Pats stay put, grab Virginia corner Dowling


Pats stay put, grab Virginia corner Dowling

By Tom E. Curran

The Patriots milked their seven minutes on the clock for all it was worth. But when it came time to spit or get off the pot at No. 33, New England loved the hyphens more than the hypotheticals. The Patriots took Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling - a 6-1, 198 pound corner with the first pick in the second round. The pros? He's bigger than the rest of the Patriots crop of corners and is a very good tackler, smooth runner, special teams stud and a kid with very solid character. The cons? He keeps getting hurt and 2010 was ruined by injury. He played five games and had just 15 tackles and one pick as a hamstring strain, right knee injury and left ankle fracture drove him down the board. He has some knee cartilage issues still that will make him a player to monitor.

Blount, Edelman, Gronkowski each fined $9,115 for actions in Bengals game


Blount, Edelman, Gronkowski each fined $9,115 for actions in Bengals game

Patriots LeGarrette Blount, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were each fined $9,115 by the NFL for their actions in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, won by New England 35-17 on Sunday in Foxboro.

The fines were first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. 

Earlier this week, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $75,000 by the NFL for stomping on Blount after Blount’s touchdown late in the game. Gronkowski was given a 15-yard taunting penalty for his altercation with Burfict earlier in the game. 

Blount's fine was for unnecessary roughness and Edelman's was a result of a facemask penalty. 

Burfict was not fined for what appeared to be an intentional dive at the legs of Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett earlier in the game. 

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was earlier fined $9,115 by the league for his unnecessary roughness against the Patriots.