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  • Who'll be Tom Brady's backup? A quarterback controversy may be brewing with Patriots

    CBS Sports "When it was time for Tom Brady to come out of Thursday's preseason contest with the Panthers, it was rookie Jarrett Stidham who grabbed his helmet and went under center. Veteran quarterback and longtime backup Brian Hoyer, meanwhile, watched from the bench.  Stidham played..." August 24

  • Trust trumps talent for Tom Brady's receivers with Patriots

    NBC Sports Boston "Tom Brady’s stat line Thursday night: 8-for-12 for 75 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and two tossed helmets. Brady was on the field for three drives against the Panthers. The final one was a 15-play, 85-yard sojourn that ended with a James Develin touchdown from the..." August 24

  • Predicting This Year's Biggest Fantasy Football Breakout Wide Receivers

    Bleacher Report "As NFL teams have become more pass-heavy, wide receivers have gained value in fantasy football. The increasingly popular "ZeroRB" draft strategy is centered around loading up on high-end receivers. However, many fantasy drafters like to spend early-round picks on..." August 23

  • FA WR Justin Hunter Working Out For Jets, Redskins, Texans, Patriots & Ravens

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, free agent WR Justin Hunter is healthy after dealing with a torn labrum and is conducting a series of team workouts with the Jets, Redskins, Texans, Patriots and Ravens. Hunter actually worked out for the Patriots last..." August 23

  • Report: Patriots not interested in dealing for Redskins' Trent Williams

    Sporting News "The Patriots are apparently not looking to acquire Trent Williams. A report surfaced Thursday the Patriots were willing to send a 2020 first-round pick to Washington in exchange for the disgruntled 31-year-old offensive lineman. According to the NFL Network, however, that is not the..." August 23

  • 10 Better Nicknames for Tom Brady Than "Tom Terrific"

    The Big Lead "Thursday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (which must be getting sick of these requests by now) rejected Tom Brady’s application to trademark the name Tom Terrific. Unfortunately for Brady, New York Mets legend Tom Seaver had the nickname first. With that in mind,..." August 23

  • Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett, TE Ryan Izzo show connection with Tom Brady

    Boston Herald "Eventually, the Patriots are going to have a loaded group of receivers. But the Big Four of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas, and N’Keal Harry sat out of Thursday night’s 10-3 win over the Panthers, opening up targets for pass-catchers who are bit further down..." August 23

  • Not so terrific: Tom Brady's trademark refused

    ESPN "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's application to trademark the term "Tom Terrific" has been refused by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Brady, who said his goal was to ensure people didn't refer to him by that nickname, created a stir..." August 23

  • NFL Rumors: Patriots Special Teams Star Brandon King ‘Likely’ Out For Season

    NESN "There were injuries abound at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night, and it appears at least one is pretty significant. Linebacker Brandon King, who serves almost exclusively on special teams and arguably is the best on the unit after Matthew Slater, was carted off the..." August 23

  • Skip Bayless Fires Off Insane Bill Belichck-Tom Brady Take During Patriots-Panthers

    NESN "Skip Bayless, God love him, has outdone himself again. The FOX Sports 1 host/hot take artist could be regarded as one of the more divisive figures for New England Patriots fans. On one hand, he absolutely loves Tom Brady. On the other, he detests Bill Belichick. So when..." August 23

  • Eric Reid nails Ben Watson with late hit days after Twitter disagreement

    Larry Brown Sports "Eric Reid nailed tight end Ben Watson with a late hit during Thursday’s preseason game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. The timing of the play has greater significance given the context of their opposing viewpoints. First, here’s a look at the hit..." August 23

  • Cowboys covet, but can’t replicate, the Patriot Way

    Pro Football Talk "The #PFTPM podcast gives me a way to react to news that emerges during the day (after PFT Live concludes), to answer questions from you, and/or to babble on and on about whatever I’d like to babble on and on about. Sometimes, in the process of babbling on and on about something, I get an..." August 22

  • Patrick Chung will face no league punishment, likely for a while

    Pro Football Talk "With Patriots safety Patrick Chung indicted on felony cocaine possession charges, Patriots fans are bracing for (and non-Patriots fans are rooting for) Chung not being available this season. While that would happen if the Patriots choose to release Chung, the league cannot suspend Chung, with..." August 22

  • 5 Worst Contracts in the NFL Heading Into 2019

    The Big Lead "Potentially the hardest part of running an NFL team is the cap-maneuvering that it requires. There are a lot of players on an active roster and only so much money to go around. In addition, the pool of NFL players is so much greater than that of any other professional sport and the talent level..." August 22

  • Where the top NFL free agents could sign before Week 1

    Sportsnaut "NFL teams are going to have to cut their rosters down from 90 to 53 ahead of Week 1 of the regular season here soon. That would normally put current free agents on the back burner when it comes to finding new teams. However, the dynamics this summer are a bit..." August 22

  • Where does Patrick Chung stand with Patriots after cocaine indictment?

    NBC Sports Boston "There’s a big difference between being a f*** up and having a f*** up. My inclination upon learning of Patrick Chung’s June 25 arrest for cocaine possession in Meredith, New Hampshire is that this is the latter. We’ll see what..." August 22

  • Report: Police found cocaine at Patrick Chung’s house after alarm went off

    Larry Brown Sports "Patrick Chung could be facing potential legal issues and NFL discipline after he was reportedly found to be in possession of cocaine recently, and the way he got himself into trouble probably left the New England Patriots safety in disbelief. Chung was indicted by a grand jury in New..." August 22

  • NFL Rumors: Patriots Safety Patrick Chung Indicted On Cocaine Possession Charge

    NESN "New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung was indicted on a charge of cocaine possession, the Belknap County (NH) Attorney’s Office told the Boston Herald’s Kevin Duffy on Thursday morning. News first broke of Chung’s indictment in the Laconia Daily Sun,..." August 22

  • Ian Rapoport: Patriots Trade Rumor for Redskins' Trent Williams Is 'False'

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, the New England Patriots reportedly didn't offer a first-round pick to Washington for offensive tackle Trent Williams.  The Team 980's Kevin Sheehan reported Thursday the defending champions were willing to give..." August 22

  • Washington Turns Down 2020 1st-Rd Pick From Patriots For LT Trent Williams

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to reports from JP Finlay and Kevin Sheehan, the Redskins turned down a 2020 first-round pick offered by the Patriots for LT Trent Williams.  The two report Washington told New England the offer wasn’t enough to part with the 31-year-old Williams. The..." August 22

  • 5 Big NFL Trades That Should Happen Because of Player-Team Disputes

    12 Up "As the 2019 NFL season inches closer, several big names remain in the rumor mill not for a decline in performance, but for holding a grudge against their respective team due to either a medical mishap or contract impasse. With the trade market as active as ever, these five big names..." August 22

  • How Gunner Olszewski went from D-II cornerback to catching passes from Tom Brady

    WEEI Boston "Two weeks ago in Detroit, Gunner Olszewski was joking with Tom Brady on the sideline after the quarterback lost the coin toss. Last week in Tennessee, Olszewski was running with the Patriots first-team offense catching passes from Brady in a joint practice against the..." August 22

  • Realistic expectations for Demaryius Thomas in the Patriots offense

    NBC Sports Boston "Activating Demaryius Thomas off of the physically unable to perform list Tuesday was a bit of a curious move on the part of the Patriots. It was the timing, in particular, that was odd.  WHY NOW? Thomas, 31, tore his Achilles at the end of what was a..." August 22

  • What to Make of Disappointing NFL Rookie Preseasons

    Bleacher Report "Through two weeks of preseason action, how are this year's rookies handling their first encounters with live NFL games? Some, such as New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Carolina Panthers edge-rusher Brian Burns and Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, look..." August 22

  • How Patriots owner Robert Kraft brought Jay-Z and NFL together

    Newark Star-Ledger "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft played an integral role in bringing about a partnership between hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and the NFL. Jay-Z recently partnered with the NFL through his agency, Roc Nation, and the rapper’s group will help..." August 21

