Patriots Rumors & News

  • 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 "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' "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 "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

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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