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The 2012 campaign was a season with highs and lows for a team that missed the Super Bowl by one game. The New England Patriots sported the top offense in the league, while being at or near the bottom in defensive performance at the same time.It was universally accepted that New England's secondary was porous, yielding equal big plays to what Tom Brady and the offense inflicted on opposing defenses. But the rest of the story involves an offense that struggled through a revolving door of injuries to many key players, while others stepped-up to carry the load.Add in free agent losses, including Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Patrick Chung, and this team may find it difficult to produce the gaudy numbers that have marked the last few seasons of the Belichick era.With all these factors in mind, here are some scenarios that we may see the Patriots employ during the Draft.I'll start with the obvious: Belichick could very likely pull-off one or more trades to gain additional picks i...

Aaron Hernandez Trains With Tom Brady, Changes Regimen to ‘Try to Get Through 16 Games This Season’

Patriots fans have noticed that tight end Aaron Hernandez has trouble staying healthy for entire seasons. Hernandez seems to have noticed it, too. Hernandez is spending time in Los Angeles this offseason to try to get himself better prepared for the long haul of the NFL season, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. Hernandez has been spending time working out with quarterback Tom...

1 Punch Thrown, 30 Days in Jail, 0 Games Missed. That’s the Patriot Way

Patriots Fans can breath a sigh of relief. Although there was not much about the Patriots defense to be thrilled about last season, the secondary was not as laughable as it had been in recent years. They ranked 5th in the NFL with 20 interceptions and Alfonso Dennard accounted for 3 of them. Dennard, who was drafted in the 7th round by the Patriots, emerged onto the scene in Week...

Patriots Julian Edelman 94 yards punt return (by...

Patriots Julian Edelman 94 yards punt return (by wallstreethyena08)

Dennard gets probation, jail time

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been sentenced to two years of probation and 30 days of jail for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb., last year. The sentenced was handed down Thursday in Lancaster County District Court. A jury in February found Dennard guilty of the felony charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. The former Nebraska player...

Gamer Builds New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium On Minecraft

A.B. I’m not a gamer and therefore have never played or understood the obsession with Minecraft. But don’t tell that to Imagur user Whosyopapi or the nearly 6.5 million fans of Minecraft on Facebook. According to the Minecraft website, “Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the...

Patriots/Game of Thrones flashback.

Patriots/Game of Thrones flashback.

Edelman gets league minimum base salary

Yesterday the 'mini-Welker' came to terms with the Patriots, and the two parties agreed on a one year deal. With this deal, WR Julian Edelman. Although he has won over the hearts of Patriots fans, it was highly unlikely for a role player like himself to get much money. According to, Edelman's contract is for the five-year league minimum base salary of ...

Alfonzo Dennard sentenced to jail but won't miss football

Alfonzo Dennard punched a police officer in Nebraska almost a year ago. The incident happened prior to the draft and caused one of the top corner prospects to fall all the way to the seventh round, into the Patriots' lap. It was a big risk by the Pats, not only because of the personality issues that could exist after an incident like that, but because Dennard could go to jail...

Report: Rob Gronkowski to Delay Surgery for Now, See if Infection Subsides

Rob Gronkowski isn’t going back under the knife just yet. Gronkowski, who has undergone three surgeries already, is delaying a fourth surgery intended to check on his infection and install a new plate in the repaired left forearm, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. Instead, the Patriots tight end will continue his course with antibiotics for a few more weeks and...

Danny Amendola’s Father Seeking $1 Million From Cowboys After Being Struck By Unmanned Cart (Video)

Danny Amendola has had bad luck with injuries on the football field, and it appears that misfortune runs in the family. Willie Amendola, the father of the Patriots receiver, has filed a lawsuit against the Cowboys in connection to an unfortunate golf cart incident at Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 17, 2011 and is seeking more than $1 million in damages. Amendola, then the coach of Spring...

Talking Irish: Bill Belichick

The Notre Dame football program and its fans are often unapologetic in espousing the virtues of their graduated athletes. Thursday night in South Bend, New England Patriots head coach and three-time Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick echoed those Irish partisans.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski putting surgery on hold

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has elected to delay surgery on his injured forearm for several more weeks in order to be sure that the lingering infection has completely cleared out, according to Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald. ''Gonna hold off for a few weeks to make sure infection gone before going back in,'' a source close to the situation...

Bill Belichick Says He Will Evaluate Manti Te’o With Same Process as Any Other Prospect (Video)

Manti Te’o is the most polarizing prospect in this year’s NFL draft class, but Bill Belichick still plans to evaluate him just like he would any other player. Belichick was in South Bend, Ind., on Thursday to speak at the Notre Dame Coaches Football clinic and talked about the rich tradition of Notre Dame football, some of his connections to the program and even covertly addressed Te’o...

Morning Kickoff: Thursday's links and leftovers

BY NICK ST. DENISThe links book is thin today, but the first day of the Masters should help pick up the slack:Julian Edelman's contract is almost exclusively based on production.There are a lot of rumors circulating on the Dolphins' first-round plans.Manti Te'o will visit the's a little clarification on how the salary cap works.The Patriots announced...
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