Roger Goodell came in for severe criticism from players on Friday.</p>
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FOXBORO — Shane Vereen (shoulder) and Jamie Collins (thigh) were among six Patriots players listed as questionable Friday on the final injury report before the home opener against the Raiders Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — Shane Vereen (shoulder) and Jamie Collins (thigh) were among six Patriots players listed as questionable Friday on the final injury report before the home opener against the Raiders Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Ryan Wendell and Alfonzo Dennard were also listed as questionable. Dennard, Wendell and Collins all missed last Sunday’s game in Minnesota, with Dennard being added to the injury report officially this week.

A total of 10 Patriots were again listed as limited at sweats and shells practice on Friday as the Patriots had perfect attendance for a second straight day. Dan Connolly, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Sealver Siliga were also limited but all are designated as “probable” to play.

For the Raiders, linebacker Sio Moore (ankle) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Sunday in Foxboro. Receiver Rod Streater (hip) practiced Friday for the first time this week and is questionable. Streater is one of seven Raiders listed as questionable, joining running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) and corner Carlos Rogers (knee). Defensive lineman Justin Tuck (illness) was at full strength Friday and is probable.

Here’s the complete report:

Limited
S Don Jones (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
DE Michael Buchanan (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
RB Shane Vereen (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
OL Ryan Wendell (knee) QUESTIONABLE
LB Jamie Collins (thigh) QUESTIONABLE
CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
OL Dan Connolly (knee) PROBABLE
WR Julian Edelman (back) PROBABLE
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) PROBABLE
DT Sealver Siliga (hand) PROBABLE

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

In the wake of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference Friday afternoon, several current and former players took to Twitter to mock the commissioner and his performance. Here’s a sampling of some of their reactions:

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

In a press conference that ran just shy of 45 minutes, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged Friday afternoon that “over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong, [and] that starts with me.”

In his first public statements in over a week, Goodell addressed many of the questions that have arisen in the wake of several high-profile domestic violence cases involving the NFL, as well as the league’s handling of those situations. In the case of the Ray Rice incident, Goodell said they mishandled that case, adding that the “same mistakes can never be repeated.”

Goodell said he has not considered resigning at any point during this, adding, “I’m focused on doing my job.” He was asked about the possibility of giving up some of his power when it came to disciplinary cases, and said that “everything was on the table.”

He added that as far as he knows, he has the support of the league’s owners.

“I believe I have the support of the owners,” he said. “That has been clear to me.”

More updates to come.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Brandon LaFell admits he’s still not quite on the same page with Tom Brady but he’s getting there. With all the talk this week about the trust factor between Brady and the receiving corps, LaFell was asked Friday his feelings on where his rapport stands with the quarterback.

Brandon LaFell hauls in a touchdown against the Eagles in preseason action. (Getty Images)

Brandon LaFell hauls in a touchdown against the Eagles in preseason action. (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Brandon LaFell admits he’s still not quite on the same page with Tom Brady but he’s getting there. With all the talk this week about the trust factor between Brady and the receiving corps, LaFell was asked Friday his feelings on where his rapport stands with the quarterback.

LaFell caught six passes for 59 yards in the preseason, including a 25-yard TD from Jimmy Garoppolo. But he has yet to catch a pass from Brady in the first two games that count. He was targeted six times in the opener and didn’t catch a ball. Last week, he didn’t even get targeted. Is he having trouble getting on the same page?

“I think the guys that have been here, they’ve got a better understanding of where Tom wants them to be,” LaFell said. “More so than me. But I think I’m getting there, the more and more reps I get in practice, I think I’m getting there. I’m not where I wanna be yet, but I think I’m getting there.”

LaFell says he’s working on that chemistry at at every possible free moment around the complex.

“His locker right next to mine. In the morning before practice, during practice,” LaFell added. “When the defense on the field, when we on the other field running routes and doing things like that. So we talk a lot.”

Who starts the conversations?

“Tom. If he sees me standing around I’m not doing anything, if there’s a special teams period I’m not involved in. ‘Hey, LaFell. Let’s go. Let’s go to the other field.’ Run whatever routes they got me running that week. He pulls me aside every time he sees me standing not doing anything.

“On the field, he is the coach. When we line up on Sundays [we] listen to the coaches all week, but on Sundays, it’s what 12′s saying in the huddle, that’s what goes.”

The other issue LaFell is facing is competition from Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, a competition that ramped up last week when Dobson returned and Thompkins was a healthy scratch. All three are downfield threats. But it’s pretty clear that all three are not likely to be active at once, barring injury.

“It’s definitely like that man,” LaFell said of the competition. “Me, AD, KT, we out there at the “X” position. We go out there everyday and compete. But at the same time we push each other to get better.

As for wanting to get more touches after not even being targeted last week, LaFell admitted he’s hungry for that first catch.

“Like any other receiver, man, I would like to get the ball every snap if I can,” LaFell said. “But within this offense, we just go out there and we just do whatever the defense gives us. Defense comes out there and allows us to run the ball, we gonna run it down they throat. If they get back there and try to stuff the box, we gonna throw the ball.”

LaFell said he feels as if he’s been getting open in his routes but understands why Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman have been getting the majority of the targets (32 combined in first two games).

“Yeah I think I’ve been getting open,” LaFell said. “At the same time when I’m getting open, other guys like Jules and Gronk they’ve been open too so you can’t complain when you not getting the ball when other guys are open
and getting the ball.”

LaFell has always used his size and strength to get open off the line of scrimmage but there’s an art to it.

“It’s a lot that goes into that,” he said. “You can get open right off the line of scrimmage but you got a 20 yard route so it don’t make no sense to get open that quick. It’s just going out there and playing within the offense. Doing your job on every play. Getting open, making sure you’re at the spot Tom wants you to be, and make sure you have enough
spacing on the field.

Have the new rules helped?

“The new rules, man, they call it when they wanna call it,” he said with a beaming smile. “Cornerbacks are gonna still go out there and grab and hold. We still gonna push off and get physical. The new rules are the rules, but you still gotta get open.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, who missed Thursday practice as he became a father for the third time, made his weekly appearance with Middays with MFB on Friday to preview Sunday’s home opener against the Raiders.

The Raiders come in at 0-2, but Mayo said the Patriots aren’t overlooking them.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, who missed Thursday practice as he became a father for the third time, made his weekly appearance with Middays with MFB on Friday to preview Sunday’s home opener against the Raiders.

The Raiders come in at 0-2, but Mayo said the Patriots aren’t overlooking them.

“This is the third game of the season. Some teams are 0-2, but it really doesn’t describe how a team is,” Mayo said. “This is a veteran-led team. They have a of older guys, a lot guys who know how to play football in this league and have won a lot of games. So we’re not overlooking Oakland at all. Obviously we’re excited to open up here at Gillette. Hopefully it’s a good game.”

Derek Carr is the only rookie quarterback starting this season, and the second-round pick from Fresno State has shown some promise.

Said Mayo: “He has a huge arm. He’s also very mobile. He’ll get outside the pocket. A lot of people don’t talk too much about his athleticism, but this guy can run. He can make all the throws. And he seems like he’s a smart guy. They’re obviously not trying to do too much with him, being a rookie, but at the same time, he can make all the throws and make all the plays. It will be a challenge for us up front trying to get pressure on him as well, and in the back covering these receivers.”

Fellow linebacker Dont’a Hightower is off to a strong start this season.

“Ever since I came into the league, he’s always been a student of the game. He’s always studying,” Mayo said.”I think it starts in the classroom. This guy’s asking questions, asking questions, asking the right questions. And it’s translating over to the field. He’s a very big, athletic guy that can run, and he can do a lot of different things for us. He’s a versatile player. Whatever the coaches ask him to do, he’s willing to do, and he’s been helping us these first couple of weeks.”

The Patriots defense dominated the Vikings on Sunday after allowing a touchdown on the first series, helping New England to a 30-7 victory.

“Obviously the score says it all. We were excited about that. We were able to get after him early in the game. I think it’s all about winning first down, getting those long-yardage situations — second-and-10, third-and-8 — and then letting those guys pin their ears back and get after the quarterback. It was exciting to see last week. We’re on to Oakland now, and we have to continue to build on that.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.