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New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football preseason game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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 — the highest coach Bill Belichick has … 0

Patriots cut receiver Josh Boyce, long snapper Danny Aiken

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce, who entered training camp favored to be New England’s No. 1 kick returner, and long snapper Danny Aiken were among those cut Saturday as the Patriots got to the 53-player limit. Boyce, who played in nine games, caught nine passes and returned nine kicks before getting hurt last season. He caught four passes for 57 … 0

Newly acquired tight end Tim Wright fitting in with Patriots

Friday, August 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he was traded to New England from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots gave up offensive … 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

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