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Report: Former Bills LB claimed by Patriots

Posted by johnmurphyshow on September 1, 2013 – 5:28 pm

What a week for former Bills LB Chris White.

One week ago, he was traded from the Bills to the Detroit Lions, in exchange for QB Thad Lewis. On Thursday night, he played in Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Bills in the preseason finale.

White was then released by the Lions over the weekend (as was QB Thad Lewis, who was signed to the Bills practice squad today.)

Now comes a report that White has been claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots. That means the former Bills LB may play his second consecutive game against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

White was Buffalo’s 6th round pick in 2011 out of Mississippi State. He played in 22-games over two years with the Bills and finished third on the team last year with 9 special teams tackles.


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Pats ready to deal 2nd 1st?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2011 – 1:20 pm

There are reports that the New England Patriots, holders of six picks in the top 92 selections of this year’s draft, could be convinced to part with their second first-round pick at 28.

The Patriots also have the 17th pick in addition to the 28th and they’ve got the first pick in round 2 (33rd overall), so it’s understandable that New England would be willing to move out of the 28th spot knowing they’d be picking a mere five picks later anyway.

The San Diego Union-Tribune cites San Diego Chargers sources as saying that there has been a lot of “chatter” regarding the availability of the Patriots pick at 28. New England is known for trading back and stockpiling picks, which is why they have six in the first 92 this year to begin with.

In an interview at the owners meetings with ESPNBoston.com, Belichick said the following when asked about the availability of the 28th overall pick via trade.

“I don’t know,” said Belichick. “We’ve traded them before. We haven’t traded them.”


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Not the same Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2010 – 1:56 pm

Many fans think following up a road loss at Green Bay with a road date at New England is not the best recipe for success. You can understand why Bills fans are concerned knowing Buffalo has not won up there since Gillette Stadium opened in 2001. But this is not the same Patriots team that has treated the Bills like a kid brother in the past.

Starting DE Ty Warren and starting CB Leigh Bodden are out for the year with injuries. Richard Seymour is in Oakland, Jarvis Green is in KC, so the former defensive front that consisted of all first round picks has just Vince Wilfork remaining.

They’ve got a pair of first-year starters in second-year CB Darius Butler and rookie Devin McCourty on the outside. And no dominant pass rusher to speak of, though Jerod Mayo is a force in the middle.

Their offensive line is still without holdout Logan Mankins and there’s been other shuffling up front. They traded away Laurence Maroney and now Kevin Faulk, injured last week, is not expected to be in the lineup.

I’m not saying the Patriots are ripe for the picking. They’re still a quality football club, but I do think the Bills should be able to do a few more things in terms of approach than they could in the past.


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Pats making play for Peppers?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2009 – 7:35 pm

Well Bills fans this would be the worst nightmare come true. According to NFL.com’s Vic Carucci, the Patriots have been discussing a trade with the Carolina Panthers to acquire Julius Peppers.

Apparently it could be finalized at the league meetings set to take place in California from March 22nd to the 25th, and right now it sounds as if a 2nd round pick (the one the Pats got from the Chiefs in the Matt Cassel trade) would get it done.

I really don’t want to contemplate Julius Peppers and Adalius Thomas coming off the edges of the Pats 3-4 defense at the same time.

Peppers had said that he wanted to be traded to a team that plays a 3-4 defense. And the Patriots believe he’s athletic enough to handle outside linebacker. I’m just wondering how many Pro Bowl players New England can assemble in their front seven. Ugh.


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Pioli to run Chiefs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2009 – 9:14 pm

Well a day after officially losing their offensive coordinator (Josh McDaniels), the New England Patriots appear to have lost the most important piece of their front office hierarchy as ESPN and NFL Network are both reporting that Patriots VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli is taking the GM job with the Chiefs.

It also means according to the report that Herman Edwards is out as head coach and that Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo could be hired as head coach.

This is obviously a big loss for the Patriots front office, who also lost Thomas Dimitroff the year before to the Falcons where he expertly turned them into a playoff team in a year.

