Saturday, April 30, 2011

Patriots Select OLB Markell Carter

Out of Central Arkansas

Scouting Report:
Good athlete... Very good speed... Explosive... Solid pass rusher... Good initial burst... Good bend on the corner... Lanky... Long arms... Active hands... Solid hand technique... Will affect passing lanes when he cannot reach the quarterback... Good balance and body control... Makes plays in the backfield... Good closing speed... Solid lateral mobility... Makes plays down the line of scrimmage... Locates the ball quickly... Tackles well... Plays low... Solid drops in coverage... Loose hips... Redirects and recovers well when he out-runs the play... Team leader... Aggressive... Plays smart... Durable, has not missed a game in two seasons... In the same mold as former Central Arkansas defensive ends Jacob Ford (Titans) and Larry Hart (Jaguars).
Highlights:

Patriots Draft Marshall TE Lee Smith



According to many The Patriots just selected the "best blocking TE in the draft." Looks like the Alge Crumpler role has been handed along.

Scouting Report:
Good size, the tallest of all tight ends at the combine... Solid route runner... Good body control and balance... Adequate receiver... Red zone target... Very solid hands... Has improved as a receiver every season... Very good blocker... Long arms... Fires off the ball when run blocking, stays low and plays with leverage... Flashes good power... Very solid lateral movement and slide... Solid knee bend... Stays on his blocks, gives a good effort... Finishes his assignments... Aggressive, flashes a mean streak... Team captain... Mature, married with two kids... Might be considered as an offensive line prospect if he can add some bulk... Selected All-Conference USA second team for the 2010 season.
Highlights:

Pats Select OG Marcus Cannon In 5th.



Offensive Guard out of TCU is 6'6" 330 lbs. He has been dominant at the college level whether it's on the left or right side. Marcus projects to either the left or right side in the NFL. Marcus has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a treatable form of cancer, this is most likely the reason for his drop.

Scouting Report:
At 6-6 and 350 pounds, Cannon is a big lineman who has enough athleticism to move his feet and stop the more nimble ends. Cannon could sneak into the first round, but he is more likely a second or third round selection at this point. Yet, for a second or third rounder, he is a very polished blocker who has the ability to immediately help any NFL team.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Patriots Select Stevan Ridley (RB) and Mallett (QB)



The Patriots just shocked everyone for a couple minutes, then everyone thought it over... and they aren't so surprised. Ryan Mallett could easily be the best QB in this draft but because of off field issues.

Scouting report:
Mallett will occasionally miss a receiver across the middle with his tendency to throw some passes too high. Using his exceptional arm strength, he can place the ball into tight windows that even some NFL quarterbacks can’t hit. He does a great job of putting the ball where only the receiver can catch it. He also excels at throwing accurately while on the run after being forced out of the pocket. Accuracy is a strong aspect of his game, but there is definite room for improvement.


Video:

Right before Mallett The Patriots selected a 2nd Running Back. Stevan Ridley is a 5'11" 225 lb RB out of LSU. Ridley is a strong runner who refuses to go down easy. Look for Stevan to be used in primarily short yardage situations.

Scouting Report:
Good size, has a muscular frame... Holds onto the football, no ball security issues... Cuts well in traffic... Tough between the tackles, doesn't go down easy... Strong runner, finishes his runs well... Great leg drive, really pushes the pile... Good vision... Patient runner, lets his blockers set up in front of him... Good blocker, gets his hands into defenders...

Patriots Select Cal RB Shane Vereen



With the 56th pick in the NFL Draft Bill Belichick picked 5'10" 210 lb running back Shane Vereen out of California. Vereen is considered a great great pass blocker, a strong slasher, and has incredible hands. At one point Shane had a streak of 34 straight catches without a drop. Vereen also has some kick return experience. Many believe Vereen is set to take over Kevin Faulk's role with the Patriots.


Patriots Select Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling



Patriots selected Dowling with the first pick in the 2nd round. Ras-I is a BIG defensive back at 6'2" 200lbs. He's very athletic and would have been a 1st rounder had he not been hurt this past season. The Virginia senior has that perfect blend of size without giving up the speed that's necessary to keep up with NFL Receivers.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Patriots Select Left Tackle Nate Solder



Nate Solder is a 6'8" 315lb tackle who will be the future left tackle of the NE Patriots. Nate is a former tight end and experts are expecting to see some creative schemes from the big fella. Conference call will be posted when it happens.



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Daisuke & Sox Look To Move Up Standings



Right now the Boston Red Sox are sitting at last place in the American League East. Ahead of them are the Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, and Rays. Boston will enter tonight's game 3.5 games back of 1st, and just a half game behind Baltimore and Tampa. After starting the season 2-10 the Sox have won 6 out of their last 7.

How Terry Francona's starters perform is usually an indication of whether or not Boston wins. After a couple slow starts Jon Lester and Josh Beckett have each righted the ship, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka have been wildly inconsistent, and John Lackey has been completely horrendous.

