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LeGarrette Blount Sentenced To Community Service For Pot Possession

Dec 10, 2014 11:06 AM

LeGarrette Blount was sentenced to 50 hours of community service on Wednesday for a marijuana possession charge.

Blount was a passenger in teammate Le'Veon Bell's car when a Ross police officer pulled them over on McKnight Road on Aug. 20. Bell also was charged with possession.

Blount was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers last month and now plays for the New England Patriots.

Tribune-Review

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Aaron Dobson Placed On IR With Hamstring Injury

Dec 4, 2014 3:55 PM

The New England Patriots will place Aaron Dobson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Dobson has battled various injuries since being selected in the second round of last year's draft.

Dobson has amassed just 38 yards off three catches over 57 snaps this season.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

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Revis, Tate, Peppers, Ware Ranked As Best Offseason Acquisitions

Dec 4, 2014 2:18 PM

Darrelle Revis, Golden Tate, Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware and Justin Forsett are ranked as the top offseason acquisitions of 2014 by Mike Sando.

Revis has re-established himself as one of the best corners in the league and currently ranks second in Pro Football Focus grading at the position. The Patriots acquired him for a $7 million cap charge this season.

Emmanuel Sanders, Darren Sproles, Steve Smith, Brandon Flowers and Jared Veldheer are ranked 6-10.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, IQ

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Belichick, Kraft Listed As Potential Witnesses For Hernandez's Trial

Dec 1, 2014 2:32 PM

Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are listed as possible witnesses by prosecutors as Aaron Hernandez faces an upcoming murder trial.

Hernandez's lawyers are asking prosecutors to pare down their list of more than 300 witnesses in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.

AP

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Mike Daniels: Gronk Is Like The Terminator

Dec 1, 2014 1:13 PM

Mike Daniels, defensive tackle of the Green Bay Packers, was thrilled that his team defeated Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots.

“That’s a Hall of Fame quarterback right there, and their tight end is like the Terminator.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers

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Belichick: Brady, Rodgers Both Wear Number 12

Nov 26, 2014 10:34 AM

Bill Belichick was asked if he sees any similarities between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady during his Wednesday press conference ahead of this week's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

"They both wear number 12," deadpanned Belichick before walking off. 

Rodgers has never started a game against the Patriots.

Belichick's response: "It is what it is. Whatever hasn't happened, hasn't happened. I don't really worry about it." 

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers

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LeGarrette Blount Signs With Patriots On Two-Year Deal

Nov 20, 2014 11:31 AM

LeGarrette Blount agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source.

Blount was released this week by the Pittsburgh Steelers after leaving the field before their game on Monday was over.

Blount rushed for nearly 800 yards in 2013 before signing a two-year, $3.85 million deal with the Steelers in March.

Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden are scheduled for free agency this offseason.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Belichick Improves To 100 Games Over .500

Nov 17, 2014 12:50 PM

Bill Belichick now has a career record of 207-107, which puts him at 100 games over .500 for the first time in his career.

Including the playoffs, Belichick is 110 games over .500 with a mark of 226-116.

For the record, the top five in career wins, including playoffs: Don Shula 347, George Halas 324, Tom Landry 270, Curly Lambeau 229, Belichick 226.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: New England Patriots, IQ, Personal Award

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Belichick: Jonas Gray's Game Is What We Saw In Week 11

Nov 17, 2014 12:48 PM

Jonas Gray had 38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the New England Patriots' win at the Indianapolis Colts.

Gray was on the Patriots' practice squad for the first six weeks of the season, which meant he could have been claimed and signed by any team.

“Obviously we didn’t want to expose him like that, but we did what we felt was best,” Bill Belichick said.

“Real productive player at Notre Dame who had a knee injury,” Belichick said. “Smart. Runs hard. His game is what we saw tonight.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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Brady Living Healthier To Maximize Longevity Of Career

Nov 10, 2014 1:31 PM

Tom Brady is determined to extend his career by as many seasons as possible as he is firmly in his late thirties at 37.

