Pass's FB thoughts relevant to current roster battle

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Pass's FB thoughts relevant to current roster battle

Former Patriots fullback Patrick Pass spoke with media at the Central Maine Youth Football Clinic this past weekend.

His words about his role on New England's 2000-2006 rosters were interesting -- in consideration of the current team.

"It's more of a dinosaur position now," he said of fullback. "You go back in the day, we were watching guys like Tom Rathman (who played fullback for the 49ers) and (former Charger) Lorenzo Neal. Those were bruisers then. Now you've got these hybrid tight end-fullbacks. Guys that are a lot bigger than a normal fullback, but can still run and catch the ball out of the backfield."

See the intrigue? The Patriots currently have three dinosaurs in their employ: Spencer Larsen, Tony Fiammetta, and Eric Kettani.

Though Bill Belichick said during mini-camp there's a chance the team could carry a traditional fullback, he added that the trio will probably engage in "crossover" competition (in relation to linebackers, tight ends, running backs, the kicking game) during training camp.

Larsen -- famed for starting an NFL game both at linebacker and fullback -- is certainly versatile. Fiammetta helped open up Dallas' running game last season (when healthy) as lead blocker. And Kettani? Belichick calls the Naval Academy graduate an "unknown quantity."

But for all three, that old Patriots mantra of, "The more you can do," is key. Just like when Pass was playing.

"I didn't really have a defined position," he said. "I did it all, receiver, running back, fullback, whatever I needed to do on the field, that's what I was going for."

Tom Brady posts skiing video with dated South Park reference

Tom Brady posts skiing video with dated South Park reference

Tom Brady’s annual attempt at making the collective testicles of New England draw up into its stomach has succeeded.

Brady posted on Instagram and Facebook a video (see below) of him skiing somewhere that we aren’t. He approaches a decent-sized jump, hits it, appears to stick the landing, blurts, “Whoa…” and then the camera shows an empty ski and a lifeless body. 

Actually, no lifeless body. Watched it a second time. No lifeless body.

Brady has graduated from sliding down waterslides and cliff-diving to this latest offseason effort to make sure everyone still cares about his safety.  

They do.

Next season, Russian Roulette.

If you french fry when you're supposed to pizza, you're gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

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Giardi: First- and second-round pick would be ‘blockbuster’ for Garoppolo

Giardi: First- and second-round pick would be ‘blockbuster’ for Garoppolo

Rumor has it there are NFL teams willing to send a 'blockbuster trade' to the New England Patriots for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Mike Giardi describes what he thinks would be a blockbuster trade for Jimmy G.