Fantasy or Reality: Patriots season expectations

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Fantasy or Reality: Patriots season expectations

Opening day of the Patriots regular season is less than two weeks away, so what better time to make some predictions for key players on this team?

The "Uno Sports Tonight" crew did that Thursday, with Mike Flynn of 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley stopping by to make some predictions on important questions involving Patriots skill positions.

The first question:  Will Stevan Ridley will surpass 1,300 yards rushing this season?

Flynn was not convinced.

"I got fantasy. I think he has the ability to do, the line to do it, but I think Blount is going to make the team and he's going to take away a lot of those  carries, Bolden will take those carries," Flynn said. "Vereen's your third-down back and they run so many different packages, just when you think you can tell who is the running back, they throw somebody else in there."

The next query moved over to the defensive side of the ball, and pondered the impact Chandler Jones could have in year two.

Following an opening six-sack season cut short by injury, can Jones reach double-digit sacks in his sophomore campaign?

Buckley was emphatic with his answer.

"I think it's a slam-dunk reality because I think he is going to be a great, great player and I believe most of those sacks were early in the season." Buckley said. "So, when you factor in a year's experience and a year's health, I think he gets it."

Finally, the issue of Danny Amendola's health came to the table. 

The former St. Louis Ram has been no stranger to injury and if such ailments pop up again, the Patriots receiving corps could be in deep trouble.

Asked if Amendola can remain on the field for at least 14 games, Flynn would not even commit to that.

"I'm going to say fantasy. You know last couple years, has been injured," Flynn said. "You look at a couple of games, especially his big games, stuff over the middle, he may play 13, I think I'm going to go fantasy."

Do you agree with these takes? Any of these suggestions that you feel differently about? Have your say in the comments section below.

Belichick wears VI Rings sweatshirt to press conference

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Belichick wears VI Rings sweatshirt to press conference

Bill Belichick doesn’t take his fashion particularly seriously when the games do count, so it’s understandable that he treated the postgame of Saturday’s preseason game like a painting class. 

Belichick sported a “VI Rings” sweatshirt, which is the old name of his boat. Belichick has of course won seven Super Bowl rings between the Patriots and the Giants. 

Belichick updated the boat following the Pats’ Super Bowl LI victory, relegating any VI paraphernalia to preseason wear. 

Flowers sits out preseason game with Texans, says he feels healthy

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Flowers sits out preseason game with Texans, says he feels healthy

HOUSTON -- Trey Flowers did not play in Saturday night's game against the Texans despite feeling fine physically, he said after the game, indicating it was a coach's decision to keep him sidelined.

Flowers is the top defensive end on the Patriots roster, and it would make sense that the team would want to keep him fresh for the long haul given where they are in terms of their numbers at that position. Rookies Derek Rivers (knee) and Deatrich Wise (head) are both dealing with injuries. Linebacker Shea McClellin, who has the ability to play on the edge, has missed about two weeks of work with an undisclosed ailment. 

Flowers appeared to finish both joint practices against the Texans at the Greenbrier in West Virginia without incident. 

Patriots defensive lineman Geneo Grissom was also held out of New England's second preseason game, though it's unclear as to why. Among those seeing time on the edge against the Texans were Kony Ealy, Caleb Kidder, Harvey Langi and Kyle Van Noy.