Report: Dont’a Hightower out 6-7 months after surgery

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. Hightower, who underwent surgery on Feb. 10, played through the injury for the final stretch of the Patriots season.  He missed Week 5 and 6 due to a knee injury...
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Reports: Rob Ninkovich’s Contract Adjusted, Increased By Patriots

Rob Ninkovich earned a pay raise. The New England Patriots’ starting left defensive end was set to earn $2.45 million in 2015, and now his salary has been increased to $5 million with $4.5 million fully guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Caplan and Mike Reiss reported Wednesday. Ninkovich was scheduled to pull in a $2.1 million base salary with a $250,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Robert McClain announces deal with Patriots

The New England Patriots have now signed a third cornerback in free agency. They signed cornerback Chimdi Chekwa last week and now Bradley Fletcher and Robert Mclain Wednesday. Thankful to have the opportunity to continue my career with the @Patriots — Robert McClain (@bobbymac36) March 18, 2015   McClain visited with the Patriots on Tuesday after spending the last...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Restructure DE Rob Ninkovich’s Contract

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Patriots and DE Rob Ninkovich have agreed to a restructured contract on Wednesday. Ninkovich, 31, signed a  four-year, $15.04 million contract that included a $5 million signing bonus with the Patriots before the start of the 2013 season. He still had another two years remaining on the agreement, which includes ... The post Patriots Restructure...
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Patriots to sign CB Bradley Fletcher

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots have now signed two cornerbacks since losing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in free agency. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, New England is signing former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher. CB Bradley Fletcher, who visited the Patriots on Tuesday, is signing with the team. His agent @andysimms confirmed...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots sign DE Jabaal Sheard

Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are a solid edge rusher duo, regardless of scheme, but they had no depth behind them in 2013, which is why they played 1142 and 1114 snaps respectively, 1st and 2nd among 4-3 defensive ends in snaps played respectively. The Patriots added Akeem Ayers for depth purposes in 2014 when Chandler Jones got hurt and he did well in that role, but he left...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the New England Patriots Still Have a Top Flight Defense?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’ current...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich Wins Throwback Thursday

Wow throw back from high school 70's party! #tbt — Rob Ninkovich (@ninko50) March 13, 2015 Between Tom Brady’s Facebook page, Julian Edelman’s viral videos and this Throwback Thursday picture of Rob Ninkovich, the New England Patriots may just be the champions of the internet as well as football. The Patriots defensive end is Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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New England Patriots 7 Round Mock Draft – FA Edition

Round One – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington View image | I know many people believe that it’s a lock that New England will select an Offensive Guard here, but with players at the position who at least started for the team last year, and with an offensive line that is still talented, I have a hard time believing that the Patriots would neglect their need...
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Patriots Defensive Free-Agent Needs Include Pass Rusher, Linebacker

The New England Patriots are lucky they don’t have many slots to fill on their 53-man roster, because they also don’t have any cap room. The Patriots have a talented Super Bowl Champion roster and just 10 unrestricted free agents, one of whom ended the season on injured reserve. As long as the Patriots can retain cornerback Darrelle Revis and re-sign safety Devin McCourty,...
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Malcolm Butler talks sudden fame after Super Bowl interception

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler spoke to For The Win about the moment he went from an anonymous NFL player to Super Bowl hero. “When it really hit me, I went to a Boston [Celtics] basketball game and they said Malcolm Butler and [fans] were just cheering on my name. That’s when I realized what I did and everything that was happening...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots may void Chandler Jones contract if he fights brother

New England Patriots linebacker Chandler Jones wants to step into the octagon and fight his brother, UFC star Jon Jones.  But if he does, he could be putting his career with the Patriots on the line. TMZ spoke with the Patriots VP of Media Relations, who said, “It’s not a matter of if we’d allow Chandler to fight his brother. We can’t stop the players from doing what...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ 2015 D-Line Outlook: Vince Wilfork Due For Another Pay Cut?

