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Patriots | Kyler Kerbyson signed by NE
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:29:17 -0700

The New England Patriots have signed OL Kyler Kerbyson (Tennessee) as an undrafted free agent.

Patriots | Vinnie Sunseri signed by NE
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:23:36 -0700

Free-agent DB Vinnie Sunseri (Saints) was signed by the New England Patriots on Sunday, July 24.

Patriots | Tom Brady can't work with teammates
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:23:13 -0700

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will be prohibited from engaging in any football-related activities or discussions during the course of his four-game suspension, even if he is away from the team facility, according to NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy. The ban also prohibits Brady from attending games and practices as a spectator and receiving game and practice film from club personnel.

Patriots | LeGarrette Blount on the bubble?
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:51:08 -0700

New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's (hip) roster spot isn't a given, but there shouldn't be any issues if he returns from his season-ending hip injury and runs hard.

Patriots | New England likes Jimmy Garoppolo
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:03:28 -0700

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has earned the confidence of teammates and coaches, according to Phil Perry of

Patriots | Nate Ebner qualifies for Olympics
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:40:08 -0700

New England Patriots FS Nate Ebner is the only active NFL player to qualify for the Rio Olympics, and he'll represent the USA rugby team.

Patriots | No deal close for three Patriots players
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:02:51 -0700

New England Patriots LB Jamie Collins, LB Dont'a Hightower and CB Malcolm Butler are all entering the final year of their contracts, but none of the players appear close to a contract extension at this point.

Patriots | Julian Edelman feeling better
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:11:42 -0700

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) said his injured foot is feeling better, but he is not sure when he will be cleared to practice.

Patriots | First-team reps for Tom Brady
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:23:32 -0700

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady should still receive a good amount of first-team repetitions during training camp despite his four-game suspension. QB Jimmy Garoppolo could then take the majority of first-team reps once preseason ramps up, according to's Mike Reiss.

Patriots | Tom Brady ends appeal
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:06:03 -0700

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady announced he will have no further action with the legal process against the NFL in appealing his four-game suspension.

Patriots | Appeals court rejects Tom Brady
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:54:01 -0700

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had his request for a new hearing on his four-game suspension rejected by a federal appeals court Wednesday, July 13. Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. Brady's remaining hope is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Patriots | Danny Amendola feeling good
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:08:27 -0700

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) said he feels really good after undergoing two minor procedures this offseason.

Patriots | Nate Washington has struggled
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:14:48 -0700

New England Patriots WR Nate Washington had trouble getting on the same page as QB Tom Brady during organized team activities. He's at risk of missing the final roster if he does not impress at training camp.

Patriots | Several Pats receivers on bubble
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:02:35 -0700

New England Patriots WRs Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson, Nate Washington and Chris Harper are all considered to be on the roster bubble by Paul Perillo of Perillo added that the mostly likely scenario is Martin, Dobson and Washington battling for one or two roster spots.

Patriots | Donald Brown embracing opportunity
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:13:08 -0700

New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.

Patriots | Jonathan Cooper practiced at right guard
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:28:30 -0700

New England Patriots OG Jonathan Cooper lined up at right guard with the Patriots' first-team offense this offseason. Cooper said he's trying to improve mentally and is looking forward to a fresh start with a new team.

Patriots | Clay Harbor will need to earn spot
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:34:58 -0700

New England Patriots TE Clay Harbor appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 tight end job because he received a $400,000 signing bonus, but he will still have to earn his spot on the 53-man roster.

Patriots | D.J. Foster tweaked hamstring
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:43:29 -0700

New England Patriots WR D.J. Foster (hamstring) had limited opportunities at the end of minicamp after tweaking his hamstring.

Patriots | David Andrews, Bryan Stork split reps
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:37:18 -0700

New England Patriots C David Andrews and C Bryan Stork split reps with QB Tom Brady during minicamp.

Patriots | Jacoby Brissett contract details
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:52:06 -0700

New England Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 16. The deal is worth a total of over $3.4 million and includes a $680,604 signing bonus. He also received workout bonuses of $25,000 for each of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The base salaries of the contract are $450,000 this year, $580,038 in 2017, $735,076 in 2018 and $890,114 in 2019.

