New England Patriots News
9-29-15: The New England Patriots looked like a team very much on a mission in week three, as they completely dominated the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 51-17. Tom Brady was near-perfect for the third week in a row, as he put up 358 yards and two touchdowns, while also hitting for his 400th career touchdown pass. New England was even better on the ground, as the duo of Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount teamed up for 115 rushing yards and four scores. The Patriots defense was also dominant, as they sacked Blake Bortles twice and recorded an interception as they kept the Jags out of the end-zone until late in the third quarter. New England heads into an early break as they rest up during their week four bye.
9-22-15: The defensive battle Rex Ryan wanted never came about, as Tom Brady did as he pleased for much of the Patriots’ week two battle with the Buffalo Bills. Brady lost a fumble late but was otherwise immaculate in a 40-32 win, as he put up 466 yards and three touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman were as good as ever, as Gronk caught seven balls for 113 yards and a touchdown and Edelman caught 11 passes for the second week in a row, while also finding the end-zone twice. Dion Lewis stayed active as well, as he totaled 138 yards and managed to score a touchdown. New England’s defense did have it’s hands full in this one, but pitched in by forcing Tyrod Taylor into three interceptions and notching a remarkable 8 sacks. The Pats will look to stay at an elite level in week three, when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
9-15-15: Tom Brady and co. didn’t miss a beat in the 2015 NFL kick off game, as Tom Terrific slung four touchdowns in a 28-21 home win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dion Lewis was the mini-star of the game, helping make up for the absence of LeGarrette Blount with over 100 total yards. Brady orchestrated an amazing passing display, however, where tight end Rob Gronkowski beasted out for three scores and slot man Julian Edelman burned Pittsburgh all night for 11 catches. It was an excellent start to New England’s title defense, while their defense even largely held an explosive Steelers offense in check until late in the game. Brady and co. get a much stiffer test come week two, when they visit Rex Ryan and the Bills in Buffalo.
9-8-15: Tom Brady is officially active for the start of the 2015 NFL season, as the NFL lost its case against the Patriots quarterback after it went to court. Brady’s four-game ban is no more, which means he’ll take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers when Ben Roethlisberger and co. enter Foxboro in Thursday’s season opener. Brady will have Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman at his disposal when he goes up against a shaky Steelers defense, but you can count wide receiver Brandon LaFell absent. LaFell was recently placed on New England’s PUP list and will miss the first six games of the year with a lingering foot issue. Danny Amendola will see more playing time in his stead, while backup tight end Scott Chandler could also be used more in the passing game. The Pats have a little more clarity in their running game, as the team parted ways with Jonas Gray in their final cuts and named the shifty Dion Lewis as their main passing down back. Brandon Bolden figures to start in week one and should lose a few touches to second-year back, James White.
9-1-15: Tom Brady looked rusty early in his week three battle with the Carolina Panthers, as he tossed two picks before rallying the Patriots to an eventual 17-16 win. Brady still hasn’t reached a resolution to his off field case stemming from #Deflategate, but should hear back on a ruling well before week one. It still looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be the man under center come week one of the regular season, and he looked more ready to assume control with a second straight solid performance. He could be greeted by Reggie Wayne in the starting lineup, as the recently signed veteran has been seen working with the first team offense in practice. The same can’t be said for speedy wideout Josh Boyce, who failed to impress in August and was the biggest member of New England’s early cuts. The other Patriots sitting on the fence will have one last chance to prove themselves this Thursday, when New England hosts the New York Giants.
8-25-15: Jimmy Garoppolo looked terrible a week ago. In his second preseason game, he had Patriots fans breathing a sigh of relief. New England probably is still holding out hope that Tom Brady’s ongoing court case will have his four-game suspension reduced, but for now at least his backup looks like he might be ready to fill-in. Garoppolo put up 269 yards and a touchdown in his second preseason game, while also leading an impressive five scoring drives to help the Pats edge out the Saints, 26-24. While things looked to be progressing in the air for the Pats, the same couldn’t be said for the ground. Projected starter LeGarrette Blount struggled mightily in extensive action, rushing for just 15 yards on 13 carries. James White flashed some ability with a score, but also struggled with just 2.6 yards per carry. Chris Harper and Brandon Gibson both stood out in the passing game, as Harper hauled in five passes for a score and Gibson racked up eight receptions. The two could continue to battle it out for one of the last wide receiver spots next week when the Pats take on the Carolina Panthers. One is likely a goner, though, as the Pats added veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne on a one-year deal on Monday.
8-18-15: Despite battling his four-game ban from the NFL, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still started the team’s first preseason game last week. Unfortunately, Brady dealt with largely backups and wasn’t able to impress in limited action. The story was much the same for his main backup and likely four-week replacement, as second-year passer Jimmy Garoppolo struggled immensely in his first preseason game. Garoppolo unfortunately had to work with the underwhelming Josh Boyce as his best weapon, but still took too many bad sacks and made several poor throws. Bill Belichick later suggested the young quarterback has a long ways to go before week one. Jonas Gray was a bright spot in New England’s preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers, as he busted through the defense for an impressive 55-yard touchdown scamper. New England’s first team defense also looked good to get the preseason rolling, as they kept Green Bay’s starting offense out of the end-zone and also stifled them on several fourth down tries. New England will next take on the Saints in New Orleans on Saturday night.
8-12-15: Tom Brady continues to hold the New England Patriots and the NFL hostage as he fights his four-game ban, while backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo prepares as if he’s going to be “the guy” to start the season. Garoppolo has reportedly looked “shaky” at times in practice, but will have to get ready for extensive action when the Pats hit the field for their first preseason game of the year against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. In addition to quarterback, New England still has to figure out what they’ll be doing at running back. LeGarrette Blount is still far and away the lead back for the Pats, as he’s been “the best” of the lot in camp. Brandon Bolden is the proposed leader for third down duties, as well, but still figures to get stiff competition from James White. New England made a mild roster change recently, as they dropped veteran quarterback Matt Flynn in favor of the stronger armed Ryan Lindley. The team also traded away linebacker Matthew Wells to get offensive guard Ryan Groy and also waived/injured tight end A.J. Derby.
8-5-15: Tom Brady is slated to miss the first four games of the 2015 NFL season, but he’s not going down without a fight. The quarterback and the Patriots in general have been mum about the ban, while the living legend is primed to take his case to court in New York. While Brady’s impending case is a mild distraction, the team is still figuring things out when it comes to roles across the roster. One role up for grabs is the third down specialist role left vacant by the departed Shane Vereen, with James White suddenly pulling in the lead. Head coach Bill Belichick praised White’s skill-set and suggested he could be the perfect fit for the job. New England dealt with an unfortunate situation on Tuesday afternoon, as wide receiver/return man Brian Tyms was carted off the practice field due to an arm injury. The injury is thought to be “significant” and could knock the specialist out for the entire 2015 season.
7-28-15: The league finally came to a conclusion on quarterback Tom Brady’s ban this week, as Roger Goodell and co. stood firm on the initial four-game ban. Brady’s suspension to start the 2015 season will not be lifted, although Brady is expected to pursue court actions in an effort to delay or eradicate the NFL’s decision. For now, it doesn’t look like Brady will play in the season’s first four games and that should put backup passer Jimmy Garoppolo front and center when training camp opens on July 29th. Garoppolo reportedly had a “good command” of the offense back in OTAs and will get ample opportunity during camp and preseason. Garoppolo is set to lead the offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in week one.
7-22-15: The defending champion New England Patriots have a lot of things to cover before they can think about repeating in 2015. One will surely be hearing back on quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension appeal. Scheduled to miss the first four games of the year for his part in Deflategate, Brady is awaiting word on Roger Goodell’s ruling on a recent appeal. That ruling could render the ban wiped away, reduced or untouched. If it isn’t wiped clean, Brady is expected to attack the league in court and the situation could leak into the new season, unresolved. Needless to say, what happens with Brady will be at the forefront as rookies prepare for training camp on July 23rd (veterans arrive on the 29th). Outside of Brady, New England will go to work to round out their defense, as they still have to account for key losses on the defensive line and in the secondary. On the flip side, Brady’s pending suspension should have a close eye on backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who could start the season under center.
5-4-15: Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are known for trading down and out of the first round. In the 2015 NFL Draft they didn’t do that, and it may have been the best decision they’ve made in a while. If you ask nose tackle Malcom Brown, the space-eater they took with their first pick, he’d tell you it’s the best decision they’ve made in the draft, ever. We can’t know if that’s true, but Browns was a killer value pick with the final selection of round one, especially considering he met a major need for the Pats and was arguably a top-10 talent. New England didn’t stop at Brown, though, as the rest of their draft was littered with value. Round two brought another solid value pick in safety Jordan Richards, and offensive guard Tre’ Jackson was another steal in round four. The only need the Patriots didn’t address was wide receiver, in an otherwise loaded draft class.
Round One - Pick 32: Malcom Brown, NT, Texas
Round Two - Pick 64: Jordan Richards, S, Stanford
Round Three - Pick 97: Geneo Grissom, OLB, Oklahoma
Round Four - Pick 101: Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas
Round Four - Pick 111: Tre’ Jackson, OG, Florida State
Round Four - Pick 131: Shaq Mason, C, Georgia Tech
Round Five - Pick 166: Joe Cardona, LS, Navy
Round Six - Pick 178: Matthew Wells, LB, Mississippi State
Round Six - Pick 202: A.J. Derby, TE, Arkansas
Round Seven - Pick 247: Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall
Round Seven - Pick 253: Xzavier Dickson, OLB, Alabama
The Pats came away with key additions or solid depth across the board, netting a whopping 11 new prospects via the draft. Catch them all below:
3-16-15: The New England Patriots have gone through a slow dismantling ever since winning the Super Bowl. Stud corners Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are now gone, while run-stuffing nose tackle Vince Wilfork jetted for the Houston Texans. The Pats also lost running back Shane Vereen, who fled to the New York Giants, while the team also isn’t expected to retain power runner, Stevan Ridley. While the Pats clearly will have some work to do on the defensive side of the ball, they’ve at least added some talent on offense via tight end Scott Chandler and wide receiver Brandon Gibson.
