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#1 SoxScout


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:52 PM

TELEVISION: This week’s game will be nationally televised by ESPN and can be seen in Boston on WCVB-TV Channel 5. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will call the game. Lisa Salters will be the sideline reporter. Jay Rothman will produce the game and Chip Dean will be the director.

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 40 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Gil Santos is in his 36th season as the voice of the Patriots and will call the action. Former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak will handle the color commentary, taking over duties for Gino Cappelletti. Cappelletti, a member of the original Boston Patriots in 1960 and the all-time leading scorer in the American Football League’s history, retired from the broadcast team after 31 years as the team’s iconic color analyst.

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The Patriots have invited five local medalists from the recent Summer Olympics to their preseason contest with the Eagles on "Monday Night Football," the team announced Saturday.

Aly Raisman: Needham, Mass., native won gold as the captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team.
Elizabeth Beisel: North Kingstown, R.I., native won silver and bronze medals in swimming.
Kayla Harrison: Wakefield, Mass., native became the first American to win gold in judo.
Asjha Jones and Tina Charles: Pair of former UConn basketball players and current members of the Connecticut Sun won gold on the U.S. women's basketball squad.

http://espn.go.com/b...lympians-on-mnf

Due to some extended work on the side, and 3 games in 9 days, there are some who think Brady, Lloyd and Gronk may not play.

Edited by SoxScout, 19 August 2012 - 12:54 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:42 PM

I don't think the first team O and D will play all that much tomorrow night due to the schedule. I think they will play a quarter tomorrow, well into the 2nd half against Tampa Bay, then at most the 1st quarter against the Giants. The 3 games in 9 days is a killer schedule and it's tricky as to how to handle it.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:24 PM

Given the lack of practices the rest of the way, the starters may play the entire first half.

Too bad we won't see Demps on the field, nor Vollmer/Fells as they were just just activated from PUP.

I'll be looking for:
  • Who gets reps & throws at the WR position. With Fells activated, one of Gaffney, Stallworth, Branch may be cut. Surprisingly, it may be Gaffney on the outside looking in
  • The tackles: Cannon at right tackle before sliding down to the bench & Solder hoping to have a better showing than the last game
  • Woodhead: no threat of being cut IMHO, but will see if he gets any ST reps as a KO returner
  • Ebner: looking more like a lock at a 53 roster, and hope to see him at S during later part of the game
  • Brace: this is really do or die for him. Does he take 2nd team reps?
Can't wait!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:21 AM

Players not expected to play tonight

Offense
RB Stevan Ridley
RB Jeff Demps
FB Spencer Larsen
WR Jabar Gaffney
TE Daniel Fells
TE Visanthe Shiancoe
TE Jake Ballard (Active/PUP)
T Sebastian Vollmer
T Matt Kopa
T Kyle Hix
T Markus Zusevics (Active/NFI)
G Brian Waters (did not report)

Defense
DT Jonathan Fanene
DT Gerard Warren
DT Myron Pryor (Active/PUP)
LB Tracy White
CB Alfonzo Dennard
S Tavon Wilson
S James Ihedigbo


http://espn.go.com/b...-play-tonight-2

#5 ShaneTrot

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

I expect the Pats to get waxed tonight. Reid is going to play his starters into the second half and NE has to manage 3 games in 10 days. How long will Brady play?

#6 Toe Nash

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:07 PM

Just keep Tom safe from Trent Cole and Jason Babin, or get him off the field if you can't.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:22 PM

Just scored two free tickets for tonight's game, section 131 row 5.



#8 Oil Can Dan

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

As mentioned above, the Eagles will play their starters into the 3rd quarter as their 3rd preseason game is against the Browns, who they'll see in week 1.

If anyone is interested in a little breakdown of what the Eagles will likely be focusing on click here.

#9 Oil Can Dan

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:40 PM

Just keep Tom safe from Trent Cole and Jason Babin, or get him off the field if you can't.

Babin's not playing tonight.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:42 PM

Just scored two free tickets for tonight's game, section 131 row 5.


nice seats, nice score.

#11 RedOctober3829


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:22 PM

Jeff Howe@jeffphowe
Been told no Brady tonight.


https://twitter.com/jeffphowe/status/237660077207728131
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#12 RedOctober3829


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:24 PM

No Brady tonight. Also appears no Gronk, Mayo or Lloyd. #PatriotsTalk


Giardi

https://twitter.com/...661133589344256


Our desk at NFL Network reports that word from Foxboro is Brady, Mayo, Lloyd, Hernandez, Welker and Gronkowski won't play tonight.
--Breer


https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/237663523306618881
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Edited by RedOctober3829, 20 August 2012 - 04:34 PM.


#13 Dollar

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:41 PM

Nice, I'm actually happy to see that news. Hopefully this gives us a real good idea of what Mallett is capable of, while not having to worry about Brady getting hurt. Win-win.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:47 PM

I like the idea of structuring the remaining three games around the TB game - it will be in weather that should most closely approximate that of TEN, and key starters will neither have too long nor too short of a layoff between the lion's share of their preseason game action and Week 1.

Plus, I don't think the Giants will play anyone on the 29th, seeing as they open the season Sep. 5th - what would be the point of playing the starters against mostly backups and scrubs?

Edited by Mystic Merlin, 20 August 2012 - 04:51 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:51 PM

Yeah, 2 practices in TB, then 3 QTs. Then one good scoring drive in the final preseason game.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:05 PM

MikeReiss: On 98.5 The Sports Hub pre-game show, play-by-play man Gil Santos says Patriots are not dressing 28 players tonight.



