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John Tomase
August 20, 2018 - 4:35 pm
The NFL's new tackling rule may be flummoxing most of the NFL, but not Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Why should he worry about a rule that punishes the tackling form he doesn't teach? Making his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday, Belichick suggested the rule shouldn'...
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John Tomase
August 20, 2018 - 4:03 pm
Dear Silicon Valley: Bill Belichick has your next big thing, and it's called Pandarama. Making his weekly visit with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday, the Patriots head coach took an entertaining diversion from run-of-the-mill football topics to discuss whether he had a Netflix account for...
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John Tomase
August 20, 2018 - 1:24 pm
Here's a new one: Aaron Hernadez's downfall traces in part to Bill Belichick's refusal to trade him to the other side of the country. That's one of the more eye-brow-raising assertions in the new book by Jose Baez, attorney for Hernandez, that the Boston Globe's Ben Volin excerpted on Monday. From...
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John Tomase
August 20, 2018 - 9:50 am
A second-round pick for a talented backup quarterback? Who'd do such a thing? That was basically the message out of Indianapolis last week. According to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin , the Colts declined that exact offer from the Seahawks for backup Jacoby Brissett. The Seahawks were interested...
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Ryan Hannable
August 19, 2018 - 9:27 pm
A lot has happened since last week’s first 53-man roster projection. The Patriots played their second preseason game Thursday night against the Eagles, and also reportedly have lost rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn for the season with an Achilles injury. Of course, that naturally will open up a...
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Ryan Hannable
August 19, 2018 - 5:25 pm
Although it was just a walkthrough Sunday, the Patriots got some good news on the injury front. According to those on site, running back Rex Burkhead returned to the field after missing everything since an Aug. 8 practice. It's been reported he's dealing with a minor tear in his knee, but he's...
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Ryan Hannable
August 19, 2018 - 6:00 am
1. There’s no doubt the start of Eric Decker’s career with the Patriots hasn’t gone as smooth as he would like. It’s taking him some time to pick up the offense and in turn that is forcing him to miss on some fundamentals like route-running and just catching the ball. While it’s tough to watch at...
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John Tomase
August 18, 2018 - 11:47 am
Max Kellerman appears prepared to ride his Tom Brady prediction right over the cliff. The ESPN talking head has maintained for years that quarterbacks cease to function at age 41, and that Brady would be no exception. On Friday's First Take, Kellerman doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on his...
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Ryan Hannable
August 18, 2018 - 7:51 am
In the Patriots’ first preseason game against the Redskins, there were no flags thrown for the new illegal use of the helmet rule. That changed Thursday against the Eagles when there were four such penalties called, but just one against the Patriots. The new rule is very controversial around the...
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Ryan Hannable
August 17, 2018 - 3:25 pm
Heading into Patriots training camp, one of the biggest competitions on the team appeared to be at punter with Ryan Allen battling undrafted rookie Corey Bojorquez, who displayed a powerful leg during OTAs and minicamp. But, through two preseason games only Allen has punted and even in practices...
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