3-9-15: The Patriots knew they were going to be in for a tough off-season. Following their fourth Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Pats were in for some major roster moves, largely due to star cornerback Darrelle Revis counting so much against the cap in 2015. Of course, the team still hopes to retain Revis on a long-term deal heading into free agency. Doing so would go a long way in keeping their solid 2014 defense intact, while the team already took a solid step in that direction by re-signing safety Devin McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million deal. New England knows it will have to endure a lot of loss, however, as they’ve already parted with long-time nose tackle Vince Wilfork and aren’t overly likely to bring back Stevan Ridley or Shane Vereen.
1-30-15: In less than two days, the New England Patriots will look to win their first Super Bowl since the 2004 season. The Patriots have been to the Super Bowl twice since then, but lost both times to the New York Giants. While New England has been one of the best teams in the league every year, it has been 10 years since they could claim the championship. Any Pats fans hoping to get Super Bowl tickets to see the game live will have to pay a premium on the secondary market. The current average price for Super Bowl tickets is $9,484.37 with a get-in price of $7,087.
1-29-15: Super Bowl XLIX has become the Rob Gronkowski of Super Bowl tickets. Prices have been unstoppable on the secondary market since the end of the AFC Championship Game. While there was a small lull at the start of the week, the Super Bowl has spent most of the past two weeks with an average price that would make it the most expensive event of at least the past six years.
The current average price for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market is $8,051.21. That’s 91% above the average price of New England’s last appearance in a Super Bowl in 2012. That Super Bowl had been the most expensive on the secondary market until this year.
1-28-15: The Patriots fielded any and all questions relating to DeflateGate at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, and it appears that the controversy is finally taking a backseat just five days out of Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. Perhaps the team’s biggest headline on Media Day was from tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was his usual outgoing self around the dozens of reporters that piled in to ask questions during his hour of media time. The 25-year-old was flirtatious and modest and even recited excerpts from “A Gronking to Remember”, the failed erotica novel series focused on his skyrocketing career in the NFL. The Patriots will face the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, where they own a 1-point advantage in the latest lines released on Monday.
1-27-15: Another day, another tidbit of information comes out surrounding the New England Patriots and the weight of the footballs during the AFC Championship Game. All of New England would like to put all talk of deflated footballs behind them, but that could be difficult with Tuesday being Media Day. Patriots fans are likely tired of hearing about this and would like the game to finally start. For Patriots fans who waited on buying Super Bowl tickets, they could capitalize on falling prices. The current secondary market average price of Super Bowl tickets is $5,762.17, a 5.6% drop from yesterday. he get-in price has also dropped significantly, now at $3,299, which is down from $3,750.
1-26-15: The Super Bowl coverage has been all about deflate-gate, but let us talk about what has been actually going on with the Patriots over the last week. Tom Brady is dealing with a cold, but has not missed practice. Brandon LaFell and Bryan Stork are listed as questionable on the team’s bye-week injury report. Off the field, former Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner, who missed last year’s Super Bowl because he was suspended due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, is excited to play in this year’s big game.
1-23-15: It’s likely the Patriots and their fans can’t wait for the Super Bowl to kick off. The sooner the game starts, the sooner the Patriots can hope to put all the headlines surrounding deflated footballs behind them. Even while no one has been talking about the game lately, there is high demand surrounding ticket prices on the secondary market. The current average price for Patriots Super Bowl tickets is $4,833.25, which is 14.7% above New England’s last trip to the Super Bowl.
The get-in price is currently $2,395, which would also top Super Bowl XLVI for the most expensive ticket since TiqIQ has kept track of data in 2010.
1-21-15: While the Patriots are making headlines for non-Super Bowl related stories, fans looking for Patriots Super Bowl tickets will continue to pay high prices on the secondary market. Both the average and get-in price for Super Bowl tickets has risen on the secondary market. The current average price for the game is $4,427.92, which is up 12.52% over this time last year. At its current average, this Super Bowl would be the most expensive TiqIQ has tracked over the past six seasons.
The get-in price is now $2,125, which is up $268 from the conclusion of the AFC Championship Game.
1-20-15: The Patriots blew out the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, in the AFC Championship Game on
Sunday. Since center Bryan Stork missed the contest due to a knee injury, right guard
Ryan Wendell started in his place. Tom Brady, who threw for three touchdowns on
Sunday, became the NFL’s all-time leading passer in postseason history. Rob
Gronkowski, who caught a touchdown in the game, won the Comeback Player of the Year award last week.
1-12-15: In the first game of the divisional round, the Patriots made their greatest comeback in
franchise playoff history, as they became the first team to come back from being down 14
points twice to win a postseason game. New England was trailing by 14 points in the first and third quarters, but battled back to win, 35-31, behind four Tom Brady touchdowns and a trick pass play that led to a Julian Edelman passing touchdown to Danny Amendola.
