Patriots Rumors & News

  • Robert Kraft regrets Patriots didn't play AFC title game at home

    The Score "Robert Kraft's biggest regret from the 2015 season is that the New England Patriots weren't able to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs. The Patriots owner made the revelation Wednesday during a one-on-one interview with Maria Stephanos of WCVB-TV in Boston. "I think if I have any..." February 11

  • Goodell says extra point rule made the NFL more exciting in 2015

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Year One of the new extra point rule was a success, and more rules tweaks are on the way. Goodell said the new rule, which moved extra point kicks back 13 yards, is an example of the kinds of changes the league will continue to consider. “From a..." February 10

  • Report: Patriots release Montee Ball following misdemeanor battery charge

    The Score "The New England Patriots have released Montee Ball after the running back was charged with misdemeanor battery, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Ball was charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking his girlfriend at a Madison, Wis., hotel Friday..." February 09

  • Patriots blessed at quarterback position, but franchise-altering decision looms

    Providence Journal "With the 2015 season in the books, the Providence Journal will take a look at each position group on the Patriots, analyzing how the team performed in 2015 and where it might be heading in the future. We’ll start with quarterbacks. Quarterback Tom Brady; Jimmy Garoppolo Contract situation:..." February 09

  • Tom Brady doesn't consider himself one of the best all-time quarterbacks

    ESPN "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was booed during pregame ceremonies honoring past Super Bowl MVPs, said in a radio interview before the game that he doesn't consider himself one of the game's all-time greatest players at his position. Asked by host Jim Gray of Westwood One Radio..." February 08

  • Dante Scarnecchia Asked the Patriots to Come Out of Retirement and Coach the Offensive Line; Deal is "Very Likely"

    Pats Pulpit "Earlier today, it was reported that the New England Patriots and long-time offensive line coach/assistant head coach Dante Scarnecchia are in discussions about a potential return of the 67-year old to New England's sidelines. Scarnecchia originally retired after the 2013 and has not coached..." February 08

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Filed to ESPN: With opening for o-line coach, Patriots in discussions with retired Dante Scarnecchia about a return to the coaching staff.

  • Montee Ball charged with misdemeanors for incidents at hotel, in vehicle

    Wisconsin State Journal "Former NFL and Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball won't face felony charges related to an incident early Friday in which police say he injured his girlfriend during an argument at a Downtown hotel. Instead, Ball was charged with disorderly conduct for the incident, a misdemeanor that..." February 08

  • Broncos Super Bowl win sets up possible season opener vs. Patriots

    ESPN "Quick-hit thoughts/notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. One potential trickle-down effect for the Patriots in Super Bowl 50 is that if the Broncos win, it puts a New England-at-Denver matchup on the radar as a possibility to open the 2016 season. In addition to hosting New England..." February 07

  • The Patriots have surpassed the Cowboys as the most hated team in America

    SB Nation "For the first time in recorded history, the Cowboys are not the most hated NFL team in America. No, that honor now belongs to the New England Patriots, according to a Public Policy Polling poll. Per a post on the results of the poll: Every time we've done a poll over the years on the..." February 06

  • Thomas Davis: Get this 'clown' Harrison off the air "Rodney Harrison isn't afraid to be frank. Harrison, who played for the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers during his 15-year career, joined the The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday. Harrison initially said he had no problem with Cam Newton's touchdown celebrations but the former safety..." February 06

  • Could Tom Brady still be suspended over 'Deflategate'? "Could Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still be suspended? In less than a month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear the Tom Brady case, which was vacated by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman back on Sept. 3. The NFL initially levied a four-game suspension on Brady after..." February 06

  • Roger Goodell Speaks Out on Concussions, 'Rooney Rule' for Women

    ABC News "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is a “culture change” in the NFL when it comes to concussions and, if he had a son, would have no problem allowing him to play the sport. “The number of concussions went up this year and they're going to go up and they're going to go down in any given..." February 06

  • NFLPA attorney questions league’s silence on PSI study

    Boston Globe "NFL Players Association attorney Jeffrey Kessler has a whole list of questions for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell said this week that the league did not find any violators to its new rules this season to check the inflation levels of footballs at randomly-selected NFL games. The NFL..." February 05

  • Ex-Panther Brad Hoover still believes the Patriots cheated

    Pro Football Talk "As the Panthers try to win their first championship in franchise history, players from the team that lost in the Panthers’ previous Super Bowl appearance think they got cheated. The latest ex-Panther to say so is Brad Hoover, who said on 610 WFNZ that he thinks the Patriots spied on the..." February 05

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    Jeff Howe @jeffphowe

    Good news for Dominique Easley. His slightly torn quad didn't require surgery and he'll be fine for offseason workouts, per source.

