Despite playing in seven games, Tom Brady has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league.</p>
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Darrelle Revis not only didn’t look like himself on Sunday against the Patriots, but hasn’t looked himself all year.

Well, maybe there is a reason why.

Darrelle Revis apparently doesn't want to play football anymore. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Darrelle Revis apparently doesn’t want to play football anymore. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Darrelle Revis not only didn’t look like himself on Sunday against the Patriots, but hasn’t looked himself all year.

Well, maybe there is a reason why.

“He’s done,” a Revis confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. “If he had his way, he’d be done right now. He doesn’t want to play anymore. He’s made a lot of money.”

“He tanked it.” the confidant added.

Revis wasn’t great Sunday against Tom Brady and the Patriots as he allowed both of Brady’s touchdown passes.

After the game, Revis said he was surprised how much the Patriots went after him.

“This time he attacked me a little bit more than I expected, but at the same time it’s football. He has to execute and I have to execute better on my end,” the cornerback said.

After the 2014 Super Bowl-winning season with the Patriots, Revis signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Jets.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Marcus Cannon has been a steady performer at right tackle this year.</p>
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FOXBORO — It’s a lengthy Patriots injury report this week, as eight players are listed including some big names.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Julian Edelman (foot), Nate Ebner (concussion), Jordan Richards (knee) and Rob Gronkowski (back) didn’t practice at all on Wednesday.

This is a 2016 photo of Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Wednesday, May 25, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO — It’s a lengthy Patriots injury report this week, as eight players are listed including some big names.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Julian Edelman (foot), Nate Ebner (concussion), Jordan Richards (knee) and Rob Gronkowski (back) didn’t practice at all on Wednesday.

Ebner was seen during the media portion, which included stretching, while Bennett was seen riding a stationary bike.

Matthew Slater (foot) and Chris Hogan (back) were limited.

Here is the complete Patriots practice report:

DID NOT PRACTICE

QB Tom Brady (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
S Jordan Richards (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

WR Matthew Slater (foot)
WR Chris Hogan (back)

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were stifled by Gerald McCoy and the Buccaneers. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were stifled by Gerald McCoy and the Buccaneers. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

The biggest upset of the week was when the Buccaneers shut down the Seahawks offense and held Russell Wilson and company to just five points. Other than that, you could say the Chiefs and Lions winning were upsets, but anything can happen in divisional games. So as a result, not a ton of movement here in the WEEI NFL Power Rankings. As a result of Sunday’s loss, Seattle drops out of the top five, while the Chiefs sneak in after beating the Broncos. The defending Super Bowl champs really needed to win that game on Sunday night. They have five games left on their schedule, and three of them are against the Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders.

The NFC South saw big wins from everyone except the Panthers. Right now the Falcons have the inside track on winning the division, but Matt Ryan doesn’t exactly play up the to the “Matty Ice” moniker he earned in college, so the Saints and Bucs still stand a chance to get in.

The Giants and Dolphins both extended their winning streaks to six games, but they both played garbage opponents.

Holding up the rear, the Browns and 49ers have combined for 23 straight losses. Cleveland surely is keeping a close eye on college quarterbacks, but there is no sure-fire franchise guy like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck or even Jameis Winston. The 49ers are stuck with Colin Kaepernick, who is doing just enough to keep himself on the roster but doesn’t look like he’ll ever be as good as he was when Jim Harbaugh coached the team.

1. (1 last week) Cowboys (10-1) — Nothing new here. Dallas looked great on the national stage, and the only controversy about this team is WHICH rookie is more instrumental to the team’s success. The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot this weekend.

2. (3) Patriots (9-2) — After going weeks without forcing a turnover, the defense came up with big plays twice to help the Pats win a predictably close game against an inferior opponent. Malcolm Butler and Chris Long each stripped the ball free and stopped a Jets drive that seemed destined for points. Tom Brady played well down the stretch but clearly was hobbled by a knee injury. Rob Gronkowski’s fragility reared its head again as he was sent to the locker room early. The team would be wise to limit his snaps down the stretch, or even leave him out against the Rams.

3. (4) Raiders (9-2) — Derek Carr stole the headlines when he stayed in the game and played well after dislocating his pinkie. However, Khalil Mack could be the real star going forward as he builds a case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. After getting just one sack in the first five games of the season, Mack has at least one in each of the last six. On Sunday, Mack strip-sacked Cam Newton, recovered the fumble and took it to the house.

4. (5) Giants (8-3) — Make it six in a row for the surging Giants as they trampled the lowly Browns. Odell Beckham Jr. was phenomenal again and looks virtually unstoppable once he gets the ball in open space. Jason Pierre-Paul had three sacks and four TFL, in addition to forcing a fumble, recovering that fumble and taking it to the house. Who needs all 10 fingers anyway?

