CSNNE reports Wes Welker joined DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews on NFL Total Access to discuss the bounty scandal.
"This is definitely is something that hadn’t been practiced," said Welker. "I don’t think I’ve ever heard of [something like this]. I’ve heard of the interceptions, a tackle inside of the 20 on kickoffs, different things like that. But I’ve never heard about trying to take guys’ ACLs out or concussions, or anything like that. That’s definitely something that I’ve never really heard of."
"Hit them hard, hit them right in the face, different things like that – OK, I understand that – being physical, wanting to play physical," he said of Gregg Williams' speech prior to the San Francisco 49ers playoff game. "But specific injuries and going after their head because they had a previous concussion or going after an ACL or anything like that, there is definitely a line that was definitely crossed."
"It was definitely shocking," Welker continued. "I would never wish an ACL [injury] on my worst enemy, just going through that and everything that you have to go through. It’s painful and it’s not something that literally I wish on my worst enemy."
Andy Benoit (NY Times) AFC East team needs.
Obvious need: pass-rusher
It’s no secret that the inconsistency in edge-rushing is a primary reason New England’s pass defense has been porous in recent years.
Hidden need: cornerback
Yes, this is always a need for the Pats. The "hidden" element here is that this time, depth is not the issue – starting talent is. Compared to his sensational 2010 rookie campaign, Devin McCourty was unfathomably bad as an outside corner in 2011. (That’s why he was moved to safety on passing downs late in the year.) McCourty deserves a chance to bounce back; he was simply too good as a rookie to discard so quickly. Even if he does bounce back, opposite him, an upgrade is needed over Kyle Arrington. It’s great that Arrington gets interceptions (tied for the league lead with seven last season), but those picks come about in part because he is so regularly targeted. Perhaps last year’s high second-round pick, Ras-I Dowling, can stay healthy and contribute. And maybe the newly signed veteran Will Allen can stabilize the spot. History says, however, that trouble will find the Patriots’ secondary. If there’s a talented prospect available, Bill Belichick should take another shot.
- PFW Staff Report: 2012 Writers' Mock Draft. Patriots select CB Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama) and DT Jerel Worthy (Michigan State).
- Patriots Today - Gonzalez, Hoyer re-unite. (2:51 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Draft preview: Safety. (3.23 min. video)
- Tom E. Curran reports Wes Welker hasn't signed his franchise tender and there's been no progress on a new deal.
- Mike Reiss reports CB Antwaun Molden has agreed to terms with the New York Giants.
- Karen Guregian revisits the personnel at corner following Antwaun Molden's departure.
- Tom E. Curran notes Troy Brown is the leading edge of a "tsunami of quality" that is about to crash into eligibility for the Patriots Hall of Fame.
- Christopher Price notes Jackie Slater made Matthew watch the Super Bowl, to see the truth of what happened that day - good and bad.
- Jeff Howe thinks Brandon Spikes and Stevan Ridley are gearing up for a promising Patriots season, and 19 other thoughts.
- Mike Reiss profiles possible Patriots in this year's draft: Kickoff returner/RB Chris Rainey (Florida).
- Christopher Price thumbnails three college prospects who have recently connected with the Patriots: DE Melvin Ingram (South Carolina), DE/OLB Bruce Irvin (West Virginia) and S Jordan Bernstine (Iowa).
- Jeff Howe says Lavonte David may be undersized, but skills and athleticism promise a big impact if the Pats need extra help on defense.
- Mike Reiss notes the Patriots hit on Jerod Mayo in the 2008 draft at No. 10 overall. The ninth pick, LB Keith Rivers has had a tough time staying on the field.
- Staff Report (Nat'l Football Post) Inside the NFL Draft: Patriots team needs. The Pats could look to the defensive side of the ball early.
- Evan Silva (Off Season Low Down) AFC Team needs: Patriots: DE, S, RB.
- Eric Schmoldt (Sports Radio Interviews) Rob Gronkowski admits he was starstruck when first playing with Tom Brady.
- NFL Total Access (NFL.com) Clay Matthews, Patriots WR Wes Welker and Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware discuss their feelings on the Saints "bounty" scandal. (6.52 min. video)
- Report (NFL Films) This day in football: Drew Bledsoe retires. April 11, 2007, Drew Bledsoe retired from the NFL. (Includes 4.32 min. video)
- Adam Rank (NFL.com) Is Wes Welker best undrafted player currently in the NFL?
- Peter King (SI) MMQB Tuesday Edition; Mail.
- Gregg Doyel (CBS Sports) Goodell ruled correctly on Saints, but he can't be only judge.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Saints penalties only half the story; player sanctions to be contentious.
- Jeff Duncan (Times-Picayune) Blowing the whistle on the bounty whistleblower is a waste of time.
- Adam Schein (Fox Sports) Rex wants no part of 'Hard Knocks?'
- John Czarnecki (Fox Sports) Top ten offseason moves that should alter the face of NFL games and division races next season.
- Bob Kravitz (Indy Star) NFL players' stance on HGH is unconscionable.
- Jack Bechta (Nat'l Football Post) Does your GM run an efficient scouting department?
- Don Banks (SI) 2012 NFL Mock Draft 5.0. Patriots select DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse) and DT Jerel Worthy (Michigan State).
- Arian Foster, not Mark Sanchez, to Jets in 2009 draft re-do. (NFL.com)
- Ricky Doyle reports Randy Moss filed a lawsuit against a hair salon owner who didn't pay back a loan.