New England Patriots Wiretap

Tom Brady Working On Plan To Stay Sharp During Suspension

Aug 30, 2016 12:56 PM

Tom Brady said he will aim to stay sharp during his four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season.

"I have ideas of what I need to do based on all the practices we've had and the limited playing time I've had," Brady said Tuesday. "My goal is to come back and be the best I can be, just like every other year and every other offseason. I'm going to do the best I can do over these next however many days, 30 days or so, to do the same thing.

"I think I still have a good day of practice [Tuesday]; I've tried to look at all these days of practice as ways to get better. I have access to the fields [until the suspension], throwing to my receivers, trying to use those days as best I could as I always would. Hopefully I have another opportunity to play Thursday night [in the preseason finale], be with the team Friday and then try to do the best I can over the next month to stay sharp. ... That part, I think will be very challenging, watching those games in September, but I'll find ways to preoccupy my mind."

Brady said he has "tried to just find different ways to be positive," before adding, "it is what it is at this point; we'll do the best we can do."

Brady also discussed his relationship with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

"I love being with Jimmy. I've enjoyed every day that we've spent with him," Brady said. "I wish him the very best, obviously, for our team, for him personally.

"When you see people that it means a lot to, you always want them to succeed as well. It will be tough to watch, but I'll be excited to watch and excited to learn and hopefully when I come back in October I'll be a better player than I am today."

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Barkevious Mingo Finds 'Culture Shock' Between Patriots, Browns

Aug 30, 2016 8:03 AM

Barkevious Mingo has already found some significant differences between the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland traded Mingo to New England late last week.

"It's a huge culture shock," he said. "I felt like the winning spirit was making its way into Cleveland with those new coaches, but it's definitely been established here for a long time, and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Adam Kurkjian/Boston Herald

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Browns Trade Barkevious Mingo To Patriots

Aug 26, 2016 9:00 AM

The Cleveland Browns have traded Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

Mingo was the sixth overall pick three years ago.

He appeared in at least 15 games in each of his first three NFL seasons, but made just 16 total starts.

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Tom Brady Will Reportedly Play In Friday's Preseason Game

Aug 26, 2016 8:54 AM

Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots' third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, according to a report.

Brady is traveling to Carolina with the team. He didn't play in either of New England's first two preseason games.

It is unknown if Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo will start the game at this point.

Brady will serve a four-game suspension to begin the regular season as the team turns to Garoppolo as its starter. This will mark the first season since 2001 that a quarterback other than Brady starts the regular-season opener for the Patriots.


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Rob Gronkowski Takes Issue With Cowboys Using 'Do Your Job' Slogan

Aug 25, 2016 8:03 AM

The New England Patriots registered for three trademarks around the time of the 2014 Super Bowl, when Bill Belichick often used the phrase "Do Your Job."

However, the Dallas Cowboys have been using the refrain lately, going as far as to have the phrase printed on a wall at their practice facility.

Rob Gronkowski, or someone running his Gronk Nation website, noticed a picture of the phrase posted on social media and penned a response to something they believe will have them "facing the wrath of Patriots fans."

"While we all know that the Pats thrashed the Cowboys 30-6 last October and Dallas hasn't been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season, so they need all the motivation they can get -- but can't America's Team come up with their own slogan instead of stealing ours?"

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Patriots Trade Bryan Stork To Washington

Aug 24, 2016 2:58 PM

The New England Patriots have traded Bryan Stork to Washington in exchange for a conditional pick.

Stork started 17 games at center for the Patriots over the past two seasons.

Stork was in the process of losing the starting job to 2015 undrafted free agent David Andrews, also got himself booted from a joint practice with the Chicago Bears last week for mixing it up with Bears linebacker Sam Acho.

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Tom Brady Returns To Practice After Slicing Thumb, Personal Absence

Aug 23, 2016 2:25 PM

Tom Brady returned to the team Tuesday from an excused personal absence, telling reporters he "had to take care of something" without divulging what it was.

Brady also discussed how he sliced his right thumb on a pair of scissors shortly before last Thursday's preseason game.

"I was ready to go, had everything on, and I was just trying to get something out of my shoe," he said. "The scissors slipped. Just a silly accident.

"It's a crappy way to not be out there, because it's a silly mistake," he added. "I'm glad it wasn't in the regular season. I learned from it and hopefully won't be operating any more scissors for a while."

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Dion Lewis To Undergo Additional Knee Surgery

Aug 21, 2016 12:28 PM

Dion Lewis needs to undergo a second surgery on his knee. Lewis' timetable for a return is uncertain.

