Tim Benz | 09/01/2014 - 9:27am EST
Patriots fans don't have to go far in the NFL history books to find a point of comparison when it comes to the departure of Logan Mankins via a trade to the Buccaneers last week. In fact, the story ended in their team's own division. Before the 2008 season, the Jets signed Steelers All-Pro guard Alan Faneca to a five-year, $40 million contract. At the time, that made made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Like Mankins, Faneca was perceived to be one of the best guards in the annals of his former team's history. With Pittsburgh he was considered a steady, tough, consistent performer and leader who even moved outside to tackle in a pinch to help the team. He made seven Pro Bowls as a Steeler after being drafted in the first round ...
Christopher Price | 08/31/2014 - 3:29pm EST
Shortly after he was drafted in 2011, we asked the question, “What’s the endgame between Ryan Mallett and the Patriots?” Now, we know. Mallett was dealt to the Texans Sunday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick, bringing to an end one of the more interesting dilemmas the Patriots have had at the quarterback position since Tom Brady took the reins as starter in 2001. Mallett, taken in the third round out of Arkansas in 2011, has terrific arm strength, and the selection certainly caused some to wonder if New England was grooming him to be the heir apparent to Brady once the quarterback stepped aside. But in the opportunities he got over the course of the last three years (99 percent of which came in the preseason), ...
Christopher Price | 08/29/2014 - 12:40am EST
With the final preseason game in the books and the final round of cuts looming this weekend, here’s one last shot at predicting the final 53-man roster. It’s important to note that when it comes to the 53 players who make the roster after the final cuts are announced on Saturday, that certainly doesn’t mean that will be the same 53 the Patriots will carry into the season opener -- between final cuts and the opener against Buffalo in 2013, New England made 15 personnel moves, not including practice squad transactions. OFFENSE: 25 Quarterback (3): Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Jimmy Garoppolo No surprises at all here. The Patriots go with three quarterbacks for the first time since 2011. Offensive line (9): Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, ...
Rob Bradford | 08/29/2014 - 12:18am EST
There has been plenty of talk about the newest Red Sox' mystery man, Rusney Castillo. Rightfully so. The guy hasn't played competitively since Bobby Valentine was this team's manager. But there is also another player -- one who currently resides in the Sox lineup and presents almost an equal amount of intrigue. The riddle of Yoenis Cespedes, the 28-year-old who is in his third major league season, has yet to be solved. Some see the muscle-bound outfielder and envision a roster building block, a two-time Home Run Derby champ who can run with best of them while presenting the kind of power threat so rare in this day and age of baseball. Others look at Cespedes as an easily pitched to commodity, someone who doesn't get on base enough while ...
08/29/2014 - 12:18am
There has been plenty of talk about the newest Red Sox' mystery man, Rusney Castillo. Rightfully so. The guy hasn't played competitively since Bobby Valentine was this team's manager. But there is also another player -- one who currently resides in the Sox lineup and presents almost an equal amount of intrigue. The riddle of Yoenis Cespedes, the ... more »
08/25/2014 - 8:01am
Not everyone is thinking about the future. When the Red Sox gutted their veteran core at the trade deadline last month, it opened the door to use the final two months of the season as a sort of player evaluation trial for some of the team's prospects and new acquisitions. But that shift -- and its consequences -- put some of the veterans of last year's ... more »
08/31/2014 - 3:29pm
Shortly after he was drafted in 2011, we asked the question, “What’s the endgame between Ryan Mallett and the Patriots?” Now, we know. Mallett was dealt to the Texans Sunday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick, bringing to an end one of the more interesting dilemmas the Patriots have had at the quarterback position since ... more »
08/13/2014 - 9:13pm
Tuukka Rask has a bright, well-paid future ahead of him. It would take such a good situation ahead to not want to hold onto a past that includes his first Vezina Trophy. Less than two months after accepting the award given to the league’s best goaltender annually, Rask, who has always had obvious targets in front of him throughout his career, ... more »
08/03/2014 - 10:39pm
Players, not prospects. That was the post-trades spin we heard from the Red Sox after -- correctly, of course -- Ben Cherington went nuclear on the amazingly underperforming 2014 roster. It's a different philosophy, obviously, than what we've seen from the Red Sox (and, really, just about everyone else) in the past. Think about it: Your two best ... more »
07/23/2014 - 7:51pm
FOXBORO -- The Patriots should re-sign Devin McCourty now. The Patriots have their stars on defense who have become household names like Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones. They've added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Wilfork is more than capable of keeping his defensive line in check and in step. Mayo, presuming he's all the ... more »
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Hackers obtained hundreds private photo's of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, Market Basket is back in business, and Pete Frates and his wife Julie have a baby girl, Lucy.
The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
7th round draft pick Michael Sam was trying to be the first openly-gay player in the NFL. With only 7 days to go before the season opener, the Rams released him on one of the last round of cuts.
The Patriots finally completed a deal that was speculated for weeks, when they traded back up QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans for a conditional 7th round pick. Mallett will be reunited with former New England quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.More from this show
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.More from this show