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  • NFL Pro Bowl: Patriots participating, rosters, game time, TV schedule, and open thread
    by Bernd Buchmasser on January 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images The Pro Bowl is taking place today, in case you are interested. While the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are preparing for Super Bowl 54, the rest of the league will watch this year’s all-star game: the 2020 Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando later today, and the New England Patriots are represented with two players. Before getting ahead of ourselves, however, let’s find out what you need to know about the game: 2019-20 NFL Pro Bowl: Game details Date: January 26, 2020 Kickoff time: 3:00 p.m. E.T. Stadium: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL Television: ABC, ESPN Commentators: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Booger McFarland (color commentary), Lisa Salters (sideline), John Perry (officiating expert) Streaming: fuboTV (sign up here), YouTube TV, Hulu+ Live TV, AT&T TV Now Mobile: NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, ESPN app, ABC app Radio: FM 96.9 The Game, Westwood One Sports Patriots participating Three Patriots have been voted to this year’s Pro Bowl, but only two of them are actually expected to participate in today’s game after linebacker Dont’a Hightower withdrew his participation. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore Special teamer Matthew Slater AFC roster Quarterbacks: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens; Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans; Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans Running Backs: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns; Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans; Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens Fullback: Patrick Ricard, Baltimore Ravens Wide Receivers: Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns; Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos; D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars Tight ends: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens; Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts Tackles: Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens; Laremy Tunsil, Houston Texans; Orlando Brown, Baltimore Ravens Guards: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts; Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns Centers: Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders; Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts Defensive ends: Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers; Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive linemen: Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans Outside linebackers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers; Matt Judon, Baltimore Ravens Inside linebackers: Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts; Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills Cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills; Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens; Joe Haden, Pittsburgh Steelers Safeties: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers; Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Earl Thomas III, Baltimore Ravens Kicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens Punter: Brett Kern, Tennessee Titans Returner: Andre Roberts, Buffalo Bills Special teams: Matthew Slater, New England Patriots Long snapper: Morgan Cox, Baltimore Ravens NFC roster Quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks; Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints; Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings Running Backs: Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints Fullback: C.J. Ham, Minnesota Vikings Wide receivers: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints; Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys; Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers Tight ends: Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints; Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints; Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles Guards: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Scherff, Washington Redskins; Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers Centers: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles; Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys Defensive ends: Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings; Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings Defensive linemen: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles; Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons; Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers Outside linebackers: Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals; Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Za’Darius Smith, Green Bay Packers Inside linebackers: Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys; Eric Kendricks, Minnesota Vikings Cornerbacks: Darius Slay, Detroit Lions; Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings; Shaquill Griffin, Seattle Seahawks Safeties: Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings; Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears Kicker: Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints Punter: Tress Way, Washington Redskins Returner: Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints Special teams: Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago Bears Long snapper: Rick Lovato, Philadelphia Eagles Rosters via the Philadelphia Inquirer The Ravens’ staff will coach the AFC, while the Seahawks’ will work with the NFC’s Pro Bowl team.

  • Movie Preview: The Great Brady Heist
    by Marima on January 25, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    April 3, 2017: Tom Brady holds his stolen Super Bowl LI jersey prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. . | Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Fox Sports Films explores the investigation of the theft - and safe return - of Tom Brady’s historic Super Bowl LI game-winning jersey The Patriots may not be playing on Super Bowl Sunday, but at least we can all watch Tom Brady the night before the big game. ‘The Great Brady Heist’ premiers on Saturday, February 1st, 7 p.m. (ET) on Fox Sports. This film is the latest in Fox Sports’ “Magnify” series, and is produced by NFL Films in association with Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports. I watched it last Thursday and recommend it highly. Well done. Three years ago, Tom Brady’s game-winning Super Bowl LI jersey was stolen from the NRG Stadium locker room in Houston. This 54-minute film follows the chain of events from James White’s dramatic touchdown in overtime, and Brady’s realization that his jersey was missing, through the investigation that ensued to find the perpetrator and recover the jersey. We’ve all seen the NFL Films’ footage of the emotional quarterback on stage following the Patriots’ comeback win, in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. For reasons beyond the historic game itself - including his mother being well enough to attend after going through cancer treatments - Brady had wanted to hold on to this particular jersey as a keepsake. Instead, someone else decided to take it as memorabilia for themselves. In the chaos of a crowded and celebratory locker room, the thief got away with it... for a little while. The story of how multiple federal and international agencies worked together to solve this whodunit caper is told through exclusive conversations with Tom Brady as well as interviews with police, security, investigators, sports journalists and even the man responsible for the theft. I found the entire movie both fascinating and fun, and look forward to seeing it again. (At the very least it beats watching more pre-game analysis of a Super Bowl matchup without the Patriots.) Enjoy!