  • NFL to establish Rooney rule for women

    ESPN "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league is going to institute a Rooney rule for women when it comes to all NFL executive positions. He announced the decision in opening remarks at NFL Women's Summit, where roughly 250 men and women associated with the league are gathered to..." February 04

  • Brady, Cam, Beckham have NFL’s best-selling jerseys

    Pro Football Talk "Deflategate, dancing and dirty play aside, Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Odell Beckham Jr. have the NFL’s three best-selling jerseys. Although all three players have been described as polarizing at times, when released its latest jersey rankings, they showed Brady on top, followed by..." February 04

  • NFL Officiating Exec Dean Blandino: League Still ‘Evaluating’ PSI Information

    NESN "It’s been more than a year now, and it sure sounds like we’re not very close to putting Deflategate fully behind us. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell raised eyebrows earlier this week when he said the NFL collected PSI data during the 2015 season not as a research study, rather the league was..." February 04

  • Rob Gronkowski: Pro Bowl 'might need to be changed' "Add Rob Gronkowski to the list of players (and fans) who'd like to see changes made to the Pro Bowl. Speaking on NFL Total Access in San Francisco on Wednesday, Gronk said it was impossible for him to make the trip to Hawaii last week to play in the Pro Bowl -- his body wouldn't allow..." February 04

  • The Patriots are already tied as the favorite to win Super Bowl 51

    Boston "Super Bowl 50 hasn’t yet been decided, and Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has already doled out their odds for Super Bowl 51. ESPN published an article which features the Super Bowl odds for each NFL team, and the Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks for the best..." February 03

  • Von Miller denies committing lewd act on Tom Brady

    Larry Brown Sports "Von Miller says he was not the Denver Broncos player who tried to commit a lewd act on Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game. Miller was a star for the Broncos in their 20-18 win over the New England Patriots as he recorded 2.5 sacks and multiple hits on the quarterback. After the game,..." February 03

  • Boomer Esiason Believes Tom Brady, Patriots Have More Super Bowls In Them

    NESN "Tom Brady isn’t here at Super Bowl 50, but Boomer Esiason believes the New England Patriots quarterback will be back in the big game sooner rather than later. “I think he has a good four or five years left,” Esiason told NESN’s Michaela Vernava on Monday at the Moscone Center. “… In my..." February 03

  • NFL says PSI ‘spot checks’ did not show any violations

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL launched a full-blown investigation last year amid allegations that the New England Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs, but that did not inspire the league to closely monitor air pressure this past season. A recent report indicated that the NFL was considering releasing the..." February 03

  • NFL to consider putting video on sideline tablets

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s embrace of tablet technology has been limited, to date. Soon, the bright blue Microsoft Surface devices that show up on sidelines could do more than simply show images of pre-snap formations. At a Tuesday press conference, NFL executive V.P. Brian Rolapp said that the league will..." February 02

  • Tom Brady already doing two-a-days to prepare for 2016

    Sportsnaut "In the immortal words of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady is already on to 2016 after the New England Patriots were ousted by the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship just over a week ago. Not only is Brady back in the training room, he’s already started doing two-a-days to prepare himself for the..." February 02

  • Survey: NFL Players Don't Trust That Team Doctors Have Their Best Interests At Heart

    Deadspin "The Associated Press just released a big report on the relationship between NFL players’ health and the training and medical care they get from their teams. There’s a whole lot of insight into the pervasiveness of injuries and the inadequacies NFL training staffs have with addressing them. Let’s..." February 02

  • Malcolm Butler Missed the Pro Bowl due to a Knee Injury Suffered in the AFC Championship Game

    Pats Pulpit "Prior to the New England Patriots’ 2015 season opener, second-year cornerback Malcolm Butler made it clear that he did not want to be defined solely by his game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX. While the 25-year old naturally will always be remembered for making one of the best plays in..." February 01

  • Aaron Hernandez loves Brady and Gronk, but not Kraft

    CSN New England "Patriots Nation may have forgotten -- or at least is trying to forget -- Aaron Hernandez, but the tight-end-turned-convicted-murderer hasn't forgotten Patriots Nation. In a letter to a prison pen pal obtained by TMZ, the incarcerated Hernandez says he watches the Pats games from a TV in a cell..." February 01

  • Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

    Los Angeles Times "It's the one day when many Americans gladly take a gamble: Super Bowl Sunday. As the Denver Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, millions of people will place some type of bet on the game even if they don't care about football. A minority will gamble legally at..." February 01

  • Pro Bowl TV ratings down, again

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Bowl was on ESPN Sunday night, and people were watching. But not as many people who watched in the past. The Pro Bowl drew a 5.0 overnight rating. That’s down from 5.6 last year and significantly down from the 6.7 rating the Pro Bowl got in 2014 when it was on NBC. Per Austin Karp of..." February 01

  • Aqib Talib credits Patriots: ‘I really learned how to be a professional over there’

    Boston "There’s a reason Aqib Talib, a shutdown corner, cost the Patriots only a fourth-round draft pick in a trade in 2012. The current Broncos cornerback has a checkered history, from battery charges, to aggravated assault allegations, to a performance enhancing drug suspension. But his trip to New..." February 01

  • NFL VP of Officiating says catch rule 'is in a good place right now'

    CBS Sports "Can we all agree that no one knows what a catch is? Dez Bryant still doesn't, more than a year after his infamous non-catch sent the Cowboys home in a playoff game against the Packers. You don't. I don't. The average fan sure doesn't. And yet NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said on Sunday..." February 01

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    ICYMI: Despite no picks in 1st and 5th rounds, Patriots still have draft assets;
    Bill Belichick touches on approach.

