Daily Noontime: Monday, June 29, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

It’s Monday – yay!

Yet, what just happened to the weekend? Can we get some more sleep?

Luckily, this won’t be a bad week because we will be celebrating the Fourth of July, beginning Friday, July 3.

Let’s kick-off the week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – as always, make sure to smile, laugh, and be kind to others!


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, June 29, 2020

  • News broke around 7 or 8 p.m. (eastern time) last night about the New England Patriots signing quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal.

    Newton joins a Patriots team that is transitioning from Tom Brady, who departed the area to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    But will the signing of Newton help the Patriots save its ongoing dynasty, which began during the first decade of the new millennium? Let’s hope so!

  • Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes the Cam Newton signing is “a no-lose situation” for the Patriots, who currently have two quarterbacks on their roster, including Jarrett Stidham, who some believed would be the starting signal-caller this season.
  • So, with Cam Newton joining the Patriots, what does this mean for Jarrett Stidham? Will he be the starter or back-up to the veteran signal-caller? Only time will tell, right?
  • In addition to welcoming Cam Newton to Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Patriots also made headlines for violating league rules last season for filming the Cincinnati Bengals‘ sidelines when they played the Cleveland Browns.

    As noted on ProFootballTalk.com, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million dollars and have lost a third-round draft pick.

  • According to Colin Cowherd, who can be heard (and seen) on FS1, there are only four “top college football programs” in the good ole United States of America. Which ones are they?
  • And finally, Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler announced he will not be headed to Orlando, Florida once his team’s season resumes next month.

    Chandler cited “health concerns” for his decision to not join his team, which has won 30 games this season.

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Report: New England Patriots Restructure Julian Edelman’s Contract

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The Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman, had his contract restructured on Tuesday to possibly keep him in New England for the remainder of his career. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Weeks after being named the most valuable player in last season’s Super Bowl, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had his contract restructured earlier today, which should keep him in New England for the remainder of his career.

According to multiple reports, Edelman’s new contract will keep him with the Patriots through the 2021 season.

As noted through ProFootballTalk.com, Edelman’s contract was set to expire after the upcoming season.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Edelman’s new contract “includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money.”

Prior to being named the Super Bowl most valuable player, Edelman hauled in 74 receptions on 108 targets for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 regular season contests. Edelman was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for testing positive for PED (performance-enhancing drug) use.

In three playoff games, Edelman recorded 26 receptions on 35 targets for a career-best 388 receiving yards, while also tallying two carries for 15 yards.

Since being drafted in 2009, Edelman has become quarterback Tom Brady‘s go-to receiver in both the regular season and postseason.

According to ProFootballReference.com, Edelman has recorded 499 receptions in 115 games, including 30 grabs in the end zone. He has tallied 5,390 receiving yards, which is an average of 10.8 yards per reception.

Edelman and the Patriots will begin their recent title defense on Sunday, September 8 when they host the Pittsburg Steelers for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff.


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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.