7:10 AM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014
Patriots football journey: Jimmy Garoppolo

Patriots football journey: Jimmy Garoppolo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has proved to be a quick study on the field. That extends to off the field as well. One example came this week when Garoppolo, who grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was asked his favorite team growing up as part of the weekly “football journey” series. “Is this a setup?” a smiling Garoppolo asked in the days leading up to Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Boston Herald 6 hours ago

Patriots hope to turn ’em over

FOXBORO — When the Patriots opened this week’s game plan and flipped through pages of the Bears’ array of offensive weapons, it might have been natural to wonder, “How do we stop all of these guys?”And then they turned on the tape.The Bears’ remarkable ability to turn the ball over has neutralized...
New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston 9 hours ago

W2W4: Patriots key areas vs. Bears

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots host the Chicago Bears on Sunday (1 p.m. ET), and here are some of the key areas to watch: Easley on the edge: With starting right defensive end Chandler Jones ruled out with a hip injury, the likely replacement is first-round draft pick Dominique Easley....
Extra Points | Boston Globe 14 hours ago

Shane Vereen Among 6 Patriots Listed As Questionable Vs. Chicago Bears

The Patriots' running backs are dropping like flies. First, they lost running back Stevan Ridley (knee) for the season, and now, running back Shane Vereen (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Resetting Patriots practice squad

Resetting Patriots practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots filled the final two spots on their practice squad Friday by re-signing linebacker Ja'Gared Davis and also signing rookie receiver Jonathan Krause. Davis was waived Thursday so the Patriots could make room for linebacker Akeem Ayers, who was acquired in a trade from Tennessee. The 22-year-old Krause, who played at Vanderbilt, was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent. Krause (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) totaled 42 receptions for 714 yards and three touchdowns at Vanderbilt in 2013.
It Is What It Is | WEEI 18 hours ago

Adam Schefter on MFB: ‘It wouldn’t surprise me’ if Darrelle Revis does not start vs. Bears

ESPN’s Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Friday to preview the Patriots-Bears game and discuss other NFL news. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Darrelle Revis reportedly was sent home Tuesday after arriving late to practice. Coach Bill Belichick would not discuss the matter […]

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Boston Herald 6 hours ago
Rob Ninkovich forced to fill several roles

Rob Ninkovich forced to fill several roles

FOXBORO — With Chandler Jones out for tomorrow’s game against the Bears, Rob Ninkovich’s message is simple: Step up.“(Jones) is obviously a great player for us and it’s unfortunate that he has a little injury here,” Ninkovich said, “but I think guys are just going to have to step up. Me, myself, I’ll step up.”

Michael Irvin with Dale and Holley

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.

Say Cheese: Vereen Brothers Make For Adorable #FBF

Go ahead. Try to find a photo of NFL playing brothers who are facing each other as opponents for the first time ever this weekend any cuter!

Afternoon updates from Gillette

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits from the Patriots’ locker room on Friday: Browner feels difference from last week. Veteran cornerback Brandon Browner held court with reporters and said he feels more game-ready this week after four straight practices. Browner played 41 of 87 defensive snaps last week and said afterwards that he felt winded. On Friday, Browner explained that there is a difference between general conditioning and football conditioning.

Prediction: Patriots will beat Bears

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- I view this as a matchup between a careless team (Bears) and one that protects the ball with good discipline (Patriots). The turnover numbers reflect that – 13 giveaways for the Bears, just five for the Patriots. If the Patriots can protect Tom Brady, I see opportunities for the offense to move the ball and score points much like Miami did last week when Ryan Tannehill completed his first 14 passes of the game. If Tannehill can do that, I think the chances are good that Brady will exceed it.

Patriots-Bears: ESPN Boston's picks

Here's how ESPNBoston.com's experts see Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears (1 p.m. ET, Fox) playing out. What is your prediction? Leave your pick in the comments section.

Prediction: Patriots will beat Bears

The Chicago Bears should put forth a spirited effort because Brandon Marshall's postgame comments after Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins will likely galvanize the team. But Chicago’s penchant for committing turnovers (13 in seven games), combined with the New England Patriots' knack for forcing takeaways (tied for second in the NFL with 14) likely means the visitors walk out of Gillette Stadium as losers. Jay Cutler has committed multiple turnovers in three of the team’s last four outings, resulting in losses.

Adam Schefter, The Broncos are better than last year 10-24-14

Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears

Patriots Are People, Too: Casey Walker Is a Barber (and Wants To Be a Mind Reader)

Casey Walker was the team's barber when he was at Oklahoma, and says he's already freezing in Foxborough.

Bill Belichick cites Dominique Easley's versatility, instinct

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As the New England Patriots prepare to play without defensive end Chandler Jones, who is reportedly out for a month with a hip injury, the defense is turning to the next man up. Rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley, the team’s first pick in the 2014 draft, has battled injuries this season, but his versatility along the line will likely put him in a bigger role. Head coach Bill Belichick touched on Easley’s unique ability to play anywhere on the line.

Making sense of Patriots and Alan Branch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One of the more unusual occurrences with a potential New England Patriots free-agent signee has unfolded this week. On Tuesday, it was reported in multiple outlets -- first by the Boston Globe and then by ESPN and others -- that the Patriots were expected to sign free-agent defensive tackle Alan Branch. On Thursday, Branch had walked through the team’s locker room and cordially engaged reporters, saying he’d talk when given clearance from the club.

Patriots Player News

  • 7 Darrelle Revis

    Darrelle Revis

    Week 8 question marks include Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis and Lance Briggs

  • 5 Shane Vereen

    Shane Vereen

    Shane Vereen Among 6 Patriots Listed As Questionable Vs. Chicago Bears

  • 2 Tom Brady

    Tom Brady

    Prediction: Patriots will beat Bears

  • 1 Jerod Mayo

    Jerod Mayo

    Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

  • 1 Stevan Ridley

    Stevan Ridley

    Quick hits from Tom Brady

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