1-5-15: The Associated Press All-Pro team was released last week, and Rob Gronkowski and Darrelle Revis were named to it. The star tight end was a unanimous selection to the team. He and rest of the Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs. The last time New England played John Harbaugh’s team, the Patriots were celebrating a 41-7 victory.
12-29-14: The Patriots sat several starters, including Julian Edelman and Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski, on Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Bills, as New England fell, 17-9. Tom Brady played the first half and completed eight of his 16 passing attempts for 80 yards before being replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo. With the loss, the Patriots’ 35-game home winning streak against AFC opponents ended.
12-23-14: The Patriots played an ugly game without Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount and Kyle Arrington on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, but they were able to defeat the New York Jets, 17-16. With the victory, the Patriots clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. With the Denver Broncos’ loss on Monday night, New England secured home-field advantage for the postseason.
12-17-14: The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 41-13, as they clinched their sixth straight AFC East title. Tom Brady threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the contest, and New England outscored Miami, 24-0, in the third quarter. In addition, Stephen Gostkowski passed Adam Vinatieri for the most points in franchise history.
12-9-14: Even with linebacker Dont’a Hightower out for Sunday night’s contest at San Diego due to a shoulder injury, the Patriots shut out the Chargers in the second half en route to their 23-14 victory. New England moved to 10-3 on the season, notching its 12th consecutive season with double-digit victories.
12-3-14: The Patriots’ seven-game winning streak ended on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers moved to 6-0 at home on the season with their 26-21 victory over New England. Tom Brady completed 22 of his 35 passing attempts for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon LaFell accumulated 38 yards on five catches, including both of Brady’s touchdown throws.
11-26-14: The Patriots scored in all four quarters on Sunday en route to their seventh straight victory. Tom Brady completed 38 of his 53 passing attempts for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Just a few days after New England signed running back LeGarrette Blount, he replaced Jonas Gray, who slept late. The former Pittsburgh Steeler ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-9 victory.
11-19-14: After playing three home games, the Patriots are ready to take on their road-heavy schedule. They were the only AFC East team with a bye week in Week 10, and they will now have four consecutive games against difficult non-divisional opponents. Those four games are bookended by road contests on Sunday night against the Colts and Chargers.
11-12-14: After playing three home games, the Patriots are ready to take on their road-heavy schedule. They were the only AFC East team with a bye week in Week 10, and they will now have four consecutive games against difficult non-divisional opponents. Those four games are bookended by road contests on Sunday night against the Colts and Chargers.
11-5-14: The Patriots headed into their bye week on a great note. They rode their 24-point secondquarter en route to destroying the visiting Denver Broncos on Sunday. Tom Brady threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Since the Kansas City Chiefs blew out New England in Week 4, the Patriots have been arguably the league’s best team.
10-29-14: Tom Brady continued his success against the NFC North, as he and Rob Gronkowski connected nine times for 149 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 51-23 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Before the trade deadline, the Patriots acquired linebackers Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas from the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively. The former Buccaneer was a part of the New Orleans Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV.
10-21-14: The Patriots were involved in a very hectic game on Thursday night as they hosted the New York Jets. Both teams scored in all four quarters, and Nick Folk had a chance at upsetting New England, but Chris Jones blocked the 58-yard field goal attempt. With yet another home victory, the Patriots advanced their record to 3-0 at Gillette Stadium and 5-2 overall in 2014.
10-14-14: Although New England did not score in the first 15 minutes, the team put up double-digit points in each of the final three quarters as Bill Belichick’s Patriots continued their dominance against the Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady, who was listed as questionable with an ankle injury, looked great on Sunday, but Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley suffered knee injuries.
10-7-14: After a week of the nation doubting the Patriots, Tom Brady finally had the team’s offense firing on all cylinders. He put up season-highs in passing yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating in New England’s 43-17 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. The 3-2 Patriots next travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.
10-1-14: The Patriots fell to 2-2 on the season after Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs blew them out at Arrowhead Stadium on Monday night. Tom Brady’s offense struggled all night, and he was even replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo in the fourth quarter. The backup quarterback threw a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski in the 41-14 loss. However, Bill Belichick said that there is no current quarterback controversy in New England.
9-25-14: The Patriots were expected to blow out the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but New England’s offense did not perform well. The Raiders’ game-tying touchdown with around one minute remaining in the fourth quarter was nullified by a holding penalty, and on the next play, Vince Wilfork intercepted Derek Carr’s pass to seal the game.
9-17-14: The Patriots bounced back from their season-opening loss by blowing out the Minnesota Vikings. Stevan Ridley topped 100 yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday’s 30-7 victory. Bill Belichick also registered his 200th career win as an NFL head coach. He brings his 200-106 record into the Patriots’ home opener against the Oakland Raiders.
