Tim Wright had a career day yesterday as the Pats trounced the Bears in Foxboro. Wright talked about the Rutgers connection with Coach Belichick, and compares the rumors of playing in New England with the facts.

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Tim Wright

Tim Wright

Patriots tight end Tim Wright checked in with Middays with MFB on Monday, after catching seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 51-23 victory over the Bears. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Patriots acquired Wright from the Buccaneers right before the start of the season. Now there is speculation that New England might inquire about another Bucs player: wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

“He’s a great player, I learned a lot while I was under him,” Wright said, adding: “Just details and route-running, things that the defensive backs look for. Different body controls — him being a bigger wideout, it was easy for me to see what he was talking about, and easy for me to go out there and try to implement those things that he was teaching me. … He’s a great person, great player, and I looked up to him while I was there.”

The Patriots were able to spread the ball around and have a lot of success against Chicago. Fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski also had a big day, with nine catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

“Our [position] coach Brian Daboll, he does a great job of instilling the mentality in the tight end room to go out there and just be the spark of the offense. Regardless of how things are going, when our number is called we’ve got to answer the bell. We just went in there, we really didn’t know we’re going to get this many catches [for] this guy, this many catches [for] that guy. But our offensive coordinator [Josh McDaniels], he definitely explained throughout the week and he displayed it to us that it’s going to be spacing and it’s going to be winning your man-to-man battle that’s going to definitely contribute to the win and contribute to our success on Sunday, and that’s what we did.”

Asked about the toughest part of adjusting to the Patriots offense, Wright said, “I would say just playing at a fast tempo mentally, going through the checks and all the nuances that Tom Brady goes through at the line, the checks and stuff like that. You’ve got to be on top of the game, you’ve got to be alert, just be locked in, just be focused.”

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m., and there’s already been some speculation about the Patriots pulling off at least one move beforehand. New England has never been shy about making trade deadline moves, including a last-minute pickup of cornerback Aqib Talib in 2012.

But according to Bill Belichick, when it comes to making deals, there’s usually a greater chance of something happening over the summer than right at the deadline.

“I think this is a lot different than at the end of preseason when you’€™re coming into the 53-man cut time,” Belichick said on a conference call with the media Monday morning. “You’€™re focused on your opening game, but you’€™re also focused on your roster, and [so] is every other team. There’€™s a lot of player movement at that time, as there is, I’€™d say through the first few weeks of the season on every team.

“If something comes along and it’€™s something that we think would be worth considering, then we’€™d talk about it,” he added. “But I wouldn’€™t say that there’€™s real heavy back and forth communication throughout the league on big trades. I’€™d be surprised if that took place on any team. It’€™s just not that common this time of year. Could it happen? Yeah, there could be a couple trades. But it’€™s a lot different than what it is at the end of training camp.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised the work of cornerback Brandon Browner on Monday, saying that after a four-game suspension to start the season, the veteran has “worked very hard,” and that’s paid off over the last week-plus.

“We saw that all through training camp and all through the spring and through training camp. He’€™s got good instincts and knows the defense,” Belichick said of Browner. “We ask him to do a lot of different things. Yesterday he was outside, he also came in, was on [Martellus] Bennett in coverage in certain situations. [He] did a real good job of tackling. I think there were a few tackles there on Forte, the big third down stop; he’€™s a good run-force player.”

After his first game of the year earlier this month against the Jets, Browner was very upfront about the fact that he needed to work on his conditioning. But on Sunday against the Bears, he played 56 of a possible 69 snaps, and did well, finishing with three tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed.

“He does a good job in all the situations. I think his on the field work ethic has never been a question,” added Belichick. “He just, unfortunately, missed a little bit of time there at the beginning of the year, but he’€™s worked very hard and the hard work is paying off. The more he’€™s played the better, just like anybody else — the better the techniques are and the better your timing, confidence, reaction time and so forth. That’€™s just been a byproduct of both practice and in-game opportunities.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Patriots WR Julian Edelman has seen less and less targets during the last few games. But acknowledged that the offense is playing well and is confidence that his targets will improve. He also realized the importance of this Sunday's game against Denver, but stressed that his focus is NOT on Peyton Manning, but the Denver defense.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Monday, one day after Sunday’s rout of the Bears. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

While Edelman was the standout through the first few weeks — without much support from the rest of receiving corps — Tom Brady has been spreading out the passes the last couple of weeks. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell combined to make 20 catches for 173 yards and four touchdowns Sunday.

“You’re getting production out of a lot of guys,” Edelman said. “[Jonas Gray] came up again and had a big game. Timmy [Wright] comes in and has his touchdown. Gronk, Shane [Vereen] having some big plays. The more you have a lot more guys doing things, we’re building up for the backstretch.”

Added Edelman: “[LaFell is] playing lights out. He’s making plays and scoring touchdowns. It’s great for the offense.”

Meanwhile, Edelman’s production has declined. He had just one reception Sunday. He said it isn’t a matter of defenses adjusting to him.

“I think it’s more just: One week it’s this guy, the next week it’s that guy,” he said. “Hopefully it comes back.”

Added Edelman: “The offense has been doing well. You don’t want to do anything differently to disrupt that. I’m sure I’ll be getting targets my way or something like that. It’s the flows of the game. You’re going to be hot sometimes, and sometimes you’re going to be playing a different role. As long as the team’s winning, that’s all it’s about.”

Next up for the Patriots is a game against the AFC-leading Broncos.

“I’ve played in a few of these now, so you’re kind of used to it,” Edelman said, adding: “It’s a conference game. There’s some meaning behind this game, because the winner can put themselves a foot forward in the standings. Its Denver, they’re a good team. They’ve obviously been on TV a bunch. You’ve got Peyton Manning. But I don’t necessarily play against Peyton Manning. I play against the defense.”

Sunday will feature a matchup of Edelman against former teammate Aqib Talib, now a member of the Broncos defensive secondary.

“It’s going to be fun, because I loved Talib when he was here,” Edelman said. “We got along real well. I thought he was a great teammate and I enjoyed playing with him. So it’s going to be fun. I also know T.J. Ward a little bit. We train in the offseason together. It will be fun to go out there and play against premier competition.”

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Lamarr Houston

Lamarr Houston

The NFL is a dangerous game, apparently even when celebrating.

Late in Sunday’€™s game against the Patriots, Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston was proud of his sack of backup quarterback Jimmy Garappolo. Despite his team being down by 20-plus points, Houston jumped in the air after he brought the quarterback to the ground.

As he came back down to earth, Houston’€™s knee gave out. He immediately fell to the ground and grabbed his right knee. Houston was helped by the training staff and was carted off the field. Bears coach Marc Trestman said he was “disappointed” for his defensive end.

Houston will go for an MRI on Monday to see if he has any tear in his knee. If the injury does end his season, it will be the second time in 2014 that a celebration went awry.

Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL earlier this year after he celebrated a tackle. Tulloch’€™s injury will force him to miss the rest of the season.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

So happy for my love!!! Go Pats!!! 51 points!!! 👏👏👏👏👏

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FOXBORO — After her hubby put forth one of the most efficient and precise performances of any quarterback in NFL history, Gisele couldn’t help but show some love.

In the players parking lot after the Patriots’ 51-23 win over the Bears at Gillette Stadium, Gisele Bundchen posed for a picture with husband Tom Brady. She even wore an old-school “Pat Patriot” ski cap, presumably worn during the game played in chilly, blustery conditions in Foxboro.

“So happy for my love!!! Go Pats!!! 51 points!!!” is what Gisele posted on her official Instagram page. It was liked by over 185,000 of her 3.1 million followers.

Brady was 30-of-35 on the day, with five touchdown passes, no interceptions and 354 yards passing. He matched his own NFL record of 85 percent passing (minimum 30 attempts), at least 350 yards and five touchdowns. No other quarterback has accomplished the feat even once.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia