Patriots Rumors & News

  • Patriots report card: Offense not making grade

    Boston Herald "The Patriots defense looked suffocating Sunday against the Raiders, but before you start comparing it to the Seahawks, remember what it was facing: the Ray-duhs . . . emphasis on the duhs. The winless Raiders are last in total offense, last in points scored, last in rushing and near the bottom..." September 23

  • Problems on O-Line intensify

    Boston Herald "C.J. Wilson leveled Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter for the Oakland Raiders’ second sack of the game as the Gillette Stadium crowd let out a loud “Ooh.” Perhaps the more appropriate sound for the day would have been “Ow!” Brady got up. The 37-year-old face of the Patriots did that a lot..." September 22

  • Tom Brady on the offense: 'We've got one guy' playing well

    Boston Herald "Tom Brady is wise enough to know the Patriots aren't going to get where they want to be if there aren't rapid improvements on offense. He was passionate about that rally cry this morning on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan after yesterday's 16-9 victory against the Raiders. The offense has now scored..." September 22

  • Report: Shane Vereen likely to play Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots’ top pass catching back is reportedly set to play Sunday vs. Oakland. Tailback Shane Vereen, who was questionable with a shoulder injury, is “expected” to suit up against the Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning." September 21

  • Shane Vereen finds a niche and just runs with it

    Boston Herald "Shane Vereen will probably never be the so-called “bell-cow back” for the Patriots. He knows he fits a niche in the offense that doesn’t lend itself to him carrying the ball 20-plus times a game. In fact, Vereen has had 10 or more rushing attempts in a game just five times in his..." September 20

  • Patriots Injury Report: Shane Vereen, Jamie Collins Among Six Questionable

    NESN "The New England Patriots might be without one of their best running backs on Sunday. Third-down back Shane Vereen is questionable against the Raiders with a shoulder injury. Linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle), safety Don..." September 19

  • Belichick: Fleming is catching on quickly

    ESPN.com "Rookie offensive tackle Cameron Fleming had a later start than most to the Patriots’ offseason training regimen -- as he was finishing up school. But, coach Bill Belichick has been impressed with Fleming’s ability to catch up to the rest of the players in a short time. “I think Cam [Fleming]..." September 19

  • Danny Amendola keeps focus

    Boston Herald "Danny Amendola arrived with a rather daunting mission attached to the five-year, $28.5 million free agent deal he signed with the Patriots last year. He was supposed to make everyone forget about losing Wes Welker. No one said the job was going to be easy. Some may have even classified it as..." September 19

  • Make no mistake: Penalties annoy Belichick

    Boston Herald "When coach Bill Belichick speaks about his frustrations publicly, it’s easy to imagine just how many times the Patriots hear about them behind closed doors. Belichick is unhappy about the number of penalties the Pats were flagged for in the first two regular-season games. Not just the amount of..." September 16

  • Could Condoleezza Rice Replace Roger Goodell As Commissioner Of The NFL?

    ThePostGame.com "While there are still many questions to be answered as the NFL investigates its handling of Ray Rice's assault case, there are already a handful of prominent voices calling for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down and an intriguing candidate to take his place. U.S. Senator Kirsten..." September 16

  • Aaron Hernandez: 'I felt helpless' with police occupation of house

    CBSSports.com "Aaron Hernandez is currently incarcerated as he awaits his day in court for three alleged murders, and aside from some private letters to fans, we haven't heard much from the former Patriots star. But as his attorneys have claimed, via the Boston Globe, that the police interrogation of..." September 16

  • Returning to edge, Chandler Jones bullies Vikings

    Boston Herald "Just a week ago, Chandler Jones sacked himself twice. Yesterday he sacked Matt Cassel twice instead. The defensive end enjoyed the latter more and so did the Patriots. After a game in Miami against the Dolphins in which blocking and tackling both seemed foreign to many of Bill Belichick’s..." September 15

  • Tim Tebow makes his debut on 'Good Morning America'

    Fox Sports "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow made his debut as a "Good Morning America" contributor Monday, introducing a story about Deven Jackson, a Pennsylvania youth who had both legs amputated but hasn't let that stop him from playing football. It was another case of Tebow branching out in life after..." September 15

  • Patriots bring up LB Deontae Skinner from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots promoted a linebacker from their practice squad to the 53-player roster on Saturday, signing rookie Deontae Skinner, the club said. To make way for Skinner, the Patriots waived third-year linebacker Darius Fleming. The 23-year-old Skinner signed with New England’s practice squad..." September 14

  • Up in the air on Dobson’s merits

    Boston Herald "Wide receiver Aaron Dobson spent the week trying to prove he belongs in uniform today against the Vikings. Now, it’s time to see if Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff agrees. Dobson was a healthy scratch last week against the Dolphins because the Pats went with Kenbrell Thompkins..." September 14

