Patriots Rumors & News

  • Patriots in limbo at quarterback position

    Pro Football Talk "Jimmy Garoppolo has a shoulder injury. Jacoby Brissett has a thumb injury. Tom Brady has one game remaining on his suspension. So what will the Patriots do at quarterback in Week Four against the Bills? For now, they’re not saying — as if they ever say anything. T.J. Yates had a workout last..." September 24

  • Patriots' McCourty dismisses notion of Brady as system QB

    CSN New England "You’ve probably heard the word reductive? Just a fancy way of saying something is being grossly oversimplified. We’ve got a clear case of reductive reasoning right under our noses this week. The thinking goes that, because Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett combined to win three games for..." September 24

  • How Bill Belichick is exploiting the rule book

    Fox Sports "The greatest trick Bill Belichick pulled so far this season wasn't leading a team helmed by Jimmy Garoppolo and an anonymous quarterback from N.C. State that nobody, not even most people on Tobacco Road, had heard of, to a basically insurmountable 3-0 record in the AFC East. It hasn't been making..." September 24

  • Brissett, Patriots embarrass Texans

    The Sports Xchange "FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jacoby Brissett wasn't perfect in his first NFL start Thursday night. He didn't have to be. The Patriots' rookie quarterback got plenty of help from his offensive line, his defense and the sloppy Houston Texans in New England's 27-0 rout at Gillette Stadium...." September 23

  • Belichick: Brissett handles himself great, all week, every day

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick attributes rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s success to his hard work. “He handled himself great last week, this week, all week every day,” Belichick said of Brissett after the Patriots blew out the Texans on Thursday night. “He’s done nothing but come in here..." September 23

  • Jacoby Brissett has torn right thumb ligament, may need surgery

    SI "Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett has a torn right thumb ligament that may require surgery, WEEI’s Mike Petraglia reports. Brissett, the team’s third-string signalcaller, started Thursday’s win 27–0 win over the Texans after a shoulder injury sidelined Jimmy Garoppolo, who was starting in..." September 23

  • Houston Texans delete poll on Twitter after team is shut out by Patriots

    The Comeback "The Houston Texans’ Twitter account asked a simple question: How will the Texans score their first touchdown tonight? The poll seemed like a harmless effort ahead of Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots. However, as the night went on, this poll turned into nothing but scrutiny..." September 23

  • Tom Brady denies he is a rogue Boston radio caller "Let's dip our toes in the water of Boston sports talk radio. If we stick together and hold onto the rope attached to the boat, we should be OK. So last week, popular WBZ-FM drivetime hosts Toucher and Rich received a phone call from a man who identified himself as Matt from San Diego. The..." September 23

  • Michael Irvin Says Vince Lombardi Was Great But Belichick's The GOAT

    TMZ "Cowboys HOFer Michael Irvin is doubling down on his promise to replace Vince Lombardi's name with Bill Belichick's on his Super Bowl trophies ... sayin' B.B.'s simply the best. TMZ Sports ran into Irvin at LAX, and not only did he confirm he's serious about his shocking comment, he explained..." September 22

  • Patriots To Activate Rob Gronkowski

    Pro Football Rumors "The Patriots are set to activate tight end Rob Gronkowski for tonight’s game against the Texans, Adam Schefter of tweets. Gronk has yet to take the field this season. Gronkowski has been dealing with a hamstring injury for much of the offseason but he’s coming back just in the nick of..." September 22

  • Jimmy Garoppolo will reportedly be inactive barring ‘unexpected change’

    Larry Brown Sports "There are several conflicting reports about whether New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be active for Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans, but one person who is close to the team says he will not be. Shortly after a report claimed Garoppolo will be active but..." September 22

  • Julian Edelman's dad on his son playing QB: 'I don't know how many picks he'd throw'

    Fox Sports "The New England Patriots are heading into Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans with one fully healthy quarterback. That quarterback is rookie Jacoby Brissett, as Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a shoulder injury. Brissett will likely get the start unless there’s a last-minute..." September 22

  • Nobody's perfect: Bill Belichick is pretty bad at these 9 things

    Fox Sports "Bill Belichick loves moments like this. Already down one quarterback, the New England Patriots' coach will be down another Thursday night when the injury to his original backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, will force third-string rookie Jacoby Brisette into the staring lineup against the 2-0 Texans. Would..." September 22

  • Jacoby Brissett to start "It's Brissett time. Jacoby Brissett will make his first start for the New England Patriots on Thursday night, NFL Network's Courtney Fallon reported, per a source. His injured teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo, will be active, but will dress as Brissett's backup, Fallon added. The Patriots announced..." September 22

  • Gronk telling teammates he plans to play Thursday night

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t played in the first two weeks of the season because of a hamstring injury and said earlier this week that he is feeling better. Gronkowski also said that it is a “coach’s decision” whether he makes his 2016 debut, but it appears he knows what the choice..." September 22

  • Jimmy Garoppolo Listed As Doubtful To Play Thursday On Patriots’ Injury Report

    NESN "Garoppolo suffered a reported AC joint sprain in the Patriots’ 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. If Garoppolo can’t suit up, wide receiver Julian Edelman would serve as the team’s backup quarterback. Here’s the Patriots’ full injury report. DOUBTFUL QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) " September 22