9-10-14: The Patriots could already be panicking after their loss in Week 1, as they worked out running back Daniel Thomas, who is currently a free agent after spending three years with the Miami Dolphins. Coincidentally, the Dolphins outscored New England, 23-0, in the second half on Sunday to give Miami yet another home victory against Tom Brady’s Patriots.
9-4-14: The Patriots were very busy this past week, as they made two important trades. Last week, New England sent six-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick. Then, after Jimmy Garoppolo played all of Thursday’s game at quarterback, the Patriots traded Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans for a 2016 draft pick.
8-26-14: After scoring just six points in their first preseason game, the Patriots offense has come alive in their victories in back-to-back weeks. On Friday, they scored 30 points and defeated the Carolina Panthers by 23 points. Neither Rob Gronkowski nor Aaron Dobson was active, but Tom Brady still threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Stephen Gostkowski was looking good as he made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 60-yarder.
8-19-14: A week ago, the Patriots acquired defensive tackle Ben Bass from the Dallas Cowboys for cornerback Justin Green. Then, on Thursday, New England released veteran tight end Ben Hartsock four days after signing him. A couple days after James White received first-team carries, he only rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries in Friday’s 42-35 Patriots victory.
8-14-14: During practices, Tom Brady looks to be already connecting with receiver Brandon LaFell, who is ready for his first season with the Patriots. Although New England held Brady out of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Washington Redskins, LaFell was one of three Patriots receivers with multiple receptions. Ryan Mallett started in place of Brady and disappointed New England fans while rookie Jimmy Garoppolo looked a lot better in the 23-6 loss. On Monday, the Patriots removed receiver Aaron Dobson from the PUP list.
8-5-14: Last week, the Patriots looked to add some depth at quarterback. They reportedly worked out free-agent Brady Quinn, who had back surgery almost a year ago. They also re-signed rookie linebacker James Morris who they released on May 20. Unfortunately, after doctors inserted a permanent screw in Aaron Dobson’s foot this past offseason, it looks like he will not be able to play in Thursday’s preseason opener at Washington.
7-30-14: Rob Gronkowski has come along a lot quicker than many expected, as the New England Patriots star tight end has been fully cleared to practice with the team and is on target for a week one return. Gronkowski is tentatively expected to he held out for most (if not all) of the preseason this year, but has publicly stated he intends on playing “the whole season” for the first time since 2011. That’s music to every Patriots fan’s ears. Wide receiver Aaron Dobson hasn’t been so lucky in his own rehab, as the second-year wideout has reportedly regressed is his recovery from a foot issue. He has started training camp on the PUP list. The Patriots also lost wide receiver Greg Orton to a knee injury, although Orton wasn’t a lock to make the team. New England also snagged former Panthers running back Tyler Gaffney off of waivers. He tore his ACL in Carolina’s camp and will fight for a roster spot in New England in 2015.
7-15-14: The New England Patriots continue to take positive strides toward full health on offense, as star tight end Rob Gronkowski is even further along in his rehab from a torn ACL. The Gronk is now tentatively expected to be ready for week one of the 2014 NFL season. Wide receiver Aaron Dobson is also beating expectations, as he’s set to return from a foot injury in time for New England’s camp, which begins on July 23rd for veterans. Vince Wilfork is also on track to be fully ready for the defensive side of the ball. From a schematic perspective, newly signed receiver Brandon LaFell could have a bigger role than many suspected, as he could potentially take over Aaron Hernandez’s old “move” position within the offense.
6-5-14: New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski is reportedly progressing well from last year’s torn ACL, as he and the Pats remain hopeful he can return to the team at full health in week one. The Gronk’s health is certainly no sure thing as evidenced by injuries the past two years, however, which has prompted the team to take a close look at former Green Bay Packers tight end, Jermichael Finley. James Anderson is New England’s lone big name addition since the draft, as the veteran linebacker was brought on to increase competition in the linebacking corps.
5-19-14: The New England Patriots dealt with a lot of bad luck on offense in 2013, leading many to believe they’d start off the 2014 NFL Draft with a stud tight end or wide receiver. That wasn’t at all the case. Instead, they opted for help on defense. Let’s get a better idea of what the Pats did to get better on draft day as we break down their key selections:
Round 1. Pick 29 Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
Round 2. Pick 30 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Round 4. Pick 05 Bryan Stork, OL, Florida St.
Round 4. Pick 30 James White, RB, Wisconsin
Round 4. Pick 40 Cameron Fleming,T, Stanford
Round 6. Pick 03 Jon Halapio, OG, Florida
Round 6. Pick 30 Jemea Thomas, DB, Georgia Tech
Round 7. Pick 29 Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
New England ignored the media’s cry about tight ends and wide receivers, although it remains to be determined if they were right or not to do so. Regardless, they got a beast defensive tackle in Dominique Easley in the process. Easley was a legit first round talent and an arguable steal at 29 overall, but slid due to a knee injury.
The Pats then snagged rising quarterback prospect Jimmy Garoppolo, the would-be future replacement of Tom Brady. We’ll see over time how that pick pans out, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry under center.
