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Gronk promises he’ll play ; Dolphins ready

Monday, September 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. “I’m super excited,” said Gronkowski, who didn’t play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. “I won’t have to … 0

Patriots trade Mallett to Texans

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year’s draft … 0

Impressive tight-end debut

Friday, August 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he was traded to New England from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots gave up offensive captain … 0

Giants edge Pats in preseason finale

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale. Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play and the New York Giants capped their first undefeated preseason since 2006 with a … 0

Giants finish long preseason vs Pats

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of … 0

Patriots rookie QB, Garoppolo, gets start in finale

Monday, August 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get his first NFL start when the New England Patriots visit the New York Giants for Thursday night’s preseason finale. “It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some … 0

Pats roll past Panthers, 30-7

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s offense and the New England Patriots’ defense dominated the Carolina Panthers. Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the Patriots shut down Cam Newton and … 0

Panthers, Pats take different approach

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time for … 0

Brady ready for increased action vs. Carolina

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady left the practice field Wednesday and for the first time this season, strode through the locker room to the media room podium rather than making the short jaunt to the sideline to address reporters. … 0

LaFell getting accustomed to Patriots’ way

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as the … 0

Gronk joins contact drills

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. “If … 0

Penalty flags aplenty in Patriots win over Eagles

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles — 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their own … 0

Brady, Pats beat Eagles

Friday, August 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ other two quarterbacks each threw touchdown passes. The Philadelphia Eagles’ trio was plagued by turnovers. Brady’s scoring pass came after he threw an interception that Cory Williams returned 77 … 0