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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 head to camp with restocked defense

Sunday, July 20, 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

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers, Patriots fight over records

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FALL RIVER — The New England Patriots will turn over hundreds of pages of personnel records to lawyers for former tight end Aaron Hernandez but object to producing scouting reports and a psychological assessment, a team lawyer said Wednesday. Patriots’ attorney Andrew Phelan said at a hearing in Fall River Superior Court the … 0

Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

Monday, July 7, 2014

A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages. Brody had previously questioned … 0

New England OTAs: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner enjoying patriotism

Friday, May 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s still early, but cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are both enjoying their new starts with the New England Patriots. “Last year it was a tough year when I played in Tampa Bay,” said Revis, … 0

NFL headed for expanded playoffs in 2015

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Giants owner John Mara broke into a wry smile when pressed on his opposition to expanding the NFL playoffs by two teams. “Teams can go from 9-7 to the Super Bowl, as we’ve seen,” said Mara, knowing full … 0

Patriots sign draft picks Bryan Stork, Jon Halapio, Jemea Thomas

Monday, May 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed three more draft picks and added three undrafted free agents to the roster. The Patriots signed offensive linemen Bryan Stork, a fourth-round pick from Florida, and Jon Halapio, a sixth-rounder from Florida. They also signed defensive back Jemea Thomas, … 0

Patriots use draft to add depth on offensive, defensive lines

Sunday, May 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots bolstered their offensive and defensive lines on the third day of the NFL draft Saturday. The Patriots, who allowed 40 sacks in 2013 — the most times quarterback Tom Brady has … 0

Patriots add depth to offensive, defensive lines

Saturday, May 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots bolstered their offensive and defensive lines on the third day of the NFL draft Saturday. The Patriots, who allowed 40 sacks in 2013 — the most times quarterback Tom Brady has been sacked in a full season since he arrived in Foxborough … 0

NFL Draft Day 2: Patriots take QB Jimmy Garoppolo; Raiders grab QB David Carr

Saturday, May 10, 2014

NEW YORK — The only two quarterbacks chosen on the second day of the NFL draft Friday have a lot to emulate. Derek Carr’s guiding light has been older brother David, the top overall pick in the 2002 … 0

Patriots take QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2nd round

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots, casting an eye toward the future, selected Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with their second-round pick in the NFL draft Friday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be 37 in August and doesn’t appear near retirement, but Garoppolo, who says Brady … 0

Patriots draft Florida DL Dominique Easley in 1st round

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots selected Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley with the No. 29 overall pick in the NFL draft. A 6-foot-2, 288-pound lineman who could play on the inside or outside, Easley was said to … 0

NFL Draft: Texans pick Jadeveon Clowney No. 1

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW YORK — For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn’t wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade. No surprise: … 0

And the New England Patriots will select in the NFL draft ...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Predicting who the New England Patriots will take in the draft during the Bill Belichick era has always been challenging. The Patriots have been so unpredictable in the draft that most prognosticators will often preface a prediction with the caveat that nobody really knows what’s likely to happen. … 0