Uneven start for Patriots offense under Garoppolo


Uneven start for Patriots offense under Garoppolo

FOXBORO – Dante Scarnecchia may be thinking how nice it’d be to watch the sunset on Block Island tonight.

The veteran offensive line coach, coaxed out of retirement to fine-tune an offensive line which seemed to be flagging, has watched the Saints pressure and pummel quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as blown assignments seem to be reigning early in the Patriots’ first preseason game.

Garoppolo has started 3-for-7 for 33 yards – all completions to tight end Martellus Bennett. On the Patriots’ third drive, Garoppolo got whacked when Marcus Cannon failed to pick up a defender coming across his face and threw incomplete. A completion to Bennett was followed by a full-on jailbreak and another sack, that one for 14 yards.

Garoppolo’s throws haven’t been outstanding. He misfired badly into the flat on a throw to James White and his first completion to Bennett was off the mark, preventing any run-after-catch yards. He also took a sack on the first series when it appeared he had some room to step up in the pocket.

The Patriots’ defense created turnovers on the first two drives. The first came when Jabaal Sheard caught Mark Ingram like a human catcher’s mitt then put his hand on the point of the football and ripped at it like he was trying to start a lawnmower.

The second came when Saints’ backup Garrett Grayson forced a pass into a Patriots team meeting. Patrick Chung deflected it to Jamie Collins who scurried down the sideline for the first touchdown of the fake season.

White ran in the two-point conversion. The Saints used a long punt return to set up their first touchdown and scored another at the start of the second to go ahead, 16-8.

The Pats ironed some things out on their first drive of the second quarter with a nice completion to Aaron Dobson, a first-down run by LeGarrette Blount and a long screen pass to White down to the Saints 1. Blount went in from there. 

At the half, Garoppolo was 11-for-18 for 168 yards. The Patriots led, 17-16. 

Eagles DE Michael Bennett charged with injury to elderly paraplegic

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Eagles DE Michael Bennett charged with injury to elderly paraplegic

Prosecutors in Houston say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett for injuring a paraplegic woman as he tried get onto the field at last year's Super Bowl to celebrate with his brother.

The Harris County district attorney's office says a grand jury indicted Bennett on Friday on a felony count of injury to the elderly.

Authorities say Bennett was a spectator at the game in Houston when he tried to get onto the field immediately after the game to see his brother, Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Patriots at the time. Prosecutors say he pushed through security personnel, including a 66-year-old disabled woman who had told him to use a different entrance to access the field.

The Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month acquired Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks.


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Robert Kraft flying high school protesters on Patriots' jet

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Robert Kraft flying high school protesters on Patriots' jet

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is using the team plane to transport high school students from Parkland, Florida. The plane will take the students from Florida to a rally in Washington, D.C. where they will stage a protest to promote gun reform.

Kraft took action after Arizona Congreswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband asked him for help, according to CBS Boston.

The students' organized protests, which are expected to take place nation-wide, come after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which left 17 people dead.

Some students took to Twitter to thank Kraft for the gesture.