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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 the Patriots continued preparing for Friday’s preseason game against his old team from Carolina. “Go from Cam (Newton), who’s doing his thing, he’s up and coming, real good quarterback, established quarterback, and … 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 because ... once the season starts, those guys are a part of the team,” Saints … 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 room for football. Already dominating Thursdays in prime time, CBS outbid its competitors when the … 0

Tom Brady’s smarts jumpstarted stellar Patriots career

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady was a solid student as a rookie learning the New England Patriots playbook. The physical part of playing quarterback was tougher. “The reason I was a sixth-round pick was I didn’t have much ability,” … 0

Patriots rookie QB Garoppolo focusing on transition to NFL

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Forget all the talk of Jimmy Garoppolo being the heir apparent to Tom Brady. That’s what Garoppolo is doing. The New England Patriots rookie quarterback is more concerned with preparing for the next practice, film session … 0

Aaron Hernandez lawyers want subpoena of Patriot records

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s attorneys asked a judge on Tuesday to approve their subpoena to the New England Patriots for the team’s medical, psychological and other records on the former player. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the June 2013 shooting death of … 0

Veteran LB James Anderson adjusting to Patriots

Thursday, June 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — James Anderson is used to being a starting linebacker. Now he must fit in with younger players at that position on a better team. And, perhaps, get used to playing less. Anderson signed with the New … 0

Patriots QB Tom Brady trying to improve on last season

Monday, June 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — In packed stadiums, Tom Brady had one of his worst statistical seasons. Behind the scenes, he’s working hard to have a better one. And, more importantly, carry the New England Patriots further — to the Super … 0

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley focused on eliminating fumbles

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Fumbles plagued Stevan Ridley even when the ball was dry. A steady rain presents another challenge to the New England Patriots running back. It wasn’t a problem for him Thursday. The Patriots continued their organized team … 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