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  • newDominique Easley among nine placed on PUP/NFI lists by Patriots

    Dominique Easley among nine placed on PUP/NFI lists by Patriots

    Former first round pick Dominique Easley is among nine players placed on either the physically unable to perform or non-football injury lists by the New England Patriots on Monday. Easley landed on injured reserve last December after suffering a knee injury. He did not have surgery this offseason but still missed all of the team’s…
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  • newSettlement talks continue in Brady case

    Settlement talks continue in Brady case

    Last Tuesday, PFT reported that the NFL and NFL Players Association had engaged in settlement talks in connection with the Tom Brady suspension. Since then, multiple other similar reports have emerged. Most recently, multiple reports have indicated that talks have resumed, in the wake of the NFLPA reportedly offering that Brady would consider an outcome…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 8:35pm -
  • newIrsay: I have not talked to Goodell about Deflategate since January

    Irsay: I have not talked to Goodell about Deflategate since January

    Colts owner Jim Irsay says he isn’t trying to get NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to deny Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his Deflategate suspension. Shortly after Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti denied lobbying Goodell to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, Irsay offered a similar denial. “That’s not true at all,” Irsay told the Indianapolis Star. “I…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 4:07pm -
  • newPaolantonio says owners aren’t pressuring Goodell

    Paolantonio says owners aren’t pressuring Goodell

    A Friday appearance by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio on the Mighty 1090 in San Diego, coupled with prior reports suggesting that NFL owners are lobbying Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding appeal of the four-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sparked Sunday’s statement from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti that he’s not pressuring Goodell. On Monday, Paolantonio…
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 1:16pm -
  • newOwner influence could make Brady’s lawsuit stronger

    Owner influence could make Brady’s lawsuit stronger

    Any effort by owners to pressure, influence, or lobby Commissioner Roger Goodell on the Tom Brady appeal undermines Goodell’s independence. Which in turn strengthens Brady’s case in court. The looming lawsuit (absent a zero-game suspension for Brady) will entail an argument that Goodell wasn’t truly impartial. What better way to prove his “evident partiality” (lawyers) than…
    - 16 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 6:58am -
  • After Deflategate, NFL instructs refs to inspect footballs more closely

    After Deflategate, NFL instructs refs to inspect footballs more closely

    NFL referees have been given detailed instructions for closely inspecting footballs in response to Deflategate. In what former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira terms “an overreaction” to the controversy, the NFL told officials this weekend that they will have to change the way they go about getting footballs ready for play. Under the new…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Jul 15, 12:13pm -
  • Bisciotti denies pressuring Goodell on #DeflateGate

    Bisciotti denies pressuring Goodell on #DeflateGate

    On Friday, ESPN Sal Paolantonio supplied it. Now, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has denied it. Responding to Paolantonio’s claim that Bisciotti, Colts owner Jim Irsay, and other AFC owners have been lobbying Commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold the four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Bisciotti says he didn’t try to pressure Goodell. “I have…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 15, 10:04am -
  • Steelers players say they want Tom Brady to win his appeal

    Steelers players say they want Tom Brady to win his appeal

    Tom Brady has support from more than the NFLPA in his appeal of his #DeflateGate suspension. The Steelers say they want him to win, or at least they say so in public. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a number of Steelers said they hoped Brady prevailed in his appeal so he’d be…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 15, 5:17am -
  • Patriots sign Ryan Allen to three-year extension

    Patriots sign Ryan Allen to three-year extension

    The Patriots and kicker Stephen Gostkowski agreed on a four-year deal just before the July 15 deadline to sign players given a franchise tag, but no such deadlines were needed to secure a deal with the guy who holds the ball for Gostkowski. Punter Ryan Allen’s agent Sean Stellato told Adam Schefter of ESPN that…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 15, 4:56am -
  • Owner lobbying undermines Goodell’s independence in Brady appeal

