Not counting whistles that were declined or offset, the Patriots have committed 23 penalties (tied for 18th) for 201 yards (16th) through three preseason games. (By way of comparison, the Jaguars have been hit with the most penalties with 36 and most penalty yards, with 318.) Here’s a breakdown of who has been flagged for what to this point in the preseason:

Cornerback Darryl Roberts: 2 penalties (unnecessary roughness, defensive pass interference), 42 yards
Team: 2 penalties (unsportsmanlike conduct, offensive holding), 25 yards
Safety/special teamer Brandon King: 2 penalties (running into the kicker, facemask), 20 yards
Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming: 2 penalties (offensive holding, false start), 15 yards
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 penalty (intentional grounding), 16 yards
Wide receiver Chris Hogan: 1 penalty (offensive holding) 10 yards
Guard Jon Halapio: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
Wide receiver Julian Edelman: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
Wide receiver Devin Lucien: 1 penalty (offensive pass interference), 10 yards
Offensive tackle Nate Solder: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
Cornerback/special teamer Jonathan Jones: 1 penalty (offsides on free kick), 5 yards
Cornerback Justin Coleman: 1 penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
Safety Patrick Chung: 1 penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
Special teamer Kamu Grugier-Hill: 1 penalty (player out of bounds on a punt), 5 yards
Offensive lineman Ted Karras: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
Defensive end Rufus Johnson: 1 penalty (defensive offsides), 5 yards
Cornerback V’Angelo Bentley: 1 penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
Tight end Bear Pascoe: 1 penalty (false start), 1 yard

The two most commonly called penalties on the Patriots this summer? False starts (five) and defensive holding (three).

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Aaron Dobson was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft and in three seasons has a total of 53 catches with the Patriots.

Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson

FOXBORO — Aaron Dobson was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft and in three seasons has a total of 53 catches with the Patriots.

The Marshall product might not be around much longer as according to MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Patriots have been shopping the wide receiver.

Dobson has struggled to stay on the field as he has played in eight and four games respectively the last two seasons. In his three total years he’s totaled 53 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns.

The Patriots currently have a wide receiver depth chart of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Keshawn Martin, Matthew Slater, Dobson, DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper, Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Tom Brady did his best Tuesday to shoot down any speculation about tension between himself and backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

The intensity picked up in a big way on the practice field Monday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo (left) and Tom Brady have pushed each other this summer. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady did his best Tuesday to shoot down any speculation about tension between himself and backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

Asked if the dynamic between the two is similar to what it was with Drew Bledsoe in 2000 and 2001, Brady gave his full vote of confidence to Garoppolo.

“I mean, I have no idea. We’re totally on different ends of the spectrum,” Brady began, before praising the third-year understudy out of Eastern Illinois. “I love being with Jimmy. I’ve enjoyed every day that we’ve spent with him. 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’ll be tough to watch, but I’ll be excited to watch and excited to learn, and then hopefully, when I come back in October, I’ll be a better player than I am today.”

Before that, Brady went into his relationship with not just Drew Bledsoe but other relationships with other quarterbacks, going back to his days at Michigan in the late 90s.

“That was a long time ago, but in college you have maybe a little bit of that,” Brady said Tuesday. “That was probably right out of college where there are a lot of guys close to your age that you’re competing with, but you’re still real good friends with. Some of my best friends were Scot Loeffler, who is the offensive coordinator at BC [Boston College] now, and Brian Griese who has been a good friend of mine, and Jason Kapsner who was one of my buddies, Scott Dreisbach and Drew Henson.

“We were all friends. We played ping pong and we played pool together, but there was a healthy competition on the field too. We all wanted to play, but at quarterback, one guy gets to play. Then you get fresh out of college, and then I was probably – with Drew [Bledsoe], I was the same way. I used to hang out with Drew all the time. We played golf together; I’d be at his house for dinner.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — If you thought Tom Brady would be satisfied with four preseason series against the Panthers last Friday night, you don’t know Tom Brady.

FOXBORO — Tom Brady isn’t about to give away any trade secrets to how he plans to stay sharp during his league-imposed suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Tom Brady passes in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady passes in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — If you thought Tom Brady would be satisfied with four preseason series against the Panthers last Friday night, you don’t know Tom Brady.

Speaking Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots quarterback said he would like more playing time this Thursday night in the preseason finale before heading into a four-week suspension.

“I look at all these practices as ways to get better I have access to the fields and throwing to my receivers, so try to use those days as best I possibly can and just like I always would and I got another, hopefully, opportunity to play Thursday night, and be with the team Friday, and then try to do the best I can over the next month,” Brady said.

Brady’s suspension formally begins Sept. 5 as the team gets ready for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona. He can return Oct. 3 as the team prepares for the Week 5 contest in Cleveland on Oct. 9.

Brady completed just 3-of-9 passes for 76 yards but two of those were big plays. His first pass attempt on the first play of the fourth series was a slant completion to Aaron Dobson for 37 yards. His second completion went for 33 yards, on a perfect over-the-shoulder pass for a touchdown to Chris Hogan. His final completion went for six yards to Julian Edelman.

Does Brady still feel he needs the work?

“I mean all that’s up to Coach Belichick. I wish I’d play every game. I love playing practice, I love playing preseason games, regular season games, postseason games. I love thinking about football . It’s just the way it is. That part I think will be very challenging, watching those games in September, but I’ll find ways to preoccupy my mind.”

In the meantime, Brady thinks the team will be in good hands with a wealth of leaders.

“Well, we’ve got a lot of great leaders on this team, and the veterans, I think we’ve got a lot of really good players, I lot of really good leaders,” Brady said. “I think we’ve always done a good job cultivating guys to step in and fill the void, and I think we’ll do a great job of that. I think between our coaches and our players, we’ve got a lot of great leaders, and I’m very confident in that. So we’ll go out there and play with a lot of energy and emotion like we always do.

“It’ll be tough to watch. It’ll be fun to watch, in some ways, to see what it looks like when you’re not there, because it’s a different perspective. And then hopefully I can use that perspective and then come back with better perspective, saying, ‘Wow, I really noticed some things that maybe I wouldn’t have seen had I been there. So that’s what I’m gonna try to do.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
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Tom Brady speaks Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady isn’t about to give away any trade secrets to how he plans to stay sharp during his league-imposed suspension for his role in Deflategate.

Still the questions came Tuesday, in what could be his last media availability before he begins serving his punishment.

How does he plan on staying sharp?

“We’ll see,” he replied.

Does he plan on staying locally?

“We’ll see,” he repeated.

Does he plan on revealing anything about the plan?

“No, I don’t. If someone else is in this situation in the future, I don’t want to give away my [secrets],” Brady smiled.

When the subject turned to what he will be feeling, he was a little more forthcoming.

“I’m pretty positive, so I’m gonna use these days the best way that I possibly can,” Brady explained. “So, I’m gonna try to get ready and do everything I can so I can be at my best when I have the opportunity to play in October. I try to just find different ways to be positive. It is what it is at this point, so we’ll do the best we can do.”

Reminded that the NFL has permitted him access to his personal health guru Alex Guerrero, Brady got a Peyton Manning-like shot in at the league.

“Well, that’s nice of them,” Brady laughed, before detailing what exactly Guerrero does for him. “We’ve been working together for over 12 years now so, he’s one of my best friends, so we’ll do what we always do. We use all these days in the best way that’s possible to stay prepared and stay sharp and I have ideas of what I need to do. And based on all the practices we’ve had and the limiting playing time we’ll have had, so my goals is to come back and be the best I can be, just like every other year, every other offseason, I’m gonna do the best I can do over these next however many days, 30 days or so, to do the same thing.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

ESPN NFL senior reporter Chris Mortensen, who has been battling throat cancer, joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Tuesday morning to discuss his plight as well as his controversial handling of the Deflategate controversy.