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Taking a look at the nuttiest off-field story lines

The still-unfolding Antonio Brown situation seems like one of the craziest off-field NFL situations to ever happen. But there have been others. On Monday’s PFT Live, Simms and I drafted the most memorable of the most nutty off-field predicaments. Bottom line: Brown has a long way to go to match some of those who have [more]

Falcons trade tight end Eric Saubert to Patriots

The Patriots love bringing in tight ends, and they’ve added another. Eric Saubert was traded from the Falcons to the Patriots today. The Falcons are getting only a conditional seventh-round pick, which likely means they were about to place Saubert on waivers, and the Patriots, who as Super Bowl champions are last in the NFL’s [more]

Tom Brady would prefer not to change helmets, but knows it’s a rule

Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is not the only NFL star who’s being forced to change helmets this season. Just the only one who’s threatening to quit football over it. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has also been forced to change helmets this season as the NFL eliminates certain helmet models that haven’t passed the rigorous [more]

Tom Brady: Feelings about no 2020 franchise tag aren’t for others to know

In addition to giving him a raise for the 2019 season, the new deal that quarterback Tom Brady signed with the Patriots allows him a path to free agency in 2020 by voiding the final two years of the deal at the end of the 2019 league year and barring the Patriots from using the [more]

Tom Brady: Don’t read anything into putting my house on market

Shortly after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady agreed to a new contract with the team that provided a path to free agency in 2020, there was word that he put his Brookline house on the market for $39.5 million. If one wanted to connect the two things, one could find that Brady was preparing for a [more]

Lions activate Trey Flowers from PUP list

The Lions finally will be getting at practice their biggest free-agent acquisition. Former Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team announced on Saturday. Flowers signed a five-year, $90 million deal to make the leap from the Patriots to the Lions. He had a minor shoulder [more]

Bill Belichick mum on whether Jerod Mayo is calling defensive plays

It may be the preseason, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick already is in midseason stonewalling form. Asked Friday by Tom Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com whether newly-arrived defensive assistant Jerod Mayo is calling the defensive plays, Belichick answered with a non-answer. “We’ll always do what we feel is best for the football team, Tom,” Belichick said. “That’s [more]

Jarrett Stidham looks good in Patriots debut

Brian Hoyer is still standing there, so the Patriots have a backup quarterback they can trust to a certain degree. But the next project had a good debut, with rookie Jarrett Stidham turning in a solid performance in the opener against the Lions. The fourth-round rookie was 14-of-24 for 179 yards and a touchdown, and but [more]

Jakobi Meyers boosts his stock in preseason debut

Undrafted rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has been one of the stars of Patriots training camp, but there have often been players who draw positive reviews in practice before failing to see it carry over to games. Meyers did not have that problem against the Lions on Thursday night. The rookie caught six passes for [more]

Jermaine Kearse suffers broken leg

It didn’t look good when it happened, and it isn’t good. Lions receiver Jermaine Kearse suffered a broken leg early in the first quarter of Detroit’s preseason opener, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL. Kearse also reportedly has suffered “associated injuries” to his ankle. The 29-year-old Kearse surely will be out for a while. [more]

Jermaine Kearse carted off with leg injury

The preseason has begun, which means that the significant injuries also will begin. Lions receiver Jermaine Kearse has been carted off with a lower leg injury, early in the first quarter of the game between New England and Detroit. A defensive player fell into Kearse from behind while he was blocking on a running play. [more]

As Stephen Ross catches flak for supporting the President, who’s next?

An anonymous quote given to four different publications didn’t work. An on-the-record statement with more holes than his team’s roster didn’t work, either. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross finds himself on the receiving end of extensive criticism from Dolphins players, Dolphins fans, and customers of two businesses he owns (SoulCycle and Equinox) for his planned fundraiser [more]

Tom Brady not expected to play in preseason opener

Tom Brady has seen plenty of the Lions already this week, getting significant work during joint practices. So there’s no point in risking him tomorrow. According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the venerable (which is the nice way of saying old) quarterback will not play in the preseason opener. That’s fairly #asexpected, since [more]

Devin McCourty uncertain of his future beyond this season

The Patriots made Devin McCourty a first-round draft choice in 2010. Still, the safety faced long odds to play as long as long as he’s played. “It was always a goal – once I got into the league – to play 10 years, so it means a lot,” McCourty said, via Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com. [more]

Sam Darnold: Tom Brady’s where I want to be, I can’t give him anything

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received good wishes from many people when he turned 42 years old on August 3, but none came from one of the quarterbacks chasing him in the AFC East. Sam Darnold was asked to take part in a video with other NFL players wishing Brady happy returns, but he declined to [more]

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