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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for more then a dozen years, working for ESPN.com, SI.com and Baseball America as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Boston Metro. In that time, he’s established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association. In addition, he’s the author of the just published, “New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History” and two other books “Baseball by the Beach” and "The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower.”

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10/24/14 12:12 EST
FOXBORO -- Want a chance to see what Shane Vereen can become? On Sunday, watch Chicago’s Matt Forte. The best multidimensional back in the NFL, he’s a terrific presence both as a between-the-tackles back and in the passing game. On an offense with marquee names like Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, it’s Forte who is Chicago’s driving force -- he leads the Bears in rushing (111 carries, 448 yards, three TDs) and receiving (52 catches, 436 yards, two TDs). “He’s a threat every time he steps on to the field in a number of different ways: passing game, running game,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Forte, who also leads the league in catches. “He’s a terrific player. “He gets tough yards, gets yards in space. Catches short passes, runs downfield routes. He’s a very, very complete player.” In a few years, Vereen could be that guy. The Cal product, who has become an eminently dependable threat
10/22/14 11:55 EST
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots defense will be faced with a sizable challenge in the coming month, as New England not only has to run the toughest gauntlet any Patriots’ team has faced in the last decade, but it will have to do it without two of their most important defenders in linebacker Jerod Mayo and defensive end Chandler Jones. “We’re just going to have to get contributions from other guys -- some at the linebacker position and some at other positions as well,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after Mayo went down. “We’ll have to look to, I’d say, multiple groups [and] multiple players to do some of the things that he did. There’s no one guy who is going to, on this team, do what Jerod did. We’re lucky to have him, let alone another guy that can do all that too. It will have to come from a combination of guys somehow.” In the wake of the personnel losses -- and faced with some of the most impressive offenses in the league --
10/21/14 01:00 EST
While the Patriots have shown character in bouncing back from the Monday night massacre in Kansas City over the last three games -- three victories by a combined score of 107-64 -- their ultimate legacy will be forged over the next month-plus in the form of the toughest regular-season gauntlet any New England team has faced over the last decade. The convenient narrative for many around the Patriots is that their pillowy-soft divisional slate leads to trouble in January; the fact that they haven’t been truly tested like their AFC North or NFC West brethren (the home of the last two Super Bowl champions) over the course of the regular season means they come up lacking once the postseason rolls around. But if the 2014 New England team (which sits at 5-2) is able to make it through this year with an 11-5 or 12-4 mark, it’ll turn that storyline on its head. The six-game slate that opens Sunday at home against the Bears (3-4), and continues with games against the Broncos (5-1), Colts
10/17/14 05:02 EST
FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen knew what he was doing. According to the running back, the decision to kick down the door in celebration of the first of his two touchdowns Thursday against the Jets was a no-brainer. It was a way to honor fellow running back Stevan Ridley, who went down with a season-ending knee injury last week against the Bills. “When a brother goes down, it takes a toll on everybody, especially the running back corps, [because] we’re so tight,” Vereen said of Ridley, who frequently utilizes the same touchdown celebration. “I just tried to play for him. “You can’t replace Stevan. He’s a great player, a great runner -- a great running back.” Dont’a Hightower couldn’t find an appropriate way to pay tribute to Jerod Mayo, who also went down with a knee injury last week against the Bills. But maybe he needs to develop a shout-out for his fellow linebacker, because if Thursday night was any indication for the Patriots, life



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