Want to have pizza and drink beer with three of the biggest celebrities in the world?

Tom Brady’s latest Facebook post gives fans a chance to have pizza and beer with Brady, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. All fans have to do is give a donation which will benefit Eastern Congo Initiative, Water.org and the TB12 Foundation. The more money donated gives better odds to win.

Check it out, along with a pretty great video.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots had perfect attendance at a rare Thursday walkthrough in advance of Sunday’s game against the Bills. Typically the team waits until later in the week to hold walkthroughs, but the team did get an extra day of practice this week with last week’s Thursday game.

FOXBORO — The Patriots had perfect attendance at a rare Thursday walkthrough in advance of Sunday’s game against the Bills. Typically the team waits until later in the week to hold walkthroughs, but the team did get an extra day of practice this week with last week’s Thursday game.

Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were present, but unlike Wednesday where the media saw the two throwing, Thursday the media only saw the players walk in.

The two were listed as limited on Wednesday, which was a full padded practice.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Could Roger Goodell see the Patriots ultimately regain their first-round pick they lost because of Deflategate? (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO -- Those of you who believe in karma, pay attention. 



LeGarrette Blount was the answer to the question how would the Patriots cope without Tom Brady.

And like Brady, Blount took his game to a new level to help the Patriots off to a fast start.

LeGarrette Blount celebrates one of his two touchdowns Thursday night. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount celebrates one of his two touchdowns against Houston. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount was the answer to the question how would the Patriots cope without Tom Brady.

And like Brady, Blount took his game to a new level to help the Patriots off to a fast start.

The Patriots 29-year-old running back leads the NFL in rushing yards (298) through three weeks and has chipped in with four touchdowns over the 3-0 start, helping him earn AFC offensive player of the month honors announced Thursday.

But more than the yardage is the load Blount has carried with Brady serving his four-game suspension. He leads the league with 75 carries through the first three weeks. That’s accounts for 37.5 percent of New England’s 200 offensive plays from scrimmage.

Against the Cardinals, he ran 22 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Against the Dolphins, he ran 29 times for 123 yards and another score. Then, against the Texans, Blount carried the ball 24 times for 105 yards and two scores. What makes his last six quarters so impressive is that he helped take some of the burden off Jacoby Brissett against the Dolphins when Jimmy Garoppolo went down and then helped Brissett again against the Texans as the rookie made his first NFL start.

Blount’s four rushing touchdowns in the first three games ties Marion Butts (1994) and Corey Dillon (2005) for the most for the Patriots in the first three games.

Brady claimed the same honor last September, as the Patriots also opened 3-0 on their way to a 10-0 start. Brady has earned the honor eight times in his career. This is a first for Blount.

This is also the third honor for the Patriots this season, as Stephen Gostkowski was AFC special teams player of the week for Week 1 and Ryan Allen, off his amazing performance against the Texans last Thursday, was AFC special teams player of the week for Week 3.

There is still one game left on the AFC calendar for the month as the Dolphins play in Cincinnati on Thursday night football, kicking off Week 4.

 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

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Michael Lombardi

Michael Lombardi

FOXBORO — There are few people in the NFL with a background as varied and experienced as Mike Lombardi. And there are few people Bill Belichick trusts more.

So, when defensive lineman John Hughes became available this week after being released by the Browns, the Patriots head coach knew right where to go to see if he might be a good fit with the Patriots.

Hughes 27, is just the latest member of Lombardi’s Browns from 2013 that has found a spot on the Patriots. Jabaal Sheard and Dion Lewis joined the Patriots last year and both had very productive seasons until Lewis tore his ACL in November.

This year, there was the addition of linebacker Barkevious Mingo in the third week of preseason. Why such an active pipeline of talent?

“Mike has been a good source of information on a lot of levels but certainly players that he is familiar with, like guys that were on that team,” Belichick said. “I mean he gives you insight into guys that you don’t get if you’re not there.”

Lombardi and Belichick have a well-chronicled relationship that goes back to 1992, when Lombardi was promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 1992 where he worked under Belichick and was responsible for all college and pro personnel decisions, managed salary cap and player personnel issues, oversaw staff of 13 college and pro scouts and handled all player contracts and advised head coach on all football matters.

That’s a lot of responsibility that earned the respect of Belichick. When Lombardi left the Browns in 1996, he moved onto the Rams and Eagles before landing with Al Davis and the Raiders in 1998. It was there where he helped Davis rebuild the Raiders into one of the forces in the AFC, reaching the AFC title game in 2000, losing to the Patriots in the ’01 Snow Bowl and falling to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.

He then spent the next six seasons spreading his wisdom in the media before re-joining the Browns as general manager and VP of player personnel in 2013.

The Browns did Lombardi somewhat of a favor when they let him go in favor of Ray Farmer after the ’13 season. Lombardi, still getting paid from the Browns, earned his second Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2014 when he joined Belichick’s staff again as a coaching assistant. His first Super Bowl ring came as a scout with the 49ers in 1984.

He formally left the staff after last season but remains in touch with Belichick. He now serves as a Fox Sports analyst and can be heard on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan every Friday morning.

As for Hughes and Mingo, both could see bigger and bigger roles as the season goes on. Hughes originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (87th overall) of the Browns out of Cincinnati in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in the 2016 season opener for Cleveland in a reserve role before being released on Sept. 20. The 6-foot-2, 320-pound interior lineman has played in 53 NFL games with 10 starts and has 123 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

“John’s an experienced player,” Belichick said Wednesday. “He has played a little bit inside and outside. We’ll see how it goes with him. Again, I think he’s a big guy with some skill, can run a little bit and has a good level of playing experience. So we’ll see how it turns out. I don’t know.”

In three games this season, Mingo has only been on the field for five of 196 defensive snaps but has played 64 of 79 special teams snaps.

“I think each week it’s a different week so I don’t really know,” Belichick said. “This week is different from last week and next week will be different from this week. But we’ll see what our game plan is, how we match up, what we want to try to do. That could be different, like it always is, with different players every week. He has done a good job. He has come in and learned a lot about our system both in the kicking game and defensively.

“He’s really involved in all four downs. We can play him first, second, third and fourth-down so he has had a lot to pick up. We’ve thrown a lot at him. He works hard at it and he’s in good condition, can take a lot of plays so he has gotten a lot out there at practice. I’m glad we have him.”

Belichick could still say the same about Lombardi.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — For the second straight week, who starts at quarterback for the Patriots is a mystery.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

FOXBORO — For the second straight week, who starts at quarterback for the Patriots is a mystery.

Both Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (right thumb) were officially limited at practice on Wednesday. Garoppolo was limited Tuesday and Wednesday last week, but then didn’t play Thursday against the Texans.

It’s worth noting both players threw passes during the media availability of practice.

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) and Dont’a Hightower (knee) were also limited. Gronkowski played last Thursday night, but only 14 snaps, while Hightower has missed the last two games.

Marcus Cannon was added to the injury report with a calf ailment, while Trey Flowers (shoulder) was removed.

Here is the complete Patriots practice report:

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb)
OL Marcus Cannon (calf)
OL Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable