the Miami Dolphins, Patriots and the New York Jets. A team that went to the NFC Championship last year is now looking at a 1-4 record and may have just lost their best player receiver in Julio Jones for the rest of the season. The Falcons have said they are not giving up on their season, and luckily for them are on a bye this week. This got me thinking about what would happen if the Falcons were to lose Jones for the season and came out of the bye with another loss. It is no secret that Tony Gonzalez has never won a Super Bowl, and he returned this season for a chance to win one. Well with the struggles of the Falcons and the Patriots’ need for another weapon, especially at TE, the Falcons could make for a perfect trade partner. Gonzalez is 37 and on his way out of the league after a Hall of Fame career, but he still has plenty left in the tank to make an impact on a good team. After a slow start to the season, Gonzalez has been great as of late and has had 10 or more receptions in his last two games. He looks to be a big part of the Falcons offense if they want to turn it around, but he did not return to the NFL for a 17th season to be on a losing team. The Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is from the Bill Belichick coaching tree, and the two are still good friends from Dimitroff’s days under Belichick. If the Falcons were to throw this season away and look ahead to next, Tony Gonzalez to the Patriots would not be that farfetched. Dimitroff would be dealing with a coach and team that he knows well and respects, and Gonzalez would get to play on a team that has a chance to make a deep run into the playoffs. As of now there is nothing in the works, but this is a story to keep an eye on over the next couple weeks because if Gonzalez is going to get traded, the Patriots are going to be on the top of the list for possible destinations. Jared Smith is a Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @shmity91, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.
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Bill Belichick was in a cheery mood during his press conference with the media on Wednesday morning. Coach Belichick went in-depth when discussing the New Orleans Saints' schemes on offenses.When asked about the type of offense Sean Payt...
Bill Belichick was in a cheery mood during his press conference with the media on Wednesday morning. Coach Belichick went in-depth when discussing the New Orleans Saints' schemes on offenses.When asked about the type of offense Sean Payton and the Saints run, Belichick said, "I think they're definitely a hard team to prepare for. He does a good job. He doesn't have a million plays, he's got a lot of very aggressive concepts and he does them a lot differently with a lot of different personnel groups -- different formations -- so it doesn't look the same, but it's the same concept, same type of attack, but it shows in a lot of different ways." Belichick brought up the fact that the Saints do virtually everything offensively. They run the ball well inside and outside, and can attack the width of the field as much as they can the depth of the field. "They run vertical routes, they run deep seam routes, they run check-downs and screens, and those types of patterns too. You have to defend from sideline to sideline; you have to defend from the line of scrimmage really to pretty much the back end line. That's a lot of space defensively to account for but that's basically their attack." Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas are two running backs to account for that have absolutely shredded defenses this season, combining for 240 yards on the ground and an extraordinary 54 catches, 474 yards, and three touchdowns in the air. As Belichick said, "its not all posts and bombs," Drew Brees can simply dump the ball off and a back can take it for 30 yards or more. But that is not to discount star tight end Jimmy Graham, who was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for good reason. He is on pace for a historic 118 catches, 1897 yards, and 19 touchdowns; those numbers would come close to breaking All-Time receiving records. Belichick says Graham is a player that's big, fast, athletic, and has excellent ball skills. So, how do teams try to stop him? Belichick responded, "Everybody has tried everything." He explained, "Tried to jam him at the line, at times he's had linebackers on him, safeties on him, double covered him. Each team's kind of got some of their own matchups. But he's seen a lot of different coverages -- man, zone, in-and-out, short-and-deep, jam at the line of scrimmage -- he's seen all of it. Have teams really tried everything? I mean...everything? Two weeks ago the Patriots tried something unique when they had two linebackers jam Tony Gonzalez at the line of scrimmage when Atlanta Falcons were in the red zone. It was like the defense was defending a gunner on special teams, which is why Gonzalez was unsuccessful when defended that way. Perhaps, the Patriots will try to use that on Sunday, because nothing else has worked thus far when it comes to containing Jimmy Graham. But the Patriots must keep in mind that the New Orleans Saints can score with just about everybody considering six different players have caught touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees this season. "You have to defend everything. That's hard," Belichick said. "You have to defend each guy and each part of the field, and it's a lot to defend." Follow @Kevin__OConnor Poll The Patriots usually do a good job of containing a team's best target, but can they successfully contain Jimmy Graham? Yes. No. 29 votes | Results
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Rob Gronkowski was back at practice again on Wednesday. (AP file) FOXBORO — The reports are that Rob Gronkowski will finally be cleared to play this week against the Saints and make his 2013 debut. The word is Dr. James Andrews is...
