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Patriots | Tom Brady a full participant
Patriots | Wednesday practice report for the Super Bowl
Patriots | Josh McDaniels defends usage of ineligible receivers
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels defended the usage of ineligible receivers when questioned about the tactic during Super Bowl XLIX media availability Wednesday, Jan. 28. McDaniels specifically cleared up that the Patriots huddled before plays in which they used ineligible receivers. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called the Patriots' strategy "within the rules" and "great ball" during media week.
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount didnít force Steelersí hand
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount didn't orchestrate his release from the Pittsburgh Steelers. "You know things didn't work out as planned … So we decided to part ways. I ended up here and now I'm about to play in the Super Bowl," Blount said Tuesday, Jan. 27.
Patriots | Tom Brady fighting a cold
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. "I've had it for four to five days, my kids got sick and my wife's pretty sick right now," Brady said. "I brought it, unfortunately, to Phoenix, but I'll be fine. I'll be good." Brady is focused on rest and eating plenty of garlic, which he said is one of his "old remedies."
Patriots | Bryan Stork hopes to play in Super Bowl
New England Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) said Tuesday, Jan. 27, that he is hopeful of being ready to play in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, against the Seattle Seahawks. He said he is working with athletic trainers in hopes of playing.
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount to have big role?
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount should be a factor in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, in the opinion of Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian. Despite Seattle's highly ranked run defense, they lost games earlier this season to both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys, who used run-heavy game plans. The Green Bay Packers also had early success on the ground against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers opened up holes by overloading lanes with pulling linemen, which is something the Patriots like to do with their guards and tackles. If the Patriots stay away from the run, Seattle's linebackers will drop back in zone coverage, making it tougher on the Patriots' passing game.
Patriots | Tom Brady said he feels perfect
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has publicly stated he'd like to play well into his 40s and feels perfect after playing his 15th season, but his father Tom Brady Sr. believes it won't end well with the Patriots. The younger Brady is under contract through 2017, although he'll turn 40 years old prior to that season. Brady has publicly said he plans on playing until he's 43 or 44. The 37-year-old quarterback is scheduled to make $12 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017. His father thinks his son's determination to keep playing won't go over well with the Patriots' brass. "It will end badly," Brady Sr. told New York Times Magazine. "It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play 'til he's 70. ... It's a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn't."
Patriots | Richard Sherman won't be avoided
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman won't be avoided by the New England Patriots during the Super Bowl, according to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. "It's not an easy thing to avoid him the whole game. We're going to try not to do that with anybody… I think you need to be sensitive to him and where he's at."
Patriots | Josh McDaniels wants to be a head coach again
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday, Jan. 27, that he'd love to be a head coach in the NFL again. McDaniels was rumored to be a possible candidate for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers head coaching positions, but has not heard from either team. The 49ers have already named their new head coach in Jim Tomsula and the Falcons are expected to hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to fill that position.
Patriots | Seattle looking to shut down Gronk
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is an offensive weapon that the Seattle Seahawks are focused on shutting down during the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks his team matches up well against the All-Pro tight end, though, as LBs K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin are "pretty tall and long" and SS Kam Chancellor is "about as big a strong safety as you can find." The Seahawks will be focused on not allowing Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady to take over the game.
Patriots | Pats turn over video surveillance evidence
The New England Patriots turned over video surveillance showing a Patriots locker room attendant taking 24 footballs into a bathroom for about 90 seconds to the league office. The NFL has interviewed the employee.
Patriots | Investigation of deflated footballs expected to last several weeks
NFL investigator Ted Wells announced Monday, Jan. 26, he expects the investigation on the issue of the deflated footballs reportedly used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game to last several more weeks.
Patriots | Long-term deal coming for Darrelle Revis?
New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis is being paid $12 million this year, but the Patriots will reportedly try to sign him to a long-term extension this offseason. New England also hasn't ruled out picking up Revis' $20 million option for the 2015 season. If the team doesn't work out a deal with him, they have until late March to release him.
Patriots | Tom Brady clutch late in postseason
Patriots | Tom Brady improved out of pocket
Patriots | Brandon LaFell listed as questionable
Patriots | Tom Brady probable for Super Bowl
Patriots | Friday injury report for the Super Bowl
New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DT Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) are questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks after each player was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 23.
Patriots | Vince Wilfork fined
Patriots | Bryan Stork practicing with brace
Patriots | Jerod Mayo rehab on schedule
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) said he is on schedule in his rehab from a torn patella tendon. Mayo did not comment on if he will be ready for the start of the offseason schedule. "I think I'm right on schedule," Mayo said. "I'm doing everything. The training staff with the Patriots, they're a great staff, and I'm in there every day. They tell me I'm doing well. They're telling me I'm on time."
Patriots | Thursday practice report for Super Bowl bye week
New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DL Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 22.
Patriots | Brandon LaFell limited Thursday
Patriots | Tom Brady a full participant
Patriots | Seattle to be physical with Gronk?
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is often a tough matchup for opposing defenses, but Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane said he doesn't think Gronkowski is "that good." "He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls," Lane said. Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Lane could be lined up often against Gronkowski in the slot in the Super Bowl.
Patriots | Bryan Stork practicing
Patriots | Tom Brady could come under fire
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is now scheduled to speak to the media Thursday, Jan. 22, and he could come under fire due to the report of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game. Head coach Bill Belichick denied any involvement in the issue, and Brady will likely have to answer questions on the situation.
Patriots | Bill Belichick denies knowledge of deflated footballs
Patriots | Brandon LaFell limited in practice
Patriots | Tom Brady a full go
Patriots | Wednesday practice report for Super Bowl bye week
New England Patriots C Brian Stork (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 21. CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow) and DT Sealver Siliga (foot) all were limited in practice. The team did not practice Wednesday, so this is an estimation.
Patriots | Footballs found to be under inflated
Updating a previous report, 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 footballs used in the AFC Championship Game were found to be inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements, according to league sources.
Patriots | Tom Brady won't play in Pro Bowl
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount has outstanding performance
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18. "He makes contact on every play and seems to enjoy it. He's like a boxer throwing body punches. Eventually, he wears guys down and starts breaking those big runs," OG Ryan Wendell said. Blount played 42 offensive snaps in the game, passing his previous season high of 30. He also ran for 69 yards after contact against the Colts, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Patriots | Tom Brady sets playoff record
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady became the NFL's all-time leading passer in the playoffs in the win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18. Brady passed Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning at 6,800 passing yards for the top spot by going 23-for-35 for 226 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Patriots | NFL investigating Patriots for deflated footballs
The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots to determine whether the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 18, were properly inflated, NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed.
Patriots | Julian Edelman returns to game
Patriots | Julian Edelman heads to locker room
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (undisclosed) left the AFC Championship Game in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, due to an undisclosed injury. He walked off to the locker room under his own power.
Patriots | Marcus Cannon in for size?
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots OT Marcus Cannon replaced OG Josh Kline on the first quarter scoring drive in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 18, against the Indianapolis Colts. It might have simply been a case of wanting to have more size at the goal line, as Cannon checks in at 335 pounds, and Kline is just 295.
Patriots | Darrelle Revis returns to game
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis (head) left briefly in the first quarter of the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, due to a head injury. He was checked out by as many as six members of the training staff before being cleared to return to the game after missing a handful of plays.
Patriots | Josh Kline checks out of game
Patriots | Darrelle Revis limps off
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski plays well against Colts
Patriots | Two moves made
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