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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

New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio interviews for Dolphins GM post

Friday, January 24, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio became the eighth candidate to interview for the vacant Miami Dolphins general manager position on Friday. Dolphins assistant GM Brian Gaine had a second interview for the job late Friday. Gaine was general manager Jeff Ireland’s … 0

Dante Scarnecchia retires after 30 seasons on Patriots staff

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Dante Scarnecchia is retiring after spending 30 of the past 32 seasons as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. The 65-year-old Scarnecchia has been their offensive line coach since 1999 and also has served as assistant head coach since Bill Belichick became coach … 0

Highlights and lowlights of Patriots 13-5 season

Monday, January 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A look at some highlights and lowlights from the Patriots’ 13-5 season: Best Game: The Patriots went to Baltimore where the Ravens were 6-1 and surging toward the playoffs. But New England won 41-7 to stop the Ravens’ four-game winning streak in the next to last … 0

Bill Belichick: Wes Welker tried to ‘take out’ Aqib Talib

Monday, January 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The collision that knocked Aqib Talib out of the AFC championship game reverberated Monday when Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wes Welker tried to “take out” the star cornerback. Belichick took the shot at his former … 0

Overachieving, injured Patriots fall short of goal

Monday, January 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — With too many injuries and too few receivers, the New England Patriots’ season is over two wins shy of a Super Bowl championship. They may have overachieved with rookies and unproven free agents playing key roles, … 0

Patriots falter in run game in loss to Broncos

Sunday, January 19, 2014

DENVER — The New England Patriots finally lost one player too many. When cornerback Aqib Talib went out, Peyton Manning went to work and a New England team that made it to the AFC title game with a banged-up roster and a run-heavy offense simply ran out of … 0

Manning, Broncos overwhelm Brady, Patriots in AFC championship

Sunday, January 19, 2014

DENVER — Peyton Manning had an answer for everyone. What’s new? For Tom Brady. For the New England defense. For anyone who thought he couldn’t win the big one. Manning is taking the Denver Broncos on a trip … 0

Broncos boast firepower, confident Peyton Manning

Saturday, January 18, 2014

DENVER — Maybe it’s because the forecast calls for the mercury to push toward 60 degrees Sunday, when plenty of fans will be tempted to get in a quick nine holes before heading down to the stadium to … 0

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning: so different, but both quarterbacks are special

Saturday, January 18, 2014

They first met in the third game of the 2001 season, the fourth-year franchise quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts matched against a little known first-time starter for the New England Patriots. Peyton Manning was intercepted three times that … 0

AFC championship preview: Patriots, Broncos overcame plenty of obstacles

Friday, January 17, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Embarrassing headlines. Sidelined superstars. Retooled offenses. Shredded defenses. It’s a wonder the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos made it this far. Bill Belichick’s smarts and Tom Brady’s tenacity always seems to trump tribulation. This … 0