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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

Turnovers by Pats’ defense fuel rout of Ravens

Monday, December 23, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Something important was missing from the New England Patriots defense besides some of its best players: Turnovers. Not anymore. The Patriots’ injury-filled defense ended a two-game takeaway drought by grabbing four in a surprising 41-7 rout … 0

Pats smack Ravens, 41-7

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BALTIMORE — The New England Patriots put on a performance worthy of a division winner. Making it even sweeter was that it came at the expense of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, who bounced New England … 0

Patriots-Ravens: Many new faces, same old rivalry

Friday, December 20, 2013

BALTIMORE — Ray Lewis is retired, Bernard Pollard is playing elsewhere, and Tom Brady won’t have Ed Reed to kick around anymore. Much like the Baltimore Ravens, the New England Patriots have also undergone a radical transformation since … 0

Pats’ Mankins ready to play tackle again

Thursday, December 19, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick saw promise and versatility watching tape of Logan Mankins play left tackle in college. The New England coach now needs his stalwart left guard to duplicate those efforts more than ever. When starting left … 0

Brady hopes for improved performance at Baltimore

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s recent problems against the Baltimore Ravens came when they still had Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. They’re gone now, but the New England quarterback still expects a tough time against one of the NFL’s … 0

Pats’ Ninkovich not discouraged by missed chance

Monday, December 16, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ habit of trailing in the fourth quarter was bound to catch up with them. When it did, it cost them a chance to clinch their fifth straight AFC East title. Discouraging? Not … 0

Comeback bid falls short, Pats lose

Sunday, December 15, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — When Tom Brady’s day ended with an errant final pass, he hung his head, unsnapped his chin strap and looked up at the scoreboard, which summarized his frustrating afternoon. Dolphins 24, Patriots 20. A … 0

Patriots try to clinch AFC East crown at Miami

Friday, December 13, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The game hasn’t even started, and the Miami Dolphins are already braced for a comeback by the New England Patriots. AFC East leader New England has achieved come-from-behind victories in its past three games, … 0

Perfect 10? Pats can win 10th AFC East title in 11 years Sunday

Thursday, December 12, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots get their second chance this season to clinch the AFC East title. The Miami Dolphins can ruin that for the second straight Sunday. With the way the Dolphins have been surging, the … 0

Williams gets another chance with Pats

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — D. J. Williams finally has his packing strategy down. Now he’d like to master the Patriots playbook. The tight end has been cut three times in just over three months. And he’s with New England again … 0