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New England Patriots' Logan Mankins (70) in action during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Hard to make sense of Pats trade of Mankins

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The initial reaction after hearing the Patriots traded guard Logan Mankins yesterday: When things seem too good to be true, they usually are. Before the swap, which sent Mankins to Tampa Bay and brought tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick to New England, the New England preseason was a bubble bath of optimism. The defense looked ready to dominate like it did in the Super Bowl-winning years. Tom Brady was connecting with a multitude of receivers. Rob Gronkowski was on his way to health. A 14-2 record and another trip to the Super Bowl felt like reasonable expectations. A 12-4 mark and a … 0

Patriots rookie QB Garoppolo gets first start in preseason finale

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get his first NFL start when the New England Patriots visit the New York Giants for Thursday night’s preseason finale. “It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some quality reps, so it’s going to be fun,” Garoppolo said yesterday at practice. Garoppolo, … 0

Three-down linebackers more scarce as pass plays increase

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball. “Never.” A slight exaggeration? Perhaps. What’s certain is that an NFL linebacker’s role has changed since Tippett’s retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all … 0

Brady, Patriots dominate Panthers, 30-7

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal. The New England Patriots didn’t allow a point for more than 58 minutes. More importantly, they’re not getting carried away with their … 0

Panthers, Patriots take different approach to game

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time … 0

Patriots release DL Forston, TE Williams

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams. Forston had three tackles in three games for the Patriots last season. Williams had no catches in two games. The Patriots originally signed Forston in May 2012 as an undrafted free … 0

Cowboys worth more than $3 billion, tops in NFL

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK – The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re … 0

Brady ready for increased action against Carolina

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady left the practice field yesterday and for the first time this season strode through the locker room to the media-room podium rather than making the short jaunt to the sideline to address reporters. … 0

LaFell getting accustomed to new home with Patriots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as … 0

Gronkowski has no setbacks after moving up to light contact in practice

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. … 0

Flying flags: Penalties aplenty in Pats’ win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles – 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their … 0

Brady wins preseason debut, Patriots top Eagles, 42-35

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ other two quarterbacks each threw touchdown passes. The Philadelphia Eagles’ trio was plagued by turnovers. Brady’s scoring pass came after he threw an interception that Cory Williams returned … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: What to look for in Patriots’ preseason game vs. Philadelphia

Friday, August 15, 2014

Final scores don’t really matter in preseason games, but the 23-6 final tally was an accurate portrayal of the Patriots performance in their loss to Washington last week. Like Bill Belichick said after his team’s preseason opener, “I … 0

Patriots, Eagles continue strides during rainy practice

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Philadelphia Eagles have made huge strides since practicing with the New England Patriots a year ago. From a 4-12 record to 10-6 and their first playoff berth in three years. From learning a different … 0

Patriots get defensive end Worthy from Packers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The New England Patriots acquired injured lineman Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in a trade pending a physical for the defensive end. The Packers will get a still-to-be announced draft pick, the … 0