Patriots Rumors & News

  • And in the Third Patriots Preseason Game, the Defense Came to Life against Panthers

    Boston Globe "Chandler Jones sacked Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton twice and Rob Ninkovich added a sack as well as the Patriots defense tried to pitch a shutout in their third preseason game, beating the Panthers 30-7. Backup Patriots linebacker Steve Beauharnais picked off Panthers second stringer..." August 23

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    As expected, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will sit tonight. Everything is still on course, though -- Optimistic, but not certain about Wk 1.

  • Brandon Bolden says competition has made him better

    Providence Journal "When Brandon Bolden first got to Foxboro, he looked up to Danny Woodhead and second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. Last year, the running back group had LeGarrette Blount and, for a short while, Leon Washington to show the younger players the way. This season, Bolden said he..." August 22

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • LaFell: Shell-shocked to comfortable

    ESPN Boston "Wide receiver Brandon LaFell knows he has come a long way since joining the New England Patriots, especially in the last two weeks of training camp. “From OTA to now, if I had to put it on a scale from zero to 10, I would say like an 8 now,” LaFell said Tuesday. “OTAs I was shell-shocked,..." August 19

  • Stevan Ridley’s fate in his hands

    Boston Herald "When it comes to putting the ball on the ground, Stevan Ridley doesn’t have the luxury of skating by on a technicality. Fair or not, that’s just how it is when you have a reputation as a fumbler. While his fumble during Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles might not..." August 19

  • Stevan Ridley: 'Sick feeling' with latest fumble

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has always been up-front about some of his past struggles with ball security, and Monday was no different. Ridley's final play in Friday's preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was ruled a fumble. The Patriots recovered, but Ridley..." August 18

  • Secondary takes new emphasis in stride

    Boston Herald "Darrelle Revis doesn’t seem worried about all the penalties being called against players who make a living playing cornerback or safety. At least, that’s the message the Patriots’ all-world defender conveyed following Friday night’s flag-a-thon at Gillette Stadium. The new emphasis on..." August 18

  • Gronk partakes in full-team drills for 1st time

    ESPN Boston "It was a familiar sight on the New England Patriots practice field on Monday afternoon -- quarterback Tom Brady once again connecting with tight end Rob Gronkowski in full-team drills. In fact, with Gronkowski graduating to full-team drills for the first time since undergoing surgery on his torn..." August 18

  • Develin enjoys being on the receiving end

    Providence Journal "With each passing week, James Develin’s days as a defensive lineman at Brown University become more and more forgettable. Instead of plugging holes, Develin began his career as a tough-guy fullback with the Patriots. Now paper-thin at tight end, the Patriots are choosing to throw the football..." August 16

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    Adam Levitan @adamlevitan

    Edelman & Kenbrell were in all 2-wide sets. Amendola and LaFell only in 3- and 4-wide. Much is muddled here, but Edelman as No. 1 is a lock.

  • Patriots beat Eagles in preseason matchup, 42-35

    CSN New England "Apparently three days of practice with referees closely watching over their every move was not enough for the Patriots and Eagles to get a feel for how the games will be called. Friday night's matchup between New England and Philadelphia, a 42-35 win for the hosts, may have been a precursor for..." August 16

  • Jimmy Garoppolo rises above

    Boston Herald "From the deepest hole on the depth chart, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo has risen to stake his claim as the Patriots backup quarterback. And really, it all happened over eight days. Garoppolo took over for Tom Brady after two series in the first quarter of last night’s preseason matchup against the..." August 16

  • Cary Williams apologizes to Belichick "The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles had just concluded Friday night's preseason game and coach Bill Belichick stayed on the field to shake hands with several Philadelphia players. Soon enough, in a flurry of black Eagles jerseys, Belichick somehow wound up across from cornerback..." August 16

  • Dan Connolly in a battle

    Boston Herald "Dan Connolly reads the papers. He hears the talk. He knows what time it is, which for a guy like him is often seen as time to pack. Yet Connolly has survived eight years in the NFL despite being an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State. Seven of those years have been with the..." August 15

  • Brady hopes for significant playing time Friday "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't play in last week's preseason opener, but all signs point to him doing so Friday night against the Eagles. Brady stressed the importance of doing so. "That’s very valuable playing experience for me, too. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Jeremy Maclin gets better of Darrelle Revis, but tweaks hamstring "All offseason long, we've had to listen to various players brag about how they're the best cornerback in the game. Patrick Peterson has said it. So has Richard Sherman and DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Flowers and probably scores more I'm forgetting. Oh, and Darrelle Revis most likely thinks the..." August 13

