NFL Nation: Patrick Brown

Minnesota Vikings cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2012
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Most significant move: Following the lead of other teams around the NFL, the Vikings decided to go young at quarterback. The plan all along was to have Christian Ponder as the starter, but the surprise was letting veteran backup Sage Rosenfels go, leaving Joe Webb and McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the roster. Webb is making the transition from wide receiver to quarterback. Thompson is only 23 and hasn’t thrown a pass in the regular season. Webb has three starts and 152 pass attempts during his NFL career. The Bears and Colts found out last year it can be tough to go young at quarterback. The Bears lost Jay Cutler and their season was over. The Colts were without Peyton Manning and the season was lost with Curtis Painter.

Onward and upward: Starting wide receiver Jerome Simpson went on the three-game suspension list, so Leslie Frazier has to make sure he doesn’t have to look for receiver help during his absence. Veteran possession receiver Michael Jenkins was retained after a contract reduction and should fill the void. Keeping Devin Aromashodu gives Ponder a solid option in the slot. Percy Harvin is the team’s No. 1 receiver, but is sure to draw double coverage. The concern is what happens if there is an injury. Jarius Wright, the team’s fourth-round pick, is raw. Stephen Burton, a seventh-round pick from last year, is the fifth option.

What's next: Protecting Ponder is the key to the season. Right guard Geoff Schwartz has fought off a lot of injuries during camp. The backup corps of Brandon Fusco, Joe Berger and Patrick Brown isn’t the most distinguished. The significant improvement is having rookie Matt Kalil at left tackle and moving Charlie Johnson from left tackle to left guard. John Sullivan, a journeyman, needs to have a career year to make it all work. The Vikings also need a big year from right tackle Phil Loadholt.

Dolphins at Ravens inactives

November, 7, 2010
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BALTIMORE -- Inactives for Sunday's game between the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens in M&T Bank Stadium:

Miami Dolphins
Baltimore Ravens

Steelers at Dolphins inactives

October, 24, 2010
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MIAMI -- Here are the inactive players for Sunday's game here between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins:

Pittsburgh Steelers
Miami Dolphins

Dolphins at Packers inactives

October, 17, 2010
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The Miami Dolphins' chances of victory have improved based on the Green Bay Packers' scratches Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers will be without four starters, including the NFL's sacks leader, outside linebacker Clay Matthews.

Miami will have inside linebacker Channing Crowder in uniform for the first time this year. Defensive end Jared Odrick will miss his fourth straight game with a leg injury.

Miami Dolphins
Green Bay Packers

Patriots at Dolphins inactives

October, 4, 2010
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MIAMI -- Here are the inactives for Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium:

New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins

Jets at Dolphins inactives

September, 26, 2010
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MIAMI -- here are the inactives for Sunday night's game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium:

New York Jets
Miami Dolphins

More spy games? Fins sign former Jet

September, 25, 2010
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For the second straight week, the New York Jets' next opponent has signed one of their former players right before the game.

The Miami Dolphins announced Saturday they've signed tackle Patrick Brown, whom the Jets waived earlier in the week. He went unclaimed, rendering him a free agent.

Last week, the New England Patriots signed former Jets running back Danny Woodhead the day before they played at the Meadowlands. While that move conjured images of the Patriots' coaching staff pumping Woodhead for all the info he could divulge on the Jets' game plan, Bill Belichick claimed he didn't even speak to Woodhead before the game because the team already had pulled out of Foxborough, Mass.

The Dolphins, however, have much more time to conduct a skull session with Brown. They reportedly came to terms Friday, and the Dolphins are the home team Sunday night, giving head coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan ample time to find out what the Jets' game plan might entail.

The Dolphins waived tackle Jeremy Parnell to make room for Brown. The Jets acquired Brown off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings a week before the season opener.

Woodhead among Patriots at Jets inactives

September, 19, 2010
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New England Patriots have scratched running spy -- I mean, running back -- Danny Woodhead and will dress receiver Julian Edelman for Sunday afternoon's game against the New York Jets.

New England Patriots
New York Jets

Ravens at Jets inactives

September, 13, 2010
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Inactives for Monday night's opener between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets at the Meadowlands:

Baltimore Ravens
New York Jets

Jets continue to whack veteran leaders

September, 5, 2010
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From the starting lineup of their regular-season finale, the New York Jets have lopped 77 seasons of experience.

No wonder head coach Rex Ryan was bemoaning a lack of leadership in the latest episode of "Hard Knocks."

On Sunday, the Jets released veteran fullback Tony Richardson -- a day after he survived the cutdown deadline for the 53-man roster.

Richardson is trying to play a 16th NFL season. He was outplayed by rookie John Conner, but it was clear watching "Hard Knocks" the Jets coaching staff viewed Richardson as highly important to the 2010 cause. He was considered perhaps the most prominent leader in the locker room.

"Each season, there are difficult choices when constructing the 53-man roster, and this year is no exception," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. "We appreciate Tony's contributions and leadership over the past two seasons and have nothing but the highest respect for him as a person and as a player."

The Jets also waived running back Chauncey Washington and receiver David Clowney. The dismissals cleared way for three waiver pickups: receiver Patrick Turner from the Miami Dolphins, tackle Patrick Brown from the Minnesota Vikings and defensive tackle Marcus Dixon from the Dallas Cowboys.

Richardson joined a long list of veterans who aren't around from a roster that was good enough to get the Jets to the AFC Championship Game, among them running back Thomas Jones (10 seasons), guard Alan Faneca (12 seasons), defensive end Marques Douglas (nine seasons), kicker Jay Feely (nine seasons) and long snapper James Dearth (nine seasons).

In fact, of the 10 most experienced players on the Jets' final roster last year, including injured reserve, only three remain: right tackle Damien Woody, nose tackle Kris Jenkins and defensive end Shaun Ellis.

Granted, the Jets did add veterans via free agency. Quarterback Mark Brunell is entering his 18th season, running back LaDainian Tomlinson his 10th and pass-rusher Jason Taylor his 14th. But all of them were signed with the intention to be backups.

You have to wonder whether the Jets have over-tinkered their roster.

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