July 2013 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Brady Has Never Felt Better Physically

Jul 31, 2013 12:38 PM

Tom Brady is now 36, meaning he unquestionably is nearing the end of his career as his physical abilities begin to decline. But Brady has continued to post incredibly productive numbers in his thirties.

“I think over the years I’ve actually learned to take care of myself a little bit better, so this is the best I’ve ever felt,” Brady said. “I’ve never felt any better than I have at this point, so I’m excited. We’ve had three good days with the whole team together and I think we’ve seen some improvements, but we still have a long way to go.”

Brady's bigger issue this season may be the loss of his receiving weapons.

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Patriots Only Will Use Tim Tebow At Quarterback

Jul 30, 2013 2:46 PM

The New England Patriots have almost exclusively used Tim Tebow as a quarterback during the opening days of training camp.

There has been speculation that Tebow would be used by the Patriots as an H-back or even tight end, but he has only spent time in the quarterback meeting room and wears a red non-contract jersey.

Tebow has participated in an open field running drill, but that is typical of the Patriots.

“He’s just practicing his open-field running,” McDaniels said. “Matt Cassel and (Doug) Flutie and some of those other guys I’ve had a chance to coach, I think we did the same types of things with them. And again we know Tim has a skill set that some of these other guys don’t possess in terms of his ability to run with it, scramble with it when he has it in his hands.

“I know the defensive guys enjoy the challenge of trying to get him to the ground, but I think it’s good for everybody. It’s a normal procedure we go through in training camp.”

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Patriots Order Players Not To Discuss Hernandez With Media

Jul 26, 2013 12:23 PM

The New England Patriots have advised their players not to comment on Aaron Hernandez's ongoing legal situation.

"I can't really comment," said Brandon Spikes. "I want to, but I can't."

Tim Tebow, who played with Hernandez at Florida and expected to become his teammate with the Patriots, described the situation as "heartbreaking."

"We've been advised not to talk about it," said Tebow.

Bill Belichick talked about Hernandez during his press conference on Thursday.

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Tim Tebow 'Horrendous' In Initial Practice

Jul 26, 2013 11:48 AM

Tim Tebow was described as "horrendous" in Friday's practice by Tom E. Curran of Comcast.

Tebow was picked off at the line of scrimmage by Chandler Jones and also one hopped a throw toward the sideline that hit the ground halfway to the target.

Tom E. Curran/Comcast

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Patriots Won't Pay Bonus To Aaron Hernandez For Work Completed

Jul 25, 2013 11:46 AM

The New England Patriots will not pay Aaron Hernandez an $82,000 workout bonus due on August 1 for work he performed prior to being charged with murder.

Withholding this offseason workout bonus is expected to be a harbinger of the $3.25 million bonus due to Hernandez in March 2014, which league sources said the Patriots also will not pay. 

The payment is expected to be contested by Hernandez's agents.

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Seahawks, 49ers, Bengals Have Most Talented Players 25-And-Under

Jul 23, 2013 2:38 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have the most talent in the NFL of players 25-and-under.

The Houston Texans were ranked first in 2010, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the distinction in 2011 and the New England Patriots last season.

The Seahawks feature Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

The San Francisco 49ers rank second with Colin Kaepernick and Aldson Smith headlining.

The Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers round out the top-five.

6. St. Louis Rams
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Carolina Panthers
9. New England Patriots
10. Indianapolis Colts
11. New York Jets
12. Cleveland Browns
13. Denver Broncos
14. Tennessee Titans
15. New York Giants
16. Houston Texans
17. Dallas Cowboys
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Kansas City Chiefs
22. Detroit Lions
23. Philadelphia Eagles
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Arizona Cardinals
26. Baltimore Ravens
27. Buffalo Bills
28. Chicago Bears
29. New Orleans Saints
30. San Diego Chargers
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Oakland Raiders 

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Patriots Release Donald Jones

Jul 19, 2013 4:10 PM

The New England Patriots have released Donald Jones.

Jones was released in order to ensure that Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce get sufficient reps at wide receiver.

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Alfonzo Dennard Arrested On DUI Charge

Jul 11, 2013 11:43 AM

Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for driving under the influence on Thursday morning in Nebraska.

Dennard is a cornerback with the New England Patriots.

Dennard was sentence to 30 days in jail in April after he was found guilty of a felony assault on a police officer.

Dennard was a seventh round pick in 2012 by the Patriots and is projected to start across from Aqib Talib.

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Accomplice: Hernandez Confessed To Shooting Lloyd

Jul 10, 2013 8:19 AM

An alleged accomplish claims Aaron Hernandez confessed to shooting Odin Lloyd.

Carlos Ortiz told police that Ernest Wallace, a second alleged accomplice, told him Hernandez admitted to the killing.

Prosecutors say Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz drove with Lloyd in a rented Nissan Altima to the industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot.

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Hundreds Of Patriots Fans Swap Hernandez Jerseys

Jul 6, 2013 5:43 PM

Hundreds of fans flocked to the pro shop at Gillette Stadium on Saturday morning, taking part in a two-day event to exchange jerseys of Aaron Hernandez for those of current players, according to an ESPN.com report.

According to a spokesperson, over 500 jerseys with Hernandez's name were turned in by 11 a.m., about 90 minutes after the shop opened its doors.

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Meyer Defends Self, Gators
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has defended himself and the University of Florida over the treatment Aaron Hernandez received in college.

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Hernandez #81 Jersey Exchange Underway
The Patriots are allowing fans to swap #81 jerseys for a different player's jersey of comparative value.

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Jury Probing In Hernandez Murder Case
A man who says he lost an eye after being shot last February by Aaron Hernandez has been ordered to appear before a grandy jury.

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Tebow Broke Up Bar Fight Involving Hernandez In 2007
Tim Tebow allegedly tried to stop a fight between a then-17-year-old Aaron Hernandez in 2007.

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