Patriots Rumors & News

  • Rob Gronkowski: 'We got a lot of confidence' in Jimmy Garoppolo

    247 Sports "The last time Rob Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo, the New England Patriots were trailing the Kansas City Chiefs by 34 points in September of 2014. Garoppolo, then a rookie second-round pick, has yet to throw another in regular-season play. But that’ll soon change when..." July 23

  • Cardinals' Palmer: Starting 1-0 more important than beating Brady

    The Score "Tom Brady or not, the Arizona Cardinals just want a win. Carson Palmer backed up teammate Calais Campbell's previous comments stating that their team is more concerned about picking up a 'W' in their season opener than claiming bragging rights over Brady. "Yes, to an extent (I would like to..." July 23

  • Bill Belichick has the NFL’s least diverse coaching staff

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick has assembled the least diverse staff of any head coach in the NFL, according to an ESPN study of diversity in NFL coaching. Belichick’s staff of 14 coaches includes just two minorities, meaning the Patriots have the NFL’s least diverse staff, according to ESPN...." July 22

  • Cedric Cobbs avoids jail, tells judge he’s being treated for brain injury

    Arkansas Online "A suspected brain injury from 14 years of playing football, a positive attitude and the support of a treatment center director led a federal judge to impose a no-prison sentence Thursday for former Arkansas Razorback Cedric Cobbs. Cobbs, 35, who left Arkansas in 2004 to join the National..." July 22

  • Aaron Hernandez’s defense dream team to debut today

    Boston Herald "Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez and his new defense dream team will make their first public appearance together at a hearing this afternoon in 
Plymouth Superior Court. The proceeding is expected to address defense motions pertaining to double-homicide charges Hernandez, 26, has pending in..." July 21

  • Patriots head to camp with Jimmy Garoppolo taking early QB reins

    ESPN "The New England Patriots open training camp July 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Here's a closer look at the Patriots' camp, which wraps up in mid- to late August: Top storyline: Can third-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo keep things afloat in season-opening games at..." July 20

  • Patriots have the shortest roster in the league and averages out to a short, squat, Joe Cardona

    Pats Pulpit "Our friends over at Bleeding Green Nation decided to figure out the average height and weight of NFL rosters around the league and the takeaway is pretty great. The Patriots have the shortest roster in the league with an average height of 73.63 inches, or a hair taller than 6’1 1/2. Despite..." July 20

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • LeGarrette Blount not guaranteed roster spot

    Sportsnaut "One of the biggest question marks for the New England Patriots heading into training camp is just how the running back situation is going to play out. Last year’s breakout star Dion Lewis missed the final nine games of the season after suffering a torn ACL. This came after he put up 622 total..." July 20

  • If Jimmy Garoppolo shines in 4 games, who in NFL would make push for him?

    Yahoo! Sports "This time one year ago, the NFL at large barely knew Brock Osweiler. Buried behind the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning, his draft dossier was collecting dust in opposing personnel departments, slowly decaying until an unexpected break changed everything. But a few solid games and timing carried..." July 20

  • Steelers' Williams has no empathy for Patriots

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a season in which DeAngelo Williams injured his foot two quarters before the start of the playoffs and was relegated to watching the banged-up Steelers come within minutes of the AFC championship game, it's difficult for the veteran running back to feel sorry about any player or any team..." July 20

  • Why the NFLPA needs to keep fighting DeflateGate even if Tom Brady won't

    SB Nation "In its statement Friday, the NFLPA indicated it could still continue to pursue DeflateGate all the way to the Supreme Court. “We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court,” the union said. Brady has also reportedly authorized..." July 19

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, ESPN.com reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • ESPN hires former Patriots receiver Randy Moss as an analyst

    Boston "Randy Moss, an electrifying and sometimes controversial wide receiver for 14 NFL seasons, including three-plus for the Patriots, is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. The network confirmed via press release Monday that it had hired Moss, who spent the past three years in a similar if lower profile..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Pats safety Nate Ebner selected to U.S. rugby team for Rio Olympics

    ESPN "New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner has become the only active NFL player to qualify for the Rio Olympics and will represent USA Rugby. USA Rugby Men's Sevens coach Mike Friday announced the 12 athletes and his seven staff to represent Team USA on Monday. Ebner took a leave of absence..." July 18

  • Randy Moss on NFL's marijuana ban: 'Loosen up the rules and let everybody live'

    CBS Sports "During Randy Moss' NFL career, in which he caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns, he openly admitted to smoking marijuana. So, it should come as no surprise to hear Moss, who hasn't played since the 2012 season, rail against the league's marijuana policy. When speaking with..." July 18

  • Gronk Plays Air Guitar for McCartney at Fenway

    CSN New England "Boston sports and rock and roll collided at Fenway Park on Sunday night when Paul McCartney played a sold out concert at the legendary ballpark. Before performing the song “Helter Skelter,” McCartney had a surprise for the crowd in the form of New England Patriots tight end Rob..." July 18

  • Patriots' Edelman: Foot feels better every day

    The Score "New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman says his surgically repaired foot continues to improve on a daily basis as training camp nears. "I'm feeling a day better than yesterday, and I'm feeling a second better than the last second," Edelman said at his youth football camp this week,..." July 17

  • Why Tom Brady might still receive No. 1 reps early in training camp

    ESPN "One closely watched storyline early in Patriots training camp will be how the four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady affects Bill Belichick’s practice plans at quarterback, and there’s a strong chance it will mostly be the status quo. Belichick annually says training camp is about..." July 17

  • Patriots’ Julian Edelman keeps a bit quiet on quarterback situation

    Boston Herald "As campers whizzed around the field in a sea of white shirts, Julian Edelman stood at the 50-yard line dressed in a red hat and T-shirt. While he served as signal caller for the day at his youth football camp, the Patriots wide receiver was less eager to talk about the guys that will be wearing..." July 17

  • Robert Kraft Hammers NFL’s ‘Flawed And Biased’ Deflategate Investigation

    NESN "Robert Kraft isn’t happy, but he also knows it’s time to move on and get ready for the 2016 season. The New England Patriots owner wasted little time issuing a statement Friday afternoon after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced he was giving up his fight and accepting his four-game..." July 15

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Brady will not appeal 4-game suspension

    wmtw.com "Tom Brady will not appeal his four-game suspension to the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal appeals court this week rejected the New England Patriots quarterback's latest attempt to overturn his "Deflategate" suspension." July 15

  • Report: Brady saved nearly $2M by appealing suspension

    The Score "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has accepted his four-game suspension, but it won't cost him nearly as much as it would have last season. After being granted a stay for the 2015 season, Brady renegotiated his contract so that he would save nearly $2 million while serving his..." July 15

  • Jimmy Garoppolo's leadership, command of Patriots' offense grows

    ESPN "It happened so quickly that it would have been easy to overlook, which is the way a lot of things unfold with the New England Patriots' fast-paced offense. It was no-huddle work at practice, players aligning quickly, running the play, and then hustling back for the next one. The purpose seemed..." July 15

  • Bill Simmons Accuses The NFL Of Leaking Anti-Tom Brady Info Through Stephen A. Smith, Other ESPN Employees

    College Spun "Bill Simmons fired another shot at his former employer this morning. The now-HBO personality is accusing the NFL of leaking anti-Tom Brady news to ESPN employees during the Deflategate saga. Simmons is specifically claiming that top ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is one of these..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • NFLPA Statement on Brady Decision: There Were Clear Violations of Our CBA

    CSN New England "In response to the Second Circuit's determination not to rehear Tom Brady's case against the NFL, the NFLPA has released a statement saying that it is "disappointed" in the decision. From the players' union: The NFL Players Association is a labor Union that protects the rights of all of its..." July 13

  • Calais Campbell excited to face Jimmy Garoppolo

    Pro Football Talk "There’s still a chance that an appeal to the Supreme Court will work out for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but the prospect that he’ll miss the first four games of the season became likelier with Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reject his request for a..." July 13

  • Can Jimmy Garoppolo keep Patriots afloat if Tom Brady's suspension stands?