"I love the game and I want to do it for a long time, but I also know that if I want to do it for a long time I have to do things differently than guys have always done it," Brady said during his Monday morning interview with Boston sports radio WEEI. "Because you hear stories of people when they get older, this declines and this declines and I don’t really believe those things. So I have to take a different approach. 

"Strength training and conditioning and how I really treat my body, it’s important to me because there is nothing else I enjoy like playing football." 

Brady was asked about what he does differently from other players to ensure that he keeps on trucking along through his NFL career. 

"I’m not sure what those other guys really do," Brady said. "I do go to bed very early, because I’m up very early. I think that the decisions that I make are always, they always probably center around performance enhancement, if that makes sense. 

"So whether that is what I eat or what decisions I make or whether I drink or don’t drink, it’s always football centric. I want to be the best I can be every day. I want to be the best I can be every week. I want to be the best I can be for my teammates." 

Brady knows he can’t live it up the way he did when he was younger. 

"The 25-year-old Tom Brady had a great time. I probably wouldn’t change much in those days," Brady said. "It was a different time than it is now, because there’s so much attention now and I don’t know how these young players do it. 

"It was kind of fast and loose back then. I was still a responsible person. I’ve always had a certain responsibility that I’ve always felt. I’d say more so now, obviously when you have a wife and kids, your life transitions into other things. It’s simplified now in a lot of ways in that now it’s just football and being with my family -- the most important stuff. I wouldn’t change anything when I was 25, I just wish it would have lasted a little longer."

Lee Schechter/ESPN

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Gronkowski: I Like Scoring Touchdowns For Sure
Rob Gronkowski has already scored 49 in his career.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Darrelle Revis Sent Home From Practice For Being Late
Darrelle Revis was sent home from the Patriots' practice on Tuesday by Bill Belichick after beng late.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Chandler Jones Out One Month With Hip Injury
Chandler Jones has 4.5 sacks over six games this season.

R.J. White/CBS sports

Patriots Evaluating Roster Moves Following Season-Ending Injuries
Bill Belichick explained the roster-building process and how to look at depth at positions.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Jerod Mayo Out For Season With Lower Leg Injury
Jerod Mayo was a Pro Bowler in 2010 and 2012.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Stevan Ridley Out For Season With Torn ACL, MCL
Stevan Ridley had rushed 94 times for 340 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Brady Expresses Support For Coaching Staff
Tom Brady continues to have a strong voice in what the Patriots do on offense.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Tension With Patriots' Coaches Could Lead To Early Exit For Brady
Tom Brady has been bothered by the downsizing of the Patriots offense.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Kenbrell Thompkins Waives By Patriots
Kenbrell Thompkins had 32 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns last season for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Brady: Patriots' Offense Hasn't Played Well For A Long Time
The Patriots rank 23rd in total yardage this season.

ESPN

Brady Admits Needing To Stop Zeroing In On Favorite Receivers
Of Tom Brady's 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

AP

Brady Faces 'Quality Of Life Issue' When Patriots Lose
Tom Brady is so accustomed to winning with a high degree of frequency during his time with the Patriots that his personal life is impacted by losses.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Targeted On 44 Percent Of Routes In Week 1
Rob Gronkowski played 38 snaps, catching four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

John Maney/Pro Football Focus

Broncos, Seahawks, Patriots Given Best Super Bowl Odds
Playing in the weaker AFC, the Broncos have a 28.7 percent change of reaching the Super Bowl and a 16.7 percent chance of winning that game.

Football Outsiders

Tom Brady Downplays Calf Injury
Tom Brady expects to play in Week 1.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Rob Gronkowski Confirms He'll Play In Week 1
Rob Gronkowski confirmed that he'll play for the Patriots in Week 1 at the Dolphins.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Texans Trade For Ryan Mallett
The Texans have traded for Ryan Mallett from the Patriots, sending a conditional sixth or seventh round pick in 2015.

ESPN

Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Patriots Trade Logan Mankins To Bucs For Tim Wright, Pick
The Patriots have traded Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers for a draft pick and Tim Wright.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Chandler Jones Used By Patriots At Linebacker In 3-4
The Patriots plan on using Chandler Jones at linebacker in a 3-4 system.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com