Patriots Rumors & News

  • Patriots RB Dion Lewis Returns To Practice

    Pro Football Rumors "Patriots running back Dion Lewis returned to practice today, as Ian Rapoport of tweets. Now that he has taken the practice field, the Patriots’ 21-day window for activation has begun. Lewis was placed on the PUP list in late August as he continued his rehab his knee. Lewis was a key..." October 27

  • Poll finds anthem protests hurting NFL ratings

    ESPN "A variety of factors are leading to fans watching NFL games for fewer minutes this season, but a poll taken this week suggests that protests over the national anthem are the most dominant factor. In a Seton Hall Sports Poll released Thursday, 56 percent of those surveyed said they believed fans..." October 27

  • Goodell defends NFL policies, says league has ‘made tremendous progress’ on domestic violence

    New York Daily News "Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara admitted this week to his and the team's "misguided decisions" with regard to ex-kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offered up no such contrition Wednesday night when he made his first public..." October 27

  • Bills to Patriots: Respect our sideline and move on

    ESPN "Several Bills defensive backs said they will retaliate if a Patriots player runs through their pregame drills again Sunday when the two AFC East opponents meet at New Era Field. Bills safeties Robert Blanton and Aaron Williams and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman were each fined for a pregame..." October 27

  • Patriots' Dion Lewis expected to return to practice this week

    CBS Sports "Tom Brady has sliced up opposing defenses in the three games he's played since his return from a four-game suspension to open the season. Brady has completed 75.2 percent of his passes for an incredible 9.9 yards per attempt. He has thrown eight touchdowns and no picks and has a passer rating of..." October 26

  • Tom Brady's mom says quarterback is the fastest football player on the field

    CBS Sports "Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL. He might be the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL. You could even make the argument he's the greatest player in the history of the sport. He is not, however, the fastest player. That is not an argument you can make -- unless you're Tom..." October 26

  • Report: Jonathan Kraft and Jerry Jones fight over NFL teams’ GIF usage

    Sportsnaut "The NFL owners are currently meeting in Houston to discuss many things. One particular topic led to an argument so intense that New England Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft left the room after a spat with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the fight..." October 26

  • Nate Washington works out for Bucs

    Pro Football Talk "Veteran wide receiver Nate Washington worked out for the Buccaneers Tuesday. Washington, 33, was released by the Patriots in August. He caught 47 passes for the Texans last year and has caught at least 40 passes every season since 2008." October 26

  • Broncos Trade 2017 5th-Rd Pick To Patriots For TE A.J. Derby

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter is reporting that the Broncos have traded a 2017 draft pick to the Patriots in return for TE A.J. Derby. Field Yates confirms the report and adds that the Patriots will receive a 2017 fifth-round pick in return for Derby. “A.J. is a young tight end who can help us immediately,”..." October 25

  • Patriots acquire linebacker Kyle Van Noy from Lions

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions and Patriots can work easily together, since Lions General Manager Bob Quinn used to work with Bill Belichick. And now they’ve swapped a starter, a week ahead of the trade deadline. In a deal that was broken by more ESPN reporters than people involved, the Lions sent linebacker..." October 25

  • There Are No Elite Teams in 2016

    The Ringer "For the first time in weeks, the NFL was the only show in town on Sunday night. With the World Series matchup set and the three presidential debates mercifully a thing of the past, Sunday Night Football took center stage as the weekend wound to a close. What followed was a game that will likely be..." October 25

  • Tom Brady Says Patriots Have Audible Calls Titled 'Clinton' and 'Trump'

    The Comeback "A day after it sounded like New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yelled out “Trump!” during the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t back away from the fact his team uses the names of presidential nominees to call audibles. During his..." October 25

  • Patriots waive Anthony Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots waived defensive lineman Anthony Johnson on Monday. Johnson had played in four games this season for the Patriots, starting one. He also served a previous short stint on the practice squad, and he could end up back on the team’s practice squad. " October 24

  • Tom Brady offers strong stance on domestic violence

    WEEI Boston "One of the biggest topics in the NFL over the past few years and even more so this week with the Josh Brown situation is domestic violence. Brown was suspended only one game to start the season, but then more information came out this past week, which forced the NFL to place Brown on the..." October 24

  • Why the New England Patriots won't win the Super Bowl

    Fox Sports "This NFL Sunday proved two things: 1) The New England Patriots are the best team in football; 2) The New England Patriots will not win the Super Bowl, and you can bet your cutoff hoodie and Microsoft Surface on it. It's not a lineup thing, it's not a playbook thing, it's not a depth thing, it's..." October 24

  • Stephen Gostkowski: Right now, I just stink

    Providence Journal "There’s a problem brewing in New England and it puts the Patriots in uncharted territory. On Sunday, Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point at 6:19 of the third quarter. The kicker now has five misses (three field goals and two extra points) in the last six games. The 11-year veteran has long..." October 24

  • Rob Gronkowski is really excited that his next touchdown is No. 69

    CBS Sports "If you had to guess what Rob Gronkowski's favorite number was, your first choice would be 69. That's because Gronk is the bro-iest bro that ever bro'd, and it's a nice number. The Patriots tight end essentially confirmed it's his favorite number on Sunday night after the Pats' victory over the..." October 24

  • Blount, Pats bulldoze Steelers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- LeGarrette Blount walked away from the Pittsburgh Steelers two years ago because he felt they weren't using him enough. On this day, he simply ran away from them. Blount rushed for two touchdowns and 127 yards against his former team, and the New England Patriots turned to..." October 23

  • 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