    USA Today "Jimmy Garoppolo has never started an NFL game. Half of his 20 career completions came in a meaningless Week 17 game in 2014. His lone touchdown pass occurred in garbage time on a night when his New England Patriots were blown out 41-14. But when it comes to preparations for temporarily..." July 13

  • Tom Brady’s request for a rehearing in Deflategate is denied

    New York Daily News "Tom Brady is down to one last Hail Mary in his battle to overturn his Deflategate suspension. The second circuit court of appeals has denied the Patriots quarterback's request for a rehearing, according to multiple reports. His only option if he wants to continue his fight against Roger Goodell..." July 13

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Wes Welker says he hasn’t spoken to Bill Belichick since he was with Patriots

    Boston "There’s been roughly three years of radio silence between Wes Welker and Bill Belichick. On 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich Show” on Tuesday, the hosts asked Welker when he last spoke to the Patriots head coach, and at first, he struggled to remember. “I spoke with him probably right..." July 12

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • No action taken on Brady's request to rehear suspension appeal

    Pro Football Talk "On May 23, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady requested a rehearing of the appeal that reinstated his four-game suspension arising from #DeflateGate. Nearly seven weeks later, there hasn’t been a peep from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in response to the petition and a flurry of..." July 11

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Rob Gronkowski Stands Behind Ben Affleck’s Profanity-Laden Deflategate Rant

    NESN "Ben Affleck said exactly what Rob Gronkowski couldn’t. The actor and director appeared on Bill Simmons’ HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” recently and spoke about the NFL’s handling of Deflategate and Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for it in a tirade that included 18 F-bombs. And Gronkowski thinks..." July 07

  • Edelman Says He Used to Pretend to Be Brady in Eighth Grade

    CSN New England "The bromance between Tom Brady and Julian Edelman is well-documented, but at one point in time the admiration between the pair was more of a one-way street. Edelman did an interview for the July issue of August Man Magazine, via Only in Boston, in which he described his long-ago, long-distance..." July 07

  • Patriots CB Malcolm Butler sends out cryptic tweets

    Pats Pulpit "New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is already a legend. He made the single most impactful play in NFL history with his goal line interception in Super Bowl XLIX and followed it up with a Pro Bowl season as a starting cornerback. Butler will become a restricted free agent after the..." July 05

  • Tom Brady won’t appear at Republican convention to support Donald Trump

    Pro Football Talk "Tom Brady now has something in common with Mike Ditka. Despite being close to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, the Patriots quarterback will not appear at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That Brady’s steering..." July 05

  • Amendola explains why Patriots receivers are so hard to stop

    The Score "The New England Patriots have found a way under Tom Brady to generate a successful passing game every season, regardless of the size of their receivers. With the exceptions of Rob Gronkowski and Randy Moss, smaller receivers like Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Troy Brown, Wes Welker, and Deion..." July 03

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Wilfork flaunts his body, tells Brady to have wife Gisele call him

    The Score "Now that he's had a taste of the modeling world, Houston Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is ready to take it on full force." June 29

  • Tom Brady broke his paddle after losing ping-pong game to Patriots teammate

    Sporting News "Tom Brady is competitive on the gridiron — we know that. But his cutthroat attitude apparently extends to table tennis. Appearing on SportsCenter, Patriots receiver Danny Amendola told a story about how his quarterback became upset after a game of ping-pong." June 29

  • Danny Amendola feeling “really good” after surgeries

    Pro Football Talk "It’s a quiet time around the league right now, which leaves players coming off of injuries with little to do other than make sure that they’re feeling well when it comes time for training camp. Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is in that group. Amendola had knee and ankle surgeries earlier..." June 28

  • Do the Patriots really have the 2nd oldest offense in the NFL?

    Pats Pulpit "Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski compiled the average age of offensive skill positions around the league and the New England Patriots rank 31st, thanks in part to quarterback Tom Brady who has a birthday in July and is expected to turn 73 years old. Kempski chose the quarterback, the running back,..." June 28

  • Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount will be a lot more fun behind a good offensive line

    Pats Pulpit "“The crowd goes mild” was one of my favorite responses after news broke of the Patriots signing running back LeGarrette Blount. I think the deplorable offensive line play in 2015 is a large factor in the lack of excitement surrounding Blount. We’ve covered that Blount gained yards at a roughly..." June 28