Nice summation of where everyone is at from Mike Loyko. As much sense as it all makes right now you never know where the shocking cut and/or addition will come from. And to be sure, something shocking will happen before the season starts, it always does.
One of my all-time favorite seasons, one where I finally got see Brady in person both in the opener vs. Buffalo and the huge upset in San Diego which remains the best fan experience of my life. They weren’t the most talented Pats team but they certainly had heart.
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PATRIOTS WIN THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT AFC EAST TITLE, LOSE TO THE COLTS IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP:
The Patriots entered the 2006 season without their two starting wide receivers from 2005; David Givens left in free agency, while Deion Branch held out for a new contract before being traded to Seattle in early September. Eventually replacing them were Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney, who was signed as a street free agent in October. Back-to-back losses in November ended the team’s streak of 57 games without consecutive losses, three games shy of the NFL record. With a 12–4 record and their fourth straight division title, the Patriots entered the playoffs as the #4 seed, defeating the New York Jets 37-16 in the Wild Card Playoffs. A close 24-21 win over the top-seeded San Diego Chargers on the road set the Patriots up to face their rival, the Indianapolis Colts, in the AFC Championship. Despite opening up a 21–3 lead in the 2nd quarter, the Patriots stumbled down the stretch at the RCA Dome, and the Colts emerged with a 38–34 victory.
Great stuff on one of the best stories from Patriots training camp this year. Every summer at least one or two undrafted rookies carve out a role for themselves, but few have done so with such flair as Butler. It seems like every practice or game he’s making big plays on the ball. Can it continue into the regular season? It seems like he should certainly make the roster, but doing it in August is one thing. Doing it in the fall and winter is something else. But with a story like this everyone should be rooting for him to make an impact in an already crowded secondary.
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New Patriots Pump-up Video mixes continue to pop up! I’m certainly not complaining, we’re just 17 days from the return of Pats football!!
Jimmy Garoppolo does the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS [x]
Positive news but it must be a pretty extreme wrist sprain if Siliga has a full brace on it. Hopefully both are back soon!