Patriots | Martellus Bennett fine in backup role
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:26:13 -0700

New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to TE Rob Gronkowski this year. "I really don't mind being Robin, you know? So right now it's just working every day and just trying to get better. He's an excellent player, and I'm gonna be able to get a lot of single coverages with him," Bennett said. He has impressed in organized team activities this offseason as a newcomer with his size and athleticism.

Patriots | Tom Brady looking like himself
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:42:13 -0700

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has looked great this offseason, according to TE Rob Gronkowski. He looks the same every day that I've been here. He's always coming out with a competitive edge," Gronkowski said. "His arm always looks strong. His football knowledge, you don't have to talk about it, it's second to none. He looks very sharp."

Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo has progressed
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:30:44 -0700

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has really developed over the last two years, according to TE Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski said Garoppolo is handling the offense better, listening to coaches and working together with the entire team.

Patriots | No brace for Dion Lewis
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:51:37 -0700

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) practiced Monday, June 13, without a brace on his left knee. Lewis said he feels better every day but that he still has a long way to go in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Patriots | Dion Lewis back at practice
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:34:45 -0700

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is back at practice for the first time Monday, June 13. Lewis is recovering from November surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski suits up
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:13:56 -0700

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is on the field for the organized team activities Monday, June 13.

Patriots | Versatility helping Keshawn Martin
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:44:11 -0700

New England Patriots WR Keshawn Martin has lined up at all three receiver positions during minicamp, and he said having a full offseason in New England's program is going to help him in 2016.

Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo works with starters
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:15:50 -0700

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo split first-team reps QB Tom Brady during a three-day minicamp, and WR Nate Washington said that Garoppolo understands the offense.

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski should be ready for camp
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:17:16 -0700

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) said he will be ready for training camp despite missing minicamp last week. Gronkowski said he and the coaching staff are on the same page and everything is going smoothly.

Patriots | Michael Williams waived
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:31:15 -0700

New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) was Waived/Injured Friday, June 10.

Patriots | Nate Washington still a deep threat
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:17:37 -0700

New England Patriots WR Nate Washington still has the speed to stretch the field, and he could fill New England's need for an outside deep threat.

Patriots | Michael Williams injury update
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:49:16 -0700

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday, June 8. No other ligaments were damaged, according to a source, but he will seek a second opinion to determine how to fix the ACL surgically.

Patriots | Michael Williams has grim outlook
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:14:23 -0700

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) is seeking a second opinion, but he said "it's not looking good," after his initial diagnosis.

Patriots | Chris Hogan impressing
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:16:35 -0700

New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been a central figure during the first few open practices as he's catching everything thrown his way, and he's constantly getting open. During the first two days of minicamp, Hogan has caught nine passes from QB Tom Brady, most on the team, and another three from QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Patriots | Chris Hogan plagued by drops
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:45:16 -0700

New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been so-so during the early days of minicamp. He has made some impressive catches, including a one-handed grab Wednesday, June 8. However, he also has had a few drops in various drills and double-catches.

Patriots | D.J. Foster showing off versatility
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:44:45 -0700

New England Patriots WR D.J. Foster has been showing off his versatility and athleticism during the early days of minicamp. He appears to be a candidate for the practice squad barring a surprise roster spot at a thin running back position. He has shown burst as a runner and pass catcher, and he is taking reps on special teams, too.

Patriots | Martellus Bennett dodges a bullet
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:42:51 -0700

New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) had a minor injury scare at one point in practice Wednesday, June 8, during minicamp. The veteran was attended to by the training staff, focusing on his left knee. After a brief absence he was able to return to drills and team work. Bennett worked with FB James Develin and fellow TEs A.J. Derby and Michael Williams on blocking drills.

Patriots | Chris Long working at LDE for Pats
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:40:57 -0700

New England Patriots DE Chris Long has taken a bulk of the reps in minicamp opposite DE Jabaal Sheard in the customary left defensive end spot previously held by DE/LB Rob Ninkovich. Ninkovich has been working as an off-the-line linebacker.

Patriots | Rob Ninkovich takes reps at LB
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:40:24 -0700

New England Patriots DE/LB Rob Ninkovich has been the starting defensive end for each of the past five seasons, but he has been taking almost all of his practice reps at minicamp as an off-the-line linebacker. Most of his work has been lining up next to LB Jamie Collins. Ninkovich has been dropping into coverage in 7-on-7 drills, displaying his unique athleticism and versatility.

