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    Patriots place rookie TE Watson on injured reserve

    FOXBORO, Massachusetts - The New England Patriots on Wednesday placed rookie tight end Ben Watson, their first-round pick in April's draft, on injured reserve with a knee injury.

    Selected 32nd overall, Watson was the last first-round pick to sign when he inked a six-year contract on August 16.

    Watson started in the Patriots' season-opening 27-24 victory over Indianapolis, catching two passes for 16 yards. He was inactive in Week Two against Arizona and New England had its bye last week.

    Last season at Georgia, Watson was plagued by ankle injuries and had just 23 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns.

    To fill Watson's roster spot, the Patriots signed veteran tight end Jed Weaver, who has 80 catches for 997 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons. He had 35 receptions for 437 yards and a touchdown while playing in all 16 games for San Francisco last season.

    Weaver also has played for Philadelphia and Miami in his career.

    On Sunday, the Patriots (2-0) will attempt to tie the NFL record of 18 straight wins when they visit Buffalo.

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  • Nick
    Patriots lose third straight game
    by Nick
    FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- New England coach Bill Belichick rested his regulars and Jacksonville routed the remaining Patriots.

    The Jaguars beat the Super Bowl champs 31-0 Thursday night behind three touchdown passes from Quinn Gray and one from David Garrard, all in the fourth quarter.

    But starting quarterback Byron Leftwich was disappointed he didn't face the Patriots' first-stringers in the exhibition finale for both teams.

    "You want to compete against those guys, because when you leave the game you will be better," Leftwich said. But, he added, "you understand because they've got a game in a week."

    The regulars played an unusually long time in last Saturday's 20-17 loss at Carolina and open the season next Thursday night at home against Indianapolis, while other teams start next weekend.

    "Any time you have the Colts coming to town, it's not a bad thing to get some rest," said Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

    None of the 22 offensive and defensive first-stringers played, but the Patriots (1-3) trailed just 3-0 after three quarters.

    The Jaguars (3-1) ended the exhibition season without a touchdown from their first-string offense, but coach Jack Del Rio wasn't worried.

    "I'm not really concerned," he said. "You would like to be a little more explosive in these preseason games, but overall I think we're going to have a good offense."

    Leftwich played just three series, going 4-for-8 for 24 yards. Starting running back Fred Taylor, who had a strained foot, didn't play.

    With Tom Brady charting plays on a clipboard, Rohan Davey played all but the Patriots' final series. The offensive player of the year in NFL Europe went 13-for-25 for 104 yards and two interceptions, but Belichick praised him.

    "Rohan did some good things," Belichick said. "He managed the game well. I thought he made a couple good throws that we weren't able to come up with."

    Kliff Kingsbury finished up at quarterback

    "I loved" playing so much, Davey said. "The only thing that could have been better would have been a win."

    The Patriots lost their third straight game, the others 31-3 at Cincinnati and 20-17 at Carolina. They enter the regular season with a 15-game winning streak covering the last regular season and playoffs.

    With Corey Dillon resting, Mike Cloud led New England rushers with 93 yards on 19 carries.

    The Jaguars committed no turnovers, while the Patriots had five, and outgained New England 451 yards to 222.

    "The two things I'm most excited about coming out of this preseason are turnovers and special teams," Del Rio said.

    After a scoreless first half, the Jaguars took a 3-0 lead on Josh Scobee's 31-yard...
    -09-02-2004, 10:51 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams-Patriots: The Breakdown
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas

    When the Rams run the ball

    Don't be confused by those early rushing yards the Patriots gave up against Denver. For strategic reasons, the Patriots lined up in their nickel package when the Broncos came out in sets with two wide receivers and two tight ends. They were willing to give up rushing yards in order to limit Broncos tight ends in the passing game. New England's sturdy front seven, which includes five Pro Bowlers, remains tough to beat with conventional running games. The group is fundamentally sound, tackles well and has good gap discipline. Miami had success with an unbalanced line against the Patriots; don't be surprised if the Rams go that way on some carries.

