Bill Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday are spending Valentine’s Day weekend together and Holliday took a selfie with the Patriots coach and well, it appears Belichick’s thoughts on taking selfies are pretty much what you would think.

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Bill Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday are spending Valentine’s Day weekend together and Holliday took a selfie with the Patriots coach and well, it appears Belichick’s thoughts on taking selfies are pretty much what you would think.

See for yourself…

Stay warm & cozy on this Valentine’s weekend! ‘£ And Go @johnshopkins_lax ! Why don’t they have a lax stick emoji?!? 🤔

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Anquan Bolden has over 1,000 catches and more than 13,000 receiving yards in his career.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Anquan Bolden has over 1,000 catches and more than 13,000 receiving yards in his career. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

When free agency begins in early March, there are a handful of players across the league who could appeal to New England. With the understanding that the status of these players could change because of the franchise or transition tag, here are a few possibilities for the Patriots to consider. We have to stress that all of these guys aren’t necessarily considered the elite of the free agent class — instead, they’re players we think would be a good fit in New England. We started with running back Matt Forte. Now, we move on to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Player: Anquan Boldin

Position: Wide receiver

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 220 pounds

Age: 35 (will turn 36 on Oct. 3, 2016)

The skinny: Boldin is not the overwhelming offensive presence he was a few years back (he had more than 1,000 yards receiving in seven of the 12 seasons he was in the league prior to 2015), but he has remained a very good receiver well into his second decade in the league. A presence at all three levels in the passing game, he’s had 1,009 catches, 13,195 yards and 74 touchdowns in his 13 seasons in the NFL (with the Cards, Ravens and Niners). From a personal perspective, the 35-year-old finished with 789 receiving yards last season — his lowest output since he had 623 in his second year with the league in 2004 — but you could argue that was because the Niners were a shell of themselves offensively last year and Boldin was one of the few consistent offensive options they had. He finished the year with 69 catches and while he’s not a deep threat, he did have an 11.4 yards per catch average. (For comparisons sake, that would have put him second on the Patriots behind Rob Gronkowski in terms of pass catchers with at least 40 receptions on the year.) A terrific and tough presence on the field (he broke his face a few years ago and returned to the field a few weeks later), the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner still has a lot to offer any team who might be interested in him, especially in an offseason that figures to light on free-agent options at wide receiver.

By the numbers: Boldin’s 13,195 career receiving yards put him 17th on the list of all-time leaders. The only active players who are ahead of him are Andre Johnson (ninth, 14,100), Steve Smith Sr. (11th, 13,932) and Larry Fitzgerald (15th, 13,366).

Why it would work: He’s one of the more well-respected veterans around the league, and he’s clearly transitioning into the “mentor” phase of a career. He could serve as a leader for some of the younger New England receivers. He’d also be the sort of secondary receiver who could benefit from being part of an offense that includes the likes of Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. (For what it’s worth, Boldin was a possibility for the Patriots in 2010, but ended up going to the Ravens.)

Why it wouldn’t work: Boudin has already expressed an interest in returning to San Francisco, and even in their woeful state, the Niners would be nuts not to push to re-sign him. He’s one of the best parts of a team that has struggled over the last year-plus, particularly on offense. (“I like it here. I like the people here. The organization has been great to me,” Boldin said in October.) In addition, there’s always the possibility that the Florida native and Florida State product might be interested in ending his career in the Sunshine State. Then, there’s the simple fact that the Patriots figure to have other, greater priorities this offseason than at wide receiver.

Our take: Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat things here — I might be incapable of talking about Boldin rationally. From this viewpoint, he’s one of the truly special players in the league. A veteran who has remain productive well into his thirties, he’s a steady, reliable presence who would fit in perfectly in the New England locker room. (Frankly, if he hadn’t won a championship a few seasons ago with the Ravens, he would be a perfect “end of the career guy looking to win a title” type of player the Patriots love to collect every season.) As for what it would take financially, here’s a piece that seems to indicate the Niners could re-sign him for two years and roughly $10 million, with $5 million guaranteed. That would make a lot of sense for San Francisco, as the Niners would love for him to return and he clearly has a Tony Bennett thing working when it comes to San Francisco. As for how all of this relates to the Patriots, if he did end up signing for short money in New England, he’s not going to lead the team in catches, but if he wants a great shot at a ring, he could do much worse than come to Foxboro to finish out what could be a Hall of Fame career.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall after winning Super Bowl 50. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall after winning Super Bowl 50. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning’s image has long been a matter of public debate and discourse in New England and throughout the country. But now, there’s a claim through an explosive column in the New York Daily News that Manning’s All-American image is one big fraud.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King made his case Saturday – through a 74-page legal document he received – that there was an extensive smear campaign against former University of Tennessee Director of Health & Wellness Dr. Jamie Naughright and a calculated effort to hide the details of an alleged ugly sexual assault of her by Manning when he was at Tennessee in 1996.

