Team Notebook: New England Patriots
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Patriots | Kyler Kerbyson signed by NE
Patriots | Vinnie Sunseri signed by NE
Patriots | Tom Brady can't work with teammates
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?
Patriots | New England likes Jimmy Garoppolo
Patriots | Nate Ebner qualifies for Olympics
Patriots | No deal close for three Patriots players
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
Patriots | First-team reps for Tom Brady
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 ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Patriots | Tom Brady ends appeal
Patriots | Appeals court rejects Tom Brady
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
Patriots | Nate Washington has struggled
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
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 patriots.com. Perillo added that the mostly likely scenario is Martin, Dobson and Washington battling for one or two roster spots.
Patriots | Donald Brown embracing opportunity
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
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
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
Patriots | David Andrews, Bryan Stork split reps
Patriots | Jacoby Brissett contract details
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
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
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
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
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
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski suits up
Patriots | Versatility helping Keshawn Martin
Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo works with starters
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski should be ready for camp
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
Patriots | Nate Washington still a deep threat
Patriots | Michael Williams injury update
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
Patriots | Chris Hogan impressing
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
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
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
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
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
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
Patriots | Michael Williams injured in practice
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
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
Patriots | E.J. Biggers showing versatility
Patriots | Cyrus Jones seeing plenty of reps
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