With just over a week left in his Deflategate suspension, Tom Brady has got out of the country.

TMZ obtained pictures of Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen at a restaurant on the island Capri in Italy called Aurora Friday night.

With just over a week left in his Deflategate suspension, Tom Brady has got out of the country.

TMZ obtained pictures of Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen at a restaurant on the island Capri in Italy called Aurora Friday night.

Brady can return to the Gillette Stadium facility a week from Monday — October 3. Last weekend, the quarterback and his son Jack went to the University of Michigan where Brady was the honorary captain.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA;  New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen (6) holds the ball for kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) for a field goal attempt during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Allen holds for Stephen Gostkowski on a field goal attempt during the third quarter against the Texans Thursday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick has always been a huge proponent of emphasizing the significance of special teams.

On Thursday, that attention to detail paid off in huge dividends as Ryan Allen pinned the Texans inside their 15 six times with punts and the kickoff coverage team forced two turnovers that led to two of New England’s three touchdowns on the night.

“Tremendous, tremendous. Field position was phenomenal,” Belichick said immediately after the game. “It seemed like they had to go 90 yards every time they had the ball. Our kickoff team, once again, came up big with field position; two turnovers. That’s a very aggressive unit. I think Joe [Judge] and Bubba [Ray Ventrone] have done a great job.

“They have a lot of leadership on that unit, a lot of pride. We punted well, we covered well, we covered our kicks well, we had a couple of chances in the return game, we converted our scoring opportunities. The entire special teams unit, the coaching staff, they did a tremendous job tonight. We obviously needed that tonight and they really delivered it.”

Allen knew coming in that with rookie Jacoby Brissett starting, one way to take some pressure off would be flipping the field and making the Texans go a long ways while keeping the field shorter for the Patriots. It worked. Houston’s average starting field position was its own 16. New England’s was its own 40. Playground slides aren’t tilted that much.

“Really at the end of the day there has been times where I, I think I’ve learned that. Steve and I have talked a little bit about that,” Allen said. “You never really know how games are going to go. There’s sometimes at the beginning of the game we’ll make a comment or two about how we feel, where we’re at as a team right before we play and we’re totally wrong most of the time. So you just really like assume you never really that’ll get you anywhere and you have to just be prepared and when you’re called go out there and do the best you can. So I think it was a good collective effort tonight.”

Allen smartly deflected the praise to the rest of the team when asked what it meant to be one of the big stars of the 27-0 shutout.

“Well the defense played lights out, Jacoby and the offense, LeGarrette [Blount] ran great. It’s a collective effort. It was a great team win,” Allen said.

On Friday, Belichick elaborated on two members of Allen’s punt team that helped dominate the punt game. Captain Matthew Slater and fellow gunner Jonathan Jones were racing down the field on every punt, winning their one-on-one battles nearly every time. When the punts landed in the hands of Tyler Ervin, there was no where for him to go because Slater and Jones were in his face. To wit, five of Allen’s seven punts were fair catches. The Patriots were so much in the head of Ervin that he inexplicably fair caught the final punt of the night at his own 4.

“That’s what their job is and that’s a great thing when they can do it then really the other people on the team don’t have to cover,” Belichick said of Slater and Jones. “Again, part of that is going back to just team football. I mean they do a good job. Slater and Jones both do a good job out there. They work well off of each other, which there’s a lot of coordination with those two positions relative to each other and also the rest of the coverage.

“But that’s all part of Ryan doing a good job with the placement on the ball and helping the gunners so they know where the ball is and they know how to get to where the ball is, putting the ball up in the air so that there’s enough hang time for them to get to it. And obviously especially last night, protection was a definite issue for us as many times as they tried to rush the punter. Again, the whole punting play, unless the ball goes out of bounds, the whole punting play is really a well-coordinated, if it’s done right, a well-coordinated team effort between the protection, the punter and the coverage unit.

“If the gunners can get down there and make the play before the rest of the interior people get down there then that’s great. That saves you a lot of – I’d say those guys – a lot of coverage responsibility. We know that’s not always going to happen although we hope it happens as much as possible, but then those guys have to cover the field in their lanes and do their job. But yeah, Jonathan and Matthew have done an excellent job for us in that and kickoff coverage and also in the punt return game. So, Jonathan has been a really good addition to that core group of special teams players.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.

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FOXBORO — It was an exciting Patriots locker room following their 27-0 win over the Texans on Thursday night with rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way.

Bill Belichick was very proud of his team Thursday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick was very proud of his team Thursday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — It was an exciting Patriots locker room following their 27-0 win over the Texans on Thursday night with rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way.

Here’s the video from inside the Patriots locker room courtesy of Patriots.com.

Owner Robert Kraft was one of the first to congratulate Brissett.

“That was awesome,” Kraft said. “That was great. Very proud. You stayed cool.”

With the short week, Bill Belichick was proud of his team and the mental toughness they showed.

“Congrats men. I’ll tell you what, that’s everything we wanted to do, you did it — 60 minutes,” Belichick said. “Showed a lot of mental toughness. A lot of discipline just keep doing it over and over again. We talked about that running game breaking open in the fourth quarter — that was a hell of a run LG [LeGarrette Blount]. Great job. Defense, you can’t do any better than that. No points. Big plays in the kicking game.

“We got another one. Where is [Jacoby Brissett]?”

Belichick then handed the game ball to the rookie quarterback and then asked for assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, who has worked extensively with Brissett since training camp.

“Where’s Jerry? Great job,” Belichick said.

Lastly, before the team broke down its huddle, captain Matthew Slater said, “How do we feel about being 3-0 when they said we couldn’t go 3-0?”

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Blog Author: 
Peter Davidson

FOXBORO — The first two weeks of the season didn’t go well for the Patriots defense, particularly in the secondary.

Malcolm Butler and the Patriots defense performed much better Thursday night against Houston. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler and the Patriots defense performed much better Thursday night against Houston. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The first two weeks of the season didn’t go well for the Patriots defense, particularly in the secondary.

The Patriots entered Week 3 24th in the league in terms of total defense and 27th in terms of passing defense, but they responded in a big way by shutting out the Texans, 27-0 Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

Cornerback Malcolm Butler acknowledged the secondary used the previous week as motivation against Houston.

“Most definitely. Finish the game,” Butler said.

“Finish the game” was referring to the second half against Miami when they allowed 21 points (24 unanswered going back to the end of the first half), 310 total yards, 16 first downs and allowed Ryan Tannehill to go 22-for-27 with 273 yards and two touchdowns.

New England saw a 31-3 lead get all the way to 31-24, before a last second Duron Harmon interception in the end zone saved the game.

“That’s just the theme here. You always have to finish,” Butler said. “You don’t want to end the game like that. You don’t want to blow a big lead like that. We carried that motivated to this week and it turned out alright.”

Personally, Butler had one of his worst games as a professional as Jarvis Landry had 10 catches for 135 yards in Week 2. The third-year cornerback responded by having his best game of the year limiting rookie Will Fuller to just three catches for 31 yards.

“The standards are high around here,” he said. “It’s most definitely high for myself. That’s how I look forward to play. Long season. Anything can change in a matter of seconds. Just got to keep working, enjoy the win and keep moving.”

Butler and the Patriots will get a few extra days rest before hosting the Bills on October 2 at Gillette Stadium.

“It feels good to get a little rest,” Butler said. “Going to need it. You have to come back in here next week and be ready to go. We have a division game next week.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Jacoby Brissett is the latest Patriots quarterback facing injury.

Jacoby Brissett

Jacoby Brissett

FOXBORO — Jacoby Brissett is the latest Patriots quarterback facing injury.

A source tells WEEI.com that the Patriots quarterback suffered a torn ligament in his throwing thumb in Thursday’s win over the Texans. The need for surgery at this point is uncertain, though likely to completely stabilize the thumb.

It’s not clear when exactly the injury occurred but he was having his thumb looked at in the third quarter on the side, with a broken nail clearly visible.

Brissett was tackled by Vince Wilfork from behind with just under 13 minutes left in the third quarter on the opening drive of the second half.

 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia