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New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty speaks with reporters following an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 football in whatever the weather is,” cornerback Logan Ryan said after he and his teammates scurried for shelter yesterday. Even if it’s 110 degrees and dry. That’s the way he remembers it when he and three teammates worked out for about two weeks in Phoenix. “I think it rained for five minutes one time,” Ryan said. “They called it a monsoon.” Ryan went to the Fischer Institute … 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 the 2011 season and all of the next season and of the Patriots from Dec. … 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 the first training camp day in full pads. “It’s been awhile, so I’m excited to … 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

CFL’s Montreal Alouettes sign Chad Johnson to 2-year contract

Friday, April 18, 2014

MONTREAL – Former NFL star Chad Johnson is heading to the Canadian Football League. The 36-year-old receiver signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes. Johnson attended the Alouettes’ mini-camp this week in Florida. The former Pro Bowler … 0

Safety Adrian Wilson released by Patriots

Saturday, April 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safety Adrian Wilson was released by New England yesterday. The 13-year veteran did not play a snap for the Patriots in his one season with the team after hurting his ankle in the preseason. He spent all of 2013 on injured reserve. A four-time All-Pro … 0

Chung returns to Patriots after one season with Eagles

Friday, April 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safety Patrick Chung is back with the New England Patriots as the latest addition to their rebuilt secondary. After one season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chung signed yesterday with the team that drafted him in … 0

Days after visiting Patriots, Britt signs with Rams

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The St. Louis Rams signed Kenny Britt to a free agent deal yesterday, adding depth to a young group at wide receiver with a player in need of a career reboot. There was speculation two weeks ago that the Patriots were interested in Britt, and the Rutgers product … 0

Free agent RB LeGarette Blount leaves Patriots, signs with Steelers

Saturday, March 29, 2014

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent running back LeGarette Blount agreed on a two-year contract that will give the team needed depth in the backfield behind budding star Le’Veon Bell. The 27-year-old Blount ran for 772 … 0