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CSN to deliver comprehensive Patriots Playoff coverage with "Drive for 5" programming

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CSN to deliver comprehensive Patriots Playoff coverage with "Drive for 5" programming

  • Early Edition, SportsNet Central, Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Patriots Wednesday Live, New England Football Night, Quick Slants, and other Patriots shows on CSN to give Viewers in-depth Coverage Throughout Patriots Playoff Run
  • Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Albert Breer, Tom Curran & Michael Felger to Headline Game Day Coverage Beginning with Patriots-Texans Matchup Saturday, January 14th
  • Pre-Game Live Kicks off at 6PM Saturday; Post-Game Live Immediately Following Game CSNNE.com to Provide Robust, Interactive, Coverage of Patriots Playoff Run

BURLINGTON, MA, January 10, 2017 - The Patriots host the Houston Texans on Saturday at 8:15PM at Gillette Stadium in a Divisional Playoff game, and no local station, regional network or national sports network is providing more coverage dedicated to the game and to the Patriots Playoff run than CSN New England. CSN will feature ongoing coverage of the Patriots in all of the network’s news and opinion programs, Patriots specific programs, and via live pre & post-game shows -- all under the title “Drive for 5”.

“We look forward to extending our robust season-long coverage of the Patriots into the post-season as the team continues their quest for another Super Bowl title,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager, CSN New England. “We are committed to offering Patriots fans a one-stop destination for all of their Patriots Playoffs news, analysis and opinion -- both on TV and online -- from some of the most influential and expert personalities in the marketplace."

CSN’s gameday coverage will be highlighted by Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers. For the Patriots-Texans game this Saturday, Pregame Live presented by Ace Ticket will kick off at 6PM and will provide a preview of the upcoming game with an interactive element with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will take an in-depth look back at the game and will also be an interactive platform for fans to weigh in with their thoughts. Michael Felger will host along with expert analysis from Troy Brown, Albert Breer and Dan Koppen, while CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi will report from inside Gillette Stadium. CSN will also televise a Halftime Live show both on TV and on CSNNE.com.

Throughout the Patriots Playoff run, each episode of CSN’s nightly studio shows will dedicate time to the upcoming Patriots matchups, including Chevrolet SportsNet Central at 6PM and Arbella Early Edition at 6:30PM which will focus heavily on the Patriots post-season. Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight and 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich and Felger & Mazz will also spend each week previewing the upcoming Patriots game in each of its episodes, and Sports Sunday will dig into each game on Sunday in its aftermath.

All CSN-produced weekly football programs will continue with robust coverage and previews of the upcoming matchup. Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Nissan (Wednesdays @ Noon) will continue to bring viewers exclusive coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady as they prepare for their next matchup. Thursday night’s New England Football Night presented by AT&T will offer Playoff focused episodes of New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire (7PM) and Patriots Football Weekly (7:30PM). Both Monday Night Patriots and Quick Slants presented by Papa Gino’s will take a look back at the prior matchup and break down all the best and worst plays on the Monday following the game.

CSNNE.com will keep fans engaged with up-to-the-minute news, daily video updates, on demand content and preview highlights. CSNNE.com’s “The Pulse” presented by New England Ford, will be the center for any and all social media chatter before, during and after each Playoff game. Halftime Live will also be the only exclusive online local halftime show in the region. Additionally, CSNNE.com will continue to feature both the live “Quick Slants” podcasts with Curran and Phil Perry as well as the “Ex-Pats Podcast” with Giardi, Koppen and Jerod Mayo. Fans are also encouraged to download the CSNNE app for access to real-time updates and Patriots news via push notifications.

CSN’s “Drive for 5” coverage is presented by New England Chevy Dealers.

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

The New England Patriots have some more space available on their practice squad.

The recent departures of center Tyler Gauthier and defensive back Nate Brooks have opened two new spots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

These moves bring the number of open spots on the Patriots practice squad to three. 

Brooks spent the last 13 weeks on the Patriots practice squad. His new head coach with the Miami Dolphins is Brian Flores, who was the Patriots' linebackers coach from 2016 through 2018. Gauthier signed with the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent but never played in a game for New England.

Huggins was signed by the Patriots last week but was released this past weekend when the team needed to make room on the 53-man roster to add kicker Nick Folk.

Reiss also reported Tuesday that New England worked out former University of Georgia defensive back Jayson Stanley.

The Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is their final road game of the 2019 regular season.

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NFL's latest 2020 salary cap projection is good news for Patriots

NFL's latest 2020 salary cap projection is good news for Patriots

NFL teams could have as much as $8-13 million more in salary cap space for roster building next season.

The latest projection for the 2020 salary cap was told to all 32 teams Tuesday at the December league meeting, and it could be as high as $201.2 million.

The extra cap space is a huge benefit to teams with important players to re-sign, including the New England Patriots.

The defending Super Bowl champions have several veterans to consider re-signing. The list is highlighted by quarterback Tom Brady, and it also includes safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, special teams ace Matthew Slater, left guard Joe Thuney and linebacker Jamie Collins, among others.

The Patriots are projected to have about $49 million in cap space in 2020, according to OverTheCap.com, although that number is based on a cap of $200 million. Two of the Patriots' rivals, the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins, could have as much as $100 million in cap space, per OverTheCap.

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