Patriots | Julian Edelman absent at minicamp
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:39:45 -0700

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) has been absent for the first two days of practice at minicamp as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

Patriots | Michael Williams injured in practice
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:38:01 -0700

New England Patriots TE Michael Williams (knee) suffered an apparent left knee injury in practice in the second day of mandatory minicamp Wednesday, June 8. Eventually he was able to walk off under his own power after being tended to by the training staff.

Patriots | Shea McClellin working his way in
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:37:21 -0700

New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin's role has not yet been defined. He has been working a lot on the edge during minicamp while also dropping into coverage. He played both defensive end and off-the-line linebacker during his days with the Chicago Bears.

Patriots | Jordan Richards working up top
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:36:49 -0700

New England Patriots S Jordan Richards has been seeing plenty of reps in the back end next to veterans FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, taking advantage of the missing CB Duron Harmon.

Patriots | E.J. Biggers showing versatility
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:36:15 -0700

New England Patriots CB E.J. Biggers has taken a lot of reps in minicamp at safety, but he has also worked at cornerback in some team drills late in practice.

Patriots | Cyrus Jones seeing plenty of reps
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:35:25 -0700

New England Patriots CB Cyrus Jones, the team's top pick, continues to take a lot of reps in the slot in a group of defensive backs that includes CBs Malcolm Butler and Justin Coleman on the outside.

New England Patriots

Allen Ryan P
Allen Will D. CB
Amendola Danny WR
Andrews David C
Barker Chris OG
Barrett Josh FS
Belichick Bill HC
Bennett Martellus TE
Bentley V'Angelo CB
Biggers E.J. CB
Blount LeGarrette RB
Bolden Brandon RB
Boyer Josh AC
Brady Tom QB
Branch Alan DL
Brissett Jacoby QB
Brown Donald RB
Brown Malcom DL
Brown Tarell CB
Burns Devonta S
Butler Malcolm CB
Cannon Marcus OT
Cardona Joe LS
Carter DeAndre WR
Caserio Nick TO
Chung Patrick SS
Coleman Justin CB
Collins Jamie LB
Cooper Jonathan C
Cox Derek CB
Daboll Brian AC
Daly Brendan AC
Derby A.J. TE
Develin James FB
Dobson Aaron WR
Ebner Nate FS
Edelman Julian WR
Fears Ivan AC
Fleming Cameron OT
Flores Brian AC
Flowers Trey DL
Foster D.J. WR
Freeny Jonathan LB
Gaffney Tyler RB
Garoppolo Jimmy QB
Gibson Brandon WR
Gostkowski Stephen PK
Green Justin CB
Grissom Geneo DE
Gronkowski Rob TE
Grugier-Hill Kamu LB
Hamilton Woodrow DL
Harbor Clay TE
Harmon Duron CB
Harper Chris WR
Hightower Dont'a LB
Hines Quentin RB
Hogan Chris WR
Humber Ramon LB
Iosefa Joey RB
Jackson Tre OG
Johnson Anthony DL
Johnson CJ LB
Johnson Rufus DL
Jones Cyrus CB
Jones Jonathan CB
Karras Ted OG
Kearse Frank DL
Kerbyson Kyler OL
King Brandon CB
Kline Josh OG
Knighton Terrance DL
Kuhn Markus DL
LeBlanc Cre'Von CB
Lewis Dion RB
Lombardi Michael TO
Long Chris DL
Lucien Devin WR
Lynch D.J. LB
Martin Keshawn WR
Mason Shaquille OG
McClellin Shea LB
McCourty Devin FS
McDaniels Josh OC
Milton Keavon OT
Mitchell Malcolm WR
Ninkovich Rob DL
O'Shea Chad AC
Orton Greg WR
Patricia Matt DC
Powell Shaquille RB
Reese Floyd TO
Richard Jamey OG
Richards Jordan SS
Roberts Elandon LB
Ryan Logan CB
Scarnecchia Dante AC
Scheu Steven TE
Sheard Jabaal DE
Slater Matthew WR
Snyder Kevin LB
Solder Nate OT
Stork Bryan C
Sunseri Vinnie S
Thompson Cedric SS
Thuney Joe OG
Valentine Vincent DL
Vallone Scott DL
Vellano Joe DL
Ventrone Ray AC
Vereen Brock FS
Vollmer Sebastian OT
Waddle LaAdrian OT
Washington Nate WR
White James RB
White Tracy LB
Williams Brennan OT
Wilson De'Runnya TE