Not Gronk, not Hernandez -- Silvestro finds end zone for Pats


Not Gronk, not Hernandez -- Silvestro finds end zone for Pats

FOXBORO -- Alex Silvestro went from defensive lineman to tight end. And on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, he took advantage of not having to compete with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

The Patriots' top-two tight ends got the night off, and Silvestro didn't disappoint, making his first NFL catch, and then following it up with a seven-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Mallett in the second quarter.

The touchdown came on 3rd-and-goal from the 7-yard line, as Mallett stepped up into the pocket and found Silvestro open at the front-right corner of the end zone. After a successful two-point conversion, the Patriots took an 11-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter.

"It was just the route they told me to run," said Silvestro after New England's 27-17 loss to Philadelphia. "I just went with what they said, and I was open.

"When I turned around, he threw it right on the money. So it was a good pass by Mallett. I just saw it, and I just tried snagging it."

Mallett praised Silvestro's route, more than his own throw.

"Alex did a good job getting open," said Mallett. "I was looking over there to begin with, and he beat the linebacker and the corner left, so I gave him a ball and he made me look good."

Silvestro finished the game with a combined two receptions for 18 yards and the touchdown. It's not the type of numbers that Gronkowski and Hernandez usually put up, but seeing that he's a converted defensive end, it's good enough.

And he's still learning the position.

"I feel like we've got a pretty big tight end group now, and I feel like they've got a lot of experience, and Gronkowski and Hernandez are always helping and chipping in and giving good advice," said Silvestro. "Obviously on stuff that they've seen and they've experienced. It's the kind of stuff that I haven't experienced, so, just seeing stuff like that and trying to use what they give me, and try to help improve my play."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

0:43 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year at this point in the season.

11:55 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley discuss J.R. Smith’s comments about the Celtics not being a threat to the Cavaliers.

15:38 - Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST from Cleveland to talk about Marcus Smart and the Celtics failing to agree to a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent in July. They also preview Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers season opener.

19:25 - Reports say Alex Cora is the frontrunner for the Red Sox managerial position, but Brad Ausmus interviewed for the position on Monday. Who is the right man for the job? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team.

Mariota didn't move around much on a cool night after missing a game with a strained left hamstring, but still managed to throw for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor's tiebreaking score.

The Titans (3-3) also snapped a two-game skid with the win.

Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left. Coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge.

Derrick Henry then clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.

The Titans looked like the NFL's worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota's first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.

But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.