  • Jamie Collins doesn’t travel with Patriots

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots won’t have linebacker Jamie Collins on the field in Week Two. Collins was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report because of a thigh injury suffered in practice this week, but the team did not bring him with them to Minnesota for Sunday’s game. It will be the first missed..." September 14

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    Andrew Siciliano @AndrewSiciliano

    Kenbrell Thompkins inactive for the Patriots

  • If Jamie Collins sits, ‘D’ set to go

    Boston Herald "The Patriots will have to shuffle around some front-seven personnel tomorrow against the Vikings if linebacker Jamie Collins can’t play due to a thigh injury. Collins missed yesterday’s practice, which was the first injury-related absence of his short career, after appearing on Thursday’s..." September 13

  • Gronkowski ready for more snaps if asked

    CSN New England "If Rob Gronkowski's given a larger workload this weekend in Minnesota, he says he's ready for it. "Yes, definitely," he said. "Whatever the coaches have for me out there, whatever the game plan is, when I get my number called, I gotta go out there and do my job and perform to my best of my..." September 12

  • In backing Roger Goodell, Robert Kraft caught up in a no-win situation

    Boston Herald "As we wait for former FBI director Robert Mueller to complete his so-called “independent” investigation into the NFL’s handing of the Ray Rice case, three thoughts come to mind: 1. Until Mueller’s report is made public, I reserve the right to be skeptical of the entire process; 2. Patriots..." September 12

  • Tim Tebow to join 'Good Morning America'

    USA Today "Breakfast time just became Tebow time. Starting Monday, Tim Tebow, the former football star and current SEC Network analyst, will be on the top-rated ABC morning show Good Morning America. He’ll serve as a contributor and will help launch GMA‘s “Motivate Me Monday” series, which focuses on..." September 12

  • Source: Patriots work out ex-Vikings DT Fred Evans

    Yahoo! Sports "The New England Patriots worked out defensive tackle Fred Evans on Thursday, a source told Yahoo Sports. Evans played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Patriots' opponent on Sunday, for the past seven seasons before getting cut in late August." September 12

  • Patriots' Belichick says he has no regrets about trade that helped the Vikings score Patterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During last year’s NFL draft, the Vikings, hot and heavy for Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, traded four picks to the New England Patriots to trade back into the first round for him. A year later, with the teams meeting on Sunday, it looks like the deal worked out for both..." September 11

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Mid-week game-plan thought: After mostly playing CB Darrelle Revis on left side vs. MIA, makes sense this week to match him up on Patterson.

  • Tommy Kelly Asked to be Released from the Patriots

    Pats Pulpit "When the Patriots opened up the game against the Dolphins in a 3-man defensive front, most wondered why defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, the player on the roster best suited to align in a 3-main front, was released earlier in the off-season. Turns out, Kelly asked for the release. He didn't want..." September 09

  • NFL Leads Push For Franchise in Europe

    ThePostGame.com "This NFL season has kicked off with more fanfare than ever before, and excitement for the sport isn't limited to the United States. For the first time in the league's history there will be three regular-season games played abroad, all of them at Wembley Stadium in London. The games will come on..." September 09

  • Unlike Brady, Peyton may retire before he sucks

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said he’ll retire when he sucks. His longtime rival and nemesis may not wait quite that long. “I guess I’m along the same lines as Tom,” Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tells NBC’s Bob Costas in an interview that will be televised on tonight’s edition of..." September 08

  • Dolphins 33, Patriots 20

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Where did the Dolphins look in trouble early on Sunday? Where didn't they? They had three turnovers in the first quarter. All three starting linebackers were out injured. They squandered an early touchdown thanks to a blocked punt and were down, 10-7. That's when a season-opening surprise..." September 07

  • Excitement meter on high for Kraft

    Boston Herald "Between getting drenched along with his team while answering the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of Giants president John Mara, or dancing to hip-hop with Ty Law during the former cornerback’s recent Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Robert Kraft has had an eventful lead-up to the season. But..." September 07

  • Look for Gronk, on a limited basis

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters this week that he’ll play in Week One, but on a limited basis. Coach Bill Belichick was more circumspect (there’s a f–king surprise). Officially, it’s a coin-flip as to whether Gronk suits up. Unofficially, Gronkowski’s assessment is correct...." September 07

  • Ridley and Vereen: The backs who have each other's back

    Providence Journal "The bond between Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen started early. The two met in 2011 at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and hit it off. Neither had an idea that their budding friendship would only grow from there, but when the Patriots selected both running backs in the 2011..." September 06

