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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

Patriots, Broncos still fighting for AFC supremacy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Two months after meeting in the AFC championship, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are squaring off in the wine and dine game. They’ve been the conference’s most aggressive teams in trying to upgrade … 0

Patriots announce re-signing of WR Julian Edelman

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman is back with the Patriots and Tom Brady doesn’t have to worry about losing his favorite wide receiver again. Edelman, who caught a career-high 105 passes with six touchdowns after Wes Welker left for the Denver Broncos before last season, re-signed with New England … 0

Patriots announce signing of CB Darrelle Revis

Monday, March 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Darrelle Revis says at least 26 teams called after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He chose the team whose coach he once called a “jerk.” The New England Patriots announced Monday the … 0

Patriots free agent WR Julian Edelman returning; Browner signing official

Sunday, March 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Wide receiver Julian Edelman says he’s glad to be returning to the New England Patriots after a surprising breakout season. Edelman became a free agent last week, but a post on his Twitter account said, “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back.” The Patriots don’t always … 0

Patriots sign suspended DB Brandon Browner

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Suspended former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner said on Friday that he has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots, giving the AFC East champions another potent defender in pass coverage. A day after representatives for Darrelle Revis confirmed that the three-time All Pro would be joining … 0

Revis signs with Pats, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on move

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes. Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much … 0

Patriots release safety Steve Gregory

Friday, February 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots have released safety Steve Gregory. The 31-year-old Gregory has played eight seasons, including the past two with the Patriots. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2012, after six seasons with the San Diego … 0

UMass upset by George Mason, suffers first loss in Mullins Center

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AMHERST — On Jan. 15, George Mason nearly upset the University of Massachusetts, but the Patriots struggled enough late to open the door for the Minutemen to produce a memorable come-from-behind win. There was no magic for UMass … 0

Prosecutors lose bid for ex-NFL star’s phone calls

Friday, February 7, 2014

FALL RIVER — A judge rejected a request Friday by prosecutors in ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s murder case for his jailhouse phone recordings, then ordered them to turn over to the defense copies of calls they acknowledged already having. Judge Susan Garsh said prosecutors did not make … 0

DA seeks recordings of Aaron Hernandez’s jailhouse calls

Friday, January 31, 2014

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez used “coded messages” to communicate about his murder case in jailhouse phone calls, Massachusetts prosecutors said in a request for access to recordings of his calls. In the calls, Hernandez discussed the … 0