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Third Stringers Start In The Last Preseason Game For The Patriots

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Third Stringers Start In The Last Preseason Game For The Patriots

It felt like a fall night on [Thursday] night when the Patriots took on the New York Giants.  Yet this was still Preseason, in point of fact, the last Preseason Game before the Regular Season.  Fall was in the air but who exactly was playing on the field?  Nope no Tom Brady, nope no Jimmy Garroppolo!  Instead, Jacoby Brissett was leading the Patriots Offense.  Along with him were the back ups and third stringers.  The kind of players that are trying to clinch a job as the NFL Cut loomed near.  Here is my opinionated take away from the game:

Jacoby Brissett can play!  He had a great game scoring 4 TDs and even a Rushing TD.  This was a guy who was trying to prove that he is a solid QB.  He made several down fields throws and his Red Zone presence was excellent.  I mean you could feel the pressure that he was putting on the opposing defense.

Although it should be noted that he had to over come some adversity.  He threw an Interception in the 1st Quarter of the Game.  The INT was taken back to the house for a Touchdown.  It was deflating!  But looking back on replay it wasn’t Brissett’s fault at all!  The Offensive End missed his assigned block and let his defender into the backfield to make the play.  Whoops!  That is what my Pop Warner Coach would call a “look out block.”

The other play makers were the Third String Wide Receivers, players like Austin Carr, Jacob Hollister, K.J. Maye and Devin Lucien.  Running Back D. J. Foster was also in the mix.  What they did was explode on the Giants!  Their Offense was moving quickly down the field and scoring every other drive.  These Third Stringers looked good and they almost won the game.  In the end, it was New York Giants who won it [40-38].

Even still I think a lot of these Third Stringers have so much to offer the Patriots.  They are a good crew and its no wonder with this kind of depth that the Patriots are Ranked 1st on Offense going into the start of the Season.  Hey let’s face it these guys are good and if they can work on their Achilles heel, which has been their Defense, they have a chance at an Undefeated Season.

Yup, that’s right I said it.  Listen they have so many weapons on Offense that its ridiculous.  Last night they showed that they can put up 38 Points with Third Stringers.  Now that is a feat!  I expect nothing but the best from this offensive power house team.  They will be looking to get into the end zone every time they touch the ball!  Look for some serious high scoring games from them, especially in their division.

Opening Day is September 7th at 8:30 pm on NBC’s Football Night In America, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  It will be against the Kansas City Chiefs in prime time!  There will also be an unveiling ceremony before the game, of the Super Bowl LI Banner.  All in all, it should be a great Opening Night for NFL Football!  Finally, Woot woot!

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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