New England Patriots Wiretap

Bill Belichick 'Done With The Tablets'

Oct 18, 2016 12:50 PM

Bill Belichick will not try to use tablets any longer.

Microsoft paid $400 million to become the NFL's official tablet provider.

“As you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets,” Belichick said. “They’re just too undependable for me. I’m going to stick with pictures, which several of our other coaches do, as well, because there just isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the tablets. I just can’t take it anymore.”

Belichick went on a five-minute rant about the tablets, saying they don’t work properly when he needs them to.

“For me, personally, it’s a personal decision, I’m done with the tablets,” he said. “I’ll use the paper pictures from here on, because I just have given it my best shot. I’ve tried to work through the process. But it just doesn’t work for me, and that’s because there’s no consistency to it.”

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Patriots Release Jonathan Cooper

Oct 8, 2016 4:34 PM

The New England Patriots will release guard Jonathan Cooper.

Cooper, who was the 7th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, lost his starting job with a foot injury a few day into training camp.

Cooper had been acquired as part of the Patriots' March trade with the Arizona Cardinals in which New England swapped defensive end Chandler Jones for Cooper and a second-round draft choice.

Cooper had been working with the first unit at right guard through spring practices and into the third day of training camp, when a foot injury sidelined him. 

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Friend: Tom Brady Coming Back From Suspension Angry

Oct 7, 2016 2:03 PM

Tom Brady's friend and former Michigan teammate, Aaron Shea, believes he will come back from his four-game suspension with a vengeance.

The Patriots went 3-1 without Brady.

"I think Deflategate hurt Tommy a lot more than he'll let anyone know," Shea said. "We barely talked about the details other than a lot of f-bombs going back and forth. But now you've pissed off the GOAT [greatest of all time]. I grew up in Illinois, and if you got under Michael Jordan's skin, he would score 50 or 60 on you. This is only going to make Tom better. It's going to hurt the other 31 teams because Tom is healthy, he didn't have to take any hits the first four games, and now he's angry.

"I want him to stick it to Roger Goodell so bad. At the end of the year, I want him up there holding that Lombardi Trophy and taking it from Roger Goodell. Then I'd tell Tom, 'That's it, man, you couldn't go out any better than that.' It's just that every year he adds two seasons to how long he wants to play. He may play until he's 50."

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Terrelle Pryor Thought Patriots Would Sign Him In 2015

Oct 7, 2016 8:21 AM

Terrelle Pryor, who has emerged as the top playmaker for the Cleveland Browns this season, had a workout with the New England Patriots last season.

The quarterback-turned-receiver will face New England with Tom Brady returning this weekend.

I really thought I was going to be a Patriot," Pryor said. "I know Bill Belichick really liked me. I had a great workout for them and everything went really well. I really thought he was going to sign me."

Pryor called his visit last autumn to New England "phenomenal," but felt that Belichick wasn't ready to take the leap "because he just wasn't sure my hamstring was 100 percent healed."

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Hamstring Has 'Obviously' Limited Rob Gronkowski

Oct 6, 2016 8:47 AM

Rob Gronkowski has just one catch for 11 yards in two games since returning from a hamstring injury in Week 3.

Gronkowski's hamstring remains an issue, according to a source.

"How are you guys not paying more attention? This guy is not right," the source said. "That hamstring has not come along like they thought it was going to."

The New England Patriots have primarily used Gronkowski as a blocker, while limiting his route trees to areas near the line of scrimmage.

Gronkowski conceded as much on Wednesday, telling reporters the hamstring is "obviously" holding him back.

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Bill Belichick 'Was Kind Of A Geeky Kid', Not 'An Outlaw'

Oct 4, 2016 11:03 AM

A series of interview with coaches, players and other associates about Bill Belichick attempted to dig deep into how he operates and his psychology.

"Bill lived this game his whole life," said Bill Parcells. "Growing up with football in your life, that experience as a young man at the dinner table, is invaluable. He was educated to the nuances of the sport at a very young age. By the time he got his first job, he already had experience just from living it with his dad. I think that's where the foundation was."

"Bill likes creating the image of an outlaw, the tough guy," said a former NFL head coach. "I think he really relishes it. But who is he really? He was kind of a geeky kid. Not that athletic. A failed football player."

"His dad would take Bill to work when Bill was 9 or 10," said Phil Savage. "Things would get busy and Bill would end up in a room or a closet by himself with a projector and a stack of film, and it's like, 'Son, take these tapes and tell me how many times they ran split back.' And Bill just devoured it. He always saw video and film and the mental side of the game as the great equalizer for him."

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Tom Brady: It's Been A Long Four Weeks For Me

Oct 3, 2016 9:31 PM

Tom Brady returned to practice on Monday for the first time since his suspension began ahead of Week 1.

"It was great to be back in the building. It was certainly great to be back to work," Brady said during his weekly interview on Westwood One. "It's been a long four weeks for me, but I'm excited to get started on my preparation for Cleveland. I'm anxious for the week ahead. I want to get back out on the practice field. This is what I love to do and now I have an opportunity to do it."

