Rex says he made right call in cutting Woodhead

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Rex says he made right call in cutting Woodhead

By Tom E. Curran
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Last season, after a pitiful offensive performance in their season opener, the Jets re-signed wide receiver David Clowney. To make room for him, they released Danny Woodhead. The Patriots snapped Woodhead up and he went on to be a key player in New England's 14-2 season. On Friday, Ryan tried to spin that regrettable decision by saying that the running back they kept instead of Woodhead - Joe McKnight - will ultimately bea better player than Woodhead. "Quite honestly, there's a reason we kept him instead of Danny Woodhead," Ryan told the New York media on Friday. "Danny Woodhead's a great back and done great things in New England, but McKnight's ceiling is about as high as it gets."In the next breath, Ryan suggested that - while McKnight's ceiling is high - the Jets don't even know which room to put him in. "I think he's got a chance to be one heck of a player," Ryan said. "It may be as a corner, but he can play."McKnight, a second-year player from USC whom New York took with a fourth-round pick, has carried 6 times for 14 yards this season, and 45 times for 203 yards in his career. Woodhead - undrafted and signed by the Jets in 2009 - accounted for 926 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 2010. He's got 32 touches for 156 yards so far this year. McKnight scored his first NFL touchdown last week against the Ravens on a 107-yard kickoff return. He also has a blocked punt for the Jets this week. Good special teams player. And Clowney, the guy that Woodhead was released to make room for? He had one catch for the Jets last year after they brought him back.

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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