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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

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 … 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 … 0

Patriots: Team owes Aaron Hernandez nothing

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BOSTON — The New England Patriots don’t owe “another penny” to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in three killings, a team lawyer told a judge Wednesday. Attorney Andrew Phelan said the team terminated its contract … 0

Patriots sign first-round draft pick Dominique Easley

Monday, June 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed first-round draft pick Dominique Easley, their surprise choice who is coming off two major knee operations. On the day the Patriots drafted the defensive lineman from Florida with the … 0

Jets coach Rex Ryan defensive about playbook tale involving Patriots

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Add yet another chapter to the long-running saga that is the New York Jets-New England Patriots rivalry. But, here’s a new twist: Rex Ryan actually defended Bill Belichick. Wait. Say what? Well, it started … 0

Vince Wilfork excited to be on field after major injury

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Vince Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon. Then he clashed with the New England Patriots about his contract. His future with the team — and in football — was uncertain. But there he was on a sunny … 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