    Owner lobbying undermines Goodell’s independence in Brady appeal

    Yes, the NFL Players Association agreed since the very first Collective Bargaining Agreement that the Commissioner will have final say over punishment imposed on players for infractions against the integrity of the game. But the Commissioner still must be independent and unbiased in exercising his authority over the process. If the Commissioner is being pressured…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 15, 12:10am -

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  • newDon't Panic Over Dominique Easley Yet

    Don't Panic Over Dominique Easley Yet

    2014 1st round pick placed on Phyiscally Unable to Perform listDominique Easley was a first round gamble by Bill Belichick in the 2014 draft, hoping to gain a premier talent at a low 1st round value. Belichick is not afraid to take those type of gambles, as evidenced by the selections of Rob Gronkowski in 2010 and Ras-I Dowling in 2011. Easley in the midst of a breakout campaign his senior year of Florida that would have likely placed him in the top 10 of the draft had he finished the season healthy. Instead, he tore his ACL in the 4th game of the season and didn't play another down unt…
    - 6 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 4:41pm -
  • newPatriots Place Eight on PUP; QB Matt Flynn on Non-Football Injury List

    Patriots Place Eight on PUP; QB Matt Flynn on Non-Football Injury List

    New England made a few transactions today.The New England Patriots start their training camp this week and are already preparing for it. Per the NFL's transaction wire (and via Miguel of patscap.com), the team has made the following moves today: Pats placed Matt Flynn on the Non-Football Injury list— CapSpace=$10,769,988 (@patscap) July 27, 2015 Patriots placed 8 players on Active PUP Easley Fletcher, Dane Chris Jones LaFell Slater, Matt Taylor, Vince Wendell, Ryan White, Chris— CapSpace=$10,769,988 (@patscap) July 27, 2015 We do not yet know the reason why Matt…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 2:14pm -
  • newDeflateGate: NFL Speaking with NFLPA For Tom Brady Settlement

    DeflateGate: NFL Speaking with NFLPA For Tom Brady Settlement

    Fox Sports reports that the NFL is now speaking with the NFLPA in order to come to an agreement on Tom Brady's fate.According to a breaking report from Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the NFL has opened up their communication with the NFLPA and Tom Brady to try and find a resolution for the New England Patriots quarterback. Prior to this report, the NFLPA had been noted as trying to propose a settlement agreement, but that the NFL elected not to respond. Any increase in communication is a necessity in order to avoid going to court.Garafolo notes that Brady's camp is still unlikely to acc…
    - 13 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 9:26am -
  • newNew England Patriots Links 7/27/15 - Training Camp Begins This Week

    New England Patriots Links 7/27/15 - Training Camp Begins This Week

    Daily news and links for 7/27/15TEAM TALK Patriots announce initial dates of training camp. Erik Scalavino and Paul Perillo debate which camp battles they are looking forward to the most.LOCAL LINKS Mike Reiss posts some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around NFL: Malcom Brown's draft-day slide sparks memories of Vince Wilfork in 2004. Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: Why do NFL owners still back Roger Goodell as commissioner? Christopher Price Sunday NFL Notes: 20 Over/Under scenarios for 2015 Patriots. Karen Guregien reports the rookies have already repor…
    - 16 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 6:18am -
  • newPats Pulpit Podcast Episode 002: Training Camp Preview

    Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 002: Training Camp Preview

    Rich and Alec take to the airwaves for their second podcast to discuss the Patriots training camp.While the New England Patriots rookies have already reported for training camp, the rest of the team won't show up until Wednesday, July 29th. Day one of camp is mostly just player measurements and check-ups and the practices won't begin until Thursday at 9:15 AM EST. There will be practices starting at 9:15 AM from Thursday through Sunday.For those interested in attending, parking and admission if free so definitely take advantage of the opportunities. We believe Marima will be on hand fo…
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  • DeflateGate: NFL Shows Colors, Reacts to Negative Reports on Football Protocol

