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Patriots will let Nick Folk kick for Week One

For Week One, Nick Folk won the Water Pik. The Patriots have promoted Folk to the active roster from the practice squad, making him the kicker for the opener against the Dolphins. The Patriots can then send Folk back to the practice squad and promote Folk for Justin Rohrwasser for next Sunday’s game against the [more]

What will Patriots offense look like with Cam Newton? Look to Tim Tebow in Denver

With Tom Brady out and Cam Newton in, the Patriots will be using a much different offense in 2020, because they have a much different quarterback. For now, no one knows what the offense will look like. A potentially significant clue comes from a decade ago, when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, then the head [more]

Peyton Manning expects big things from Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, Clyde Christensen

Tom Brady is playing this year for a coaching staff Peyton Manning knows well. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was Manning’s quarterbacks coach for his first three years in the NFL. Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen coached on the Colts’ offensive staff in various capacities for 10 years of Manning’s career. And Buccaneers offensive consultant [more]

Week One injury report roundup

The 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Chiefs and it continues with 13 more games on Sunday, which means that the 26 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until [more]

Xavien Howard, DeVante Parker ready to go for Dolphins

The Dolphins had five limited participants in practice of Monday and Tuesday, but none of them are in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Cornerback Xavien Howard was one of the five and he said last weekend that he wasn’t sure if he’d be ready to play after spending time on the physically [more]

Patriots give Stephon Gilmore a raise

The Patriots are taking care of one of their top players, without adding years to his deal. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Patriots are giving cornerback Stephon Gilmore a $5 million raise this year. He’ll now make $15.5 million, with another $2 million if he repeats as defensive player of the year. [more]

Cam Newton: Excitement level is on 1,000 for Sunday

Sunday is going to be a big day for quarterback Cam Newton. He’s making his Patriots debut and he’s returning from a long absence caused by a 2019 foot injury that cropped up after Newton spent an offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. Newton was asked on Thursday if he still gets butterflies before a game [more]

Brian Flores: I think we can all do better

The Dolphins announced their plans to remain in the locker room during the playing of both the national anthem and Lift Every Voice and Sing when they take on the Patriots Sunday in a video calling for social justice action rather than “fluff and empty gestures.” Head coach Brian Flores’ voice was one of those [more]

Different energy and leadership from Cam Newton could lift Patriots

I’ve picked the Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl for multiple reasons. First, they still have coach Bill Belichick, who will take full advantage of all of the various rules arising from the pandemic to get the most of out of this most unusual of seasons and who will provide a steady and determined [more]

Dolphins explain in powerful video why they will stay inside for anthem

The Dolphins won’t leave anyone guessing about their intentions for the national anthem before their season opener Sunday. They will stay in the locker room while Lift Every Voice and Sing, known as the black national anthem, and the national anthem are played. The team made a statement about social justice Thursday in a powerful [more]

Stephon Gilmore limited in practice with hamstring injury

Well, this isn’t ideal for the Patriots. On Thursday, the team added reigning defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore to their practice report. The cornerback was limited with a hamstring injury. He has not missed a game since October 2017 when he sat out three games with a concussion. The Patriots also added rookie [more]

Cyrus Jones trying to make a comeback after having open heart surgery

Cornerback Cyrus Jones didn’t play a down after being claimed off waivers by the Broncos last November, but landing in Denver wound up to be a very good thing for Jones’ health. Jones had a stomach illness after joining the team last year that he thought was related to being at high altitude. A trip [more]

Kyle Van Noy excited to face Patriots in Dolphins debut

Kyle Van Noy left the Patriots for the Dolphins as a free agent this offseason, but he won’t have to worry about hearing any boos in his return to Gillette Stadium. There won’t be any fans on hand for Sunday’s game between Miami and New England, which may make it easier to hear what players [more]

Tua Tagovailoa lands on injury report

On one hand, he fully participated in practice. On the other hand, he’s on the injury report. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was listed on the first Dolphins injury report of the year as fully participating in practice despite a hip injury. Presumably, it’s the same hip injury that he suffered last season at Alabama. (It [more]

Aqib Talib announces retirement

Longtime cornerback Aqib Talib announced his retirement Wednesday morning, despite what he said was an attractive job offer. The 34-year-old Talib went on IR for the Rams last October, and was then traded to the Dolphins to not play there. But he said that he got a call from “my guy, my big homie Bill [more]

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