New England didn’t make many huge splashes elsewhere, but did fill needs on the offensive line, at running back and in the secondary.
5-9-14: The New England Patriots entered the 2014 NFL Draft with some key needs on defense, while many speculated they could draft a tight end. With Rob Gronkowski (knee) on the shelf at the moment, someone like Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro would have made sense and probably would have pleased the fans. However, Amaro wasn’t even taken in round one, which shows the Pats can probably still snag a quality tight end in the second or third round. Ultimately, they went with defensive lineman Dominique Easley, out of Florida. Easley’s stock slipped due to a knee injury and the Pats took advantage of it, securing an athletic and versatile d-lineman to help patch up their often injured d-line.
4-28-14: The New England Patriots endured immense struggles in 2013, yet overcame countless injuries to win the AFC East and even advance to the AFC title game. To make sure they don’t repeat the same rough journey, though, they’ll want to address some issues in this year’s NFL Draft. With star tight end Rob Gronkowski returning from a knee injury and no one else behind him, tight end has to be something the Pats look to improve on in 2014. Landing a guy like Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro or Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins could really open up the offense. On the defensive side, the Pats could take a look at the safety position, while starting to think about left after Vince Wilfork at the defensive tackle position.
Tom Brady and co. will get their 2014 NFL season going on the road in Washington when they take on Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in week one of the preseason. Washington will also have new offensive weapon DeSean Jackson on full display, while the Pats will get to test out new star corner Darrelle Revis right away. The New England Patriots schedule brings it back home for solid matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers the next two weeks, before closing out the preseason on the road versus the New York Giants.
4-7-14: One of the biggest weaknesses for the New England Patriots in 2013 was an inconsistent defense, accompanied by a rash of tough injuries. With injuries being something that can’t be controlled, the Pats looked to fix their problem areas on the open market. With Aqib Talib jetting for Denver, New England made arguably the biggest splash of free agency with a one-year deal with cornerback Darrelle Revis, while also bringing in extra secondary help in Brandon Browner and Patrick Chung. The best work might have been in simply retaining some of their own top talent, though, as the Patriots held onto slot machine Julian Edelman and reworked defensive tackle Vince Wilfork’s deal to keep him in town.
3-21-14: The Patriots suffered through 2013 with an inconsistent offense, thanks to major turnover via injuries and departed weapons. Going into free agency this offseason, making sure Tom Brady had the right options to throw to was at the top of the list of things to do. New England made sure that happened quickly, as they re-signed slot demon Julian Edelman and brought in Brandon LaFell. While the Pats aren’t likely done improving their offense just yet, their biggest splash came on the defensive end, where they let Aqib Talib sign with Denver and actually nailed down an upgrade by landing stud corner Darrelle Revis on a massive one-year deal. The team had to part ways with stud run defender Vince Wilfork, but overall had a winning run in free agency. If their draft ends up being anything like their early work in free agency, New England should be as good as normal, if not better in 2014.
Tom Brady threw one touchdown pass and scored another on the ground to make things interesting late in New England’s AFC title game, but it was a case of “too little, too late” as the Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos, 26-16.
Former Patriots wide receiver rocked New England Patriots corner Aqib Talib’s world on a screen block, rendering him useless for the rest of the game. From that point on, Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas had their way with the Patriots pass defense, en route to 400 passing yards for Manning, as well as 134 yards and a touchdown for Thomas.
The Patriots oddly went away from their ground game in this one, as LeGarrette Blount went from rushing for four touchdowns and well over 100 yards a week ago, to a complete after-thought with just five carries for six yards. Much of that can go to Denver’s ability to stuff the run, but New England was still far too pass-happy, with Tom Brady attempting 38 passes and dropping back 40 times, total.
While their season didn’t end as they had hoped, Patriots fans can at least take solace that New England did as much as they could this year, despite numerous off-season casualties and injuries. Star tight ends Aaron Hernandez (released) and Rob Gronkowski (injuries) were mostly unavailable, while the Pats had to endure the loss of 75% of Tom Brady’s completions from a year ago. To be specifics, New England badly missed reliable intermediate options Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker in the clutch, and didn’t get a full season out of the injury-proned Danny Amendola.
Ultimately, though, many will regard this season as a success. Bill Belichick and co. were under-manned throughout 2013, yet they still finished 12-4, won the AFC East, nearly secured the top overall seed, and made it within a win of their second Super Bowl in three years.
1-14-14: Tom Brady didn’t throw a single touchdown and dropped back to pass just 27 total times, yet the Patriots still beat the visiting Indianapolis Colts easily, 43-22. How? LeGarrette Blount; that’s how. Blount continued his unlikely campaign, rushing for 166 yards and a whopping four touchdowns, while backup running back Stevan Ridley chipped in two more rushing scores of his own. The New England defense did the rest, picking off Andrew Luck four times to help seal the deal.
The win puts New England back in the AFC title game for the second year in a row, where they’ll head to Denver to take on the Broncos. It’s another epic showdown between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning after the two battled earlier in the year and put up a combined 65 points in an overtime clash that the Patriots won.
