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File-This May 30, 2014, file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski  running while stretching during an organized team activity at the NFL football team's facility  in Foxborough, Mass. When will Gronkowski play a full regular season? He missed five games in 2012 with a broken forearm and nine in 2013 while recovering from forearm and back surgery before tearing ligaments in his right knee. He participated on a limited basis in minicamp but ran hard on the sideline.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Gronkowski cleared to play at Patriots training camp

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first practice today. “He’s been cleared to play,” Coach Bill Belichick said yesterday. That’s welcome news to his teammates after a season in which Gronkowski played just seven regular-season games. He missed the first six following back surgery about a month before camp and the last three, plus both playoff games, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. “We were all hoping Gronk would have … 0

Patriots’ defensive overhaul a top development to watch this season

Monday, July 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ defense struggled for much of last season. And that was before it faced the NFL’s best offense in the AFC championship game. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won, 26-16, and piled up 507 yards, the most New England allowed in Bill Belichick’s 14 years as coach. So … 0

Tim O’Sullivan column: Pieces in place for Pats to win another championship

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ever since Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots in March, anticipation for the 2014 season took on a new feel. Being eager for the NFL season to start is nothing new in New England, but this is different. The addition of Revis seems like a return to the good old days when the … 0

Patriots’ Edelman to drive pace car at NHMS

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Julian Edelman does it all for the New England Patriots. A highly-productive receiver and return man since joining the team as a seventh-round pick in 2009, Edelman even saw action on defense in 2011. On Sunday, he’ll take … 0

Wilfork excited to be on field after major injury

Friday, June 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Vince Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon. Then he clashed with the New England Patriots about his contract. His future with the team – and in football – was uncertain. But there he was on a … 0

Jets’ Ryan defensive about Pettine’s playbook tale

Friday, June 20, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Add yet another chapter to the long-running saga that is the New York Jets-New England Patriots rivalry. But, here’s a new twist: Rex Ryan actually defended Bill Belichick. Wait. Say what? Well, it started … 0

Brady’s smarts jumpstarted stellar career

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady was a solid student as a rookie learning the New England Patriots playbook. The physical part of playing quarterback was tougher. “The reason I was a sixth-round pick was I didn’t have much … 0

Pats QB Garoppolo focusing on transition to NFL

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Forget all the talk of Jimmy Garoppolo being the heir apparent to Tom Brady. That’s what Garoppolo is doing. The New England Patriots rookie quarterback is more concerned with preparing for the next practice, film … 0

Veteran linebacker James Anderson adjusting to Patriots

Saturday, June 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – James Anderson is used to being a starting linebacker. Now he must fit in with younger players at that position on a better team. And, perhaps, get used to playing less. Anderson signed with the … 0

Former UNH football player Kyle Auffray signs with Patriots

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kyle Auffray, who played 16 games for the University of New Hampshire football team from 2008-10, signed a free agent contract to play tight end with the New England Patriots on Monday. As a senior in 2010, Auffray caught four passes for 34 yards and scored his first … 0

Pats WR Edelman still learning after five seasons

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Julian Edelman had to learn to catch the ball instead of throw it when the New England Patriots drafted the Kent State quarterback. Five years later, the lessons continue. Besides refining his own techniques, the … 0

Patriots’ Brady trying to improve on last season

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In packed stadiums, Tom Brady had one of his worst statistical seasons. Behind the scenes, he’s working hard to have a better one. And, more importantly, carry the New England Patriots further – to the … 0

Ridley focused on eliminating fumbles

Friday, June 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fumbles plagued Stevan Ridley even when the ball was dry. A steady rain presents another challenge to the New England Patriots running back. It wasn’t a problem for him yesterday. The Patriots continued their organized … 0

Pats sign veteran LB Anderson, release WR Harrison

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed veteran linebacker James Anderson and released wide receiver Mark Harrison yesterday. Anderson started all 16 games with Chicago last year after spending his other seven NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He had 102 tackles and four sacks for the … 0

Patriots sign second-round pick QB Garoppolo

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The New England Patriots signed second-round draft choice QB Jimmy Garoppolo to four-year contract yesterday. Garoppolo was the top player in FBS last season at Eastern Illinois, winning the Walter Payton Award. He is likely to be New England’s third quarterback behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett. Chosen … 0