The Patriots announced that they have signed tight end Carson Butler, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, wide receiver Buddy Farnham, defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, cornerback Thad Turner and defensive back Ross Ventrone to future contracts. All seven players finished the 2010 season on the New England practice squad.

 

Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins — on injured reserve since September — talked to ESPN on Monday and gave some thoughts on Tom Brady and what Jenkins feels are special rules designed to protect the New England quarterback.

 

"You can do little stuff, but it's hard because you have the Brady Rules now," Jenkins told ESPN. "You can't touch him. At the end of the day, if you're cocky and you have special rules and stuff, no one wants to hear it. Be quiet. Shut up, just keep it to yourself, if you've got special rules. 

 

According to KMOV-TV in St. Louis, former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was being held Tuesday morning on unlawful weapons and drug charges. The station confirmed that Maroney and three other individuals were pulled over Monday night in St. Louis. Maroney, a St. Louis native, played in just four games with the Broncos in 2010, starting three, after being traded from the Patriots. With Denver, the former first-round pick gained 74 yards on 36 carries.

FOXBORO — The whole thing felt more than a little like the final day of school: Lockers were being cleaned out, guys were saying goodbye and making plans to meet up soon. All that was missing was someone passing around a yearbook to sign.



Report Card time and I'm still not sure what happened.

I was in the press box for Jets 28, Patriots 21 (sitting right next to Suzy Kolber, who it should be noted did not seem suitably impressed when I broke out what I thought was a more than passable Joe Namath impression) and I've since watched the game twice. 

And I'm still not sure what happened.



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Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis told reporters that the Patriots should not be criticizing New York for its celebration after a 28-21 victory over the Pats on Sunday. New England wide receiver Deion Branch called the Jets' celebration classless. Revis, the star cornerback of the Jets, shrugged off such statements.

 

Chad Ochocinco, a New England Patriot? The controversial wide receiver posted a Tweet on Monday saying “PePe and Bill #EPIC.” (PePe is one of his nicknames.)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Ochocinco go back all the way to 2001, when Belichick worked him out as a collegian. They have maintained a friendship over the last few years, and it certainly sounds like the Patriots’ coach as a real admiration for Ochocinco and vice versa.

The Patriots season ended Sunday evening, but they should be busy now that the NFL award season is underway. Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America named its 2010 award winners, all-pro and all-rookie teams on Monday, and there were several Patriots represented. Quarterback Tom Brady was voted the league MVP by the PFW and PFWA, and was also named all-NFL. Meanwhile, coach Bill Belichick was named NFL coach of the year.

FOXBORO -- According to the NFL and the overnight ratings, more people watched the 28-21 Jets win over the Patriots on Sunday than any previous divisional game in NFL history.

 

The reported Monday that an average of 43.5 million viewers were watching the contest that ended New England's season and catapulted the Jets to the AFC championship this Sunday against the Steelers. 

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich walked into the locker room without crutches or a brace on his left knee. Ninkovich got the good news Monday after an MRI that he sustained only a strain of the lateral ligament in his knee late in the third quarter Sunday and that it will heal with six weeks of rehab.