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This is a 2014 photo of Brandon LaFell of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

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 the Patriots continued preparing for Friday’s preseason game against his old team from Carolina. “Go from Cam (Newton), who’s doing his thing, … 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. “If I’m ready to get out there, I’m ready to get out there,” the Patriots’ … 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 own impressive statistics by calling 28 penalties, with 21 accepted. They were merely following through … 0

Patriots see life on the other side in joint practices with Redskins

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Bill Belichick said the Washington Redskins were almost his “second home” during his first NFL season as a low-level assistant with the Baltimore Colts. It seems Ted Marchibroda didn’t change a thing after going from … 0

Redskins eager to see new faces as Patriots visit camp

Monday, August 4, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – Since suiting up for training camp on July 23, the Washington Redskins have practiced in shells and in full pads. They’ve held walkthroughs and collided in live drills. They’ve worked on fundamentals and practice plays scripted for the red zone. They’ve squared off one-on-one, seven-on-seven … 0

James White off to impressive start at Pats camp

Friday, August 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady has been impressed by rookie running back James White. “He’s done a great job since he got here,” the New England quarterback said of White, the Patriots’ fourth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin. … 0

Develin’s versatility could help Pats at tight end

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for full-time activity. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices. The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end, so James Develin is getting another chance to show the … 0

Pats DT Siliga hopes to build on last year’s play

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Sealver Siliga knows about trying to stand out in a crowd. The youngest of 11 siblings finally found steady work with the New England Patriots after being let go by three NFL teams. Now he’s … 0

Arizona training sessions a bonding experience for Patriots secondary

Monday, July 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had prepared for training camp. “You play … 0

Patriots cut WR Greg Orton, sign 2 other WRs

Monday, July 28, 2014

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Greg Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury. Orton was taken off the practice field on a cart Friday just two days after signing as a free agent. He was on the practice squads of Denver for part of … 0

Veteran defensive end Will Smith eager for fresh start with Patriots

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field. Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win. “It feels good,” Smith said yesterday, after … 0

Gronk’s back: Star tight end practices with Pats

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage. He didn’t cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills. The oft-injured tight end for the … 0

Aaron Hernandez loses effort to dismiss charges

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FALL RIVER, Mass. – A judge has rejected a motion to dismiss charges against Aaron Hernandez stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near Hernandez’s home. Lawyers for Hernandez, a former New … 0

Brady looking to improve in 15th training camp

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp yesterday. It’s the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo. All had plenty to … 0

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 … 0