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New England Patriots links 6/18/19 - How high are expectations for Jamie Collins?

New England Patriots links 6/18/19 - How high are expectations for Jamie Collins?

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK Touchdown in Israel III gets underway: Robert Kraft welcomed aboard Patriot players of past and present as they made their way to Israel. (2.08 min. video) Highlights: Patriots players had a friendly competition and spent the day playing paintball. (30 second video) LOCAL LINKS Karen Guregian thumbnails the top five new players she believes will have the most impact in 2019, beginning with the honorable mentions. Ryan Hannable counts down the 15 most important Patriots players for 2019. No. 15 Jamie Collins. Christopher Simoneau...
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Running the tape back to Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett’s first NFL sack

Running the tape back to Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett’s first NFL sack

On Nov. 8, 2009, undrafted rookie Michael Bennett hit home on Aaron Rodgers. Veteran New England Patriots defensive lineman Michael Bennett has had a hand in sacking 36 different quarterbacks over the past 10 regular seasons. As for the names of those quarterbacks? That’s where things get interesting. Each is linked to the three-time Pro Bowler’s career. They’re timestamps, in a sense, that can be traced back to dates, downs and distances. Robert Griffin III, Troy Smith, Christian Ponder, Mike Glennon, Case Keenum and Marcus Mariota are among them. So are Kirk Cousins, Ryan Lindley,...
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Patriots roster breakdown: FS Terrence Brooks

Patriots roster breakdown: FS Terrence Brooks

The offseason acquisition will provide depth on defense and special teams. The New England Patriots, who will be off until training camp starts in late July, currently have 90 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on August 31 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the summer, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title. Today, the series continues with one of New England’s offseason acquisitions. Name: Terrence...
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Almost-Patriot Michael Roberts has found a new home

Almost-Patriot Michael Roberts has found a new home

Report: Patriots’ trade for Michael Roberts falls through due to failed physical Last Thursday, the New England Patriots announced a new addition to their tight end group: the team acquired Michael Roberts from the Detroit Lions for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2020 NFL draft. A rotational player that caught just 13 passes for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns in his two seasons in Detroit, Roberts was expected to bring decent size and skill as a potential red zone target to the table. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Just one day after the trade was made official by both clubs...
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15 current and former Patriots join Robert Kraft on a trip to Israel

15 current and former Patriots join Robert Kraft on a trip to Israel

Related: Patriots owner Robert Kraft to receive the ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’ With offseason workouts behind them and training camp still more than a month away, the New England Patriots are currently enjoying their summer vacation. For eight current members of the team and seven Patriots alumni, this break from football includes a trip across the globe that started earlier this week: for the third time, team owner Robert Kraft has invited a group of players to join him in Israel. The journey was dubbed Touchdown in Israel III, and the traveling party includes Patriots offensive linemen...
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Which undrafted rookies have the best chances of making the Patriots’ roster?

Which undrafted rookies have the best chances of making the Patriots’ roster?

Will New England’s streak of undrafted rookies on the 53-man team stay alive? In 2004, the New England Patriots started a streak is active to this day: every single season over the last fifteen years, at least one undrafted rookie survived roster cutdowns to make the club’s opening day team. From players such as Ryan Allen and Brandon Bolden to obscure foot-notes in franchise history like Steve Maneri and David Herron to superstar cornerback Malcolm Butler, New England has a proud history of undrafted players. Will this streak be kept alive in 2019? With the Patriots having one of the...
Jun 17, 2019
Patriots reveal what their 2018 Super Bowl rings mean to them

Patriots reveal what their 2018 Super Bowl rings mean to them

Related: Watch the Patriots players react to receiving the biggest Super Bowl rings ever Earlier this month, the New England Patriots officially closed the book on the 2018 season: at a party at team owner Robert Kraft’s home, the club handed out the championship rings earned for beating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53. The rings are the biggest that have ever been created for such a purpose, but their actual value goes far beyond the 422 diamonds they have been made out of. “When I look at the ring, I think about the people that made this possible — starting with the guys...
Jun 17, 2019
New England Patriots links 6/17/19 - Caserio case continues; Predicting who’s primed for 2019 breakout

