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NFL tight end Ben Watson
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 2:59 pm
FOXBORO -- Ben Watson's retirement didn't last long at all. After announcing last season would be his last, following considering media and player development opportunities, the 38-year-old decided to return to football and sign with the Patriots , the team that drafted him in the first round of...
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Linebacker Jamie Collins
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 2:34 pm
FOXBORO -- In a prime example of how Bill Belichick doesn't care about what's happened in the past, Jamie Collins is back with the Patriots following signing with the team last week. Things didn't end on the best of terms when Collins was traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline in 2016, but now...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 2:01 pm
FOXBORO -- It's been quite the week for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. The veteran, who is preparing for his 11th NFL season, celebrated his 33rd birthday Tuesday and the day before that he signed a two-year extension with the Patriots keeping him in New England through 2021. "It's awesome...
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Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 1:46 pm
FOXBORO -- The Patriots held their third OTA session of the spring and first open to the media Thursday morning on the upper grass fields behind Gillette Stadium. The session lasted just under two hours and due to league rules there was no contact and no pads. Here are the 14 players who missed the...
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Alex Reimer
May 23, 2019 - 1:37 pm
Over the last several years, numerous current and ex-NFL players have made convincing arguments about why the league should legalize marijuana use. They talk about its pain management benefits and role in minimizing the use of addictive prescription drugs, both of which are true. But Chris Long is...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 12:35 pm
FOXBORO — The following Patriots players were missing from the third OTA session, and first open to the media: punter Ryan Allen, quarterback Tom Brady, safety Patrick Chung, running back Sony Michel, safety Nate Ebner, long-snapper Joe Cardona, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, offensive lineman Yodney...
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Linebacker Jamie Collins
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 11:08 am
FOXBORO -- In advance of the first OTA session open to the media, the Patriots released new jersey numbers. The one that stood out most is Jamie Collins wearing No. 8, which he wore at Southern Mississippi. This of course will need to change before the games start with him being a linebacker. Other...
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Ryan Hannable
May 23, 2019 - 7:02 am
For the first time since Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots will be on the field in front of the media Thursday morning. A lot has happened since February, most notably the retirement of Rob Gronkowski and also a number of changes on the coaching staff. Like last year, Tom Brady is not expected to...
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Alex Reimer
May 22, 2019 - 2:59 pm
Robert Kraft’s legal case for allegedly soliciting prostitution is still ongoing, but his presence at this week’s NFL owners’ meetings was hardly newsworthy. His relative anonymity speaks to just how quickly our news cycle moves on, especially if the charges aren't all that serious in the first...
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Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2019 - 12:32 pm
Since the Patriots are typically always in the divisional round of the playoffs, this news is noteworthy. On Wednesday, it was learned the NFL is changing its start times for the Sunday divisional round games. They will now start at 3 and 6:30 p.m., which is what they are for the championship games...
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