Well, leave it to a natural disaster to give some perspective. Despite what I thought on Saturday night before Harvey hit Houston, maybe New England receiver Julian Edelman's knee injury is actually not the worst thing to happen to anyone, ever. Please consider donating to organizations helping out in and around the worst-hit areas. (You … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Lions Review
When it comes to judging preseason games, I'll defer to New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia's advice to his linemen up at Buffalo last season. After an up-and-down start, the Pats started pulling away, prompting the coach to tell his charges, "Lookit, nothing's ever, ever, ever as bad as it seems, okay, and – … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Texans Review
Well, even though it's been an entire week since New England lost to Jacksonville, 31-24, that game feeds into our expectations for Saturday night's tilt at Houston. How many starters will play, and for how long? After last week, who will continue to stand out (rookie receivers) or remain invisible (pass rushers)? Many players to … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Jaguars Review
In 2008, I wrote a descriptive account of training camp in Foxboro. In honor of today being the final day of 2017 camp open to fans, we're posting a link to that piece here. A few highlights include references to present and past players, e.g.: 2:42 p.m. – A horn sounds. Offense stays on the … Continue reading Patriots Flashback: 2008 Letter From Camp
Ah. Did the headline get you? I figured, as a Boston media site, it might be fun to experiment with some preseason click bait. In any case, the answer to this question – as typically befits headline inquiries – is no. Sorry. Won't do that again. At least not this season. Welcome back to Thursday … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Tom Brady To Retire?