Shane Vereen is now with the Giants, but he still has a soft spot for Tom Brady. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Shane Vereen is now with the Giants, but he still has a soft spot for Tom Brady. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Count ex-teammate Shane Vereen as someone who is in Tom Brady‘s corner.

The former New England running back made his return to Gillette Stadium Thursday night for the first time since he signed a free-agent deal in the offseason with the Giants. And even thought he’s now a part of Big Blue, the 26-year-old still has a place in his heart for his old quarterback.

“He’s one of the few cats, (one of the) few guys in this league that will keep taking his backlashes but still get better and still work harder,” Vereen told WHDH-TV after the game, a 12-9 win for the Giants in the preseason finale for both teams. “(There are a) lot of guys in this league that would love to be like him as a competitor and as a great quarterback, I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Vereen, who ended up with just one carry on the night, said it was a “little surreal” to be back in Foxboro. The Cal product spent four seasons in New England before signing with the Giants a month after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX.

“It was fun — a little surreal for a while,” he said of Thursday’s action. “I had to snap out of it. It was fun being back and seeing everybody and being welcomed back with open arms.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.

FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.

Even after the game almost all the players who spoke didn’t address the matter and only wanted to talk about the players who played in the game — except for Reggie Wayne.

Wayne was asked if he was happy Brady will be available for Week 1 against the Steelers.

“Yeah. That’s my quarterback. So yeah, I am,” he said.

“All that I can say is that I’m happy that he’s available and I have to do my job of being available,” he added.

The 36-year-old said he hasn’t really been thinking much about Brady and his suspension since joining the team.

“I have enough on my plate. I’m excited he’s available, but Reggie has to take care of what Reggie has to take care of,” Wayne said. “That’s getting my playbook corrected on all the mistakes I had tonight and get better. I’ve only been here a week and a half or so, so like I said, I’m behind the eight-ball. I’m excited he’s available. I have to do my job though.”

The 15-year veteran was signed by the Patriots just over two weeks ago, so he knows he still has a lot of catching up to do.

“It’s starting to slow down a little bit,” Wayne said. “Still a lot to learn from. Still a lot I have to get accomplished. I’m still behind the eight-ball. I’m trying to find my swag. I’m going to slow down a little bit and I’m starting to catch on.”

Wayne unofficially played all 38 plays of the first half, but that was the end of his night. He finished with two catches for 25 yards on 10 targets. Even though he played just a half, he feels like he’s been around the league long enough to make sure he gets his body ready.

“It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve been down this road before,” he said. “I played in last week’s game, I played a half. ‘€¦ I know what I have to do. I know I have to take care of my body. As far as out there it will take care of itself. Everything else is just mental and knowing what to do and when to do it.”

With the Patriots’ depth at the wide receiver position lacking, especially Brandon LaFell (PUP) likely unavailable against the Steelers, Wayne will be forced into a sizable role.

“I don’t have a choice,” he said. “It’s going to be here regardless if I’m ready or not. There’s a lot of stuff I can learn from tonight. Like I said, I can still continue to prepare and get ready.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.

Even after the game almost all the players who spoke didn’t address the matter and only wanted to talk about the players who played in the game — except for Reggie Wayne.

Wayne was asked if he was happy Brady will be available for Week 1 against the Steelers.

“Yeah. That’s my quarterback. So yeah, I am,” he said.

“All that I can say is that I’m happy that he’s available and I have to do my job of being available,” he added.

The 36-year-old said he hasn’t really been thinking much about Brady and his suspension since joining the team.

“I have enough on my plate. I’m excited he’s available, but Reggie has to take care of what Reggie has to take care of,” Wayne said. “That’s getting my playbook corrected on all the mistakes I had tonight and get better. I’ve only been here a week and a half or so, so like I said, I’m behind the eight-ball. I’m excited he’s available. I have to do my job though.”

The 15-year veteran was signed by the Patriots just over two weeks ago, so he knows he still has a lot of catching up to do.

“It’s starting to slow down a little bit,” Wayne said. “Still a lot to learn from. Still a lot I have to get accomplished. I’m still behind the eight-ball. I’m trying to find my swag. I’m going to slow down a little bit and I’m starting to catch on.”

Wayne unofficially played all 38 plays of the first half, but that was the end of his night. He finished with two catches for 25 yards on 10 targets. Even though he played just a half, he feels like he’s been around the league long enough to make sure he gets his body ready.

“It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve been down this road before,” he said. “I played in last week’s game, I played a half. ‘€¦ I know what I have to do. I know I have to take care of my body. As far as out there it will take care of itself. Everything else is just mental and knowing what to do and when to do it.”

