6:51 AM EDT, Wed May 23, 2018
51 mins ago
NFL approves new kickoff rules, reviewable ejection procedures

NFL approves new kickoff rules, reviewable ejection procedures

The changes will be enforced this year. While the 32 NFL teams are holding organized team activities all over the country, the league's 32 owners are meeting in Atlanta to discuss a multitude of topics: The Super Bowl sites for 2023 and 2024 will soon become official, a new anthem policy might be right around the corner, all while David Tepper buying the Carolina Panthers has been approved by his now-colleagues. The owners also voted on some potential rule changes and the following two were passed: Playing Rule Proposal 12: Expands reviewable plays to include the disqualification of a...
1 hour ago
A Super Bowl in New Orleans is just about overdue

A Super Bowl in New Orleans is just about overdue

The Big Game will return to the Big Easy in 2024, and it’s about time. For years, I’ve been saying that there is no better site for the greatest sporting event in the world than the one and only Big Easy … New Orleans, Louisiana. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of American cities that are great for the Super Bowl. Miami and Los Angeles are right up at the top. Phoenix is pretty good too. So is Houston. So is Dallas. But New Orleans? It rounds out the very top of the list. There’s just something about the city that makes it the perfect place to host the Super Bowl. The weather...
17 hours ago
Patriots OTAs: Day two recap; rookies have to step up with several veterans absent

Patriots OTAs: Day two recap; rookies have to step up with several veterans absent

Note and musings from the first open OTA practice. No contact, multiple star players missing, and mostly teaching – but football is back, everybody! The New England Patriots returned to practice today for their second session of this year's organized team activities, the first one open to the media. We are therefore able to bring you a recap of today's practice session (all notes via the Twittersphere). Attendance 10 players were not spotted: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Malcolm Mitchell, WR Cody Hollister, RB Brandon Bolden, OG Joe Thuney, LB Dont'a Hightower, DE Trey Flowers, CB...
20 hours ago
New England Patriots links 5/22/18 - Brady has earned the right to skip OTAs

New England Patriots links 5/22/18 - Brady has earned the right to skip OTAs

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK Press Release: Patriots make two additions to coaching staff. Paul Perillo tells us how DB Keion Crossen caught the Patriots attention - by running a blistering 4.33 40 at Wake Forest’s Pro Day. Erik Scalavino doesn’t think Brady and Gronk missing OTAs should have a significant impact on either player’s individual preparations for the 2018 season. Andy Hart shares his way-to-early, pre-OTAs, eventual 53-man roster projection. /Enough disclaimers there Andy? John Rooke’s View from Above: Nothing to see here, move along...taking...
21 hours ago
Tom Brady skipping OTAs is noteworthy but not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things

Tom Brady skipping OTAs is noteworthy but not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things

The best quarterback in football remains absent from voluntary workouts. Yesterday, organized team activities opened across the NFL and some notable players were nowhere to be found. Among the group of absentees were the New England Patriots' two biggest stars in quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Both are expected back on the field once the mandatory portion of offseason workouts begin in early June but for now they have decided to sit out voluntary workouts. Brady's absence in particular – he is the only starting quarterback to skip OTAs – made the media rounds...
23 hours ago
Patriots, Rob Gronkowski might be close to new contract restructure

Patriots, Rob Gronkowski might be close to new contract restructure

The tight end could return to the field once its done. The New England Patriots kicked off their organized team activities yesterday. And while by participation again appeared to be solid considering that the workouts are voluntary, the two biggest stars on the roster were again not present: Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski continue skipping the voluntary portions of offseason workouts. Both are expected back when mandatory minicamp starts on June 5, but the question is whether or not the duo will return any sooner. There are no indications in Brady's case just yet, but...
May 22, 2018
Patriots lose long-time area scout Patrick Stewart to Eagles

Patriots lose long-time area scout Patrick Stewart to Eagles

Stewart spent 11 seasons in New England. The New England Patriots suffered multiple losses this offseason both on and off the field – Whether it is left tackle Nate Solder or running back Dion Lewis, wide receiver Danny Amendola or cornerback Malcolm Butler, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia or special teams assistant Raymond Ventrone, they will all wear different colors next season. There were more departures than those high-profile losses, however, as New England also saw some changes to its scouting department: After losing national scout James Liipfert to the Houston Texans three...
May 22, 2018
NFL expected to award Super Bowls 57 and 58 to Glendale and New Orleans

