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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, new Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins meets with members of the media before an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins  in Tampa, Fla. Mankins says he isn't upset by a trade that sent him from New England to Tampa Bay. He's focused on learning the playbook and helping the Buccaneers' struggling offensive line.  (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

Buccaneers G Logan Mankins settling in with new team

Monday, September 1, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — Logan Mankins was a little surprised, though not upset, by the trade that sent him from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs acquired the six-time Pro Bowl guard in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round draft choice and are counting on Mankins to make a difference on their … 0

Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready

Monday, September 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of … 0

Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Texans

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year’s draft … 0

Panthers, Patriots take different approach to game

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time for … 0

Brady ready for increased action against Carolina

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady left the practice field Wednesday and for the first time this season, strode through the locker room to the media room podium rather than making the short jaunt to the sideline to address reporters. … 0

Tom Brady, Patriots still a constant in AFC East

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Tom Brady has seen plenty of other quarterbacks come and go in the AFC East. While the faces across the sideline keep changing, Brady has been a constant since leading the New England Patriots to … 0

Brandon LaFell getting accustomed to new home with Pats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as … 0

NFL expands practice squad to 10

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — NFL teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons. The league and the players’ union agreed Tuesday to increase the number of practice squad members from eight to 10. “It’s the No. 1 way for teams to develop players … 0

NFL games taking over Thursday nights on CBS

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW YORK — “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn’t hesitate to temporarily move TV’s top-rated comedy to a different night to make … 0

Gronk in contact drills for 1st time since surgery

Monday, August 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. “If … 0

Flying flags: Penalties aplenty in Pats’ win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles — 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their … 0

Tom Brady wins preseason debut, Pats top Eagles 42-35

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady dove in vain at Cary Williams as the Eagles cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown on the opening series. Then the turnovers went in the Patriots direction. New England scored touchdowns on … 0

Tom Brady, LeSean McCoy lead respective offenses of 2013 playoff teams

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Still wearing their uniforms, Tom Brady and LeSean McCoy smiled and chatted with each other after their teams’ joint practice. Two of the busiest and best players at their positions won’t have such relaxing moments when … 0