Joel was certainly right earlier when he said our new photo feed is awesome. We’ll now have a lot more new (to us at least) photos to use on a daily basis.
I hope Wednesday was good to you. Use this post for your open thread this evening.
It’s Monday and we’ve had plenty of news to tide us over already this week. The NFL Combine starts on Thursday and of course free agency is on the horizon.
This is your open thread for the night. Use it to talk about whatever you’d like.
Fred Dryer. Fred Astaire. Fred Gwynne. Fred Rogers. That’s right … I’ve done it at last. The very first ever (you might want to be sitting down for this) … Open Fred!
Mike Reiss reports draft analyst Todd McShay shared his insight as to some of the “value” areas that could be there for the Patriots in the late first round.
Receiver: “Michael Floyd [of Notre Dame] would be a good fit, a guy who can get down the field and has some size. Kendall Wright [of Baylor] I think also could be a good fit; he’s undersized like some of their other guys, but he has explosive, explosive speed. He can get down the field and provide that big play, vertically, that they’ve been missing. He also can help in the return game should they choose and he’s great after the catch.”
Cornerback: “It will be interesting to see if any of these corners drop. By any of them, I mean Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama. Obviously Bill Belichick has a great relationship with Nick Saban and will have a great feel for Kirkpatrick and whether he fits what they want to do or not. He certainly looks like a corner who would fit what they like in terms of the versatility. He’s not an elite man-to-man cover corner, but very instinctive in zone. The knock on him, outside of the baggage, is that he gets there and bats down a lot of balls and is in position to make tackles after the catch, but doesn’t make a lot of big plays. Janoris Jenkins would be another guy, a Florida guy who was dismissed from the team and played at North Alabama this past season. I think he has very good man-to-man cover skills and certainly can play on the outside for them and I think would upgrade their corner situation.”
Safety: “Mark Barron from Alabama could drop a little bit [hernia]. He won’t be working out at the combine.” Pass rushers: “Chandler Jones, the Syracuse defensive end, I know I’m probably higher on him than most guys. But I do think he has a chance to be a really good player and I love his versatility. I think he would fit New England from that perspective. Andre Branch is another one, out of Clemson – 6-4, 260, could play defensive end but also could drop when they go back and forth in their four-man front and three-man front. There is some depth to this class. Ronnell Lewis is another one, from Oklahoma. They can find a pass rusher should they decide to draft one.”
There has been a lot of talk recently about a Brandon Lloyd to N.E. connection and rightfully so. Lloyd has said that he’s tied to McDaniels because only Josh McD has been able to get production out of B. Lloyd. Brandon credits his success to Josh’s ability to utilize the shifty WR on all levels of the Offense and in a myriad of Offensive sets. This sounds like a match made in heaven but there’s another side to this story.
That other side is the fact that Tom Condon is B. Lloyd’s agent. Condon is one of the best agents in the NFL. He represents some big names and players love him because he’s damn good at his job. The Patriots hate him because he’s damn good at his job. Most of us know that the Pats have not dealt with Condon since the Ben Watson fallout of 2004, so one can imagine just how volatile the B. Lloyd contract negotiations could become.
To the agent’s credit he’s offered an olive branch of sorts by praising both the Patriots front-office and his own ruthless, wildly successful negotiating skills. He’s made it clear that he’s willing to let bygones be bygones and he’ll do whatever it takes to put his client in the best situation (though he expects that B. Lloyd will be a highly desired WR in the open market, go figure).
My question to all the Pats fans out there is how much is Brandon Lloyd worth? My take after the jump.I’ve done a bit of research on this issue and I’ve got what I hope is good news. If you head over to rotoworld and start digging up some contracts of WR’s like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Roddy White and Greg Jennings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that even the elite WR’s don’t make more than ~million a year (on average, back-loaded contracts like Larry Fitz’s are obvious exceptions).
Now, I don’t think anyone will claim that Brandon Lloyd is anywhere near as good as either Johnson so it doesn’t make much sense for Lloyd to demand anywhere near million a year ( with ~%80 of the gross value of the contract guaranteed like the contract Andre Johnson has earned himself).
To me, a 30 year old WR who had zero success for 7 years in the NFL until your (the Pats) current O-Coordinator got a hold of him, that guy is probably worth -6million per year for 3-4 years with ~%60-%70 of the gross value of the contract guaranteed. It would be wise for the Patriots to offer some incentive based bonuses and some roster/workout bonuses later in the deal to ensure B. Lloyd’s commitment to success. This allows the Pats to offer a bigger deal that won’t offend B. Lloyd but also offers them the latitude to move on from the 30+ year old WR should he not perform up to his contract’s value.
What do you guys (and ladies) think?
The Patriots ran into the Giants yesterday, who had the perfect gameplan to beat them. The Giants were ball hogs and it made things very hard on the Patriots yesterday. Tom Brady completed 27 of 41 passes (65.9%) from the floor last night, good for 276 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT. BenJarvus Green-Ellis came alive in the second half as he finished up with 44 yards rushing on 10 carries (4.4 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 15 yards (7.5 avg). Danny Woodhead pitched in with 18 yards rushing on 7 carries (2.6 ypc) and he also caught 4 passes for 42 yards (10.5 avg) with 1 TD grab. TE Aaron Hernandez (8 rec, 67 yards, TD) and WR Wes Welker (7 receptions for 60 yards and 2 carries for 21 yards) led the way for the Patriots in the passing game, but they each dropped key passes on the Patriots’ final drive. WR Deion Branch (3 rec, 45 yards) and TE Rob Gronkowski (2 rec, 26 yards) also pitched in for the Patriots in this game. The Patriots finished up with 83 yards rushing on 19 carries (4.4 ypc) and they also completed 27 of 41 passes (65.9%) for 266 yards as they had possession of the ball for 22:55.
The defense didn’t play too well for the Patriots in this game. LBs Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes led the way for the Patriots with 11 tackles apiece last night. Safeties Devin McCourty (7 tackles) and Patrick Chung (6 tackles and 1 pass defensed) also pitched in for the Patriots in this game. The Giants finished up with 114 yards rushing on 28 carries (4.1 ypc) and they also completed 30 of 40 passes (75%) for 282 yards in this game. The Patriots are now 0-2 in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants, who seem to have their number lately. The Patriots’ season ends with a huge thud!
It’s Thursday night. I know many of you have or will make this Thursday night one of your weekly drinking/going out nights. I’m here on our very comfortable couch at the moment, perfectly content to doze off into a deep sleep.
This is your open thread for Thursday February 9th. What are you up to this evening?
The Patriots have re-signed 25-year old safety Ross Ventrone to a futures/reserve deal. Ventrone played in 8 games for the Patriots last year and he had 2 tackles. Ventrone was like a yo-yo for the Patriots last year as they kept signing him and waiving him. He spent half of the year on the practice squad in 2011, but he will lose eligibility for that when he plays in one more game for the Patriots. It will be interesting to see if Ventrone steps up and snatches a full time job with the Patriots in 2012.
I don’t really know what I’m supposed to say here.
The Giants‘ pass rush was nonexistant. There were points to be had on almost every drive. New York put the ball on the ground three times. The defense played as well as you could have possibly asked for. The running game was good enough to keep the defense honest. There were players open. The Patriots had chance after chance to put the game away. But they couldn’t get it done. And once again, the Giants came through in the clutch and scored the game winner late after a ridiculous circus catch. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
I don’t have it in me to say much more than that. Fan Notes after the jump.
I watched this game at my friend’s house uptown. I ended up walking home, all the way back to Brooklyn from 87th Street. That’s about 9 miles, and it took me over three and a half hours. As I walked, the city of New York its usual mix of drunken revelers celebrating in the background and people who hadn’t even watched the game passing me on the sidewalk, I went through the whole gamut of emotions. Sadness, depression, rage, and eventually, just numbness. I even longed, for a brief moment, for those days of the mid-90s when this team was absolutely terrible and I was absolutely ecstatic with a regular season win over the Bills. This isn’t healthy. The amount of sleep I’m going to lose over this one is completely disproportionate to what kind of impact this game had on the world in general. Millions upon millions of people didn’t care about this game in the slightest and went to bed afterwards without any problems whatsoever. The world will continue to turn, and in the grand scheme of things this Super Bowl will be long, long forgotten.
There are also Patriots fans out there who are happy when the Pats win, but when they lose it isn’t the end of the world to them. They are upset for a while, but after a few days of sulking they are back to normal again and are looking forward to all of the other amazing things that life has to offer. Watching football is still fun for them. It still has its rightful place on priorities lists and allows them to spend Sundays outside or with family instead of alone in a dark room screaming at the television, pouring my soul into a team that doesn’t even know I exist. You have no idea how much I envy those people – I would love to make the life change necessary to allow Patriots football to be fun for me again, but I simply don’t know how.
I’m going to try and have have more on the game later in the week. But I just don’t have the energy or the willpower to deal with this right now. I feel nauseous and it’s all I can do not to start crying at my desk.
Congratulations to the Giants. Once again, the better team prevailed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find a noose.
We don’t do a lot of giveaways or things like that around here but this one fits in nicely with what I truly enjoy: Chipotle Burritos.
Yes, I’m a huge Chipotle fan and eat there regularly so I was very pleased when the folks at Chipotle offered up 10 free burritos to one of our readers. Their angle for the big game is they’ll just give out some free burritos instead of spending tons of money on an ad. So, on gameday, if you pick up one of their burritos in a box, half your order of six or more is free.
But the more pressing issue is that I have 10 free burritos to give away to one of you.
Here’s how we’ll do this: Give us your greatest Chiefs memory in the comments. The person with the most recs (recommended) by 7:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) tonight wins the burritos. And you should also be available via email for me to reach you.
(Note: To “rec” something…if you’re a registered user, click “actions” and then “rec”.)