View from the Stadium: Pats strapped in secondary


View from the Stadium: Pats strapped in secondary

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
OAKLAND-- The Oakland Raiders enter Sunday's game with the league's leading rusher and a passing game that would be best described as "complementary."Yet with the Patriots yielding yards at an alarming rate through the air and nursing injuries in their secondary, the Raiders may be tempted to go up top.
Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling are both inactive for this one. And while Bodden has been disappointing this season, the Patriots are shorthanded in the secondary and can ill afford to be a man down. The corner rotation now has Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, and the little-used, recently-arrived Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams. Raiders' quarterback Jason Campbell is last in the NFL among starters with just 82 attempts. The Raiders have big speed on the edges with wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and rookie Denarius Moore. It will definitely be an area to watch since the Patriots have been so bad at defending downfield throws on the edge.Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”