Patriots

File-This June 17, 2014, file photo shows New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis reaching for a pass during NFL football minicamp in Foxborough, Mass. Revis, while with the New York Jets in 2012, called Belichick a "jerk." Now, it seems, they've made up. "We had a conversation about it and it's in the past," Revis said after joining the Patriots. Since then, he's seen a more positive side of Belichick.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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 yards, the most New England allowed in Bill Belichick’s 14 years as coach. So the Patriots stocked up on players to fix … 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 end has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of semi-professional football player Odin … 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 Thursday when a profile on Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine published on Sports Illustrated’s theMMQB.com … 0

Pats’ balanced offense can set a tone

Friday, January 10, 2014

One fact sticks out this week for the Indianapolis Colts’ defense: They’re not facing Alex Smith anymore. Smith played a tremendous game for the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday. In fact, his passer rating was the best of … 0

Tough-guy Mankins has his sights set on Colts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Logan Mankins got tough working with his dad on a cattle ranch in California. Getting kicked by a steer was just part of the job. And no reason to take a day off. That upbringing helped … 0

Colts are not expecting warm reception in New England

Thursday, January 9, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri has warmed up to those chilly New England receptions. Sometimes, he hears cheers. Sometimes, he hears boos. It’s all part of life as an ex-Pat in one of football’s fiercest rivalries — even for … 0

Blount part of Pats’ deep running game

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s first season with the New England Patriots started slowly. It’s picking up speed at the right time. The 250-pound bulldozer charges into the first playoff game of his four NFL seasons after a breakout … 0

Brady savors postseason

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl. Twelve years and four more NFL championship games later, the quarterback hasn’t lost his fire. He still shows it before games and after big plays by banging helmets with other New England Patriots. “I’m pretty emotional,” Brady … 0

Fletcher likely to spell Spikes

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The mantra of the New England Patriots when a player gets injured is “next man up.” This week that man will be backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. With Brandon Spikes joining three key defenders on injured reserve with a knee injury, Fletcher is likely to see a … 0

Patriots not taking Colts D lightly

Monday, January 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent. Such generosity rarely leads to wins. But the New England Patriots aren’t counting on the Indianapolis Colts being … 0

Patriots set to face Colts in divisional round

Sunday, January 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The bye week is over. Now the New England Patriots can focus on a major challenge. How can they stop Andrew Luck? The quarterback who brought Indianapolis back from a 28-point, third-quarter deficit to a 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card … 0

UM dunks RedHawks

Sunday, January 5, 2014

AMHERST — The truly best teams may never look past seemingly lesser opponents, but UMass had only to look back to last year’s game at Miami (Ohio) to get an idea of what to expect in Saturday’s rematch … 0

Patriots preparing with life of leisure

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Devin McCourty knows the 14 rookies on the New England roster will be facing a different game when the Patriots return from their first-round bye to play in the divisional playoff Jan. 11. It’s the sense … 0