5. (8) Chiefs (8-3) — It’s no doubt that Sunday night’s OT win over the Broncos was huge, but the Chiefs have some difficult games ahead. Denver will get its rematch in Week 16, but before that, Kansas City travels to Atlanta and then hosts the 9-2 Raiders.

6. (2) Seahawks (7-3-1) — This was your classic “bury the football” game for Seattle. An atrocious offensive performance for Russell Wilson and friends. It’s alarming that this is the third time this season the Seahawks have been held to six points or less. Even with the loss, they still hold a three-game lead in the pathetic NFC West.

7. (11) Falcons (7-4) — Sunday was more of the same from Atlanta. The best offense in the league padded its stats in a 38-19 rout of the Cardinals. The Falcons lead the league in points per game with 32.5 but still only lead the NFC South by one game.

8. (9) Lions (7-4) — Matthew Stafford should get some serious consideration for the MVP award with his fourth-quarter heroics this season. At 7-4, the Lions now are leading the NFC North and are poised to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. It’s staggering to think that each of those seven wins involved a fourth-quarter comeback. This is a team that believes it can win each and every week, and it has one of the best and most clutch kickers in the league in Matt Prater.

9. (10) Dolphins (7-4) — A win is a win, but the Dolphins were awfully close to losing to the 1-10 49ers on Sunday. Ndamukong Suh tackled Colin Kaepernick just three yards short of the end zone as time expired, when a touchdown would have given San Francisco a chance to tie or go for the win with a two-point conversion. Luckily for the Dolphins, all wins count the same, and Miami has a pretty easy schedule down the stretch.

10. (6) Broncos (7-4) — Where was the vaunted Denver defense on Sunday night? For a team that’s usually so good at slamming the door on opponents in the final minutes, Denver had no answers for Kansas City’s offense in the final drive of regulation and the two drives in overtime.

11. (7) Redskins (6-4-1) — Despite the loss on Thanksgiving, the Redskins played well against the best team in the league and still are slotted to make the playoffs if the season ended today. Kirk Cousins has been terrific this season and could be in line for a huge contract. The final five games won’t be easy, as three of them are on the road and then they play the Giants in Week 17 at home in a game that certainly will have playoff implications.

12. (13) Ravens (6-5) — The Ravens beat the lowly Bengals on Sunday, but it was John Harbaugh’s coaching tactics in the final seconds that had everyone talking. For a guy who was complaining about the Patriots’ tactics in the 2014 AFCCG, Harbaugh apparently has heeded Tom Brady’s advice and read the rulebook.

13. (16) Steelers (6-5) — Thursday’s dominant win over the Colts showed the world that when the Steelers offense is hot, it’s scorching. Antonio Brown still is the best WR in the league. Le’Veon Bell still is ONE of the best RBs in the league. Add a veteran QB with two Super Bowl rings into the mix, and Pittsburgh is a team that no one in the AFC wants to see in the playoffs.

14. (17) Bills (6-5) — In Sunday’s win over Jacksonville, LeSean McCoy scored twice, including a 75-yard TD run, which was the longest of his career. McCoy has been spectacular this season. The Bills offense has another weapon outside the numbers, as Sammy Watkins made his first appearance since breaking a bone in his foot in the offseason. One of the big problems in Buffalo right now is the defense in the red zone. Opponents have scored touchdowns in 11 of their last 12 trips inside the 20.

15. (12) Vikings (6-5) — Things were supposed to snap back into place after Minnesota broke a four-game losing streak in Week 11 with a win over the Cardinals. Instead, the defense couldn’t make a stop against the Lions on Thanksgiving, and now the Vikings are 1-5 in their last six games. It doesn’t get any easier, as they host the 10-1 Cowboys in Week 13.

16. (19) Buccaneers (6-5) — Sunday’s 14-5 win over the Seahawks was huge for the Bucs and probably the biggest surprise of Week 12. Tampa Bay stays just one game behind the division-leading Falcons. WR Mike Evans is just the fourth player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first three seasons.

17. (15) Texans (6-5) — The Broncos should be thankful that Brock Osweiler decided to leave town for a huge contract in Houston. With his three picks on Sunday, Osweiler now is tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Blake Bortles for the league lead with 13. Luckily for the Texans, they play in the worst division in football and likely will host a playoff game in the second week of January, possibly against the Broncos.

18. (14) Eagles (5-6) — It was a rough night for the Eagles defense, allowing the Packers to go 10-for-14 on third-down conversions. Since the Eagles are all but eliminated from the playoffs, the front office and Doug Pederson will use the next five weeks to see which players will carry over to the following season.