The Patriots went 3-1 without Brady.

"I'm going to take it day to day. I haven't played in four weeks," Brady told host Jim Gray, when asked his expectations upon his return. "My teammates have been working their butts off and that's what they expect of me. I'll take the days as they come [and] I'll certainly need the practices to try to get on the [same] page as all the guys who have been practicing the last four weeks. But I'm really looking forward to it."

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Rex Ryan Doesn't Care Who Plays QB For Patriots In Week 4

Sep 26, 2016 8:21 AM

We don't yet know who will start at quarterback for the New England Patriots against the Buffalo Bills this weekend, but Rex Ryan doesn't sound concerned.

"I can sit back and say I don't care who plays quarterback, because [Tom] Brady ain't," Ryan said. "I don't care who plays quarterback. Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If [Bill] Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him, I promise you that."

Ryan made the comments after Buffalo's 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals -- the team's first win of the season.

Tom Brady has one more game left on his four-game suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb), who combined to start the first three games, are uncertain for the Bills game.

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Jacoby Brissett Sprains Right Thumb

Sep 25, 2016 12:07 PM

Jacoby Brissett suffered a sprained right thumb in the New England Patriots' Week 3 win over the Houston Texans.

Brissett started for the Patriots with Tom Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo injured.

The team is weighing its options on how to proceed with Brissett, but the injury is "not deemed to be a serious one." 

Garoppolo could potentially be healthy by then if Brissett can't play. Julian Edelman also knows the position and could have been used in an emergency on Thursday night.

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Rob Gronkowski Expected To Play In Week 3

Sep 22, 2016 5:48 PM

Rob Gronkowski has told teammates he's planning on making his 2016 debut in Week 3.

Gronkowski hurt his hamstring in August and has been a limited participant in practices since the start of the regular season.

Gronkowski could help Jacoby Brissett in his first start as a big target.

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Patriots Preparing Julian Edelman To Be Emergency QB
Jacoby Brissett is set to start after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 2.

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Patriots Pressuring Jimmy Garoppolo To Play Through Injury
Jimmy Garoppolo is still struggling to lift his right arm.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Jimmy Garoppolo Likely Out Six Weeks With Shoulder Injury
Jimmy Garoppolo will likely need six weeks for the injury to heal and has already been ruled out for Week 3.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Rob Gronkowski Out For Week 2 With Hamstring Injury
Rob Gronkowski participated in practice on a limited basis throughout the week.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tom Brady Recruits Wes Welker As Throwing Partner
Tom Brady is prohibited from engaging in any football-related activities with the Patriots.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Earning Praise For Mental Part Of Playing Tight End
Rob Gronkowski is known as one of the NFL's most physically dominant offensive weapons and for being a partier off the field but he also plays the tight end position at a high level intellectually.

Andy Benoit/Sports Illustrated

Patriots Didn't Adjust Offense At All For Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo showcased his quick release, pocket management and ability to run the Patriots' offense with efficiency similar to Tom Brady.

Matt Bowen/ESPN

Tom Brady On Patriots-Cardinals: 'Great Game To Watch'
Tom Brady complimented his replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, on a solid performance in the Patriots' 23-21 win over the Cardinals on Sunday night.


Chris Long: All Team-First Guys Is Big Part Of Patriots' Success
Despite not having Tom Brady, the Patriots went on the road in Week 1 to defeat a Cardinals team that reached the NFC Championship Game last season.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Roger Goodell Claims Outcome Of DeflateGate 100 Percent Accurate
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk rebutted the comments from Roger Goodell.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Rob Ninkovich Signs One-Year Extension With Patriots
Rob Ninkovich received a $1.5 million signing bonus and gets a $1 million base salary in 2016 and a $1 million base salary in 2017 as well.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Doesn't Travel With Patriots, Likely Out In Week 1
Rob Gronkowski was limited all week with a hamstring injury that he suffered on Aug. 15.

Mark Daniels/Providence Journal

Tom Brady Urges Players To 'Stand Together' In CBA Talks
Tom Brady is calling for NFL players to band together in the coming years during negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Eagles Trade 2015 2nd Rounder Eric Rowe To Patriots
Eric Rowe was selected in the second round of the 2015 draft, which was overseen by Chip Kelly.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Tom Brady Played Preseason In Helmet Without NFL Decal
The NFL shield is on the left rear portion of every helmet in the league.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Rob Ninkovich Receives Four-Game Suspension
Rob Ninkovich said he is devastated and shocked, and said he would never knowingly take an illegal substance.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Patriots Extend Matthew Staler's Deal Through 2017
Matthew Slater has been named to five Pro Bowls as a special teams player.

Field Yates/ESPN

Tom Brady Working On Plan To Stay Sharp During Suspension
Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2016 NFL season.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Barkevious Mingo Finds 'Culture Shock' Between Patriots, Browns
Cleveland traded Barkevious Mingo to New England late last week.

Adam Kurkjian/Boston Herald

Browns Trade Barkevious Mingo To Patriots
The Browns have traded Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

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