  • Gronk far from a sure thing to play Week One

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly..." August 13

  • Source: Cowboys trade for CB Justin Green to help embattled secondary

    Dallas Morning News "Ben Bass (pictured above) took the field with his Cowboys teammates Tuesday afternoon for a practice session against the Oakland Raiders. The defensive tackle then turned around and was escorted to the locker room before practice got underway. The reason: a Cowboys team desperate for help in..." August 13

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Patriots are trading for #Packers DE Jerel Worthy, source says. Former 2nd round pick. Late-round pick going back

  • Aaron Hernandez's relative pleads guilty to criminal contempt in case "Tanya Singleton, a relative of Aaron Hernandez, was imprisoned last August for refusing to testify to a grand jury about the shooting of Odin Lloyd. On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to her criminal contempt charge, but because of her advanced breast cancer, Fall River Superior Court judge E...." August 12

  • Patriots Receiver Facing a Four-Game Suspension

    CSN New England "On an otherwise flat night for the Patriots, two guys that spiked for the Patriots were receiver Brian Tyms and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Everybody knew the story behind Garoppolo, the Patriots second-round pick. Not so with Tyms, signed by the Patriots on July 27 right after camp..." August 11

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    Gronk says he’s feeling stronger every day. No setbacks. But no timetable for his return to contact

  • Patriots add three tight ends, cut two tight ends

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots have a well-earned reputation for trying to stock the roster with talented tight ends, and they’ve made a few more moves on that front this morning. Two tight ends, Justin Jones and Asa Watson, have been waived. Three other tight ends, Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and Terrence..." August 10

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    So that's Ben Hartsock in, Justin Jones and Asa Watson out for the #Patriots. One more move coming

  • Bill Belichick loves new technology, but only if it works

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s sideline VCR clock is still reading 12:00. The new tablet computers that the league has introduced this year could be beneficial to coaches on the sidelines, but only if they work properly. That was an issue for Belichick during Thursday’s game at Washington,..." August 09

  • Jimmy Garoppolo took giant leap

    Boston Herald "We don’t know when the torch will be passed from Tom Brady to his eventual successor. It might be in four years, when his contract expires. It might be longer than that. No one really knows. What we learned Thursday night at FedEx Field does provide a little comfort toward that inevitable..." August 09

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    AFC exec on Mallett: “I know what I saw last year on tape. Hearing from media he's lighting up training ...

  • Curran: Revis will move around

    Pro Football Talk "The demise of Revis Island possibly has been greatly exaggerated. Tom Curran of, appearing on Thursday’s PFT Live, said he doesn’t buy the idea that Revis will play only on the left side of the defensive formation, with Brandon Browner on the right." August 08

  • Mallett struggles, Garoppolo shines in preseason opener

    Providence Journal "Ryan Mallett is entering his fourth NFL season and the final year on his rookie contract. He plays behind quarterback legend Tom Brady, which is to say he doesn’t play during the regular season at all. The forward-thinking Patriots drafted another passer, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round of..." August 08

  • Redskins use to run to beat Patriots

    CSN Washington "Some are predicting that Jay Gruden will be “pass happy” as coach of the Washington Redskins. If his first preseason game was any sort of indicator, those folks may be rethinking their views before too long. Gruden called 42 rushing plays and 27 passes in his NFL debut. Washington piled up 177..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • Mallett making mistakes he made his rookie year

    CSN New England "Ryan Mallett has been in the spotlight over the past few days as many are questioning his future with the New England Patriots. Chris Price joined Sports Tonight to discuss what he has seen from Mallett over the course of his career. "To me, Mallett is a fascinating guy," said Price. "I..." August 07

  • Source: Ryan Mallett to start Patriots' preseason opener tonight against Redskins

    Boston Herald "Tom Brady has paid his dues this week. Quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight's preseason opener against the Redskins, according to a source. Since Brady entered his first training camp as the fulltime starter in 2002, he has only sat out three preseason openers (2005, 2008, 2011)...." August 07

  • Arrival of Revis, Browner signals new approach for Patriots secondary "The NFL made aggressive play in the secondary a point of emphasis this offseason, and perhaps coincidentally, the New England Patriots did, too. Now the question is: How much might those two efforts come into direct conflict this season? The league is asking its referees to strictly enforce..." August 07

  • Eagles CB stands by Pats 'cheaters' opinion "Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said Tuesday he stands by his opinion that the New England Patriots are "cheaters" and said he isn't afraid he will be targeted for retribution by New England when the teams hold joint practices next week. Williams first made his opinion on the..." August 07

  • Brady on LaFell: Nice to have 'bigger' wideout

    CSN New England "Training camp didn’t start the way Brandon LaFell would have liked. His hands have always been inconsistent and we saw that seemingly every session. Maybe it was one pass, sometimes two, occasionally even three, where a Tom Brady ball pinged off Lafell’s hands let a tennis ball comes off the..." August 06

  • Williams stands by 'cheaters' comment

    Delaware Online "Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said he wasn't backing down from his comments last week when he called the Patriots "cheaters" and said that the three days of joint practices between the two teams next week are basically a waste of time. Williams may or may not have been disciplined by Eagles..." August 06

  • WR Chad Johnson hopeful for return "Former six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson is currently in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. But according to Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, the 36-year old receiver is still hopeful for one more chance to return to the NFL. Johnson was released in training camp by..." August 06

  • How will Patriots employ Darrelle Revis?

    Boston Globe "The NFL has an exciting trio of young superstar cornerbacks in Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, and Joe Haden, but former Patriots great Rodney Harrison is still a Darrelle Revis guy, through and through. Revis doesn’t have to rely on zone coverages or sticking to one side of the field like..." August 05

  • Revis Dominating Camp, Patriots Already Working to Extend Deal

    Bleacher Report "The New England Patriots signed cornerback Darrelle Revis to a two-year deal this offseason. Has Revis lived up to his All-Pro status thus far in training camp? Could the Patriots already be looking to lock him up long term? How much money would they be willing to spend on extending..." August 05

  • Healthy Vince Wilfork’s words carry weight

    Boston Herald "One by one, Vince Wilfork has marked off the items on his comeback checklist from a torn Achilles tendon. By the sound of it, Wilfork has reached the point where the injury no longer exists. Take part in organized team activities. Check. Take part in non-contact drills. Check. Take part..." August 05

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    I'm hearing that Gronk hasn't had any setbacks, he's just being kept out of these joint practices as a precaution

  • Four teams made waivers claim for Michael Bowie

    Pro Football Talk "If the Browns violated any unwritten rules by claiming Seahawks right tackle Michael Bowie on waivers as the team tried to slip him through to injured reserve, the Browns weren’t alone. Per a league source, the Saints, Patriots, and Cowboys also made waivers claims for Bowie. The Patriots..." August 04

  • Pats' Ryan Mallett is a legitimate starting QB "After working out for the New England Patriots last week, free agent Brady Quinn hinted that a trade would have to happen for the Pats to sign him. If Bill Belichick's phone starts buzzing with trade feelers, he can thank NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock for hyping backup quarterback Ryan Mallett..." August 04

  • Dominique Easley won't travel to Richmond, still at least a week away from practicing

    Boston Herald "Patriots first-round pick Dominique Easley hasn't been cleared to begin practicing this week and won't travel with the team to Richmond today, according to a source. The defensive tackle, who is on the non-football injury list, continues to rehab his torn ACL, and the team wants his knee to be..." August 03

  • RG III hopes to talk to Tom Brady "Robert Griffin III already has played against elite quarterbacks -- ones with Super Bowls in their past and Hall of Fame speeches in their future. Griffin hasn't spent three days practicing against one, however, and that's why he's looking forward to the Washington Redskins' workouts this week..." August 03

  • Patriots camp standout Daxton Swanson has traveled rocky road

    Providence Journal "Adversity is nothing new for Daxton Swanson. He faced it in college. He faced it last season after going undrafted out of Sam Houston State. And he knows he faces it now as he tries to earn a spot on the Patriots roster. But the 23-year-old cornerback faced a different kind of hardship to start..." August 02

  • Rodney Harrison goes off on Pats' lack of Super Bowls

    CSN New England "Sitting on a stage with Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy and Otis Smith apparently brought Rodney Harrison back a few years. The former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports football analyst threw down the gauntlet to the current Patriots Friday night at Ty Law’s Patriots Hall of Fame induction..." August 02