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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan talks to players before an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers in Orchard Park, N.Y. Ryan has re-energized a franchise that has the longest playoff drought at 15 years, and helped the Bills sell a franchise-record 60,000-plus season tickets. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and saw their quarterback socked in the jaw by a teammate. Miami paid big bucks to bolster an already dominant defensive line by …

Without James Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said Monday. “It’s all what you can do as a player. You’ve got to …

No settlement: Roger Goodell, Tom Brady await ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved “tried quite hard” to reach …

Judge puts NFL on hot seat as he belittles ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NEW YORK — A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling …

‘Deflategate’ judge pressures NFL, union, Tom Brady to settle

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW YORK — A federal judge took a peacemaker’s role Tuesday, urging New England quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to find common ground to settle differences before he lowers the gavel on a controversy over …

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers expects to play preseason opener against Patriots Thursday

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers expects to play. Clay Matthews is preparing to do so, too. When Green Bay opens the preseason schedule Thursday night at the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is planning to go with what he has. With …

Patriots ready to hit players wearing other jerseys

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots are ready to hit players wearing other jerseys. “It’s always fun,” defensive end Rob Ninkovich said Tuesday, after the Patriots finished their final full workout before the defending Super Bowl champions’ …

Patriots release QB Matt Flynn, sign Ryan Lindley

Monday, August 10, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Still unsure of the status of Tom Brady and with the preseason opener coming up, the New England Patriots released veteran quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday and signed Ryan Lindley to replace him as the …

Jerome Bettis, Junior Seau headline diverse Hall of Fame group

Friday, August 7, 2015

CANTON, Ohio — Tim Brown kept doing the math as the years ticked by and the phone call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame never came. So did Charles Haley. Not Jerome Bettis. Forget the politics. Forget …

Danny Amendola ready for bigger role with Patriots

Friday, August 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Danny Amendola celebrated a one-handed touchdown catch at New England Patriots camp Friday by getting up and firing the ball into the stands. That’s worth a fine during games. Not in training camp. “It was …

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie: Patriots’ Brady shouldn’t be suspended

Thursday, August 6, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tom Brady has an unlikely ally in Antonio Cromartie. The New York Jets cornerback defended Brady during a television interview Thursday, saying the New England Patriots quarterback shouldn’t be suspended by the NFL for …

Cadet hoping to fit into Patriots’ backfield

Thursday, August 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Travaris Cadet says a 2012 joint practice with the New England Patriots helped him decide on his new home for the 2015 season. “I had a chance to practice here in 2012, even though I was a Saint then, but I had some inside looks …

Hey Buddy: Junior Seau fondly recalled as he goes into Hall of Fame

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Junior Seau was many things to many people. He was one of the most ferocious linebackers of all time, the fist-pumping, emotional leader of his hometown San Diego Chargers for 13 seasons. He was a …