Rob Gronkowski was back at practice again on Wednesday. (AP file) FOXBORO — The reports are that Rob Gronkowski will finally be cleared to play this week against the Saints and make his 2013 debut. The word is Dr. James Andrews is being brought in to give his final clearance so that the Pro Bowl tight end can return. But judging by Bill Belichick‘s comments Wednesday, he certainly didn’t sound like much had changed. How is Rob? “He’s day-to-day,” Belichick said. Is he making progress? “He’s day-to-day,” Belichick added. Does he expect information on Gronkowski later in the week to change the outlook? “Yeah, I don’t know,” Belichick said. “That’s a question you can discuss at the end of the week, depending on what information is or isn’t available. I don’t know.” How is he feeling? “He’s day-to-day,” Belichick said. How close was he last week to playing? “He practiced,” Belichick said. Has his physical condition improved? “He practiced,” Belichick concluded.
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Among the many injured New England Patriots, at least one could be back this week. Running back Stevan Ridley was seen at practice Wednesday after missing all of last week with thigh and knee injuries. The third-year back did not play la...
Among the many injured New England Patriots, at least one could be back this week. Running back Stevan Ridley was seen at practice Wednesday after missing all of last week with thigh and knee injuries. The third-year back did not play last week against Cincinnati. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Ridley has underwhelmed thus far, rushing for just 3.7 yards per rush on 47 carries. That early fumble back in Week 1 didn't help matters, but neither has his inability to move the chains. The Pats' offense struggled mightily last week as Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in years. Ridley's return though may not equal fantasy success. New England has relied heavily on both Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount in recent weeks to split the load. It may be best to see how the team divvies out touches and responsibilities before committing to any of the aforementioned backs.
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Every week on ESPNBoston.com, Tedy Bruschi hosts a weekly Patriots chat. This week's chat kicked off at 12 p.m. ET, can be recapped here and included the following topics: 1. How the Patriots have been "buying time" on offense and why b...
Every week on ESPNBoston.com, Tedy Bruschi hosts a weekly Patriots chat. This week's chat kicked off at 12 p.m. ET, can be recapped here and included the following topics: 1. How the Patriots have been "buying time" on offense and why better days are ahead. 2. Sharing insight on what it was like to prepare to face a quarterback like Drew Brees. 3. Why the free-agent defection of Danny Woodhead can be mentioned in the same sentence as Wes Welker.
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Miami Dolphins – via Dolphins Gab - Information on the Dolphins injury report for their bye week can be found here. - Cody Straham talks about the Dolphins disservice to Ryan Tannehill here. New York Jets – via Jets Gab - And...
Miami Dolphins – via Dolphins Gab - Information on the Dolphins injury report for their bye week can be found here. - Cody Straham talks about the Dolphins disservice to Ryan Tannehill here. New York Jets – via Jets Gab - Andy Green breaks down the Jets big win over the Atlanta Falcons. Buffalo Bills – via Bills Gab - Bills name Thad Lewis as starter  What you may have missed on Patriots Gab - Rob Gronkowski will play against the Saints Sunday. - CB Marquice Cole is resigned with the Pats 3 days after being released. - 3 players to watch for in Pats – Saints game.
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ESPN.com team reporter Mike Reiss on the New England Patriots' hot topics as they begin preparations for Week 6.
ESPN.com team reporter Mike Reiss on the New England Patriots' hot topics as they begin preparations for Week 6.
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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham stands 6-7, weighs 265 pounds and ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2010.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham stands 6-7, weighs 265 pounds and ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2010.
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Already thin at defensive tackle, Tommy Kelly (knee) not present for the start of practice.
Already thin at defensive tackle, Tommy Kelly (knee) not present for the start of practice.
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