Patriots Rumors & News

  • Will Patriots' investment in undrafted rookies pay off? "Bolstering a draft class reduced to just four players this past offseason, the Patriots invested more heavily than any other team in undrafted free agents. If the preseason opener is any indication, that investment could pay dividends on the 53-man roster. New England made BYU linebacker..." August 16

  • Tom Brady on Texans' Deshaun Watson: 'He has a great future'

    Houston Chronicle "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has built a legendary career, a rich experience highlighted by his five Super Bowl rings and a dozen Pro Bowl selections. And the 40-year-old four-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player shares the opinion of many in NFL circles, opining Wednesday that..." August 16

  • Did Bill Belichick take shot at Jets with ‘another team’ remark?

    Larry Brown Sports "There is no love lost between Bill Belichick and the Jets, and it appears the Patriots coach gave us a subtle reminder of that during a training camp press conference on Wednesday. While speaking before his team’s joint practice with the Texans, Belichick was asked about his relationship with..." August 16

  • Patriots' Rob Gronkowski says he'll pay $69,000 to wear the No. 69 jersey in a game

    CBS Sports "It's been a relatively quiet summer for Rob Gronkowski -- by his standards. But with summer dwindling, the 2017 Summer of Gronk is making one final push. On Tuesday, Bleacher Report published an interview with the Patriots tight end, who appeared on "The Simms and Lefkoe Podcast." During that..." August 16

  • Tom Brady: 'It's really a setup' to compare 2017 Patriots to undefeated 2007 team

    CBS Sports "Tom Brady has been an NFL starter for 16 seasons, and for 16 seasons, Tom Brady has never played on a losing team. The Patriots are 183-52 when he's under center, and that includes five Super Bowl titles and a staggering 14 seasons in which Brady led the team to double-digit wins. The..." August 15

  • Patriots holding nearly twice as many players out of games as rest of league

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots have long been proponents of joint workouts with other teams in training camp. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick may be using those snaps to take the place of evaluation he’d otherwise need a preseason game for. According to Mike Reiss of, the Patriots held 40 of their..." August 14

  • Belichick unfazed by joint practices with a familiar foe

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots played the Texans twice last year, in Week Three and in the postseason. They’ll square off again in Week Three this year. But that gives coach Bill Belichick no concerns about practicing against the Texans during training camp. “I mean, honestly, I don’t think it’s that big of a..." August 14

  • Julian Edelman thinks Tom Brady's preseason sideline routine is hilarious

    CBS Sports "The New England Patriots are playing their preseason opener on Thursday evening against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In true Patriots fashion, Bill Belichick has pretty much none of the starters playing. But just because you're not playing doesn't mean you can't still get in some reps. Right, Tom..." August 11

  • Deatrich Wise left with head injury Thursday night

    Pro Football Talk "Fourth-round pick Deatrich Wise is among the Patriots players vying for playing time at defensive end in the wake of Rob Ninkovich’s retirement, but his push hit a stumbling block on Thursday night. Wise, who got the start after showing well in recent practices, appeared to take a knee to the..." August 11

  • Austin Carr grabs attention with stellar show for Patriots

    Boston Herald "In the third quarter of last night’s preseason game between the Patriots and Jaguars, Jimmy Garoppolo sailed a pass well wide toward the left sideline. Wide receiver Austin Carr made a leaping attempt at the low throw. For a moment, it appeared he made an improbable catch on a misthrown ball...." August 11

  • Patriots sign DL Keionta Davis, release DB Dwayne Thomas

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots announced the signing of defensive lineman Keionta Davis. They released defensive back Dwayne Thomas. Davis, 23, was a two-time All-American at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He finished his college career with 31 sacks, second in school history." August 11

  • Preseason more than an exhibition for Jacoby Brissett

    Boston Herald "Patriots third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett is in a challenging position because his opportunities are virtually out of his control. That’s why tonight’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars — and the remainder of the exhibition schedule — is integral to Brissett’s..." August 10

