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Ryan Hannable
April 22, 2018 - 6:00 am
1. With all the drama surrounding the Patriots and Tom Brady this offseason, some have wondered what would have happened if Jimmy Garoppolo was still around if the team had franchised him? Well, as was stated at time, it simply wasn’t possible. The only way he would have been able to stay was if he...
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Rob Bradford
April 21, 2018 - 1:23 pm
Rob Gronkowski is dropping hints regarding his return for the 2018 season. And he's doing it in an appropriately bizarre manner. Appearing at a press conference for Monster Energy, promoting a Supercross event at Gillette Stadium, Gronkowski offered his first public clue as to whether or not a...
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Ryan Hannable
April 21, 2018 - 9:02 am
Earlier in the week in a Q&A with The Athletic , NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock mentioned the Patriots being a possible team who could draft quarterback Lamar Jackson. Then on a NFL Media conference call Friday, he continued to push that narrative. "I'm a little intrigued by the Patriots...
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Kyle DaLuz
April 20, 2018 - 1:09 pm
Former Patriots play-by-play announcer and Patriots Hall of Famer Gil Santos passed away Thursday on his 80th birthday. Since getting his red Hall of Fame jacket in the summer of 2013, Santos has been away from the spotlight. Santos has not stepped into the broadcast booth at the 50-yard line...
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Ryan Hannable
April 20, 2018 - 12:03 pm
At first glance, the Patriots' 2018 schedule looks pretty challenging with a tough three-game stretch to open the year against the Texans, Jaguars and Lions, and then games later on against the Packers and Steelers. But, according to a study by the Washington Post , the Patriots actually have the...
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Ryan Hannable
April 20, 2018 - 10:11 am
It appears both the Broncos at No. 5 and the Colts at No. 6 are open to trades at the top of next week's NFL draft. Bill Belichick is always open to dealing during the draft, so nothing should ever be ruled out. In the past, the Patriots haven't had the ammunition to be able to swing a trade to get...
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Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2018 - 10:07 pm
According to the team, legendary Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos has passed away. Thursday was his 80th birthday. “For generations of Patriots fans, Gil Santos was and forever will be known as the ‘Voice of the Patriots.’ Tonight , I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing on a day that he was...
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Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2018 - 5:20 pm
The 2018 Patriots regular-season schedule was released Thursday, although a little premature thanks to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. It features some of the most anticipated games on the entire NFL slate, including a Week 2 AFC championship rematch against the Jaguars, and then a big Week 15 showdown...
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Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2018 - 3:39 pm
The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule officially will be released Thursday night, but courtesy of The Athletic's Jeff Howe the Patriots' games are known ahead of time. Some highlights are the Patriots hosting the Texans at 1 p.m. in Week 1, traveling to Jacksonville for a rematch of the AFC title...
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Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2018 - 3:12 pm
One of the biggest free agents the Patriots lost this offseason was running back Dion Lewis. Speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium Thursday, James White was asked how the offense will look to replace him. "We've got to do it collectively," he said. "That guy is a special player. He can run,...
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