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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 and free agent receiver Edelman agree on contract

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The New England Patriots and free agent Julian Edelman came to terms on a new contract, as the wide receiver announced his return on Twitter yesterday afternoon. “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back,” Edelman wrote. Edelman caught … 0

Patriots sign suspended DB Brandon Browner

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Suspended former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner signed with the New England Patriots. The 29-year-old Browner made the announcement on Twitter. He said he is honored to be a part of the organization. Browner was suspended by the NFL in December for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. … 0

Source: Former Patriots linebacker Spikes agrees to deal with Bills

Saturday, March 15, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes agreed to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, a person familiar with the negotiations said last night. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Bills haven’t announced the move with the former … 0

Revis agrees to contract terms with Patriots

Friday, March 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Revis Island is coming to New England. The Patriots agreed to contract terms with three-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to his business manager. “Now it’s Official.@Revis24 has agreed to terms with the New England … 0

Sources: Patriots’ Wilfork asks for release

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wilfork on way out? Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has reportedly asked for his release from the New England Patriots. The NFL Network first reported that the 10-year veteran is seeking his release from the team that drafted him with the 21st overall pick in 2004. Wilfork, who … 0

Sources: Patriots agree to one-year deal with Revis

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Out with one top-flight cornerback, in with another. A day after seeing Pro Bowler Aqib Talib sign with the rival Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with three-time All-Pro Darrelle Revis … 0

Report: Talib signs six-year deal with Broncos

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

According to an ESPN report, the Denver Broncos came to an agreement with free agent cornerback Aqib Talib on a six-year, $57 million contract late last night. Talib was a Pro Bowler last year for the Patriots, totaling four interceptions in his first full year with the team. … 0

Patriots’ Dennard reports to Nebraska jail

Sunday, March 2, 2014

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard reported to a Lincoln, Neb., jail yesterday to begin his 60-day term for a 2012 assault on a police officer. Dennard, 24, reported to the Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility yesterday morning, … 0

Patriots release safety Gregory

Saturday, March 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released safety Steve Gregory. The 31-year-old Gregory has played eight seasons, including the past two with the Patriots. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2012, after six seasons with the San Diego Chargers. … 0

Patriots not as far away as you might think

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

After watching Seattle dismantle Denver in the Super Bowl, it would be easy for a Patriots fan to overreact. The simple logic is sort of scary – if the Seahawks put a 43-8 whipping on the Broncos, what would they have done to the Pats, who weren’t really … 1

Welker doesn’t dwell on costly drop

Saturday, February 1, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Wes Welker swears he doesn’t dwell on his costly drop in the Super Bowl two years ago that could have sealed a New England win over the New York Giants and made up for … 0

Patriots’ Caserio interviews for Dolphins GM job

Saturday, January 25, 2014

MIAMI – New England Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio became the eighth candidate to interview for the job of general manager with the Miami Dolphins. Caserio interviewed yesterday. He rose to the top of the Patriots’ personnel department in 2008 and rebuilt a team that reached … 0