With spring practice sessions in the past and training camp a month away, the 2014 Patriots roster is starting to come into sharper focus. With the understanding that there’s plenty of team-building still to go between now and opening day against the Dolphins in Miami, here’s an absurdly early look at what the 53-man roster might look like on Week 1 of the regular season.



Lawyers representing former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez argued in a court filing Monday that photos and videos show a state trooper didn’t have a copy of the search warrant and supporting affidavit when entering his home in 2013. Instead, according to the attorneys, another officer appeared to be holding the warrant.

Lawyers representing former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez argued in a court filing Monday that photos and videos show a state trooper didn’t have a copy of the search warrant and supporting affidavit when entering his home in 2013. Instead, according to the attorneys, another officer appeared to be holding the warrant.

The lawyers, who are representing Hernandez in his two murder cases, are asking a judge to approve a subpoena for news media copies of raw footage of the incident.

Hernandez is due in court Tuesday for a hearing in a Boston case in which he is being accused of the 2012 drive-by killings of two men.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

The Patriots announced Monday that they have signed their first-round draft pick, Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley.

The 22-year-old was selected with the 29th overall pick after playing just three games as a senior for the Gators due to a knee injury. The 6-foot-2, 288-pound Martin finished his Florida career with 81 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery in 32 games (26 starts).

The Patriots also announced the signing of rookie free agent Chris Martin, an offensive lineman from Central Florida.

Dominique Easley

Dominique Easley

The Patriots announced Monday that they have signed their first-round draft pick, Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley.

The 22-year-old was selected with the 29th overall pick after playing just three games as a senior for the Gators due to a knee injury. The 6-foot-2, 288-pound Martin finished his Florida career with 81 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery in 32 games (26 starts).

The Patriots also announced the signing of rookie free agent Chris Martin, an offensive lineman from Central Florida.

Martin, 24, signed with Texans on May 16 but was released 11 days later. A 6-foot-5, 305-pounder, Martin was named to the All-American Athletic Conference second team as a senior after starting 11 games at right tackle and two at left tackle.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Quarterback Tom Brady is in the Top 10 of most of the NFL's major all-time statistical categories. (AP)

Quarterback Tom Brady is in the Top 10 of most of the NFL’s major all-time statistical categories. (AP)

When it comes to covering the NFL, one of the greatest single resource tools is the statistical database at Pro Football Reference. And sparked by the discussion regarding whether or not Adrian Peterson has a legitimate shot at catching Emmitt Smith for the all-time rushing record, we decided to take a look at where Tom Brady stands — at least statistically — when it comes to measuring his individual numbers against some of the best in the game.

Career passing touchdowns — 359, fifth overall.
Like most of the rest of the categories, he’s a step or two behind Drew Brees. In this case, Brees has 363 career passing touchdowns, fourth on the list. However, Brady and Brees should be able to pass Dan Marino within the next two years, as the former Miami quarterback is third  all time with 420. Meanwhile, Brett Favre (508) and Peyton Manning (491) are at the top of the list.

Career passing yards — 49,149, seventh overall.
He’ll likely pass Warren Moon (49,325 career passing yards) relatively early in the season to move into sixth place. Brees is fifth overall at 51,081, and he will almost certainly add to that total in 2014. He and Brady should pass John Elway this year, as the former Broncos QB is fourth overall at 51,475 career yards. After that, it gets a little dicey — the Top 3 are far removed from the rest of the field, at least at this point. Favre is first overall with 71,838 yards, Manning is No. 2 at 64,964, while Marino is third at 61,361. Again, once Manning, Brees and Brady are all done, they will all be in the Top 5 all time, provided they stay on their current pace.

Career passes completed — 4,178, fifth overall.
Brady is part of a top 5 of Favre (6,300, first), Manning (5,532, second), Marino (4,967, third) and Brees (4,481). Assuming that Brees is going to keep slinging it for at least the next three years, it appears unlikely Brady could pass him, but the Patriots quarterback could pass Marino between now and the end of his career, which would likely have him fourth when he decides to call it a career.

Career passing attempts — 6,586, good for ninth overall.
Brady figures to pass Vinny Testaverde for the eighth spot some time in the first month of the season, as he’s only 115 attempts behind Testaverde. In fact, he could rise a couple of notches on this list, as Drew Bledsoe (6,717, seventh) and Moon (6,823, fifth) are within reach this season. Of course, he probably won’t leapfrog Brees, who is sixth overall at 6,799. For comparisons sake, Favre (10,169) and Manning (8,452) are 1-2.

Career interceptions — 134, 70th overall
When you’re talking about the Brady/Brees/Manning group, one area where he’s better than his contemporaries (although you could say it’s because he’s attempted fewer passes) is interceptions. Among current active quarterbacks, Manning has 219 career picks (19th place on the all-time list), while Brees is second at 177 (38th in NFL history). Eli Manning is third with 171 (43rd on the all-time list), Jon Kitna is fourth with 165. Brady is seventh with 134 career interceptions, 70th overall. Again, by way of comparison, Favre is tops with 336 career interceptions, 59 more than George Blanda, who is second overall at 277.

Career completion percentage (minimum 1,500 pass attempts) — 63.4 percent, 11th overall
One statistical area that’s hard to define is career completion percentage. PFR has a minimum of 1,500 pass attempts needed to qualify, so you see quarterbacks on this list that might not necessarily be considered elite-level signal callers. However, it’s still a good indication of a quarterback’s decision making skills and his comfort level in the offense. At this point, Brady has a 63.4 percent career completion rate, which is 11th on the all-time list. Chad Pennington is the all-time leader with a 66 percent completion rate. Compared to the other lists — including Brady — nine of the top 12 quarterbacks on the list are still active, with Brees (65.9 percent, second), Aaron Rodgers (65.8 percent, third) and Manning (65.5 percent, fourth) rounding out the active quarterbacks who are currently in the top 5.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Note: Updated with times and more details.

The Patriots announced Monday their first training camp practices will be held on Thursday, July 24.

Veterans are expected to report on Wednesday, July 23, while the first full training camp practice will be open to the public the following day at 9:15 a.m. The Patriots will practice once daily, and have confirmed that they will be conducting practices from July 24 through Sunday, July 27, at 9:15 a.m. each day.

The Patriots announced Monday their first training camp practices will be held on Thursday, July 24.

Veterans are expected to report on Wednesday, July 23, while the first full training camp practice will be open to the public the following day. The Patriots will practice once daily, and have confirmed that they will be conducting practices from July 24 through Sunday, July 27.

The times have yet to be determined.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken to a local hospital for a confidential medical issue over the weekend, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Sunday.

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken to a local hospital for a confidential medical issue over the weekend, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Sunday.

Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the South End in 2012 and the slaying of Odin Lloyd in 2013, was taken from his cell in Bristol County jail in Dartmouth to St. Luke’€™s Hospital in New Bedford Saturday.

Hernandez was not there for long, returning to Bristol County jail about an hour after he left. Hodgson could not reveal the reason for Hernandez’€™s hospital visit, citing medical privacy laws.

Hernandez’€™s trip to the hospital came just a day after his lawyers, Michael Fee and James Sultan, announced in a transfer request that their client should be moved to another prison closer to Boston because communication between both parties as well as Hernandez’€™s well being are at risk at Bristol County.

Fee and Sultan said that Hernandez has dealt with “bizarre and unprecedented”€ issues during his attempts to communicate with then, as the former Pro Bowler cannot talk in private on the phone and can only meet with his lawyers in a specifically designated room at Bristol County.

Hernandez’€™s lawyers added that they believe Hernandez’€™s life is at risk after he faced charges for allegedly threatening to kill a prison guard and his family, as well as an alleged jail brawl with a fellow inmate. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan