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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 11:46 pm
After a few months of speculation, it appears close to happening. According to The Athletic's Jeff Howe , the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are nearing a new contract, although it's unknown whether he will sign an extension or just get a raise. Talks on a reworked deal began a few weeks ago when...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 8:35 pm
On Wednesday afternoon, Tom Brady made a strange Instagram post (see below) and even disabled the comments. It was a picture of him on the practice field with the caption “Dreamworks’’ followed by a sparkling emoji and the peace sign emoji. Many wondered exactly what it meant, as he hasn't been...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 3:17 pm
FOXBORO -- Even though it was just an OTA session, seeing Julian Edelman running and cutting on the field was a good sign. The wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in the preseason last year and missed the entire season, but since it happened so early, he was able to make a full recovery before the...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 10:20 am
FOXBORO -- Derek Rivers' rookie season did not go as planned. The Patriots' third-round pick out of Youngstown State tore his ACL during a joint practice with the Texans in West Virginia last summer, ending his rookie season before it even began. Fortunately for him, the injury occurred in the...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2018 - 8:26 am
For the first time in his career, Tom Brady is missing OTAs where 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work is done on the field. In the past, even if Brady misses Phases 1 and 2 of the voluntary offseason workout program, he returns for Phase 3. That hasn't happened yet, as he missed Monday and Tuesday's sessions...
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Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2018 - 9:54 pm
On Tuesday, NFL owners approved changes to the kickoff for one season, this coming season. The changes will make kickoffs feel more like punts to help eliminate big collisions. Players on the kicking team cannot line up more than one yard behind where the ball is being kicked, which comes following...
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WEEI
May 22, 2018 - 4:35 pm
Maybe Tom Brady hasn't been working out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center at Gillette Stadium the last couple days after all. Earlier on Tuesday, there was a report saying Rob Gronkowski and Brady worked out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center on Monday and the plan was for them to do so on Tuesday...
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Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2018 - 3:43 pm
FOXBORO -- The biggest story from Tuesday's first Patriots OTA session open to the media was the absence of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, which goes along with what has happened the entire offseason as neither have attended any of the voluntary workouts. Additionally, it was reported by the Boston...
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Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2018 - 2:12 pm
FOXBORO -- Watching the first OTA session open to the media on Tuesday, it was a strange sight seeing safety Duron Harmon wearing No. 21 as he switched from No. 30 this offseason. Afterwards, Harmon explained he was planning on switching numbers even before Jason McCourty (who is now wearing No. 30...
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Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2018 - 1:54 pm
FOXBORO — Tuesday was the second OTA session of the spring for the Patriots and first that was open to the media. The session lasted roughly two hours and players wore just helmets, as pads are not permitted this time of year. This is commonly referred to as just a teaching camp, but it is worth...
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