Patriots' offseason report
Mission accomplished: A cast of cornerbacks mired in mediocrity since Asante Samuel chased the big dollars to Philadelphia received a welcome boost with the additions of Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden. Given Bill Belichick's track record in coaxing the best out of veteran newcomers anta-Cain needs to spar, it's fair to assume that the pair will pay immediate dividends on the back end. Both are slated for starting duty. Determined to keep Tom Brady's offensive arsenal fully stocked Cheap Tresor Paris Necklaces, the team added proven commodities at wide receiver (Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis), running back (Fred Taylor) and tight end (Alex Smith and Chris Baker). All are legitimate candidates to contend for starting jobs.
Unfinished business: Losing out to Miami in the Jason Taylor sweepstakes and the decision not to pursue any other big-ticket outside linebacker leave career reserve Pierre Woods as the top option to man the OLB post opposite Adalius Thomas, who will be 32 by Week One. Considering the Pats' struggles pressuring the quarterback last season Tresor Paris Bracelets, it may be necessary to dip deep into the defensive playbook for ways to collapse the pocket. As sacrilegious as it may be to suggest Fake Tresor Paris Bracelet Patriots make third trade; get Raiders' '1, there's at least some concern regarding Brady. Not only has he directed all of two drives since Super Bowl XLII, but his trademark passion and work ethic have been questioned after he chose family over football the past two offseasons.
Banta-Cain needs to spark Pats' pass rush
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Head coach Bill Belichick sent the veteran a message by starting rookie OLB Jermaine Cunningham and OLB Rob Ninkovich. Cunningham has looked good and Ninkovich is racking up tackles. But the Patriots' defense as a whole is better when Banta-Cain is getting into the opponent's backfield.
Putting Miami's emerging passing attack up against a weak Patriots secondary, it's clear that an effective pass rush could be New England's key to victory Monday night. It's just a question of which Banta-Cain will show up.
Five questions with Patriots correspondent Ian Rapoport
Each week throughout the season, we'll ask our Patriots correspondent and Boston Herald writer Ian Rapoport five questions about the Patriots. This week atriots fantasy focus_5, Ian talked about the defensive improvement against the Steelers and what they need to do to slow down Peyton Manning and the Colts.
1. What did you make of the Patriots' defensive strategy against the Steelers where they showed lots of blitzes?
Rapoport: They showed they have it. They hadn't shown many creative blitz packages this season. But the best thing that happened in the game was that guys were beating one-on-one blocks.; Tully Banta-Cain's sack came off a one-on-one block, Gary Guyton beat (Rashard) Mendenhall one-on-one. Those are the battles that good teams win and the Patriots hadn't been winning in pass rush.
2. How much should we read into TE Aaron Hernandez's lack of playing time against Pittsburgh?
Rapoport: It was just their game plan. They realized after the Browns game that they need (Alge) Crumpler on the field. They struggled to do everything without him there. Matchup-wise, you have two big guys (Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski) who are very talented at the same position. You can't play both at the same time.
3. Do they like playing the Colts every year?
Rapoport: They like it when they win. It's as tough a challenge as they get. Brady and Manning understand it from a historical standpoint, they understand the significance of having this many showdowns between two top quarterbacks Patriots' Super Bowl odds remain at 12-1_693, whether they want to admit it or not. They would be OK having a break from the Colts, though.
4. What's the best strategy to slow Manning down?
Rapoport: They may do a little bit of what Cleveland did against Brady — keep him off the field. The Colts give up five yards per rush on the ground and the Patriots can run the ball now. Crumpler is as good a run blocker as there is. I would expect a ball-control offense Tresor Paris Earrings, and on defense, drop eight into coverage Tresor Paris Bracelets, disguising at the line or simply not showing what they're doing.
5. What is your prediction for Sunday's game?
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Report: Broncos acquire OG Hochstein
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Patriots fantasy focus
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While he is usually a safe bet Patriots' Super Bowl odds remain at 12-1_693, if you have a better matchup for another QB on your roster, you may want to consider it for this week. TE Aaron Hernandez is still finding ways to be productive, with four catches for 61 yards against the Ravens, so he remains a good bet in the tight end spot.
At wide receiver, we have to wait and see who Brady finds open more often. Last week it was Branch who exploded for 9-98-1. But generally Patriots to sign fill-in kicker_497, Welker is his favorite target.
WR Brandon Tate did not have the game fantasy owners were looking for after snagging him following the Moss trade. He is due for a breakout game, though, in his new role as the team's lone deep threat.
Patriots sign draft picks
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The Patriots' first reported draft pick to sign was sixth-round OLB-DE Markell Carter.
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Carter agreed to a four-year deal. According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com Cheap Tresor Paris Necklaces, Carter received a $94,000 signing bonus.
Wilson reported later on Wednesday that the team agreed to terms with fifth-round TE Lee Smith. Smith got a $171 Cheap Nike Air Max Terra Ninety On Sale - Clearance Nike Air Max Terra Ninety Store,480 signing bonus.
Third-round RB Stevan Ridley signed his contract Thursday morning.
The team announced early Thursday evening that seventh-round DB Malcolm Williams signed his rookie contract as well.
On Friday, the Patriots announced the signings of third-round QB Ryan Mallett and fifth-round OL Marcus Cannon.
Patriots-Lions matchup of the day: Tuesday
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 11 Thanksgiving Day game between the Patriots and Lions:
Lions WRs Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson vs. Patriots CBs Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington
Everyone around the league has figured out that the Patriots' weakest link is their passing defense. It's unfair to lay all the blame on their corners and the rest of the secondary as the pass rush has been ineffective Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale, but having young corners hasn't helped their cause.
McCourty and Arrington have faced some of the league's best receivers this season. Arrington has covered the opponent's No. 1 guy a fair amount, but he was pulled in last Sunday's win for Darius Butler Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, who was benched in Week Two. Arrington then re-entered the game to rush the quarterback off the edge.
McCourty, the rookie, has been the team's most consistent corner atriots sign draft pick, playing almost every snap this season and picking off three passes. He is physical but has struggled in the red zone, getting beat on quick slants and jump balls. That could cause a problem if he has to line up opposite Johnson, who excels at bringing down jump balls.
Johnson is having a great season with 10 touchdown catches. Burleson has come on of late, scoring in two of his last three games. Even though they don't have QB Matthew Stafford throwing to them, Johnson and Burleson have still played well, and the Lions have the league's sixth-best passing offense. That's not a good matchup for the Patriots and their 31st-ranked pass defense.
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