With the events of the last two weeks, it’s now become stop-the-presses news when an NFL star shows up on TMZ.

But the latest “bombshell” involving a member of the Patriots turned out to be harmless, when the news outlet tracked down one of Tom Brady’s old construction bosses.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady, hard-working man.

With the events of the last two weeks, it’s now become stop-the-presses news when an NFL star shows up on TMZ.

But the latest “bombshell” involving a member of the Patriots turned out to be harmless, when the news outlet tracked down one of Tom Brady’s old construction bosses.

In the wake of Brady releasing his college resume via Facebook Thursday, TMZ apparently found one of his old employers, Dudlar & Sons Inc. (custom home building), where he spent the summer of 1997 doing manual labor in Michigan. The boss, Frank Dudlar, told TMZ that Brady was a model employee, despite the fact that he had long hair and “was a real skinny kid.”

“He’d scrape concrete curbs with a push broom and shovel,” Dudlar told TMZ. “Brady was the hardest worker that I’ve ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, ‘That Brady kid’s a worker.’”

Check out the rest of the story here. And for more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Darrelle Revis and the Patriots will meet Oakland on Sunday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and the Patriots will meet Oakland on Sunday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Each week, we’€™ll present The Revis Report, a look at what’€™s on tap for the Patriots cornerback. This week, New England welcomes the Raiders to Foxboro for the first time since 2005.

Overview: Revis and the Patriots open up their home slate Sunday at one against the Raiders. Oakland is coming into the game with an 0-2 mark, having lost its first two games by scores of 19-14 (at the Jets) and 30-14 (home against the Texans. For Revis, it will be a chance to play a regular-season game in front of a home crowd for the first time with the Patriots, as well as catch up with a few old friends in the Silver and Black.

‘€œIt’€™s finally here,’€ he said when asked about the home opener. ‘€œI think the team is excited. We’€™re looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd.

‘€œI know a lot of guys on that team, so I’€™m really looking forward to it,’€ he added. ‘€œThe Raiders always come to play. We just have to be ready for what they’€™re going to bring. They’€™re 0-2 right now, and I’€™m sure they’€™re searching for a win coming off 0-2. We know they’€™ll be ready — we just have to be focused and make sure we don’€™t let one slip away at home.’€

Last week: Per NFL gamebooks, Revis played 58 of a possible 66 defensive snaps on Sunday against the Vikings. (In terms of overall snaps, he played 88 percent, which was tied with Devin McCourty for highest playtime percentage among the defensive backs. Logan Ryan was first with 66 snaps.) While he was utilized mostly on one side in the preseason, as well as the opener against the Dolphins, last Sunday against Minnesota, it was mostly Greg Jennings. (He told the CBS broadcast crew the night before the game that he was going to be matched up against Jennings for most of the afternoon.) The nine-year veteran caught just one pass for 4 yards (in the fourth quarter) on four targets while matched against Revis. By the looks of the All-22 film, Revis did not allow another catch to any of the other receivers he was against, either in man or zone coverage. (It was a group that included Cordarelle Patterson.)

Perhaps the highlight of the year to this point for Revis came when he picked off Matt Cassel for his first interception of the season. With just over 13 minutes left in the second quarter and the Patriots holding a 10-7 lead, Cassel and the Vikings faced a 2nd and 10 situation at their own 38. The

Vikings quarterback dropped back and fired a pass deep down the right side for Jennings, only to see it picked off. It was the 22nd career pick for Revis, and New England quickly cashed it in — seven plays later, Tom Brady found Julian Edelman for a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-7, giving the Patriots a double digit lead they would enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Including what he yielded in Week 1, to this point in the season — when matched in man coverage — Revis has yielded three catches on nine targets for 40 yards, with one interception and three pass breakups.

Possible man matchups this week (with the understanding that it won’€™t be solely one-on-one): This week, it appears likely that the primary candidate for Revis Island will be veteran receiver James Jones. Called a ‘€œsavvy vet’€ by the Patriots corner on Thursday, the 30-year-old Jones is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound presence out of San Jose State who is in his first season with Oakland after spending the last seven in Green Bay. A solid combination of size and speed, his performance last week likely moved him to (or at least near) the top of the wide receiver depth chart in Oakland.

After being held to three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the opener against the Jets, Jones had an impressive afternoon last week against the Texans when he had nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown (although he did fumble three times in the loss, losing one of them).

Jones and Carr have developed a nice chemistry with each other — Jones, who caught passes from Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for six years, says he compares favorably to the Packers‘€™ quarterback.

‘€œHe’€™s really calm, really cool in the pocket,’€ Jones told the San Francisco Chronicle in September when asked about Carr ‘€œHe acts like he’€™s been there before. I’€™ve been calling him mini A-Rod since he got here.’€

In one career game against the Patriots — the 2010 contest best known for Dan Connolly‘€™s impression of Devin Hester — Jones had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown while with the Packers. Jones’€™ one career game against a Revis-led defense came in 2010, when he had zero catches on six targets in a 9-0 Green Bay win. (While there’€™s no way to be 100 percent sure, it’€™s likely that Revis spent the bulk of that contest matched up on Jennings, who was with the Packers that afternoon and was probably the closest thing that Green Bay team had to a No. 1 receiver that week. He ended with six catches on 12 targets for 81 yards.)