Lewis tore his ACL last Nov. 8th. 

Lewis rushed for 234 yards on 49 carries along with 36 catches for 388 yards last season with the New England Patriots.

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Tom Brady Sits After Slicing Thumb With Scissors

Aug 19, 2016 10:51 AM

Tom Brady didn't play for the New England Patriots in Thursday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears after he sliced the thumb on his right throwing hand with a pair of scissors trying to pry something from his cleats before taking the field.

It is not known if Brady required stitches.

A source confirmed the report and said that Brady "will be OK in time."

The Patriots had planned to play Brady, who is suspended for the first four regular season games, in the game.

Brady did not play in the team's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints after being excused to attend the memorial service of a family member.

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Rob Gronkowski Leaves Practice With Apparent Injury

Aug 15, 2016 3:22 PM

Rob Gronkowski took himself out of Monday's joint practice between the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears in the middle of a drill.

Gronkowski pulled up while going for a Tom Brady pass in 7-on-7 drills along the sideline.

He spent about 10 minutes on the sideline with New England's trainer before retreating to the locker room.

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Tom Brady: Jimmy Garoppolo Has Earned Respect Of Teammates
Tom Brady spoke highly of Jimmy Garoppolo, who will start for the Patriots for the first four weeks of the season.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Believes He's Working In Right Direction
Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games of the season with Tom Brady suspended.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Don't Plan To Play Tom Brady In Preseason Opener
New England is also expected to sit Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Rob Ninkovich Suffers Torn Triceps
Rob Ninkovich had played in 125 straight games for the Patriots at defensive tackle since 2009.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Julian Edelman Reportedly Avoids Serious Injury
Julian Edelman left Tuesday's joint practice between the Patriots and Saints with a lower left leg issue, but appears to have avoided serious injury.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tom Brady Describes Giving Up Suspension Appeal As 'Personal Decision'
Addressing reporters for the first time since accepting his Deflategate suspension from the NFL, Tom Brady called taking the four-game ban a "personal decision."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots Discussing New Deal
Rob Gronkowski has openly complained about his deal this offseason.

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Tom Brady Can't Play Catch With Teammates During Suspension
Tom Brady, who is suspended for the first four games of the season, can't play catch with his teammates during the ban.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

DeAngelo Williams Has No Sympathy For Patriots
DeAngelo Williams has no sympathy for the Patriots, who will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season because of suspension.

Mark Kaboly/Pittsburgh-Tribune Review

Nate Ebner Selected To U.S. Rugby Team For Rio Olympics
Nate Ebner has become the only active NFL player to qualify for the Rio Olympics and will represent USA Rugby.


Tom Brady Drops Appeal, Will Serve Four-Game Suspension
Tom Brady will miss the first four weeks and return for Week 5 against the Browns.

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Calais Campbell: 'Licking My Chops' To Face Jimmy Garoppolo
The Patriots open the season against the Cardinals and are expected to be without Tom Brady after the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied the quarterback's petition to rehear his suspension c

CBS Sports Radio

Federal Court Rejects Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' Appeal
A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady's attempt to get a new hearing on his "Deflategate" suspension.

Larry Neumeister/AP

Michael Lombardi Leaves Position With Patriots
Michael Lombardi could be considering a return to the media where his longtime friend, Bill Simmons, is starting a new venture at HBO.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Brandon LaFell Believes Andy Dalton Could One Day Be Like Tom Brady
Brandon LaFell hasn't spent much time with Andy Dalton, but the wide receiver believes the Bengals quarterback could one day be on par with Tom Brady.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Sees 'Huge Development' In Jimmy Garoppolo
The Patriots may have Jimmy Garoppolo under center for the first four games of the 2016 season if Tom Brady's suspension remains in place.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Malcolm Butler On Holdout: 'Everyone Knows Why I Wasn't Here'
Malcolm Butler reported to the Patriots this week after skipping the first week of optional practices last month.

Dan Hanzus/NFL

Patriots: NFL Pursued Predetermined Result On Deflategate
The papers say the Patriots "strongly believe" nobody tampered with footballs at the 2015 AFC Championship Game.


Tom Brady To Appeal Four-Game Suspension
The court upheld Tom Brady's suspension in a 2-1 decision April 25.


Brandon Boykin Released By Panthers
Brandon Boykin signed a one-year, $840,000 deal in March with the Patriots.

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