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Patriots

Rookie guards learning Pats’ system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted in the fourth round and have a chance at considerable playing time at a position where the Patriots need help. They were … 0

Kraft introduces No. 1 pick Brown; mum’s the word on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on a platform in the middle of the field where Tom Brady … 0

Kraft says Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine and draft penalties

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said Tuesday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in using underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game, the players’ union … 0

Jets fined $100K by NFL for tampering

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the New York Jets. The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots, according to a person familiar with … 0

Obama salutes, pokes at champion Patriots

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a “huge distraction” and “media circus” over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. Obama recognized the NFL champions Thursday during a … 0

Judge strikes witness’ claim of paranoia

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez was paranoid, and had an irrational fear of iPhones and law enforcement, longtime Hartford, Conn., resident Alexander Bradley said Wednesday. In a lawsuit, Bradley has accused the former Patriots tight end of shooting him in the face. The men locked eyes for several … 0

Point-after changes are likely in 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the … 0

Film narrows slaying window

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors used video Wednesday in an attempt to establish former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and two of his friends from Bristol, Conn., killed Odin Lloyd in a four-minute window on June 17, … 0

Pats sign McCourty; Revis decision near?

Monday, March 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Devin McCourty says he’s returning to the New England Patriots for five more years. Cornerback Darrelle Revis could be gone. McCourty said that he’s happy to stay with the Super Bowl champions, telling Patriots fans on Twitter on Monday: “Let’s go win another Super Bowl...or … 0

Pats release Wilfork into open market

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New England Patriots are parting ways with prominent nose tackle Vince Wilfork, immediately making the 11-year veteran an unrestricted free agent. Wilfork, who restructured his contract last season to remain with New England, announced the news on … 0

The testimony focuses on Franklin ‘flophouse’

Thursday, March 5, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots staff member helped Aaron Hernandez find an apartment to rent in spring 2013, a Realtor told jurors Thursday at the former NFL tight end’s murder trial, providing the first testimony about the … 0

Colts questioned Patriots’ foot balls before title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after … 0

After killing, Hernandez knew endorsements gone

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would eventually be charged in. Azia Jenkins was called to the … 0