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#FridayBag: Will Hogan be eased back into Patriots offense?

#FridayBag: Will Hogan be eased back into Patriots offense?

FOXBORO - Every Friday, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi will take your Patriots questions on Twitter and answer them as a joint mailbag -- or Friday Bag, as they call it.

Got questions? Tweet the guys using the hashtag #FridayBag. But for now, give the latest edition of the Bag a read.

MG: Who said Jimmy is just the second-greatest QB of all-time??  



PP: Usually anywhere from 10 to 20 questions, depending on the week. Thanks as always for checking in, Scott.

MG: I am a fan of the targeting rule in college and taking it to review during the game to determine whether or not it’s a 15-yard penalty or that plus an ejection. That said, I don’t think it’s ruining the game. I think the games have been pretty damn good this year. Competitive. 



PP: Hey, Trevor. Touched on this in a story this week. He'd be a huge addition. His red-zone numbers were pretty astounding before getting injured. Problem is, we're still not sure yet if he'll be a go. And even with Rob Gronkowski out this week, I don't think there will be any rush to get him back. The Patriots could lose Monday night in Miami, and as long as they beat the Steelers in their highly-anticipated Week 15 matchup, they'll be in the running for the No. 1 seed in the conference. The Patriots will never say it the way Mike Tomlin did, but the Steelers game is really the one that matters right now.

MG: MURPH!!!! I think Hogan will be eased back into the equation. Maybe they shave half of Dorsett’s snaps (he had 48 last week without a single target, although Mr. Brady had something to do with that). 2) Cefali does not wear lifts and he may now be in therapy after the Twitter beatdown he received, even if it was justified (that shirt was ugly). 3) the Pats have struggled setting the edge this year. Cassius Marsh was awful at it, Lee struggled at time last week and I’d be remiss if I didn’t throw in the season-long (essentially) absence of Dont’a Hightower. I know they’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to improve in that regard but maybe it’s just as simple as they don’t have personnel that is sound in that area.



PP: Now we're talking, Rich. Really hard to say one way or the other. Both obviously very well-respected offensive minds. I think because of Tom Brady's experience in the system, the number of plays available to Josh McDaniels is probably wider than those available to Charlie Weis. After one sideline conversation, Brady and McDaniels can drum up an old game plan from 10 years ago to attack an opponent. That wasn't the case for Brady and Weis in 2004.

MG: Jacob, he’s certainly built a level of trust with Tom Brady that didn’t exist when the season started or even when the Pats rolled into Denver a few weeks back. But I don’t think he’s that kind of player at this stage of his career. There’s a stiffness to his route running that makes me think it’s unlikely he’ll ever get more than three or four targets in a game (unless Miami doesn’t feel like covering him).




PP: The best.

MG: There won’t be any personnel changes, unless Fleming remains the right tackle in place of the injured LaAdrian Waddle (who’s playing in place of the injured Marcus Cannon). This offense has had to change in part because of the Edelman injury but also because of the acquisition of Brandin Cooks and then -- to a lesser degree -- Phil Dorsett. They’re more vertical threats. If you’re going vertical, Brady is going to have to hang on to the ball a lot longer than you’re accustom to. So there long and short of it is TB12 will get hit. 



PP: Mr. Q! I would say most players do not know and do not really care. They see enough of Belichick's Breakdowns live and in person. If they've made a good play, those sessions are the ones where it's nice to get a mention.

MG: Donny, it’s rare. I can only think of a few times a year where they’ll go inside the bubble and it’s not always because of Mother Nature. Bill thinks like my old college coach Don Miller thought. Your skin is waterproof. Deal with it. If it’s cold, wear layers. 

MG: Billy, I’m thinking he’s already a carbon copy of Carl Banks and with one or two more games like he just had, Lawrence Taylor better beware. But seriously, Lee has been a nice addition thus far. They needed a body and he’s been more than that thus far. Now the question becomes: can he sustain it?

PP: OK, I'll say it. It was a down week for Bag contributions.

Report: Brady jams throwing hand after collision with teammate in practice

Report: Brady jams throwing hand after collision with teammate in practice

Tom Brady's hand injury is a result of an accidental collision with a teammate during practice, the Boston Herald reports.

Brady jammed his throwing hand in the incident, but x-rays were taken revealing no structural damage. However, according to the report, soreness and swelling could keep Brady out of Thursday's practice. He was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday.

Despite being placed on the injury report, all signs still point to Brady playing in Sunday's AFC Championship Game vs the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brady no-shows for presser, Patriots announce he has an injury

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Brady no-shows for presser, Patriots announce he has an injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was scheduled to meet with the assembled media today. But he did not.

When his turn came up -- after Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and Bill Belichick had already spoken -- Patriots media relations chief Stacey James went to the front of the room and announced that Brady was meeting with team medical personnel and will not be able to conduct his press conference. Brady will show up on the team's injury report Wednesday, James noted. 

Brady was last on the Patriots injury report before his team's Week 17 game against the Jets. He did not participate in Wednesday's practice that week -- he was listed with an Achilles and left shoulder injury -- and he was a limited participant on Thursday. He was removed from the injury report on Friday of that week.

Brady was originally scheduled to speak with reporters twice this week, Wednesday and Thursday. It's unclear if Wednesday's absence will impact the overall number of occasions he's made available this week. 

UPDATE: Brady was listed with a right hand injury on the team's practice participation/injury report, and was said to be limited at practice:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Limited participation
QB Tom Brady (right hand)
DL Alan Branch (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Did not participate
FS Tashaun Gipson (foot)
OL Patrick Omameh (illness)

Limited participation
SS Barry Church (shoulder)
RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
DT Malik Jackson (ankle)

Full participation
QB Blake Bortles (right wrist)
LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen)