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Patriots body double for Tyrod Taylor

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2015 – 2:45 pm

The New England Patriots, like every other team in the NFL have a scout team designed to give their starting defense as realistic a look as possible to prepare for Buffalo’s offense on Monday night. Finding someone who can emulate Tyrod Taylor is not easy, but the Patriots feel they’ve got a suitable body double.

New England made use of backup QB Jimmy Garappolo on the scout team to serve as their Tyrod Taylor in practice.

“Jimmy is a good athlete,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. “We’ve had several quarterbacks like that this year that we’ve played against that have run well – [Blake] Bortles and obviously Taylor and you can go right down the line. So when those situations come up, teams that run those kinds of plays, bootlegs or quarterback keeps or even just loose scramble plays, he gives us a great look on those.

“And throwing the ball, too, some of it is running around, sometimes we’ve done things like put a receiver back there to run around, which is good for the defensive line or the pass rush to see a player that has that kind of quickness. Like when we played against [Doug] Flutie or somebody like that, I can remember putting whoever our quickest player was back there to run around to simulate the pass rush and how hard it was to contain him, but then you couldn’t throw the ball. You didn’t get the look down the field or the defensive backs would see a receiver in the game at quarterback, and again that was good for the line, but the guy couldn’t throw the ball 20 yards downfield.

“But with Jimmy, it’s obviously a different story, so he’s given us a great look on the passing part of it but also the running part of it. And again, those players are smart. They run when they can run. They don’t run when there’s nowhere to run. If there’s nowhere to run, they’ll throw. But if you give them a spot to run, unless they have a great passing opportunity, they’ll take advantage of it.”

Belichick and his defense successfully closed down potential running lanes for Taylor in the first meeting. Hemmed in the pocket a good portion of the time, Taylor was sacked a season-high eight times in the first matchup with New England.

“I think that’s really the key for us, if we have the player contained he’s probably not going to try to run too much,” Belichick said. “If we don’t, then we’re vulnerable and he’s going to get us. It’s having the guy who can make that right decision and really give you that realistic look of, we don’t really have it and he hurts us with it, whereas sometimes you’re coaching on the film in practice and you’re saying, ‘Well if we were playing against this guy and this happened, this is what he’s going to do.’ But we can’t really do that so the players never really get that. They hear it, but they don’t really experience it. But Jimmy has done a good job of that. He’s moved and he’s very athletic. He’s fast and he’s got very good quickness, and he can obviously throw the ball so it brings all those elements into it.”

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The one thing that surprised Belichick

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2015 – 6:45 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t surprised by too much when it comes to game plans and ‘X’s and ‘O’s, but there was one thing the Bills did defensively that he wasn’t expecting.

Belichick admitted that their defense did not play well on the opening drive when the Bills went 80 yards on 10 plays to score a touchdown in relatively easy fashion. But New England’s offense got rolling in the second quarter scoring on three straight possessions and built an 11-point halftime lead.

What caught Belichick off guard was how little Buffalo chose to blitz, choosing coverage instead of sending extra rushers.

“Defensively,  they didn’t really blitz the whole first half,” said Belichick. “They ran a couple of zone pressures where one guy blitzed and the other guy dropped. They didn’t really play pressure at all in the second half, and then we saw a little more pressure defense. We kind of anticipated that at half time. We didn’t think they would keep doing the same thing for as long as they did, but they pretty much did the whole first half.”

Ryan explained that they decided to go with coverage knowing Brady gets the ball out too fast for even a blitz to get to him.

“We were going to put it on our front four,” said Ryan. “We thought we had an advantage there. Ball came out a lot of times and if you turn some people loose… regardless of the coverage. We were mixing in two-man, a  bunch of different things. But shot it’s to their credit. You know I’ve been on the wrong end of it a few times when the kid gets hot and Brady was hot and if you make a mistake on top of it he kills you.”

Brady threw for 466 yards in the game, the most by any opposing QB in Bills history.

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Rex: I was outcoached

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2015 – 6:37 pm

Rex Ryan didn’t pull any punches. In his opening statement following his team’s 40-32 loss to the Patriots, Buffalo’s head coach put the loss squarely on his shoulders.