    DeflateGate: NFL Shows Colors, Reacts to Negative Reports on Football Protocol

    The NFL shows that they're not concerned with getting the verdict correct, but just winning the public court of opinion.On Monday, July 20th, the referee website Football Zebras noted that officials had not been made aware of any changes to the football protocols. The news was understandably met with outrage. The obvious implication was that the league didn't understand that they were at fault for their mishandling of the footballs and their measurements. If everyone could agree on one aspect of the DeflateGate nonsense, it's that the officials didn't do their job.Surprise, surprise,…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Jul 15, 1:05pm -
  • The Patriots Have a Starting Secondary

    The Patriots Have a Starting Secondary

    The New England Patriots have assembled the pieces of a starting secondary. It's just a matter of putting them in order.How do you feel about the Patriots current secondary?I'm asking because it seems fairly likely that what you see on the roster will be what Bill Belichick crafts into a starting defense- and everything is going to be okay.Most fans are fine with the current depth chart at safety; Devin McCourty is an All Pro at free safety, while Pat Chung will play in the box against the run, Duron Harmon will play in the Cover Two against the pass, and Jordan Richards will be Beli…
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  • DeflateGate: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Obeying Owners' Orders

    DeflateGate: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Obeying Owners' Orders

    The NFL Commissioner is stuck between doing the right thing, and doing what his bosses tell him.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will never be a sympathetic figure in this Deflarthyism nonsense. He has had multiple opportunities to stop the train before it went off the tracks and he has made the wrong decision at every turn. Now, he finds himself in a position that most people can empathize with.Goodell is stuck between doing the right thing, and doing what his bosses are telling him to do.The right thing to do would be to punt the punishment until after the upcoming season so the leag…
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    • newSeau lawyer: family won't disrupt Hall of Fame ceremonies
      CANTON, Ohio — The family of the late Junior Seau will not disrupt the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Aug. 8 despite its disagreement with a policy preventing live remarks during a posthumous induction.Steve Strauss, legal counsel to the Seaus and partner at Cooley LLP, said in an email Monday night that the family "does not want this issue to become a distraction to Junior's accomplishments and legacy or those of the other inductees."
      - 5 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 6:08pm -
    • By the numbers: How Patriots just outsmart other NFL teams
      Patriots coach Bill Belichick will look for more than just physical talent when the team enters training camp this week.New England’s professor of pigskin also will look for players smart enough to study among the ivy walls of the NFL’s finest intellectual institution.The Super Bowl champs finished the 2014 season No. 1 on the ColdHardFootballFacts.com Intelligence Index, our measure of team-wide efficiency in all phases of the game. The Patriots, in other words, were the smartest team in the NFL.
      - 1 day ago, 26 Jul 15, 9:00pm -
    • Patriots roster breakdown: Tight ends
      With the Patriots conducting their first training camp practice on Thursday, the Herald will break down positional groups throughout the week. The spotlight here shines on tight ends, along with each player’s projected standing on the depth chart as the team opens camp:• Tight ends on roster (6): Jake Bequette, Scott Chandler, AJ Derby, Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jimmay Mundine.
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    • Patriots roster breakdown: Wide receivers
      With the Patriots conducting their first training camp practice on Thursday, the Herald will break down positional groups throughout the week. The spotlight here shines on wide receivers, along with each player’s projected standing on the depth chart as the team opens camp:• Wide receivers on roster (11): Danny Amendola, Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Zach D’Orazio, Julian Edelman, Brandon Gibson, Chris Harper, Jonathan Krause, Brandon LaFell, Matthew Slater, Brian Tyms.
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    • Jonas Gray’s focus on playing time, not PSI
      The rookies have already reported. The veterans are due in Wednesday while training camp officially gets underway on Thursday.So what’s the mindset of the defending Super Bowl champs as the Patriots get back to business?
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    • Patriots roster breakdown: Quarterbacks
      In anticipation of the Patriots conducting their first training camp practice Thursday, the Herald is analyzing the roster battles at each position, breaking down two groups per day. Here, we focus on the quarterbacks, listing the candidates in order of their projected standing on the depth chart opening camp.•    Candidates (3): Tom Brady, Matt Flynn, Jimmy Garoppolo
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    • Patriots roster breakdown: Running backs
      In anticipation of the Patriots conducting their first training camp practice Thursday, the Herald is analyzing the roster battles at each position, breaking down two groups per day. Here, we focus on the running backs, listing the candidates in order of their projected standing on the depth chart opening camp.•    Candidates (8): LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Travaris Cadet, James Develin (fullback), Tyler Gaffney, Jonas Gray, Dion Lewis, James White
      - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 15, 9:20am -
    • These 5 Patriots need breakthrough seasons
      With training camp set to get underway Thursday, and the Patriots in pursuit of a fifth Super Bowl title, it’s time to get the ball rolling.The defending champions are going to be up against it this season, and that’s regardless of whether Tom Brady has to sit out any games on suspension.Certain players are going to have to elevate their game to help make up for offseason personnel losses.
