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New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, left, grapples with tight end Justin Jones, right, during a field exercise in an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Develin’s versatility a plus for Pats at TE

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for full-time activity. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices. The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end so James Develin is getting another chance to show the versatility that has earned praise from coach Bill Belichick. “He gets better all the time,” Belichick said Wednesday. “It’s a little bit like a relief pitcher. He has a role, but sometimes you don’t know when that role is going to occur.” Develin played defensive line at Brown but, at 255 pounds, realized any shot at making the NFL depended on his ability to contribute in other ways. … 0

Siliga wants to stick with Pats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Sealver Siliga knows about trying to stand out in a crowd. The youngest of 11 siblings finally found steady work with the New England Patriots after being let go by three NFL teams. Now he’s part of a large group of defensive tackles trying to stay with the club. Siliga played … 0

Patriots secondary practiced together in Phoenix swelter

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had prepared for training camp. “You play football in whatever the weather is,” cornerback Logan Ryan said after he and his teammates scurried … 0

Brady seeking to improve in 15th training camp

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp Thursday. It’s the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo. All had plenty to learn. … 0

Gronk cleared for action at Pats camp

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first practice … 0

Pats headed to camp with restocked defense

Monday, July 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots’ defense struggled for much of last season. And that was before it faced the NFL’s best offense in the AFC championship game. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won 26-16 and piled up 507 … 0

Judge denies bid to suppress Hernandez evidence

Monday, July 14, 2014

FALL RIVER — A Massachusetts judge on Monday rejected a bid by lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from a cellphone and video surveillance footage taken from his home during an investigation into the killing of a friend. The former Patriots tight … 0

Jets’ Coach Ryan defensive about playbook tale

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Add yet another chapter to the long-running saga that is the New York Jets-New England Patriots rivalry. But, here’s a new twist: Rex Ryan actually defended Bill Belichick. Wait. Say what? Well, it started … 0

Pats’ Wilfork holds no grudges

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Vince Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon. Then he clashed with the New England Patriots about his contract. His future with the team — and in football — was uncertain. But there he was on a sunny … 0

Brady’s smarts jumpstarted stellar career

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady was a solid student as a rookie learning the New England Patriots playbook. The physical part of playing quarterback was tougher. “The reason I was a sixth-round pick was I didn’t have much ability,” … 0

Hernandez’s lawyers challenge search warrant

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FALL RIVER — Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are questioning the validity of a search warrant executed at the former New England Patriots player’s home. In court on Wednesday, the defense questioned a state trooper involved in the June 2013 search of Hernandez’s North Attleborough home as part of … 0

Pats’ rookie QB getting feet wet

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Forget all the talk of Jimmy Garoppolo being the heir apparent to Tom Brady. That’s what Garoppolo is doing. The New England Patriots rookie quarterback is more concerned with preparing for the next practice, film session … 0

With eye on future, Pats take Garoppolo

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots, casting an eye toward the future, selected Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with their second-round pick in the NFL draft Friday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be 37 in August and doesn’t appear near retirement, but Garoppolo, who says Brady is … 0