“I’m going to tell you exactly like I told our team, this loss is squarely on one man’s shoulders,” he said. “It’s on my shoulders. Yeah we’ve got to get better as a team no question, but I have to get better. Belichick outcoached me, no question about it and that’s how it ended up. It’s unfortunate. The plan has to be better on defense. You can’t give up 500 yards and beat anybody. Then we turn it over three times. But we did a (expletive) job and it’s my responsibility. Our team will get better, but it starts with me getting better and I’m looking forward to next week.”

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn’t really buy into Ryan’s comment that he was outcoached.

“No, it’s our players,” said Belichick. “Our players went out there and played. They made the plays ot win the game and I’d say they probably overcame some not so great coaching on my part. I’ll give the credit to our players. They did a good job. They deserve the credit. They’re the ones that made the plays.”


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Belichick breaks down Rex’s unique looks

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2015 – 2:16 pm

In one of his press conferences this week, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick outlined how some of Rex Ryan’s exotic looks put a defensive lineman in a weak safety role on a certain play. Belichick was then asked for clarification and gave an interesting breakdown of how Ryan’s varied looks created identification problems for opposing offenses.

“Sometimes they line their linebackers up in the line of scrimmage and back defensive linemen off the ball, so they’re kind of at a linebacker depth – four to five yards off the ball,” said Belichick of the Bills ‘D’. “Then they move from there. Sometimes they move back up. Sometimes they wait until the ball is snapped and run whatever stunt they have called. Normally if you’re an offensive lineman, you’re blocking a defensive lineman, but when the defensive lineman is standing behind a linebacker or behind another defensive lineman your rule now changes a little bit.

“You can’t let the linebacker go and go block the defensive lineman so you’ve got to take the guy in front of you and now the defensive lineman ends up again really as a linebacker or depending on the look, he could technically be a weak safety or a strong safety based on how you ID the defense – things like that. It’s just ways that Coach Ryan uses to try to confuse the offense and try to change the protection or the identification of the defensive personnel. Is a tackle a tackle or is he an X and an O? And then you get mismatches. So, things like that.”

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Belichick on Bills blitz scheme

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2015 – 2:43 pm

For Patriots head coach Bill Belichick he’s seen a host of different blitz schemes from Bills head coach Rex Ryan over the years. While he doesn’t pretend to know everything that’s coming at his offense this Sunday, he does expect his players and his staff to recognize it quickly and adjust accordingly.

“The key for us is just to identify it,” said Belichick. “They give you a lot of different looks and they bring a lot of different people. It’s not just a linebacker or a particular safety or whatever it is. They have different packages. Sometimes that changes by formation, so it depends on what you’re in what you’re going to get.

“I think the key is just that we have to have a good week of preparation, make sure we can understand what we’re doing on each play and follow our rules. Our rules will take care of whatever any defense does. We have a certain thing we do depending on what happens, and hopefully we’ll be able to execute those if and when they come up on Sunday.”

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Belichick: Tyrod is no rookie

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2015 – 8:59 am

Tyrod Taylor may have been making his first NFL start last week as the starting QB for the Bills, but as far as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is concerned don’t think Taylor’s inexperience puts him on par with a first-year player.

“[Tyrod] Taylor is no rookie. This guy has been in the league for five years,” said Belichick. “He was a good player when he had an opportunity to play in Baltimore. It’s kind of different, but in some ways kind of reminds me of the [Matt] Cassel situation when Matt went to Kansas City. He played here for a year, but Taylor never got to play very much in Baltimore, but I’m just saying guys that are in those roles and then they get an opportunity to play and everybody finds out they’re pretty good, but the guy in front of them is pretty good, too. That’s one of the benefits of free agency – the opportunity for players like that to go somewhere where the road is a little clearer.”
Taylor used free agency to find a better opportunity to start believing that being part of a three-man competition in Buffalo would be a better avenue to take to get on the field. And he was right. While waiting for a shot at a starting job, Taylor used Tom Brady’s rise from sixth-round pick to stardom as motivation.

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Belichick: Bills fans will quiet if we do well

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2015 – 4:15 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick prepares his teams for anything. Chief among them is the crowd noise for road games. Bills fans were extraordinarily loud last week in the win over the Colts. But Belichick is not concerned about the crowd noise. In fact he believes as long as they move the ball and have a lead Bills fans will quiet down.

“We always expect crowd noise on the road,” Belichick said. “It’s something we’re ready for every week if we play away games. I’m sure it will be loud there. It’s loud everywhere. It’s a lot louder when you’re not doing well. If you’re moving the ball and getting first downs and gaining yards that tends to quiet it, and when you’re ahead that quiets it, too. It will be as loud as we allow it to be.”

Take it for what its worth Bills fans.

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Patriots expected to play starters

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2014 – 11:42 am

There is nothing on the line for the Patriots this Sunday as they’re locked into the number one playoff seed in the AFC with home field advantage throughout regardless of whether they win or lose Sunday in the regular season finale against the Bills. That fact will apparently matter little to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who sounds as if he plans to play his regular starters for most if not all of Sunday’s game.

“We’re going to do the same thing we always do and that’s what’s best for the New England Patriots,” Belichick said. “That’s what we do every week. That’s what I’ve always done. I can’t imagine doing anything different.”

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Pats know that Bills ‘D’ funnels rushers inside

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2014 – 12:05 pm

Buffalo’s run defense has been excellent thus far this season. Part of the reason is the ends line up wide, sometimes in a nine technique (outside shade of the tight end). While more is made out of the wide-9 formation defensively with respect to pass rush, it serves an important purpose against the run.

Essentially it funnels runners inside where the defense has more tacklers to bring the ball carrier down. Head coach Doug Marrone has commented that their ability to set the edge has been critical in the improvement in the run game. Lining up so wide helps set that edge in the run front, a trademark of Jim Schwartz defensive schemes.

“It’s the same thing that we saw [when Jim was the defensive coordinator] at Tennessee, same thing that we saw at Detroit with Jim [Schwartz], going back to [Kyle] Vanden Bosch,” said Bill Belichick. “Change the names, but it’s the same type of scheme and players. Yeah, they definitely do that. They like to play the ends out wide. Now, they’ll pinch them in to keep you honest. They don’t do it every play. But yeah, they get the ends out there wide and pinch them into those tackles and they have three guys inside, whether it’s three linebackers or when they’re in nickel sometimes it’s two linebackers and a safety. They definitely try to funnel that.

“They’re a really hard team to get outside on. They don’t give up many outside plays. Jim never has. It’s just hard to get outside those guys. They’re wide plus they’re big and they’re athletic. That’s definitely the foundation of that defense – set the edge with the ends and then like you said, force the ball inside. That’s definitely what they’re trying to do.”

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Dareus has Belichick’s respect

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2014 – 10:59 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus, who justed earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following his three-sack performance that included other tackles for no gain or loss, has impressed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with is spike in production this season. Here was Belichick’s assessment of Dareus’ game this season.

“He’s a hard guy to block. He’s strong, quick, he’s got good instincts,” said Belichick. “He reads blocks well, does a good job attacking the leverage, does a good job in the pass rush of beating, based on how the guard or how he gets set. He had a big play against Detroit where the center slid to him and he split the double team. You don’t see that a lot. He’s got the quickness and the strength to do that.

“He runs (stunt/twist) games well. They run a lot of games. He does a good job with that, as does Kyle Williams. They have that penetrating quickness that makes those games effective and also the athleticism to come around and contain a quarterback if the end goes first or if they run an inside tackle game. Yeah, I agree. I think he’s been good and he’s been even more productive this year. He’s playing [at] a high level in the running game, too. He’s strong, uses his hands well, he reacts well to blocking schemes.”

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Belichick on Orton’s 1st start for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2014 – 2:56 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick obviously poured over the Bills game tape from last week against Detroit. Knowing it was Kyle Orton’s first start with Buffalo he paid close attention to the plays that were called and the personnel groupings the Bills offensive staff chose to use. Here was his assessment of how the Bills offense changed with Orton at quarterback in comparison to EJ Manuel.

