■ Cornerback Keion Crossen bounced back from a rough start (he was burned for 35-yard Russell touchdown early) with an outstanding night. He notched 12 tackles, and interception, and nearly had a second, and broke up five passes, including a 2-point conversion. The Patriots are deep at the position, but Crossen’s instincts, quickness, and special teams acumen should help him seal a spot. “The vets just told me to keep my head up,’’ Crossen said, when asked how he stayed focused after the early score. “It’s the nature of our position just to keep battling, to keep fighting. My teammates did a great job of just encouraging me and I just kept fighting and things ended up turning for me.’’ ■ James Ferentz went the distance, playing deep into the fourth at center before shifting to left guard. His versatility will help his case. With Andrews out, Ferentz could be in line to be Ted Karras’s backup. ■ … [Read more...] about Takeaways from Patriots’ loss to Giants on last play of the game
FOXBOROUGH — Normally, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Demaryius Thomas would be nothing but expensive cheerleaders during the fourth preseason game. But on Thursday, when Jarrett Stidham took the first snap of the game, he had Edelman and Gordon on the field making the start with him. On the very next snap, Thomas came in a part of a three-receiver set. The three veterans were out there — Edelman for less than a series, Gordon and Thomas for several — because they hadn’t played in a preseason game. All three joined the Patriots’ active roster last week but didn’t play against the Panthers in the third preseason game. Edelman had been sidelined with a broken thumb for most of training camp and preseason, and came off the non-football injury list. Thomas was on the physically unable to perform list, still recovering from a torn Achilles’ suffered last December, and was activated the day after Edelman. Gordon rejoined the team after … [Read more...] about Veteran receivers get plenty of work in Patriots’ loss
FOXBOROUGH — Less than 24 hours after the Patriots had clinched their third straight Super Bowl berth, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon said he already had moved on from the highs of the thrilling overtime win in the AFC Championship Sunday. “I’m done with that,’’ Cannon told reporters at Gillette Stadium Monday afternoon. “AFC Championship’s cool, but there are other cool things out there.’’ Cannon and the Patriots wasted no time following their 37-31 victory at Arrowhead Stadium, returning to Foxborough for meetings Monday. With two weeks until Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Cannon said there’s plenty of time to prepare for the Los Angeles Rams. The offensive line didn’t watch any film Monday, but Cannon expects to dive into the tape soon. A trio of formidable linemen — “They’re the best defense right now,’’ Cannon said. If Sunday’s game was any indication, however, the Patriots’ … [Read more...] about Patriots notebook: Offensive line made some noise of its own
The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Chargers, 41-28, on Sunday, in an impressive all-around effort that propelled Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship appearance. Though New England faces the AFC’s best regular season team, the Kansas City Chiefs, next Sunday, the Patriots join the fray confident as ever after proving their detractors wrong in the playoffs’ divisional round. It had, after all, been the first season the Patriots won fewer than 12 games since 2010. Tom Brady was playing through an MCL sprain through the later portions of the regular season, as NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport reported. Even before that injury was confirmed to the public, Brady’s subpar performances were noted as possible evidence of his long-elusive decline. Sunday’s win proved Belichick and Brady can still deliver when it matters most. As the Patriots look forward to Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs offense, we might as … [Read more...] about Football analysts predicted their demise last week. Then the Patriots crushed the Chargers.
By Tom Keegan | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: January 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm | UPDATED: January 9, 2019 at 10:12 am FOXBORO — Nobody has to tell professional football players to increase the intensity during the playoffs. Their minds, even when at rest, take care of that for them. During the regular season, the bye weekend is all about getting away from football and recharging the battery. So how did Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers spend the bye weekend in advance of the Divisional Round? “I had a dream about setting the edge, or didn’t set the edge, and I kind of woke up,” Flowers said. “It was a nightmare. It turned into a nightmare.” Clearly, he was ready to play over the weekend, which indicates he’ll be more than ready to go Sunday for the 1:05 p.m. kickoff against the Chargers at frigid Gillette Stadium. “You definitely look forward to it,” Flowers said. “You go through a whole season … [Read more...] about Patriots defenders readying for ‘chess match’ against Philip Rivers