12-31-13: When week 17 ended, the Patriots didn’t have the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Instead, they had to settle for the number two spot, and had LeGarrette Blount’s huge 189-yard rushing day to thank for it. Blount also added two rushing touchdowns and over 100 kick return yards and he kept the Patriots locked into a bye and helped them earn their 12th win of 2013.
12-24-13: Tom Brady wasn’t amazing, but he threw a touchdown and played mistake-free football as the New England Patriots leaned on their rushing attack and defense to get a week 16 win. New England forced Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to throw two picks and sacked him four times in a huge 41-7 road win to help claim the AFC East division.
12-17-13: The Patriots clearly missed tight end Rob Gronkowski in week 15, as the offense struggled it’s way to a 24-20 loss on the road to the division rival Miami Dolphins. The Pats had a chance to win the game late deep in Miami territory, however, but saw a Danny Amendola touchdown be denied and Tom Brady’s final attempt get picked off in the end-zone.
12-10-13: The Patriots lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury and needed to overcome a horrible first three quarters of football, but were able to do just that in a thrilling 27-26 win at home. Tom Brady overcame a slow start to top 400 passing yards as New England earned their 10th win of the year and all but locked up the AFC East.
12-3-13: The New England Patriots could not stop Ben Tate in week 13. Luckily for them, the Houston Texans couldn’t stop Tom Brady, either. Brady threw for 371 passing yards and two touchdowns as he dug the Pats out of a 17-7 hole to finish off Houston on the road in a thrilling 34-31 win.
11-26-13: The Patriots committed three straight turnovers to start their week 12 matchup with the Denver Broncos, the exact thing they couldn’t do in a huge clash of elite AFC teams. They defied all logic in the second half, though, as Tom Brady topped 300 passing yards and threw three touchdowns to escaped a 24-0 hole and win in overtime, 34-31.
11-19-13: New England welcomed back versatile offensive weapon Shane Vereen in week 11, as the Patriots took it to the Panthers in Carolina. Tom Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown in the second half, but could not do so late in a 24-20 loss. Brady’s pass to Gronkowski on the final play of the game was wrapped up in controversy due to a non-called pass interference call, but ultimately the referees decided the pass was not catchable and the game was declared over, dropping New England to 7-3 on the season.
11-5-13: The Pittsburgh Steelers showed up for the first three quarters in week nine, as they entered the final quarter down just three points to the New England Patriots, 27-24. Then they lied down in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh would score just one more time, as Tom Brady and the Pats were flawless through the air, ending with a 28-7 run in the final period to give them a 55-31 blowout home victory.
10-30-13: Tom Brady threw a bad interception early to help dig the Patriots into a 17-3 hole at home, but the Patriots pounded the ball and scored two touchdowns on the ground to score 24 unanswered points to get the home win. New England ascended to 6-2 with the week eight win, putting them in sole possession of first place atop the AFC East.
10-22-13: The return of Rob Gronkowski wasn’t enough to stop the New England Patriots from losing their second game of 2013, as they fell to the division rival New York Jets in overtime, 30-27. Gronkowski was stellar in his return, racking up 114 yards on eight catches in his 2013 debut, but dropped a would-be touchdown late that could have won the game for the Pats, while showing clear rust throughout the day. Tom Brady failed to pass for a touchdown for the second time in three weeks and New England wasted a 21-10 lead to split the season series with Gang Green.
10-15-13: Tom Brady still has some heroics up his sleeve, after all. He needed some help from the New Orleans offense via some stalled drives late, but he got it and made his magic happen. With just five seconds left, Brady fired the game-winning touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins in the left corner of the end-zone, erasing two previous poor decisions on offense and giving New England a 30-27 home win and sending them to 5-1 on the year.
10-8-13: Despite New England being blessed with the return of slot receiver Danny Amendola, a feisty Cincinnati Bengals defense ended up being too much to handle. The Bengals were so good on defense, in fact, that they put an end to Tom Brady’s 52-game streak of games with a touchdown pass, while holding the future Hall of Famer under 200 passing yards and the Patriots offense to just six points on the day. To add to the horror, Brady completed under 50% of his passes, was sacked four times, and threw an interception in a game where his potential final heroics were arguably affected by untimely/unlucky rain late in the fourth quarter of a 13-6 loss.
10-1-13: The New England Patriots continued their unblemished march through the early part of their 2013 schedule, despite being severely under-manned on offense due to injuries. Despite yet again not having Rob Gronkowski or Danny Amendola at his disposal, Tom Brady tossed for 316 passing yards and two scores, while not taking any sacks or turning the ball over. Brady and co. needed every bit of efficiency in this one, as they held on late to stay perfect (4-0) and send the Atlanta Falcons to 1-3 on the road. Kenbrell Thompkins stepped up in a big way in this one, as he hauled in six of 11 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown. The New England rushing attack combined their efforts in this one, as well, helping to grind out the clock late while amassing over 120 total rushing yards.
