November 3rd, 2011
Obstacles could prevent Patriots from trading for Raiders' Burgess
Miffed that Jason Taylor chose Miami over New England atriots' 2011 draft, the Patriots' brass reportedly now has eyes for Raiders DE Derrick Burgess. The two-time Pro Bowler, who would transition to outside linebacker in New England's 3-4 scheme Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, has one year remaining on his current deal Tresor Paris Earrings odgers ruled out; Flynn, and a swap would be for one of the Patriots' second- or third-round picks in the 2010 draft. Assuming the trade would be contingent on the Patriots' ability to extend Burgess' deal Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale, we hear that it's far more important to the Pats that Burgess accept a relatively modest contract than stewing about what pick or picks they'd relinquish. The Pats have little salary-cap space, and they still have a host of rookies to sign and numerous big-ticket players slated for free agency following the season. The one definitive conclusion to be drawn from this scenario is that the team isn't oozing confidence in its current OLB corps' ability to bring pass-rushing heat off the edge.
Rodgers ruled out; Flynn to start vs. Pats
The Packers declared QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion) out for Sunday night's game against the Patriots. Backup QB Matt Flynn will get his first career start.
Rodgers sustained the concussion in the first half of last Sunday's loss to the Lions. He did not practice all week and was listed as doubtful in Friday's injury report.
Flynn, a third-year pro, completed 15-of-26 passes for 177 yards and an interception when he replaced Rodgers. This will be his first career start.
The Packers also signed rookie QB Graham Harrell from their practice squad. Harrell will be Flynn's backup. To make room for Harrell ernandez, Connolly amon, they placed S Anthony Smith on injured reserve.
The way we see it
Considering that Rodgers did not practice all week, this is not a huge surprise but still a big blow to the Packers' chances of pulling off an upset victory in Foxborough. Tom Brady hasn't lost a home regular-season game since 2006 Cheap Tresor Paris Earrings, and the Pats have been on a roll Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale antasy outlook- RB Shan, winning five in a row and leading the league with an 11-2 record.
The injury bug has bitten the Packers more than most teams this season. To make matters worse for Flynn, Green Bay has struggled to establish a running game with Ryan Grant on injured reserve.
Flynn starting diminishes the value of star receiver Greg Jennings Fake Tresor Paris Earrings, as well as WR Donald Driver. RBs Brandon Jackson and James Starks will get their fair share of carries. The Patriots' defense has forced 13 turnovers over the last five games and is suddenly a solid start in fantasy leagues now that Flynn is starting.
Patriots' 2011 draft choice upgraded
The 2011 conditional draft choice that the Patriots received in the September trade of TE David Thomas to New Orleans has been upgraded from a seventh-round pick to a sixth-rounder Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale, ESPN.com reports.
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"David came to our team last season and proved invaluable odgers ruled out; Flynn, both as a receiver from the tight end spot and also with his versatility and ability to fill in at fullback when we needed him to do that," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said April 13 when Thomas signed his restricted free-agent tender.
The Patriots, who have a history of accumulating picks so that they can wheel and deal during the draft, now have 11 selections in next April's draft. They have two picks each in the first and second rounds, the extra first-rounder coming from Oakland in the Richard Seymour trade and an additional second-rounder from Carolina in the April 23 deal in which the Patriots gave up a third-round pick that the Panthers used to select WR Armanti Edwards.
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Hernandez Tresor Paris Necklaces Sale, Connolly among Pats out Sunday
The Patriots ruled six players, including four starters, out for their Week 16 game against the Bills.
TE Aaron Hernandez, ORG Dan Connolly, OLB Jermaine Cunningham, DL Brandon Deaderick, DL Mike Wright and DT Myron Pryor will not play in Buffalo on Sunday.
Pryor (back) and Wright (concussion) have not played in a month. Connolly Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, who was the AFC's special-teams player of the week for his 71-yard kick return, is out with a concussion.
Hernandez is battling a hip injury and also had the flu last week. Deaderick is out with a shoulder injury, and Cunningham has a calf issue.
The way we see it
Hernandez is one of the leading rookie receivers in the league, but luckily the Patriots have plenty of depth. Expect to see a lot of Rob Gronkowski. Without Connolly antasy outlook- RB Shan, second-year player Ryan Wendell will likely get his first career start. Wendell plays guard in short-yardage situations when Connolly lines up at fullback.
Ron Brace is questionable with a concussion and the Pats will need him healthy with three D-linemen already out. Recently acquired Landon Cohen could see some playing time. Without Cunningham, Tully Banta-Cain will likely start at OLB while Eric Moore will get some snaps there as well.
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Gronkowski's fantasy value goes way up with Hernandez out and Tom Brady's tendency to target the tight ends often, especially in the red zone.
Fantasy outlook: RB Shane Vereen
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You knew the Patriots were going to add a back, and they added two on Friday with Vereen and Stevan Ridley. Vereen should be able to give BenJarvus Green-Ellis a spell, as last year's 1,000-yard runner is not an every-down back. Vereen is strong and an effective receiver Cheap Tresor Paris Bracelet Naughty Cat in UGG Boots Called Cat Woman_12, which could allow him some opportunities on third down.
Since Green-Ellis isn't a receiving option, Vereen gives Tom Brady another back outside Danny Woodhead to get involved in the passing game Cheap Tresor Paris Earrings, and that could make him a guy to keep an eye on in PPR leagues.
It's always risky to draft any skill player on the Patriots considering how they distribute the football More Than 1000 Copy UGGs Website being Closed Down_123, and with Green-Ellis' red-zone skills, Vereen won't get many touches near the goal line.