  • Report: Patriots hiring recent Rams assistant offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch
    by Oliver Thomas on January 25, 2020 at 1:26 am

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Jedd Fisch, 43, spent the past two seasons on Sean McVay’s Rams staff. The New England Patriots’ 2020 coaching staff will include a recent Los Angeles Ram. Jedd Fisch is joining New England’s offensive side, the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride reported Friday evening, in a role that has yet to be finalized. Fisch served as the Rams’ assistant offensive coordinator in 2019. The 43-year-old had worked under the title of senior offensive assistant for head coach Sean McVay the season prior when Los Angeles and New England crossed paths in Super Bowl LIII. Dating back to 2002, Fisch’s NFL background features stops as offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks, wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos, offensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens and defensive quality control for the Houston Texans. Fisch has also made collegiate stops at UCLA, Michigan, Miami and Minnesota since spending two seasons under Steve Spurrier as a graduate assistant at Florida. The Patriots officially stand with vacancies at wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator after Joe Judge departed to become head coach of the New York Giants in early January. Bret Bielema, New England’s defensive line coach this past season, made his way to East Rutherford this past week.

  • Patriot Nation Podcast #61: Deflategate debunked with Michael Hurley
    by Pat Lane on January 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Michael Hurley from CBS Boston joins the show to discuss Deflategate. In the latest episode of the Patriot Nation Podcast, Michael Hurley from CBS Boston joins the show to discuss Deflategate, and gives a handy guide to why it was a sham. ESPN, after all, recently published a story pretty much admitting that it was complete and utter nonsense. Perhaps the world’s leading authority on Deflategate, there’s no one more equipped than Michael to explain the real truth of the “scandal” to you. After the conversation with him, Pat talks about the career of now-former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and whether or not he belongs in the Hall of Fame — basically based on two victories in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Never miss an episode and subscribe to the Pats Pulpit Podcasts: iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesPatsPulpit Google Podcasts: http://bit.ly/GooglePatsPulpit Pocket Casts: http://bit.ly/PocketCastsPatsPulpit Spotify: http://bit.ly/SpotifyPatsPulpit RSS: http://bit.ly/RSSPatsPulpit Also, make sure to follow the show and its hosts on Twitter: Patriot Nation Podcast: @PatsNationPod Pat Lane: @plane_pats Ryan Spagnoli: @Ryan_Spags Michael Hurley: @michaelfhurley

