FOXBORO — On Friday, the Patriots announced their offseason award winners. The honors are doled out on the combination of attendance at offseason workout programs, physical testing and overall improvement, and usually come with a prime parking space closest to the players’ entrance at Gillette Stadium.

This year’s winners are: safety Nate Ebner, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, defensive lineman Antonio Johnson, linebacker Eric Martin, safety Devin McCourty, left tackle Nate Solder and center Bryan Stork.

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the offseason award winners the last three years:

2014
Defensive end Chandler Jones, wide receiver Julian Edelman, linebacker Jamie Collins, safety Devin McCourty, cornerback Logan Ryan, fullback James Develin, safety Nate Ebner, linebacker Jerod Mayo, offensive lineman Dan Connolly and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

2013
Wide receiver Danny Amendola, quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, linebacker Dane Fletcher, linebacker Jerod Mayo, defensive end Rob Ninkovich, special teams captain Matthew Slater, left tackle Nate Solder, cornerback Aqib Talib and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.

2012
Linebacker Bobby Carpenter, safety Patrick Chung, defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, wide receiver Julian Edelman, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, linebacker Jerod Mayo, linebacker Trevor Scott, left tackle Nate Solder, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and running back Danny Woodhead.

 

 

 

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.

According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.

Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension. (Elsa/Getty Images)

There will be no hiding from the media or spinning of the truth needed when Tom Brady and Roger Goodell sit down on Aug. 12 in New York.

According to Raffi Melkonian, an appellate lawyer with a Fifth Circuit appellate practice, the hearing will be open to reporters.

While a court stenographer was on hand for the Brady appeal hearing with Goodell on June 23 at NFL offices in New York, reporters were not allowed inside the room with the parties and their attorneys.

That led to leaks from presumably both sides as to how the hearing went, with Adam Schefter initially reporting that Brady came off looking “A-plus” kind of guy.

That was countered the next day with a report that Brady was “not entirely credible” and that not much had changed in the eyes of the NFL.

So who will win? You can be the judge.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.

Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet again Aug. 12 at a court conference. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet again Aug. 12 at a settlement conference. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.

According to several reports, Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a settlement conference for Wednesday, August 12 in which he’s requested both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell be present.

“Let’s see what we can accomplish at that conference,” Berman wrote in the order.

He also requests the two sides keep talking before the conference.

“Lastly, I request that you all engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12, 2015,” he wrote.

It now seems more and more likely this will be resolved by the opening night, Sept. 10., especially given that was what both sides requested Friday.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

One of Tom Brady‘s fiercest rivals doesn’t believe the quarterback should be suspended for four games.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 29: Bernard Pollard #31 of the Tennessee Titans looks on before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Bernard Pollard said Tom Brady doesn’t deserve a four-game suspension. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

One of Tom Brady‘s fiercest rivals doesn’t believe the quarterback should be suspended for four games.

Former Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard, who delivered the blow in the 2008 opener that knocked Brady out for the rest of the season, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday that he doesn’t believe the Patriots quarterback deserved to be banned for his role in Deflategate.

“I do not like Tom Brady as a competitor or someone that is playing against him, because he’s a competitive player,” said Pollard, who is a free agent. “But I respect the piss out of him because the guy knows how to win. You can say whatever you want to say about him, but he is a true champion. He understands it.

“Do I feel that he should be suspended for four games? I’m going to tell you no,” added Pollard. “This dude is a competitor, man. I don’t think he should have been suspended for four games. But I’m not the commissioner. I’m not on that committee that suspended him. (But) I know he’s going to fight tooth and nail like he does on the field to get back on the field with his team.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots made an addition to the Wells Report in Context on Friday, revealing a series of emails in which they made specific requests to the league in hopes of having them correct initial misinformation being reported by the media and to investigate the sources of such misinformation, whic

The Patriots made an addition to the Wells Report in Context on Friday, revealing a series of emails in which they made specific requests to the league in hopes of having them correct initial misinformation being reported by the media and to investigate the sources of such misinformation, which — in their eyes — could only have been league personnel.

The series of emails includes an introduction that reads: “Shortly after the AFC Championship game, the league had all the data regarding halftime psi readings in hand, yet would not share that information with the Patriots, issue a statement with the facts or at least let the public know that reports circulating were inaccurate.”

The report includes several communications between the league and the Patriots — emails between Patriots PR chief Stacey James, NFL PR official Greg Aiello, Associate Legal Counsel at The Kraft Group Robyn Glaser, and Jeff Pash, the executive vice-president and general counsel of the NFL — that provide a detailed look at the efforts made by the Patriots to ask the league to correct the information.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price


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Mike Petraglia