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Former Patriots NT Lester Williams dies at 58

Former Patriots nose tackle Lester Williams died at his home in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday. He was 58. Williams played in 40 games for the Patriots from 1982-1985, including as a starter in Super Bowl XX. During his four-year career in New England, Williams made 39 solo tackles, 60 assists, five sacks, three fumble recoveries [more]

Patriots send Derek Rivers back home after Wednesday injury

Rookie Derek Rivers is one of the players in the mix for work at defensive end for the Patriots this season, but his chances of gaining playing time could be impacted by an injury. Rivers left Wednesday’s joint practice with the Texans after hurting his left leg/knee and Mike Giardi of CSN New England reports [more]

Tom Brady still not willing to give quarterbacks from other teams pointers

When the Patriots had joint practices two years ago with Washington, quarterback Robert Griffin III hoped to pick the brain of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady declined. With the Texans and Patriots spending a couple of days this week practicing this week in West Virginia, Brady spent some time visiting with Houston rookie Deshaun Watson. So [more]

Julian Edelman credits Wes Welker for inventing his position

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman does many of the same things in New England’s offense that Wes Welker did from 2007 to 2012. And Edelman says that if not for Welker, Edelman may never have gotten the chance. Edelman, who played four seasons with Welker, spent time with Welker again this week because the Patriots and [more]

Bill Belichick avoids saying he once worked for the Jets

Bill Belichick may be a Lord Voldemort-type figure for some in the football world, but it was another name that Belichick avoided saying during his Wednesday press conference. Belichick and the Patriots are practicing with the Texans this week and the Patriots coach was asked about his long relationship with Texans assistant head coach Romeo [more]

Tom Brady: Unfair to compare this team to past Patriots greats

Tom Brady doesn’t want to hear anyone say this year’s Patriots are as good a team as the ones that he’s led to the Super Bowl. Asked this morning on WEEI if the 2017 Patriots are as loaded a team as the five that won the Super Bowl, or the one that went 16-0 in [more]

Under Armour CEO steps down from American Manufacturing Council

On Monday morning, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council due to concerns regarding the initial response to Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia. On Monday evening, the CEO of one of the leading manufacturers of sports shoes and apparel did the same, but with far [more]

Belichick unfazed by joint practices with a familiar foe

The Patriots played the Texans twice last year, in Week Three and in the postseason. They’ll square off again in Week Three this year. But that gives coach Bill Belichick no concerns about practicing against the Texans during training camp. “I mean, honestly, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Belichick told reporters [more]

Patriots holding nearly twice as many players out of games as rest of league

The Patriots have long been proponents of joint workouts with other teams in training camp. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick may be using those snaps to take the place of evaluation he’d otherwise need a preseason game for. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the Patriots held 40 of their 90 players out of their [more]

Jerry Jones supported Roger Goodell after Tom Brady suspension

Jerry Jones might be “furious” over Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension, but he sang a different tune almost exactly two years ago when the league upheld Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension. While Patriots owner Robert Kraft criticized Goodell’s decision in Deflategate, Jones threw his support behind Commissioner Roger Goodell. “He’s got obviously a very tough job,” Jones [more]

Patriots sign DL Keionta Davis, release DB Dwayne Thomas

The Patriots announced the signing of defensive lineman Keionta Davis. They released defensive back Dwayne Thomas. Davis, 23, was a two-time All-American at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He finished his college career with 31 sacks, second in school history. As a senior in 2016, Davis was named a first team All-American after finishing with 10.5 [more]

Patriots fan pictured with Goodell: “I really don’t care for him”

The NFL published a photo on social media Thursday night of three Patriots fans smiling with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at New England’s preseason opener. That has led some other Patriots fans to rip the three on social media, saying real Patriots fans wouldn’t pose with Goodell, who suspended Tom Brady for the first four [more]

Patriots think their new “airkraft” will help team stay healthier

The Patriots responded to the increasing difficulty of air travel by buying their own planes. But their motivations go beyond convenience or expense. Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft said during a pregame interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub that he thought the pair of 767s — which they jokingly refer [more]

Jimmy Garoppolo not sure why he’s better in games than practice

Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got negative reviews for his work in an intrasquad scrimmage last week and said that he’d work with coaches to “diagnose what happened and what we could do to fix that.” Thursday night’s game against the Jaguars went better for Garoppolo. The Patriots offense got off to a slow start with [more]

Deatrich Wise left with head injury Thursday night

Fourth-round pick Deatrich Wise is among the Patriots players vying for playing time at defensive end in the wake of Rob Ninkovich’s retirement, but his push hit a stumbling block on Thursday night. Wise, who got the start after showing well in recent practices, appeared to take a knee to the head during the second [more]

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