Morning Wakthrough: Soaking up Rutherford, NJ


Morning Wakthrough: Soaking up Rutherford, NJ

Rutherford, New Jersey in late August? Like Bora Bora in the springtime. I'm ensconced in the lobby down here at the Renaissance Meadowlands getting my mind right for the preseason finale. Drove down Tuesday, stopping off in Stamford for a visit with NBC Sportstalk. Watched Hard Knocks Tuesday night in the hotel room. Kinda sad watching guys get lopped but can't help but think of the number of people who've been treated with less kindness when losing their jobs since 2008 so let's not get too maudlin. Guys'll be fine. A summary of the emotional moments from Hard Knocks in the Sun-Sentinel. One mildly amusing part was when Vontae Davis asked hopefully who he was being traded for. Instead of hearing "Andrew Luck," he was told by Jeff Ireland that he was exchanged for draft picks. Crestfallen. There were some concerns about the motor of Jets rookie Quinton Coples when New York took the talented defensive end. Seems kind of well-founded already. Favorite quote from Coples: Practice is big around here. Its something very big to the coaches. What a novel concept. After 180 minutes of football without an offensive touchdown, Jets' offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is smiling through the pain. Florio says Tim Tebow acts like Buddy the Elf. Annnd, the story of the day.

Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death


Bledsoe, other ex-Patriots react to Terry Glenn's death

Drew Bledsoe and a number of other ex-Patriots took to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.

Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.

Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:


Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.


Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good


Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

Is it Tom Brady? Is it Bill Belichick? Well, yes and yes. But there are other reasons for why the Patriots are 8-2, obviously, and Belichick highlighted one of them by lauding one of the most unsung players on his 53-man active roster.

What Ted Karras did on Sunday -- filling in against the Raiders as the starting center in place of David Andrews -- was just one of many examples of a player making the most of an opportunity presented to him, Belichick explained.


"Ted always works hard," he said after the Patriots beat the Raiders, 33-8. "Nobody spends more time at the facility than he does. Training. Preparing. He had an opportunity, and he stepped up and did the most with it. That's what we needed. That's why we have a good team. We have a lot of guys who do that."

Andrews came down with an illness last week and missed the team's final two practices at the Air Force Academy. As the primary fill-in at all three interior offensive line spots, Karras was tapped as the replacement, and he played all 60 offensive snaps for the Patriots in what was his first start since filling in for Shaq Mason during the 2016 season-opener. 

Karras had played just nine snaps going into the game -- all in a blowout against the Broncos the week prior -- but was part of an effort in the trenches that allowed Tom Brady to remain relatively clean for the vast majority of the game. On 38 drop-backs, Brady was pressured just seven times, he was hit three times, and he was sacked only once. And for the second consecutive week, Brady's offensive line was not penalized. 

Considering that Karras wasn't the only fill-in used, the offensive line's performance was all the more impressive. LaAdrian Waddle continued to be the primary replacement for Marcus Cannon, who is dealing with an ankly issue, and when Waddle left Sunday's game briefly on two different occasions then Cameron Fleming took his place. 

"They did a great job to step in like that . . . [Waddle] was battling out there, going against some really good players," Brady said. "It was a great team win. Great by the offensive line. They've really done a great job with the penalty situation, moving the line of scrimmage and so forth. Great protection. We just have to keep it going."