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File-This Aug. 19, 2013, file photo shows New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looking to pass during NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass. Imagine how great Brady would be if he had a consistent deep threat. In 13 seasons as a starter, he's had just one, Randy Moss from 2007 until being traded in 2010. Wes Welker caught 672 passes over six seasons, but most were short throws. The only veteran addition is Brandon LaFell, who had a career-high in catches last year with Carolina, just 49.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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 the Patriots stocked up on players to fix that. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner lead the group of defensive newcomers that includes linebacker James Anderson, end Will Smith and lineman Dominique Easley, their first-round draft choice. Three key defenders – linebacker Jerod Mayo and tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly – … 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 on another role: official NASCAR pace car driver. The 5-foot-10 wideout will trade his receiving … 0

Patriots sign two rookie free agent WRs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed rookie free agent wide receivers Wilson Van Hooser and Reese Wiggins yesterday. Van Hooser played last season at Troy State after spending the previous three years at Tulane, where he had 55 catches for 805 yards and nine touchdowns. Last … 0

All-Pro cornerback Law inducted into Patriots Hall of Fame

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ty Law will be the 22nd player inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame as the result of a fan vote, the team announced on its Twitter feed. “Ty Law was one of the greatest players in franchise history and one of the premier corners in the NFL … 0

Patriots sign four draft picks

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed four draft picks, including fourth-rounders Cameron Fleming and James White. Fleming is an offensive lineman from Stanford. White is a running back from Wisconsin. Also agreeing to deals were seventh-rounder Jeremy Gallon, a wide receiver from Michigan, and sixth-rounder Zach … 0

Patriots add depth to offensive, defensive lines

Saturday, May 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots bolstered their offensive and defensive lines on the third day of the NFL draft yesterday. The Patriots, who allowed 40 sacks in 2013 – the most times quarterback Tom Brady’s been sacked in a full season since he arrived in Foxborough … 0

Patriots offer jersey rebate

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Buy a Patriots jersey and suddenly the player is no longer with the team? Fear not. The New England Patriots are offering a rebate. According to a post on the Patriots website, if you buy a player’s jersey at full price and the player is no longer under … 0

Patriots, Raiders make QB picks

Saturday, May 10, 2014

NEW YORK – The only two quarterbacks chosen on the second day of the NFL draft yesterday have a lot to emulate. Derek Carr’s guiding light has been older brother David, the top overall pick in the 2002 … 0

Tim O’Sullivan column: If history is a clue, Patriots will draft a defensive lineman

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The NFL draft begins tonight at 8, right in prime time. The Patriots, however, won’t be picking anywhere near peak viewing hours. They will be on the clock to make the 29th selection in the first round some time around 11, 11:30. But that feels like the right … 0

Patriots’ first-round picks under Coach Bill Belichick

Thursday, May 8, 2014

2001 – Richard Seymour (6th overall), DT, Georgia 2002 – Daniel Graham (21st overall), TE, Colorado 2003 – Ty Warren (13th overall), DT, Texas A&M 2004 – Vince Wilfork (21st overall), DT, Miami; Benjamin Watson (32nd overall), TE, Georgia 2005 – Logan Mankins (32nd overall), G, Fresno State … 0

Former Patriots to host free football clinic at Memorial Field in Concord

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free football clinic with former Patriots players this Saturday. Along with local football coaches, four former Patriots will run drills for boys and girls ages 11 to 14. Those players are Pete Brock, Ilia Jarostchuk, Jon Williams and Steve King. The … 0

Patriots sign former Saints DE Will Smith

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Free agent defensive end Will Smith signed with the New England Patriots. The 32-year-old veteran of 10 NFL seasons with New Orleans was a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2004. He’s played in 139 NFL games with 120 starts and has 67½ sacks, 20 forced … 0

Aaron Hernandez charged with jail scuffle, threat

Friday, May 2, 2014

FALL RIVER, Mass. – Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was indicted in an alleged jail assault in February and an alleged threat at the jail last November. The Bristol County district attorney’s office said Hernandez was indicted yesterday on charges of assault and battery and threats … 0

Patriots coach runs half marathon in Nashville

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick ran the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon yesterday and finished with an official time if 2:36:46. Belichick ran with his fiancée, Linda Holliday, and they finished the half marathon together, according to The Tennessean. Joseph Chebet won the half marathon with a time … 0