19. (18) Titans (6-6) — Coach Mike Mularkey is frustrated that his team can’t get above .500. The Titans have alternated wins and losses for six straight weeks, and haven’t had back-to-back wins since Weeks 5 and 6 when they beat the Dolphins and Browns. It’ll be hard to buck the trend, as Tennessee hosts the visiting Broncos, who lost a heartbreaker on Sunday night.

20. (24) Saints (5-6) — Sean Payton finally got his chance to exact revenge on Gregg Williams for his role in the Bountygate scandal. Any doubt that Payton wanted to stick it to Williams was erased when WR Willie Snead threw a 50-yard TD pass to Tim Hightower with 10 minutes left in the game, with New Orleans holding a 21-point lead.

21. (22) Packers (5-6) — Monday night’s win over the Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak that involved a lot of finger-pointing and second-guessing in Green Bay. The defense finally showed some life against the Eagles, allowing just 13 points. In those four losses, the Packers were averaging over 38 points against.

22. (25) Chargers (5-6) — Philip Rivers threw three TD passes for the 48th time in his career. Rivers’ numbers this season are on par with his career averages, and he’s had a spectacular career. A few unfortunate losses early in the season doomed San Diego’s playoff run. On the plus side of things, first-round pick Joey Bosa has been impressive and looks like he’ll be a quality player for years to come.

23. (23) Colts (5-6) — Without Andrew Luck, the Colts were stomped in front of a national audience on Thanksgiving. If Luck can stay healthy, they still stand a good chance to win the AFC South. at 5-6, they’re just a game behind the Texans, who they’ll play in Week 14. They’ve already swept the season series with the Titans.

24. (21) Cardinals (4-6-1) — The Cardinals entered the 2016 season as the trendy pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. With a 4-6-1 record, their chances of even making the playoffs are all but over. After back-to-back losses to the Vikings and Falcons, Bruce Arians called out his team’s veterans for not doing enough to change selfish habits.

25. (20) Panthers (4-7) — The defending NFC champions easily are the most disappointing team in the NFL this year. After watching their team win 15 games a year ago, fans in Carolina are looking toward the draft so the team can shore up its offensive line. Luke Kuechly still is in the concussion protocol and would be wise to shut it down for the rest of the season.

26. (26) Rams (4-7) — Jeff Fisher began the season talking about “7-9 bullsh*t” on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Now, with Los Angeles at 4-7, he’ll be lucky to get seven wins. The Rams have five more games including matchups against the Pats, Falcons and Seahawks. If that isn’t enough to get him fired, the recent controversy surrounding Eric Dickerson should be enough to push him over the edge.

27. (27) Bengals (3-7-1) — The Bengals will have to win their remaining five games to avoid their first losing season since 2010. This team is loaded with talent but simply couldn’t do anything right this year. Marvin Lewis should have been fired at the end of last season. If Mike Brown doesn’t do the right thing, he has no one to blame but himself for wasting Andy Dalton and A.J. Green’s careers.

28. (28) Jets (3-8) — Darrelle Revis was torched again for two TDs as his awful 2016 continues. Ryan Fitzpatrick played poorly enough to lose the game, but not enough to lose the job. Todd Bowles will keep Bryce Petty on the sideline and try to win a few games down the stretch, when the Jets should be vying for a top-five draft pick.

29. (30) Jaguars (2-9) — Blake Bortles had a decent day against a good defense and shockingly did not throw any picks. However, for the seventh straight game the Jacksonville defense failed to intercept a pass. The Jaguars are on pace for just four picks on the season, which would be the lowest total in the history of the franchise.

30. (29) Bears (2-9) — A win over the Titans slipped right through the fingers of the Bears wide receivers. The WR corps was responsible for a staggering EIGHT drops, which is the most by any team in the last 10 years.

31. (31) 49ers (1-10) — Colin Kaepernick is playing better but still struggling with accuracy. There is a good chance the 49ers lose 15 straight games and still don’t get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

32. (32) Browns (0-12) — The pressure felt by the Browns to win a game is eclipsed only by the the pressure felt by their opponents, who fear being the only team to lose to them. Next up, the struggling Bengals.

Blog Author: 
Paul Chartier
Ryan Shazier and the Steelers struggled to stop LeGarrette Blount. (Justin K/ Aller/Getty Images)

LeGarrette Blount has been a beast for the Patriots. (Justin K/ Aller/Getty Images)

Jeff Fisher may not know all the names of the Patriots running backs but he knows one for sure.

In running down the list of Patriots running backs Wednesday, the Rams head coach referred to a Danny and a Brandon. Danny Woodhead is on the Chargers and has been out of New England since 2012 while Brandon Bolden is almost primarily on special teams.

But he also mentioned LeGarrette Blount. There’s good reason Fisher would remember him beyond the fact he’s on pace for 1,300 yards this season.

