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10/15/2010 - 1:06pm
Pats' Neal on D&H: Who is Justin Bieber?

Offensive lineman Stephen Neal made his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday afternoon, as the Pats prepare to host the Ravens on Sunday.

 

Neal was asked how he felt about watching game film from last season's playoff game in which the Ravens routed the Patriots, 33-14. "I really don't like to think back about how it felt that day and the next couple of months that followed, but it's important to go back and watch to see what could have been a lot better and what was pretty good," he said. "It definitely gives you a little bit of extra motivation. It was not something I wanted to do, but it's something that's necessary."

 

Neal spent some talking talking about the strategy of the dominating Baltimore defense. "On early downs, they line up with you and they'll slug it out with you," he said. "Then you get into their sub personnel, the smaller groupings, and...

10/15/2010 - 1:01pm
King: 'Tate is going to be a revelation'

Peter King from Sports Illustrated and NBC joined Dale & Holley for his weekly conversation about the Patriots and the NFL. Among the topics discussed by the crew: Brett Favre's status, the return of Ben Roethlisberger and how the Patriots offense will perform without Randy Moss.

 

Even without Moss, King thinks the Pats will still have a high-scoring offense and he is high on Brandon Tate and Aaron Hernandez. "I sort of think Brandon Tate is going to be a revelation to a lot of people who don't know him very much," King said. "I think Aaron Hernandez has shown the ability to be not just a tight end. You saw against the Jets in Week 2, cornerbacks were lining up against him and there was one completion from [Tom] Brady where he beat [Antonio] Cromartie on a play. I think he's going to be really different kind of player. As far as [Deion] Branch goes, who knows? It's hard to think that, even though he played with Brady, it's...

10/15/2010 - 12:30pm
Sox' Henry: Proud, humbled to own Liverpool

In a joint press release from New England Sports Ventures, the parent company of the Red Sox, and the Liverpool soccer team it is acquiring, John Henry and Tom Werner expressed their enthusiasm with the sale finally going through. This follows developments of early Friday morning, when previous American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., withdrew their Texas court order blocking the sale after being threatened with a contempt charge from the British High Court.

 

While it appears Hicks and Gillett have exhausted their options to prevent the sale, the pair announced plans to sue for at least $1.6 billion for "an extraordinary swindle."

 

Meanwhile, Henry has begun his attempts to win over Liverpool supporters. "On behalf of the entire NESV partnership, I want to express how incredibly proud and humbled we are to be confirmed as the new owners of Liverpool FC," he said in the press release...

10/15/2010 - 11:14am
Taylor missing again from Pats practice

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor was again the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on Friday as the team worked out in a brisk wind on the stadium field at Gillette. 

 

Taylor has been nursing a toe injury since a Week 3 win over the Bills and was inactive for the Patriots' 41-14 win over the Dolphins on Oct. 4. 

 

The team practiced in sweats and shells as they continued preparations for the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET in Foxboro. 

 

For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots


10/15/2010 - 10:51am
Branch: 'Unfinished business' with Pats

Patriots receiver Deion Branch checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about his return to New England. Branch said it was easy to return because no bridges were burned when he held out and was traded to the Seahawks in September 2006.

 

"No bitterness and no resentment," Branch said. "At that time, I just really wish that we really could have gotten it done. But at the same time, I understand the business side of it. Sometimes it can work out. Sometimes you just can't get it right. And I just think it was no hatred amongst me or the New England organization. We just couldn't get the numbers and stuff lined up. And that stuff happens.

 

"And I think that's the best part about me returning is that I think we both know and feel like, 'Hey, we have some unfinished business, and we really want you in it,' and I really want to be here. That makes the process a whole lot more easier to...

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