With the Patriots’ depth at the wide receiver position lacking, especially Brandon LaFell (PUP) likely unavailable against the Steelers, Wayne will be forced into a sizable role.

“I don’t have a choice,” he said. “It’s going to be here regardless if I’m ready or not. There’s a lot of stuff I can learn from tonight. Like I said, I can still continue to prepare and get ready.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — On a night where Patriots and their fans were preoccupied on the fate of the starting quarterback, the team wrapped up the 2015 preseason with a 12-9 loss against the Giants in front of a relatively subdued Gillette S

FOXBORO ‘€” On a night where Patriots and their fans were preoccupied on the fate of the starting quarterback, the team wrapped up the 2015 preseason with a 12-9 loss against the Giants in front of a relatively subdued Gillette Stadium crowd.

Led by third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley, who took all the offensive snaps in place of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, New England and New York traded field goals throughout the evening until New York’€™s Chris Boswell knocked home a 41-yard field goal with 8:18 left in the contest, a score that would ultimately prove to be the difference.

Lindley ended the night 22-for-45 for 253 yards and an interception in the loss. The Patriots also got nice performances from James White (10 carries, 36 yards), Aaron Dobson (four catches, 56 yards) and Reggie Wayne (two catches, 24 yards). Lindley led the Patriots on a pair of first-half scoring drives, both of which ended in field goals from Stephen Gostkowski (34 and 33 yards) that resulted in a 6-6 tie at halftime. He added a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring for New England and tie the game at nine.

Brady, who reportedly left before the start of the game, was not spotted on the sideline during the contest. At the same time, his image loomed large throughout the evening ‘€” at one point, the Patriots played his traditional entrance music, and his highlights were shown on the big board, eliciting a large cheer. In addition, many fans brought signs of support for the quarterback, as well as Judge Richard Berman, who issued the Deflategate ruling in favor of Brady earlier in the day.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO ‘€” On a night where Patriots and their fans were preoccupied on the fate of the starting quarterback, the team wrapped up the 2015 preseason with a 12-9 loss against the Giants in front of a relatively subdued Gillette Stadium crowd.

Led by third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley, who took all the offensive snaps in place of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, New England and New York traded field goals throughout the evening until New York’€™s Chris Boswell knocked home a 41-yard field goal with 8:18 left in the contest, a score that would ultimately prove to be the difference.

Lindley ended the night 22-for-45 for 253 yards and an interception in the loss. The Patriots also got nice performances from James White (10 carries, 36 yards), Aaron Dobson (four catches, 56 yards) and Reggie Wayne (two catches, 24 yards). Lindley led the Patriots on a pair of first-half scoring drives, both of which ended in field goals from Stephen Gostkowski (34 and 33 yards) that resulted in a 6-6 tie at halftime. He added a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring for New England and tie the game at nine.

Brady, who reportedly left before the start of the game, was not spotted on the sideline during the contest. At the same time, his image loomed large throughout the evening ‘€” at one point, the Patriots played his traditional entrance music, and his highlights were shown on the big board, eliciting a large cheer. In addition, many fans brought signs of support for the quarterback, as well as Judge Richard Berman, who issued the Deflategate ruling in favor of Brady earlier in the day.

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

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — There would have been a banner raised at Gillette Stadium in the season opener against the Steelers if Tom Brady had not had his four-game suspension vacated Thursday morning.

FOXBORO — There would have been a banner raised at Gillette Stadium in the season opener against the Steelers if Tom Brady had not had his four-game suspension vacated Thursday morning. It just would not have been the Super Bowl banner.

Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft announced on the team’s pre-game radio show that the banner would have been some sort of tribute to Brady in the pre-game ceremony next Thursday night.

“A ‘1’ and ‘2’ was on it,” Kraft said. “[But] not ‘Free.'”

Of course, Kraft was referring to the “Free Tom Brady” movement around New England ever since Roger Goodell announced his four-game suspension of Brady last May after the release of the Wells Report.

“Tom may have been a three-time Super Bowl MVP and a four-time Super Bowl winner, and that may have been a part of it, too.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.

[0:00:00] ... So John obviously you've heard the news that Tom Brady's four game suspension has been vacated by judge Richard Berman. Based on what you've. Read about. Ands and heard from. Richard Berman ...
[0:01:34] ... vacated. And changes to the suspension and discipline of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. This is saying that is become. Very. Problematic for the National Football League how do you think there are ways. The NFL ...
[0:05:43] ... It. The old stuff. What what was the the motivation of of Major League Baseball. To have this. All along and I'm just wondering why Major League Baseball when it comes to. Cases of discipline always seem to get it right and in the national football league for all of ...