  • New England Patriots links 1/24/20 - Roster reasons to be excited about 2020: Chase Winovich
    by Marima on January 24, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Chase Winovich: Blonds are more fun. | Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports Daily news and links for Friday TEAM TALK Erik Scalavino & Mike Dussault debate which they’d prefer: The NFL’s proposed 4th-and-15 rule or keeping kicks the ay they are. Patriots Unfiltered: 2020 free agent class, Eli Manning retirement, Hall of Fame talk and more. (2 hours) LOCAL LINKS Matt Cassel paints a picture of how it would look for Tom Brady to fit in another NFL offense. Phil Perry notes the Patriots need to have a plan in place well before free agency begins so they’re not playing catchup like they did when Rob Gronkowski retired. Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 9 burning questions about Tom Brady’s free agency decision. Tom E. Curran mentions how Raiders’ Derek Carr knows Tom Brady represents a threat in free agency. Brent Schwartz (PatriotsWire) The case for and against Tom Brady with the Browns. Sean T. McGuire posts a video clip of Stephon Gilmore grabbing two interceptions in the Pro Bowl skills showdown. Ryan Hannable explains why it’s important for the Pats that Matthew Slater plans on playing again in 2020. David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Free agent team fits: Amari Cooper. Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: Patriots scouts overheard gushing over SMU WR. Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Why Chase Winovich should generate excitement in Year 2. Nick Stevens gives us 5 reasons Eli Manning is not a Hall of Famer. Zack Cox hears from Devin McCourty on why he ‘wasn’t a fan’ of the Aaron Hernandez documentary. /All legitimate points. Marcus Kwesi O’Mard notes Rob Gronkowski released a Super Bowl party promo that rejects Roger Goodell. Mike Cole tells us Mel Kiper Jr.’s first NFL mock draft pick for the Pats at No. 23: Alabama S Xavier McKinney. NATIONAL NEWS Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: How Zac Taylor and the Bengals will determine the NFL Draft’s No. 1 Pick; also storylines to watch ahead of the Super Bowl, players to watch in Mobile and the one thing no one is talking about. Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Every NFL team’s projected 2020 starting QB: Where Tom Brady could land, and what it means for the other 31. Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) In a Tom Brady free agency, the only thing to expect is something unexpected. Russell S. Baxter (Fansided) New England Patriots free agency 2020: Top 5 targets. Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Patrick Mahomes doesn’t have Tom Brady’s comeback stats, but his history should terrify 49ers. Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Jimmy Garoppolo: I’ll try to transfer Tom Brady’s approach to my game. Ryan Hannable notes Jim Gray explains his weekly interviews with Tom Brady, and what he’s learned. Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Stephon Gilmore hopes to take home Defensive Player of the Year. Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Derek Carr addresses Raiders QB rumors, owner’s chat with Tom Brady; plans to take ‘first snap’ in Vegas. ‘Carr seems a bit irked by the rumors.’ Justin Terranova (NY Post) What Tom Brady’s weekly interviewer has learned about legendary QB. Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Drew Brees: Not a given I come back, but it will be for Saints if I do. Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Super Bowl 2020: Slotting Patriots-Rams into our definitive ranking of every single Super Bowl 53-1. Nate Davis (USA Today) The 54 greatest teams to play in the Super Bowl: 49ers have three in top 10, but not No. 1. Tim Dahlberg (AP) Without the Patriots, the Super Bowl might finally be fun again: Brady is getting old and so is Belichick’s bullying act. /Troll alert (or maybe gambling angle... either way, stupid) Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Pro Bowl Skills Challenge: Jarvis Landry leads Team AFC to victory over Team NFC. Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Eli Manning’s career is incomparable. “The Giants quarterback, who is set to retire Friday, was exceptional when he had to be and mediocre the rest of the time. How should we remember the playing days of the NFL’s most average dynasty destroyer?” Staff (ESPN) From ‘Seeing ghosts’ to ‘Mozart’s paintings’: These are the best quotes of the NFL season. /Belichick included. Jenna West (SI) Number of reported concussions increased in 2019 from previous season. Chase Goodbread and Lance Zierlein (NFL.cm) 2020 Senior Bowl: Top 7 NFL draft winners from week of practice. Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Size, speed, and sloppy play: Five takeaways from Senior Bowl practices. Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) There’s another Lamar Jackson on the way to the NFL. Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL Mock Draft. Patriots select Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III. EXTRACURRICULAR Conor Orr (SI) The deep end of the pool: The bizarre case of the Super Bowl squares kidnapping. Jenna West (SI) Mr. Peanut suffers a noble but tragic death in Planters Super Bowl commercial. Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Judge orders mental health evaluation for Antonio Brown. Report (TMZ) Antonio Brown faces judge in handcuffs ... attorneys fiercely argue in court. Ryan Boysen (Law360) Seeger Weiss to spend $5M of concussion education fund.

 

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