King was initially critical of the media’s coverage of Cam Newton‘s behavior following the Super Bowl loss to Manning’s Broncos in Santa Clara. He wondered why the media was focused on the Newton’s performance in the press conference and not the the hug Newton gave Manning on the field. He even suggested a racial double standard.

But then he said he was emailed the 74-page court document that USA Today acquired in 2003, detailing the Manning-Naughright encounter while Naughright was examining Manning’s foot for an injury.

The following is an except of what King wrote Saturday in the New York Daily News:

Less than 24 hours later, a source who claimed to see my article on the racial double standard, sent me a 74-page court document from Polk County court in Florida. Sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for a flight home, I opened the PDF, began reading, and felt like I had stumbled on to state secrets. I literally moved to where nobody could see my computer screen.

While Peyton Manning is not the president of the United States, in a land where football is king, he is the Captain America of sports and certainly one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He’s also a prolific pitchman in the country, the friendly face of several multi-billion dollar corporations.

This document says, in essence, that it’s all a facade, an act, a well-designed for-profit creation, maintained and manicured at all cost. For me, it was like reading proof that the first Apollo moon landing was really a fictional tale filmed in a Hollywood studio designed to dupe us all. That flag, planted in the moon, seemingly blowing in the wind, was a ruse after all. Maybe B.o.B. was right on this one fact.

I read every single page in the airport before I boarded my flight. Maybe a good hundred times, I wondered to myself, Why ‘€” and how ‘€” had all of this been kept secret for so long?

Titled “Facts of the Case,” and submitted to the court by the plaintiff’s lawyers, the document, which warrants many more takes and reflections than what I will offer today, is simultaneously shocking, disgusting, painful, and infuriating. It offers us the living, breathing human names and faces of the individuals the American sports machine is willing to mow down in the name of profit and fame.

To begin with, Dr. Jamie Naughright was not “a girl” sexually assaulted by Peyton Manning; she was an esteemed professional widely admired by students and peers alike at the University of Tennessee, where she was the Director of Health & Wellness for the Men’s Athletic Program. Originally from New Jersey, Naughright had made Knoxville her home away from home.

In 1991, she earned her B.A. from the University of Tennessee in Exercise Physiology with a Minor in Football Coaching (I didn’t even know such a minor existed). A year later, with a 3.7 GPA, she earned her Master’s Degree in Health Education and Promotion. A few years later, with a 3.925 GPA, she earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Health Education and Wellness.

In fact, Jamie Naughright had been a staple across all sports programs at the University of Tennessee and had more tenure than most of the football staff, including the head coach at the time, Phillip Fulmer.

While winning his second Super Bowl ring and enjoying mainstream media glory, this has been a nightmarish two months off the field for Manning. Before Saturday’s revelation by the New York Daily News, there was the story by Al Jazeera America that HGH shipments had been delivered to Manning’s wife Ashley.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall after winning Super Bowl 50. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall after winning Super Bowl 50. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning’s image has long been a matter of public debate and discourse in New England and throughout the country. But now, there’s a claim through an explosive column in the New York Daily News that Manning’s All-American image is one big fraud.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King made his case Saturday – through a 74-page legal document he received – that there was an extensive smear campaign against former University of Tennessee Director of Health & Wellness Dr. Jamie Naughright and a calculated effort to hide the details of an alleged ugly sexual assault of her by Manning when he was at Tennessee in 1996.

King was initially critical of the media’s coverage of Cam Newton‘s behavior following the Super Bowl loss to Manning’s Broncos in Santa Clara. He wondered why the media was focused on the Newton’s performance in the press conference and not the the hug Newton gave Manning on the field. He even suggested a racial double standard.

But then he said he was emailed the 74-page court document that USA Today acquired in 2003, detailing the Manning-Naughright encounter while Naughright was examining Manning’s foot for an injury.

The following is an except of what King wrote Saturday in the New York Daily News:

Less than 24 hours later, a source who claimed to see my article on the racial double standard, sent me a 74-page court document from Polk County court in Florida. Sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for a flight home, I opened the PDF, began reading, and felt like I had stumbled on to state secrets. I literally moved to where nobody could see my computer screen.

While Peyton Manning is not the president of the United States, in a land where football is king, he is the Captain America of sports and certainly one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He’s also a prolific pitchman in the country, the friendly face of several multi-billion dollar corporations.

This document says, in essence, that it’s all a facade, an act, a well-designed for-profit creation, maintained and manicured at all cost. For me, it was like reading proof that the first Apollo moon landing was really a fictional tale filmed in a Hollywood studio designed to dupe us all. That flag, planted in the moon, seemingly blowing in the wind, was a ruse after all. Maybe B.o.B. was right on this one fact.

I read every single page in the airport before I boarded my flight. Maybe a good hundred times, I wondered to myself, Why ‘€” and how ‘€” had all of this been kept secret for so long?

Titled “Facts of the Case,” and submitted to the court by the plaintiff’s lawyers, the document, which warrants many more takes and reflections than what I will offer today, is simultaneously shocking, disgusting, painful, and infuriating. It offers us the living, breathing human names and faces of the individuals the American sports machine is willing to mow down in the name of profit and fame.

To begin with, Dr. Jamie Naughright was not “a girl” sexually assaulted by Peyton Manning; she was an esteemed professional widely admired by students and peers alike at the University of Tennessee, where she was the Director of Health & Wellness for the Men’s Athletic Program. Originally from New Jersey, Naughright had made Knoxville her home away from home.

In 1991, she earned her B.A. from the University of Tennessee in Exercise Physiology with a Minor in Football Coaching (I didn’t even know such a minor existed). A year later, with a 3.7 GPA, she earned her Master’s Degree in Health Education and Promotion. A few years later, with a 3.925 GPA, she earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Health Education and Wellness.

In fact, Jamie Naughright had been a staple across all sports programs at the University of Tennessee and had more tenure than most of the football staff, including the head coach at the time, Phillip Fulmer.

While winning his second Super Bowl ring and enjoying mainstream media glory, this has been a nightmarish two months off the field for Manning. Before Saturday’s revelation by the New York Daily News, there was the story by Al Jazeera America that HGH shipments had been delivered to Manning’s wife Ashley.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

According to election results released Friday, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were among those who garnered write-in votes as part of the New Hampshire presidential primary earlier this month.

According to election results released Friday, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were among those who garnered write-in votes as part of the Democratic presidential primary earlier this month.

Brady received four total votes, with voters on both sides casting their ballot for the New England quarterback — he got two votes on the Republican side and two on the Democratic side. Meanwhile, Belichick received one vote on the Democratic side.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Matt Forte certainly caught the attention of Bill Belichick prior to a 2014 meeting between the Patriots and Bears. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Matt Forte certainly caught the attention of Bill Belichick prior to a 2014 meeting between the Patriots and Bears. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With Matt Forte now expected to be on the market when free agency begins next month — and the Patriots apparently in need of some help at running back — it’s worth revisiting these quotes from Patriots coach Bill Belichick from 2014. When asked about Forte, Belichick was effusive in his praise of the back in the days before the New England-Chicago contest in Foxboro, saying that it was “challenging” to try and defend Forte’s multidimensional skill set.

“He’s a threat every time he steps on to the field in a number of different ways: passing game, running game,” Belichick said. “Any time he gets the ball in his hands he’s a good solid player. He’s tough, great vision, great balance. He definitely has the ability to turn nothing into something in a hurry, and he can turn something into a lot in a hurry too.

“(He’s a) hard guy to tackle, does a good job of creating space for himself and finding openings, getting to places where there are fewer defenders and then taking advantage of it. But even when he’s boxed in or guys get a shot of him, he still makes yards. He’s a terrific player; couldn’t say enough good things about him. He’s very good. He gets tough yards, gets yards in space. Catches short passes, runs downfield routes. He’s a very, very complete player.”

Belichick was also quizzed about Forte’s skill set; particularly, his abilities as a pass catcher and how he must be defended, as a receiver or running back. (Forte was leading the league in receptions prior to the October contest.)

“I think you have to treat him as what he is, let’s put it that way,” he said. “There are times when if you didn’t have any numbers on the jerseys, if you just watched the play, you’d say, ‘This looks like a receiver.’ But I’d say most plays he’s a back — a good back, but [he] doesn’t do some of the things that a receiver would do scheme-wise.

“I’m not saying he couldn’t do them, he probably can. But they use him as a back as opposed to using him as a receiver. Now, there are some times when I’d say he kind of runs a receiver type of route and in those cases, you have to defend him, but you don’t always know when those are. I’d say he’s a back more than he’s a receiver, even in the passing game. I mean, obviously in the running game but even in the passing game, I’d say his role is more as a back than as a receiver. So, screen plays, checkdowns, wide routes, crossing routes from the backfield, that’s where he gets most of his plays as opposed to running wide receiver type patterns or split out in empty and that kind of thing. They do it, not as much as they do the other things.”

More food for thought as free agency looms. For more on Forte and how he might fit with the Patriots, check out Ryan Hannable’s story here.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Matt Forte is one of the better running backs on the market this offseason. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Forte is one of the better running backs on the market this offseason. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)

When free agency begins in early March, there are a handful of players across the league who could appeal to New England. With the understanding that the status of these players could change because of the franchise or transition tag, here are a few possibilities for the Patriots to consider. We have to stress that all of these guys aren’€™t necessarily considered the elite of the free agent class — instead, they’re players we think would be a good fit in New England.

Player: Matt Forte

Position: Running back

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 218 pounds

Age: 30

The skinny: Forte has spent all eight of his seasons in the NFL with the Bears putting together a pretty solid career. In those eight seasons he’s rushed for over 1,000 yards five times and his lowest in a season was this past year when he ran for 898 yards, but it’s worth noting he played in just 13 games. The 2008 second-round pick out of Tulane has been very durable for a running back, as he’s played a full season in five of the eight years he’s been in the league. On Friday, Forte announced the Bears would not be looking to re-sign him so he will be playing for a different NFL team next season.

By the numbers: Since 2008, when Forte first came into the league, the Patriots have had just two, one-thousand yard rushers — Benjarvus Green Ellis in 2010 (1,008) and Stevan Ridley in 2012 (1,263). In that same time frame, Forte has five, one-thousand yard rushing seasons, including a career-high 1,339 in 2013.

Why it would work: It’s clear one of the Patriots’ biggest needs this offseason is at the running back position. They really struggled down the stretch as they ended the season with five straight games of 100 yards rushing or fewer. That had never happened before in the Bill Belichick era. While the running game will never be the vocal point of the offense with Tom Brady under center, it still does need to exist to keep defenses honest, which in turn helps Brady and the passing game.

Forte is 30 years old and one of the better running backs in the league, but during Super Bowl week he went on NFL Network and said, “It’s not even about the money. I want to be in the Super Bowls.” This certainly helps the Patriots’ chances of landing Forte as the team has never been one to give out big money to a running back, nor do they have the cap space to do so. New England is in need for a running back to complement Dion Lewis and James White and it would appear for the right price Forte would be a great fit.

Why it wouldn’€™t work: Money. This one is pretty clear, if Forte is looking for more money than what the Patriots are willing to give, it won’t happen. The Patriots will not overpay for a 30-year-old running back. Forte is coming off a four-year, $30 million contract with the Bears, including $17.1 million guaranteed and making $7.6 million per season. At age 30 he won’t be getting that type of deal, that is for sure. It’s hard to come up with a contract the Patriots would be looking to offer Forte, but it would likely be in the two-three year range worth roughly $5 million per year. Again, a rough estimate.

Our take: If the two sides can make the money work, it seems like a great fit. Obviously, that is easier said than done, but Forte brings exactly what the Patriots need at the running back position. He can give the Patriots about four yards a carry, which would make the Patriots offense even better, as they could now have a lot of second-and-6 plays opposed to a lot of second-and-long plays. It would also help keep opposing defenses honest and the Patriots could use a lot more play-action, which would help get Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Co. open more consistently. If Forte is serious about putting Super Bowls ahead of money, there is no better fit in the league than New England.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On two occasions when Peyton Manning has ended the Patriots' season in the AFC title game, Bill Belichick has responded with some seismic personnel moves. After the latest AFC playoff loss, will we see more from New England this offseason?</p>
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