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New England Patriots tight end Asa Watson, left, grapples with defensive end Will Smith, right, during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 for shelter Sunday. Even if it’s 110 … 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. “It’s about making improvements and I think it goes from the guy who’s the newest … 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 today. “He’s been cleared to play,” coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. That’s welcome news to … 0

Patriots secondary ready for rematch with Broncos, Manning

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Denver Broncos tried to beat the New England Patriots less than two months ago by running the ball. It didn’t work. With a Super Bowl berth at stake in Sunday’s rematch, Peyton Manning figures to … 0

Brady savors role of the underdog

Monday, January 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been seven years since the Patriots were underdogs in a postseason game. So Tom Brady isn’t wasting a chance to embrace that role now. If that motivational tactic is good enough for the star quarterback, … 0

Patriots set their sights on AFC title game in Denver

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are back in the AFC championship game because of a dominant running attack and an opportunistic defense. Oh yeah, and Tom Brady, too. You know, the guy who filled in as the … 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