New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
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  • The Patriots have serious competition at wide receiver
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    The Patriots have serious competition at wide receiver

    Over the past five years, the New England Patriots have traditionally held five wide receivers on the roster, in addition to special teams captain Matthew Slater. Danny Amendola was the only constant over those five years and the change in the type of wide receiver on the roster reflects how the offense has evolved over the years. In 2013, the Patriots had two slot receivers in Amendola and Austin Collie; a versatile inside-outside player in Julian Edelman; and two outside receivers in Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. This breakdown of two slot players, two outside players, and Edelman- who does both- held true over the next two seasons as players like Keshawn Martin, Brandon LaFell, Josh

  • Cliff Avril says Seahawks started doubting Pete Carroll, staff after Super Bowl XLIX loss
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    Cliff Avril says Seahawks started doubting Pete Carroll, staff after Super Bowl XLIX loss

    On 'Fox & Friends,' President Donald Trump suggested that players who don't stand for the national anthem might not belong in the country. In the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks were one yard from likely becoming back-to-back champions. Instead, an interception sealed the victory for the New England Patriots and, in the process, might have sent the Seahawks on a franchise-changing downward spiral. Cliff Avril, a defensive end with the Seahawks from 2013 until his release this offseason, confirmed as much during The Dave Dameshek Football Program podcast this week. “If we win that Super Bowl I think we would have won another one,” Avril said. “I do think the team would

  • Pro Football Focus believes Patriots have improved pass rush from 2017
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    Pro Football Focus believes Patriots have improved pass rush from 2017

    The New England Patriots came within minutes of a sixth Super Bowl title last season despite having one of, if not the worst pass rushes in the NFL. I suppose that's both an insult and a compliment. However, best not to tempt fate — and Louie Benjamin's break down of their offseason work on the pass rush for Pro Football Focus signals that the Pats have made some positive changes. PFF's assessment of the Patriots 2017 pass rush was not kind, as they earned the worst grade of all 32 teams in the league. Benjamin pointed out that their  issues getting to the quarterback and making plays were “never more glaring than in the Super Bowl versus the Eagles, where Nick Foles was under pressure just 30

  • New Giants safety Michael Thomas master of 1st impression (just ask Tom Brady)
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    New Giants safety Michael Thomas master of 1st impression (just ask Tom Brady)

    EAST RUTHERFORD -- Michael Thomas has a second chance to make a first impression. The new Giants safety can only hope to create a memory as positive this time as he did last time. Thomas capped his first NFL game with a victory-sealing end-zone interception of future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, keeping alive the Dolphins' playoff hopes in December 2013. Five days earlier, Thomas was winding down his second season as a member of the 49ers practice squad. "That's one I'll be able to tell the grandkids," Thomas said. "Going from being in a sweatsuit and having a clipboard the Sunday prior with San Fran, getting to Miami on a Tuesday and then getting in the game. Because injuries happen, they throw

  • Tom Brady and Gisele are selling this wildly lavish New York City apartment
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    Tom Brady and Gisele are selling this wildly lavish New York City apartment

    If you've ever wondered what kind of apartment $14 million could buy you in New York City, it appears that we now have the answer, thanks to Tom Brady.  The Patriots quarterback and his wife, Gisele, are selling their New York pad, and if you want to own it, all you need is $13.95 million. For that price, you'll get a 3,310-square-foot apartment on the 48th floor of the One Madison building, which is located in New York City's Flatiron District.  Although $13.95 million might sound like a lot of money to pay for a four-bedroom apartment, the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room almost make the price worth it alone. On a somewhat related note, if you're afraid of heights,

  • Rob Gronkowski's Horse Given 69–1 Odds to Win the Belmont Stakes
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    Rob Gronkowski's Horse Given 69–1 Odds to Win the Belmont Stakes

    It seems like the oddsmakers have been paying attention.

  • Patriots Mailbag: Should New England Pursue Linebacker Mychal Kendricks?
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    Patriots Mailbag: Should New England Pursue Linebacker Mychal Kendricks?

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski still haven't reported to organized team activities, the New England Patriots' rookies still have wacky numbers and the NFL is still having trouble getting out of its own way, so let's just get straight into this week's mailbag. How much interest do the pats have in former Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks? — @IthinkImKP It's tough to say how much interest they have, but I think they should certainly look into signing him. It seemed inevitable Kendricks would hit the open market at some point this offseason, though the Philadelphia Eagles certainly didn't do him any favors when they released him Tuesday by waiting until late May. Kendricks had a $7.6 million cap hit in 2018,

  • 4 Patriots are working on graduate degrees this offseason
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    4 Patriots are working on graduate degrees this offseason

    In the spirit of our resident salary cap aficionado Brian Phillips' NFL article that isn't about the National Anthem or Tom Brady from Thursday that succeeded in maybe making us think that maybe everything in this world doesn't suck, Patriots Football Weekly has a great feature about four players working on getting those sweet three letters after their name - M.B.A. Graduate school, unlike undergrad for most of us, is the equivalent of “Oh, so you work out at the YMCA a few times a week, huh? That's cute. Now you're training to run Tough Mudder. Try to keep up, newbie.” So for kicker Stephen Gostkowski, offensive linemen Joe Thuney and Ted Karras, and long-snapper Joe Cardona, knocking out their

  • NFL.com thinks Patriots will make 8th straight AFC Championship Game
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    NFL.com thinks Patriots will make 8th straight AFC Championship Game

    In a league built on the principles of parity, no team has been as much of an outlier as the New England Patriots: The franchise has won 15 of 18 division titles since the turn of the century, won five of its eight Super Bowls appearances, and has set a new NFL record by going to the conference title game seven years in a row and counting – one of the most impressive streaks in the league. NFL.com's Adam Rank recently wrote about current streaks and whether or not they will be sustained in 2018. Of course, the Patriots' consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances are also mentioned – and Rank believes that the team will add one more this season: I'm not going to be the person who picks against

  • Patriots' Mike Gillislee: Off to slow start
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    Patriots' Mike Gillislee: Off to slow start

    Gillislee "did not appear to be as quick or fluid" as most of the Patriots' other running backs during positional work in the team's current voluntary OTAs, Paul Perillo of the team's official site reports. There's time for Gillislee to pick up the pace, but his outlook with the Patriots has changed quite a bit since last spring when he was signed to replace LeGarrette Blount as the team's "big back." His projected assignment appeared to carry TD-upside with it, but after a strong start, things fizzled out for Gillislee in 2017. He's fighting for a roster spot at this stage, with Brandon Bolden, Jeremy Hill and undrafted free agent Ralph Webb also battling for slotting behind roster locks Sony

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    Patriots take field for OTA with no Brady, no Gronk FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Seven-on-seven drills. Playbook run-throughs. Pretending that everything is normal. It's all part of the New England Patriots getting ready for the regular season. Three months after losing the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots held their second organized team activity on Tuesday - without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on the absence of two of his biggest stars, and their teammates claimed to be too focused on their own jobs to worry about who wasn't there. "It's been really hard to get accustomed to a new team and learn everybody's name," rookie Danny Etling,

  • Rivers feeling good, could help provide Patriots an answer at left end
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    Rivers feeling good, could help provide Patriots an answer at left end

    FOXBORO -- Of all the observations made at Tuesday's OTA practice, one that stood out as sort of an under-the-radar takeaway was that the defensive end position for the Patriots looked nothing like it did back in early February. Seeing a good deal of the workload on the edges were two players who didn't play a snap for the Patriots last season: Derek Rivers and Adrian Clayborn. MORE PATRIOTS - Giardi: Brady not at TB12 while his teammates were at OTAs From this, we can deduce a couple of things. First, a few of the team's most experienced edge defenders weren't available. Trey Flowers' absence from Tuesday's work is worth monitoring as we progress through the spring and move toward training camp.