Belichick: 'I made a decision before the game to just play Jimmy and Jacoby'

Belichick: 'I made a decision before the game to just play Jimmy and Jacoby'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick thought all three quarterbacks would play against the Bears in his team's second preseason game, but in the end only two did. 

The Patriots coach told Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday that Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett would all see action, but later in the day, before kickoff, he opted to keep Brady off the field. 

"I made a decision before the game," Belichick said, "to just play Jimmy and Jacoby."

That decision was made, in all likelihood, with the knowledge that Brady had sliced his thumb open as he tried to dislodged something from the bottom of one of his cleats with a pair of scissors, as our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported. Brady was expected to start after having missed the preseason opener to attend a memorial service. 

With more snaps to work with, Garoppolo ended up going 16-for-21 passing with 181 yards and a touchdown. Belichick said after the game that Garoppolo handled the unexpected nod to begin the game. 

"That's part of football. Things happen that are unexpected. He's been prepared for that from the day he got here. I think all our players are. Sometimes things happen and they change, and you have to adjust to them. On offense, for quarterbacks, we refer to that as an audible."

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.