  • Roger Goodell in favor of shortening preseason to 3 games

    WEEI Boston "Every football fan would agree, the NFL preseason is very boring, and it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would agree. “When I go around to fans, that’s maybe the No. 1 thing I hear,” Goodell said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “The NFL should do things to the highest possible standards...." August 10

  • Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among Pats expected not to play in preseason opener

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots will not be risking the health of many of their top players during their first preseason game. According to The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks are among the stars who are not expected to play during Thursday’s..." August 10

  • Tom Brady reveals exactly when he decided to change his diet and exercise habits

    CBS Sports "Over the past several years, Tom Brady has become notorious for an unusual and highly specific diet that has not only become the lifeblood for how he trains, but has actually become a profitable little side hustle. Brady has a new book coming out, "The TB12 Method," that is already a..." August 09

  • NFL To Hire Full Time Officials For First Time In League History

    Real GM Football "For the first time in NFL history, the league will have 21 to 24 full-time officials. Under the plan, each of the seven field officiating positions will be represented, with no more than five coming from one position. The full-time officials will come from the current roster of 124 game..." August 09

  • Vince Wilfork Signs Patriots Contract to Officially Retire with Franchise

    Bleacher Report "Vince Wilfork signed a one-day contract with the New England Patriots to officially retire with the team for which he played his first 11 years in the NFL. NBC Boston's Raul Martinez shared a video of Wilfork signing the contract and holding a Patriots jersey with team owner Robert Kraft. " August 09

  • Former Patriots coach Dick MacPherson dies at 86

    Pro Football Talk "Dick MacPherson, who capped a long coaching career with a two-year stint leading the Patriots, has died at the age of 86. MacPherson was born and raised in New England, played his college football at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and got his first head-coaching job at UMass. So when the..." August 08

  • Patriots become first NFL team to have own planes

    ESPN "The New England Patriots have become the first NFL team to buy their own plane to fly to games. Make that two planes. Sources tell ESPN that the reigning Super Bowl champions bought two 767 Boeing wide-body jets in the offseason and retrofitted them with all first-class seats, some of which..." August 08

  • How has Jay Cutler fared against the Patriots? Not too well

    Pro Football Talk "The Dolphins have set their sights on taking down the Patriots. Coach Adam Gase embraces the challenge, since it provides the ultimate measuring stick for any NFL team. Gase’s team’s new quarterback has faced that ultimate measuring stick three prior times. And the stick routinely has been..." August 07

  • Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks working hard to build a rapport

    ESPN "When the New England Patriots held an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, it probably wasn't a coincidence that coach Bill Belichick had quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Brandin Cooks on the same team. One of the critical parts of training camp has been Brady and Cooks being on the field..." August 07

  • Kraft gives Tom Brady’s mother a Super Bowl ring

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady excelled in 2016 while processing concern and worry for his mother, Galynn, who has been battling cancer. He drew motivation from her fight throughout the season, which culminated in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and arguably the greatest comeback in..." August 06

  • Danny Amendola ready for another Patriots playing time fight

    Boston Herald "For a moment, it looked like Danny Amendola wanted to throw down. The wide receiver locked up with cornerback Stephon Gilmore while blocking on a running play during yesterday’s training camp practice on the backfields of Gillette Stadium. The two remained entwined for a few moments before..." August 06

  • Brady is a master beer chugger, according to Brian Hoyer

    The Score "Never challenge Tom Brady to a beer-chugging contest. In honor of Brady turning 40 years old Thursday, ESPN's Mike Reiss spoke to several of his friends and former teammates about their favorite behind-the-scenes moments involving the New England Patriots quarterback. Among the gems was this..." August 06

  • Gilmore, Harris, Ealy, Cooks, Gillislee debut as starters for Patriots

    Pro Football Talk "It’s unofficial depth chart season, and one of the first teams to unveil it’s non-binding hierarchy of players has dropped several newcomers into key roles. On defense, the Patriots list cornerback Stephon Gilmore (pictured), linebacker David Harris, and defensive end Kony Ealy as..." August 06

