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  Patriots | Dion Lewis optimistic for Week 1    Tue May 24, 11:30 AM

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) has given signs of optimism for being ready for the start of the season. Some close to Lewis feel that he's about a month away from being able to play in a game.

Footballguys view: Lewis showed last year just how productive he could be in this system before he went down with this injury. The team will be wisely cautious with him, and his repetitions in organized team activities will be limited at best. If healthy, we see Lewis as a RB2 with RB1 upside in the Patriots high-powered offense.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady to file appeal    Mon May 23, 08:16 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's legal team will officially file its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Monday, May 23, which is the deadline to do so. 'The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,' attorney Ted Olson said.

Footballguys view: DeflateGate isn't over yet....but we'll sure be glad when it is.

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  Patriots | Arian Foster doesn't visit Patriots    Sat May 21, 02:56 PM

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) did not visit the New England Patriots during his recent trip to Boston.

Footballguys view: Reports indicate the Patriots have interest...at least preliminary interest...in the veteran back. Foster may be able to pass a physical in a week or two, so his market may heat up. There have already been a small handful of teams reach out to Foster this offseason.

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  Patriots | Arian Foster an option for Patriots?    Fri May 20, 07:23 PM

Free-agent RB Arian Foster (Texans) has received preliminary interest from the New England Patriots, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We think Foster winds up in the AFC East...with the Dolphins. It makes sense that the Patriots would have interest, even with Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount in the fold. There are rumblings about a small handful of teams, including the Patriots, Dolphins and Broncos having interest in the veteran back.

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  Patriots | Vinnie Sunseri works out for Pats    Fri May 20, 09:30 AM

Free-agent FS Vinnie Sunseri (Saints) worked out for the New England Patriots last week. Sunseri is nine months removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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  Patriots | Danny Amendola recovering    Mon May 16, 04:54 PM

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee, ankle) is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries that could prevent him being ready for the start of the 2016 season. Amendola had surgery on a troublesome left knee and another surgery to remove a bone spur in his ankle, according to a source. Both surgeries happened early this offseason.

Footballguys view: Amendola accepted a pay cut earlier this year...and for good reason. He's got to spend quite a bit of time recovering from these injuries before he's ready for the 2016 season. It's still too early to know when Amendola will be fully recovered, but his knee will demand a longer recovery schedule than his ankle.

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  Patriots | Joey Iosefa re-signs with Pats    Fri May 13, 02:29 PM

Free-agent RB Joey Iosefa is re-signing with the New England Patriots Friday, May 13.

Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick for the Buccaneers in 2015, Iosefa was bounced from Tampa only to end up with the Brooklyn Bolts in the FXFL and then with the Patriots. He led the team in rushing (51 yards on 14 carries) in their December win over the Titans last year, and then Iosefa was signed to a futures contract after the season was over. He was released last week, only to be brought back now. Buried on the depth chart right now, Iosefa is no lock for the final roster.

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  Patriots | Cut Tony Steward    Wed May 11, 05:56 PM

New England Patriots LB Tony Steward was released Wednesday, May 11.


  Patriots | Julian Edelman had surgery    Wed May 11, 03:36 PM

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) recently underwent foot surgery but is still on pace to participate in training camp, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Edelman was recently seen walking around in a large boot, and now we hear about this surgery. It's an interesting note right now, but expect Edelman to be ready for the start of the regular season. However, know that foot injuries can linger and if pushed too hard there can be a setback. Make sure to monitor his injury situation through camp.

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  Patriots | Deal specifics for Vincent Valentine    Tue May 10, 10:03 PM

The New England Patriots signed DT Vincent Valentine, their third-round pick, to a four-year deal worth $3.03 million with a signing bonus of $645,420.

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  Patriots | Danny Amendola takes big pay cut    Tue May 10, 10:59 AM

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola can earn $1.6 million in 2016, which is a pay cut of $4.4 million from his last contract.

Footballguys view: Many expected Amendola to accept a pay cut if he wanted to stay with the team. He's set to earn $6.5 million in 2017, but none of it is guaranteed. That means they'll have a decision to make on him again next offseason.