“Some differences, yeah, some differences,” said Belichick. “More drop back passing game, a little different running game although Doug [Marrone] has had that running game as part of his offense. They weren’t sitting up there drawing up new plays. They just ran them with more frequency. Orton [was] under center a little more on early downs. But certainly more drop back passing. I think Orton did a good job spreading the ball around. He got the ball to his backs, his tight ends, his receivers. Reading coverages and working different combination parts of the pattern, he did a good job of that; got the ball out quickly.

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Belichick has firm knowledge of Orton

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2014 – 11:12 am

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grinds tape as well as any coach in the league. So it’s not surprising that they feel they have a firm grasp on Kyle Orton the player even though he only entered Buffalo’s lineup last Sunday. He also has an offensive coordinator who knows him very well.

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels was Orton’s head coach in Denver, so working with him on a daily basis gives him intimate knowledge into the player he is. That’s why Belichick feels confident he knows Orton the player and what he’s capable of. Still, Belichick considers last week’s game tape of the Bills against Detroit is the most valuable.

“I think last week’s game is a lot more relevant,” said Belichick. “It’s him with his receivers in their offense. It’s not him running Josh’s [McDaniels] offense or something else. We know the player. We’ve scouted the player. We’ve seen him play. We know what his strengths are physically. I think it’s what they do and how they do it in this offense.

“I’m sure we’ll see more going forward. It was his first game. I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be new plays or new wrinkles or complementary plays off of some of the things that they did last week against Detroit. I mean, I’m sure it’s going to expand as they go forward with him in there. He’s a smart guy. I know he can handle – the volume is not an issue with him. I’m sure that it’s just a question of reps and what the next step is for him.”

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Pepper started thinking about coaching in college

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 4, 2014 – 10:00 pm

He had a 13-year playing career in the NFL. Pepper Johnson won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants at linebacker, and he was a Pro Bowl performer two times.

Yet all the time, Johnson knew that he wanted to be a coach. The Bills new Defensive Line Coach says he started thinking about coaching when he was attending Ohio State University, but he thought about coaching at a much lower level.

“Pretty much when I was in college at Ohio State,” Johnson said, when asked when he was bitten by the coaching bug, “but I never expected it at this level. I wanted to coach at my high school.”

Johnson was a guest Tuesday night on The John Murphy Show. He said as he made his way through the NFL as a player, he made a point of talking to teammates and opponents about coaching points.

“I tried to pick the brains of everybody I respected as a player,” he said. “So I talked to Reggie White, I talked to Richard Dent, I talked to Seth Joyner, defensive guys. I talked to Cornelius Bennett for a linebacker point of view. I talked to receivers, defensive backs. If I could get some of that knowledge and give it to high school kids that still have that drive, I felt like I was going to be a great high school football coach.”

Instead, Johnson got to work with his former Coach, Bill Belichick, in training camp one summer. And Belichick saw to it that Johnson never left the team.

“I did a minority fellowship with Coach Belichick after I retired,” he told host John Murphy, “and I wanted to get some information on how to organize your staff and practice schedules. I think Coach Belichick knew if I got back involved with football, I was going to stay.”

Stay he did. Johnson just wrapped up a 14-year coaching stint with New England, before signing on to coach the Bills Defensive Line last week.

The entire radio interview with Pepper Johnson is available here

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Why Pepper left the Pats to come to Buffalo

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 4, 2014 – 8:00 pm

It’s a big move for Pepper Johnson. The Bills new Defensive Line Coach made the switch to Buffalo after 14-seasons on the coaching staff of their biggest rival-the New England Patriots.

In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, Johnson said he made the move to get out from under the shadow of Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.

Johnson said he was comfortable in New England, and still pinching himself after a couple of days on the job in Orchard Park.

“My legs are still shaking a little bit,” he said. “But I’m excited, I’m so excited. I have always been a fan of Doug (Marrone) and the Buffalo Bills, and just getting the opportunity to spread my wings, and to get up from under the shadow of Coach Belichick. So it’s a good thing, a good opportunity.”

Johnson moved around the Patriots defensive coaching staff during his 14-years there, coaching both linebackers and defensive line. He spent the last two seasons working with New England’s linebackers, the position he played in the NFL. He told host John Murphy it’s all an effort to continue to grow as a coach.

“I’m growing,” Johnson said. “I’m a very ambitious person. I started off coaching and I moved around a little bit while I was there with New England, starting off with the linebackers,…then I graduated to coaching inside linebackers and took the linebackers over, and then eventually the defensive line. I went back to linebackers last year.”

Pepper Johnson does not hide his ambition to move up. And it’s been speculated in Boston that his move to Buffalo may be his attempt to set himself up for a defensive coordinator’s position in the NFL. Johnson says that would appeal to him.

“I would love to,” he said. “In a sense, those 13 years that I played in the NFL, I graduated to calling a lot of the defenses and having the responsibility of running our defense, and being an extension of the head coach on the sideline. It’s a dream of mine and a goal of mine, but right now, I have to deal with this defensive line.”

The entire radio interview with Pepper Johnson is available here

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Belichick a big fan of Schwartz

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2014 – 9:25 pm

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave Jim Schwartz his first NFL job while he was head coach of the Cleveland Browns back in 1993. Schwartz had a jack-of-all-trades position that involved college and pro scouting while also being assigned with special projects by Belichick. The long time Patriots coach called Schwartz one of the most impressive young coaches he’s ever had working under him back in 2010 leading up to a game in which his Patriots were to square off against Schwartz’s Lions team.

Schwartz impressed Belichick with his ability to multi-task and think creatively in that first non-paying job with the Browns.

“He was very impressive. Jim’s a really smart guy. He can handle a lot of assignments. He can keep a lot of balls in the air at the same time,” Belichick told MLive back in 2010. “He can manage a lot of different things and know where he is on all of them and have the foresight to figure out if he’s doing something — if he’s not getting the results that I would be looking for — to come to me and say, ‘You know, I think we should look at this instead of that,’ or, ‘I know what you’re looking for, I don’t think this is going to quite get it, how about if we look at it this way or how about if we do it that way?’

“He’s a very creative guy. He got along great with everybody. He worked hard. He just was a tremendous asset to the program, and it doesn’t really surprise me that he’s done as well as he has.”

Belichick later helped Schwartz land an assistant job under Jeff Fisher with the Tennessee Titans back in 1999. A year later, Belichick wanted to hire him as an assistant for his New England staff, but Fisher wanted to hold onto Schwartz himself because he was expecting then defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to land the Bills head coaching job, which he did. Schwartz then succeeded Williams in Tennessee as defensive coordinator.

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Belichick tips hat to Kyle Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on December 25, 2013 – 12:28 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a lot of respect for all the talent on Buffalo’s defensive line, but he called Kyle Williams perhaps the best they’ve seen all season. Here’s why.

“Number 1, he’s very instinctive,” Belichick said. “He’s got a good feel for blocking patterns and protections and that type of thing. He anticipates well. He’s got very good quickness. He’s got a great motor. He’s got good playing strength, good balance, hard to knock off his feet. He makes a lot of plays on the backside because they can’t cut him off. They try to cut him and he hops over them, or they try to block him, and he’s too quick to get away from. He’s got good lateral quickness. He uses his hands well. He’s a smart player. He plays all out all the time.

“He’s done a real good job rushing the passer, penetrating, getting in the pocket. He’s done a good job in the running game, too. He can definitely ruin a game if we don’t do a good job on him. A very disruptive player.”

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EJ’s absence in preseason an advantage?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2013 – 10:31 am

There’s little doubt that Bills head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett would’ve preferred to see EJ Manuel get as much work as possible in the preseason. His knee injury did not allow for that to happen as he missed each of the final two preseason games. But there could be a hidden advantage that Manuel’s lack of field time provides the Bills heading into their season opener against New England.