  • Three Players In ‘Madden 18’ Have A Perfect 99 Rating

    Uproxx "As we inch ever closer to Madden 18‘s launch, it’s time to step away from the top players at their respective positions (see the best wide receivers, quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends here), to recognize the elite few who have made it into Madden’s honorable “Club 99.” These players have..." August 06

  • Patriots' Amendola not considering retirement

    ESPN "The possibility of retiring after Super Bowl LI never crossed receiver Danny Amendola's mind. Neither did playing for an organization other than the New England Patriots. So for the third straight offseason, Amendola accepted a pay cut to remain with the franchise. “I love playing for this..." August 06

  • Jimmy Garoppolo stinks it up in first 2017 scrimmage

    Pro Football Talk "It’s not quite yet time to send #Tommy floating on a sheet of ice. Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, heralded as the real deal and suspected by some to be the potential choice to succeed Brady as soon as 2018, had a rough time at a scrimmage on Friday. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald..." August 05

  • Dion Lewis trying to make up for time lost to injuries

    Providence Journal "Dion Lewis missed the first nine games last season as he rehabbed from a pair of knee surgeries, one to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November of 2016 and the other a cleanup procedure nine months later. Lewis made it back to the field 54 weeks after he went down, which isn’t the..." August 05

  • Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore giving Bill Belichick the physicality he wants

    Boston Herald "Bill Belichick’s vision is becoming a reality with his starting pair of cornerbacks. Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore bring an impressive level of physicality to the defensive perimeter, and have displayed a handful of promising examples during the opening week of training camp. Gilmore’s..." August 04

  • Tom Brady: Whether I had a concussion isn’t anybody’s business

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fielded questions from a group of reporters for the first time since Super Bowl LI today, and when asked about his wife’s claim that he suffered a concussion last year, he declined to answer. Asked specifically about Gisele Bundchen’s statement that Brady had a..." August 04

  • What to expect from a now 40-year-old Tom Brady, based on history

    Sporting News "Aug. 3, 2017 marks Tom Brady’s 40th birthday. Barring the unforeseen, the Patriots star will become the seventh quarterback to start at least one NFL game at age 40 or older since the start of the 2000 season, and the first New England QB ever to do so. And coming off one of the best seasons of..." August 03

  • Patriots bring five goats to practice to celebrate Tom Brady’s birthday

    Larry Brown Sports "Tom Brady celebrated his 40th birthday at training camp on Thursday, and the New England Patriots through him the most unique party you will ever see. Brady is often referred to as the G.O.A.T. — you know, the Greatest of All-Time. So what did the Patriots do? They brought five goats to..." August 03

  • Bill Belichick refuses to talk about Edelman-Gilmore fight

    Boston Herald "On Tuesday, Julian Edelman and Stephon Gilmore got into a bit of a tussle during practice, and Bill Belichick ejected both players from the rest of the day’s activities. That is standard procedure when two Patriots players fight in that setting. Yesterday, the coach refused to ackowledge that..." August 03

  • Gronk has the perfect gift idea for Tom Brady

    Pro Football Talk "What do you get for a guy who has everything? More of what he wants the most. Asked by reporters regarding his plans for quarterback Tom Brady’s 40th birthday on Thursday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn’t miss a beat. “I get him touchdowns,” Gronkowski said. “You’ve got to catch the..." August 02

  • Could Patriots Actually Be Even Better Than Expected In 2017?

    NESN "Comfort is a valuable commodity in New England for Patriots playing under Bill Belichick. Of course, comfort is a relative term around Gillette Stadium. No player is ever truly comfortable while playing under Belichick. He tells his team there are no starters, no guaranteed roster spots at..." August 02

  • Dion Lewis ready to show he can still be an electrifying running back

    Boston Herald "Two years ago, Dion Lewis, one of the new backs in town, unexpectedly knocked our socks off during the early camps, and later in training camp. It was hard not to be drawn to him, and ultimately mesmerized by his jaw-dropping dekes and jukes. He was a revelation and game-changer, when he..." August 01