Money quotes: ‘€œTheir receiver corps, they have [Denarius] Moore, who’€™s very fast. I’€™ve played against him in the past. Him, you have to watch him at all times on the deep routes. [Rod] Streeter — we don’€™t know, but we’€™ll figure that out. Then you’€™ve got James Jones, the savvy vet. We feel like we give them a lot of respect, their receiving corps. We’€™re just looking forward to the matchup and covering those guys. Like we said, there’€™s not a lot of material on Carr. We just have to focus on what we know about Jones, Moore and Streeter.’€ — Revis on the Oakland receivers

‘€œDarrelle is obviously one of the best players in football. The guy is phenomenal at what he does. I have nothing but respect for the guy. My plan is just to continue to watch film, continue to see what I need to do within our game plan and I’€™ll go from there. But I have nothing but respect for the guy. He’€™s one of the best — not corners, best players — in the game.’€ — Carr on Revis

One more thing: Revis took his first penalty of the season last week against the Vikings, picking up a defensive holding penalty on the second play from scrimmage in the second quarter. (It was one of 15 penalties whistled on the Patriots on the afternoon.) It marked just the sixth penalty against Revis since the start of the 2010 season, who has become quite skilled at avoiding flags. According to Pro Football Focus, Revis was only one of two corners in the league last season who played at least 900 snaps and had just one penalty. (Chicago’€™s Tim Jennings was the other.) According to nflpenalties.com, Revis didn’€™t take one in 2012 (mainly because he only played two games before going down with a season-ending knee injury.) He had three (one declined) in 2011, and just one (with one declined) in 2010. In all, he’€™s played nearly 100 percent of the snaps in 2013, 2011 and 2010, and had just five penalties to show for it in that time.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo returned to full participation in practice Thursday after being away Wednesday due to the birth of his third child.

FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo returned to full participation in practice Thursday after being away Wednesday due to the birth of his third child.

Safety and special teams player Don Jones returned Thursday after nursing a hamstring issue that caused him to miss Wednesday. Jones was one of 10 Patriots listed as limited. That list also included tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell.

For the Raiders, linebacker Sio Moore (ankle) and receiver Rod Streater (hip) missed their second straight day of practice. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hand), corner Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive lineman Justin Tuck (illness) all returned after missing Wednesday.

Here’s the complete report:

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

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

WEEI.com’s Patriots writer Chris Price previews the Week 3 match-up between the Patriots and Oakland Raiders. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction.

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WEEI

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis has “much respect”€ for Oakland’€™s veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, but isn’€™t sure he wants to spend 17 years in the league.

Darrelle Revis has a ton of respect for Oakland defensive back Charles Woodson. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis has a ton of respect for Oakland defensive back Charles Woodson. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis has ‘€œmuch respect’€ for Oakland’€™s veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, but isn’€™t sure he wants to spend 17 years in the league.

‘€œI’€™m still in year eight right now,’€ Revis said with a laugh after practice on Thursday. ‘€œI’€™m a big fan of him too. Watched him at Michigan and looked up to him. He’€™s ‘€¦ hopefully, he’€™s a future Hall of Famer. The guy has played great ball in the league, and [is] still making plays. Bill [Belichick] put up some plays and he’€™s still making them, in year 17. I tip my hat off to him. I have much respect for him.’€

Revis won’€™t have to worry too much about Woodson — that’€™s more for quarterback Tom Brady. Instead, his focus is going to be the Oakland passing game, led by rookie quarterback Derek Carr. On Thursday, the veteran crier talked about the challenges that come with facing a rookie signal-caller for the first time.

‘€œThe material that we have, you just have to rely on that and go from there,’€ Revis said of Carr. ‘€œWe’€™re doing the best we can with game planning against that offense, and we have to stick to the material we have and go from there.’€

‘€œHe’€™s running their offense. He can throw every route.’€

Of course, Revis has been known to bait a young quarterback into a bad throw from time to time. Could that be the case again on Sunday?

‘€œI can’€™t give you all of that,’€ he said with a laugh. ‘€œLike I said, we’€™re going to do what we think is best to make sure we’€™re successful in the game plan. We’€™re still going through it. We have another day tomorrow to finish up red zone. So far, it’€™s been going good with the game plan and we just have to go through some more film study and figure out come Sunday where our best matchups are the best game plan on defense.

‘€œTheir receiver corps, they have [Denarius] Moore, who’€™s very fast. I’€™ve played against him in the past. Him, you have to watch him at all times on the deep routes. [Rod] Streeter — we don’€™t know, but we’€™ll figure that out. Then you’€™ve got James Jones, the savvy vet. We feel like we give them a lot of respect, their receiving corps. We’€™re just looking forward to the matchup and covering those guys. Like we said, there’€™s not a lot of material on Carr. We just have to focus on what we know about Jones, Moore and Streeter.’€

In the end, while the Patriots figure to be favored heading into this one, Revis knows this sets up to be a classic trap game.

‘€œI know a lot of guys on that team, so I’€™m really looking forward to it,’€ Revis said of Oakland. ‘€œThe Raiders always come to play. We just have to be ready for what they’€™re going to bring. They’€™re 0-2 right now, and I’€™m sure they’€™re searching for a win coming off 0-2. We know they’€™ll be ready — we just have to be focused and make sure we don’€™t let one slip away at home.’€

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Pete Morelli will work as the lead referee for Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Raiders, according to our pals at FootballZebras.com.

This will mark Morelli’s first New England game of the season, and his third in the last year-plus. His last Patriots game came when he worked last year’s divisional playoff between New England and Indianapolis at Gillette Stadium. He also worked the Patriots-Texans at Houston on Dec. 1, 2013.

Here’s a look at who has worked as referees for New England’s games to this point in the season:

Sept. 7 at Miami: Walt Anderson
Sept. 14 at Minnesota: Tony Corrente
Sept. 21 vs. Oakland: Pete Morelli

For more on Morelli’s work as an official, check out his page at Pro Football Reference. And for a complete look at this week’s officiating assignments, check out Football Zebras.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
MFB talks to Sal Cappaccio of WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco of ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel

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