Addai becomes latest add to veteran stew


Addai becomes latest add to veteran stew

It's not a marriage of necessity, but it's one of convenience.

Joseph Addai, who's all of 29-years-old, has agreed to terms with the Patriots a source confirms.

The news was first reported by PMNN (the Peyton Manning News Network).

The Patriots had worked out Addai a few weeks ago at Gillette but nothing came of it leading up to the draft. New England focused much of the draft on the defensive side of the ball, but with BenJarvus Green-Ellis signing in Cincy, the Pats needed a veteran running back presence to complement Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

The Patriots also brought in Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant, but Addai turned out to be their man.

Addai is now in the mix with Ridley and Vereen at the lead back spot. Danny Woodhead is now entrenched as the third-down back.

A former first round pick, the 29-year-old Addai was released by the Colts last month as part of their rebuilding approach.

In six seasons with Indy, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also had nine TD receptions. Patriots fans will remember (or have chosen to forget) that it was Addai who scored the winning touchdown in the 2007 AFC Championship.

Like Robert Gallery, Donte Stallworth, Anthony Gonzalez, Jabar Gaffney, Andre Carter (deep breath), Mark Anderson, Torry Holt, David Patten, Fred Taylor and so many other veterans who've joined New England in the last few seasons (with mixed results), Addai's hoping to show what he can still do and the Patriots will try to create a role.

Will it work out?

Never hurts to try. And, if it does, both sides will get something out of it. Isn't that convenient.

Game notes: Patriots vs. Steelers


Game notes: Patriots vs. Steelers

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Steelers game:

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 5-1, Steelers 4- 2

GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST


TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson


NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn, Mark Carrier and Troy West

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 28, Steelers 21 on Sept. 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots are 8-11 against the Steelers in Pittsburgh in their history, but are 4-2 at Heinz Field. Included in those four Heinz Field victories are two in AFC Championship Games (in the 2001 and 2004 seasons).

-- Tom Brady is 8-2 against the Steelers in his career.

-- The last time Brady played the Steelers, in 2015, he set a Patriots franchise record with 19 consecutive pass completions.

-- The Patriots are 108-70 (.607) in road games since 1994, the best record in the NFL over that span. The Steelers (97- 82, .542) are second.

-- The Patriots have yet to throw an interception in 2016, setting a team record for consecutive games without an interception at the start of a season (6). The NFL record for consecutive games at the start of a season without a pick is 9, set by the 1960 Browns. The Patriots' franchise record for overall consecutive games with no interceptions is 8, set in 2010.

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-- Rob Gronkowski has 67 overall touchdowns and needs one to tie Stanley Morgan (68) for the franchise record.

-- Gronkowski has 66 receiving touchdowns and needs one to tie Morgan (67) for the franchise record.

-- Gronkowski has 22 100-yard receiving games, including two in 2016, and is tied with Jackie Smith for the third-most among all NFL tight ends. The only TEs who have more are Kellen Winslow (24) and Tony Gonzalez (31).