  • NFL should add a skills competition at the Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "As interest in the Pro Bowl flags, there’s an easy addition to Pro Bowl weekend that the NFL could use to spice things up: A skills competition. The other major sports all include a skills competition as part of their All-Star festivities. Baseball has the Home Run Derby. The NBA has the slam..." January 31

  • Report: Patriots Like Ohio State’s Braxton Miller As Potential Draft Target

    NESN "Tom Brady didn’t receive much help from his receivers when Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola missed time this season, so perhaps the New England Patriots will consider adding depth in that area in the 2016 NFL Draft. If so, Braxton Miller is an intriguing player to watch. The..." January 30

  • Lions hire Harold Nash as strength and conditioning coach

    Pro Football Talk "Lions General Manager Bob Quinn was hired after spending a long stretch in the Patriots front office and the team returned to those roots to find a new strength and conditioning coach. The Lions announced Friday that Harold Nash will fill that role. The Patriots let Nash go earlier this week as..." January 29

  • Patrick Graham leaving Pats to become Giants defensive line coach

    Pro Football Talk "The New England Patriots are losing one of their defensive assistants to the New York Giants. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Patriots linebackers coach Patrick Graham is leaving the team to join Ben McAdoo’s staff with the Giants as a defensive line coach." January 29

  • Peyton Manning gives Belichickian response to 'last rodeo' questions

    CBS Sports "On Sunday after toppling the New England Patriots and advancing to Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning was captured giving a message to Bill Belichick about the Super Bowl being his "last rodeo." "I don't know if it's been confirmed," Manning said before questioning the issue of microphones being..." January 29

  • Strategic planning must start now for Patriots with 'Big Four' on defense

    ESPN "On Wednesday morning, a ranking of the New England Patriots' free agents was passed along for this upcoming offseason, which highlights how the team doesn't have a significant group. That's why, in many ways, this offseason is as much about strategic planning with the "Big Four" on defense --..." January 28

  • New York's attorney general reportedly going after NFL ticket market's 'fixed game'

    Sporting News "Need two? If you're in New York, those tickets are going to cost you. So much so that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its price-floor practices on tickets, reported, citing unidentified sources. It's unclear..." January 28

  • Tom Brady shares handwritten letter thanking Patriots fans

    USA Today "Tom Brady and the New England Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, 20-18, in a battle of two legendary quarterbacks. While 39-year-old Peyton Manning said that this Super Bowl may be his last, 38-year-old Brady still has much more left in the tank, according to this letter he penned to..." January 28

  • Glenn Gronkowski to meet with New England Patriots "We already know there is room for two Gronkowskis in the NFL -- it's been done before. But could there be room for two on one team? Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski said he has a meeting scheduled with the New England Patriots for Wednesday night, the team his older brother Rob nearly..." January 28

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    Jeff Howe @jeffphowe

    Good news for LeGarrette Blount: He did not need surgery on his season-ending hip injury, per source.

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    Dan Roche @RochieWBZ

    A source tells #WBZ that #Patriots LB Jerod Mayo had surgery today to fix a torn pectoral muscle. He should be good to go for training camp

  • C.J. Anderson thanks Tom Brady: 'I have mad respect' "Are we sure there was ever really a rivalry between Peyton's Broncos and Brady's Patriots? Following Sunday's classic AFC Championship Game, Manning and Patriots coach Bill Belichick shared a special moment on the field in which the aging quarterback and the hoodied legend exchanged..." January 27

  • Number of Pro Bowlers hits record high as all seven Patriots back out

    Sporting News "Patriots fans hoping to see some of the team's best players in the Pro Bowl are out luck. All seven Patriots players selected to the NFL's all-star roster have backed out of Sunday's game in Hawaii. Quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebacker Jamie Collins, defensive end..." January 27

  • Broncos player on sacking Brady: 'I tried to rub my nuts on his face'

    The Score "An unnamed Denver Broncos player reportedly admitted to employing the much-feared BOFA strategy on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Sunday's AFC Championship Game. "I tried to lay on him a few times," a Broncos pass-rusher told Robert Klemko of after the game. "I tried..." January 27

  • Patriots Sign DT Joe Vellano to a Reserve/Future Contract

    Pats Pulpit "The New England Patriots keep working on their offseason roster. After already signing seven of nine 2015 practice squad players as well as linebacker James Vaughters to reserve/future contracts, the team has added another player to that list. According to his agent Sean Stellato, the Patriots..." January 26

  • Peyton told Belichick, “This might be my last rodeo”

    Pro Football Talk "As Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick embraced after the AFC Championship Game, Manning acknowledged that it may have been the last time the two of them competed against each other. Although both Manning and Belichick declined to go into specifics about what was said, NFL Network captured the..." January 26