The latest out of New England..
- Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t see a ripe trade market out there on the eve of the deadline, tweets Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe. Because of injuries around the league, he says, there are fewer guys to trade for, and teams are more reluctant to let their healthy guys go. It’s a typically guarded Belichick response, but on the surface, he doesn’t sound enthused about the idea of making a deal. There was speculation that the Pats could go for a receiver but after their drumming of the Bears on Sunday, they might be happy to stick with what they have.
- The Patriots coach went on to say “I wouldn’t say there’s a real heavy back and forth” between teams around the NFL regarding trades, tweets Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald.
- The Patriots’ pass defense used to be among the worst in the NFL, but those days are gone thanks to the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, writes Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. Currently, New England is No. 2 in the NFL at 210.9 yards per game and stands as the only team in the league that hasn’t given up a pass of 40 yards of more this season. More on the Pats..