November 24th, 2011
Obstacles could prevent Patriots from trading for Raiders' Burgess
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Eagles sign FS Page, DT Hargrove
Updated August 3 atriots re-sign OL Ojin, 6:47 p.m. ET
The Eagles keep signing veteran free agents.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first reported that Philly has signed FS Jarrad Page on Tuesday evening. Page spent the 2010 season with the Patriots. The team confirmed it signed Page to a one-year deal.
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The sixth-year pro battled injuries in 2010 after being traded to the Patriots from the Chiefs. He played in 10 games and had two interceptions. He started all 16 games in 2007 and 2008 in Kansas City and has 12 career picks.
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Patriots-Chargers matchup of the day: Friday
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week Seven game between the Patriots and Chargers:
Patriots ORT Sebastian Vollmer vs. Chargers OLB Shaun Phillips
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For the Patriots' passing offense to keep up its success, the O-line needs to give QB Tom Brady time to throw. One of his interceptions against the Ravens came when a Baltimore defender hit him on a pass rush. Luckily, without a main deep threat, Brady will be making mostly short, quick passes, but Phillips has the speed and athleticism to be a nuisance in the backfield.
Patriots re-sign OL Ojinnaka, sign QB Ratliff to practice squad
The Patriots have re-signed OL Quinn Ojinnaka and signed QB Brett Ratliff to their practice squad.
Ojinnaka was acquired in a trade with the Falcons on Aug. 23. He was suspended for the season opener and inactive in Week Three before being released on Sept. 30. A fourth-year veteran, he has 12 starts in 39 career games.
Ratliff spent most of 2009 as the Browns' third QB before being waived on Sept. 4. He was then signed to the Jaguars' practice squad before being released on Sept. 27.
The way we see it
The Patriots' offensive line had been phenomenal this season through three games, allowing just two sacks, despite the absence of Pro Bowl OLG Logan Mankins. They were a little shaky against the Dolphins on Monday night, giving up three sacks. Ojinnaka provides experience and versatility to the O-line Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants Nike Air Max LeBron 8 Low, although the front five hasn't needed much help this season.
Bill Belichick rarely has three QBs on his roster, so Ratliff likely will remain as the practice-squad QB this season with Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady's backup.
Report: TE Crumpler agrees to terms with Patriots
The Patriots have agreed to terms with TE Alge Crumpler, according to a report in the Boston Herald.
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The 6-2, 262-pound Crumpler is not much of a receiving threat at this stage of his career, but he's considered to be an outstanding blocker. He is expected to fill that same type of role in New England with the TE-needy Patriots likely looking to add a pass-catching option at the position.