Patriots Rumors & News

  • Patriots owner expects apology from NFL if team is cleared in Deflategate "Robert Kraft wasn't scheduled to speak in front of the media on Monday, but he decided to do it anyway. In a surprise appearance, the Patriots owner gave a short speech where he emphatically denied that his team tampered with any footballs. The NFL is currently investigating whether or not the..." January 26

  • Tom Brady: Patriots can deal with adversity

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he and his teammates are capable of overcoming anything, and that the Deflategate controversy of the last week won’t be an issue. Brady, who previously said that his feelings were hurt by suggestions that he’s a cheater, now says it’s time to prove what kind..." January 26

  • K.J. Wright: Targeting 'unacceptable' "Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was disappointed to hear that former teammate Brandon Browner said he will tell his New England Patriots teammates to try to hurt injured Seahawks Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman during the Super Bowl. "I didn't know he said that, but we don't play like..." January 26

  • Patriots' Brandon Browner says he is going to tell teammates to break Seahawks' Richard Sherman's arm "New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner is facing his former team in Super Bowl XLIX in the Seattle Seahawks, the team he suited up for from 2011 to 2013. Speaking to ESPN prior to his arrival in Arizona, Browner was asked about his former teammate Richard Sherman, and the elbow injury..." January 26

  • Jerry Rice: If Patriots win Super Bowl, you have to put an asterisk on it "The dawn of the New England Patriots' dynasty occurred, so to speak, at the feet of Jerry Rice. Or did you forget that Rice, the San Francisco 49ers' Hall of Fame receiver, was a member of the Oakland Raiders and standing mere feet away from referee Walt Coleman when he dusted off the Tuck Rule on..." January 26

  • Carroll: Sherman expressing opinion "Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team celebrates its players' "uniqueness," and that cornerback Richard Sherman was simply expressing an opinion about the relationship between New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Sunday, shortly after..." January 26

  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    Fox Sports "Deflategate has taken another twist. FOX Sports has learned that the NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the scandal of improperly inflated footballs used in the AFC championship game against Indianapolis. The person of interest was already..." January 26

  • GQ: Goodell Berates NFL Employees for Being Overpaid "Over at my other day job, GQ just posted this big fat schlongread from Gabriel Sherman about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. You should head over there and read the whole thing now, because the piece does wonders for anyone who (like me) is looking to hate Goodell even more than they already do...." January 26

  • Brady Admits His "Feelings Got Hurt" After Deflategate Blowback

    WEEI Boston "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, making his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show, acknowledged that his “feelings got hurt” during last week’s attacks on his integrity and again issued a staunch denial of any role in Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan..." January 26

  • Aaron Hernandez jury seated, trial starts Thursday

    Pro Football Talk "The trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on charges that he murdered Odin Lloyd in 2013 will begin on Thursday as a result of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. A jury of 18 people — 13 women and five men — was selected on Monday in Fall River, Massachusetts, but the..." January 26

  • Richard Sherman: Pats won't be punished "A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes one photo in particular may be worth more. Sherman doesn't think the NFL will discipline the New England Patriots if they're found to have adjusted the air pressure in 11 footballs prior to last..." January 26

  • Tom Brady: Haven't talked to NFL

    ESPN Boston "Tom Brady told ESPN on Sunday that he hasn't yet spoken to NFL investigators regarding the allegations of the New England Patriots using underinflated footballs in the first half of the AFC Championship Game and expects that to happen after the season is completed. The Patriots quarterback made..." January 26

  • Belichick on sideline videotaping: “We never did it again”

    Pro Football Talk "After a more than 2,000-word opening statement in his Saturday press conference detailing how the club’s footballs might have become under-inflated in the AFC title game vs. Indianapolis, Patriots coach Bill Belichick opened the floor for a question-and-answer session. Seven questions in, a..." January 26

  • Did NFL run sting operation on Patriots to trigger deflate-gate?

    Yahoo! Sports "Forget all about the most debated topics that have stemmed from the New England Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game – did Tom Brady order it, did Bill Belichick know about it, is Bill Nye the Science Guy even a scientist? The question that has clues but no..." January 26

  • Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson slam Patriots on Deflategate: ‘Not surprised’

    New York Post "Consider Sheldon Richardson and Nick Mangold skeptics when it comes to the Patriots’ claim of innocence in Deflategate. “That’s the Patriots,” Richardson, the Jets’ opinionated defensive tackle, said Sunday night after making his first Pro Bowl appearance. “I’m not surprised at all. If they..." January 26

  • Can Shane Vereen exploit Seattle’s linebackers?

