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Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the New England Patriots for the Concord Monitor.

HOW THE PATS WOUND UP WITH A VASTLY OVERPAID OFFENSIVE LINE
8/8/2016 1:42:36 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Budget wizards can parse the spreadsheets any way they want, but one conclusion is clear: The Patriots offensive line is vastly overpaid.
 
New England has committed more than 20 percent of its salary cap space (about $30 million) to this position group. Only six teams have given more space to their offensive lines this year, and it seems highly unli...
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BRADY SHOWS FIRE IN SCRIMMAGE, PREFERS NOT TO DISCUSS DECISION ON SUSPENSION 
8/5/2016 5:46:54 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fresh off a stunning performance in an intra-squad scrimmage Friday, Tom Brady finally addressed his decision to accept a four-game suspension...
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DE CHRIS LONG AMONG MANY MYSTERIES IN PATS CAMP
8/4/2016 6:59:17 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Among the many great mysteries of the 2016 Patriots is defensive end Chris Long.
 
Long, the nominal replacement for Chandler Jones, is a four-time Pro Bowler who has missed 14 games over the last two seasons, producing only four sacks in that time. Just as it is impossible to know what the Patriots will get from the likes of Danny Amendola, Julian E...
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NFL'S KANYE WEST, MARTELLUS BENNETT, A RUNAWAY HIT AT PATS CAMP
8/3/2016 7:21:40 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Charming, outspoken, persuasive and political, Martellus Bennet is here to change everything.
 
The ninth-year tight end has arrived from Chicago to enhance the offense with speed, size and hands. He may not be Aaron Hernandez, but for the first time since 2012, Patriots opponents will have to account for two legitimate pass-catching tight ends in an...
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FAULK HONORED WITH SURPRISE FROM BRADY
8/1/2016 9:30:54 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Kevin Faulk says the key to his long career with the Patriots was that he always knew what Tom Brady was thinking. That mind meld helped Faulk, New England's long-time, go-to running back on third down, earn three Super Bowl rings and induction on Monday into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
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BEAR PASCOE HAS A 'WICKED' AWESOME HORSE
7/30/2016 5:44:52 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the Patriots made veteran tight end Bear Pascoe a late addition to the training camp roster earlier this week, they were looking for a serviceable blocking tight end. Turns out they also got a skilled ranch hand and competitive steer roper.

Pascoe, the 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end, would be tending the 1,200-acre California ranch owned by the famil...
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I'm the reporter who got Bill Belichick to say 'Jesus Christ'
7/29/2016 9:21:03 PM
I’m the reporter who got Bill Belichick to say, “Jesus Christ,” this morning. His now meme-worthy response lit up Twitter and everyone has had some fun — a little at my expense. Cool. Asking Bill Belichick a question is usually a fruitless endeavor. I’ve literally spent 10 years thinking about how to squeeze a genuine quote from this guy. I finally succeeded.
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Belichick doesn't see Garoppolo challenging Brady for starting spot
7/29/2016 2:12:33 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What if Jimmy Garoppolo is a secret star? What if he plays four flawless games in September for an un...
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BRADY'S FOUR-GAME BAN DOESN'T AFFECT NEW ENGLAND'S PREPARATION PLAN AT TRAINING CAMP
7/29/2016 9:13:26 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With their legendary quarterback finally submitting to the justice of Roger Goodell and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the New England Patriots opened training camp on Thursday for the 2016 regular season. Thanks to Tom Brady’s long-litigated and now official four-game suspension for the Deflategate controversy, it’s a ...
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