    EDGE: Patriots

    * * * * * * *

    When the Patriots run the ball

    With Sammy Morris (knee) and Lamont Jordon (calf) expected to be sidelined Sunday, the Patriots will use a running-back-by-committee of Kevin Faulk, rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Heath Evans. Evans (6-0, 250) is a fullback by trade, but has 151 NFL carries, had 149 carries in college at Auburn, and could be used Sunday in some one-back sets. Faulk is the team's best pass protector and remains a productive third-down back at age 32. But he hasn't had more than 13 carries in a game since 2003. Green-Ellis was promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago and gained 65 yards on 13 carries against Denver.

    EDGE: Rams

    * * * * * * *

    When the Rams pass the ball

    The Patriots normally don't blitz much, but if they see or sense a weakness, they can adjust accordingly. It's the Bill Belichick way. The New England secondary obviously misses cornerback Asante Samuel, who signed a big-money deal with Philadelphia in free agency. The unit has had its ups and downs and has been vulnerable to the big play at times. (Donnie Avery, that's your cue.) The Patriots frequently scheme to protect their secondary. But with or without Steven Jackson, if the Rams can establish any kind of running game to keep New England honest, they should have some opportunities in the passing game.


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    When the Patriots pass the ball

    The key for St. Louis will be to force neophyte quarterback Matt Cassell into predictable passing situations. Because when he has to throw downfield, the sacks pile up. Last season with Tom Brady at quarterback, the Patriots yielded only 21 sacks. They've already given 26 in six games this season. Even so, the left side of the Patriots' offensive line remains formidable: Left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins and center Dan Koppen are all Pro Bowlers. There could be pass-rush opportunities on the right side, however, where Rams castoff Mark LeVoir is expected to start again for the injured Nick Kaczur. LeVoir figures to need some help against...
    -10-26-2008, 06:15 AM
  • Varg6
    Safety latest big-name veteran signed, dropped by Patriots
    by Varg6
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- John Lynch, the nine-time Pro Bowl safety signed by New England two weeks ago, was released Sunday.


    "It goes without saying but John is an all-time great safety, one of the league's classiest professionals and his elite play speaks for itself," coach Bill Belichick said of Lynch, who turns 37 on Sept. 25. "As has been the case in other situations, I would not rule anything out down the road."

    During their decade-long run of success, the Patriots have regularly signed veterans and often released them, only to sign them again if needed. Belichick's comments indicate Lynch may be in that category. He has played 15 seasons, 11 in Tampa Bay and four in Denver.

    "I have no regrets about my time thus far with the Patriots," Lynch said in a statement released by the club. "The immense respect that I've long held for the organization has been only heightened over the past couple of weeks. I am going to keep all options open and look forward with excitement to see what the future brings."

    New England signed Lynch after he was released by Denver early in training camp.

    The Patriots also cut Chad Jackson, their second-round draft pick in 2006 from Florida. The wide receiver from Florida has been plagued by injuries, had 13 catches as a rookie and none last season when he played in only two games.

    During the exhibition season, Jackson had seven catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns. His release could be a sign that Wes Welker, who missed the last exhibition game with a rib injury, is healthy enough to play in the season opener Sunday against Kansas City

    The Patriots also signed six players to the practice squad -- defensive lineman Titus Adams, safety Mark Dillard, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, linebacker Vince Redd and defensive backs Mike Richardson and Antwain Spann.
    -08-31-2008, 09:46 PM
  • txramsfan
    Law has undisclosed foot injury
    by txramsfan
    PITTSBURGH -- The Patriots suffered a severe blow yesterday when All-Pro cornerback Ty Law left with an undisclosed left foot injury on the third series of the game and never returned.

    Law has an undisclosed foot injury
    Cornerback hurt on third series
    By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff | November 1, 2004

    PITTSBURGH -- The Patriots suffered a severe blow yesterday when All-Pro cornerback Ty Law left with an undisclosed left foot injury on the third series of the game and never returned.

