PHOENIX — The New England Patriots named Tedy Bruschi their honorary captain for Super Bowl XLIX.
“He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “With an undefeated record in the games that we have honored him, including the 45-7 win in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago, Tedy is the perfect player to serve as our honorary captain for Sunday’s Super Bowl. more
CHANDLER, Ariz. — With New England Patriots players available to reporters for three straight days leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, and with those sessions between 45 minutes to an hour, there was much to digest. Little nuggets were picked up along the way, and we’ve pieced a lot of them together for a few upcoming “cleaning out the notebook” updates.
For example, here’s one thing — receiver Danny Amendola on the dynamics of the receivers — that struck as good insight into the inner workings of one aspect of the team:
“Start with [Brandon] “JoJo” LaFell. more
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday (NBC, 6:30 p.m. ET), and after a week of hype, let’s drill down and highlight the areas deemed most critical for the Patriots from this perspective:
Stopping Lynch and read-option: In our film study on the Seahawks, some of the best examples of opponents having breakdowns against the read-option was the season finale against the Rams (for example, 5:42 of the first quarter, 15:00 of the second quarter). more
A perfectly manicured field is always stunning. But Major League Baseball’s groundskeepers — who were at Coors Field this week for their annual conference — don’t mind adding their own artistic touches. Whether it’s a pattern of starbursts or checkers, a club logo or a poignant design for a special occasion, the work of these behind-the-scenes professionals is part of the experience for fans in the park or watching on TV. more
Before the new england patriots play a game, we will attempt to predict the team’s inactive players.
Our best guess for Super Bowl XLIX:
WR Josh Boyce — Second-year player was promoted from the practice squad before the season finale and will look to make his mark in 2015.
OL Jordan Devey — Of the Patriots’ nine linemen, Devey is closest to No. 9. This could be a game where the Patriots dress eight offensive linemen (instead of seven) to account for Bryan Stork’s knee injury and Cameron Fleming’s value as a sixth blocker up front in the power package. more
TEMPE, Ariz. — The following is the pool report from the New England Patriots’ practice on Friday, via reporter Jarrett Bell:
The new england patriots concluded their practice preparations for Super Bowl XLIX on Friday, with coach Bill Belichick sensing that his team had accomplished its mission with three practices at the Arizona Cardinals training facility.
Belichick has determined that he will cancel plans to conduct a walk-through session on Saturday. more
PHOENIX — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s absence from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual Super Bowl news conference was noted in this space, in part because Kraft publicly expressed his displeasure with the league’s handling of the investigation into underinflated footballs as it relates to leaks in the media. Kraft is usually in attendance at Goodell’s news conference.
I’ve learned more about Kraft’s absence.
Kraft decided to stay back with the Patriots, who had a team meeting scheduled at that time Friday. more
A questionable designation gives a player a 50-50 chance to play.
Stork is the only player whose status is at that level. Defensive end Akeem Ayers (knee), quarterback Tom Brady (ankle), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), defensive tackle Chris Jones (elbow) and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (foot) are listed as probable. more