  • Adam Schefter finds Tom Brady's contract situation with Patriots 'odd'

    NBC Sports Boston "In theory, Tom Brady's contract extension was supposed to quell speculation about his future with the New England Patriots. Instead, the events of this summer have done the opposite. Brady signed a two-year, $70 million contract extension with the Patriots earlier this month that..." August 21

  • Patriots Now Have One Of NFL’s Best, Deepest Wide Receiver Corps

    NESN "Hand up. We reacted too quickly and severely to the New England Patriots’ shallow wide receiver depth in Nashville last week during joint practices. And really, how couldn’t we? Jakobi Meyers was the clear No. 1 option in front of Gunner Olszewski, Braxton..." August 21

  • Top 10 Fantasy Wide Receivers for 2019

    The Big Lead "Wide receivers are the second-most important commodity in fantasy behind running backs. Employing two (and potentially three) high-end receivers is a time-tested strategy to ensure you’re in the mix come playoff time. There’s a whole lot of talent at the position right now, so..." August 21

  • Who are the highest paid NFL players? Russell Wilson leads list

    USA Today "Fifty-six NFL players now make at least $15 million a season in average annual salary, according to, a site that tracks NFL player contracts. The highest paid player in the league is currently Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.  He..." August 21

  • Chargers Signing WR Dontrelle Inman

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers are signing WR Dontrelle Inman to a contract on Tuesday.  Rapoport adds that Chargers’ veteran QB Philip Rivers “played a big part” in Inman’s decision to sign with Los..." August 21

  • Tom Brady Makes Twitter Appeal for Higher Fantasy Draft Position

    12 Up "NFL fans are not only pumped for the upcoming football season, but they are clinging to their computers and phones as they gear up for their fantasy football drafts. Quarterback is obviously an important position for your fantasy team, but there's one guy who's in not getting..." August 20

  • Philip Rivers explains why Tom Brady might not be the greatest quarterback of all time

    Mass Live "With each Super Bowl victory, Tom Brady has moved more and more people to the belief that the New England Patriots quarterback is the greatest ever at his position if not the greatest ever to play the sport. After six championships, the holdouts club’s membership is diminishing,..." August 20

  • Patriots activate Demaryius Thomas

    NESN "New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas wore pads and a uniform during the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday. That’s significant because Thomas is on the Patriots’ physically unable to perform list. Media only was permitted to watch the stretching..." August 20

  • 12 starting quarterbacks have seen no preseason action

    Pro Football Talk "NFL teams are increasingly seeing the risk of preseason injuries as outweighing the rewards of getting players ready for live action. And that’s particularly clear in the numbers of starting quarterbacks who are sitting out. Midway through the preseason, 12 starting quarterbacks..." August 20

  • Fantasy Football 2019: 10 Sleepers Who Could Help You Win Your League

    NESN "Fantasy football drafts are not won in the early rounds. Everyone knows the top names. And not everyone is lucky enough to land Saquon Barkeley, Patrick Mahomes or Julio Jones. But, you just might be able to land the next breakout superstar in the middle rounds of your..." August 20

  • Tom Brady’s Initial Reaction To Josh Gordon’s Conditional Reinstatement

    NESN "By the end of last week’s joint practices with the Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was left throwing to healthy wide receivers Jakobi Meyers, Dontrelle Inman, Gunner Olszewski, Braxton Berrios, Ryan Davis and Damoun Patterson. The only receiver in..." August 20

  • Patriots cut ties with 3x Super Bowl champion punter Ryan Allen

    WCVB "The New England Patriots are cutting ties with three-time Super Bowl champion winning punter Ryan Allen. The Patriots are apparently choosing to go with Jake Bailey, the rookie-punter they drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The news was first reported by the..." August 20

  • Why Joejuan Williams Is The Next Great NFL Cornerback

    Heavy "The New England Patriots finished up their second-straight week of the preseason on the road with a win at Tennessee. But for one member of the Patriots, the trip to Nashville was a long-awaited homecoming. Joejuan Williams, a former Vanderbilt defensive back and Nashville native, had..." August 19

  • Julian Edelman activated, Demaryius Thomas not

    Boston Herald "One day after Josh Gordon‘s reinstatement, another stud Patriots receiver returned to the practice field. Julian Edelman, who suffered a fractured thumb in July, was in full pads for the first time all summer. This means Edelman will be activated off the non-football injury..." August 19

  • Patriots react to Josh Gordon being reinstated by the NFL, and Bill Belichick has a classic response

    CBS Sports "Josh Gordon is back in the fold with the Patriots after the NFL decided to reinstatethe talented but troubled receiver over the weekend.  Gordon, who is currently on the NFI, was back in Foxborough on Monday and spotted on the practice field, but was not..." August 19

  • Julian Edelman Returns To Patriots Practice, Appears Ready To Come Off NFI

    NESN "Throw another wide receiver into the New England Patriots’ suddenly deep mix. Julian Edelman (thumb) returned to practice in full pads Monday and appears to be coming off the non-football injury list. We’ll find out Monday afternoon when the NFL transaction wire is..." August 19

  • Former Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman to visit Detroit Lions

    Pride Of Detroit "According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions will be bringing in former Patriotswide receiver Dontrelle Inman for a visit in the next couple of days. The Lions are still searching for some receiver depth after Jermaine..." August 19

  • Who's Hot After Week 2 of the NFL Preseason?

    The Big Lead "Two weeks of the preseason are in the books – time to decide who’s really worthy of making it to an NFL roster and who isn’t. 1. Jarrett Stidham – QB, New England Patriots With the chance that this could be Tom Brady’s final..." August 19

  • NFL Rumors: Playoff Expansion Considered by Players, Owners in CBA Negotiations

    Bleacher Report "The NFL and NFLPA have reportedly expressed openness to expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams in new collective bargaining agreement talks. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of reported Monday the two sides are considering the change to offset the loss of..." August 19

  • The best fantasy football team name puns for 2019

    SB Nation "It’s fantasy football season! There are plenty of resources to research which players to draft for your team, but not many suggestions for actual team names. That’s where we come in, with 50 team names free for you to use. I’ve taken the liberty of splitting..." August 19

  • Matt LaCosse isn’t Gronk, but he can be a Gronk-ish tight end for the Patriots

    SB Nation "Last season was probably a little bit of a breakout year for Matt LaCosse. In 2018, he had 24 catches, 250 receiving yards, and one touchdown for the Broncos, which isn’t a big performance until you consider he had gone three years between making a catch in the NFL. However,..." August 19

  • Matthew Slater on Josh Gordon: We want to support him however we can

    NBC Sports Boston "Despite playing a sport that typically values third-down efficiency over empathy, Matthew Slater has no problem speaking up to be the voice of compassion inside the Patriots locker room. Josh Gordon's reinstatement by the NFL on Friday is a complicated issue. How was it..." August 18

  • Chad Johnson says Patriots rookie Joejuan Williams is ‘gonna be special’

    Clutch Points "A former New England Patriots wide receiver is excited about the future in Foxborough. Chad Johnson, a former wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, Patriots, and Miami Dolphins (very briefly), took to Twitter to state his excitement of Patriots rookie Joejuan Williams. The Patriots..." August 18

  • Josh Gordon lands on NFI in his return to Patriots

    Yahoo! Sports "Receiver Josh Gordon is back with the Patriots. Sort of. Via multiple reports, Gordon’s addition to the roster has come with his placement on the non-football injury list. He counts toward the 90-man roster, but he has not yet passed a physical and can’t..." August 18

  • Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman requests release, will be let go

    Mass Live "Patriots wide receiver Dontrelle Inman has requested his release and will be let go, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The Athletic’s Nick Underhill first reported Sunday the two sides were parting ways. The 30-year-old wideout signed with New England..." August 18