Could LeGarrette Blount lose his job with the Patriots?

Blount is looking to recovery from a 2015 hip injury. (Photo from Allposter.com)

Blount is looking to recovery from a 2015 hip injury.
(Photo from Allposter.com)

ESPN’s Mike Reiss thinks so.

Reiss reported he believes Blount’s roster spot isn’t sealed with the Patriots given he’s returning from hip surgery and didn’t practice in the spring. He noted if Blount can be the back he was before his injury, then he shouldn’t have any problems remaining with the team.

The Patriots have Blount, Lewis, White, Foster, Brown, and Bolden at running back. Bolden is a special teamer and depth, and James White is a great pass-catcher out of the backfield. Brown is a pure running back, but catches better than Blount. Lewis is a truly remarkable pass-catching running back, but he can run between the tackles better than average. Foster is a pure pass-catcher who might line up in the slot just as much in the backfield.

The Patriots only have two pure running backs so I believe Blount will be the guy going forward unless his hip doesn’t fully heal. The Patriots would only have Brown going forward and I highly doubt they want one pure running back, it was a disaster last year. They have a lot of depth at the pass-catching spot with Lewis, White, and Foster, but a pure running back is another story. I’m in the camp, they need both Brown and Blount going forward, but I could see this going either way. Outside of Brady and Gronk no one has a roster spot 100% locked down on the Patriots every season, so you never know with the Pats but I think Blount stays.

I hope Blount is back to 100% because the Blount/Lewis combo is so deadly.

 

Patriots Safety Nate Ebner Officially Makes The U.S. Olympic Rugby Team

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Patriots safety Nate Ebner has become the only active NFL player to qualify for the Rio Olympics and will represent USA Rugby, ESPN reports.

USA Rugby Men’s Sevens coach Mike Friday announced the 12 athletes and his seven staff to represent Team USA on Monday.

Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in May to begin his training. He is scheduled to rejoin the team after the Aug. 6-11 Olympic rugby competition.

Ebner was an All-American rugby player at Ohio State before the Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

The Patriots re-signed Ebner, who was an unrestricted free agent, to a two-year contract in May. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Malcolm Butler has vague comments on Jimmy Garoppolo

Butler really isn't worried about the QB situation. (Photo By: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Butler really isn’t worried about the QB situation.
(Photo By: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was out and about Tuesday night when TMZ Sports asked him if he was worried about the QB situation for the first four games if Brady remained suspended.

The video was shot before the court ruling came down rejecting Brady’s appeal of the four game suspension.

Butler responded to the question by saying, “it is what it is, whatever happens, happens.”

Watch the entire video of Butler HERE.

 

Tom Brady’s Appeal Denied; to Miss First Four Games of Patriots Season

Tom Brady spoke to the media following the game. (Photo By: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The appeal for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been denied, meaning that he will indeed miss the first four games of the 2016 season, not coming back until the October 9th game in Cleveland against the Browns.

Brady’s four games missed will be September 11th at Arizona, September 18th vs Miami, September 22nd vs the Bills, and October 2nd vs the Texans.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski land in Top 100’s Top 10

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The NFL released its final countdown of the top 100 NFL players voted by the players Wedsenday night at 9:00 pm EST.

Tight End Rob Gronkowski landed at number 9 on the list, one spot up from last year’s number 10.

Gronk has made the list every year since 2012 when he came in at number 21, 2013 at number 25, 2014 number 41 and 2015 number 10. To be honest, this year’s ranking is a great ranking for the best tight end in the league, but I would have put him higher around number 6 or 5, ahead of Julio Jones and Adrian Peterson. But, keep expecting Gronk to rise higher and higher and remain a top 10 player as long as he stays healthy.

To watch his video, GO HERE and click his name in the box and enjoy!

QB Tom Brady landed at number 2, one spot up than last year’s number 3 ranking. He has made the list every single year since the list started in 2011 and has had a top five ranking every single year. 2011 he was ranked the number one player. In 2012 and 2013 he was ranked number 4, 2014 ranked number 3 and 2015 ranked 3.

Brady to me every year is the number one player in the NFL, no surprise, but this year with all of the injuries and no running game mixed with a dismal year for the OL, he was certainly the best player in the NFL to guide the team to the AFC Title game where they were only a 2 point conversion away from the Super Bowl. This past season showed just how important number 12 was to New England and no matter what anyone says, no Brady through four games will be tough to overcome, so here’s to hoping this is the start of great news for number 12.

To watch his video, go HERE where you can see players like Wes Welker and Kirk Cousins heap praise on the QB.

The entire top 10 list below:

10. Odell Beckham JR WR – Giants.

9. Gronk TE – Patriots.

8. Julio Jones WR –  Falcons.

7. Luke Kuechly LB – Panthers.

6. Aaron Rodgers QB – Packers.

5. Adrian Peterson RB – Vikings.

4. Antonio Brown WR – Steelers. 

3. J.J. Watt DE – Texans.

2. Tom Brady QB – Patriots.

1. Cam Newton QB – Panthers.

 

NFL Announces Three Patriots Game to Be Shown in Full on YouTube

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As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.

From an initial list of 160 classic games compiled by NFL Media/NFL Films in collaboration with NFL Clubs, fans made the final decision on the three most memorable games per franchise. The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason.

Voting began June 20th and ended on Tuesday. Here’s the three Pats games:

Super Bowl XLIX — Patriots vs. Seahawks (69%)

Malcolm Butler interception.

2001 AFC Division playoff — Patriots vs. Raiders (13%)

Tuck rule game.

Super Bowl XXXVI — Patriots vs. Rams (9%)

Patriots upset win over Rams.

Tom Brady nominated for ESPN’s Best Player

Tom Brady nominated for Best NFL Player

Tom Brady nominated for Best NFL Player

The Patriots four time Super Bowl Champion QB Tom Brady is up for ESPY’s NFL’s Best Player Award against Cam Newton, JJ Watt, Antonio Brown, and Julio Jones.

ESPY’s 2016 will be live on July 13th on ABC at 8:00 pm EST and will be hosted by WWE superstar John Cena.

You can check out the full nominations and nominees HERE.

You, the FANS, can cast your vote right HERE.

Patriots Nation go vote because we know, ESPN and non Patriots fan will in no way vote for our QB!

 

 

Patriots’ new faces making big splashes

Brady and Garoppolo during Pats Camp. Photo by: John Wilcox.

Brady and Garoppolo during Pats Camp.
Photo by: John Wilcox.

According to all reports, WR Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, DJ Foster and CB Cyrus Jones made big splashes during the team’s three day mini camp.

Hogan looked to be the best wide out on the field thanks to Edelman and Amendola missing camp, Mitchell looks more than a rookie and Jones’ ready to play. DJ Foster has looked great in the pass-catching role at RB, but keep in mind, it’s just minicamp, but reports look good for the new faces and old.

Check out the full report of the team’s minicamp right HERE.

And HERE.