New England Patriots Links 4/20/10 - LB Pierre Woods Signs RFA Tender; NFL Releases 2010 Schedule Tonight

LB Pierre Woods relieves Bills' Leodis McKelvin of the ball in game 1 last year. How important is special teams again?

Peter King plugs the New England Locker Room Luncheon to benefit the Matt Light Foundation (he specializes in helping at-risk teens) and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Matt and I will be joined by emerging-star teammate Julian Edelman and star scribe Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston, to take you inside the Patriots and hopefully inside the lives of pro football players. We'll cover the rest of the league too.

The luncheon is at Davio's at Patriot Place in Foxboro, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 11. We're selling 30 seats for $1,000 apiece, and for that grand you'll get your picture taken with Light and Edelman, autographs galore, and some quality football talk. (Promise.) For ticket information, or to place your reservation, contact Margrette Mondillo at Pass along the info to Pats' fans or fans of the game if you know someone who might be interested.

Jeff McLane (Philadelphia Inquirer) comments on the performance of Ellis Hobbs and Asante Samuel when assessing the need for the Eagles to draft a cornerback or two.

"Hobbs may have started in New England, but there was a reason, more than his contract griping, that led to his leaving," one NFL scout said. "He suffers from lapses and isn't the greatest tackler, and you can't have that opposite Asante [Samuel]."

Samuel, for all his deeds - three straight Pro Bowls, 29 interceptions in the last four seasons - has become a liability. Signed to a $59 million deal two years ago, Samuel may be the worst tackling starting cornerback in the league. It wasn't as apparent when he was with the Patriots, but the Eagles' blitz-happy defensive scheme often left Samuel without support.

"I didn't get signed here because I was a great tackler," Samuel said in October. "Everybody saw my film."




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