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...
FOXBORO — It seemed like a pretty harmless question to Rams coach Jeff Fisher on Wednesday’s conference call, but his response may indicate why the coach is one of the most losing coaches in NFL history.
Fisher was asked his thoughts on the Patriots’ running backs now that they have had Dion Lewis back for two days.
“Well, they’re all different,” Fisher said. “I have a place in my heart for LeGarrette [Blount], because I gave him a start [with Tennessee], and I have great respect for him. 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.
“I’ve been impressed with Brandon and what he’s done out of the backfield. You’ve got to deal with him, in addition to Danny. You’ve got playmakers all around, so we have to play sound defense.”
FOXBORO — There were a lot of big names missing from Patriots practice on Wednesday.
Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Richards were all missing from the session held on the lower fields behind Gillette Stadium. Brady has been dealing with a knee injury and Gronkowski left Sunday’s game with a back injury.
Edelman has been limited in most practices this year because of his foot and Richards injured his foot in Sunday’s game, but was able to return.
Martellus Bennett was present, but he rode the stationary bike the entire 15 minutes the media was present. Also, Matthew Slater returned to practice after missing all of last week because of a foot injury suffered against the 49ers.
After being released earlier in the week, DJ Foster returned to the practice squad as Glenn Gronkowski was released.
The first injury report of the week will come out later in the day.
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One oddsmaker now says Tom Brady is third in race for NFL MVP honors.
Bovada announced Wednesday that Brady — who had led the pack for the last couple of weeks — currently has the third-best odds to win MVP. He trails Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott (3/1) and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan (7/2). Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott (6/1) and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr (8/1) round out the top five.
Bovada is a little kinder to the Patriots as a whole, as they still have New England with the best odds to win the Super Bowl at 12/5. (Good odds, but off a little from last week, when New England was at 9/4.) The Cowboys (4/1), Seahawks (15/2), Raiders (10/1) and Steelers (12/1) round out top five.
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FOXBORO — Marcus Cannon said Wednesday he feels “blessed” to have received a contract extension from the Patriots.
“It doesn’t validate anything,” the right tackle said of the new five-year deal he agreed to earlier in the week, a contract that could keep him in New England for the rest of his career. “I still have to come out here and do things better. There are still things I need to work on.
“But like I was saying, I’m very thankful of the opportunity they’ve given me. I’m very blessed.”
The 6-foot-5, 363-pound Cannon is in his sixth season with the Patriots, and while he struggled at times over the course of his career in New England, it appears that the stability that comes with only playing right tackle has agreed with him. The 28-year-old, who has bounced up and down the offensive line over the course of his career, has been the right tackle since the start of the season, and has done well.
“Marcus is having a good season. He...
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
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Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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