    Providence Journal "The Seahawks are as good as it comes in stopping running backs on the ground. But might they be susceptible to running backs in the passing game? Seattle allowed more than 700 receiving yards to running backs this season — 10th most in football. Washington’s Roy Helu, San Francisco’s Bruce..." January 26

  • Edelman on Legion of Boom: 'They're all big, strong, ferocious players' "Standing only 5-foot-10, Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is one of the smaller wide receivers in the NFL. On Super Bowl Sunday, he'll be going up against a Seahawks defense that is filled with big defensive backs. "They're all big, strong, ferocious players. They play in their scheme. They're..." January 26

  • After getting traded by the Titans, Akeem Ayers feels like he’s won the lottery with the Patriots

    Providence Journal "In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans will be picking second after finishing with a 2-14 record, which tied Tampa Bay for the worst in the NFL. After starting this past season on that team, Akeem Ayers knows how lucky he is to be in this position with the Patriots, prepping for Super Bowl..." January 25

  • Bill Nye says Bill Belichick made no sense

    Pro Football Talk "We’ll be posting the entire transcript of Bill Belichick’s Saturday press conference so that anyone interested in reading the whole thing can review it, process it, understand it. One fairly famous scientist who presumably listened to the entire press conference and/or read the transcript already..." January 25

  • Belichick: Pats followed every rule

    ESPN Boston "Bill Belichick stated that the New England Patriots "followed every rule" in preparing their footballs for last Sunday's AFC Championship Game, offering several potential reasons behind the "Deflategate" controversy. Belichick addressed the issue in a lengthy statement Saturday, one day after..." January 25

  • Matthew Slater: NFLPA has “instructed” Patriots players to “reserve comment” on deflation investigation

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s football-deflation investigation figures to be much discussed at the Super Bowl. However, the discussion might go on without Patriots players contributing much. At a Saturday morning press conference, Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater said the NFL Players Association had..." January 25

  • Dungy: NFL needs to restrict Patriot’s substitution game

    Pro Football Talk "Lost amid the furor over #DeflateGate is New England’s newfound penchant for playing the ineligible-eligible receiver game. Whether it’s a player wearing an ineligible number reporting as an eligible receiver or a player wearing an eligible number reporting as an ineligible receiver, the Patriots..." January 24

  • Jim Miller says Nate Solder's TD catch shouldn't have counted vs. Colts "Good news for those of you suffering full-on Deflategate fatigue: Here's a story about something other than under-inflated balls. But it's bad news for those of you who don't want to hear about more Patriots shenanigans during their run to the Super Bowl. Either way, you've been warned. The..." January 24

  • First Hernandez murder trial could start Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "With jury selection nearly complete, the first murder trial against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez could begin as soon as Tuesday, with opening statements. Via the Associated Press, Judge E. Susan Garsh has cleared a pool of 53 potential jurors. The judge individually questioned the..." January 24

  • NFL issues statement on Deflategate investigation

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL issued the following statement on Friday afternoon in response to inquiries about “Deflategate”: “Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used in last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing..." January 24

  • Ex-Carolina GM Questions if Pats Cheated to Win XXXVIII "The "DeflateGate'' controversy in New England resurrected questions former Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney had about the Patriots after losing Super Bowl XXXVIII. Hurney, now the host of a weekday radio talk show on Charlotte's ESPN 730 AM and an ESPN NFL Insider, shared those..." January 24

  • Tom Brady on Deflategate: This isn't ISIS "Tom Brady said a lot of things during his 30-minute press conference on Thursday: He denied being involved in Deflategate, he said he doesn't cheat and he even explained his pregame ball selection process. Of course, the most important thing Brady did though was to put this whole Deflategate..." January 23

  • Tom Brady: “I didn’t alter the ball in any way”

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady denied any wrongdoing amid accusations that he or his team broke NFL rules by tampering with game balls in the AFC Championship Game. “I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” Brady said. “I have a process I go through before every game where I go in and pick the..." January 23

  • Brady Privately Told Team he Prefers Balls a "Certain Way"

    NBC News "The pressure is rising on Tom Brady. The celebrity quarterback of the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots appeared to become the prime suspect on Thursday in the absurdist football scandal known as Deflate-Gate. Hall of Fame coach John Madden and former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines..." January 23

  • Retired QB on Deflategate: 'I Think This Has Been Going on All Year'

    Bleacher Report "Chris Simms has always had a fascination with footballs. As a towheaded seven-year-old, he played catch in the backyard of his leafy New Jersey home with his famous father, Phil, then the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. Little Chris thought all the footballs in their home were the..." January 23

  • Jeremy Lane: Must be physical with Gronk "Seattle Seahawks starting nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane paused for a moment Thursday when asked what makes New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski so good, because Lane disagrees. "I actually don't think he's that good," Lane said. "He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've..." January 23

  • Sherman on Brady's clean-cut image: 'We know him to be otherwise' "On Monday, before Deflategate had taken on a life of its own, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was talking about the Seahawks (weird, we know), Richard Sherman, and the whole "You mad, bro?" meme from two years ago. "Truthfully, at that time, I thought he was just coming up to say 'good game.'..." January 22

  • Bill Belichick on Deflategate: 'I Have No Explanation For What Happened'

    Boston "The moment the nation has been waiting for has arrived. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media at Gillette Stadium Wednesday and as you might imagine, was immediately asked about the controversy known as Deflategate. Belichick said he was shocked to learn about the balls..." January 22

  • John Madden: Tom Brady may be to blame for deflated footballs

    New York Post "“Deflategate” is swirling around coach Bill Belichick as he prepares his Patriots for Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, but a former NFL coach says somebody else should be to blame. Former NFL coach John Madden, who won Super Bowl XI with the Raiders, said quarterback Tom Brady should be held..." January 22

  • Sherman: Brady started trash talk in 2012

    ESPN Boston "Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady started the trash talking in the 2012 regular-season game in which Sherman walked up to Brady after Seattle's 24-23 victory and asked, "You mad, bro?" "He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies,"..." January 22

  • Canty has strong words for latest Pats controversy

    CSN Baltimore "Ravens defensive end Chris Canty is not very sympathetic toward the Patriots regarding their latest troubles. Speaking Wednesday on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Canty called the Patriots “habitual line-steppers.” Canty also said that if the Patriots were found guilty of illegally tampering..." January 22

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    Brandon Browner @bbrowner27

    For my 2cents Blount scored 3 rushing touchdowns. He could've carried a beach ball. Also doesn't hurt we only gave up 7 points #inflatethis

  • Sources: 11 of 12 Pats' footballs 2 lbs. under

    ESPN Boston "The New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs under-inflated by 2 pounds of air (PSI) as required by NFL regulations, according to league sources either involved or familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC championship game when the Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to..." January 21

  • Reports: Ravens Believe Under-Inflated Kicking Balls Used Vs. Patriots

    NESN "With the lid reportedly opened on “DeflateGate,” more NFL teams are coming out of the woodwork. Some Baltimore Ravens players believe the kicking balls used during their AFC divisional-round playoff loss to the New England Patriots were “slightly under-inflated,” league sources told..." January 21

  • Report: Colts told NFL of inflation concerns after November game vs. Pats

    Pro Football Talk "One of the key moments of “Inflationgate” came when Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter of Sunday’s AFC title game in Foxborough. Per multiple reports, the ball was deemed to feel a little light, and from there, the NFL got..." January 21

  • NFL Executive: ‘DeflateGate’ Investigation Hopefully Done In 2 To 3 Days

    NESN "There’s an end in sight to the whole “DeflateGate” controversy. In the two days following the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game, the chatter has focused almost solely on the allegations that New England intentionally deflated footballs during the..." January 20

  • Key issues in murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez "It’s been nearly 18 months since former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested at his home in North Attleboro, Mass., for the execution-style murder of Odin Lloyd. In a matter of days the 25-year-old will finally face judgment. Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Susan..." January 20

  • Deflated ball investigation began after Colts interception

    Newsday "Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will cooperate with an NFL investigation into whether the Patriots used footballs that were not fully inflated during Sunday’s 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to Newsday early Monday..." January 20

  • Albert Haynesworth pleads guilty to reckless boating

    USA Today "Former NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth pleaded guilty to a reckless boating charge Tuesday in Knox County (Tenn.) court. Haynesworth, a two-time Pro Bowler who played seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, faced five charges at his arraignment, including violations of Tennessee..." January 20

  • Pagano on deflated footballs: Didn’t notice it, won’t comment on it

    Pro Football Talk "Colts coach Chuck Pagano isn’t talking about deflategate. Asked today about the NFL’s investigation into whether the Patriots deflated some of the footballs used in Sunday’s game to make them easier to grip, Pagano said declined to comment. “Did not notice, and that’s something for the..." January 20

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    Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington

    Bill Belichick on deflated footballs: "We'll cooperate fully with whatever the league wants to ask us -- what they want us to do."

  • Nate Solder beneficiary of New England Patriots deception "When the call came from New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in the third quarter, Nate Solder knew what he had to do. Before running out to his usual left tackle position, Solder reported himself an eligible receiver to referee Walt Anderson, who relayed that information..." January 19

  • Patriots plan to cooperate with investigation into deflated balls

    USA Today "The New England Patriots are bound for the franchise's eighth Super Bowl appearance. Amid that comes another question about whether they used a tactic against NFL rules — and whether their accomplishments merit a new asterisk. Latest issue: Did the Patriots use footballs deflated below league..." January 19

  • Report: Patriots being investigated for using deflated footballs

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL will investigate the possibility that the New England Patriots deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, which they won 45-7 over the Indianapolis Colts, according to Bob Kravitz of It rained constantly on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., which made gripping the ball..." January 19

  • Wilfork helps trapped motorist after game

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was driving home from Sunday night's rousing victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game when he noticed a Jeep Wrangler rolled onto its side on Route 1 not far from Gillette Stadium. So he did what he said anyone else..." January 19