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  1. Will Amendola's role increase?

    Tom Carpenter

    The big knock on Danny Amendola is that he can't stay out of the infirmary. However, he has avoided injury early this season yet has only three catches on six targets for 16 yards after two games. Why hasn't he carved out a bigger role in the New ...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  2. Concern about Vereen's workload?

    Tom Carpenter

    In the season opener, it looked like the New England Patriots were going to ride RB Shane Vereen often this season. He finished the loss to the Miami Dolphins with seven rushes for 36 yards and a score and five catches for another 35 yards -- not eye...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. How hot is Dennis Allen's seat?

    Tom Carpenter

    It was easy to be skeptical about what the Oakland Raiders could do this season, but after they lost to two other seemingly mediocre teams -- New York Jets, Houston Texans -- to put begin them in an 0-2 hole, it's fair to wonder about the job securit...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  4. Did Gruden prefer Cousins over RG III?

    Tom Carpenter

    Since Robert Griffin III is sidelined for the foreseeable future, we will get a long-term look at what Kirk Cousins can do at quarterback. One way or another, we likely will find out whether he really is a viable starting NFL quarterback. There wa...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  5. Extra motivation for Cordarrelle vs Pats?

    Tom Carpenter

    We all know that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick chooses his limited public words more carefully than a PR professional, so he all but never gives his opponents bulletin-board material. However, Cordarrelle Patterson, whose Minnesota Vik...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  6. Will Brady be ready Sunday?

    Tom Carpenter

    Since Tom Brady basically doesn't miss games or practices, the fact that he skipped Thursday's session with a calf injury raised plenty of eyebrows. Will he be ready to roll Sunday against the Miami Dolphins? He sounded positive when speaking with...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  7. Will Pats shut down TE Clay again?

    Tom Carpenter

    It is well documented that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick routinely tries to neutralize what his opponent does best. Time will tell what exactly the new-look Miami Dolphins offense does best this year, but last season the Pats put a target...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  8. How secure is Fitzpatrick as starting QB?

    Tom Carpenter

    Rumors that the New England Patriots might trade backup QB Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans were standard fare here on Rumor Central from the minute that former Pats OC Bill O'Brien took over as the Texans head coach. The two sides finally pulled o...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  9. What can we expect from Ridley, Vereen?

    Tom Carpenter

    Earlier this week, I took a look at the New England Patriots backfield, noting that ESPN Pats reporter Mike Reiss wasn't convinced that veteran RB Stevan Ridley would make the final cut. However, after Ridley joined Shane Vereen in sitting out the...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  10. Potential landing spots for QB Mallett

    Tom Carpenter

    Per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots will start rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo in their preseason finale Thursday. In fact, he may play the entire game. Schefter added that, "Even with Jimmy Garoppolo starting Thursday night, Patri...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  11. Stevan Ridley on Pats' roster bubble?

    Tom Carpenter

    Last year, the New England Patriots' top two rushers were Stevan Ridley (178 rushes for 773 yards and 7 TDs) and LeGarrette Blount (153 rushes for 772 yards and 7 TDs). Ridley spent some time in coach Bill Belichick's doghouse due to a case of fumbil...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  12. Latest on Maclin's health, fantasy value

    Tom Carpenter

    A veteran wide receiver leaving a mid-August practice with a tight hamstring and resting it the next day seems pretty innocuous. Not so much when that receiver is Jeremy Maclin, who is coming back from reconstructive knee surgery -- even if Maclin, h...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  13. Pats rookie White pushing for carries?

    Tom Carpenter

    The New England Patriots have Stevan Ridley as their top power back and Shane Vereen as their top pass-catching back, so fourth-round rookie RB James White has a tough road to hoe in order to get touches. Still, we have heard sporadic positive rep...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  14. When will Easley make an impact?

    Tom Carpenter

    The New England Patriots plunked down a first-round pick on DT Dominique Easley, even though he was working his way back from October surgery that repaired a torn ACL. However, he remains on the PUP list and hasn't practiced with his teammates during...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  15. Revis Island still afloat after all?

    Tom Carpenter

    Earlier this week, I examined the buzz about Darrelle Revis possibly working on only the left side of the New England Patriots secondary, with Brandon Browner handling the right side. It would be a significant departure from his long-time tenure as "...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  16. No Revis Island in New England?

    Tom Carpenter

    No DB is better known for being moved around the field to battle the top opposing wide receiver than Darrelle Revis. After all the phrase "Revis Island" came from his usage in that regard during his tenure with the New York Jets. The general presu...

    Blog | August 05, 2014