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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:07 PM

ESPN just said 11 starters aren't going to play.

#18 ifmanis5


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:07 PM

LIsa Salters of ESPN said Ryan Mallett starts and will play most of the game.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

This isn't a showcase, it's play for your roster spot, I think. Not a good position to be in with a shit line and no good weapons.

#20 Ferm Sheller

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:22 PM

Wait, are you suggesting that Mallett might get cut?

Edited by Ferm Sheller, 20 August 2012 - 06:23 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:24 PM

I don't think it's a 0% chance that I did over the winter. Still slim, but it's becoming obvious that he needs to show something.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:27 PM

Belichick with a big fuck you to MNF

#23 phragle


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:33 PM

Wait, are you suggesting that Mallett might get cut?


If he's actually as bad of a player as he was last week he probably doesn't deserve a spot on this team. He was worse than his 35 rating suggested.

#24 ibrewbeer

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:39 PM

Remember how bad Matt Casell looked in pre season ? Then led the team to a 10-6 record?

Just saying.


#25 ifmanis5


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:40 PM

Tom Jackson on the Pats: They won with defense!! They don't have a defense anymore!!


...Made no mention that all those defensive rules that favored them back then were scrapped years ago to placate the Colts.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:45 PM

Remember how bad Matt Casell looked in pre season ? Then led the team to a 10-6 record?


11-5.

#27 Mystic Merlin


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:46 PM

Tom Jackson on the Pats: They won with defense!! They don't have a defense anymore!!


...Made no mention that all those defensive rules that favored them back then were scrapped years ago to placate the Colts.


Reductive arguments are the common fare of clowns like Tom Jackson. I'm not sure he saw the Super Bowl, either. Check that - I'm not sure he remembers 98% of the Super Bowl.

Edited by Mystic Merlin, 20 August 2012 - 06:47 PM.


#28 Ferm Sheller

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:47 PM

11-5.


And Cassell went undefeated in the playoffs that year.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:49 PM

FOXBORO — The following players were not spotted on the field during warmups in the moments before the Patriots-Eagles game Monday night: Jabar Gaffney, Tom Brady, Tavon Wilson, Kyle Arrington, Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Jeff Demps, James Ihedigbo, Spencer Larson, Rob Ninkovich, Jerod Mayo, Tracy White, Marcus Zusevics, Matt Kopa, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Sebastian Vollmer, Aaron Hernandez, Visanthe Shianco, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Daniel Fells, Jake Ballard, Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren and Jonathan Fanene

http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/sports/newengland/football/patriots/2012/08/20/list-of-those-not-in-uniform-for-the-patriots-tonight/

#30 dcdrew10

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:53 PM

Belichick with a big fuck you to MNF


The NFL deserves a big fuck you; all the claims of caring about player safety while making the preseason scheduling a cluster fuck to get as many games on TV as humanly possible (without taking the time to look it seems like they have one or two every night) puts the Pats in this situation. The NFL deserves a fuck you.

#31 Darnell's Son

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:57 PM

The NFL deserves a big fuck you; all the claims of caring about player safety while making the preseason scheduling a cluster fuck to get as many games on TV as humanly possible (without taking the time to look it seems like they have one or two every night) puts the Pats in this situation. The NFL deserves a fuck you.


So you're saying you don't like Gooddell?

#32 ibrewbeer

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

I work with Alex Silvestro's dad. Looking forward to lots of #49 tonight.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:04 PM

A dog abuser and druggie friends? How surprising.

#34 RedOctober3829


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:05 PM

Love hearing AC/DC in the stadium. It truly is football season.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

I work with Alex Silvestro's dad. Looking forward to lots of #49 tonight.


he is like the only TE we have tonight

#36 Mystic Merlin


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

Please do not suck total shit, Ryan.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

O/U on sacks this half: 4.5

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

I don't think Mallett is at any risk of getting cut based on his performance in a preseason game. The lesson of the Cassell example isn't that bad preseason QBs are good - it's that looking at individual preseason performances is even more pointless than looking at team results. Belichick sees literally 20 times more from these guys during practice than he does during games. That's what the decision of whether someone gets cut or not is going to be based off of.

Mallett could get cut though, sure. He's third on the depth chart at a position that doesn't necessarily need three players, and practice reports haven't been super glowing either.

#39 JohnnyTheBone

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:08 PM

I heard that Ridley's fumbling problems surfaced again this week in practice, so Vereen has a legitimate shot at usurping the starting running back spot.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:09 PM

Ah, nice attempt at a screen there. Mallett got it off properly.

#41 neil

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:09 PM

Solder getting owned

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:09 PM

I heard that Ridley's fumbling problems surfaced again this week in practice, so Vereen has a legitimate shot at usurping the starting running back spot.


Hard to fumble when you're on the sideline with an injury

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

Belichick might kill one of these refs at some point.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

How long until Bill blows a gasket with the refs?

#45 dbn

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:11 PM

Anyone else having trouble watching online on espn3?

Edited by dbn, 20 August 2012 - 07:11 PM.


#46 Mystic Merlin


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:12 PM

I thought Vick was gonna start sliding?

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:12 PM

They should invent robot refs. That'd be cool.

Edited by phragle, 20 August 2012 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:13 PM

Cunningham looks a lot bigger than I remembered.

Nice play by Spikes to shed the block and stick McCoy

Edited by cshea, 20 August 2012 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:13 PM

All I'm doing is watching Jones.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:13 PM

Anyone else having trouble watching online on espn3?


Yup. It's asking for a Comcast log in which it's never done before, and when I go to espn3.com it doesn't show up as a live event.