Belichick: Giants are 'no one-man band'


Belichick: Giants are 'no one-man band'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick will see a more complete New York Giants offense when he sees them on Super Bowl Sunday, and in a press conference on Friday, the Patriots coach talked about just how much more dangerous they are now, since the last time the two teams played in Week 9.

"They've got a lot of different guys to stop," said Belichick. "You can't just say, well we're going to stop one thing. They'll kill you with the other ones.

"This is no one-man band. We've got to deal with all of them."

When asked if this is now the most complete offense the Patriots have faced all year, Belichick described why they are so dangerous, mainly because of their ability to produce, even when they know exactly what the Giants are going to run.

"When they've got to throw it, they can throw it. When they've got to run it, they can run it," said Belichick. "I think that's the mark of a good offense. Even though you kind of know what they're going to do, they can still go out there and do it."

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract


Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.