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New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, left, grapples with tight end Justin Jones, right, during a field exercise in an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Develin’s versatility could help Pats at tight end

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for full-time activity. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices. The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end so James Develin is getting another chance to show the versatility that has earned praise from coach Bill Belichick. “He gets better all the time,” Belichick said Wednesday. “It’s a little bit like a relief pitcher. He has a role, but sometimes you don’t know when that role is going to occur.” Develin played defensive line at Brown but, at 255 pounds, realized any shot at making the NFL depended on his ability to contribute in other … 0

Pats DT Siliga hopes to build on last year’s play

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Sealver Siliga knows about trying to stand out in a crowd. The youngest of 11 siblings finally found steady work with the New England Patriots after being let go by three NFL teams. Now he’s part of a large group of defensive tackles trying to stay with the club. Siliga … 0

Patriots defensive backs train together in Phoenix

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had prepared for training camp. “You play football in whatever the weather is,” cornerback Logan Ryan said after he and his teammates … 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

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