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New England Patriots links 8/15/18 - Brady ready for preseason debut

New England Patriots links 8/15/18 - Brady ready for preseason debut

Daily news and links for Wednesday TEAM TALK Paul Perillo’s Day 14 Blogservations: A scare for Dorsett. Andy Hart shares his camp notes from Tuesday: Tom Brady hoping to be ‘great’; Four members of the Boston Bruins stopped by the final training camp practice; More. Press Conference transcripts: Bill Belichick - Tom Brady. Angelique Fiske talks about how the Patriots and Bob’s Discount Furniture surprised kids in need with new beds. Boston Bruins visit training camp. (video) LOCAL LINKS Kevin Duffy says Tom Brady is ready to play for as long as he can, beginning with...
10 hours ago
History suggests Tom Brady makes preseason debut on Thursday

History suggests Tom Brady makes preseason debut on Thursday

As opposed to last week, Brady will likely see the field this Thursday. The last time Tom Brady was in a competitive in-game situation came against the Philadelphia Eagles on Super Bowl Sunday, a game the New England Patriots lost despite an otherworldly performance by its quarterback. Since then, the greatest passer of all time has only appeared in practices as he was inactive during last week’s preseason opener against the Washington Redskins. Whether or not Brady plays in week two is up in the air, but a look back at the last few years shows that he usually enters the field during the...
11 hours ago
Patriots roster breakdown: DT Danny Shelton

Patriots roster breakdown: DT Danny Shelton

The trade acquisition is projected to play a big role this season. The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Today, the series continues with one of New England’s offseason acquisitions. Name: Danny Shelton Position: Defensive tackle Jersey number: 71 Opening day age:...
12 hours ago
Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 110: Patriots rookies stand out in preseason’s first game

Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 110: Patriots rookies stand out in preseason’s first game

Tune in to the best podcast around! The New England Patriots mounted a comeback to defeat Washington in the first game of the preseason. Who stood out? Who took a step back? Listen to find out. The Patriots had a pleasant mix of veterans and rookies perform above expectations in the first preseason game and those players will likely get an opportunity to showcase their abilities with the first team units in the next preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. There were also some players that really did not impress and, unfortunately, we’ll probably get to see a lot of them, too. Alec...
13 hours ago
The Eagles billboard in New England is... clever, I guess

The Eagles billboard in New England is... clever, I guess

This was an interesting way to spend time and money. With the Eagles coming to New England on Thursday for a preseason matchup with the Patriots, an Eagles fan in Massachusetts decided to troll Pats fans about their defeat in Super Bowl 52. A woman named Gina Lewis, who lives in Massachusetts but has been an Eagles fan for years, had a billboard ad put up roughly a mile from Gillette Stadium that brags about Philly’s Super Bowl victory. Apparently the woman won a bet with her co-worker, and therefore he was required to pay for the ad, according to USA Today. It’s funny. It’s clever....
19 hours ago
Patriots training camp: Day 14 recap; Passing offense struggles with drops and miscommunication

Patriots training camp: Day 14 recap; Passing offense struggles with drops and miscommunication

Notes, musings, and observations from the Patriots’ 14th training camp practice. The New England Patriots were back on the practice fields again today for their 14th overall session of this year’s training camp. The practice featured a few injury scares, but hopefully everyone will be healthy and ready to return to the field. Let’s recap what happened: Attendance WR Matthew Slater, RB Sony Michel, RB Rex Burkhead, OT Marcus Cannon, and LB Harvey Langi were absent. (source) These are the same five that were absent yesterday. WR Kenny Britt, DE Trey Flowers, CB Duke Dawson, and CB...
Aug 14, 2018
The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2017: Number 2

The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2017: Number 2

Our offseason countdown continues with the Number 2 Most Memorable Patriots Moment of 2017. I better get a move on here. It’s Week 2 of the preseason, which means that we’re about to get our first look at Tommy B in 2018 and that coveted, all-important Week 3 matchup is almost upon us. Everyone knows that the third week of the preseason makes or breaks a team’s entire year, so I should really be dedicating all my resources to gearing up for that game. The good news is that we only have two to go, and then we’ll have officially completed our countdown. The list so far: 20....
Aug 14, 2018
Tom Brady ‘hopes’ to play for Patriots beyond 2019

Tom Brady ‘hopes’ to play for Patriots beyond 2019

New England’s passer is not yet ready to call it quits. Patriots Nation can take a deep breath and finally have some sort of idea of Tom Brady’s plans for the future. After the final episode of Tom Brady’s docu-series, that aired leading up to last years Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles, some Patriot fans were left with some question of whether or not Tom Brady would still be fully committed to playing into his mid 40’s, like he stated several times in the previous episodes. That speculation later continued when Tom Brady missed optional team workouts earlier in the off-season in...
Aug 14, 2018
New England Patriots links 8/14/18 - Will Patriots defense ever strike fear in opposing QBs?