  • Brandin Cooks says he’s shooting those arrows for the Lord

    Pro Football Talk "Ever since the league offered to relax their enforcement of touchdown celebrations, new Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks has been a bit of a target. Celebrations which involve mimicking violence are still verboten, but Cooks doesn’t know where his bow-and-arrow routine stands with the..." August 01

  • Bill Belichick on Kony Ealy: He’s building his versatility

    Pro Football Talk "The retirement of Rob Ninkovich leaves the Patriots with an opening at one of their defensive end spots heading into the season and one of the players in the mix is Kony Ealy. Ealy was acquired from the Panthers in an offseason trade and is getting acquainted with what the team is looking for..." August 01

  • Patriots had to do some ‘construction’ to make room for fifth Super Bowl banner

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots have won so many Super Bowls since they built their new stadium that they have literally run out of room for the banners. In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Gillette Stadium has undergone some changes during the offseason..." August 01

  • Julian Edelman, Stephon Gilmore booted from practice after fight

    Pro Football Talk "On-field scuffles are a regular occurrence during training camp practices and different teams deal with them in different ways. The Cowboys weren’t displeased when tussles broke out at their camp last week and coach Jason Garrett said “you’d rather have to dial it back than constantly having to..." August 01

  • Patriots' Tom Brady once again tops in NFL merchandise sales

    ESPN "Fans bought more Tom Brady merchandise than any other player from March to May, according to numbers released Tuesday by the NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association. It marks the ninth time in the last 13 quarters that the New England Patriots..." August 01

  • Goodell reiterates plan to attend opening night in New England

    Pro Football Talk "When the Patriots hang their fifth banner on September 7, the Commissioner will be making his first appearance in Boston since #DeflateGate. Speaking at a Jets fan forum on Monday, Roger Goodell reiterated that he’ll attend the Chiefs-Patriots game. Via Brian Costello of the New York Post,..." August 01

  • David Harris: Jets “blindsided” me

    Pro Football Talk "Linebacker David Harris felt disrespected by the Jets’ timing of his release. The Jets cut Harris on June 6. He signed with the Patriots on June 21. “They kind of blindsided me with the whole thing, being so late in the offseason, a week before minicamp,” Harris said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio...." August 01

  • Brandin Cooks’ aim is true with his touchdown celebrations

    Boston Herald "The way things have been going lately, arrows may soon fill the New England sky. Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks has gotten off to a blistering start in training camp, and that momentum has carried over from a fine offseason workout program. He leads the team with 11 catches on Tom Brady..." July 31

  • Rob Gronkowski is working with Tom Brady’s nutritional “guru”

    Boston Herald "Rob Gronkowski was at a crossroads. He was worried about his football future. At 28, given his extensive list of injuries and surgeries, the latest forcing him to miss Super Bowl LI, Gronk seemed closer to retirement than the quarterback whose locker is a few seats away. Gronkowski always has..." July 31

  • Eric Rowe makes early jump at cornerback

    Boston Herald "If the idea of the Patriots’ traditional nickel defense is to field the three best cornerbacks, thus far Eric Rowe is making it an easy choice for Bill Belichick and the coaching staff. Rowe has backed up an impressive nine-week offseason workout program with two stout days to open training..." July 30

  • Rob Ninkovich expected to announce retirement after 11 NFL seasons

    Pro Football Talk "During a recent visit to PFT Live, 33-year-old Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich said he has no specific plan for playing to a certain age and would take it one year at a time. As it turns out, this year could be the year when he retires. Not after it, but before. Mike Reiss of notes..." July 30

  • Bill Belichick scoffs at evaluating players before the pads are on

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Day 2 of training camp that asking him to evaluate players right now is a waste of time. “You know, you guys are asking a lot of questions about what have we seen from ‘this’ guy, what are we seeing from ‘that’ guy. We’ve yet to put on pads,..." July 29

  • Report: NFL To Walk Away From Deal To Fund Concussion Research With $16 Million Unpaid

    Deadspin "The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying..." July 28

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