Dannell Ellerbe: I was brought to Miami to knock the Patriots off

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After signing with the Miami Dolphins this off-season, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe says he was brought in to knock off the Patriots (Credit: ESPN)

After signing with the Miami Dolphins this off-season, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe says he was brought in to knock off the Patriots (Credit: ESPN)

This off-season, the Miami Dolphins made a number of big splashes in free agency bringing in, among others, wide receiver Mike Wallace, corner back Brent Grimes, tight end Dustin Keller and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Despite it still being the off-season, one of those free agent signings is making a name for himself by taking shots at the New England Patriots.

While talking to Mike Freeman of CBS.com, Dannell Ellerbe says he was brought to Miami to knock off the New England Patriots.

I was brought here to help knock them off,” Ellerbe told Mike Freeman of CBS. “That doesn’t mean we will, but we feel like we can. Like I said, we just have to prove it. You have to actually go do it.”

Ellerbe added that while he can talk about knocking off the Patriots during the off-season, he knows he will have to back up his talk on the field.

“I think they are but you have to prove it, you can’t just talk about it,” Ellerbe said.

One of Ellerbe’s reasons for believing the Dolphins can win the AFC East is the loss of starting tight end Aaron Hernandez.

“Losing a starter always hurts and losing a starter as good as he was will really hurt,” he said. “I don’t think you can say the Patriots are the same as before after what happened to Hernandez.”

While the Dolphins may have won the free agency period, as the Philadelphia Eagles know, that does not always equate to a championship.

If the Dolphins want to beat the Patriots, they will need to keep Tom Brady on his back.

The Patriots have also won the AFC East nine out of the last ten seasons.

The last team to win the AFC East other than the Patriots? The Miami Dolphins

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