Breaking News: Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday

Rob Gronkowski (Photo By  Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski
(Photo By Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

It’s official, Gronk is back!

The All-Pro announced today to reporters that he will be playing Sunday for the Patriots against the Miami Dolphins.

“I’m ready to go,” Gronkowski said, according to the Boston Herald. “I’ll be playing.”

“(I’m) definitely not (playing) every single snap,” Gronkowski added, via ESPNBoston.com. “But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good.”

Gronk has had no setbacks throughout training camp and his statement that he will play all 16 games this season is well underway.

The Patriots offense, no doubt got a huge boost from this announcement.

 

The Patriots get a 7th round pick for Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett will be a Houston Texan  (Photo By J. Meric/Getty Images)

Ryan Mallett will be a Houston Texan
(Photo By J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Patriots traded away QB Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans for a 7th round pick, according to NFL Nation reporter Tania Ganguli. 

NFL.com is reporting that it’s a conditional 7th round pick. If Mallett plays over 40% of Texans snaps, the Pats get a 6th round pick, if not they get a 7th rounder.

That seems cheap for Houston to get a potential starter for and cheap for New England to get rid of Mallett, even after the bad preseason.

But, the Pats don’t like to carry 3 quarterbacks and they wanted to get something out of Mallett before he hit the open market next season.

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Ryan Mallett traded to the Texans

Ryan Mallett (Photo By Brad Penner)

Ryan Mallett
(Photo By Brad Penner)

The trade that has been talked about all year has finally happened!

The Houston Texans have traded for Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots, according to multiple sources.

A day after surviving cuts, Mallett has been moved from Boston to Texas. Everyone was wondering why the Pats would keep 3 Quarterbacks, but this is the reason why, getting something out of the 3 year vet.

Mallett is a 6’6, 245 pound QB, with a big arm. He didn’t have a great preseason, but he knows the Texans offense and worked with head coach Bill O’Brien during his OC days with New England.

Reports are Cowboys and Bills were in talks with the Patriots too for Mallett, so the Texans had to pull the trigger.

As soon as more details come out about the trade, we will have it here!

Josh Boyce, Danny Aiken among 19 cuts

Pats get roster down to 53 (Photo From Patriots.com)

Pats get roster down to 53
(Photo From Patriots.com)

The New England Patriots cut 19 players yesterday to get to 53 on the roster.

WR Josh Boyce and Long Snapper Danny Aiken were surprised cuts.

Full list of all 19 players released:

WR Josh Boyce, LS Danny Aiken, LB Steve Beauharnais, DL Jake Bequette, TE Steve Maneri, and DL Jerel Worthy.

They released first year players OL Braxston Cave, LB Ja’Gared Davis, S Kanorris Davis, RB Jonas Gray, and DB Daxton Swanson.

They released rookie free agents RB Roy Finch, S Shamiel Gary, DL Eathyn Manumaleuna, OL Chris Martin, LB Taylor McCuller, and DL L.T. Tuipulotu

They also released two draft picks. OL Jon Halapio and WR Jermey Gallon.

They placed LB James Morris on the IR.

Ja’Gared Davis and and Jonas Gray have been assigned to the practice squad.

 

 

Photos from Pats – Giants

Jimmy Garoppolo, the starter for the night. (Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Jimmy Garoppolo, the starter for the night.
(Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Tom Brady on holder duty. (Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Tom Brady on holder duty.
(Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

The Giants go up and over (Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

The Giants go up and over
(Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Dobson's TD grab (Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Dobson’s TD grab
(Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Dobson, Wright shines against the Giants

Aaron Dobson (Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

Aaron Dobson
(Photo By Keith Nordstrom)

The Patriots lost to the New York Giants in NJ last night in both team’s final preseason game of 2014, 16-13.

Jimmy Garoppolo got the start and played the entire game. Brady made an appearance as the field goal holder. He’s the team’s backup holder. Mallett did not play.

Jimmy Garoppolo had an okay night, and has earned the backup spot behind Brady, but he showed he’s not ready to be a full time starter.

Garoppolo finished the night 16 of 24 for 284 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

“It could have went better,” Garoppolo said. “There were definitely some things that we messed up on, fixable things, and things to learn from when you watch the film.”

Garoppolo said it was a very good experience.

