FOXBORO -- On the offensive side of the ball, Bill Belichick sees Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson just as any other coach in the league sees him: as a real threat.
Belichick spent some time on Saturday praising Johnson's abilities to hurt a defense.
"Hes really a special player," said Belichick. "He does a lot of things well, hits a lot of deep balls, a big target, obviously, double moves, go-routes, back shoulder-type throws. Hes a tough matchup for anybody one-on-one. Its like throwing to a tight end, theres always a place to get the ball to him. But hes also very good on underneath routes, the under routes, the tear screens, even plays like hitches and slants, they hit them and he breaks tackles, like he did in the Jacksonville game. He does it every week really.
"He can take a short pass, a two, three-yard pass and turn it into a long run or he can run by the defense like he did against Denver on the post pattern," he added. "Go-route, double moves, stop-and-gos, all those things; hes got a good route tree, he has a variety of routes. Sometimes they put him in the slot, usually hes outside but they do move him around so you have to find him. Hes good on the catch-and-run plays, hes good on the vertical routes, hes good in the red area, he can go up and get the ball, he blocks well. Hes a great player. Hes done it for a long time. He puts up big numbers every year and people are keying on him, theyre looking for him and he keeps producing. Hes a hard guy to cover."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined.
*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful.
*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat.
*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job.
*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs.
BOSTON — David Price is going to the disabled list rather than making his scheduled start Friday, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday. It was not immediately known who starts in Price's place.
Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.
The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.
The timing is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.