According to ESPN, Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio will fill Pioli’s role for the Patriots moving forward.


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Pats need new offensive coordinator

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2009 – 3:56 pm

With Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to reportedly be hired as Denver’s next head coach, it doesn’t look like he’ll be raiding the Patriots staff for too many assistants.

Only Dom Capers, who was a special assistant to the secondary for the Patriots this year, might be taken off the New England staff to serve as defensive coordinator for the Broncos unless Mike Nolan is hired instead. Either way it would mean the Broncos are likely switching to a 3-4 system.

Still it will be interesting to see who is named to New England’s offensive coordinator post in the wake of McDaniels departure. I think if they promote from within, which Bill Belichick has done before that receivers coach Bill O’Brien is the most qualified.

He’s been an offensive coordinator for three seasons, albeit at the collegiate level (Georgia Tech, Duke). However, he has never been a quarterbacks coach and McDaniels served as both OC and QBs coach for the Pats.

So Belichick may still need to hire an additional assistant.

McDaniels will reportedly keep some of Shanahan’s offensive assistants from the old coaching staff.


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Ridiculous Patriot statistics

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2008 – 5:11 pm

We all know that New England has been the winningest team in this decade, but they still have some statistics that are simply ridiculous.

Like the fact that they have won 41 straight regular season games when leading at halftime, and 40 straight when leading entering the fourth quarter.

Are you kidding me?

I knew they were a dominant team and usually didn’t allow teams to come back on them and win, but 41 in a row with the lead at the half?

And to make it even more ridiculous they’ve won 72 of 73 when leading at the half. That dates back to 2001.

Good grief.


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Colts and Ravens crashing Wild Card party

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2008 – 3:10 pm

Just a couple of weeks ago the Indianapolis Colts were far from a Wild Card threat to Buffalo’s AFC playoff hopes. After big conference wins over Pittsburgh and San Diego (both on the road) the Colts are 7-4 and facing a cupcake schedule the rest of the way (Clev, Cin, Det, Jax, Ten).

Unless Peyton Manning’s arm falls off, you’ve got to believe they’re going to grab one of the Wild Card spots.

Then there’s pesky upstart Baltimore. Fortunately their schedule is a bit tougher the rest of the way after they play lowly Cincy this week (Wash, Pitt, @Dal, Jax).

Both teams have a one game lead on the Bills as does New England. Buffalo only gets to directly make an impact on New England’s standing in the season finale.


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Root for Pats over Dolphins this week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2008 – 3:04 pm

In case you’re a Bills fan wondering which division rival to root for this weekend, you want the Patriots to beat the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday.

It comes down to division record and what the Bills can still control themselves.

New England has a 2-2 division record, Miami has a 2-1 division record. You want the Dolphins to fall to 2-2 because with the opportunity to beat both teams when they face them a second time, the Bills can hand both New England and Miami their third division loss.

That would make everyone’s division record at best 3-3 like Buffalo’s, provided the Bills run the table in the division the rest of the way (seems far fetched right now I know).

But that’s it in a nutshell, so go Pats!


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Bills road opponents winners at home

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2008 – 5:11 pm

One more statistic I compiled as I assessed the remaining schedule for all of the AFC East teams was the combined home record of every division team’s remaining road opponents.

Surprisingly, New England’s road opponents have the worst home record at a combined 7-9. Buffalo is their best home record road opponent (3-1). Everyone else is .500 or worse.

Miami’s road opponents have a combined home record of 8-8 with the Bills and Jets the best (each 3-1 at home).

The Jets have road opponents with a combined home record of 10-8. That is obviously skewed by their road date at Tennessee where the Titans are 5-0.

Buffalo’s road opponents have the best combined home record of all the AFC East teams with a 10-7 record. That’s mainly thanks to the Jets (3-1), New England (3-1) and Denver (3-2) all above .500.

I don’t know how much weight that statistic might carry, but knowing the majority of Buffalo’s remaining road games are against teams with the best combined home record among the AFC East teams doesn’t make me feel good.


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