Patriots Injury Report: Dont’a Hightower Limited With Shoulder Ailment

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots starting linebacker Dont’a Hightower popped up on the injury report Wednesday. Hightower, who has been perhaps the Patriots’ best defender this season, was limited in practice with a shoulder injury. Hightower had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder over the offseason. Running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring) and safety Tavon...
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3 under-the-radar offensive players making a case for the Patriots final roster

The New England Patriots shook off a poor start by their starters on both sides of the football Saturday night against the New Orleans Saints. Falling behind 21-0 early in the first half, the Patriots’ second team behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo came from behind to win the preseason game 26-24. However, it is not the result that matters during the preseason but seeing how the...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots starting two rookies at Guard?

We’re only a couple of days into New England Patriots training camp, so we can’t put all the puzzle pieces for the season together. But we can see them on the table. Since trading Logan Mankins last season, the Patriots have struggled pretty mightily at the Guard position since. One of the Patriots top priorities needs to be protecting Tom Brady, or Jimmy Garoppolo. It...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: New England Patriots

Patriots' Devin McCourty plays 'finish the sentence' Devin McCourty stopped by the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., Thursday. And while there, the New England Patriots free safety sat down with ESPN Boston's ... Who will be the Patriots next magazine cover star? Lifestyle is your destination for Patriots living. Want to share something about your Patriots lifestyle? Follow Lifestyle...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Is depth a concern on the offensive line for the New England Patriots?

The New England Patriots are well into their offseason with OTAs (Organized Team Activities) completed and soon to be onto the mandatory mini-camps before training camp begins at the end of July. With New England turning the page on their Super Bowl championship season (and tumultuous offseason) it seems the ideal time to breakdown the roster and look at the upcoming positional battles...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Position Roster Review: Offensive Tackle

On the New England Patriots, the offensive tackle position is massively important due to the fact that their job is protecting a Hall of Fame quarterback. In the most recent seasons the Patriots have had very good production from their offensive tackles, and that seems to be the trend heading into 2015. Here is my breakdown of the Patriots tackles going into this summer’s training...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots 7-Round Mock Draft

Round 1 – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest I can’t embrace a CB pair of Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan with any real certainty. I decided before making this selection that I would pick the best available cornerback.  Kevin Johnson was the best available and is a guy who could start on day one in New England. Round 2 – AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina Dan Connolly has not been...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Belichick Draft Classes 5: 2009

In the year 2009, the New England Patriots were heading into a re-tooling period. The team lost franchise cornerstones in Rodney Harrison and Mike Vrabel. Along with Tedy Brushci and Richard Seymour after the draft.For a long time, the Patriots 2009 draft class was looked at as a failure. However, looking back now you have to realize that it was an overall success. Three players...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the New England Patriots Have the Best Offense in the NFL?

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 an offensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss teams’ current...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Highs and lows of players in the Super Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The extremes between the players in Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks: Tallest: 6-foot-8, New England offensive linemen Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer. Shortest: 5-foot-10, 12 players (six each team). Heaviest: 335 pounds, New England offensive lineman Marcus Cannon. Lightest: 185 pounds, Seattle defensive back Marcus...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The distinctive international flavor of Super Bowl Media Day

PHOENIX (AP) New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer spent a good portion of his hour-long media session answering questions in German. Vollmer grew up in Germany, so it makes sense, but it also exemplifies how much of an international event the Super Bowl has become. Quite a few of the 2,000 journalists jammed across the floor of the US Airways Center at Super...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Nine AAC Alumni Comprise Rosters of Teams Playing For Super Bowl Appearance

The Packers, Seahawks, Colts and Patriots will battle in the NFL conference championships this Sunday to decide who plays in the almighty Super Bowl on February 1, 2015. Nine players who once adorned the uniforms of schools currently a part of the American Athletic Conference are listed on the active rosters of the four NFL franchises playing in the NFC and AFC championship games...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Three keys on defense for the New England Patriots vs the Baltimore Ravens

