In 51 games as a defensive end at Oklahoma State, Blatnick accrued 118 tackles, 24 stops for a loss, and 16 sacks.
The Patriots have signed free-agent linebacker A.J. Edds, who played for New England briefly in 2011.
The 25-year-old Edds, who is 6-4, 256 pounds, is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins. He played 11 games with the Patriots and Colts in 2011. Knee injuries wiped out his 2010 and 2012 seasons.
“My goal is to rush over 1,500 (yards),” Miller said, “and just help this organization get back to where it used to be.”
It’s quite an audacious goal, one that the second-year running back will need a combination of skill, opportunity and, yes, luck to accomplish. For one, the NFL isn’t what it used to be; teams are throwing more than they ever have before. Six of the seven highest single-season totals for pass attempts by a quarterback have occurred the last three seasons.
Source: The Finsiders
“I don’t think you could create a better scenario than what we have here,” said Marrone on the player- and coach-friendly design. “I’ve been around (the NFL), and the facilities are outstanding. I think it’s a great opportunity for the fans to get out and watch us practice.”
“I’m really excited about the guys in the room. I have a great offensive line coach in Coach (Mike) Devlin. For me, it’s just playing football,” he told me. “I love the game. I don’t really care too much for the glitz and glamour — I’m all about letting the ball roll out on the field and doing what I do.”
When the Patriots visit the Bills in the season-opener on Sept. 8, it will be interesting to see if defensive end Mark Anderson is in the starting spot that Buffalo envisioned for him when signing him as a free agent last year.
Mark Anderson, along with Mario Williams, was brought into Buffalo to revive the pass rush attack last offseason. If he cannot play or does not perform at a high level look for Jerry Hughes, a free agent pickup this offseason, formerly of the Colts to get some playing time in Mike Pettine’s defense.
Source: ESPN Boston
“I like the speed with how we’re playing, in particular on defense,” Ryan said Thursday. “I think we look fast, and obviously the physical skills of our players are one thing, but I think the communication, and it should be this way being the fifth year in the system, albeit five or six new guys out there, but I like the way the communication is going on defense.”
Hopefully what Rex is seeing comes to fruition with some of the guys who will be counted on performing at a high level come the fall. In particular the Jets need to get more of a push upfront and get after the QB. The combo of Wilkerson, Richardson, and Coples can hopefully make that happen. Having to blitz to put pressure on the QB leaves the secondary vulnerable. A secondary that no longer has Darrelle Revis.
Source: Star Ledger
“I wonder how many surgeries he’s had?” McGinest asked rhetorically of Rosenhaus in a phone conversation with the Herald. “Any time they cut into you, it’s a big deal in my opinion. Until you’ve had multiple surgeries like that, it’s a big deal.”
Agree with McGinest on two fronts, it is ridiculous for Rosenhaus to call any back surgery minor. Yeah I get he is trying to protect his client, but he has got to get a clue. Also, no back surgery is “minor” under any circumstances.
McGinest was a tough player who played through a lot of back pain and you know what if I am a Patriots fan reading this today I am a little worried because of the respect I have for McGinest.
Source: Boston Herald
As a rookie in 2012, Vernon contributed 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and numerous big plays for the Dolphins’ special teams, including scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt in the October win over the Jets. Recently, Vernon sat down with The Finsiders to discuss his mindset heading into 2013 as well as the attitude of the team during the offseason program.
Olivier Vernon was a solid rookie contributor for the Dolphins and is a guy that I feel is on the come as a NFL player which is why I linked this interview below.
Source: The Finsiders
It matters because it’s an inside peek into a whole other organization’s evaluation of the players the Jets drafted, and whether or not the Jets valuations of them were in line with at least one other NFL team. Granted, it is the NFL team run by one of the most polarizing figures in the league.
Source: The Jets Blog