Green-Ellis records career day against the Jets


Green-Ellis records career day against the Jets

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Moving the chains is the name of the game. And BenJarvusGreen-Ellis doesnt get the credit he deserves in that regard.

The Patriots running back had his first 1,000-yard rushingseason last year. And with his 136-yard rushing performance on Sunday night,hes once again on pace for a 1,000-yard season, as hes now rushed for 333 yardsthrough five weeks.

His 136 yards in Sundays 30-21 win over the New York Jetswere a single-game career high for Green-Ellis. It also marks the mostsingle-game rushing yards for a Patriots player since Sammy Morris ran for 138yards in October of 2008.

Green-Ellis credited the career-day to a great week ofpractice.

With the new rules, and only one padded practice a week,its kind of important that we get those things taken care of when we do havethose pads on, said Green-Ellis after the win. We take pride in those things,and to be able to compliment the passing game. Obviously our passing game hasdone well, so we want to be an offense that can kind of do whatever we want todo. Run, pass, or compliment our defense. Those things help when you can keepthe other teams offense off the field.

Green-Ellis helped do just that in the final drive ofSundays win, as he had 9 of his 27 carries in that final drive, helpingmove the chains and keep possession for 6:12, forcing the Jets to use all oftheir timeouts.

The drive resulted in a field goal, and gave the Patriots a30-21 lead, putting it out of reach for a Jets team that only had one minute and no timeouts to make two scores.

Thats always nice, you want to end the game that way,said Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins. We would have liked to have gotthat last first down and just killed it that way. But we got down and kickedanother field goal to make it a nine-point game. So thats always nice tofinish the game that way.

He ran great, he always does, said Tom Brady. Hes atough runner. Hes a real smart runner. Hes patient. He sees the holes. Thatwas a big part of the win.

I thought we were balanced, ran the clock out at the end,added Brady. That was important. We needed that win. When we call upon him, weneed him and he makes the plays. That was great.

Green-Ellis now has five rushing touchdowns on the season,and has 18 rushing touchdowns since the beginning of 2010, giving him the mostrushing touchdowns in the NFL, during that span.

Benny, hes a great guy to block for, said Mankins. Hesgoing to read the play out. Hes going to find the right hole. Hes not goingto fumble. Hes going to do the right things. And hes going to give youeverything hes got, so hes a great guy to block for.

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Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions


Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions

The Patriots acquired Kyle Van Noy, who was the Lions’ 2014 second-round pick and starting linebacker this season, on Tuesday. 

Why former Pats executive Bob Quinn would send a starter East for what is reportedly just a conditional draft pick is something we’ll try to ferret out.

The Patriots were no doubt interested because they lost Jonathan Freeny to IR with an injury, rookie Elandon Roberts is an undersized thumper (Van Noy is 6-3, 252) and Shea McClellin is well, just… there so far.

Van Noy has two years remaining on his rookie deal so -- provided he shows something -- he could be around awhile. The move -- one week before the trade deadline -- is a familiar one from the Patriots who added players like Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers in 2014 prior to their Super Bowl run.

This story from last season indicates that Van Noy’s lack of production in his first two seasons with the Lions was merely a matter of circumstance. 

Perhaps. We’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile, the name Van Noy made me perk up because I remembered him as having a central role in the excellent book The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

Read the excerpt on Van Noy here. It will give you a better understanding of the road he’s traveled.

Report: Patriots trade for Lions LB Kyle Van Noy


Report: Patriots trade for Lions LB Kyle Van Noy

The Patriots have added more depth at linebacker, and they've reached out to an old friend to do it.

According to ESPN, the team has agreed to a deal with the Lions in order to acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The compensation has not yet been disclosed. 

Van Noy, who was a second-round pick out of BYU, is listed at 6-foot-3, 243 pounds. He played 36 snaps in Detroit's win over Washington on Sunday, recording two tackles.

The Patriots lost depth at linebacker when veteran Jonathan Freeny landed on injured reserve with a shoulder issue before New England's Week 6 game in Cleveland. Van Noy will fill in behind Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, providing insurance alongside rookie Elandon Roberts, Barkevious Mingo and Shea McClellin. Defensive end Rob Ninkovich has also seen time at linebacker this season. 

Collins and Hightower have both dealt with health issues over the last two seasons, often pressing reserves into action. Collins returned to the field over the weekend after missing Week 6 with a hip issue. Hightower missed Weeks 2 and 3 due to a knee injury he suffered in Week 1 against the Cardinals. 

Van Noy has played in 30 games since entering the league. His seven career starts have all come this season. He has 32 career tackles and one sack. Going into the draft in 2014, the All-Independent Defensive Player of the Year was viewed as a stand-out athlete with good quickness, a high football IQ and an ability to run with backs and tight ends in coverage. 

That the Patriots and Lions were able to work out a deal comes as little surprise. Detriot general manager Bob Quinn has a close relationship with Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio as he worked in New England from 2000-2015. Quinn began with the team as a personnel assistant, worked his way up the ladder, and from 2012 through 2015 he served as the director of pro scouting.