It Is What It Is

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Andy Hart
August 09, 2019 - 11:03 am
Change is a constant from year to year in the NFL, both in terms of player personnel and coaching staffs. That’s certainly true for Bill Belichick’s team that heads into a new season with essentially an entirely new staff of defensive coaches, with only safeties coach Steve Belichick returning to...
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Alex Reimer
August 09, 2019 - 9:53 am
The formula to beating Bill Belichick includes sleep deprivation, ditching your wife in the delivery room and sniffing smelling salts before a preseason game, at least according to Jets coach Adam Gase. The Gang Green’s new headman lived up to his psychopathic billing prior to New York’s first...
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Chase Winovich
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Andy Hart
August 09, 2019 - 8:56 am
Though he’d removed his helmet to display his flowing locks of blonde hair, popular Patriots rookie edge player Chase Winovich was otherwise still in full uniform when he stepped to the microphone for his press conference after his impressive preseason debut Thursday night in Detroit. “Just so...
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Rookie N'Keal Harry
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Ryan Hannable
August 09, 2019 - 6:00 am
N’Keal Harry made a good first impression Thursday in the preseason opener. On the Patriots ’ second series of the game, the first-round pick made a great contested catch on a comeback route near the sideline, and then on the next series hauled in a 25-yard pass from Brian Hoyer. After struggling...
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Jakobi Meyers
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Andy Hart
August 08, 2019 - 11:52 pm
After converting from quarterback to wide receiver as a freshman at N.C. State, Jakobi Meyers closed out his college career with 92 catches a year ago. But the production wasn’t enough to get him drafted after running a slower-than-desired 4.6 40 at the NFL Combine. Landing with the receiver-needy...
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Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham
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Ryan Hannable
August 08, 2019 - 11:48 pm
No one really knew how Patriots rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham would perform in his first real NFL game Thursday night against the Lions. In practices, the fourth-round pick has shown a great arm that is tremendously accurate, but the biggest knock against him has been holding onto the ball too...
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Brian Hoyer
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Andy Hart
August 08, 2019 - 10:34 pm
Tom Brady may have watched Thursday night’s preseason opener in Detroit from the sidelines, but that didn’t mean the Patriots passing game had the night off. Veteran backup Brian Hoyer led a pair of early scoring drives, spreading the ball to a variety of targets, and rookie Jarrett Stidham picked...
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Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers
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Ryan Hannable
August 08, 2019 - 10:32 pm
The first preseason game could not have gone much better for the Patriots . After leading 20-0 at the half, they rolled to a 31-3 win over the Lions in Detroit. Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers was the star of the game. The undrafted rookie hauled in six passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. In...
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Stephen Gostkowski
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Ryan Hannable
August 08, 2019 - 9:19 pm
It's the preseason for everyone, apparently. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski had his name misspelled on the back of his game jersey in the first preseason contest against the Lions Thursday night. It read: Gostowski. The 14-year veteran missed a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half...
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Patriots team at training camp
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Ryan Hannable
August 08, 2019 - 11:15 am
Football is back (kind of). The Patriots and Lions will meet in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night in Detroit, but it seems unlikely the majority of star players will see any time. It's been reported Tom Brady will not play and it likely will be a lot more. The two teams had three...
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