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  Patriots | Cyrus Jones might work in return game    Tue May 10, 01:13 AM

New England Patriots CB Cyrus Jones has the potential to take over punt and kickoff return duties in addition to projecting as the No. 3 or 4 cornerback.

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  Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell contract terms    Mon May 9, 05:37 PM

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell's four-year rookie contract is worth $2.917 million and comes with a $577,992 signing bonus.

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  Patriots | Nate Washington could be cut    Mon May 9, 02:21 PM

New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.

Footballguys view: The addition of Mitchell puts Washington in a bad spot. He's been a solid veteran for years, but the Patriots might decide to go in a different direction. More than a few teams would be interested in Washington on the open market as he's a savvy veteran who could still catch 40 passes for you.

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  Patriots | Joey Iosefa released    Fri May 6, 06:30 PM

New England Patriots RB Joey Iosefa was placed on no-recall waivers Friday, May 6.


  Patriots | Danny Amendola restructures    Fri May 6, 11:08 AM

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola restructured his contract Friday, May 6, according to a source. His deal is for two years and $7.35 million with $750,000 in roster and receptions bonuses.

Footballguys view: Amendola is still getting a good paycheck in the autumn of his career, even with the restructuring. He will be relevant in fantasy leagues if Julian Edelman misses time this year.

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  Patriots | Sign Devin Lucien    Thu May 5, 04:49 PM

New England Patriots WR Devin Lucien signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The former Arizona State star has a good size/speed combination. We're interested in the late-round pick, and Lucien is not afraid to run routes over the middle.

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  Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell agrees to terms    Thu May 5, 04:37 PM

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell agreed to terms on his four-year rookie contracts Thursday, May 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Mitchell is one of our favorite sleeper WRs this year. He's got the ability to win at the point of the catch, and Mitchell does a good job of tracking deep passes over his shoulder.

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  Patriots | Cyrus Jones signs deal    Thu May 5, 02:38 PM

New England Patriots CB Cyrus Jones signed his rookie contract Thursday, May 5.

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  Patriots | Joe Thuney signs rookie deal    Thu May 5, 11:32 AM

New England Patriots OG Joe Thuney signed his rookie deal Thursday, May 5. The third-round pick's deal is worth $3.54 million with a $773,428 signing bonus.

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  Patriots | Jacoby Brissett receives praise    Wed May 4, 01:32 PM

New England Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick, received praise from former NFL head coach Bill Parcells. 'He's a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That's the kind of guy he is. That's what New England is getting,' Parcells said when reached yesterday. 'Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who've been successful - he's very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.'

Footballguys view: Brissett deserves praise for his ability and upside as a passer in the NFL. He's strong and athletic which helps him keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Brissett will compete to make the Patriots final roster and serve as a backup QB while Jimmy Garoppolo is starting the first four games of the year in place of a suspended Tom Brady.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady has more time to appeal    Tue May 3, 04:52 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's deadline to appeal his four-game suspension has been extended to May 23, according to a source.

Footballguys view: There's a chance (however unlikely) that Brady could appeal this ruling all the way up to the Supreme Court. He and his legal team are working diligently to get his 4-game suspension overturned.

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  Patriots | Jonathan Cooper's option declined    Mon May 2, 05:59 PM

New England Patriots OG Jonathan Cooper's fifth-year option was declined Monday, May 2.

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  Patriots | Seven UDFAs sign with Patriots    Sun May 1, 12:36 PM

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent CB V'Angelo Bentley (Illinois), DT Woodrow Hamilton (Mississippi State), LB CJ Johnson (Mississippi State), CB Jonathan Jones (Auburn), RB Shaquille Powell (Duke), TE Steven Scheu (Vanderbilt) and WR/TE De'Runnya Wilson (Mississippi State) on undisclosed deals.

Footballguys view: Wilson is a huge receiver with bottom of the barrel movement skills. Maybe the Patriots can make him into a viable receiving tight end.

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  Patriots | Cre'von LeBlanc heads to NE    Sat Apr 30, 09:00 PM

The New England Patriots signed undrafted free-agent CB Cre'Von LeBlanc (Florida Atlantic) to a deal that includes a $10,000 signing bonus, and $7,500 of base guaranteed.

