FOXBORO — The Patriots rung in Christmas Eve with a full-padded practice on the Gillette Stadium game field in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Bills. The Patriots have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Jonas Gray

Jonas Gray

FOXBORO — The Patriots rung in Christmas Eve with a full-padded practice on the Gillette Stadium game field in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Bills. The Patriots have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Although every player practiced, 15 players were limited including a few new players. Jonas Gray (ankle) was limited after leaving Sunday’s game and then returning, while Brandon Browner has been added with a groin injury, as has Jamie Collins with a hip injury.

After missing last week’s game, Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion), Kyle Arrington (hamstring), Dan Connolly (knee) and LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) all remained limited in practice.

Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant.

Here is a complete practice report:

Limited participation

LS Danny Aiken (finger)
CB Kyle Arrington (hamstring)
RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder)
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
OL Dan Connolly (ankle)
WR Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion)
OL Cameron Fleming (ankle)
RB Jonas Gray (ankle)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (shoulder)
DE Chandler Jones (hip)
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder)
DE Rob Ninkovich (heel)
RB Shane Vereen (ankle)
LB Chris White (ankle)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis was

Darrelle Revis was named to his sixth Pro Bowl this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis was named to his sixth Pro Bowl this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis was one of five Patriots players named to the Pro Bowl Tuesday night — for the sixth time of his career — but if Revis and the rest of the Patriots have their way, they won’t be playing in the game.

“I don’t even know the date or whenever,” Revis said. “I don’t know the exact actual date, but we have team goals that we want to accomplish and the Pro Bowl is definitely not one.”

The Pro Bowl is set for Jan. 25, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona — the Sunday before Super Bowl XLIX. Obviously if the Patriots were to be in the game, those players would not play, as they would be preparing for the game.

Although he ultimately doesn’t want to play in the game for team reasons, Revis does feel honored to be named to the game and credited his coaches and teammates for the honor. Revis currently leads the NFL with 123 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2007.

“It’s an honor,” said Revis. “You know, great talented guys and some of the greatest players in the game. It just shows you, especially coming off the ACL, it shows the hard work you put in. Like I said, I just have to save my teammates for making my job a little bit more easier. It all goes together — the pass rush, the schemes that we do that the coaches draw up. I thank the coaches as well and my teammates for making my job a little bit easier.”

As for the game on Sunday against the Bills, Revis will likely be matched up against rookie wide out Sammy Watkins. Back in the earlier meeting this season, Revis matched up against Watkins and limited him to two catches for 27 yards on three targets. Watkins had a lot of praise for Revis following the game.

‘€œ€œHe’€™€™s one of the top cornerbacks in the league ‘€” you just have to figure him out and see what he likes to do on certain plays and once you figure that out, he’€™€™s not easy to beat, but you can help yourself out,’€ Watkins said.

Revis acknowledges how well Watkins has played this season as a rookie (62 catches, 925 yards, six touchdowns), but is ready for the second meeting on Sunday.

“I feel like he’s always had talent,” said Revis. “I feel like he is one of the young, premier guys in the league. He’s awesome to watch. He’s a play maker and their No. 1 target for Buffalo and he’s a good looking player.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — For a second straight day, the Patriots had perfect attendance at practice. The practice was held in full pads on the game field at Gillette Stadium in preparation for Sunday’s season finale at home against the Bills.

FOXBORO — For a second straight day, the Patriots had perfect attendance at practice. The practice was held in full pads on the game field at Gillette Stadium in preparation for Sunday’s season finale at home against the Bills.

It’s worth mentioning, Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, Dan Connolly and Kyle Arrington all practiced, although on a limited basis, last week before missing Sunday’s game, so the injury report released later this afternoon will be a little more telling for their status on Sunday.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
The Jets pressured Brady Sunday, as he had just 2.23 seconds from snap-to-throw. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Jets pressured Tom Brady Sunday, as he had just 2.21 seconds from snap-to-throw. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Just from watching Sunday’s game, it was clear the Jets defense was putting constant pressure on Tom Brady, giving him limited time to throw. The quarterback was hit a season-high 11 times and had his fewest passing yards (182) since Week 4 in Kansas City — one of Brady’s worst games of his career.

Looking back at the game and the numbers, it was clear the Patriots made a constant effort to get the ball out of his hands quickly, which came as a surprise given what took place when the two teams met in Week 7.

Back on Oct. 16, by our numbers, Brady had a season-high 2.58 seconds from snap-to-throw. The Jets clearly made some adjustments Sunday, as Brady had an average of 2.21 seconds from snap-to-throw, more than a .30 second difference, a pretty big difference when talking quarterbacks times to throw.

“You can’€™t look past this week,” Brady said on Tuesday. “I think we have to improve our execution this week, and it starts with practice today to see if we can do a better job with our communication, with our overall understanding of one another and what we’€™re trying to accomplish out there on every play. When you don’€™t do it consistently, it’€™s hard to score points. The more we can be on the same page, the more we can understand the anticipation of each other and the more we understand what we’€™re all trying to do, the better we’€™re going to be and the more we’€™re going to score points.”

Keep in mind a lot of the release time numbers are based on scheme and game planning against certain opponents with quick wide receivers screens, etc. skewing the numbers a bit, but there is no question the Jets defense forced Brady into throwing the ball quicker than he would have liked and has in the past, especially from when the last time the two teams met.

In the team’s first meeting, by our numbers Brady had 12-of-37 plays (32 percent) where he took less than two seconds to throw the ball. This past Sunday he had 18-of-34 plays (53 percent) where he took less than two seconds to release the ball. The team did a little better job giving Brady more time in the second half, as he had 2.24 seconds from snap-to-throw in the second half, compared to 2.17 in the first half.

This all backs up Rex Ryan‘s claim after the game of the Jets playing Brady tougher than any team in the league.

‘€œI don’€™t know if it is really possible to control Tom Brady. If not, we’€™re the team that always gives him the biggest challenge, whether he admits it or not,’€ Ryan said after the game.

Looking ahead to Sunday against Buffalo, the Bills come into the game leading the league in sacks with 50, but in the first meeting between the two teams Brady was sacked twice and had 2.24 seconds from snap-to-throw by our numbers. According to Pro Football Focus, Brady averages 2.33 seconds from snap-to-throw, the fourth-lowest time in the NFL.

Given the offensive line’s struggles against the Jets, giving Brady more time to throw for however long he plays in the game for is sure to be a major point of emphasis to go into the playoffs on a good note.

“I think we just have pretty high expectations for what we do,” Brady said of the offense. “We’€™re trying to score a lot of points. Our communication and our anticipation of one another need to continually get better, so that’€™s what we go out in practice and try to do. Some weeks, like I said, it’€™s better than others. Some weeks test you in different ways, and there are different matchups. Hopefully this week can be better than last week.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Bryan Stork (center) is our choice for 2014 Patriots' Rookie of the Year.</p>
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Through 15 games, the Patriots have been flagged for 115 penalties (fifth most in the league) for a total of 1025 yards (fourth most in the NFL). To this point in the season, here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
CB Brandon Browner: 13 penalties (4 defensive holding, illegal contact, encroachment, 4 defensive pass interference, illegal use of hands, facemask, unnecessary roughness) 118 yards
ST/DB Logan Ryan: 8 penalties (illegal block above the waist, 2 defensive pass interference, 2 defensive holding, illegal use of hands, offsides on free kick, illegal contact), 93 yards
WR Brandon LaFell: 7 penalties (offsides on free kick, 3 offensive pass interference, 2 false starts, illegal shift), 50 yards
OL Nate Solder: 7 penalties (2 offensive holding, illegal block above the waist, 4 false starts), 50 yards
LB Jamie Collins: 6 penalties (unnecessary roughness, 2 defensive pass interference, 2 defensive holding, defensive offsides), 43 yards
S/ST Patrick Chung: 5 penalties (2 defensive holding, facemask, offensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 42 yards
OL Jordan Devey: 4 penalties (2 offensive holding, false star, unnecessary roughness), 40 yards
OL Bryan Stork: 4 penalties (2 false starts, 2 offensive holding), 30 yards
Team: 4 penalties (illegal substitution, false start, illegal block above the waist, illegal formation), 29 yards
CB/ST Malcolm Butler: 3 penalties (defensive pass interference, offensive holding, personal foul), 49 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: 3 penalties (false start, unsportsmanlike conduct, unnecessary roughness), 35 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3 penalties (roughing the passer, defensive offsides, unnecessary roughness), 35 yards
ST/DB Don Jones: 3 penalties (3 offensive holding), 30 yards
OL Dan Connolly: 3 penalties (chop block, offensive holding, false start), 29 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: 3 penalties (offensive holding, 2 false starts), 20 yards
DL Chandler Jones: 2 penalties (2 roughing the passer), 30 yards
WR Danny Amendola: 2 penalties (facemask, offensive holding), 25 yards
S/ST Duron Harmon: 2 penalties (face mask, illegal block above the waist), 21 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: 2 penalties (facemask, false start), 20 yards
S/ST Tavon Wilson: 2 penalties (offensive holding, illegal block above the waist) 20 yards
DE Rob Ninkovich: 2 penalties (illegal use of hands, facemask), 20 yards
DL Dominique Easley 2 penalties (neutral zone infraction, unnecessary roughness), 20 yards
QB Tom Brady: 2 penalties (2 intentional grounding), 20 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: 2 penalties (offensive pass interference, false start) 15 yards
OL Cameron Fleming: 2 penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: 2 penalties (illegal contact, tripping), 15 yards
OL Sebastian Vollmer: 2 penalties (false start, illegal use of hands), 14 yards
CB Darrelle Revis: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding), 10 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding), 10 yards
WR/ST Brian Tyms: 1 penalty (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15 yards
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
RB/ST Brandon Bolden: 2 penalties (2 offensive holding) 17 yards
DL Sealver Siliga: 1 penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards
OL Josh Kline: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
WR Julian Edelman: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
LS/ST Danny Aiken: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
TE Tim Wright: 1 penalty (false start) 5 yards
DE Zach Moore: 1 penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards

Most penalized by position
Offensive line: 28 penalties, 223 yards
Cornerback: 27 penalties, 265 yards
Special teams: 15 penalties, 140 yards
Wide receiver: 12 penalties, 95 yards
Linebacker: 9 penalties, 78 yards
Defensive line: 8 penalties, 80 yards
Tight end: 5 penalties, 50 yards
Safety: 4 penalty, 39 yards
Team: 4 penalties, 29 yards
Quarterback: 2 penalties, 21 yards

Most frequently called penalties
False start: 22
Offensive holding: 19
Defensive holding: 14
Defensive pass interference: 9
Illegal use of hands: 6
Illegal block above the waist: 6
Facemask: 6
Unnecessary roughness: 6
Offensive pass interference: 4
Illegal contact: 3
Roughing the passer: 3
Offsides on free kick: 3
Defensive offsides: 2
Intentional grounding: 2
Unsportsmanlike conduct: 2
Personal foul: 1
Chop block: 1
Illegal shift: 1
Illegal substitution: 1
Neutral zone infraction: 1
Encroachment: 1
Tripping: 1
Illegal formation: 1

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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