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Tom Brady: Patriots are close to being healthy

The Patriots won’t play this weekend. When they return next weekend, they’ll be closer to having something they haven’t had for most of the year: A healthy complement of players. “I think we’re getting as close as we’ve been in a long time,” quarterback Tom Brady said regarding the health of the team in a [more]

Robert Kraft “would very much like to see” Colin Kaepernick in the NFL

A full-blown collusion hearing is looming, with a climax that could be a cross between the trial in My Cousin Vinny and the Seinfeld finale. Barring a settlement with Colin Kaepernick, it will be time for a parade of witnesses and exhibits that could become a major distraction for the league. One key piece of [more]

Patriots sign Ramon Humber

The Patriots have added a new member to their linebacking corps during their bye week. The team announced the signing of Ramon Humber on Wednesday. The move comes a day after they activated cornerback Duke Dawson from injured reserve and waived a pair of players. It’s Humber’s second stint with the Patriots, although his first [more]

Passing stats are up around the NFL, but Tom Brady’s are down

Passing stats around the NFL are up across this board. But there’s one very noteworthy exception. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has seen his stats decline this season, and that decline is even more notable within the context of the overall improving passing numbers around the NFL. Brady is averaging 7.4 yards per pass this year, [more]

Patriots activate Duke Dawson from IR

The Patriots announced Tuesday they activated defensive back Duke Dawson to the 53-player roster. New England placed Dawson on injured reserve Sept. 6 with a hamstring injury. New England selected Dawson in the second round out of Florida in May. The Patriots also announced they cut running back Kenjon Barner and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby. Barner, [more]

Report: Dwayne Allen to miss a few weeks with a knee injury

The Patriots would be hoping to get a healthy Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup after their bye and it appears they have other injury concerns to sort out at tight end as well. Mike Giardi of NFL Media reports that Dwayne Allen hurt his knee in last Sunday’s loss to the Titans. Allen does [more]

Jets working out former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers

The Jets can’t help themselves from taking a look at former Patriots. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets are working out linebacker Marquis Flowers today. Flowers played part of this season with the Lions, but was released in early October. He had 3.5 sacks for the Patriots last year. [more]

Belichick on Brady blocking and receiving: Won’t do it an excessive amount

In the last three weeks, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has found himself playing other roles in the offense on occasion. He found himself in position to be a blocker against the Bills and Packers, although he didn’t wind up trying too hard to pancake anyone. Brady also caught a pass from Julian Edelman against the [more]

Julian Edelman might not miss any time with ankle

The Patriots missed receiver Julian Edelman in the four games he sat out while serving a suspension. They hope they don’t have to do without him next week. Edelman injured his ankle Sunday, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Edelman received “positive” news and is not expected to “miss much, if any, time.” New England [more]

Belichick says a little bit more about Sunday’s loss (but nothing about Dion Lewis)

On Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about the 34-10 loss to the Titans. On Monday, Belichick had a little more to say. Strangely, he had nothing to say about the comments from former Patriots running back Dion Lewis, who had the line of the day — and who also said [more]

Will other teams do to the Patriots what the Titans did to the Patriots?

From time to time over the years, NFL teams have illustrated the blueprint for beating the Patriots. Most recently, the Titans have done it. So will other teams try to do what the Patriots have done? It’s a topic that was discussed on Sunday by Rodney Harrison, Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico, and yours truly from [more]

Tom Brady on Dion Lewis: When you win, you can say a lot of things

Running back Dion Lewis made the move from the Patriots to the Titans this offseason and he sent a message to his former team after the Titans beat them 34-10 on Sunday. Lewis said “that’s what happens when you go cheap” and that he knew the Titans could “be physical with them and let ’em have it [more]

AFC playoff picture: Patriots take a step back

We’re so accustomed to the Patriots having a bye week in the AFC playoffs that it’s a little shocking to look at the standings right now and realize that this year, it might not happen. Although New England is still the overwhelming favorite to win the AFC East, the results of this week’s games show [more]

Kevin Byard wants Titans to avoid getting “caught up in the excitement”

The Titans handed the Patriots an emphatic beating on Sunday in a 34-10 victory that led linebacker Rashaan Evans to say that the team “took it to the next level.” It’s the Titans’ second win over a team from last year’s Super Bowl and one of Evans’ defensive teammates wants to be sure that the [more]

Mike Vrabel emphasized physicality, adjustments to the Titans

Titans coach Mike Vrabel knows a thing or two about how the Patriots do business. And Vrabel used that knowledge to get the most out of his players when the time came to face the Patriots on Sunday. “The biggest thing I told them is that we have to be more physical than the Patriots [more]

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