NFL expected to award Super Bowls 57 and 58 to Glendale and New Orleans

The Patriots have played Super Bowls in both venues before. Over the next two days, the NFL’s owners will meet in Atlanta to talk about a variety of topics including future Super Bowl sites: The ownership congregation will vote on two the host cities for Super Bowls 57 (2023 season) and 58 (2024 season) – but according to Sports Business Daily's Daniel Kaplan, the decisions have already been made before the vote takes place: Glendale will host Super Bowl 57; New Orleans will host Super Bowl 58. With the two cities to be confirmed later today, we now know the sites of the next six title...
May 21, 2018
Patriots hire two new assistants to their coaching staff

Patriots hire two new assistants to their coaching staff

New England adds to its staff. The New England Patriots' coaching staff has seen plenty of turnover so far this offseason: The team lost defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to the Detroit Lions and special teams assistant Raymond Ventrone to the Indianapolis Colts, all while adding former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema in some capacity. And while Bielema has yet to officially join the team, the Patriots announced two more additions to their staff earlier today. Let's take a look at the two newest coaches. Cameron Achord: Assistant special teams That Achord would join the Patriots was...
May 21, 2018
6 stories to watch as Patriots open organized team activities

6 stories to watch as Patriots open organized team activities

New England opens its third phase of offseason workouts today; here's who to watch. Later today, the New England Patriots will open their 2018 organized team activities. Over the next four weeks, the team will work on teaching and implementing early schematic concepts and taking the next step after the initial two phases of workouts. While not all players will be present at least early on, there will still be plenty of intriguing storylines to follow. Let's take a look at some of them. When will Brady and Gronkowski show up... While the Patriots' two biggest stars will not attend the early...
May 21, 2018
New England Patriots links 5/21/18 - OTAs: No Brady, no Gronk... no problem?

New England Patriots links 5/21/18 - OTAs: No Brady, no Gronk... no problem?

Daily news and links for Monday TEAM TALK Patriots re-sign OL Jason King, release rookie free agent WR Chris Lacy. Paul Perillo presents his scouting report on QB Danny Etling: The caliber of Etling’s passing impressed Nick Caserio and the staff. Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debate who will lead the Patriots in sacks this season. Angelique Fiske talks about James White, Kyle Van Noy, Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson, Derek Rivers and Harvey Langi visiting Children’s Hospital to make the perfect smoothies for patients. LOCAL LINKS Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend...
May 21, 2018
Tom Brady will reportedly not attend today’s OTA practice

Tom Brady will reportedly not attend today’s OTA practice

The quarterback remains absent. The New England Patriots usually have very good attendance when it comes to voluntary offseason workouts. This year, however, has been a bit different as two of the team’s biggest stars decided not to show up so far: Quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski both have not joined their teammates since the Super Bowl. While there has been little word on Gronkowski just yet (more on that in a second), Brady will remain absent as first reported by The Athletic Boston's Jeff Howe: Tom Brady will not attend OTAs today, per source. NFL Network's Ian...
May 21, 2018
You’ll probably guess where Bill Belichick lands on a recent GM ranking

You’ll probably guess where Bill Belichick lands on a recent GM ranking

As usual, Belichick comes out on top. The offseason might be the most quiet period on the NFL calendar but it is also the time for plenty of analysis, projections, and rankings. Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty, for example, releases his list of the best to worst general managers once each offseason – and this year's edition was published late last week. As has been the case every year since 2014, a familiar face sits on top of the rankings: the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick. Belichick, who serves in personal union as New England's head coach and general manager since 2000, is widely...
May 21, 2018
Patriots kick off organized team activities today

Patriots kick off organized team activities today

The team returns to the practice fields today. With the Super Bowl almost four months in the past, the New England Patriots' preparation for the 2018 season is already fully underway. Today, the team returns to Gillette Stadium to kick off its third phase of offseason workouts – the so-called organized team activities. And for the first time, the Patriots' entire roster consisting of rookies and veterans will practice on the same fields. As regulated by the collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to hold a total of 10 days of OTAs over the course of a four-week span. The...
May 19, 2018
Early Fantasy Football Rankings for 2018

Early Fantasy Football Rankings for 2018

What do you think of these ranks? Pro Football Focus released their top 200 rankings for the 2018 fantasy football season (PPR leagues) and there are plenty of New England Patriots on the list. I included their overall positional rankings, too. 18. Rob Gronkowski, TE1 Gronkowski is the top-ranked tight end in fantasy football, which aligns with reality. He’s given a second-round grade in these rankings, which sounds fair due to his injury history and the greater production upside of running backs and wide receivers. 51. Julian Edelman, WR23 Edelman is coming off a torn ACL and is...