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  • Brian Lewerke Apparently Competing For the Patriots' Starting Quarterback Job

    The Big Lead "Bill Belichick has been impressed with Cam Newton early in training camp according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. But don't let that distract from the fact that Newton is competing against three other players for the starting quarterback job. Check out this bombshell...." August 14

  • 2020 NFL Roster Bubble: Biggest Names Who Could Be Cut

    Bleacher Report "The NFL roster bubble remains a major facet of training camps this summer no matter how unorthodox things might feel.  A number of new factors make the bubble process more complicated than most years, though. The NFL reduced the roster limit to 80 players, and the..." August 14

  • Patriots' Cam Newton makes good first impression on Bill Belichick

    ESPN "Quarterback Cam Newton has made a positive first impression on New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "Cam's a hard-working kid. He really is," Belichick said Friday morning. Newton's introduction to the Patriots' system since..." August 14

  • Dont’a Hightower Hilariously Chanted ’28-3' To Encourage Fiancee During 17-Hour Labor

    Total Pro Sports "For linebacker Dont’a Hightower, the New England Patriots’ comeback in Super Bowl LI was tough and took a lot of willpower, but that only took a few hours. If coming back from 25 points is tough, try going through labor for 17 hours. That was the challenge faced by..." August 14

  • Bill Belichick: Rookies in deep, turbulent water that's 'going to get rougher' "The 2020 NFL season portends one for veteran players to dominate. The lack of an offseason workout program due to the COVID-19 pandemic has left rookies and young players with an uphill battle in the fight for playing time during training camp. With a Zoom offseason making..." August 14

  • 2021 NFL draft could see big ripple effects from college football cancellations, postponements

    USA Today "The 2020 NFL draft was an unprecedented event in the league's century-long history, the entire process basically conducted from a virtual standpoint once the COVID-19 pandemic exploded shortly after the completion of this year's scouting combine. And yet, with 40% of..." August 14

  • Tom Brady told Joe Montana Patriots didn't value input enough to stay

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Perhaps nobody can relate to Tom Brady better than Joe Montana. That might be as weird for Brady to read as it was seeing Montana play for Kansas City, considering Brady, a San Mateo native, grew up idolizing the Hall of Fame quarterback and rooting for the 49ers. But Brady has..." August 13

  • As St. Louis Cardinals’ COVID-19 issues worsen, the NFL must take note

    Sportsnaut "The St. Louis Cardinals have not played a single Major League Baseball game in over two weeks since the outbreak of COVID-19 started within their clubhouse. Earlier on Thursday, it was noted that St. Louis’ game against the White Sox set for Friday has been postponed..." August 13

  • Patriots seventh-round pick Dustin Woodard retiring from football

    Pats Pulpit "New England Patriots rookie Dustin Woodard has played his last down. As first reported Thursday by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, Woodard, who was drafted in the seventh round at pick No. 230 overall this spring, is retiring from football. According to McBride,..." August 13

  • Logan Ryan and Other NFL Players Who Need to Be Signed Immediately

    Bleacher Report "Just this week, it was reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Logan Ryan, who is one of the most accomplished 20-something-year-old free agents in the NFL, is selling himself to teams as a safety rather than a cornerback.  And now, the longtime corner will..." August 13

  • Tom Brady's Job Retraining in Tampa Won't Come Easy

    Bleacher Report "The last time Tom Brady had to learn a new offense, the tablets he and his teammates currently study on were still 10 years away from their invention. It was the first year of the new millennium, and Tristan Wirfs, Tampa's first-round pick and rookie right tackle, was just a year..." August 13

  • Six teams under pressure to extend star players before franchise tag decisions loom in 2021

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement in late July that removed some of the economic uncertainty for 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a loss of revenue this year. The 2021 salary cap will have a floor of $175 million, and the revenue loss will be spread out the next three years. If..." August 13

  • NFL's positive test rate across all personnel stands at 0.46%

    ESPN "The overall positivity rate for the NFL's coronavirus testing program has been 0.46%, well below the threshold set this summer for avoiding outbreaks at team facilities. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, reported the following data during a conference call..." August 12

  • Commissioner likely will have committee of outside advisors for COVID-19 issues

    Pro Football Talk "The Commissioner is expected to have plenty of discretion when it comes to issues regarding COVID-19. In exercising it, he’ll potentially be relying not on the Competition Committee but on a committee of outside advisors. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that..." August 12

  • Will NFL consider Friday night games?

    Yahoo! Sports "Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will entail football this year. The only question at this point is what kind. The NFL likely will move some Sunday games to Saturday, if college football doesn’t happen this year. With high school football limited if not gone altogether this..." August 12

  • NFL to continue daily testing for COVID-19 until Sept. 5

    The Score "The NFL and NFLPA are extending the daily testing period for the coronavirus through Sept. 5, the union announced Wednesday. The details of the agreement are being finalized, a source told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The NFL previously agreed to administer COVID-19..." August 12

  • NFL Executive and League’s Highest-Ranking Woman Steps Down

    Wall Street Journal "NFL chief operating officer Maryann Turcke, the No. 2 at the league offices, is stepping down from her position as part of a broader shake-up inside the NFL’s headquarters. The moves come during an unprecedented offseason and ahead of an uncertain 2020 season as the league..." August 12

  • NFL “laser focused” on Super Bowl 55 as scheduled

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs plan to have reduced seating capacity at Raymond James Stadium and two Power Five conferences announced they will not play college football in the fall this season. But the NFL expects to host Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7 in Tampa as planned. NFL executive vice president Peter..." August 12

  • Are lack of positives due in part to players, coaches having COVID-19 antibodies?

    Pro Football Talk "The disclosure by Chargers coach Anthony Lynn in the season premiere of Hard Knocks that he has had COVID-19 invites speculation as to how many other players and coaches and staff had it in the offseason but didn’t let it be known publicly. In turn, that invites..." August 12

  • Patriots’ RB Sony Michel uncertain to be ready for Week 1 "With the 2020 NFL season fast approaching, the New England Patriots could now be without running back Sony Michel when they take the field for Week 1. Michel, who underwent foot surgery this offseason and landed on the active/PUP list, might not be ready when the Patriots play the..." August 11

  • Jerod Mayo believes LB Ja'Whaun Bentley ready to play key role in Patriots' shuffled defense "The New England Patriots lost more than 2,500 linebacker snaps from last season with Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts leaving in free agency and Dont'a Hightower opting out. One key replacement in 2020 is third-year linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley. The former..." August 11

  • Patriots place Brandon King on reserve/PUP

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots placed Brandon King on the active/physically unable to perform list on Aug. 2 to begin training camp. But the core special teams player won’t come off the list for awhile. The team announced it placed King on reserve/PUP on Tuesday. That means he..." August 11

  • NFL lifts ban on tryouts with health-related limits still intact "The NFL has opened the door for lingering free agents to potentially find new homes. The league informed all 32 clubs on Tuesday that its prohibition on tryouts has been lifted, effective immediately, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported per a source informed of the..." August 11

  • Patriots’ New Uniforms Have Twitter Super Confused Over This Aspect

    NESN "The New England Patriots posted a photo gallery to the team’s website Tuesday afternoon with the headline, “Photos: First look at Patriots in new uniforms, presented by Paycom.” That’s not entirely accurate. Some of the pictures posted are actually of..." August 11

  • ESPN/ABC would be interested in Saturday NFL games

    Pro Football Talk "As two of the five major college football dominoes have kicked the can to spring 2021 at the earliest, the NFL may soon have an opportunity to slide some Sunday games to Saturday. If that happens, a pair of Disney-owned networks would be interested in televising the product. Andrew..." August 11

  • Eagles Exploring Trade for Sony Michel?

    Heavy "The Eagles reportedly wanted to draft Sony Michel in 2018 but missed out on him by one pick. Maybe it’s time to resume those talks. The team continues to pound the drum about Miles Sanders being the feature back in Philadelphia, an explosive workhorse whom Duce Staley..." August 11

  • Donald Trump On NFL, 'If They Don’t Stand for Anthem, I Hope They Don’t Open'

    TMZ "Donald Trump says he's rooting for the NFL season to happen as planned -- but ONLY if the players stand for the national anthem. Trump appeared on "Outkick the Coverage" and was asked about the challenges the NFL is facing with the COVID..." August 11

  • 5 NFL teams that could surprise in 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "Seeing a team go from worst-to-first has become the norm in the NFL, and 2020 is not likely to see that change. There will be many top teams that sink to the bottom while others rise up and surprise the football world. We’re not here to predict which team will go from..." August 11

  • Patriots Won’t Be Signing TE Jordan Leggett After All

    CBS Boston " From Friday through Monday, it looked like tight end Jordan Leggett was on his way to becoming a New England Patriot. On Tuesday though, that journey apparently is over. ESPN’s Field Yates reported that Leggett will not be signing with the Patriots. " August 11

  • Julian Edelman: Cam Newton’s got “great energy”

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman touched onthe team’s former quarterback when he had his first meeting with reporters of training camp on Monday and he also talked about the guys trying to replace Tom Brady. Cam Newton is the newest addition to that..." August 10

  • RB Lamar Miller Signs One-Year Deal With Patriots

    SI "The New England Patriots have signed veteran running back Lamar Miller to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Patriots choose to use one of their remaining four roster spots on their 80-man roster on a running back, which could mean several different..." August 10

  • Julian Edelman: 'The train keeps on moving' without Tom Brady "In Julian Edelman's 11 NFL seasons, Tom Brady has been the only starting quarterback he's known. That TB12-led locomotive won the AFC East title each of those years. Now Brady is gone, and Edelman is getting used to life with a different conductor. "Obviously..." August 10

  • Patriots Meet With and Expect to Sign TE Jordan Leggett, DT Darius Kilgo

    Pro Football Rumors "The Patriots are on the verge of adding some reinforcements. Tight end Jordan Leggett and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo will meet with the Pats on Monday and, if everything checks out, they’ll sign on (Twitter link via’s Ian..." August 10

  • Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has interesting concern about playing in empty stadiums

