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Red-hot when it gets cold
Nobody appreciates the month of December quite like Tom Brady and the Patriots.
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New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason.
This Shaq has the moves
The resurgent Patriots' running game has gotten a boost from the blocking of third-year guard Shaq Mason, who is poised to clear a path toward the Pro Bowl.   
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Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots defensive coordinator, celebrates with QB Tom Brady.
McDaniels mum on Giants job
Josh McDaniels says he's on to Miami, the Patriots' next opponent, but with the Giants job open and his desire for the right head coaching job, it's easy to make the connection.
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Gilmore gets the last laugh
Even though the game was out of hand, the Bills were determined to score on their former DB, Stephon Gilmore. He was just as determined not to let them. Guess who won?
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'I gotta keep my cool'
Rob Gronkowski regrets his out-of-character late hit on Tre'Davious White, but said it stemmed from built-up frustration over 'seven years' of being manhandled with no calls from the refs.
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Struggling Shady still a threat
LeSean McCoy's production isn't what it's been in the past, but the Bills' running back is still someone the Patriots' coaches -- and players -- worry about.
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Little to no value - in Belichick's eyes
Why keep going to the screen play if the execution continues to be poor? Josh McDaniels sees more benefit in the calls than his boss.
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Course correction
The early weeks of the season were rough for Stephon Gilmore. But now the Patriots' big free-agent signee is playing some of the best football of his career.
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Don't ask him
Were there any thoughts about taking Tom Brady out of the game late with the game in hand? Bill Belichick contorts his face and has at it.
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New England Patriots LBs Elandon Roberts (left) and Kyle Van Noy.
A linebacker comeback
A once-reeling unit without Dont'a Hightower, Patriots LBs have righted themselves, particularly in coverage of pass-catchers out of the backfield.
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Lewis becoming a small wonder for Pats
Dion Lewis forced 10 missed tackles against the Raiders and looks like he's back to his pre-knee injury self.   
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Energized defense doing its part
After struggling early, the Patriots defense has flexed its muscles recently with a solid stretch
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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler vs. Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos.
Butler hasn't done it
Emmanuel Sanders had his way with Malcolm Butler last week. And it's part of a pattern that's seen the Patriots corner get burned too often this season.
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Brady enjoys 'unique experience' of trip
While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on its own feel, its own flavor and - eventually - its own m
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New England Patriots safeties Devin McCourty, left, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon, right.
Safety in numbers
Familiarity and versatility are the keys for Devin McCourty, Pat Chung and Duron Harmon, the Patriots safeties who have the ability to handle whatever the opponent - or their own coaches - throw at them.  
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'Getting better all the time'
Stephon Gilmore got off to a rocky start with the New England Patriots, but now he says things are improving . . . on and off the field.
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Air Force Academy football coach Troy Calhoun.
Air Force survival training stories inspire Pats
Practicing in high-altitude at the Air Force Academy gives the Patriots a chance to hear from Academy coach Troy Calhoun about the survival training cadets endure.
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Mr. Versatility
In Pat Chung’s world, life is rarely the same from one play to the next.
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A helping hand
Improvement in the offensive line has played a big role in the Pats becoming more balanced . . . and successful.
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Belichick humbled by 'special' honor
Bill Belichick was 'honored' to be asked to speak to the Naval Academy team prior to its game against SMU last weekend.
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They have overcome
Here's how the Patriots transformed themselves from a disappointment to the best team in the conference.
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New England Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen celebrates his first TD.
There's one - finally
The Dwayne Allen catch drought ends at long last with a third-quarter TD grab against the Broncos in Week 10, boosting the confidence of the tight end who still has the backing of his teammates.  
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New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore covers Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.
'That's how it's done'
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore returns for the Patriots and turns in a strong performance against the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas.  
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Pats' defense has improved; has Gilmore?
The defense Stephon Gilmore returns to is much better than the one he left. Will he be able to step up and match it?
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Denver Broncos' Von Miller (left) and New England Patriots OT LaAdrian Waddle.
The speed-rusher vs. Waddle
LaAdrian Waddle will go from playing one snap a year ago to protecting Tom Brady from Von Miller and the Broncos on Sunday night.
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New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers.
Flowers' sacks are down, but impact isn't
The Patriots need Trey Flowers now more than ever with injuries on defense. While the sack numbers have slowed, he's still been a steady presence.
