Team Notebook: New England Patriots
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Patriots | Stevan Ridley unlikely to rejoin Pats
New York Jets impending free-agent RB Stevan Ridley is not expected to be pursued by the New England Patriots, his former team. The Patriots will likely look to add depth at running back this offseason, and Ridley is entering free agency, but New England is expected to look elsewhere.
Patriots | No surgery for Rob Gronkowski
Patriots | No surgery for Dominique Easley
Patriots | Contracts expire for two players
Patriots | Malcolm Butler has knee injury
New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler (knee) is not playing in the Pro Bowl because he suffered a knee injury during the AFC Championship game. Butler will not need to undergo surgery for the injury.
Patriots | Jamie Collins could hold out
Patriots | Danny Amendola release not expected
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is not expected to be released this offseason despite a $6.8 million salary cap hit he would cause. Releasing Amendola would save the Patriots $3.5 million against the salary cap.
Patriots | Kevin Hogan of interest?
Patriots | Glenn Gronkowski meeting with NE
Kansas State FB Glenn Gronkowski will meet with the New England Patriots Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Senior Bowl. He is the younger brother of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Glenn Gronkowski is playing out of position at tight end this week at the Senior Bowl after playing fullback his entire college career. He had only 11 carries for 45 yards and five catches for 76 yards last season.
Patriots | Harold Nash not returning
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount will not require surgery
Patriots | Jerod Mayo undergoes surgery
Patriots | New England likely to add at RB
New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Patriots | Top three DEs under contract in 2016
New England Patriots DEs Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard are each under contract for the 2016 season, and DEs Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers provide depth for the future. The defensive end spot is not considered a position of need heading into the offseason.
Patriots | Two linebackers might get extensions
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo is unlikely to return to the team in 2016, while LBs Dont'a Hightower and LB Jamie Collins have contracts that expire after the 2016 season and the team could work on extensions for them during the offseason.
Patriots | Four safeties under contract in 2016
Patriots | Dave DeGuglielmo will not return
Patriots | Two players sign Reserve/Futures deals
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount staying with Patriots?
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount could be on his way out of New England as he enters free agency this offseason. RB Dion Lewis (knee) will return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and RB James White filled in nicely for Lewis. The Patriots also have another big back on their roster in RB Steven Jackson, putting Blount's future with New England in limbo.
Patriots | Scott Chandler could be gone
Patriots | Brandon LaFell could be gone
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell was the fourth wide receiver on the Patriots' depth chart for the AFC Championship, only played on 33 of 38 snaps and was not targeted. This could spell a LaFell release, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Patriots | Tom Brady pressured in loss
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was hit a season-high 23 times in a 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24. Entering the game, Brady hadn't been hit more than 12 times.
Patriots | Tom Brady tops 300 yards
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 27 of his 56 pass attempts for 310 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24.
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski big in loss
Patriots | Turnover battle key for Patriots
Patriots | Three key Patriots active Sunday
New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) are all officially active for the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24.
Patriots | Week 20 Patriots inactives
Patriots | James White could be busy
New England Patriots RB James White faces the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, and no team allowed more catches or receiving touchdown to running backs in the regular season than the Broncos.
Patriots | Jamie Collins expected to play
Patriots | LaAdrian Waddle, Tre Jackson out
Patriots | Tom Brady struggled against four-man rush
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had a QBR of 4.1 when he was pressured by a four-man or fewer pass rush in 2015, which ranked 28th among 35 qualifying passers. Nineteen% of Brady's dropbacks this year ended with him being pressured without a blitz this year, which was the ninth-highest percentage in football. However, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips loves to bring extra rushers. The Broncos sent five or more men after the quarterback 41.7% of the time this year, the fourth-highest rate in the league. The Broncos were successful creating pressure without blitzing, too, as they allowed an opponent's QBR of just 8.7 in those situations this year. They also created pressure in those situations 19.2% of opposing team dropbacks, which ranked sixth in the league.
Patriots | Tom Brady, Brandon LaFell probable
Patriots | Three Pats questionable
New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) and TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) were limited in practice all week and are questionable to face the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Sunday, Jan. 24.
Patriots | Friday injury report for Week 20
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater (shin), TE Scott Chandler (knee), LB Jamie Collins (back), CB Nate Ebner (hand), LB Darius Fleming (back, shin), LB Jonathan Freeny (hand), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), OG Tre Jackson (knee), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe), DE Rob Ninkovich (shin), C Bryan Stork (ankle), OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) are questionable for the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24. OG Josh Kline (shoulder), FS Devin McCourty (ankle) and SS Patrick Chung (foot) are probable. Kline, McCourty and Chung practiced in full Friday, Jan. 22, while the others were limited.
Patriots | Julian Edelman likes playoffs
Patriots | Danny Amendola fined
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski streaking in playoffs
Patriots | Dont'a Hightower the X-factor?
The Denver Broncos were only able to run for 46 yards and no touchdowns on 16 carries with New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower in the game in their Week 12 matchup. After Hightower left due to an injury, Broncos RBs C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman piled up 133 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. LB Jamie Collins also missed that game.
Patriots | Tom Brady, Brandon LaFell practice
Patriots | Three Patriots limited
Patriots | Thursday practice report for Week 20
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater (shin), TE Scott Chandler (knee), LB Jamie Collins (back), CB Nate Ebner (hand), LB Darius Fleming (back, shin), LB Jonathan Freeny (hand), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), OG Tre Jackson (knee), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen, toe), DE Rob Ninkovich (shin), C Bryan Stork (ankle), OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) were limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 21, while OG Josh Kline (shoulder), FS Devin McCourty (ankle) and SS Patrick Chung (foot) practiced in full.
Patriots | Tom Brady has quick release
Patriots | Jamie Collins expects to play
Patriots | Matthew Slater not yet ruled out
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater (shin) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 20. The team said he was inadvertently listed as out, but he simply did not practice and has not been ruled out for the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24, against the Denver Broncos.
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski has owned Denver
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 40 catches for 516 yards and six touchdowns in six games against the Denver Broncos going back to 2011, including six catches for 88 yards and a score in Week 12 this year.
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