Patriots Rumors & News

  • 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

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

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

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    Tom E. Curran @tomecurran

    Confirmed Ryan Mallett has made the Patriots 53. #patriotstalk

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    At this point, QB Ryan Mallett is still on the #Patriots roster. If he’s cut, the #Texans are expected to claim him. Hasn’t happened yet tho

  • Report: Patriots waiving Josh Boyce

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots are releasing one of their draft picks from a season ago. The club will waive wide receiver Josh Boyce, a 2013 fourth-round selection,’s Mike Reiss reported Saturday." August 30

  • Patriots to cut recent trade acquisition Jerel Worthy

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots didn’t need a long look at Jerel Worthy to decide they didn’t need him. According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have decided to release the defensive tackle." August 30

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    Damond Talbot @drocksthaparty

    Expect the Bills to put in calls for Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder. Bills are searching for a #2 who can push EJ

  • Eli Manning held to zero yards passing in Giants ugly final tune-up in win over Pats

    New York Post "The first pass of the night from Eli Manning was behind Rueben Randle, who could have made the catch, but did not. The second pass, aimed at Randle on the right side, looked as if the two had never met each other. “I thought, he thought, those kinds of things,’’ Tom Coughlin said with more than..." August 29

  • Report: Tom Brady was “very upset” with Logan Mankins deal

    Pro Football Talk "Over the years, Tom Brady has taken less money than he could have made, in order to keep trusted parts around him. And he didn’t say much about it in the past, as he was left with a bunch of receivers who remember watching him as kids. But this time might be different. According to Jason..." August 28

  • Could Ryan Mallett be next in line for swap?

    CSN New England "Bill Belichick was about 25 minutes late for his scheduled 12:15 p.m. press conference on Tuesday. Not a stunner. There are a lot of things happening on these cutdown days. When he got to the podium, I asked him a general question about trades. The impetus for that was the status of Ryan..." August 27

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Oft-asked question: NE-TB trade has to mean Pats are worried about Gronk, no? Answer: No. Gronk in good spot. This provides depth, options.

  • Judge grants Aaron Hernandez's bid to suppress evidence

    Fox Sports "Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez won a potentially significant legal victory Tuesday when a judge barred prosecutors from using evidence taken from two cell phones and three tablet computers that had been seized from the player’s home in the early days of a 2013 murder..." August 27

  • NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes $1M minimum salary, 18 games, other changes

    Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26

  • Patriots Trade Logan Mankins To Bucs For Tim Wright, Draft Pick

    NESN "The New England Patriots are parting with their All-Pro left guard. The Patriots are trading Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Tuesday. Mankins had a $10.5 million cap hit for the 2014 season, and his contract ran..." August 26

  • Patriots QB Garoppolo to start finale

    ESPN Boston "The New England Patriots will start rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in their final preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday, coach Bill Belichick confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter through a team spokesman. Furthermore, Garoppolo is expected to play the majority, if..." August 25

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    Kent Somers @kentsomers

    #azcardinals bringing in DT Tommy Kelly tonight/tomorrow. Taking a look. cut by Pats.

  • Ryan Mallett unlikely to play in Pats' preseason finale "With Ryan Mallett still on the burner as a potential trade target for quarterback-needy teams, the New England Patriots are keeping their backup in bubble wrap. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that New England is expected to hold Mallett out of Thursday's final preseason game..." August 25

  • Tom Brady: 'Tough' when Welker hurt

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Monday morning it was hard to see former teammate and good friend Wes Welker sustain his third concussion in less than a year on Saturday and that he tries to do what he can to protect his own receivers. "It's tough to see that happen and to a guy..." August 25

  • And in the Third Patriots Preseason Game, the Defense Came to Life against Panthers

    Boston Globe "Chandler Jones sacked Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton twice and Rob Ninkovich added a sack as well as the Patriots defense tried to pitch a shutout in their third preseason game, beating the Panthers 30-7. Backup Patriots linebacker Steve Beauharnais picked off Panthers second stringer..." August 23

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    As expected, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will sit tonight. Everything is still on course, though -- Optimistic, but not certain about Wk 1.

  • Brandon Bolden says competition has made him better

    Providence Journal "When Brandon Bolden first got to Foxboro, he looked up to Danny Woodhead and second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. Last year, the running back group had LeGarrette Blount and, for a short while, Leon Washington to show the younger players the way. This season, Bolden said he..." August 22

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • LaFell: Shell-shocked to comfortable

    ESPN Boston "Wide receiver Brandon LaFell knows he has come a long way since joining the New England Patriots, especially in the last two weeks of training camp. “From OTA to now, if I had to put it on a scale from zero to 10, I would say like an 8 now,” LaFell said Tuesday. “OTAs I was shell-shocked,..." August 19

  • Stevan Ridley’s fate in his hands

    Boston Herald "When it comes to putting the ball on the ground, Stevan Ridley doesn’t have the luxury of skating by on a technicality. Fair or not, that’s just how it is when you have a reputation as a fumbler. While his fumble during Friday night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles might not..." August 19

  • Stevan Ridley: 'Sick feeling' with latest fumble

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has always been up-front about some of his past struggles with ball security, and Monday was no different. Ridley's final play in Friday's preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was ruled a fumble. The Patriots recovered, but Ridley..." August 18