  • Dominique Easley will indeed make his Patriots debut against Dolphins

    Boston Herald "It's been a long road, but first-round pick Dominique Easley will make his Patriots debut Sunday against the Dolphins. Easley tore his ACL last September during a practice with Florida, underwent surgery in October, returned to practice Aug. 11 and was held out of the preseason." September 06

  • Tom Brady on calf injury: 'I'll be ready to go Sunday'

    CBSSports.com "Out of nowhere Thursday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed up on the team's injury report with some kind of calf injury. It's the sort of thing to anyone rooting for the Pats or just Brady into a weird, mental place. Fret not -- Brady says he'll "be ready to go Sunday." “Physically I had..." September 06

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Word is Rob Gronkowski (ACL) was right earlier in the week. The #Patriots TE is expected to play vs. #Dolphins. Snaps may be limited tho

  • Former NFLer Donte Stallworth to write about national security for Huffington Post

    Baltimore Sun "Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who played for the Ravens in 2010 and spent the summer as a coaching intern with the team, joined the Huffington Post last night as a politics fellow covering national security, the site announced. Far be it from me to talk about his credentials, but..." September 04

  • Belichick pumps brakes on Gronk playing in Week 1

    SI.com "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said on Monday he will play in New England's Week 1 game in Miami, but head coach Bill Belichick said on Tuesday the final decision will be the team's. "I'm glad that Rob's optimistic about his situation," Belichick told reporters, according to Josh Katzowitz..." September 03

  • Brady's focus on Dolphins, not Welker's woes: 'This is not friend time'

    Boston Herald "Tom Brady wished Wes Welker the best. But that's as far as he'd go when asked about the former Patriots slot receiver's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy against performance enhancing drugs. Brady's reaction was no reaction. "I don't have a lot of thoughts or comments on..." September 03

  • Brian Waters retires from the NFL: ‘I will always be grateful’

    Dallas Morning News "Six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Brian Waters, who spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys, has decided to retire from the NFL. Waters, 37, played high school football at Waxahachie and college football at North Texas. He went undrafted in 1999, and the Cowboys signed him as an undrafted..." September 02

  • Brady contemplates his future with the Patriots

    CSN New England "When the Patriots dealt Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay last week in exchange for a fourth-round pick and tight end Tim Wright, it was a reminder that there is no player who is immune from being traded away when coach Bill Belichick deems the time is right. Even Tom Brady. Our Patriots Insider..." September 02

  • Belichick: No decision yet on Gronk's Week 1 status

    CSN New England "Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go, but do the Patriots feel the same way? Asked about Gronkowski's status in a conference call on Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick explained that there has not been a final decision made as to whether or not the 6-foot-6 tight end will take the field in Miami on..." September 02

  • Garoppolo on No. 2: 'Hasn't really sunk in'

    ESPN Boston "When the New England Patriots traded quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, it answered one of the lingering questions for the team at the end of the preseason: Who would be the top backup behind Tom Brady? Second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo won the job, which he was..." September 02

  • Gronkowski’s announcement a little confusing

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has declared that he has gotten the green light to play on Sunday from his doctors, after a torn ACL derailed his 2013 season. The bigger question could be whether he got the green light from his head coach to disclose that he got the green light from his..." September 01

  • Patriots add McLeod Bethel-Thompson, long snapper to practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "After the Patriots set their initial 53-man roster over the weekend, head coach Bill Belichick said that there were still moves to be made when asked about the lack of a long snapper. There still isn’t one on the active roster, but the Patriots have added a snapper to the practice squad. It’s..." September 01

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Gronk: “Definitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good.”

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    Paul Perillo @pfwpaul

    Boyce confirms he's on practice squad

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    Tom E. Curran @tomecurran

    Ron Gronkowski a go for Sunday he confirms. #patriotstalk

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Ryan Mallett has been traded to the #Texans, source says

  • Pats get only a conditional 2016 seventh-round pick for Mallett

    Pro Football Talk "There apparently wasn’t much of a trade market for quarterback Ryan Mallett. Despite talk that the Patriots might get a mid-round draft pick in trading Mallett, they gave him up today for only a conditional 2016 seventh-round pick. That’s what the Texans gave up to acquire Mallett, according to..." August 31

  • Patriots claim two rookie defensive linemen

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots moved on from defensive linemen Jerel Worthy and Tommy Kelly while making their way down to 53 players and they continued to show a taste for younger options up front on Sunday. The team announced that they have claimed a pair of rookie defensive linemen off of waivers. Bruce..." August 31

  • Patriots release 19, but keep quarterback Ryan Mallett

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots finished business with 19 cuts Saturday, but left the door open to future business by keeping quarterback Ryan Mallett. Mallett slipped behind second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo, and could still be trade bait down the road if a team has an injury early in the season. Otherwise, they’ll..." August 31