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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

Scarnecchia retires after 30 seasons on Patriots staff

Thursday, January 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dante Scarnecchia is retiring after spending 30 of the past 32 seasons as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. The 65-year-old Scarnecchia has been the Patriots offensive line coach since 1999 and also has served as assistant head coach since Bill Belichick became … 0

Belichick: Welker tried to ‘take out’ Talib

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The collision that knocked Aqib Talib out of the AFC championship game reverberated yesterday when Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said Wes Welker tried to “take out” the star cornerback. Belichick took the shot at his … 0

Tim O'Sullivan: Scales tilt heavily in favor of Manning

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winning the last round of a boxing match or the last debate of the campaign usually carries extra weight with the judges or voters. And if yesterday’s AFC championship game was the last head-to-head big-game matchup between Tom … 2

Manning to Super Bowl – Broncos beat Pats, 26-16

Sunday, January 19, 2014

DENVER – Peyton Manning stuffed the football into his helmet and handed it to an equipment man for safe keeping. The connection: Flawless, as usual. The keepsake: Certainly one he’ll want to hang on to. The Broncos quarterback … 0

AFC championship game capsule

Saturday, January 18, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (13-4) at DENVER (14-3) 3:05 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Broncos by 6 ½ RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 9-8, Denver 11-6 SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead, 27-20 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Broncos, 34-31, OT, Nov. 24, 2013 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Colts, 43-22; … 0

Patriots built to run

Sunday, January 19, 2014

There’s been much talk about the Patriots transforming themselves into a running team this season. How they’ve reinvented themselves in the face of changing personnel, channeling football’s smash-mouth past in an era that’s all about aerial stunts. Yes, … 0

Patriots’ top rushing games this season

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Date Opp Att-Yds TD W-L 12/29 Bills 43-267 2 W 1/11 Colts 46-234 6 W 11/3 Steelers 35-197 3 W 9/8 Bills 34-158 0 W 9/22 Bucs 33-156 0 W 10/27 Dolphins 37-152 2 W … 0

Patriots, Broncos overcame plenty of obstacles

Saturday, January 18, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Embarrassing headlines. Sidelined superstars. Retooled offenses. Shredded defenses. It’s a wonder the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos made it this far. Bill Belichick’s smarts and Tom Brady’s tenacity always seems to trump tribulation. This … 0

Patriots rookie LB Jamie Collins makes mark on defense

Friday, January 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the season started, the Patriots’ top pick in last year’s draft barely got on the field on defense, playing just six snaps when the opponent had the ball in the first two games. That … 0

As Patriots shift to run, tight ends block more, catch less

Friday, January 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were widely regarded as the top tight end duo in the NFL. Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan are blocking in anonymity as their successors, helping pave the way for New … 0

Brady back at practice after missing day

Friday, January 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – No sniffles, no coughs, no watery eyes. Patriots fans can breathe easy now that Tom Brady is back at practice “Doing very well, thank you,” the quarterback who will lead New England into the AFC … 0

McDaniels tries to stick another dagger in Denver

Friday, January 17, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – For a brief time, Josh McDaniels was a celebrity in Denver and he played the part with gusto – running to the corner of the stadium after his first signature win and pumping his fists … 0