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      • newThe Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping Tom Brady will win his appeal
        The New England Patriots are set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL’s season opener on September 10.Whether that game will include Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has yet to be determined.While we wait to hear the fate of the quarterback’s appeal stemming from a four-game suspension levied against him by the NFL, there are two groups of people. One wants Brady’s suspension reduced or lifted. The other side wants to see it upheld . The Steelers actually happen to fall into the category of folks who sit in Brady’s corner.“The competitor in you wants to see the best team out…
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      • newPatriots Place Eight on PUP List
        With two days until the Patriots officially start training camp the team placed eight players on the PUP list prior to the start of camp.
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      • newWill Smith fires back at former teammate Junior Galette
        Junior Galette appeared to use his girlfriend’s Twitter account over the weekend to blast his former New Orleans Saints teammates and coaches after he was released. Free agent defensive end Will Smith found his way into the crosshairs, and he wasn’t pleased about it. Here’s what Galette allegedly said about Smith, courtesy of the collection...Read More
        - 9 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 1:17pm -
      • newDeflate this: Brady shows up two days early for training camp
        New England patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have the NFL breathing down his neck, it hasn't disrupted his focus on getting ready for the 2015 season while waiting for the results of his appeal of a four-game suspension.According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Brady is once again on a mission to show the doubters wrong.Reiss writes:'While Patriots veterans don't report to training camp until Wednesday, NFL rules state quarterbacks and players returning from injuries can be required to report earlier. So this isn't a case of Brady reporting early for camp as much as standard operating procedu…
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      • newSammy Watkins: It's a "problem" if Bills don't win AFC East
        The Buffalo Bills have not made the playoffs since the Bill Clinton Administration (1999). And over the last seven years, the New England Patriots have greedily dominated the AFC East. Speaking about his outlook for the 2015 season, second-year wide receiver Sammy Watkins shared his forecast (via The Buffalo News):“Winning, playoffs, championship. We’ve got a great team and great coaches. I mean, there’s just no way we shouldn’t be in the playoffs or win a championship. I mean, with the team and coaches and staff that we have, and what they’re doing to bring us together, I think th…
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      • newReport: Brady, NFL could be making 'earnest effort' to settle
        The New England Patriots will officially begin training camp this week, and there has still been no word about whether Tom Brady will be available for the team’s Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and beyond. But Brady’s people may be working with the league on a solution. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports...Read More
        - 13 hours ago, 27 Jul 15, 9:51am -
      • newRavens owner denies trying to influence Tom Brady decision
        Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti swears he’s not trying to strong-arm NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when it comes to Tom Brady.Over the weekend, Bisciotti and Indianapolis Colts owner Steve Irsay were named by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio as two owners pressuring Goodell into upholding Brady’s four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate.“(By potentially reducing the suspension) you’re angering some of the hard-core owners out there,” Paolantonio reported. “I know who they are and I’m gonna name ‘em right now: Jim Irsay of the Colts. Steve Bisciotti of the Rave…
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      • newReport: NFL to initiate new policies in wake of Deflategate
        The NFL might be taking this Deflategate thing a little too seriously.According to Mike Pereira of Fox Sports, the league isn’t going to let footballs out of sight in 2015.Each NFL game last season had a kicking ball coordinator, hired by the league, who has been primarily responsible for the six kicking balls. They will now take custody of all the balls once they’ve been approved until 10 minutes prior to kickoff.At that point, the kicking ball coordinator, along with a member of the officiating crew and a security representative, will bring the footballs to the on-field replay stati…
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      • newMonday web roundup: New England Patriots
        Everyone hates the PatriotsThis could be a reason as to why everyone hates the New England Patriots, according to Sports Illustrated. From SI: Professional football may be the most ...Countdown to camp: CornerbacksAs for Revis, the Patriots realize they're losing one of the best ever to play the ... Ever since he said goodbye to New England and returned to the...Owner Bisciotti "Most Vocal" Against Brady ...In it, Comcast Sportsnet New England's 'Patriots Insider' Tom Curran alludes to quite a few things ...Report: New procedures for testing, monitoring footballs Now, a few da…
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      • Le'Veon Bell still waiting for date on appeal hearing
        The Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off their training camp on Saturday. And with only slightly more than six weeks left until the Steelers face the New England Patriots in the season opener, running back Le’Veon Bell’s status remains in question.Bell received a three-game suspension stemming from an arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana last August. Former teammate running back LeGarrette Blount, who was also under the influence and in Bell’s car at the time of the incident, was handed a one-game suspension.Bell completely owned up to his actions and is prepared to sit out th…
        - 2 days ago, 25 Jul 15, 9:33pm -