While there’s little doubt the Patriots have done their homework on Nathaniel Hackett’s offense and play calling tendencies, there is limited preseason game tape of Manuel running it. Essentially he played a total 61 snaps in the preseason. That’s why New England head coach Bill Belichick admitted there will be a bit of a feeling out process for him and his defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on Sunday.

“To be honest with you, there isn’t a ton of Buffalo film on either one of them,” said Belichick of Manuel and backup Jeff Tuel. “We saw them play in college and scouted them both coming out there, but that doesn’t really mean as much as what they do in this offense and how they do it. There’s not a whole lot of film on either guy.

“We’ll just have to go on what we’ve got and again, be ready once we really see, which is true of a lot of rookie players. Even though you watch them on film, once you actually see them in person and get on the field with them, sometimes they look a little different than what they look like on film. There’s always that whole element of it. I think in this case, we’ll go on what we have but that’s not a whole lot.”


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Belichick expecting blitz

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2013 – 10:04 am

He hasn’t faced the Bills defense under Mike Pettine yet, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has seen the Pettine scheme in action before with the Jets. That’s why he’s expecting blitz and a good deal of it Sunday.

“Quite a bit, percentage-wise,” said Belichick when asked if he’s expecting to face a lot of blitz calls. “There are some tendencies that are stronger than others, but yes, blitz pickup will be definitely something that we need to work on this week, no question about it.”

Belichick sounds as though he feels he has a handle on what Pettine likes to do even though the Bills defensive coordinator has a whole new set of personnel.

“This looks a lot like the Jets defense, just different,” Belichick said. “Different players and schematically it’s similar to what we’ve seen from the Jets. This year, Buffalo looks like the Jets, schematically.”

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Belichick cryptic on Gronk

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2013 – 4:42 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did his daily dance with the New England media and was vague and cryptic with his answers concerning TE Rob Gronkowski, who practiced in pads for the first time since his offseason surgery.

Here’s how the Q&A went between Belichick and the Boston media, as reports continue to speculate on whether Gronkowski will be able to play Week 1 at Buffalo.

Q: How fair would it be to say that Rob Gronkowski has taken a step forward?

BB: This is his first opportunity to be in pads so, yes he’s definitely moving forward.

Q: What have you seen?

BB: He’s day-to-day.

Q: Does he have a shot to play on Sunday?

BB: He’s day-to-day.

Q: What do you need to see from him before you’re willing to put him on a game field?

BB: We take it day to day. Evaluate tomorrow based on how today goes, see how it goes. See how tomorrow goes and deal with whatever that day is, Wednesday or Thursday or whatever the day is. We’ll take it day to day. It’s the same way we do with everybody.

Q: Do you feel the last two days were a significant step for him?

BB: No, just the next step.

Q: What have you seen so far from Rob Gronkowski in practice?

BB: We evaluate any player coming back day to day. That’s what we do with every player.

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Kelly sees Patriots as vulnerable

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Eager to see the Bills succeed much like they did when he was their quarterback, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in an appearance on NFL AM on NFL Network shared his opinion on how vulnerable the Patriots are with all that they’ve lost from their high-powered offense this offseason.

“They’re very vulnerable,” Kelly said. “From the standpoint of Tom Brady if you look at what he’s lost with your number one player Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. Losing Welker is like for me when I was playing, losing Andre Reed. A guy you depend on not just week in and week out, but in clutch situations you always looked toward your number one target. Mine was always Andre Reed and when you lose a Wes Welker that’s going to hurt. There’s no doubt they have to feel something being without your four or five top receivers.”

New England lost top receiver Welker to Denver, they released Lloyd (2nd in receiving), Rob Gronkowski (3rd) is coming off back surgery and is a question mark for the start of the regular season, Hernandez (4th) is in jail and Danny Woodhead (5th) signed with San Diego.

Still, Kelly is confident New England’s head coach will devise ways around the offense’s personnel shortcomings.

“I’m sure Bill Belichick will find a way,” said Kelly. “He’s probably already got something up his sleeve. But I don’t really feel too sorry for them. I don’t really feel too sorry for them because sooner or later the Bills have got to rise to the top and if we have to take it that way, oh well.”


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