  • Report: Patriots preparing Julian Edelman to be backup QB

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots may have only one healthy quarterback on their roster when they take on the Houston Texans, but it doesn’t sound like they plan to sign a veteran. If Jimmy Garoppolo is unable to go on Thursday night, who will be the emergency option behind rookie Jacoby..." September 21

  • Why are NFL ratings plummeting this season?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League remains the single most watched entity in North American professional sports. It’s not necessarily close. Really, the other three major sports leagues are simply battling for second place. Take the 2015 calendar year as an example of this. According to Sports..." September 21

  • Report: Patriots 'putting pressure' on Garoppolo to play Thursday

    Boston Herald "There is still little reason to believe quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be available to start Thursday night against the Texans due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. However, the Patriots are putting pressure on Garoppolo to be ready as quickly as possible, even reminding him Tom..." September 21

  • LeGarrette Blount Had Interest In Dolphins

    Pro Football Rumors "There were at least two instances in the past two years that running back LeGarrette Blount had interest in signing with the Dolphins, but they didn’t pursue him, an associate told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Blount, the No. 1 back for the AFC East rival Patriots, rushed for 123 yards and a..." September 21

  • Coaches complained about lack of offensive holding calls in Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Most coaches complain when too many penalties are called. Following Week One of the 2016 regular season, many coaches complained about the absence of one specific type of penalty. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, complaints arose from the absence of holding calls. And for good..." September 21

  • Rob Gronkowski “feeling better” but a coach’s decision this week

    Pro Football Talk "Heading into Week One, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski described himself as “week-to-week” with a hamstring injury that he suffered during training camp. The last two weeks have seen Gronkowski on the inactive list, but he’s been a limited participant at practice each day of the season. That..." September 20

  • Report: Patriots hopeful Garoppolo can play through pain

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots have not yet ruled out Jimmy Garoppolo for Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans, and the quarterback’s status could ultimately come down to pain tolerance. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Patriots are still hopeful team doctors can get Garoppolo to a..." September 20

  • T.J. Yates, Sean Renfree Visited Patriots

    Pro Football Rumors "The Patriots worked out free agent quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree on Tuesday, but they declined to sign either, report Adam Kaufman of CBS Sports Radio and ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Twitter links). New England is content to enter its Thursday game against the Texans with third-round rookie..." September 20

  • Bill Belichick on Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots' QB plan: 'I'm not a doctor'

    USA Today "A prominent New England Patriots player is injured. His availability for a game on a shortened week is in doubt. Reporters asked head coach Bill Belichick questions about it Tuesday morning in a pre-practice press conference, and – as expected – he provided short and opaque answers in a..." September 20

  • Bill Belichick sees parallels between J.J. Watt, Lawrence Taylor

    Houston Chronicle "When New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was coaching the New York Giants' defense, the headliner was intimidating pass rusher Lawrence Taylor. Taylor won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year three times, including the title in 1981, 1982 and 1986. The only other player to wear that crown..." September 20

  • Patriots to decide Monday if Garoppolo can play this week

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots beat the Dolphins on Sunday despite a shoulder injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and they don’t have much time before getting back on the field for Week Three. The Texans will be in town on Thursday night, leaving the Patriots with a need to make a quick call on whether..." September 19

  • Dolphins get another backup QB, hope it goes better than against Patriots

    Miami Herald "After allowing triple digit passer ratings to two backup quarterbacks on Sunday, the Dolphins reportedly will face another in their home opener this weekend. But Cleveland rookie third-string quarterback Cody Kessler, who’s expected to start for the Browns against the Dolphins at Hard Rock..." September 19

  • Patriots worked out Glenn Gronkowski

    NESN "The New England Patriots had two Gronks at Gillette Stadium on Monday. The Patriots worked out tight end Rob Gronkowski’s brother, fullback Glenn, Monday, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Glenn Gronkowski recently was released by the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted out of Kansas State this..." September 19

  • Patriots appear set to start Jacoby Brissett, with Julian Edelman No. 2

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to miss Thursday night’s game with a shoulder injury, which means rookie Jacoby Brissett is the only healthy quarterback on the roster while Tom Brady is suspended. And yet Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Patriots do not plan on adding..." September 19

  • Garoppolo Reportedly Won’t Play Vs. Texans, Could Return Week 4

    NESN "There isn’t much consistency in the reports on Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury. Garoppolo is in “tremendous pain” and is unlikely to play Thursday against the Houston Texans, a league source told ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, who added it’s “simply too early to know” if Garoppolo can play in Week 4...." September 19

  • Dont’a Hightower joins Gronk on inactive list

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots are getting left tackle Nate Solder back in the lineup this week, but, as expected, they’ll play without tight end Rob Gronkowski for the second straight week. Solder missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but practiced all week and said he was hopeful that he’d get on..." September 18

  • Jimmy Garoppolo questionable with shoulder injury "Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is headed to the locker room with a right shoulder injury after taking a hit from the Dolphins in the second quarter. He is questionable to return. Taking over at quarterback for New England is rookie Jacoby Brissett, who was taken in the third round out of..." September 18

  • Jimmy Garoppolo Leaves Patriots Game; Won't Return

    NESN "The New England Patriots were forced to turn to their third-string quarterback Sunday after Jimmy Garoppolo went down with injury during the second quarter of their game against the Miami Dolphins. After evading a Dolphins pass rush and finding wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell for a first down,..." September 18

  • Jimmy Garoppolo is in the hospital for further evaluation

    Number Fire " New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is in the hospital for further evaluation. What It Means: It's not a guarantee that Garoppolo has suffered a serious injury, but things are trending in the wrong direction. " September 18

  • Patriots 2-0, now down Garoppolo

    The Sports Xchange "FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quarterbacks are changing again for the undefeated New England Patriots, but head coach Bill Belichick was not ready to disclose his game plan at the position Sunday night. "We'll just take it day by day," Belichick said after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady's..." September 18

  • Early indication is Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to miss 6 weeks

    Boston Herald "Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo might have made his final start in place of Tom Brady. Garoppolo is still undergoing a full battery of tests on his ailing right shoulder, but the early indication is the injury could take six weeks to heal, according to a source. At minimum, the Patriots know he..." September 18

  • Miami Dolphins having headset issues in New England

    Total Pro Sports "Deja vu. Last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers had headset issues at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough while playing the New England Patriots and on Sunday, it seems it has happened again – this time, to the Miami Dolphins." September 18

  • Rob Gronkowski won't play vs. Dolphins, per source

    ESPN "New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins due to a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. This is the second straight week that Gronkowski has missed after injuring the hamstring Aug. 15 in a joint practice with the Chicago..." September 18

  • Patriots Tackle Cameron Fleming Fined $18K For Leg Whip Vs. Cardinals

    NESN "UPDATE (5:05 p.m. ET): The NFL confirmed to that New England Patriots offensive tackle Cameron Fleming had been fined $18,231 for a leg whip in Sunday’s season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. ORIGINAL STORY: A second New England Patriots player reportedly has been fined for..." September 17

  • No Dont’a Hightower won’t be a problem

    Boston Herald "The Patriots have prepared all week as though they’d take on the Dolphins without linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and they’ve got a trio of veteran candidates who can boost their stock tomorrow in the home opener." September 17

  • Don't be surprised to see Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski sit again

    ESPN "New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Miami Dolphins, and several followers on Twitter have asked my thoughts on if he'll play. Based on what I saw in a limited peek at practice this week, my feeling is that it wouldn't be..." September 17

  • How will Patriots deploy Martellus Bennett vs. Dolphins?

    CSN New England "Every Friday Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry will take your Patriots questions on Twitter and answer them as a joint mailbag -- or a Friday Bag, as they call it. Got questions? Tweet the guys using the hashtag #FridayBag. But for now, have at the latest edition of the Bag." September 16

  • Gronkowski questionable, Hightower doubtful vs. Dolphins

    NESN "It appears the New England Patriots will be without one of their captains and best defenders Sunday in their Week 2 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower is listed as doubtful to play Sunday after missing a week of practice. He injured his knee early in the Patriots’..." September 16

  • Bill Belichick criticizes ‘pretty confusing’ HOF voting process

    Sportsnaut "New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who will undoubtedly have a bust in Canton some day, took time to talk about a subject he finds confusing on Friday. Belichick was talking about how valuable assistant coaches are to any team’s success, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss, when he launched into..." September 16

  • Wes Welker has a date with Tom Brady — but there’s a catch

    Boston Globe "Tom Brady has kept himself busy through his first week-plus of his suspension with a media tour for his new “Do nothing” campaign for UGGS. But the Patriots’ quarterback won’t be doing nothing this weekend – in fact, he apparently plans to work out with former teammate Wes Welker. Welker was a..." September 16

  • Report: Gronk still less than 100 percent, could miss Week 2

    Larry Brown Sports "Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on a limited basis this week, but the New England Patriots tight end still appears to be in danger of missing another game. As Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal notes, Gronkowski did not run routes with the wide receivers and other tight ends at practice..." September 15

  • Tom Brady on anthem protests: 'I always choose to stand'

    Yardbarker "Tom Brady will not be on the New England Patriots’ sideline for the first month of the NFL season. But if he was, he’d be standing for the national anthem. Asked in an Esquire Q&A for his opinion on the recent protests put forth by Colin Kaepernick and several other NFLers, Brady said he always..." September 15

  • Rob Gronkowski Appears Restricted In Practice

    NESN "One of the New England Patriots’ best defenders remained out of practice Thursday. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower missed his second consecutive practice after injuring his knee during the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Hightower was the lone absence in the padded practice. " September 15

  • Julian Edelman to appeal fine for hitting defenseless player

    CBS Boston "Patriots receiver Julian Edelman delivered a big hit in New England’s Week 1 win over Arizona, and was hit with a big fine because of it. Edelman was reportedly fined $26,000 on Thursday for a hit on a defenseless player, a fine that he plans to appeal, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss." September 15