    The Patriots were, as usual, mum on Law's injury, initially indicating he was "questionable" to return and then "doubtful" by the second half. With Tyrone Poole already out with a knee injury, it forced the team to use rookie Randall Gay in Law's spot and the Steelers took advantage, burning Gay on a 47-yard touchdown pass to Plexico Burress in Pittsburgh's 34-20 win.

    After the game, Law's locker was cleaned out.

    Asked to provide an update on Law, coach Bill Belichick said, "No, he did not come back and finish the game so obviously we will evaluate him and see how he is doing later." Gay also was helped off the field midway through the third quarter, favoring his leg. That moved free safety Eugene Wilson to corner and brought rookie Dexter Reid into Wilson's spot until Gay returned.

    The Patriots were as depleted as they've been this season with running back Corey Dillon a scratch with a thigh/foot injury. Dillon had been listed as questionable at midweek.

    Dillon was on the sideline, but when approached after the game, he said he wanted no part of answering questions.

    Asked how much of a difference Dillon not playing made to the offense, which ran only six times, Belichick answered, "You tell me; he did not play."

    The Patriots were also playing without right tackle Tom Ashworth, receiver Deion Branch, and fullback Patrick Pass.

    The injuries forced the Patriots to start Kevin Faulk at running back, Asante Samuel at right corner, and Brandon Gorin at right tackle.

    Law did not make contact with anyone on the play on which he was hurt. He made a move on a Hines Ward route and then collapsed to the turf.

    Left tackle Matt Light had the wind knocked out of him late in the third quarter and did not return. That created a mish-mash at offensive line, which in the fourth quarter consisted of Stephen Neal shifting to right tackle with Russ Hochstein entering the game at right guard and Gorin moving to left tackle.

    Before the game, the Patriots placed linebacker Dan Klecko on injured reserve with a knee injury incurred while playing fullback on a pass route last week against the Jets. The Patriots replaced Klecko with rookie running back Cedric Cobbs, who gained 1 yard in his first NFL carry.

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  • ram3057
    Patriots cut LB McGinest after 12 seasons
    by ram3057 wire reports

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (March 9, 2006) -- The New England Patriots released linebacker Willie McGinest in a salary-cap move, ending a 12-year relationship with the NFL's all-time postseason sack leader.

    The release of the two-time Pro Bowler was announced March 9, the day after the NFL owners voted 30-2 at their meeting in Grapevine, Texas, to extend the collective bargaining agreement with the players for six more years, resulting in a new salary cap figure of $102 million.

    The 34-year-old McGinest carried a salary cap figure of more than $7 million for next season. The veteran linebacker is now a free agent and can sign with any team, including New England.

    Willie McGinest has appeared in a team-record 18 playoff games with New England.
    McGinest, who has been with New England his entire career, was the fourth pick of the 1994 draft out of Southern California. He played in four Super Bowls, including three Patriots victories. His 16 postseason sacks rank ahead of Bruce Smith (14 1/2) and Reggie White (12).

    A two-time Pro Bowler, McGinest ranks third on the Patriots' all-time sack list with 78, just 1.5 behind Julius Adams. Andre Tippett tops the list with 100 sacks.

    McGinest has played in 171 games, ninth on the Patriots' all-time list.

    Besides McGinest, kicker Adam Vinatieri, wide receivers David Givens and Troy Brown, tackle Tom Ashworth, receiver and punt returner Tim Dwight, tight end Christian Fauria, linebackers Don Davis and Matt Chatham and running back Heath Evans are free agents.

    The Patriots also announced the signing of defensive back Artrell Hawkins.

    Hawkins signed with the Patriots as a free agent on Nov. 15, 2005. The seven-year veteran, who moved from cornerback to safety, started four of the five games he appeared in and made 16 tackles.

    The 5-foot-10, 190-pound defender was originally drafted in the second round of the 1998 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, who he played for six seasons.
    -03-09-2006, 02:36 PM