  • Secondary takes new emphasis in stride

    Boston Herald "Darrelle Revis doesn’t seem worried about all the penalties being called against players who make a living playing cornerback or safety. At least, that’s the message the Patriots’ all-world defender conveyed following Friday night’s flag-a-thon at Gillette Stadium. The new emphasis on..." August 18

  • Gronk partakes in full-team drills for 1st time

    ESPN Boston "It was a familiar sight on the New England Patriots practice field on Monday afternoon -- quarterback Tom Brady once again connecting with tight end Rob Gronkowski in full-team drills. In fact, with Gronkowski graduating to full-team drills for the first time since undergoing surgery on his torn..." August 18

  • Develin enjoys being on the receiving end

    Providence Journal "With each passing week, James Develin’s days as a defensive lineman at Brown University become more and more forgettable. Instead of plugging holes, Develin began his career as a tough-guy fullback with the Patriots. Now paper-thin at tight end, the Patriots are choosing to throw the football..." August 16

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    Adam Levitan @adamlevitan

    Edelman & Kenbrell were in all 2-wide sets. Amendola and LaFell only in 3- and 4-wide. Much is muddled here, but Edelman as No. 1 is a lock.

  • Patriots beat Eagles in preseason matchup, 42-35

    CSN New England "Apparently three days of practice with referees closely watching over their every move was not enough for the Patriots and Eagles to get a feel for how the games will be called. Friday night's matchup between New England and Philadelphia, a 42-35 win for the hosts, may have been a precursor for..." August 16

  • Jimmy Garoppolo rises above

    Boston Herald "From the deepest hole on the depth chart, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo has risen to stake his claim as the Patriots backup quarterback. And really, it all happened over eight days. Garoppolo took over for Tom Brady after two series in the first quarter of last night’s preseason matchup against the..." August 16

  • Cary Williams apologizes to Belichick "The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles had just concluded Friday night's preseason game and coach Bill Belichick stayed on the field to shake hands with several Philadelphia players. Soon enough, in a flurry of black Eagles jerseys, Belichick somehow wound up across from cornerback..." August 16

  • Dan Connolly in a battle

    Boston Herald "Dan Connolly reads the papers. He hears the talk. He knows what time it is, which for a guy like him is often seen as time to pack. Yet Connolly has survived eight years in the NFL despite being an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State. Seven of those years have been with the..." August 15

  • Brady hopes for significant playing time Friday "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't play in last week's preseason opener, but all signs point to him doing so Friday night against the Eagles. Brady stressed the importance of doing so. "That’s very valuable playing experience for me, too. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Jeremy Maclin gets better of Darrelle Revis, but tweaks hamstring "All offseason long, we've had to listen to various players brag about how they're the best cornerback in the game. Patrick Peterson has said it. So has Richard Sherman and DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Flowers and probably scores more I'm forgetting. Oh, and Darrelle Revis most likely thinks the..." August 13

  • Gronk far from a sure thing to play Week One

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly..." August 13

  • Source: Cowboys trade for CB Justin Green to help embattled secondary

    Dallas Morning News "Ben Bass (pictured above) took the field with his Cowboys teammates Tuesday afternoon for a practice session against the Oakland Raiders. The defensive tackle then turned around and was escorted to the locker room before practice got underway. The reason: a Cowboys team desperate for help in..." August 13

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Patriots are trading for #Packers DE Jerel Worthy, source says. Former 2nd round pick. Late-round pick going back

  • Aaron Hernandez's relative pleads guilty to criminal contempt in case "Tanya Singleton, a relative of Aaron Hernandez, was imprisoned last August for refusing to testify to a grand jury about the shooting of Odin Lloyd. On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to her criminal contempt charge, but because of her advanced breast cancer, Fall River Superior Court judge E...." August 12

  • Patriots Receiver Facing a Four-Game Suspension

    CSN New England "On an otherwise flat night for the Patriots, two guys that spiked for the Patriots were receiver Brian Tyms and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Everybody knew the story behind Garoppolo, the Patriots second-round pick. Not so with Tyms, signed by the Patriots on July 27 right after camp..." August 11

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    Gronk says he’s feeling stronger every day. No setbacks. But no timetable for his return to contact

  • Patriots add three tight ends, cut two tight ends

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots have a well-earned reputation for trying to stock the roster with talented tight ends, and they’ve made a few more moves on that front this morning. Two tight ends, Justin Jones and Asa Watson, have been waived. Three other tight ends, Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and Terrence..." August 10

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    So that's Ben Hartsock in, Justin Jones and Asa Watson out for the #Patriots. One more move coming

  • Bill Belichick loves new technology, but only if it works

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s sideline VCR clock is still reading 12:00. The new tablet computers that the league has introduced this year could be beneficial to coaches on the sidelines, but only if they work properly. That was an issue for Belichick during Thursday’s game at Washington,..." August 09

  • Jimmy Garoppolo took giant leap

    Boston Herald "We don’t know when the torch will be passed from Tom Brady to his eventual successor. It might be in four years, when his contract expires. It might be longer than that. No one really knows. What we learned Thursday night at FedEx Field does provide a little comfort toward that inevitable..." August 09

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    AFC exec on Mallett: “I know what I saw last year on tape. Hearing from media he's lighting up training ...

  • Curran: Revis will move around

    Pro Football Talk "The demise of Revis Island possibly has been greatly exaggerated. Tom Curran of, appearing on Thursday’s PFT Live, said he doesn’t buy the idea that Revis will play only on the left side of the defensive formation, with Brandon Browner on the right." August 08