Editor’s note: will go position by position to break down the Patriots’ depth chart heading into the 2015 offseason. Next up: the defensive line. Vince Wilfork and the New England Patriots could be in for another long offseason. The defensive tackle reportedly cleared out his locker last winter when the Patriots offered him an unsatisfactory figure while talking about...
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Tom Brady’s 2000 NFL Scouting Combine highlights

  Tom Brady is now one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. But 15 years ago he was just a kid out of Michigan trying to get drafted. Brady showed his skills to the world at the 2000 NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL released footage from the combine and it showed why Brady dropped to the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The now New England Patriots star ran a 5.28 second...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Who is the Most Underrated Defensive Player in the NFL?

While the likes of Ndamukong Suh and J. J. Watt will grab the majority of headlines and discussions among defensive performers, there is one player who seldom makes the spotlight, but does his job, and over and above what is expected of him from day to day.He won't get the fatest contract or be the top commodity when free agency rolls around. But if you need to count on someone to...
Via Football Nation
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork: ‘There’s no way in the world this is my last season’

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is an 11-year veteran,  five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion, but the 33-year-old has no desire to give up football. Wilfork told WEEI-FM’s Dale Holley, via the Boston Herald, on Thursday that he will be back next season. Wilfork on WEEI: “There’s no way...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski on SB fight: ‘Screw it, I’m throwing some haymakers’

  New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn’t going to let the Seattle Seahawks rough his teammates up before they celebrated their Super Bowl victory. “I got pushed or something, and it was the last game of the year, and I was like, ‘Screw it, I’m throwing some haymakers,'” Gronkowski said Monday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Gronkowski wasn...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Three Most Unsung Heroes of Super Bowl XLIX

Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Rob Ninkovich #50 and Dont’a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The performances of guys like Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and, yes, Malcolm Butler, will be remembered in Super Bowl...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: New England Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich Swallows Russell Wilson on Key Sack

After a really slow start the Seattle Seahawks offense got going late in the second quarter and kept it going in the second half. It got to a point where the New England Patriots really needed someone on the defensive side of the ball to make a play and stop Wilson and the Seattle offense.So Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich gave them one and practically swallowed Russell Wilson...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 20 Players of Super Bowl XLIX

Nothing seems more natural than watching a game because of its stars, and the top players in the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks may be the most compelling collection of athletes playing against each other this year. Taking a look at who those players also happens to be one of the best ways to truly get a feel for the matchup and how each...
Via Sportsnaut
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman Among Patriots Stars Who Took Long Road To Super Bowl

There isn’t necessarily a direct route to playing for the New England Patriots. Some players were highly recruited out of high school, went to a school with a major college football program and came to the NFL as a first-round draft pick. Consider that the Dont’a Hightower model. Others went undrafted out of college (Jonas Gray) or played at the FCS level (Jimmy Garoppolo), and...
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork pulls driver out from overturned SUV Driving home after the New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game, Vince Wilfork came upon an overturned SUV and pulled the driver out of the vehicle. Massachusetts State Police: At 12:45 a.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro responded to reports of a vehicle rolled over on Route 1 in the town of Foxboro...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Chandler Jones: Akeem Ayers And I Could Be ‘Dangerous’ For Patriots

The New England Patriots suddenly find themselves with an excess in pass-rush help, which is the best kind of problem to have for an NFL team. Chandler Jones returned from a hip injury Sunday and immediately contributed with 1.5 of the Patriots’ four sacks in their 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins. Jones joins edge defenders Rob Ninkovich and Akeem Ayers to create an imposing...
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Report: Dominique Easley Absent; Rob Ninkovich Hurt Heel

FOXBORO, Mass. — Dominique Easley was healthy enough to play in the New England Patriots’ 23-14 win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday night but his knee still kept him out of practice. Easley and running back LeGarrette Blount were the lone Patriots players who didn’t participate in practice Wednesday. Blount’s absence wasn’t injury related. Blount met with a judge in...
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Collins, Patriots' defense dominate Chargers

Rob Ninkovich (50) and the New England defense treated Phillip Rivers very badly on Sunday night in San DiegoFor the second straight week, the New England Patriots' offense seemed to be stuck between second and third gears.  Lucky for them that their defense showed up.Big time.Linebacker Jamie Collins, wearing the green dot and calling the plays for the Patriots' defense in the...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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