Patriots Rumors & News

  • 5 reasons why Pats are perfect team to trade Dez Bryant to

    Fox Sports "Dak Prescott vs. Tony Romo? Please. That argument is so Week 5. As Dallas Cowboys fans know, the new discussion is do you trade Romo or not? Well, let's raise the stakes: Do you trade Dez Bryant as well? Skip Bayless says yes, after watching the Dallas Cowboys come together behind young..." October 22

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • Julian Edelman’s modest production nothing to worry about

    Boston Herald "Julian Edelman’s diminished production over the last two weeks is a first-world NFL problem. It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a reason to do a cannonball onto the panic button. Edelman has nine catches for 65 yards in two games with Tom Brady. Those aren’t typical Edelman numbers,..." October 21

  • Patriots list nine questionable, including Jamie Collins

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots won’t have to face Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Sunday, but they still have some issues of their own. They listed nine guys as questionable for this week, including linebacker Jamie Collins, who was out last week because of a hip injury. Collins has been listed as a..." October 21

  • Rob Gronkowski, LeGarrette Blount fined $9,115 each

    Pro Football Talk "The biggest fine to come out of last Sunday’s Patriots victory over the Bengals was the $75,000 penalty levied on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for stepping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount’s leg. That wasn’t the only fine for a player in that game and Blount was among the other..." October 21

  • Steelers coach: Patriots offense operates 'on the edge of being legal or not legal'

    CSN New England "It may not be long before Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tells Steelers coordinator Keith Butler to "study the rule book and figure it out." Butler made an appearance on's Coodinators' Corner show this week and hinted that the Patriots do things that border on illegal, seemingly..." October 21

  • Agent's Take: Here's 11 QBs who could be starting elsewhere in 2017, like Tony Romo

    CBS Sports "Everything starts with the quarterback in today's NFL. Sustained NFL success is difficult without good quarterback play, although the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 because of a suffocating defense. The search for the ever-elusive franchise quarterback drives some of the NFL's most important..." October 21

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • 2017 Super Bowl Odds, Week 7: After Patriots, there aren't many good teams

    CBS Sports "Not to get all ranty in this intro, but there aren't a lot of good teams in the NFL. I mean, there are some good teams. The Patriots are great and will mow down people with their offense the rest of this season. The Vikings haven't lost and have a tremendous defense. The Cowboys don't care who..." October 19

  • Microsoft releases statement following Bill Belichick’s remarks on tablets

    WEEI Boston "Earlier on Tuesday Bill Belichick voiced his displeasure of the Microsoft tablets NFL teams have been using on the sidelines this season, saying he’s given up on them because they aren’t reliable. Just a few hours later, Microsoft responded with a statement of their own, defending their..." October 19

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • Bill Belichick is done with sideline tablets: 'I just can't take it anymore'

    Fox Sports "It was just a few years ago that the NFL introduced Microsoft Surface tablets as the official sideline technology for coaches and players. It allows them to look at photos of previous plays and analyze what happened, presumably much faster than looking at printed images. As good and dandy as..." October 18

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • Patriots Journal: When McCourty talks, Belichick listens

    Providence Journal "The Patriots led by three points, 10-7, at halftime after holding the Cincinnati Bengals to a touchdown on Sunday, but those were just about the only numbers that favored the hometown defense. The Bengals piled up 193 yards and 11 first downs in the first half as quarterback Andy Dalton was..." October 18

  • Patriots bring back Gronkowski the Younger

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots are once again Double-Gronked. Via Doug Kyed of, the Patriots have brought fullback Glenn Gronkowski back to their practice squad for another stint. Running back Tyler Gaffney has joined him in returning to the Patriots, as they each have shown signs of becoming a Ross..." October 17

  • Patriots’ headsets reportedly went down against Bengals

    CSN New England "The Patriots were forced to go old school Sunday thanks to technology problems on their sidelines, according to a source. Both offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia were left signaling in plays after the coach-player communication system proved so..." October 17

  • Brady won't rule Roethlisberger out of Week 7 matchup just yet

    ESPN "The New England Patriots won't face Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday, with a source telling ESPN's Adam Schefter that Roethlisberger is out for the game and set to undergo surgery on his left knee. But Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn't taking anything for granted..." October 17

  • Tom Brady Explains Why He Walked Off Podium When Asked Donald Trump Question

    WEEI Boston "The topic of Tom Brady’s relationship with Donald Trump has been routinely brought up ever since the real estate magnate announced he was running for President of the United States. Monday morning, during his weekly interview with the Kirk and Callahan Show, Brady took anoather step forward in..." October 17

  • NFL reportedly investigating Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict for controversial hit vs. Patriots

    Fox Sports "Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a long history of being a borderline dirty player. He was suspended three games to start this season for his vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown in last year’s postseason game against the Steelers, but it seems he hasn’t learned. On..." October 17

  • Report: Jamie Collins Not Expected To Play For Patriots Vs. Bengals

    NESN "ESPN’s Adam Schefter offered updates on several banged-up New England Patriots players ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium. Wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot), running back LeGarrette Blount (hip) and tight ends Martellus Bennett (ankle) and Rob..." October 16

  • Jamie Collins, Cyrus Jones out for Patriots Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots will be missing a starting linebacker for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Jamie Collins is on the list of inactive players after drawing a questionable tag on Friday’s injury report. Collins hurt his hip on Thursday, leading to limited practices the last two days of the week and..." October 16

  • Tom Brady's first home game brings out 'all the A-listers'

    Fox Sports "For the first time this season, Tom Brady will play a meaningful football game in front of the home crowd in Foxborough. On Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brady will make his long-awaited return to Gillette Stadium, where fans are anticipating a huge game from their quarterback. It..." October 16

  • Brady strong in home debut as Patriots rip Bengals

    The Sports Xchange "FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady says he's not all the way back in two games after missing the first four games of the season serving his Deflategate suspension. Given the numbers, that's a scary thought for upcoming New England opponents. "I could do some things better out there and I..." October 16

  • Prescott breaks Brady's record for passes without INT to begin career

    USA Today "Six games in, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has already one upped Tom Brady – in one area, at least. Prescott broke Brady’s NFL record for most pass attempts to start a career without an interception, which previously stood at 162. Prescott established the new mark in the first quarter of..." October 16

  • Tom Brady becomes fourth QB to reach 5,000 career completions

    Sportsnaut "The legend of the great Tom Brady continues to grow daily, as does his assault on the NFL record books. Partway through today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tom Brady joined just three other quarterbacks(Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees) in having thrown 5,000 completions in his..." October 16

  • Pats fans ready to welcome Tom Brady back

    Pro Football Talk "Tom Brady’s suspension officially ended 13 days ago. It unofficially ends today, as Brady plays his first home game since serving a four-game suspension for the #DeflateGate debacle. It will be loud. It will be raucous. It will be profane (if/when anyone mentions the name “Roger Goodell”). And..." October 16

  • Patriots place Jonathan Freeny on IR

    Pro Football Talk "Ruled out for Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny is now out for the year — or at least for the next eight weeks. The team has placed linebacker Jonathan Freeny on injured reserve, along with tight end Greg Scruggs. One Patriots player per year may return..." October 15

  • Patriots' Bennett hitchhiked with teammates to bond during preseason

    Providence Journal "Martellus Bennett woke up early and eager on the first day of training camp. New beginnings meant new opportunities. For the ninth-year tight end, a new chapter in his life started this offseason when the Chicago Bears traded him to New England. A new team also meant creating new..." October 15

  • Belichick offers support to Boston Police after recent shootings

    CBS Boston "Patriots head coach Bill Belichick started his press conference on Friday with a message of support for the Boston Police Department and two of its officers who were critically wounded in a shootout Wednesday night. “Before we get into Cincinnati, on behalf of the team, I just want to express..." October 14

  • Alshon Jeffery on Martellus Bennett's b---h move: 'Why didn’t he say that when he was here?'

    CSN Chicago "If Martellus Bennett had a problem with teammates while he was a member of the Bears, he should have said so at the time, according to at least one of those teammates. Speaking as part of a recent ESPN E:60 “Brofile,” Bennett denigrated the leadership of quarterback Jay Cutler. “Some people..." October 14

  • Jason Witten on Martellus Bennett throwing shade his way: 'He enjoys entertaining'

    Sports Day "Cowboys tight end Jason Witten mostly took the high road Thursday in responding to the recent comments by former teammate Martellus Bennett, who is now playing for the New England Patriots. Bennett, appearing in an ESPN E:60 feature on he and his brother, made it clear that he wasn't a fan of..." October 14

  • Martellus Bennett's Rise May Make Keeping Him Around Even Harder

    CSN New England "Martellus Bennett loves playing for the Patriots. If it wasn’t clear before, it certainly is now after Sunday’s performance in which he caught six passes for 67 yards and three scores that the Patriots love having Bennett play for them. Yes, it was the Browns, but the ease of operation..." October 13

  • After fast start and injury that 'hurt like hell', Jimmy Garoppolo reflects

    ESPN "Much has changed for the New England Patriots now that quarterback Tom Brady has returned from a four-game NFL suspension, and arguably no player has been affected more than Jimmy Garoppolo. What a whirlwind it's been for the third-year quarterback who was thrust into the No. 1 role and..." October 13

  • Donald Trump makes fun of NFL concussion protocol

    247 Sports "Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the NFL's concussion protocol. The Republican nominee for president made fun of the amount of time players miss now due to head injuries. The NFL has made significant changes in its concussion protocol over the past few years. While players often miss a..." October 13