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In Denver, everything old is new again
Brock Osweiler isn’t supposed to be the Denver Broncos quarterback, and he definitely wasn't supposed to be starting in this past weekend’s 51-23 beatdown
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Gilmore: 'I feel good. We'll go from there'
If you were looking for answers from Stephon Gilmore about his late scratch prior to the game at MetLife versus the Jets with a concussion, the sixth-year pro wasn’t about to go into too much detail.
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He brought out the best in Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo's 3 1/2 years in New England pushed Tom Brady to unprecedented heights. Now Jimmy G. gets the chance to scale his own heights out of Brady's shadow.
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49ers give Garoppolo 'the potential to write his own story'
Though Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t expect his change of scenery to happen the day before the trade deadline in the middle of the season, he’s hardly unhappy.
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'Can't get on the plane fast enough'
Jimmy Garoppolo has wanted to be some team’s franchise quarterback long before he was drafted by the New England Patriots back in the spring of 2014. On Halloween eve, he’s been granted that opportunity.
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For Pats, it's a way of life
Many franchises come unglued at the first sign of adversity. But the Patriots not only manage to survive injuries to key players like Dont'a Hightower and Stephon Gilmore, but often thrive.
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Searching for answers for recent red-zone struggles
The Patriots are having trouble scoring touchdowns in the red zone and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady aren't happy about it.
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Gostkowski admits misses leave 'bad taste' despite win
Stephen Gostkowski's pair of misses in Sunday’s win make a game that shouldn’t have been as close as it was come down to the final play.
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Van Noy: 'Group effort' to replace Hightower
No one knows the impact of losing Dont'a Hightower better than Kyle Van Noy, who has leaned heavily on Hightower during his year in Foxboro.
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Getting back in the middle of things
After a rough start to the season that culminated in a Week 5 benching, Alan Branch has begun showing the form that makes him an integral part of the Patriots' defense.
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Malcolm Butler's living in the moment
Malcolm Butler, stung by an offseason in which the Patriots paid Stephon Gilmore and not him, doesn't know what his future holds.
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Bademosi rises to the occasion
At worst, Johnson Bademosi has shown he can provide additional secondary depth to the Patriots. At best, he may force Stephon Gilmore to step up his play in order to keep his job.
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No Gilmore? No problem for Patriots
The secondary is finding its way, so what does Bill Belichick do when Stephon Gilmore is ready to return? 
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Patriots defense is 'playing smarter'
Even though Malcolm Butler surrendered that late touchdown to Julio Jones, he showed not only a willingness to play the big dog, but to go right at him.
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Opportunity knocks for Bademosi
Johnson Bademosi is intent on proving he’s more than a niche player. With injuries piling up, he may have the perfect opportunity against Julio Jones.
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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler defends New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson.
Can this defense be fixed?
With breakdown after breakdown week after week, this Patriots defense is a long way from championship caliber. It's on the players to get it right.
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Bademosi did 'tremendous job' filling in for Gilmore on short notice
Instead of turning to Jon Jones to take the majority of snaps in Stephon Gilmore’s absence, the Patriots looked to special teams whiz Johnson Bademosi
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Lewis makes his case, helps Pats running attack vs. Jets
For the first time in 2017, and maybe since 2015, Dion Lewis was the focal point of the offense and the media's attention.
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WATCH: The Patriots arrive at MetLife Stadium
The Patriots have made it to MetLife Stadium for today's game against the Jets. Watch several of them -- including Tom Brady and Bill Belichick -- arrive, via Mike Giardi's Twitter account.
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Feeling the pain of poor protection
The fact that Tom Brady's hurt can't be a surprise to anyone who's seen the fearsome beating he's taken so far this year. It's not a surprise to the Pats, who know they need to protect him better.
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Solder's struggles tied to missing camp?
Nate Solder essentially missed all of training camp and the preseason, yet when they kicked off the season he assumed his normal spot at left tackle and stayed there.
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Gilmore after bounce-back night: ‘I took it personal’
There’d been plenty of questions about free-agent acquisition Stephon Gilmore’s ability in his first four games with the Patriots. He answered critics with his coverage of Bucs WR Mike Evans Thursday.   
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Giardi: Time for Gilmore to earn his keep . . . now
It's not all his fault, but a lot of the Pats' secondary woes can be pinned on big-ticket free agent Stephon Gilmore. With Bill Belichick at the helm, you have to think the clock is ticking,
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Alan Branch: Let me lend a hand
After a rugged performance in the season opener, Alan Branch has seen his playing time decrease. He calls it 'upsetting,' and hopes to work his way back into the lineup.
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Giardi: Is Gilmore dissatisfied with the way he’s been used?
You have to wonder if the Patriots are utilizing struggling cornerback Stephon Gilmore the best possible way. Bill Belichick wasn't exactly forthcoming about it.
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Harmon: Enough with defensive lapses
After allowing 30-plus points for the third time in four games, Duron Harmon says its time for he and defensive teammates to 'look in the mirror.'
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Gilmore finds himself in a tight corner
Two blown coverages that led to TDs, two key third-down penalties that extended Carolina scoring drives . . . Stephon Gilmore had a rough day for the Pats. Can he turn things around?
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Panthers provide opportunity for Patriots D to get right
Sunday is a real opportunity for the New England Patriots defense to get right, and keep a struggling Caronlina Panthers offense down.
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McCourty among players meeting with Goodell over anthem protests
The Patriots' Devin McCourty was one of a handful of players who met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and multiple owners - including Robert Kraft - to discuss protests that occurred around the league.   
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Lewis: 'Tough' to be out of the running
So far this year, Dion Lewis has been the odd man out of a crowded Patriots backfield. But he vows 'when I get my chance, you'll see a lot of special things.'
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Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey's versatility presents another challenge to Patriots
While Cam Newton may be the focus of the Patriots defense Sunday, rookie Christian McCaffrey multi-position effectiveness will have to be handled, too.  
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Amendola proves his worth yet again
Tom Brady gets a ton of the credit for Sunday’s come-from-behind victory. But Danny Amendola showed once again that he's a critical piece of this offense.
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Patriots 'got to play to the last second' in win over Texans
Tom Brady froze the safety with his eyes and delivered the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks. Gillette Stadium erupted.
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Giardi: Butler's offseason may cut deep, but it's time for him to battle back
This hasn’t been an easy process for Malcolm Butler. But the proof is in the play. . . and his future depends on it.
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Branch on why he played so little vs. Saints: 'Ask Bill'
If Alan Branch is worried about his spot with the Patriots, he isn’t acting that way.
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Giardi: Listen to Belichick and it’s clear: Malcolm Butler is on notice
Malcolm Butler didn’t start Sunday because the Patriots believe he’s not given them his best. You could hear that in what Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia said Tuesday.  
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Cooks: 'A lot of respect' for former coach Payton
Many of Brandin Cooks' former Saints teammates sought out the Patriots wideout before Sunday's game, exchanging handshakes, hugs and a few words.
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Giardi: A simple fix on defense
The Patriots simplified their defensive approach, to ease the mental burden on the players and allow them to play more free, and it worked.
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Hogan on slot receiver role: 'I have to see what Tom sees'
Chris Hogan only had one catch in the Patriots' season-opening loss. He knows he'll have to do better, particularly in the slot.
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Saints know they have to keep eye on Gronk despite quiet Week 1
If the New Orleans Saints think Rob Gronkowski is human now, Sean Payton isn’t acknowledging it publicly.
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Burkhead 'comfortable' if needed in slot
Rex Burkhead seems like a logical choice to get a more expanded role in the offense, including some more playing time in the slot.
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Giardi: Pats offense is no laughing matter
The Saints looked dreadful on defense Monday, and normally would be no match for the Pats' offense. But Josh McDaniels and crew are still trying to find the right fit for all the new pieces.
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Giardi: Pats need to manage Amendola
Danny Amendola's history is that he can't absorb a slot receiver's consistent pounding without breaking down.  Josh McDaniels needs to find a way to manage his workload.
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Watching and waiting
Jimmy Garoppolo has learned enough and proven enough to have his own team. But that opportunity hasn’t come yet, and there’s no indication it will anytime soon.
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'Never thought any of this would happen'
Since becoming the Patriots starting quarterback, Tom Brady has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated 21 times . . . and that's a childhood dream come true.
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Jacob Hollister 'proud and happy' to be part of Patriots 53-man roster
Tight end Jacob Hollister proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder, at least not in this summer.
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White on Dorsett: He works extremely hard
Former high school teammates James White and Phillip Dorsett have been reunited on the Patriots.
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Giardi: Even though cuts are looming, Pats need to add
This could be a busy weekend in Foxboro, as roster cuts across the NFL give the Patriots a chance to shore up areas -- defensive line, wide receiver, punt returner -- that are thin.
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New England Patriots RB James White in preseason action vs. the Detroit Lions.
Giardi: Look for White to be leaned on more now
With Julian Edelman lost for the season, Tom Brady and the Patriots will look to James White to continue the success we saw in the Super Bowl.  
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Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, James White, Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead of the New England Patriots.
Unlike 2015, Patriots still have plenty of third-down options without Edelman
The Patriots are a much different team - especially on third down - than the last time they were without Julian Edelman for an extended period.
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Pats players from Houston watching, praying as area remains under siege
The Patriots may be thousands of miles away. But for players from Houston and surrounding areas, the hurricane and subsequent flooding has been difficult to watch.
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Kony Ealy of the New England Patriots at training camp.
Fighting for a job
An NFL source confirms an earlier report that the Patriots have shopped Kony Ealy to gauge his trade value, saying his position with the team is still in question.
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Gronk 'taking all positives' out of new approach
Rob Gronkowski isn't used to playing in preseason games, but he feels the benefit of the change in philosophy.
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Healthy Gillislee finally on the run with Patriots
Mike Gillislee, who has a history of hamstring injuries, suffered yet another pull on the first weekend of camp and was unable to practice with the Pats until today.
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Belichick: By midseason 'you kind of know what you have'
Bill Belichick thinks it takes time to find out what kind of team you are, especially when you factor in injuries, growth of players and, in some cases, decline.
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Former New England Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel is now the Houston Texans defensive coordinator
Ex-Patriots LB Vrabel gets a trial run at stopping Brady
Former Patriots LB Mike Vrabel, now the Texans defensive coordinator, will get his chance to match wits for real against Brady and Belichick in Week 3.
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Who will be the Patriots’ biggest challenger in the AFC?
Is there a threat to the Patriots in the AFC? Or are they their own worst enemy? Mike Giardi's panel of experts answer this question.
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Who's the most overrated Patriot?
Is it a Super Bowl hero? Or a  highly touted offseason pickup? Mike Giardi's panel of experts make interesting answers to this question.
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Brady shows competitive attitude in Wednesday's joint practice
An emotional Tom Brady didn’t hold back, emoting at nearly every turn, directing those feelings to everyone
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La Russa, Crean appear as Belichick's guests at Patriots camp
The appearance of legendary manager Tony La Russa and former Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean quickly became the topic of conversation
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Giardi: Patriots embracing competition in joint practices
The Patriots enjoy their joint practices with the Jaguars and Texans.
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If you can't beat 'em, have them join you
The Texans have many ex-Pats (Bill O'Brien, Romeo Crennel, Mike Vrabel, Larry Izzo) on their coaching staff. Now there's another: Wes Welker.
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Scouts' View: The Patriots defense.
Can the Patriots again have the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense?
Mike Giardi talks to four NFL insiders about the Pats. Today: Can they again have the No. 1 scoring defense?  
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Giardi: Brissett's development a work in progress
Second-year QB Jacoby Brissett has shown some signs of improvement, but his performance so far in camp has been more uneven than Jimmy Garoppolo's.
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Pats' biggest offseason win: Keeping coaching staff intact
Mike Giardi talks to three scouts and a still-active ex-Pat about the Patriots. Today: How do you judge the coaching staff?
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Wise models his game after Jason Taylor, Julius Peppers
Rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. says he models his game after legends Jason Taylor and Julius Peppers.
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McGinest noticed chip on Brady's shoulder from the beginning
Former Patriot Willie McGinest says he had an inkling about Tom Brady, all the way back to Brady’s rookie year in 2000.
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Marrone, Jaguars hope to learn from Patriots' model of success
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone knows how valuable it is for his team to practice with the best in the league.
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore at training camp.
New Pats CB Gilmore on battling WRs in camp: 'We're just trying to push each other'
In his first Patriots camp, cornerback Stephon Gilmore has held his own against the wide receivers and shown plenty of fight.  
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Garoppolo's only consistency so far? Inconsistency
Thursday was another one of those days for Jimmy Garoppolo, who has been riding the roller coaster a little too often thus far in training camp.
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Pats make quite the catch in Rex Burkhead
Rex Burkhead's pass-catching abilities with the Bengals attracted him to the Pats, who see him as a multi-purpose threat out of the backfield.
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Giardi: Can't afford to lose 'em
Mike Giardi talks to five experts about the Patriots. Today's topic: Which player, besides Brady, is most indispensable?
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Kony Ealy of the New England Patriots at training camp.
Kony Ealy on his curious start to Patriots camp: 'It's just a learning curve'
While Kony Ealy shows more than he has in his first few days of camp, the adjustment to what Bill Belichick wants him to do continues.  
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Underrated, but not underappreciated
Mike Giardi talks to three scouts, an exec, and a still-active ex-Pat about the Patriots. Today: Who's the team's most underrated?
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In Year Two, where does Brissett fit into Patriots QB equation?
Playing behind the most talked about backup QB in the NFL, what's the outlook for Jacoby Brissett as he begins his second season with the Patriots?
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman at training camp.
Giardi: Edelman-Gilmore dust-up was only a matter of time
Knowing Julian Edelman’s fire and Stephon Gilmore’s desire to establish himself as a presence with the Patriots, their training camp scuffle seemed inevitable.  
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'I would have never taken Peyton over Brady'
Mike Giardi's talking to sources -- three scouts, an NFL exec, and a still-active ex-Pat -- about the Patriots. Today's subject: Tom Brady.
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Belichick gives tribute to Ninkovich
Bill Belichick has high praise for Rob Ninkovich during the linebacker's retirement press conference on Sunday.
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Slater on Ninkovich: 'He gave everything he had'
Matthew Slater reflects on the first time he met his friend and now ex-teammate Rob Ninkovich.
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Harmon embraces Patriots 'swagger' and non-complacency
Duron Harmon embraces all that comes with being a New England Patriot.
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Giardi: Two more picks for Jimmy G., but . . .
Jimmy Garoppolo throws two interceptions for the second straight day, but a) neither was really his fault and b) training camp is a time to do things you wouldn't do in the regular season.
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Many happy returns for Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski hasn't played since back surgery last November, and he totally enjoyed -- and starred in -- his first day back on the field.
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Pats' secondary coach: Butler 'is never going to give up the fight'
Josh Boyer has been a member of Bill Belichick's staff for 12 years, and says he's never seen anyone play cornerback as competitively as Malcolm Butler.
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New year, different circumstances, same approach for McDaniels
There's no Tom Brady suspension hanging over everything this season. But Josh McDaniels still is tasked with getting Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and, yes, Jacoby Brissett ready for prime time.
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NFL scout: 'Bill thinks he's got the next great one'
Mike Giardi begins a series of talks with NFL insiders about the Patriots, and starts today with: Why is Jimmy Garoppolo still in New England?
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Cyrus Jones on last year's struggles: 'That's in the past'
Patriots CB/kick returner Cyrus Jones isn't interested in recalling his fumbled-filled rookie season. He's "just focused on on this year."
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McCourty believes crazy offseason 'hasn't bothered' Butler
Devin McCourty was more than willing to elaborate on Malcolm’s approach, after what has been a long, strange offseason.
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Giardi: Garoppolo 'understands how good it is' with Patriots
Mike Giardi discusses Jimmy Garoppolo understanding the good situation he is in with the New England Patriots and talks about a possible contract extension for the backup QB.
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Jimmy Garoppolo Instagram post from March (cropped).
Garoppolo on his Instagram being hacked: 'Whoever did it was pretty slick'
Jimmy Garoppolo sticks to his story that the "Peace out" Instagram post back in March was the work of some "pretty slick" hackers.  
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New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (left) and Tom Brady at camp.
Garoppolo on extension: 'I would entertain any possiblity'
“Obviously I want to play,” Jimmy Garoppolo says. That will, of course, have to wait. And will it be with the Patriots, or elsewhere?  
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Giardi: Parameters 'mostly' in place for Saints' offer to Butler
The New Orleans Saints are 'enamored' with Malcolm Butler, and the two sides are close to reaching agreement on a contract.
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Source: Patriots 'jumped in on Gilmore this morning'
The Patriots' reported contract agreement with Bills All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore apparently was just as lightning-quick as it seemed.
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Source: Contract extension talks between Butler and Patriots were 'brief'
According to a source with knowledge of conversations between Malcolm Butler and the Patriots, the team offered much the same money after the season as it did during the year.
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Patriots players agree: Jimmy G is the real deal
New England Patriots players and coaches agree: Jimmy Garoppolo is the real deal.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady congratulates teammate James White after a TD.
Brady lauds White, whose Super Bowl heroics haven't 'totally sunk in yet'
His Super Bowl performance is still "surreal" to James White, who draws plenty of praise from Tom Brady in Peter King's MMQB podcast.
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Top 10 moments of the Patriots' season
How do you boil all the great moments of another Super Bowl-championship season to a Top 10? Mike Giardi takes his best shot at it.
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Key to the Patriots' secondary may lie in Chung's versatility
A "linebacker in a safety's body", Patrick Chung may loom as the Patriots' most important player in stopping the Falcons offense. 
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New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
The face of the Patriots defense? For many, it's Matt Patricia
As the reputation of the Patriots' defense grows, so does the popularity of d-coordinator Matt Patricia's signature look. 
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For Garoppolo, the future isn't now
Trade rumors have him going everywhere, from Cleveland to Chicago, but Jimmy Garoppolo says he's ignoring the noise and focusing on one thing only: The Super Bowl against Atlanta.
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Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (left) and New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler.
Old rivals Gabriel, Butler will renew acquaintances in Super Bowl
Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel and Patriots CB Malcolm Butler matched up in college before 3,000 fans. They'll have a bigger audience Sunday.
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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (left) and Ice Bucket Challenge founder Pete Frates.
Matt Ryan-Pete Frates bond goes beyond BC roots
Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons QB, and Frates, the force behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, became friends as freshman at Boston College.
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones meets the media at Super Bowl LI.
Julio Jones says no one can cover him one-on-one; will Patriots?
Julio Jones and his fellow Falcons pass catchers don't think a single defender can cover Atlanta's top receivers. Do the Patriots?
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Edelman on Johnson's comments: 'Not worried about what people are saying'
Julian Edelman's New England Patriots teammates say what the wideout wouldn’t when asked about Keyshawn Johnson's comments.
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From limited role to covering Julio Jones, Rowe's wild 2016
Eric Rowe's interesting ride in 2016 has a chance to end with a Super Bowl win in his hometown.
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Alarm Bell for Patriots
Le’Veon Bell's unique start-and-stop, darting style baffles defenses, and the Pats know stopping him won't be easy . . . but they've done it before.
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Enough about Collins: What about Dion Lewis?
While Jamie Collins is rightfully a major story right now, let's not forget about the eventual return of running back Dion Lewis.
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Jamie Collins of the New England Patriots
Pats LB coach: Freelancing wasn't an issue for Collins
Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores has nothing but good things to say about the traded Jamie Collins.
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Giardi's stopwatch: Brady quick vs. Steelers
Mike Giardi's stopwatch reveals that Tom Brady had a quick release in the Patriots' win over the Steelers Sunday.
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Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots
Source: Three to four weeks 'reasonable' for Jimmy Garoppolo to return
Mike Giardi reports that Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury will keep him off the field for 3 to 4 weeks
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Tom Brady preseason vs Giants
How fast did Tom Brady get rid of the ball vs the Giants?
The stopwatch is back again this week. How quickly did Tom Brady get rid of the football in the New England Patriots game against the New York Giants? 2.16 seconds on average.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
Brady workout rules during his suspension
Tom Brady begins his suspension Saturday, but he can still work out with body guru/business partner Alex Guererro, a Patriots team employee.
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Does Garoppolo need to play Thursday? ‘It’s not my call,’ he says
If the Patriots’ Week 1 starter sits against the Giants Thursday, it’ll be 16 days between Jimmy Garoppolo’s lackluster showing in Carolina and the opener. 
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Garoppolo: Panthers offer ‘closest thing we’ll get to Week 1’
Coming off his best performance of the preseason, Jimmy Garoppolo will have to continue to find his footing against NFC champion Carolina on Friday.
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Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, then of the Houston Texans, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
While backing up Brady, Hoyer learned his lessons well
Brian Hoyer forged a friendship with Tom Brady during his days in Foxboro and has carried the lessons he learned from Brady throughout his career.
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JImmy Garoppolo is under pressure in the preseason opener against the Saints.
How quickly did Garoppolo get rid of the ball vs. Saints?
Mike Giardi puts the stopwatch to Jimmy Garoppolo to see how quickly the Patriots QB delivered the ball in the preseason opener.
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Saints coach, and ex-EIU QB, Payton has special interest in Garoppolo
Saints coach Sean Payton played quarterback at Eastern Illinois just like Jimmy Garoppolo, so he’s been keeping an eye on the Patriots QB. 
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Butler, Patriots’ secondary impresses Saints in joint practice
Malcolm Butler made it a long day for Saints’ receiver Willie Snead and New Orleans coach Sean Payton took notice on the first day of joint practice.   
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Bennett expounds on anti-NFL comment from magazine profile
Martellus Bennett has never been shy about sharing his thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects, whether you like it or not.
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Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was the 112th pick overall.
Rookie WR Mitchell impresses in return to practice
A day after missing practice, Malcolm Mitchell makes his presence known with a few grabs.  
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McDaniels 'loves' Patriots, but wants to be a head coach again
The long-time Patriots assistant says he'll stay in New England 'as long as they'll have me,' but would like another head-coaching job.
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Some do’s and don’ts for Brady during his suspension
What can, and can’t, Tom Brady do once he leaves the Patriots facility on Sept. 3 and his four-game suspension begins? Here’s some answers.   
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Garoppolo's former QB coach has no doubt Jimmy G is ready
Jimmy Garoppolo's college QB coach says his former pupil is well-prepared to take over the Patriots the first four weeks of the season.
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David Ortiz arrives at Red Sox camp
David Ortiz, embarking on his final season in the major leagues, arrives at the Red Sox spring training camp at Fort Myers.
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Broncos' distaste for Pats hasn't hampered preparations
The Broncos are irritated that they're underdogs Sunday, but they're not letting their anger detract from their preparation.
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Marshall surprised at Pats fans' response to remarks
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall didn't think his remarks about Rob Gronkowski pushing off 'would blow up like that'.
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Bronco defenders know Edelman's a game-changer
The Broncos know how dramatically different the Pats offense is when Julian Edelman's in the lineup, and they're planning accordingly.
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Broncos receivers hope to hold on against Pats
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders had a serious case of the dropsies last Sunday. They know that can't happen against the Patriots.
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Hightower a key to stopping Denver's run game
Some of the Broncos don't want to admit it, but -- based on what we saw in the Pats-Broncos game -- Dont'a Hightower's presence may crimp their ground attack.
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After two days of talking, Broncos take out the trash
The Broncos' statements this week weren't really all that brash. But after a talking-to from Gary Kubiak, they're zipping their lips.
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Giardi in Denver: 'Very different' year for Manning
Peyton Manning has become a secondary piece for the Denver Broncos, rather than the focal point he was for every season prior.
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Giardi in Denver: Broncos defenders target Brady
No Edelman. No Amendola. James White not yet a factor. The Pats offense was stuck in neutral in Week 12 against the Broncos. That all changed Saturday in the Divisional Round.
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Brady and Patriots' offense back on fast track
Tom Brady was able to get his throws off in an average of 1.94 seconds Saturday against the Chiefs . . . the quickest he's been in months.
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Mike Giardi: Halftime thoughts
Quick thoughts from Mike Giardi on the first half of the Patriots-Dolphins game, with Miami holding a 10-3 halftime lead.
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Edelman doesn't make trip with Patriots to Miami
Julian Edelman, out since Week 10 with a foot injury, doesn't travel with the Patriots for the regular-season finale in Miami.
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Patriots vs. Bills: What to watch for tonight
How will the Pats operate without Edelman and Lewis? Can the Bills protect Tyrod Taylor? Mike Giardi sets the stage for tonight's game.
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Patriots-Redskins: What to expect this afternoon
What Mike Giardi is looking for today as the New England Patriots host the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium.
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Patriots ‘other corner’ Ryan helps limit Jets’ Marshall
Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan prevents Brandon Marshall from doing to him what he had done to other cornerbacks this season.
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Giardi: Amendola morphs into critical playmaker for Brady
Maybe the best under-the-radar move the Patriots made in the offseason was reworking Danny Amendola’s deal to retain him. It showed Sunday against the Jets.
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Brady knows Patriots will have hands full with Revis
The Pats won a Super Bowl with Darrelle Revis. Now he's (again) on the other side, and Tom Brady is aware of the challenges he presents.
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Colts think they're better equipped to stop Pats run attack
LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray ran wild against the Colts in 2014. Can Indy do anything to stop the Patriots from doing it again?
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Vinatieri expects 'fun game' from Brady and Patriots
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, the ex-Patriot, knows how Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can operate: "We know what we're getting ourselves into," he says.
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Colts acknowledge 'embarrassing defeat' in AFC Championship
The Indianapolis Colts have an entirely different memory of that 45-7 loss at Gillette Stadium as they head into this Sunday’s rematch.
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Hasselbeck: 'A surprise' if Luck doesn't start vs. Patriots
Despite the Indianapolis Colts thriving under the guidance of 40-year old Matt Hasselbeck the last two games, the organization will turn back to the franchise, Andrew Luck,
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Pagano on Deflategate: 'I haven’t given it any thought'
Chuck Pagano insists that he hasn’t given a single, solitary thought to Tom Brady and the beating the quarterback’s reputation took from Deflategate.
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Of course, Belichick downplays Brady on verge of 400 TDs
Tom Brady has 399 TD passes, but Bill Belichick, characteristically, says he doesn't 'really care about any records this week.'
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Patriots focused on not letting Steelers spoil big night
Mike Giardi takes a look at the Patriots remaining focused on starting the season with a win against the Steelers.
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With Bell and Bryant out, Steelers lean even more on Brown
Antonio Brown was the most productive wide receiver in the NFL last year. Now, with Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant suspended, the Steelers may go to him even more often.
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Patriots facing a defensive switch from Steelers
The Steelers have a new defensive coordinator, and may be cooking up a new plan to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots on Thursday.
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Brady ready to focus on football after 'different' offseason
Dealing with the stresses of football helped Tom Brady avoid being overwhelmed by the offseason Deflategate ordeal.
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Belichick: 2015 Patriots have 'our own story'
This year, the New England Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions. But Belichick doesn’t view it that way, at least not publicly.
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Brady: 'It's been such an enjoyable offseason'
Tom Brady cracks a "it's been such an enjoyable offseason” to laughter from those in attendance at the 2015 Patriots Premiere held at Gillette Stadium.
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Wendell moves on without retired O-linemate Connolly
Returning to practice for the first time after rehabbing from surgery, Patriots offensive lineman Ryan Wendell heaps praise on the now-retired Dan Connolly.
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Sources: Edelman healthy enough to play
Julian Edelman hasn't practiced since August 2, but sources indicate to Mike Giardi the injury isn't serious enough to keep him from Week 1.
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Safety or cornerback? McCourty's 'just gotta play'
Patriots safety Devin McCourty was not the biggest fan of lining up at cornerback last weekend. Will it last?
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Garoppolo ready for next opportunity to show what he can do
Saturday night marks the next chance to find out whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo is ready to handle a new set of expectations.
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Reporting from West Virginia: Big days for Brady, Butler
Mike Giardi reports from West Virginia with the latest from the Patriots final day of joint practice with the Saints.
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Bounce-back day for Butler in practice vs. Saints
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler looks more like a starter a day after a rough performance covering the Saints' receivers.
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Patriots-Saints notes, Day 2: Brady shines
It was all Tom Brady, all the time Thursday at the Patriots' joint practice sessions with the Saints in cloudy, comfortable conditions.
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Ex-teammates Moss, Brown have Brady's back
At Patriots-Saints joint practice in West Virginia, two of Tom Brady's former targets, Randy Moss and Troy Brown, talk Deflategate and its impact on the QB.
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Patriots-Saints notes: Gronkowski OK after scary moment
The Patriots and the Saints competed in the first of two joint practices on Wednesday morning at the Greenbrier resort. Here are some quick observations.
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Gray on weight: 'You feel lighter, you play a lot faster'
Losing three to five pounds might not seem like much, but Jonas Gray says it goes beyond the physical benefit. It’s mental as well.
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Tyms trying to make the most of chance with Patriots
Brian Tyms wants to prove there’s more to him than just the home run ball thrown to him against the Buffalo Bills last season.
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Brady gets start in preseason opener
Tom Brady plays the Patriots' preseason opener against the Packers at Gillette Stadium.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Tom Brady
Despite his increasing age and the Deflategate distractions, there's no question Tom Brady is the most important Pat heading into 2015.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski is healthy again: A healthy, uncoverable beast. And that's why he's one of the 10 most important Pats heading into 2015.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: The guards
The Patriots' offense didn't kick into gear in 2014 until they fixed the offensive line. Now they have to do it again.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: The cornerbacks
The Patriots won the Super Bowl in large part because of superlative cornerback play. Now it's a whole new group, and questions abound.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Jamie Collins
Jamie Collins is already one of the NFL's best linebackers. His attempts to improve make him one of the year's 10 most important Pats.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: The complete list
/Here's a look at the most important Patriots, counting down from 10 to 1. I went through my vast reservoir of contacts in the league and in the Foxboro offices to come to some sort of consensus./ /Okay, I...
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Dont'a Hightower
Dont'a Hightower is one of the backbones of the Patriots defense, and an important key to 2015 is his recovery from shoulder surgery.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: 'D' linemen
The fat guys in the middle of the defensive line are among the most important Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Julian Edelman
Talented, tough and a real weapon, Julian Edelman slots in as one of the most important Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Jimmy Garoppolo
With Tom Brady's status clouded in uncertainty, it's easy to see why Jimmy Garoppolo is one of the most important Pats heading into 2015.
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Ten most important Pats heading into 2015: Chandler Jones
First in a series identifying the 10 most important Patriots heading into the 2015 season. The tenth-most important: Chandler Jones.
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