9-18-13: In what was arguably the ugliest game of week two, the New England Patriots somehow hung onto a narrow 13-10 win against the Jets. Tom Brady was plagued by terrible drops, poor routes and shaky awareness from his wide receivers all night, as he had to endure a starting lineup that boasted slot man Julian Edelman as his top target. On Sunday, the Patriots will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
9-10-13: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were supposed to march into Buffalo and drop 40 points on the Bills. Instead, Tom Terrific didn’t really show up until the final drive, which culminated in a game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to give the Pats a narrow 23-21 win. Next week, the Patriots open up their home schedule with an AFC East clash against Geno Smith and the New York Jets.
9-4-13: Here's a full list of the Patriots final roster cuts: QB Tim Tebow, TE Jake Ballard, TE Daniel Fells, P Zoltan Mesko, DE Marcus Benard, WR Johnathan Haggerty, LB Mike Rivera, OL Luke Patterson, FB Ben Bartholomew, DL Gilbert Peña, OL Matt Stankiewitch, DL Scott Vallone, DE Jermaine Cunningham, DT Marcus Forston, RB George Winn, DE Justin Francis, LB Ja'Gared Davis, S Kannoris Davis, LB Jeff Tarpinian, DL Marcus Forston, OL Chris McDonald, DB Stephon Morris, WR Quentin Sims and RB George Winn.
8-31-13: Tim Tebow has been released by the Patriots. This preseason, Tebow completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 16 times for 91 yards.
8-20-13: So much for any concerns about Tom Brady's injury. The future Hall Of Famer put all those fears to bed last weekend against the Bucs, completing 11 of 12 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots improved to 2-0 on the preseason with a 25-21 win over Tampa Bay. Backup Ryan Mallett was also solid, completing 12 of 20 passes for 137 yards and a TD. Tim Tebow saw limited action at QB and was an ugly 1 of 7 with an interception. He did run the ball 6 times for 30 yards. Rookie DB Logan Ryan also returned an interception 53 yards for a TD.
The Patriots head to Detroit this week for a Thursday night match-up with the Lions.
8-15-13: Tom Brady injured his knee yesterday in practice after getting knocked to the ground following a pass attempt.
The team doesn't believe it's serious and an MRI on Brady's knee came back clean.
8-11-13: The Patriots opened their preseason with a 31-22 victory over the Eagles. Tom Brady led two 80-yard TD drives Backup Ryan Mallett was 9 of 18 for 97 yards. Tim Tebow also saw some action, but completed just 4 of 12 passes for 55 yards. He also ran four times for 31 yards.
8-3-13: The Patriots have signed wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei.
7-10-13: The New England Patriots enter 2013 with loads of questions marks for the first time in years. They still have their trusty duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, but have been dealt a litany of blows over the course of the off-season. Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead left in free agency, Rob Gronkowski is healing from back surgery and Aaron Hernandez is in prison. Needless to say, as elite as the Patriots have been, they could be entering 2013 on shaky ground for the first time in a very long time.
6-12-13: Tom Brady and co. enter 2013 with Super Bowl expectations, per usual, but will be heading down that road without the likes of Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd or Danny Woodhead in 2013. Welker is obviously the biggest loss, but in all, those three guys made up for a ton of New England’s offense, and all will be sorely missed. While the Patriots may miss some free agency losses, they could be eradicated by the gain of versatile wide receiver Danny Amendola. If Amendola can replace Welker and help open up the offense even more, the Patriots will look extremely smart, and could also be putting themselves in the position to get back to the Super Bowl. They also recently signed for Bronco and Jet, Tim Tebow. It's not known what role, if any, he'll have once the season begins.
2013 Patriots Draft Overview:
Round 2, Pick 20 (from Minnesota): Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss
Round 2, Pick 27: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Round 3, Pick 21 (from Minnesota): Ryan Logan, CB, Rutgers
Round 3, Pick 29: Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers
Round 4, Pick 5 (from Detroit through Minnesota): Josh Boyce, WR, Texas Christian
Round 7, Pick 20 (from Chicago through Tampa Bay): Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
Round 7, Pick 29: Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers
1-20-13: The Patriots bid for another AFC title and trip to the Super Bowl ended at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, who beat them 28-13 in the AFC Championship game.
1-9-13: The Patriots, once again won what is arguably the worst division in football, the AFC East. However with an improved defense and good efforts against other top NFL teams, one has to consider them as title contenders yet again. Tom Brady had another great year, earning his team a bye week as they gear up for the Houston Texans this week. The Patriots won 12 games and were undefeated within their division to no surprise. They have been comfortable at home where they have only lost twice this season and Sunday against Houston they will look to continue that winning trend.
12-4-12: New England has already clinched the AFC East title with a 9-3 record and also remains a perfect 5-0 in divisional games. With a marquee matchup on Monday Night against the Houston Texans it will be interesting to see how they fare against the NFL elite. Many will say the Pats benefit from a weak division so this week’s upcoming game will be telling. The Patriots will close out their season by playing three of their last four games at home.