New England Patriots Kick-Off 2012 On The Road

By NoontimeSports.com 

According to a recent blog post via ESPNBoston.com — the New England Patriots will kick-off their 2012 campaign on the road.

Mike Reiss mentioned in his blog post that it’s likely the Pats will face one of the following teams in week one — Baltimore, Buffalo, New York, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee or Jacksonville.

Of the seven teams listed above, which team would you want to see in the first week? Post your comments below or send us a tweet @NoontimeSports.

NFL Player Profile: Kevin Faulk (New England Patriots)

Kevin Faulk is officially back with the New England Patriots and ready to go to work!

By Matt Noonan 

Kevin Faulk (New England Patriots/Running Back): This was a no-brainer.

Kevin Faulk knew he was going to be playing for the New England Patriots this season, but it was only a matter of time until the paperwork was officially filed. On Saturday, he inked his name to a new contract, as well as expressed his excitement for the upcoming season.

He stated the following to the media: “Before the lockout started, Bill [Belichick] called me and told me, ‘Look, Kevin, I want you on my team in 2011,’ and that was motivation enough for me to go out and rehab my butt off and get ready for the season, whenever it may be and whenever it may come. So, that was pretty much enough for me,” (courtesy of ESPNBoston.com). 

The veteran halfback has spent his entire 12-year career in Foxborough, Massachusetts, as well as was a member of all three Super Bowl teams too, (’01, ’03 and ’04). He spent a majority of last season on the sidelines after he tore his ACL during the Patriots week two contest against the New York Jets.  

Faulk’s best season with the Patriots was in ’03, as the running back tallied 638 yards on 178 carries and averaged 42.5 yards per game, but didn’t record a single rushing or receiving touchdown.

All in all, this is a great move because New England has a variety of young rookies and second-year players on their roster that’ll gel quite well under Faulk’s tutelage.

Career Numbers: 154 games/3,550 rushing yards/16 rushing touchdowns/ 3,667 receiving yards/ 15 touchdown receptions

Welcome Aboard, Albert Haynesworth!

According to sources, the New England Patriots have traded for NFL's "bad-boy," Albert Haynesworth!

By Matt Noonan 

The New England Patriots fan-base woke up Thursday morning with some rather bizarre, yet, interesting news, as sources confirmed that coach Bill Belichick and the Washington Redskins executed a deal that would send the troubling defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to Foxborough in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.

OK, this indeed does seem like a crazy idea, acquiring one of the NFL’s true “bad boys,” but you know Belichick, he’s always willing to do what it takes to win.

During his first official press conference of the 2011 season on Thursday prior to the teams first training camp session at Gillette Stadium, he stated the following:

“We’ll talk about it when it’s done,” Belichick said. “…We’ll talk about him when it’s finished, if it’s finished. Not there yet. … Again, we’re not going to go through the process. If it’s completed, then we’ll talk about it then,” (courtesy of ESPNBoston.com). 

Again, typical Belichick, not willing to comment on anything, except, “the players that he’s coaching.” Remember that particular line?

Haynesworth has indeed caused his fair share of trouble on and off the field. He’s been charged for road rage, as well as recently, sexual assault, yet, according to the more positive reports, he’d certainly be beneficial for Belichick’s defense. In fact, pairing him with players like Vince Wilfork, Mike Wright and Ty Warren could certainly be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators.

We’ll have more reactions, thoughts and news about this particular trade, as well as much more later today.