Floyd, familiar with offense thanks to Weis, 'excited' to make Patriots debut

Floyd, familiar with offense thanks to Weis, 'excited' to make Patriots debut

FOXBORO -- Michael Floyd is on the board with his new team. He saw three targets during his 17 offensive snaps on Saturday, his first as a member of the Patriots, and he made one catch for six yards in the fourth quarter.


It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Floyd -- arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, released by the Cardinals, claimed by the Patriots, and on the field for a divisional matchup with the Jets in the span of 12 days -- so his relatively meager output did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm after the 41-3 win.

"It feels good to be out here with my teammates," Floyd said. "They brought me in like I was a brother to them, to this team. I was excited to get out there . The plays that I did have in the game, I think I did pretty well. I'm excited that we got the 'W'."

Floyd did not dress for last weekend's matchup against the Broncos, but that he was on the field as often as he was with minimal practice time available to him speaks to just how prepared he was to contribute in this offense. Floyd played under former Patriots offensive coordinator CharlieWeis at Notre Dame for two seasons, and while Floyd said Weis' estimate that he would understand 75 percent of the New England playbook was generous, he said the background was helpful.

"That was seven years ago with Charlie, my freshman and sophomore year in college," Floyd said. "But I would say about 60 percent of it is something that I remember. That helped me a lot. Also the receivers in the room. They really helped me out there because they know the ins and outs and the details of every route and every run play. They'd help me out if I had any confusion."

Floyd also had a good tutor in the player who has helped shape the Patriots offense over the course of the last 16 seasons.

"He told me all week if I had any problems or any questions just ask him," Floyd said of quarterback Tom Brady. "I'm sure he knows the ins and outs of his whole offense. That's a guy that I'm coming to."

Brady came to Floyd deep down the right sideline in the first quarter, but Floyd caught the pass out of bounds. Later in the game, in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo was not able to connect with Floyd in the back of the end zone. But they hooked up for a six-yard gain on the subsequent series. 

Brady said after the game just how important it is to work Floyd in.

"Yeah, it’s important because you never know. He’s one injury away from going in and being in there every down," Brady said. "I think just him getting acclimated to being in the huddle and play calls – he’s been with one offense for a long time and our offense is quite a bit different than that. It’s just getting him involved and seeing, like we said earlier in the week, what kind of role he can carve for himself. Just watching him over the years, I have a lot of confidence in him and hopefully he can add something. But that will all be determined by him and the work he puts and the work we put in together as a team and collectively as an offense."

Brady added: "He’s a big, physical player that competes hard for the ball. You’ve got to love that about receivers. You go out there and you put it up there and you’ve got a big guy who goes up and tries to bring it down, so he’s got to have opportunities to do that and we’ve got to find ways to try to keep getting him the ball."

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.