    Sportsnaut "New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels raised an interesting concern about potentially playing in empty stadiums in 2020. Speaking with reporters during a video conference on Friday, McDaniels indicated he is worried about giving away too much to opposing..." August 10

  • What Patriots Are Getting In Cornerback Acquired Via Trade With Lions

    NESN "Twitter users couldn’t help themselves from making King of Pop jokes after the New England Patriots acquired a cornerback named Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions in a trade Sunday. But, football nerd fact: The cornerback will be at least the second Michael Jackson that Bill..." August 10

  • Broncos currently have fourth most salary cap in NFL

    Mile High Report "With the COVID-19 opt outs wrapped up, the Denver Broncos only saw two veterans take the opt out for 2020. That left them with the fourth most salary cap space in the NFL. Field Yates of ESPN put them at $29,541,191. The two Broncos players to opt out were Ja’Wuan..." August 10

  • How Julian Edelman welcomed Cam Newton to Patriots

    Clutch Points "Cam Newton is hoping to get his career back on track as he prepares for his first season with the New England Patriots. But first, Newton will have to master the offensive playbook. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman opened up about his first call with Newton, during..." August 09

  • NFLRA announce protections for 2020 season, opt-out program "The NFL Referee Association announced Sunday they have come to an agreement with the NFL on health and safety protections and an opt-out program for upcoming 2020 season. The NFLRA Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the plan and full membership will meet Monday via video..." August 09

  • Lions Trade Michael Jackson To Patriots

    Pro Football Rumors "The Lions have agreed to trade Michael Jackson to the Patriots, as Ian Rapoport of tweets. In exchange, the Pats will send an undisclosed 2022 draft pick to Detroit. Jackson was initially set to be released, along with former first-round pick Joshua..." August 09

  • Deion Sanders Fires Back At People Criticizing His Strong Take On Player Opt-Outs

    Total Pro Sports "NFL Hall of Famer and former college football superstar Deion Sanders wanted to get a harsh message this week on the growing number of football players at all levels who have chosen to opt-out of the 2020 season due to health concerns and worries with player safety. “All Players..." August 09

  • NFL privately remains very confident full season will be played

    Pro Football Talk "Although the Commissioner has subtly shifted his vow from playing a full season to playing a complete one, the NFL privately has a high degree of confidence that the 2020 season will be played in full, pandemic notwithstanding. Yes, a hardened bubble in some cities may become..." August 09

  • NFL likely to play Saturday games if college football is canceled

    Larry Brown Sports "With increasing doubts about the college football season being played on schedule in the fall, the NFL appears ready to swoop in to fill the potential void. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL is likely to move some games to Saturdays in the event college..." August 08

  • Patriots QBs Reveal How Offseason Throwing Sessions Came Together

    NESN "Cam Newton’s coaches haven’t seen the New England Patriots quarterback let it rip in person yet, but some of his teammates have. Newton worked out with fellow Patriots Mohamed Sanu, Julian Edelman, Damiere Byrd, N’Keal Harry and Devin Asiasi out in Los Angeles...." August 08

  • Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson atop list of Pro Football Hall of Fame first-year eligible players for 2021

    USA Today "In a normal year, this weekend would have featured the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020. A ceremony to enshrine the modern-era selections had been scheduled for Saturday, with the Centennial Slate group to follow in September. But the..." August 08

  • Jarrett Stidham Had Surprising Reaction to Cam Newton Signing

    Heavy "Most guys who expect to be a starting quarterback have a frosty reaction to their team signing, drafting or trading for someone who is there to take their job, but Jarrett Stidham seemed to have a different reaction to the New England Patriots signing Cam Newton this..." August 08

  • Deion Sanders slams players for opting out of 2020 season

    Clutch Points "Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders is not happy at players who chose to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. In a Twitter post, the 52-year old slammed all players who opted out of their respective campaigns, noting that the league will continue and play the season with..." August 08

  • Patriots Have Massive Veteran Free-Agent NT in for a Visit

    Heavy "The New England Patriots are obviously not done adding players to their roster. On Friday, they hosted veteran free-agent NT Darius Kilgo. The 6’3″ 320-pounder out of Maryland has been with the Patriots in the past, and according to cap expert Miguel Bezan, Kilgo..." August 08

  • Josh McCown cracks great joke about Tom Brady learning new playbook

    Larry Brown Sports "Tom Brady is doing something this offseason that he hasn’t had to do for the last 20 years, and that is learn an entirely new offensive system. In that sense, you could say the six-time Super Bowl champion is the anti-Josh McCown. And McCown knows it. Brady opened up this week..." August 07

  • Patriots Talking to Free-Agent TE Who Could Help Lure Deshaun Watson

    Heavy "The New England Patriots are looking to add some depth at tight end, and the team recently had free agent Jordan Leggett in for a visit. Besides depth, he might offer another bonus if the Patriots can sign him. With Matt LaCosse choosing to opt-out of the 2020 NFL..." August 07

  • Brian Belichick is following in the footsteps of his older brother Steve

    Boston "In his first press conference following a promotion to safeties coach, Brian Belichick couldn’t seem to escape the shadow of his predecessor — and older brother — Steve. When asking Brian and cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino for their first impressions on..." August 07