Anthony Johnson reportedly will be released by the Patriots on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony Johnson reportedly will be released by the Patriots on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Could the Patriots be adding a quarterback after all?

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots are releasing defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.

This opens up a roster spot, which could potentially be for a quarterback as the team does not know if either Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Garoppolo is dealing with a reported sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, while Brissett has a thumb injury suffered in last Thursday’s game against the Texans.

Johnson had a great training camp and preseason to earn one of the final 53-man roster spots, but hasn’t been as disruptive over the first three games of the regular season as he has just four tackles.

The Patriots could use the open roster spot for a quarterback. The team reportedly had T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in for workouts last week, but did not sign either.

If they in fact were interested in Yates, he would need to be added to the active roster as he doesn’t have practice squad eligibility.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Patriots WR Julian Edleman joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to talk about his Dad giving scouting reports on his QB prowess, how to play the Bills’ defense, Danny Amendola being on the cover of a magazine instead of him, and why players buy into the Patriots’ Culture.

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Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to discuss hurdling defenders, the Buffalo game, and what Josh McDaniels would say if he offered to play Quarterback.

[0:01:30] ... them. And play and play. Ripple law. You're just not what the offensive line with the with the running game greatly Tom Brady's understudy sit there and say ask you do you wanna use Tom Brady but going to be able to run when you have to. And it says seem like the last couple of weeks. We have put emphasis on the running game it has worked and robs you start with you in that offensive line but. That must be good feeling to knowing you can run when you have to maybe when the other teams expecting you ...



Patriots WR Julian Edleman joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to talk about his Dad giving scouting reports on his QB prowess, how to play the Bills’ defense, Danny Amendola being on the cover of a magazine instead of him, and why players buy into the Patriots’ Culture.

[0:01:50] ... 1 o'clock hour. I don't know on a typical like Brady's father Greg Brady's father is more interest in the targeted to the huge award and the all the real emotion. I mean it should the ...
[0:06:50] ... the first four games this I don't like god it's not a Super Bowl team nationally people were just checking your loss like they're done. There were over but you guys continued to body. Into. You ...
[0:10:39] ... did ask your input on how. Actually about and what about the Buffalo Bills and that's about it I told them about Utley gave area big game that didn't coming out at. We got to bring ...
[0:12:02] ... a big game. You know you get. In other matches. Hard nose AFC east built patriots will all work. They'd be you know you know these guys are commonplace artsy got to have a good week ...






Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian to discuss hurdling defenders, the Buffalo game, and what Josh McDaniels would say if he offered to play Quarterback.

[0:01:30] ... them. And play and play. Ripple law. You're just not what the offensive line with the with the running game greatly Tom Brady's understudy sit there and say ask you do you wanna use Tom Brady but going to be able to run when you have to. And it says seem like the last couple of weeks. We have put emphasis on the running game it has worked and robs you start with you in that offensive line but. That must be good feeling to knowing you can run when you have to maybe when the other teams expecting you ...



Stopping the run sounds like such a fundamentally easy concept.

Julian Edelman checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to discuss the Patriots’ 27-0 over the Texans last Thursday and also to look ahead to this Sunday’s game against the Bills To hear the interview, go to the

Sep 25, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) dives to try and make a tackle on Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second half at New Era Field. Bills beat the Cardinals 33-18. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second half Sunday. Bills beat the Cardinals 33-18. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Stopping the run sounds like such a fundamentally easy concept.

With the Buffalo Bills, it’s anything but. On Sunday, the Bills ran roughshod over the Cardinals defense in a 33-18 win at New Era Field in Orchard Park that interjected a much-needed shot of life into the team from Western New York.

LeSean McCoy ran just 17 times but totaled 110 yards, including touchdown runs of 24 and five yards. Their quarterback, the newly minted Tyrod Taylor finally paid dividends, running the ball nine times for 76 yards, including a 49-yard gallop and a 20-yard touchdown run.

Even Mike Gillislee, the third-year back out of Florida (second in Buffalo), made his 2016 debut, carrying three times for 20 yards.

In all, the Bills ran 32 times for 208 yards. It’s a big reason why the Bills are averaging 4.7 yards per carry over the first three weeks, fourth best in the NFL. All of these numbers should not come as a surprise as Rex Ryan is the Bills head coach.

“It’s a very complex run game,” Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. “It has a lot of different facets to it. It has both zone and a scheme element to it, along with the quarterback run. And certainly, when you take a look at the guys up front, they do a great job of blocking and staying on their blocks. They’re big and strong and they drive guys off the ball. They do a great job of just staying with it.”

“Their running game definitely gives you a lot of problems,” Belichick said Monday. “The overall scheme that they employ is challenging as well with the read-option scheme, zone schemes, and then some blocking scheme plays. Double teams, pullers, combination blocks; they have all of that. I also thought that Gillislee gave them some good, strong runs in some short-yardage and red area type situations as well. Obviously, McCoy is as good as it gets. The production that he has had is outstanding so he’s a very difficult guy to handle. So yeah, they give you a lot of different problems there between, like I said, not only the players but also the different schemes that they employ.”

“Ground and Pound” has always been a Rex Ryan staple and now, with first-year offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn re-joining Ryan in Buffalo after serving as Ryan’s running backs coach, the philosophy is more prevalent than ever.

“One thing definitely with their offense, both with Coach Lynn and also Rex, they’re going to stay with the run game and they’re going to keep coming after you,” Patricia said. “It’s something you constantly have to be able to defend on all down and distances, which is always very difficult.”

Six of Buffalo’s nine top plays Sunday were runs, three to the left, two to the right and one up the middle.

“As far as the run game is concerned with Buffalo, it’s a very explosive, big-play run game and the additional threat that you now have to deal with is the quarterback. So, obviously Taylor out in space is an issue. We saw that in the game [Sunday], and combined with McCoy, who has tremendous burst and speed and excellent vision, even Gillislee, when he was in the game. So, I think that the combination of making sure that you obviously have good force, can set the edge and do all the things on the defense that you need to do.

“I’ll think also what you saw from the film the other day was their ability to run inside. They do a great job of mixing the schemes, there’s zone schemes, there’s cap schemes. They’ll do both. They have pullers from both across the ball and the same side of the ball. So they’re trying to create some divide or separation in the defense and really give those backs or even the quarterback to make some room. They can turn those plays into obviously into very fast, quick big-play touchdown-like explosive runs.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to discuss the Patriots’ 27-0 over the Texans last Thursday and also to look ahead to this Sunday’s game against the Bills To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

The Patriots were able to blowout the Texans Thursday night with rookie third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way. Edelman said any time the team wins a game it feels good, no matter what the circumstances are.

“Any time you get a win in this league it feels unbelievable,” Edelman said. “When you’re down a player with a guy hurt, or a guy is not playing who is a big-time player and you scrap and get a win, that’s just showing the mental toughness of a team. Of course it’s good, but winning any game in this league — it doesn’t matter who is there or who is not there — it’s so satisfying because you put so much time and effort into that one game. It’s not like other sports where you can take off five games and you can take off a game here and there, every game matters in the National Football League. Regardless of the situation, it’s always fun and the team is excited to get a win.

“On the other note, you have to move on because there’s only 16 games. It’s fun for those couple hours and that day or so and the long weekend because of the baby bye weekend, but you have to move on and we have a division game staring us right in the face against a team that got a big time win over a good opponent last week. It’s fun, but you have to get back to work.”

Edelman gave credit to the coaching staff for getting everyone to buy in and also talked about how the winning attitude is apparent throughout the organization.

“We have a coaching staff that works its tails off and what they are really good at is taking the players they have and using their strengths and going out and being able to call a game,” he said. “I’ll tell you right now, it’s not just the coaching staff, it’s also the players and the guys buying in. It’s the attitudes of everyone — the equipment guys, the people that are cooking for us — it’s just like a good attitude right now. That’s what winning does. It gets that whole complementary style and it’s what we’re trying to do.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

On Bill Belichick’s coaching style: “When you’re in New England, what coach does is he does a great job of making us — we ignore the whole outside of the world. I don’t even know what news is going on in the world — which is terrible — or something that goes down because you’re so focused on the game plan that week, what we have to do, our emphasis, taking care of your body, this, that. It’s a lot easier to get information now with Twitter, Instagram and all that stuff, but he does such a good job of helping out the young guys and guys like myself to not believing in hype.”

On he and Danny Amendola being on a recent episode of HBO’s ‘Ballers’: “It was fun. I know [Mark] Wahlberg and Steve Levinson and those guys. They are cool guys and they were trying to get that show going and they asked us to do something. We had a blast going in there and seeing how they run their ship when they are making TV shows and stuff like that.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first three games of the regular season.

WR Danny Amendola: 9 catches on 10 targets (90 percent)
WR Julian Edelman: 18 catches on 24 targets (75 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 10 catches on 14 targets (71 percent)
RB James White: 8 catches on 12 targets (67 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 8 catches on 13 targets (62 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 4 catches on 9 targets (44 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 1 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

In his last 19 regular-season games, Amendola has caught 74 of the last 97 passes thrown in his direction for a remarkable 76.3 percent catch rate. It’s the highest rate for any wide receiver with at least 90 targets in that span. For the record, Keenan Allen at 76 percent and Doug Baldwin at 75.4 percent are just off the pace. In that same span, Julian Edelman has a 71.2 percent catch rate, second-best among the Patriots’ receivers.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price