The New England Patriots continue to gear up to face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday. The Patriots have had full participation in practice this week as key players such as wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell, offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Sebastian Vollmer, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and cornerback Brandon Browner get healthy for...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: Four matchups to watch for vs. the Ravens

The New England Patriots start their Super Bowl run at home against the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have quite the history in the postseason. The Ravens are coming off a 30-17 road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots are coming off virtually three weeks of rest. Although the two teams are familiar with one another, this matchup is between two different teams personnel...
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Breakdown of AFC East 2014 All-Pro vote-getters

BY NICK ST. DENISThe NFL's 2014 All-Pro squad was announced Friday.Here's the breakdown of players from the AFC East:Note: Each position gets 50 votes.Offense:Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (First team, received all 50 votes)Others receiving votes:Jets center Nick Mangold (7)Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer (3)Defense:Bills defensive end Mario Williams (First team, 24 votes)Bills...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower: Patriots Using ‘Slower Pace’ Of Bye Week To Heal Up

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower isn’t worried about rust. He just wants to get healthy before the postseason. Hightower, in his best season thus far as a pro, injured his shoulder in the Patriots’ Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He sat out Week 14, came back for two games and sat again in Week 17. He’s ready for the playoffs, though...
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots loss to the Bills?

As one of the few playoff teams without anything to play for, the New England Patriots hosted their division rivals the Buffalo Bills in a “meaningless” game. Rather than approach the game as a tune-up for the post-season, the Patriots instead emptied the back-end of the roster as the game took on the feel of the third preseason game as starters on both sides of the ball sat...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Change Sebastian Vollmer’s 2014 Contract Incentives

It appears an extra payday might be a little easier to achieve for Sebastian Vollmer. The New England Patriots have changed the incentives in their starting right tackle’s contract by decreasing the percentage of plays he needs to earn his goals, league sources told ESPN’s Field Yates on Monday. According to Yates, Vollmer now will earn $1 million if he plays 70 percent of the...
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Reportedly Rework OT Sebastian Vollmer’s Contract

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots have restructured RT Sebastian Vollmer‘s contract and decreased the percentage of snaps it will require for him to earn the $2 million in incentives included in his current agreement. Under Vollmer’s previous agreement, he would have earned $1 million for playing 80 percent of the Pats’ offensive snaps and another $2 million...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Dave DeGuglielmo: No Magic Formula To O-Line’s Improvement

FOXBORO, Mass. — Don’t feel bad if Dave DeGuglielmo never responded to your text message. The New England Patriots offensive line coach, a Cambridge, Mass., native, wasn’t only receiving criticism from the media when his unit struggled to start the season but also his friends and family. DeGuglielmo took over for longtime Patriots assistant Dante Scarnecchia, and after the...
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The top-three match ups to watch in New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

As we approach the New England Patriots’ Week 9 tilt against the Denver Broncos, everyone will be (and are probably already) boiling it down to the quarterbacks. Yes, this is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning going “head-to-head” for the 16th time in their storied careers. However, I’m quick to point out there won’t be a moment when those two will be battling each other directly…unless...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots-Bills Live: New England Must Reorganize Offensive Line Again

10:20 p.m. ET: The New England Patriots finally found a suitable combination on their offensive line in the team’s 43-17 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Patriots will have to shake up the starting O-line for the third straight week now, however, with rookie center Bryan Stork out with a concussion. Marcus Cannon or Josh Kline could get the start in Stork’s...
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Patriots Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders?

Kyle:  Talk to me on Monday about this one. If they play the best team in football close Sunday, or somehow, miraculously win, then they can be considered contenders. As they stand today, the Pats are NOT Super Bowl contenders as of today. My sense is there are too many leaks in this Titanic to fix on a short week. Rick:  At this point, the Patriots are not legitimate Super...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Loss To Chiefs Proves Issues Run Deeper Than Originally Assumed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most excited players in the New England Patriots’ locker room should be the offensive linemen. The heat is off for at least five days. Everything went wrong for the Patriots on Monday night in their 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Everything. Even Patriots players who garnered the most confidence heading into the 2014 season, like quarterback Tom...
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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