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      • Patriots ink punter Ryan Allen to three-year extension
        Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Patriots punter Ryan Allen has signed a three-year extension that takes him through the 2018 season.
        - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 15, 8:15am -
      • Browner gets Super Bowl ring, note from Robert Kraft
        Brandon Browner received his Super Bowl ring from the New England Patriots. With it came a note from owner Robert Kraft praising the corner's locker room leadership.
        - 4 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 5:28am -
      • Patriots reach 1-year deal with CB Tarell Brown
        The Patriots and Tarell Brown reached a one-year deal ahead of next week's training camp. Bill Belichick has remade his secondary this offseason after losing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
        - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 15, 10:03am -
      • Tom Brady leads merchandise sales for first time
        Tom Brady's tumultuous offseason has sparked a massive reaction from Patriots fans -- and their wallets. Brady currently leads the NFL in player merchandise sales for the first time in his career.
        - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 15, 9:48am -
      • Roger Goodell: No timeline on Tom Brady appeal
        It's been more than a month since Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension. Roger Goodell said Tuesday there's no timeline for a decision on Brady's status.
        - 6 days ago, 21 Jul 15, 11:14am -
      • Gronkowski says he's only read 80 percent of his book
        Rob Gronkowski co-wrote his new book "It's Good to be Gronk" with agent Jason Rosenhaus, but in terms of reading the finished product, he didn't get that far.
        - 7 days ago, 21 Jul 15, 4:51am -
      • Pats' Edelman on Tom Brady: 'He's a little ticked off'
        New England pass-catcher Julian Edelman told reporters on Saturday that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is far from pleased with how Deflategate has played out, saying, "He's fired up."
        - 10 days ago, 18 Jul 15, 9:11am -
      • Longtime Patriots lineman Dan Connolly retires
        Dan Connolly, whose contract with New England expired after the 2014 season, had one free agent visit this offseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but left without a contract.
        - 12 days ago, 16 Jul 15, 6:32am -
      • Franchise tag deadline primer
        The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term deal is Wednesday, July 15. Will Dez Bryant, Justin Houston and Demaryius Thomas end up sitting out training camp?
        - 13 days ago, 15 Jul 15, 4:35am -
      • Tom Brady predicted big Super Bowl game for Vereen
        Shane Vereen was an unsung hero in the Patriots’ historical Super Bowl comeback against the Seahawks. Turns out, he was supposed to be the secret weapon all along.
        - 14 days ago, 13 Jul 15, 6:41pm -