“It’s one of those things I hope I look back on in a couple years and really learn a lot from it,” Garoppolo said. “Just take it and try to take the next step now. Now I know what a normal week is like for preparing to start and everything like that. It will only help me going forward.”

His one touchdown went to Aaron Dobson, who made his preseason debut last night.

Dobson’s 33 yard touchdown catch from Jimmy Garoppolo was an impressive one. The receiver was facing man coverage and ran up the field, with the defender all over him, Dobson gains an inch and falls down making a great catch. Dobson would finish the night with 3 catches for 57 yards and one touchdown.

It was a long process from the offseason, just sitting out, staying in the film room, starting to run, getting back in shape and all that,” Dobson said“It was a pretty tough process, but getting back on the field feels real good to be out there with my teammates.

Dobson said he’s not 100% yet, but it’s getting there.

“I feel like everything is coming,” Dobson said. I can’t say everything is back. It’s my first game back, so I’ve still got to feel everything out. I’m still getting my confidence, just building my confidence and growing as much as I can.”

You can see the touchdown grab on our Facebook page!

Less than two days, Wright was on the field and playing for the Patriots in their final preseason game. The tight end has had little time to study the playbook, but looked good on the field. Wright caught four passes for 43 yards.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Wright said. “This is a great organization led by great coaches. I’m just taking it one day at a time. It’s still early. I’ve got a lot to learn, and I’m just ready to go.

 

New England Patriots Predicted 2014 53-Man Roster Week One

pats at giantsThe NFL Preseason is in the books, as things have wrapped up nicely with some great talents showcasing their abilities to the fans and analysts during the past few weeks. And now it’s finally time for the team to make the decision as to who will remain on the team to start the Regular Season, and who will be cut loose. I have compiled my prediction for the final roster that will be heading down to Miami Week One.

QuarterbacksTom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

Running backs: Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, Roy Finch, James Develin

Wide Receivers: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell, Brian Tyms

Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui

Left Tackles: Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon

Left Guards: Josh Kline, Jon Halapio

Centers: Ryan Wendell, Chris Barker

Right Guards: Dan Connolly, Brian Stork

Right Tackle: Sebastian Vollmer

Left Defensive Ends: Rob Ninkovich, Jake Bequette

Right Defensive Ends: Chandler Jones, Michael Buchanan

Defensive Tackles: Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, Dominique Easley, Jerel Worthy

Linebackers: Jamie Collins, Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, Chris White, Darius Fleming, Steve Beauharnais

Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington, Malcolm Butler

Safeties: Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung, Tavon Wilson

Kicker: Stephen Gostowski

Punter: Ryan Allen

Long Snapper: Danny Aiken

Patriots Vs Giants: 5 Players to watch

Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett (Photo From Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett
(Photo From Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are in Jersey for their preseason finale against the New York Giants tonight.

Tom Brady won’t play nor half the starters, so who do you watch? Well, we got you covered.

1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo: Garoppolo will start and finish the game tonight barring no injury. We finally get to see the rookie through out the entire game with some starters and against some starters of the Giants. He will face off against the Giants defense and Eli Manning, who will play tonight. The interest in watching Jimmy tonight is simple, how well can he do for an entire game.

2. CB Malcolm Butler: Butler is not only only battling to make the roster, which he’s pretty much a lock too, but also battling for the chance to start opposite Revis while Browner serves his 4 game suspension. Arrington, Ryan, and Dennard will all play and have a chance to make their case for that number 2 role.

3. The Safety Battle: This will be coming to close tonight and I have no idea who will win. Harmon, Chung, or Wilson. This is worth watching because tonight one will be cut, one will start, and one will be depth.

4. The Linebackers: We have our starters in place but who will give the Pats depth? Steve Beauharnais, Darius Fleming, James Morris and Ja’Gared Davis will all have a chance to state their case tonight. Beauharnais is the favorite to make the team and provide backup, he leads all NFL teams with 21 tackles this preseason and has an interception. Morris is a favorite among the coaches. Fleming can be a situational guy. 

5. DL Jerel Worthy: He’s still on the team after the Patriots released Tommy Kelly and Ben Bass. Worthy had a good preseason debut last week and now will be looked at even more closely. Can he prove he belongs and be the guy Belichick is hoping he will be? He’s a must watch tonight.