Football Friday Notebook: Patriots Rally In Preseason Opener, Endicott Unveils New Lids

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports Football Fans!

We’re back to our weekly Football Friday Notebook so be on the on the lookout for this particular post every Fri-Yay (a.k.a. Friday)!

Let’s kickoff the weekend with some news and notes from the New England gridiron, which includes yes some links to last night’s New England Patriots exhibition win over the Washington Redskins.

Also, make sure to the check-out the Endicott College new football helmets – these hats are on 🔥 fire!


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Assumption’s Simonson Signs With New York Giants

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Scott Simonson, a former Assumption College football player, signed with the New York Giants on Tuesday, June 12th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Associated Press)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced earlier today that the New York Giants have signed former Assumption College tight end Scott Simonson.

Per today’s report, Simonson becomes the sixth tight end to join the Giants – he joins Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams, Kyle Carter, Garrett Dickerson and Ryan O’Malley on the current roster.

Simonson, who has competed for both the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, has appeared in 18 regular season games, as well as a trio of postseason contests, including Super Bowl 50. He began his career as a rookie free agent in 2014 with the Raiders where he saw action in four games before appearing in nine games the following season for the Panthers. His recorded his first-ever start on September 8, 2016 when the Panthers faced the Denver Broncos in the NFL’s 2016 season-opener.

Unfortunately, he did not play a single snap last season due to a back injury that put him on the Panthers’ injured reserve list.

Prior to competing for the Raiders in 2014, Simonson appeared in 36 games for the Greyhounds’ football team, making 31 starts. He concluded his career with 104 receptions for 1,537 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Happy Birthday, Tom Brady!

Tom Brady celebrates his 35th Birthday on Friday, August 3. (Photo Credit: NFLPassers.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Today, Friday, August 3, marks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 35th Birthday. And despite his urge to continue learning and improving, he certainly has a lot to celebrate, and be proud of, too.

Ever since he became a member of the National Football League, Brady has won three Super Bowl titles, and five American Football Conference championships. He’s also a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro.

Since the Patriots drafted him in 2000, he’s tallied 39,979 passing yards, 300 touchdowns, and 3,397 completions.

His best year as a pro came during the 2007 season when he broke the single-season touchdown record with 50 strikes to the end zone. Randy Moss collected 23 touchdowns that year, which catapulted him past Jerry Rice as the single-season leader in touchdown receptions.

Last season, Brady led his unit to Super Bowl XLVI, but sadly, the outcome was rather similar to Super Bowl XLII, as the New York Giants defeated New England, 21-17.

This year, the New England gunslinger seems more poised than ever, and certainly appears hungry for his fourth ring.

The Patriots begin their season on Sunday, September 9, when they travel to Tennessee to face the Titans.

Lindberg: Super Bowl Prediction

By Andy Lindberg

To start, I have not allowed myself to watch, nor read any Super Bowl coverage over the past two weeks.  I have not gone on to sports websites nor have I tuned in to ESPN on TV.  The only thing I have allowed myself was the Bill Simmons Super Bowl Mailbag.  That’s it.  I did not want to hear all the crap that I’m sure was prevalent over the airwaves.  Still, the aura of this game has been impossible to escape.

If the New England defense can play like they did against Baltimore, the Patriots will win the Super Bowl.

Side note: they will not win if Tom Brady plays like he did against Baltimore, but that is a given.

I’m sure this game has been broken down every way possible.  Being a neurotic Pats fan for 19 years now (I moved to CT from Alabama in 1992 and became a Pats fan for the 2-14 season that ensued), I know when not to be cocky.  This is most certainly one of those years.  Take what I say with a grain of salt, I’m a natural pessimist.

New England’s defense has to match up against Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and tight end Jake Ballard.  Covering one (or more) of these receivers throughout will be New England wide receiver Julian Edelman.  Doubling the man Edelman is on will put any of the other receiving threats in man-to-man coverage with the likes of Devin McCourty (who’s had a very disappointing year), Sterling Moore (my hero from the Baltimore game, but seriously, Lee Evans?), or Patrick Chung (knee injuries).

Admittedly, the Giants are the beneficiaries of bad football by Green Bay and San Francisco special teams.  However one does not simply go to the Super Bowl on luck alone.  Good teams capitalize on mistakes, and the Giants are one of the top teams at doing just that.

Brady was sacked five times during the last Super Bowl meeting between these two teams.  A rookie (Nate Solder) will be playing right tackle for the Patriots tonight.  It has been shown when Brady is hit, he gets flustered and may lose some of his composure.  During the 24-20 loss to the Giants earlier this year, Brady started to duck out of pressure that wasn’t even there by the end of the game.

New England stud tight end Rob Gronkowski has a high ankle sprain, and may be ineffective against New York.  This leaves Aaron Hernandez to pick up the slack and BenJarvus Green-Ellis has to try and wear down the Giant front seven in order to keep Eli Manning on the bench.

In the end, the Giants appear to be the more complete football team, not to mention they’re on a complete hot streak.  The Patriots are maligned and maligned for a reason, and I do not believe this game will be anywhere near as close as the last meeting.  Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs will wear down New England’s front seven and will open up the play action game for Manning’s stud receivers.  Brady will more than likely be put on his back frequently throughout the game, and will try to force throws to covered receivers.

Final Score: New York-38, New England-13