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  Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell fits in New England    Sat Apr 30, 01:43 PM

New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has the short-area burst the team looks for in receivers, and beat writer Mike Reiss believes the addition of Mitchell will give the team flexibility in handling the contract situation of WR Danny Amendola.

Footballguys view: Amendola has been a mixed bag for New England, so getting someone who could replace him is a good idea anyway, contract notwithstanding. We never know who will step up for the Patriots beyond Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, so don't sell your house to move up in Dynasty for Mitchell, but keep an eye on him.

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  Patriots | Pats add another QB in Brissett    Fri Apr 29, 11:02 PM

The New England Patriots selected North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: And the Connor Cook tumble continues. He has great size and a live arm, but is very raw and is still learning the position.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady talks with NFL unlikely    Wed Apr 27, 07:54 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and the NFL are not expected to talk anymore regarding a settlement, according to a source. The league doesn't believe the NFL Players' Association or any of Brady's representatives have provided a reason to renew settlement talks. Brady's suspension was recently upheld by a federal appeals court and he is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season.

Footballguys view: It's time to plan on the Patriots not having Brady for the first four games, although he'll likely exhaust every legal avenue he has to avoid it.

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  Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo has made strides    Tue Apr 26, 09:14 AM

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has made great strides, according to head coach Bill Belichick. 'The reps that he's gotten on the field in preseason games and in practice,' Belichick said, 'I think he's shown a lot of development - better understanding, quicker recognition and reading of the defenses, more awareness of what's happening on the defensive side of the ball, better communication, better understanding of the offense - really everything.'

Footballguys view: Does he go into the fetal position mentally under pressure? That's what he did in college, and so far in preseason appearances we've seen Garoppolo hasn't shaken that bad habit. He'll face plenty of pressure while filling in for a suspended Tom Brady to start the 2016 season. Expect the Patriots to lean heavily on their rushing attack while Brady is out.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady not accepting ruling    Mon Apr 25, 04:37 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will not yet accept the court ruling of his four-game suspension, according to sources. He is mulling options with his legal team.

Footballguys view: Of course he is. An appeal of this decision may not result in a positive outcome for Brady. We just want this whole DeflateGate thing to go away. It's the week of the draft, and we're still dealing with something that allegedly happened in the 2014 playoffs! Ah, the wheels of justice.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady's appeal chances not good    Mon Apr 25, 01:43 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's chances of winning an appeal after his four-game suspension was reinstated are not good, according to director of Tulane Sports Law Program Gabe Feldman. 'But Tom Brady's next step is to make an en banc appeal to ask the entire second circuit to hear that -- those are very rarely granted. And even more rare is the Supreme Court to hear this case. So Tom Brady is almost out of chances. I think any chance he has left is very slim,' Feldman said.

Footballguys view: Ugh, let's get DeflateGate over with please. Brady has a right to appeal, but it seems like that would not result in the outcome he wants.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady's suspension restored    Mon Apr 25, 11:54 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had his four-game suspension from last season reinstated by a U.S. Appeals court Monday, April 25.

Footballguys view: This is not entirely unexpected. Now, the team will use backup Jimmy Garoppolo in their first four games against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans, and Bills. Brady is eligible to return for the Patriots Week 5 contest against the Browns. The future Hall of Fame quarterback will be allowed to be with the team during training camp and the preseason.

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  Patriots | Former Pats DT Ron Brace passes away    Mon Apr 25, 02:19 AM

Free-agent DT Ron Brace (Patriots) passed away Saturday, April 23, a New England Patriots team spokesman confirmed. He was 29 years old.

Footballguys view: We here at Footballguys.com would like to extend our deepest condolences to Brace's family and friends.

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  Patriots | Shilique Calhoun worked out for Pats    Mon Apr 25, 02:19 AM

Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun has worked out for the New England Patriots, and it's possible they could move up into the bottom of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft to grab him.

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  Patriots | Tony Steward, Christian Yount signed    Fri Apr 22, 05:01 PM

Free-agent LB Tony Steward (Bills) and LS Christian Yount (Browns) signed with the New England Patriots Friday, April 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Patriots | Gronk not concerned about his contract    Fri Apr 22, 01:26 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he's not concerned about his contract. 'No, that's not on my mind at all. I started offseason workouts yesterday. It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.'

Footballguys view: Gronkowski doesn't worry about anything. He's got a carefree attitude, so it's no surprise he wouldn't be focused on his contract at this time.

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  Patriots | Devontae Booker visiting Patriots    Wed Apr 20, 11:08 AM

Utah RB Devontae Booker is visiting with the New England Patriots Wednesday, April 20.

Footballguys view: The Pats have some options at running back right now, but are always looking for an upgrade. Booker is coming off a torn meniscus in his knee which required surgery in November, but despite missing a chunk of his senior year, was named to the All Pac12 second team. A powerful, workhorse back who sees the running lanes and gets through them quickly, durability and a low top-end speed hurt his cause. He could very well be there for the Patriots' second round pick.

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  Patriots | Two players released    Fri Apr 15, 05:15 PM

New England Patriots DT Chris Z. Jones ans DT Ish Kitchen were released Friday, April 15, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Tyler Gaffney re-signs    Thu Apr 14, 06:21 PM

The New England Patriots re-signed RB Tyler Gaffney to an undisclosed deal Thursday, April 14.

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  Patriots | Eric Martin waived    Thu Apr 14, 06:16 PM

New England Patriots LB Eric Martin was placed on no-recall waivers Thursday, April 14.


  Patriots | Dominique Easley released for issue    Wed Apr 13, 11:41 PM

Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots release of DL Dominique Easley was not a pure performance/football matter, but rather due to off-field issues, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

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  Patriots | Dominique Easley released    Wed Apr 13, 03:59 PM

New England Patriots DL Dominique Easley was released Wednesday, April 13.

Footballguys view: Easley had chronic knee problems as a pro, but reports are coming in about this release being more about off-field issues. It's unclear what those would be, but the Patriots had clearly had enough.

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  Patriots | Justin Coleman signs tender    Tue Apr 12, 06:37 PM

New England Patriots exclusive-rights free-agent CB Justin Coleman signed his tender offer Tuesday, April 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.


  Patriots | More on LeGarrette Blount's contract    Tue Apr 12, 03:38 PM

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's one-year deal is worth up to $2 million -- $1 million in base salary and bonuses and $1 million in incentives, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Blount will be asked to play a similar role for the team as he's done in years past. He's a power back who can be replaced on third downs. Blount needs to stay healthy if he wants to produce as a large piece of what the Pats do on the ground.

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  Patriots | LeGarrette Blount re-ups for one year    Tue Apr 12, 12:48 PM

Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount signed a one-year deal Tuesday, April 12.

Footballguys view: Blount stays with the team that knows how to get the most out of him. He'll be the power element to the Patriots rushing attack. Provided he stays healthy, Blount will likely be a two-down thumper for the Pats in 2016.

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  Patriots | Devontae Booker could be fit for Pats    Mon Apr 11, 11:13 PM

Utah RB Devontae Booker will work at his Pro Day Tuesday, April 12, and after his combine rechecks he is expected to meet with the New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Booker could be a nice fit for the team in the 2016 NFL Draft, as he has the pass-catching skills to be a three-down option.

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  Patriots | Tyler Gaffney released    Mon Apr 11, 05:05 PM

New England Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney was cut Monday, April 11.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft (Panthers), Gaffney's pro career was knocked off course due to injury and inconsistency. He's physically gifted as a power runner, but he's nothing more than a deep dynasty asset.

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  Patriots | Alonzo Russell works out    Thu Apr 7, 07:58 PM

Toledo WR Alonzo Russell worked out privately for the New England Patriots Thursday, April 7, according to a source. Russell has also worked out for the Dallas Cowboys and has met with the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: The Patriots will probably add a receiver or two in the draft but it's unlikely they will put up numbers worth a fantasy roster spot. If it's not Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski, we're not sold.

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  Patriots | Sign Markus Kuhn    Thu Apr 7, 05:35 PM

Free-agent DL Markus Kuhn (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the New England Patriots Thursday, April 7.

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  Patriots | Brandon King stays     Thu Apr 7, 04:48 PM

New England Patriots restricted free-agent S Brandon King signed his exclusive-rights tender Thursday, April 7.

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