New England Patriots links 8/14/18 - Will Patriots defense ever strike fear in opposing QBs?

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK Paul Perillo’s Day 13 Blogservations: Receivers had a tough time holding onto the ball during another rainy practice. Erik Scalavino shares his camp notes from Monday: Drops, slips dominate practice. Paul Perillo tackles this week’s Ask PFW Mailbag: Flores’ impact; Improvement up front; More. John Rooke’s View from Above: Don’t wave goodbye to the winning. LOCAL LINKS Karen Guregian states that quarterbacks don’t fear the Patriots defense, and the team has a long way to go to change that image. /My grandmother doesn’t fear the...
Aug 14, 2018
Ex-Patriots receiver offers possible explanation for Eric Decker struggling with drops

Ex-Patriots receiver offers possible explanation for Eric Decker struggling with drops

Andrew Hawkins took to Twitter to write about the challenges of adapting to life in New England. No position on the New England Patriots’ roster saw as much turnover this offseason as wide receiver. Injuries, free agency departures, and new additions have formed a position depth chart that includes few locks and a lot of players fighting for their roster lives. Among the latter group is recently signed Eric Decker, who was picked up by the Patriots two weeks ago. A proven pass catcher in the NFL, Decker came with plenty of promise to possibly carve out a role as a rotational and...
Aug 14, 2018
Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Eagles ahead of preseason Week 2

Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Eagles ahead of preseason Week 2

There’s five familiar names apiece for Thursday night’s meeting between New England and Philadelphia. There’s no Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount or Danny Amendola to account for this time around. But the list of roster connections between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles remains a lengthy one heading into Thursday night’s preseason encounter at Gillette Stadium, now over six months removed from the Super Bowl LII meeting at U.S. Bank Stadium. As things stand, there’s five apiece. Here’s a glance through the former Patriots and Eagles set to reconvene for the 7:30...
Aug 14, 2018
Patriots roster breakdown: DT Adam Butler

Patriots roster breakdown: DT Adam Butler

The second-year man needs to build on an encouraging rookie season. The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Today, the series continues with one of New England’s defensive tackles. Name: Adam Butler Position: Defensive tackle Jersey number: 70 Opening day age:...
Aug 14, 2018
Watch the sights and sounds from the Patriots’ preseason opener

Watch the sights and sounds from the Patriots’ preseason opener

Take a look behind the scenes of the Patriots’ first win of the season. Last Thursday, the New England Patriots played their first game of the 2018 season. While a lot of the team’s star players were given the day off and the battles for roster spots took center stage instead, it was still a relatively entertaining affair for a preseason opener: after all, the Patriots were able to rally back from a 17-point second quarter deficit to defeat the visiting Washington Redskins 26-17. One of the biggest roles in the comeback victory was played by running back Ralph Webb. The undrafted...
Aug 13, 2018
Patriots roster breakdown: OG Shaq Mason

Patriots roster breakdown: OG Shaq Mason

Mason is one of the NFL’s best players at his position. The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Today, the series continues with another one of New England’s offensive linemen. Name: Shaq Mason Position: Offensive guard Jersey number: 69 Opening day age:...
Aug 13, 2018
Patriots training camp: Day 13 recap; Passing offense struggles with drops and miscommunication

Patriots training camp: Day 13 recap; Passing offense struggles with drops and miscommunication

Notes, musings, and observations from the Patriots’ 13th training camp practice. The New England Patriots were back on the practice fields again today for their 13th overall session of this year’s training camp. The practice – a recurring theme for the team this summer – was again held in less then ideal conditions. Let’s recap what happened: Attendance WR Matthew Slater, RB Sony Michel, RB Rex Burkhead, OT Marcus Cannon, and LB Harvey Langi were absent. (source) Slater is a new addition to the list after being limited yesterday. WR Kenny Britt, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, OG...