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Rob Gronkowski feels “super ready”

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in his only offseason work with the team at their mandatory minicamp in June and he said at that time that working out on his own was “the best thing for me” to get ready for the 2018 season. It appears the approach worked. Gronkowski told former Patriot [more]

Edelman’s suspension was upheld by a truly independent arbitrator

Many fans and media members are conditioned to respond to news of the failed appeal of a player suspension by shrugging and saying, “What do you expect? The union allowed the Commissioner to be judge, jury, and executioner.” But when it comes to positive tests under the PED policy (and positive tests under the substance-abuse [more]

Julian Edelman to miss AFC title game rematch, Matt Patricia reunion

When Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator of the Patriots, he saw a lot of wide receiver Julian Edelman. Patricia, who became the head coach in Detroit this offseason, won’t be seeing any of Edelman when the Patriots pay his new team a visit in September. With the NFL upholding Edelman’s four-game suspension on Tuesday, [more]

Charges dropped in bomb threat case on Gillette Stadium

Prosecutors have dismissed charges against an Attleboro man over bomb threats made against Gillette Stadium due to doubts he sent the message in question. According to David Linton of the Sun Chronicle, the case against 26-year old Ryan Ringuette was dismissed on Friday. Ringuette was arrested last August while being engaged in a domestic dispute [more]

Julian Edelman loses appeal, will serve four-game suspension

An arbitrator denied Julian Edelman‘s appeal Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. That means the Patriots receiver will serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Edelman was found to have violated the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. His positive test reportedly was “triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable.” Edelman, who can participate in [more]

Jimmy Garoppolo surges past Tom Brady in NFLShop.com jersey sales

He didn’t appear anywhere within the top 10 tabulated by Dick’s Sporting Goods. But 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has moved near the top of the list in the official numbers kept by the league. Via NFLShop.com, Garoppolo occupied the No. 2 spot for jerseys sold from April 1 through June 23. Giants running back Saquon [more]

Bill Belichick says his heart goes out to his hometown newspaper

The murders of five newspaper journalists Thursday hit home for those in the business. It moved Patriots coach Bill Belichick to express his condolences. Belichick grew up in the Annapolis area and called the Capital Gazette his hometown newspaper. “My family and I have enjoyed special relationships with many great people who have worked for [more]

Tim Tebow named to Eastern League all-star game

It’s not exactly like the Heisman Trophy, but Tim Tebow has another honor to put on the mantel. According to Ethan Sears of the New York Post, the former NFL quarterback was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game, the top accomplishment of his baseball career so far. The 30-year-old Tebow is hitting .261 for [more]

Kellen Winslow’s bail denied again, with strange justification

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow apparently won’t be walking out of jail anytime soon. Via CBS8.com in San Diego, the Winslow was denied bail at another hearing Thursday. He was arrested on burglary charges, but after bailing out on those, was arrested again on a warrant charging him with kidnapping and rape of older [more]

Darius Slay, Xavier Rhodes, Aqib Talib join Richard Sherman for workouts

Aqib Talib turned down a chance to join the 49ers in a trade this offseason, but he’s working out with a couple of the team’s cornerbacks this week. Richard Sherman posted a video from a workout session that included fellow Niner Ahkello Witherspoon, Talib, Lions cornerback Darius Slay and Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes on Tuesday. [more]

Seven players get 99 ratings in Madden 19

The Madden 19 quarterback ratings that recently emerged were either subsequently revised or incorrect. The video game franchise officially has unveiled its players with overall ratings of 99, and the list includes not one but two quarterbacks: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The previously-leaked ratings had only Rodgers at 99, and Brady at 97. The [more]

Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady have best MVP odds

Aaron Rodgers has two NFL MVP awards. Tom Brady has three. Not surprisingly, the two are betting favorites for the official Associated Press MVP award for 2018, per Bovada. Rodgers has 13-2 odds, while Brady, who repeated as the top-ranked player in the NFL Network’s Top 100, currently is at 7-1. The top 17 players [more]

Jeff Hostetler once beaned Bill Belichick

After 18 years of dealing with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady possibly would like to “accidentally” hit Belichick in the head with a pass. If Brady ever gives in to that temptation, he won’t be the first one to have beaned Belichick. It happened in 1984, when Belichick coordinated the defense for the [more]

Julian Edelman decision should come soon

The Patriots should know fairly quickly whether they’ll be starting the season with or without veteran receiver Julian Edelman. If, as reported, the hearing on his PED suspension began on Monday, the PED policy requires a summary ruling from the arbitrator within three business days after completion of the hearing or receipt of the transcript, [more]

Tom Brady repeats as No. 1 player in NFL Network’s Top 100

The NFL Network built up the final 10 spots of its top 100 with a two-hour show that lacked any drama. That’s because the top choice was predictable . . . and the same as last year. Tom Brady, of course, repeated at No. 1 in the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2018 after [more]

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