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FCC commissioner wants to repeal NFL blackout rule

Ajit Pai, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), wants to repeal its NFL blackout rule, which has been in place since 1975. The rule prevents games in a home team's market from being broadcast on TV if the game is not sold out. Pai said the the FCC needed to "be on the side of sports fans" when it came to a rule change. According to an Associated Press report...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman is still Tom Brady's favorite receiver

In recent years, quarterback Tom Brady has gotten some criticism for zeroing in on certain receivers.The QB once known for spreading the ball around started to get away from that a bit when he had weapons like Randy Moss and Wes Welker at his disposal. Welker in particular tallied over 100 catches in nearly every season he was with the Patriots and at times it seemed like Brady did...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Brady shares his thoughts on butts

Photo via bostonglobe.comHoF quarterback and all around good guy, Tom Brady, is a professional. It's all about the job. So it's no surprise that, with Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly split time at center with the first teamers, Brady doesn't get affected by the switch up at center:“I’ve got confidence in those guys. I love both Dan and Wendy; I love those guys. They work so hard...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Hartsock cut without playing game for Patriots

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesHe may have had time for a coffee, though probably not one of those fancy Starbucks ones that takes a while to make. According to several sources, including Aaron Wilson, the Patriots have cut the veteran tight end:Patriots cut Ben Hartsock— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 14, 2014Many people have mentioned that it leaves the position thin...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL is better late than never on getting serious about domestic violence

Darin Gantt, Pro Football Talk:According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL is considering stiffer penalties in the future for domestic violence cases.The report said potential punishment would be four to six games for a first offense, and a possible one-year ban for a second offense. Of course, this comes after the league was almost unanimously pilloried for its two-game...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Training Camp Report: Jerod Mayo still missing, Nate Solder injured in walkthrough

As is customary for the team before a game, the Eagles and Patriots ran through a light walkthrough today at practice.So, the biggest news to come out of today really has to do with attendance.Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo was missing for the third straight practice. No injury has been reported and so we are all in the dark as to what is keeping him out. Big names like Michael Hoomanwanui...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Don Looney - talent is a very dangerous word

Dan Jenkins, SI.com:During his first semester at the University of Texas, Joe Don Looney received four Fs and one D mark. Looney responded by dropping out and enrolling at Texas Christian University. He was eventually kicked out of that school and transferred to Cameron Junior College, where he played for Leroy Montgomery. He set a punting record in the 1961 Junior Rose Bowl, as...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

James White grabs first team reps in practice

Photo from ESPN.comAccording to NFL.com, running back James White is starting to pick up steam in Patriots camp and he has observers, including Bill Belichick, gushing over his performance in training camp.NFL.com reports that he split 1st-team action with Shane Vereen during the joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles, while veteran Stevan Ridley was relegated to taking snaps...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamie Collins has monster day at practice

Photo by: Matt WestJamie Collins had a really good day at practice today, which means he is continuing to turn heads...and I like it. Per Phil Perry of CSNNE.com:Jamie Collins had a day. The Patriots linebacker was all over the field, getting his hands on footballs in 7-on-7 drills and being in the right position to make tackles on multiple occasions during 11-on-11s.He's shaping...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston has moved to Pittsburgh

Houston, you had a problem.(Jim Rogash - Getty Images)No, not the Texans. The former undrafted Patriots rookie running back, Stephen Houston, has signed on with the Pittsburgh Steelers, via ProFootballTalk.Blount 2.0 has joined Blount 1.0 in the Steel City. Houston will be joining a backfield comprised of second year player Le'Veon Bell, former Patriot LeGarrette Blount, and rookie...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo missing from second straight practice

In perhaps the most concerning injury news to come out of Patriots camp yet, veteran linebacker Jerod Mayo was once again not spotted on the practice field today, putting his status for Friday's game against the Eagles in jeopardy.Getty ImagesAfter being present at practice Sunday and Monday, Mayo has not been seen, and no information has been made available about his status or injury...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Hartsock feels Patriots are perfect spot for role players like him

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesWhen the Patriots decided to move on from the younger tight ends they had starting camp, they made an about face and brought in veterans Ben Hartsock and Steve Maneri. Both of these players have a heavy focus on blocking, and Hartsock feels that his specialized skills in that area may excel in a strong organization like the Patriots. In an article...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Low cost makes Worthy, Bass deals worth a shot

Worthy was misfit in the Packers 3-4 schemeThe first thing that comes to mind when dissecting the Patriots two trades from yesterday is that the moves were a reaction to recent injuries. With Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga lost last week, the Patriots added two big bodies up front to help bolster their depth at defensive tackle.Unfortunately, the second thing that comes to mind is...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Malcolm Butler - no longer a dark horse to make Patriots roster

Eric Frenz, Boston.com:Pardon the "come out of nowhere" cliché, but in a league full of SEC standouts and ACC record-holders, a player from the Gulf South Conference is obviously facing an uphill climb."It just made me have a chip on my shoulder," he said after practice on Tuesday. "I know guys were getting looks before me and things like that, but you know, it turned out well,...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Gronks chances of playing Week 1 are 50%

We have all been waiting for Rob Gronkowski to step onto that field and take ownership of the Patriots offense. After tearing his ACL in week 14 last year brink has been out healing, and has been limited to practicing in non-contact drills, which means no 7v7's and 11v11's. According to NESN.com, Gronkowski has a 50% chance of playing in the season opener next month against the Miami...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Reiss: Pats may go after another QB

Photo from Chat SportsAccording to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots may look to bring in another quarterback, at least for the time being, if backup Ryan Mallett doesn't get healthier. Mallett was a limited participant today, but if he doesn't get healthier, there is a chance Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo will get overextended and then your down to one healthy quarterback...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots trade for DL Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers

Perhaps a sign that the Patriots don't feel confident in the health of Sealver Siliga or Chris Jones, or Tommy Kelly or Will Smith for that matter, the Pats have just swung two trades for defensive linemen. First, Ben Bass from the Cowboys and now Jerel Worthy of the Packers.According to his agent @ChafieFields, Packers DL Jerel Worthy has been traded to the Patriots, pending a physical...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots acquire Ben Bass from Cowboys

Photo from Cowboys websitePer a report by ESPN Boston, the Patriots have acquired defensive lineman Ben Bass from the Dallas Cowboys in a deal that sent corner back Justin Green to Dallas.Bass. an undrafted free agent from Texas A&M, signed with Dallas in 2012 but has only played in 2 games (both in 2012). He spent all of the 2013 season on the injured reserve list with a number...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

AUDIO: Cary Williams "I got a lot of respect for those guys"

Williams started a fight with then-rookie Aaron Dobson during last year's joint practicesEagles cornerback Cary Williams made headlines last week with his comments, calling the Patriots "cheaters" and questioning the legitimacy of their three Super Bowl wins. If there was any question whether Eagles coach Chip Kelly, a longtime friend of Bill Belichick, told his cornerback to turn...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Flags and ice buckets fly: Notes from Practice

The Patriots took the field for the first of two joint practices with the Eagles today. Between Chip Kelly's vaunted fast break offense, Cary Williams' most recent inflammatory comments and officials bringing the NFL's new emphasis on illegal contact to the practice field, there was no shortage of storylines. Here are some of my observations from practice. Injury Report:Star linebacker...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Training Camp Report: Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft participate in Ice bucket challenge, Jerod Mayo missing

The Patriots and Eagles held their first joint practice of the week today, and there were some pretty nice highlights from the day.The biggest story from the day might not even have had to do with the players on the field, but with the crowd. A record 25,317 fans showed up to watch practice today, with every person in attendance cheering every big play that was made.Before practice...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Over the Cap declares DeMarcus Ware deal "worst contract on the Broncos"

Via Denver postNFL contract analyzers Over The Cap declared Denver Broncos, DeMarcus Ware deal as worst on the team. Over the cap is a website which analyzes all of the best and worst deals of the NFL off season by projecting a players performance as compared with his position, age, injury history and dollar value.Via over the cap:a $10 million a year contract for a 32 year old...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Smith won Ravens office pool for getting into zero fights in joint practices with 49ers

Photo via cbssports.comWe all know that Steve Smith can be a bit of a hot head at times. While the image of Luke Kuechly humping Gronk's leg in the back of the endzone is the first thing I conjure up when thinking of the Panthers, Talib and Smith's wrestling match does come in a close second. And of course the phrase "Ice Up Son" will forever be in our memories.But, maybe Steve...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The J-E-T-S want their fans to go crazy for chant leader

Associated Press, USA Today:The J-E-T-S chant is in the hands of the F-A-N-S.The New York Jets are holding an online contest to pick eight season ticket holders — one for each home game — to lead the team's familiar rallying cry this year.Season ticket holders will be able to submit a video of 15 seconds or less of themselves leading the chant. Fans will then choose their favorite...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos LB Danny Trevathan carted off the field at practice today

Injury news like this is relevant to the Patriots for obvious reasons, with the Broncos being their primary competition in the conference. Trevathan, selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft, is a talented young player with the potential to become a centerpiece of the team's defense.Getty ImagesIt was reported earlier this afternoon that he suffered a leg injury and had to be...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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