“I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette, because I gave him a start, and I have great respect for him,” Fisher said. “He’s a big back, and he’s hard to get down. And as they rotate through, different guys play in different situations, and they do a good job with it. He knows where the ball’s going to go, and the guys are very, very disciplined.”

His history with the Patriots power running back is a fascinating one.

Because of his discipline issues at Oregon – including the infamous punch he threw in the game against Boise State – Blount was not drafted in 2010. He did agreed in principle to a free agent contract with the 49ers following the draft. However, after a meeting with then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher, Blount decided to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Titans. That August, Blount was involved in another incident in which he threw a punch, this time with a Titans teammate, defensive end Eric Bakhtiari, a few moments after having his own helmet ripped off in practice.

The play ended with some pushing and shoving, Blount threw a right fist, contacting Bakhtiari’s facemask. Blount quickly talked to Fisher, who explained away Blount’s behavior.

“He apologized, and I said he didn’t have to apologize,” Fisher told reporters. “It’s football. It’s training camp. His past is his past. Is that the first punch you’ve seen in camp this year? No. I’m not disappointed whatsoever. I have great confidence in the young man that he learned from his mistake, and he’s very competitive. That’s why we brought him in here is to watch him run the football like that.”

Blount survived the final roster cut and was placed on the Titans’ 53-man roster. But there was one more twist. Blount was then waived to make room for veteran linebackers Tim Shaw (signed from the Bears) and Patrick Bailey (Steelers). Titans officials told Fisher Blount could be signed to the rookie practice squad once he cleared waivers. Blount was waived and almost immediately claimed by Tampa Bay, a moment Fisher recalled Wednesday.

“We signed LeGarrette as a college free agent in Tennessee so I had him throughout the offseason through the end of training camp,” Fisher said. “Just his athletic ability, his strength and his run instincts and his dedication. He just was that guy just wanted to be a real pro. We got in a situation right at the final cut-down where the roster was tight and got bad advice and thought he would probably, potentially clear [waivers] and I could get him back to practice for a week or two and we would go from there. And he was claimed by Tampa.

“Disappointed that we lost him but very, very excited about him and the career he’s had.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — It will be a special day Sunday at Gillette Stadium when roughly 40 members of the 2001 Patriots Super Bowl team return to be honored for the 15-year anniversary of the team, coincidentally for a game against the Rams, the team they beat in the Super Bowl.

Drew Bledsoe returned to Foxboro on Wednesday. (WEEI.com)

Drew Bledsoe returned to Foxboro on Wednesday. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — It will be a special day Sunday at Gillette Stadium when roughly 40 members of the 2001 Patriots Super Bowl team return to be honored for the 15-year anniversary of the team, coincidentally for a game against the Rams, the team they beat in the Super Bowl.

One of the members of the team, Drew Bledsoe, has been in the Boston area all week as on Tuesday he was honored at “The Tradition” event at TD Garden and then on Wednesday visited Gillette Stadium.

Bledsoe met with the media, touching on a number of different subjects, but mostly Tom Brady.

The former quarterback revealed he never expected Brady to be a NFL starter.

“I figured he’d be around the league for a long time because he was a hard-working guy with a great attitude and I figured he’d be around for a long time but I don’t know that I ever thought he’d be a starter to be honest with you,” Bledsoe said. “He was just a skinny kid out of Michigan. But obviously he felt different. His legacy is far more about what he does outside the lines of the field in terms of his leadership with the organization and his leadership with the team and how he demands everybody match his work ethic.”

Despite being 39 years old, Brady is having one of his best years statistically of his career. Through seven games, the quarterback has thrown for 2,201 yards and 18 touchdowns with just one interception.

“The fact that Tommy is still playing at the level he’s at is pretty impressive,” Bledsoe said. “You guys know, you wear everybody out talking about his diet and exercise regimen but it’s working. That combined with the fact you can’t hit the quarterback anymore these days has allowed him to play a lot longer.

“Watching the deal with Cam Newton and he has a list of hits he wants to talk about with the Commissioner and I’m like, ‘OK I’ve got a list of about 150 hits I’d like to discuss with the Commissioner,’ these guys used to try to rip our heads off. But I think Tommy can play for a long time. He takes good care of himself. He’s been a great leader for this organization and I think he can go for a while now, which will be interesting.”

Part of the reason why Brady has been able to play for so long has been the way he takes care of his body and what his diet is like. Bledsoe said Brady wasn’t so into dieting earlier in his career.

“When Tommy was young he was just like the rest of us,” Bledsoe said. “I could even get him to have a beer or two back in the old days. We had some good times. But I think that’s something he’s learned to develop over time as he’s gotten older. I do remember as I’ve gotten older in my career it took a lot more work to feel the same and I think Tom saw that coming and that’s where that change has come from.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable