The full 2017 NFL schedule will be released Thursday night, but Thursday morning the Patriots released their preseason slate with dates and times.

The opponents were announced earlier, but now we know the dates and times.

The 2017 preseason schedule has been released with dates, times. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The 2017 preseason schedule has been released with dates, times. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The full 2017 NFL schedule will be released Thursday night, but Thursday morning the Patriots released their preseason slate with dates and times.

The opponents were announced earlier, but now we know the dates and times.

Week 1: Thursday, August 10 vs. Jaguars 7:30
Week 2: Saturday, August 19 at Texans 8:00
Week 3: Friday, August 25 at Lions 7:00
Week 4: Thursday, August 31 vs. Giants 7:30

The Patriots and Texans reportedly have been rumored to be working on joint practices before their game in Week 2 and there’s a chance the Jaguars and Patriots could work something out for Week 1, but that may be too early to hold them.

New England will open its regular-season slate at home on Thursday, September 7.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Shortly after the Patriots left the White House on Wednesday, third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett posted a picture to Instagram of him in front of a picture of Barack Obama inside the White House.

Jacoby Brissett called Barack Obama an inspiration. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Jacoby Brissett called Barack Obama an inspiration. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Shortly after the Patriots left the White House on Wednesday, third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett posted a picture to Instagram of him in front of a picture of Barack Obama inside the White House.

The caption was a long letter written by Brissett thanking Obama for what he did for not only the country, but being an inspiration to him. He hopes to meet the former president one day.

It read: Dear Big O,

I am writing you this letter to say thank you. I want to thank you for what you have done for this country – outside of politics. Honestly, I don’t know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad, but I want you to know that when you said “Yes We Can” – a young man dreaming a dream from rough circumstances in Florida heard you. When you were elected President for the first time I was 16 and I watched you make the never-imaginable, attainable and I heard your cry to inspire hope. I used those words as motivation and saw your achievement as an opportunity and permission to work make my dreams come true too. You were the President of the United States – the highest office in the world. You broke a barrier and a stereotype proving not every minority has to use a ball to make a way. You’ve inspired a lifetime of dreamers young and old. Now, kids from my community – and my future children – will know that there is no dream too big – even they could be the President of the United States. As I prepare for the honor of visiting the White House, I will be there as a Super Bowl Champion – and I will think of you, mainly because the White House is a different, and better place because you lived there. I was a kid that came from nothing and I am living out one of the greatest dreams of my life. I am just grateful for the opportunity to walk on the same steps as you did, and to have a platform to inspire and I hope to leave my mark on history the way you did. One day, when I meet you, I will shake your hand and say thank you to your face but until then this kid is going to continue to dream until I can’t anymore. Thank you for blazing a trail, but for more than that, for leaving a paved road behind you for others to climb on.

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your DREAMS – Oprah

Yes we can!! DREAM BIG!! Thank you,

Jacoby Brissett

P.S Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot

Dear Big O, I am writing you this letter to say thank you. I want to thank you for what you have done for this country – outside of politics. Honestly, I don’t know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad, but I want you to know that when you said “Yes We Can” – a young man dreaming a dream from rough circumstances in Florida heard you. When you were elected President for the first time I was 16 and I watched you make the never-imaginable, attainable and I heard your cry to inspire hope. I used those words as motivation and saw your achievement as an opportunity and permission to work make my dreams come true too. You were the President of the United States – the highest office in the world. You broke a barrier and a stereotype proving not every minority has to use a ball to make a way. You’ve inspired a lifetime of dreamers young and old. Now, kids from my community – and my future children – will know that there is no dream too big – even they could be the President of the United States. As I prepare for the honor of visiting the White House, I will be there as a Super Bowl Champion – and I will think of you, mainly because the White House is a different, and better place because you lived there. I was a kid that came from nothing and I am living out one of the greatest dreams of my life. I am just grateful for the opportunity to walk on the same steps as you did, and to have a platform to inspire and I hope to leave my mark on history the way you did. One day, when I meet you, I will shake your hand and say thank you to your face but until then this kid is going to continue to dream until I can’t anymore. Thank you for blazing a trail, but for more than that, for leaving a paved road behind you for others to climb on. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your DREAMS – Oprah Yes we can!! DREAM BIG!! Thank you, Jacoby Brissett P.S Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot

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Ryan Hannable

Malcolm Butler could be traded in the next week. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)Malcolm Butler’s fate for 2017 will likely be decided by the end of next weekend.

Either he will be a member of the Patriots, or get dealt to another team for 2017 draft picks.



Much has been made about how many members of the Patriots attended the White House ceremony with President Trump on Wednesday to honor the Super Bowl LI win.

Much has been made about how many members of the Patriots attended the White House ceremony with President Trump on Wednesday to honor the Super Bowl LI win.

The New York Times took it a step further by posting two photos to Twitter — one from the 2015 visit, and one from Wednesday. It’s a big difference, as in 2015 people stretched up and down the stairs, where as the photo from Wednesday didn’t have that.

At first glance, it appears the 2015 visit had a lot more people in attendance, but the photos apparently lack facts.

The Patriots took matters into their own hands by responding Wednesday night on Twitter. The official team account responded to the Times’ tweet by writing: These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.

Here is the original New York Times tweet, followed by the Patriots’ response.

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Ryan Hannable

Almost 12 hours after Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead, more details are coming out surrounding what happened before he committed suicide in his jail cell using a bed sheet at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

More details are surfacing with Aaron Hernandez's death. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

More details are surfacing with Aaron Hernandez’s death. (Pool photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Almost 12 hours after Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead, more details are coming out surrounding what happened before he committed suicide in his jail cell using a bed sheet at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

According to WBZ-TV, Hernandez had the bible verse John 3:16 on his forehead when he was found dead in his prison cell early Wednesday morning. It means those who believe in Jesus “shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Fox 25’s Bob Ward adds it was written in blood.

Also, investigators are reportedly looking into the possibility that Hernandez may have smoked synthetic marijuana called K2 Tuesday night.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, but the timing was bizarre considering he was acquitted of a 2012 double-murder in Boston just five days ago.

It’s worth mentioning, “Rabbit” a frequent caller to the Kirk & Callahan show, speculated Hernandez committed suicide because of recent homosexuality rumors.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

With Tony Romo taking over for Phil Simms in the booth next season, the network needed a new role for the long-time analyst.

On Wednesday, it was announced Simms will move to “The NFL Today” pregame show and replace Tony Gonzalez.