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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes against the Philadelphia Eagles behind a block by tackle Jordan Devey (65) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

LaFell getting accustomed to Patriots’ way

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as the Patriots continued preparing for Friday’s preseason game against his old team from Carolina. “Go from Cam (Newton), who’s doing his thing, he’s … 0

Gronk joins contact drills

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. “If I’m ready to get out there, I’m ready to get out there,” the Patriots’ star … 0

Penalty flags aplenty in Patriots win over Eagles

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles — 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their own impressive statistics by calling 28 penalties, with 21 accepted. They were merely following through on … 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