Tonight's game will fall in the hands of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Is Daisuke's last start he gave up only 1 run in 7 innings vs. Toronto, it was an excellent performance. The problem with Matsuzaka is that in his previous start he gave up 7 runs in only 2 innings against Tampa. Manager Terry Francona will no doubt be looking for Daisuke to build on his previous performance, the only problem is that no one ever knows with Matsuzaka Boston will get... not even Daisuke.

Monday, April 18, 2011

How About Mark Ingram?

Mark Ingram Jr. is the son of former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram Sr. The elder Ingram was Drafted by The New York Giants in 1987. Mark would spend his first 6 seasons in New York, coincidentally Bill Belichick was also a member of that Giants coaching staff.

Ingram Jr. has been linked to the New England Patriots by almost every Draft expert around. This morning Ingram fueled that fire via twitter.


In 2009 as a sophomore at Alabama Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy, it was the first time a member of The Crimson Tide won the award. Mark did it by rushing for 1,658 yards (school record) on a 14-0 Alabama team that would end up winning the 2010 BCS Championship.



Mark's 2010 season started off slow due to a minor off-season knee surgery. He'd end up playing in Alabama's third game against Duke, the match ended up being extremely one sided as The Crimson tide won 62-13. Ingram rushed for 152 yards with 2 TD's. The 2009 Heisman Award winner would go on to have a somewhat disappointing season with only 875 rushing yards, but almost always game up with big plays when Alabama needed him most. On January 6th Ingram announced that he'd enter the 2011 NFL Draft.



VIA FFToolbox.com:
At times dominant in the college game, Ingram also projects well to the next level. He is a load to bring down at 5'10' and 215 pounds. His speed for that kind of frame is impressive, as he has been clocked as fast as 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. Ingram has decent hands for catching passes out of the backfield, although he should improve both his catching and his speed if he wants to have the same kind of success on Sundays. Block and getting to the outside edge are areas on which he will work.

The knee injury is no longer a real concern and Ingram looks like the best running back available in a relatively weak RB class. His superb version and ability to run between the tackles will serve him well at the next level...and on draft day. Ingram will likely be selected in the middle of the first round.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Celtics Friday Practice



Video from today's Celtics practice in Waltham.

Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, J. O'Neal
vs
West, Wafer, Green, Davis, Krstic

Shaq can be seen on the sidelines watching the full contact portion of practice.

Video uploaded by Mike Petraglia of WEEI.Com

Willie Mcginest -Remain Raw- Mix

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Red Sox Batting Order for 4-10-11:


Red Sox Batting Order for 4-10-11:

Crawford

Pedroia

Gonzalez

Youkilis

Ortiz

Cameron

Drew

Varitek

Scutaro

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tim Thomas Sets All-Time Record


Tim Thomas' 2011 save percentage has set an all-time record for single season save percentage, the final number ends up being .9381. Tim's All-Time record sits just above Dominik Hasek's 99 season of .9366 and Tim Thomas' Vezina Trophy season of 2009 which was .9327.

When asked about the record Thomas responded,
"Yeah I could have not played this weekend... If I'm gonna get it, I'm gonna earn it."
Congratulations to Tim Thomas on his great season. There's no one that would've thought Timmy could come through at 34 and 36 years old to put up these unbelievable seasons. After being drafted in the 9th round of the 1994 Draft, Tim Thomas would play everywhere from Providence RI to Finland before finally getting brought up for good in 2005. There's no doubt that Thomas will win his 2nd Vezina Trophy this year and at that point he'll start getting mentioned with some of the best goaltenders of all time.

Now it's time for the Playoffs.

Carl Crawford Struggling, Still Contributing


Through the first 7 games there are plenty of players underperforming for Boston, Carl Crawford is one of them. Carl is 4-28 to open the season and has already batted 3rd, 7th, 2nd, and 1st in the lineup. Over his career it's been well known that Crawford doesn't like hitting leadoff, but that's where he was in the Home Opener against New York, and whether it was due to the change or not Boston got their first win. When asked about Carl responded how you'd expect him to, "whatever they want me to do i'll do it, I just want to win."

Despite his slow start at the plate Crawford was flashing the glove at Fenway Park. CC's first big grab was a sliding catch for the 1st out of the inning, he had to put on the jets to get there but it was nothing you haven't seen Carl do before. The catch in the 7th inning might have been one of the tougher grabs you'll be asked to make in Fenway. The ball was popped up and was moving towards foul territory, Crawford had to catch it along the wall with it coming about a foot away from either landing in the stands or grazing off the side of wall, Carl grabbed it to end the inning.

Crawford's bat will come around, as will the whole Red Sox team, but it's a nice bonus knowing that even though he's contributing very little at the plate he's still helping the team with his defense. Just wait until he's doing both.