Report: Floyd will not be active for Patriots-Broncos


Report: Floyd will not be active for Patriots-Broncos

Michael Floyd made the trip to Denver with his Patriots teammates, but he will not be in uniform to take on the Broncos. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the newly-acquired wideout will not be active for Sunday's game. Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has already been ruled out due to an ankle injury, meaning the team will have just three heatlhy receivers available to them for the second consecutive game: Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell.

In order to supplement their numbers at that position, special teams captain Matthew Slater can take snaps there. Running backs James White and Dion Lewis also have the ability to line up wide or in the slot to provide Tom Brady with more receiving options. 

When asked if Floyd would dress this weekend, Patriots coach Bill Belichick would not commit one way or the other, but he did say that it would be valuable for Floyd to make the trip with the team even if he did not play.

"Absolutely. Yeah. No question," Belichick said Friday. "It gives us time to catch him up on assignments and procedures and things that relate to the team. For him to see the operation pregame, during the game, whether he's active or not active, just takes some of the surprise element out of the next time it happens.

"I'm sure there'll be some things, if any of us went to any new team, [that] would be different from whatever team we're used to being with. Sometimes those things are an adjustment, sometimes they're not. But it's good just to get into that routine with the new team that you're on. There's always a little bit of hesitation until you know exactly. You know, the first day of work there's always a little, 'How does this go? How does that go?' Once you get comfortable it's just different so it takes time. This will be part of it."

It comes as no surprise that Floyd would not be available to the Patriots after having just one practice under his belt before the game. He may be able to dissect the Patriots offense more quickly than others given his experience in Charlie Weis' offense at Notre Dame, but expecting the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder to be ready to go against one of the league's top pass defenses after just two full days in the organization would have been a lot to ask. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.