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10/15/2010 - 12:01pm
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 - 11:30am
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 - 10:14am
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 - 9:51am
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...

10/15/2010 - 8:39am
Schefter on D&C: No trade fit for Mankins

ESPN's Adam Schefter joined the Dennis & Callahan show for his weekly visit and talked to the guys about picking the Patriots to beat the Ravens, why there are so few trades in the NFL at the trading deadline and whether there will be a deal for Logan Mankins. Schefter, who said that he uses a contrarian approach in his weekly picks, took the Pats despite his belief that the Ravens might be the best team in the league.

 

"They have been tremendous all year long," Schefter said of the Ravens. "I think they're a better football team than the Patriots, I really do. New England's been waiting for this game. New England lost to them in the postseason. New England's coming off the bye. New England's won 22 straight at home in the regular season. Everybody's on Baltimore. Everybody's singing their praises, I just think New England comes through on Sunday." 

 

Schefter does think that the loss of Randy...

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