New England Patriots links 6/17/19 - Caserio case continues; Predicting who’s primed for 2019 breakout

Daily news and links for Monday TEAM TALK Paul Perillo and Megan O’Brien debate which newcomer stood out the most during minicamp. Erik Scalavino gives us the joint practice dates with the Detroit Lions. Angelique Fiske reports that with Monster Jam taking over Gillette Stadium this past Saturday, some Patriots and their families climbed up for a ride. Patriots All Access: Inside the ring ceremony; Minicamp recap; the state of the team heading into final break before Training Camp; More. (19.14 min. video) All Access One-on-One: Brandon Bolden. (3.02 min. video) Happy Father’s...
Jun 17, 2019
An upset Nick Caserio could spell trouble for the Patriots

An upset Nick Caserio could spell trouble for the Patriots

The Texans were blocked from even talking to the Patriots executive. The Houston Texans have ended their pursuit of Nick Caserio, so he is staying with the New England Patriots. This is obviously huge for the team, as Bill Belichick has said many times how important he is to the team. The saga got me thinking about Caserio, though: the job he does in New . England, and how the team might be effected moving forward. First of all, Caserio has an absolutely terrible contract. It’s wild to think that he can’t even talk to another team, as has been reported. You wonder if he was totally on...
Jun 17, 2019
Patriots roster breakdown: CB Stephon Gilmore

Patriots roster breakdown: CB Stephon Gilmore

Arguably the NFL’s best cornerback, Gilmore returns for another season as the Patriots’ number one. The New England Patriots, who will be off until training camp starts in late July, currently have 90 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on August 31 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the summer, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title. Today, the series continues with one of the best defenders in all of...
Jun 17, 2019
Three details we now know about Nick Caserio’s contract with the Patriots

Three details we now know about Nick Caserio’s contract with the Patriots

Related: Texans drop their pursuit of Nick Caserio On Friday, the Houston Texans dropped their pursuit of New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio. The story up to that point was filled with considerable intrigue, of course: the Texans parted ways with general manager Brian Gaine one week earlier, presumably to target Caserio for the gig. New England, however, did not answer a request for an interview and instead accused Houston of tampering. The entire affair ended within seven days, and with the Texans ending their quest to get Caserio on board; the Patriots dropped...
Jun 17, 2019
Rob Gronkowski remains active in the community even in retirement

Rob Gronkowski remains active in the community even in retirement

Related: Tom Brady sends message to high school student who missed graduation because of a heart transplant Rob Gronkowski’s playing days may be behind him, but the former New England Patriots tight end remains as present as ever off the gridiron. Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland found this out first-hand last week: the future Hall of Famer and his family paid a visit to hand over a $25,000 check that was raised through a raffle of Super Bowl tickets earlier this year. “We are very grateful for this generous donation. Gronk played the game with...
Jun 16, 2019
Patriots roster breakdown: SS Patrick Chung

Patriots roster breakdown: SS Patrick Chung

Chung returns as a key member of New England’s secondary. The New England Patriots, who will be off until training camp starts in late July, currently have 90 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on August 31 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the summer, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title. Today, the series continues with one of New England’s team captains. Name: Patrick Chung Position: Strong...
Jun 15, 2019
Patriots roster breakdown: SS Obi Melifonwu

Patriots roster breakdown: SS Obi Melifonwu

After a quiet 2018 campaign, can Melifonwu turn his fortunes in New England around? The New England Patriots, who will be off until training camp starts in late July, currently have 90 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on August 31 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the summer, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title. Today, the series continues with one of New England’s depth players in the...
Jun 14, 2019
Texans drop their pursuit of Nick Caserio

Texans drop their pursuit of Nick Caserio

Related: Patriots file tampering charges against Texans for attempting to hire Nick Caserio Exactly one week ago, the Houston Texans parted ways with general manager Brian Gaine — and New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio quickly emerged as the franchise’s top target to fill the vacant spot. Their pursuit of Caserio was not without controversy, however, as it led the Patriots to file tampering charges against Houston. Now, it appears as if the case has been resolved. As the Texans announced earlier today, they will no longer pursue Caserio: Statement from...