  • Tom Brady walks out of presser following Donald Trump 'locker room talk' question

    Fox Sports "Tom Brady and Donald Trump have been linked to one another for some time. They’ve hung out together, Trump has lauded Brady for being a “great friend” of his, and Tom has even been caught with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker. However, Brady had no interest in talking about Trump..." October 12

  • Martellus Bennett trashes Jay Cutler, entire Bears roster

    ESPN "Former Bears tight end Martellus Bennett questioned Jay Cutler's leadership, and blamed ex-teammates for not winning more games in an ESPN E:60 profile of Bennett and his brother Michael. The Bears failed to reach the playoffs in any of Martellus Bennett's three years on the team, finishing..." October 12

  • Browns claim Jonathan Cooper off waivers from Patriots

    Today's Pigskin "Offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper’s career has changed quite a bit within the last week. On Monday, Cleveland Browns claimed Cooper off waivers, according to Ian Rapoport of, meaning that the veteran has gone from the 4-1 New England Patriots to the 0-5 Browns within a matter of..." October 10

  • Tom Brady: I feel better than I did at 29

    WEEI Boston "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his first appearance of the season on Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about his first game back Sunday against the Browns, and also to reflect on his four weeks away from the team. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page. With..." October 10

  • Tom Brady says 'there was plenty of rust' after destroying Browns in 2016 debut

    Fox Sports "Tom Brady gave the league a glimpse of what might be coming, throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns in the New England Patriots' 33-13 win over the Browns on Sunday. It was Brady's 2016 debut after sitting out the first four games of the season to serve a suspension for his involvement in..." October 09

  • Brady passes for 3 TDs in rout of Browns

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Tom Brady made his return to the NFL in impressive fashion on Sunday, passing for three touchdowns and 406 yards as the New England Patriots trounced the Cleveland Browns 33-13. Brady returned from a four-game suspension for his involvement in Deflategate in the 2014 AFC..." October 09

  • Patriots activate Tom Brady, Rob Ninkovich "Tom Brady is officially back. The New England Patriots activated the quarterback before Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns, the team announced. The Pats also activated pass rusher Rob Ninkovich following his four-game suspension. Brady spent the previous four weeks of the regular..." October 08

  • How can an NFL player go broke?

    Sporting News "How can an NFL player go broke? Originally answered on Sept. 7, 2016. This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ . Any number of..." October 08

  • Patriots reportedly cut Jonathan Cooper, the player acquired for Chandler Jones

    CBS Sports "Jonathan Cooper's career in New England didn't involve a single snap and it's reportedly already over. According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Patriots cut Cooper on Saturday. When the Patriots jettisoned pass-rusher Chandler Jones to the Cardinals this offseason, they not only acquired a..." October 08

  • Tom Brady’s return could be ‘go time’ for Patriots’ tight ends

    Boston Herald "The most fascinating element of Tom Brady’s return centers around the potential production of the Patriots’ most talented tandem of tight ends in years. The Pats’ success will be determined by their reinforced offensive execution, but Brady’s presence alone won’t guarantee any production out of..." October 07

  • Patriots Could Place QB Jacoby Brissett On Injured Reserve

    NFL Trade Rumors "Field Yates of ESPN reports that while the team has yet to make any final decisions, it’s possible that they could place rookie QB Jacoby Brissett on injured reserve in the coming days. This would free up a roster spot for the team to use on reinstating either QB Tom Brady or DE Rob Ninkovich..." October 07

  • Edelman, Gronkowski, Blount Among Nine Questionable Patriots For Browns Game

    CBS Boston "Four weeks into the season, the injuries are piling up for the Patriots. Three players — Brandon Bolden, Jacoby Brissett, Shea McClellin — have been ruled out for Sunday’s game, while nine Patriots were listed as questionable. RB LeGarrette Blount, hip T Marcus Cannon, calf WR Julian..." October 07

  • Report: NFL Threatens To Fine Teams If They Use Too Much Footage On Social Media

    Deadspin "Buried in Albert Breer’s column for MMQB this morning was a nugget suggesting just how seriously the NFL is taking their declining primetime TV audiences. Ratings in the 18-t0-49 demographic have fallen between 12 and 16 percent for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, and the NFL,..." October 07

  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    Pro Football Talk "Fewer people have been watching the NFL on TV this year. The NFL previously had said nothing about it. Now, the NFL has. And it’s along the lines of, “All is well.” “We’re missing some stars out there,” NFL media chief Brian Rolapp said, via the Wall Street Journal. Indeed they are, in part..." October 07

  • Terrelle Pryor thought the Patriots were going to sign him

    Sportsnaut "Terrell Pryor might be one of the few players that the Cleveland Browns got right and the New England Patriots got wrong. The talented wide receiver has gone on record saying that he expected to join the Patriots last offseason. Marc Sessler of reported a quote from Pryor about the..." October 06