Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)
It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”
There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.
But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.
Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.
LeGarrette Blount scored four TDs against the Colts last January. (NFL Game Rewind)
Hit the ground running.
That has been the offensive approach for the New England Patriots over the last two meetings with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Patriots rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts in Week 11, on the heels of rushing for 234 yards and six touchdowns in the divisional round last January. A total of 100 carries and two victories were tallied in the process, while Brady tallied 55 passes.
The Patriots have signed safety Patrick Chung and core special-teamer Brandon Bolden to extensions. (NFL Game Rewind)
Patrick Chung and Brandon Bolden appeared to be on the roster bubble in August, but the New England Patriots safety and running back do not appear to be going anywhere now.
As Field Yates of ESPN first reported Friday morning, the team has signed Chung to a three-year extension through 2017 worth up to $8.2 million with $3.4 million guaranteed.
Bolden has also signed a two-year, $2.32 million extension through 2016, according to Yates.
Both were impending free agents on a 53-man Patriots roster consisting of 17, with Chung unrestricted and Bolden restricted. And both have illustrated their value to the Patriots over the course of the regular season. Continue reading
Brandon Bolden’s 17-yard run helped the Patriots outlast the Jets on Sunday afternoon. (NFL Game Rewind)
There was no LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, no Julian Edelman out wide, no Dan Connolly on the line, and no Kyle Arrington in the secondary to face the New York Jets. The New England Patriots had to look elsewhere to replace the production of those four key contributors in Sunday’s 17-16 win at MetLife Stadium.
Here are some quick-hits as to how the depth fared. Continue reading
Brandon Bolden made the most of his one touch versus San Diego. (NFL Game Rewind)
Brandon Bolden did not have a carry against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. But the third-year running back did have a hand in the New England Patriots’ 23-14 victory at Qualcomm Stadium, as well as two forearms.
It took one play.
It took place on special teams, where the Ole Miss product has carved his purpose since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012. It took place in with 5:37 remaining in second quarter at a time when the Patriots needed it to, down 14-6.
The end result would shift the course of Week 14.