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Video: Bedard's Patriots practice observations - Mac, offense and Mapu standout

FOXBORO -- Boston Sports Journal's Greg Bedard gives his main takaways from Patriots OTAs on Wednesday. This practice was New England's first practice of the offseason that was open to the media. 

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Bill Belichick defends assistant coach in OTA controversy

New England Patriots HC Bill Belichick defended the coach who got the team docked OTA practices.

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Matthew Slater rips NFL, questions motives behind new kickoff rule

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The veteran special teamer does not agree with the NFL’s new rule, harshly criticizing the league on Wednesday.

When New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the NFL’s new kickoff rule Wednesday morning, he deferred to comments made by other NFL coaches, such as John Harbaugh and Andy Reid, who shared similar opinions.

As for long-time specialist ace Matthew Slater, whose 10 Pro Bowl selections as a special teams player are...

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Mac Jones trying to turn difficult 2022 season into a ‘learning experience’

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New England’s starting quarterback is coming off a challenging sophomore season.

There is no way around it, the 2022 season was a rough one for Mac Jones. The former first-round quarterback failed to build on a promising rookie season, missed time due to an ankle injury, and overall was unable to lead the New England Patriots offense to a whole lot of success.

Almost five months removed from his sophomore campaign, Jones is...

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Patriots' Mac Jones happy for 'normal' offense under Bill O’Brien

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones sounds happy he's working under new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien rather than assistant coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge this spring. 

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Patriots' Mac Jones has telling comment about working with Bill O’Brien

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is hard at work with new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to try to improve on the team’s putrid offensive production in 2022. Based on his initial quotes, it sounds like the quarterback is very happy with that process.

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Pats' Slater rips kickoff rule, doubts NFL motives

Patriots captain Matthew Slater sharply criticized the NFL for last week's rule change that allows fair catches on kickoffs for the 2023 season.

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Patriots OTA Notebook: Mac Jones, Bill O’Brien lead the show on offense

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The Patriots held their first open organized team activity on Wednesday.

The New England Patriots were back on the practice fields for their third organized team activity of the offseason on Wednesday. The 90-minute session also marked the first practice open to reporters.

While organized team activities do not include pads or contact, there was still plenty to take away.


Absentees: K Nick Folk, WR JuJu...

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Patriots veteran slams huge NFL rule change

New England Patriots special teams star Matthew Slater criticized the NFL's recent rule change regarding fair catches and touchbacks on Wednesday.

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Belichick takes blame for Patriots' OTA violation

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday took responsibility for the team being stripped of two organized team activity sessions.

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Bill Belichick predicts Patriots assistant coach Joe Judge will be ‘involved in a lot of things’

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Judge re-joined the Patriots as quarterbacks coach last offseason, but his role in 2023 remains a bit of a mystery.

Joe Judge was reportedly at the heart of the recent offseason scheduling violation that led to the New England Patriots being stripped of two days of organized team activities by the NFL. Nonetheless, Bill Belichick continues to speak highly of the 41-year-old.

Talking to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s OTA practice,...

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Bill Belichick takes responsibility for Patriots' OTA violation

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday took responsibility for the team being stripped of two organized team activity sessions following a scheduling violation involving special teams.

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Patriots HC Bill Belichick shoulders blame for offseason violations

According to NFL.com, the violations occurred during special teams meetings overseen by offensive assistant Joe Judge at the team’s practice facility in early May. Those gatherings went longer than the NFL-mandated four-hour-per-day limit. 

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Patriots have ‘moved on’ from offseason rule violation, says Bill Belichick

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New England was stripped two days of organized team activities after violating rules earlier this offseason.

The New England Patriots originally scheduled 10 organized team activities as part of their offseason workout program. However, the NFL stripped them of those sessions last week as part of a scheduling violation.

Instead of holding OTAs on May 25 and May 30, the team had to wait until Wednesday to return to the building....

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Bill Belichick shows midseason form when asked about free agent DeAndre Hopkins


Belichick was asked about Hopkins during his Wednesday press conference, but he did not offer a lot of information.

His team still has a long way to go before being ready to compete in games this fall, but Bill Belichick already is in midseason form. The New England Patriots’ head coach showed as much during his press conference ahead of Wednesdays organized team activity practice at Gillette Stadium.

Belichick was asked about veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom...

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Wednesday Patriots Notebook 5/31: News and Notes

Some news and notes for this morning: While the questions continue to swirl around where DeAndre Hopkins might eventually end up, Tom Curran appeared on WEEI’s Gresh and Furia on Tuesday, and he believes that New England would be a surprise, albeit for different reasons.

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New England Patriots links 5/31/23 - Plenty to watch for at OTAs

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Daily news and links for Wednesday.


Evan Lazar’s Patriots OTA preview: Eight things to watch at the Pats first open spring practice. Paul Perillo tackles this week’s Patriots Mailbag: Will Mac Jones have competition? Patriots Unfiltered: OTAs preview, recent signings and expectations for rookie class. (2 hours)


Mike Reiss Tweets out the schedule for today’s OTA and press...

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Patriots roster breakdown: Bryce Baringer will try to bring stability to the punter position

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Our offseason series continues with an in-depth look at the rookie punter.

With the NFL free agency and draft both in the rear-view mirror, and the final phase of voluntary offseason workouts underway, the New England Patriots are officially “on to 2023.”

At the moment, the Patriots have a full 90-man roster. Only 53 of those players will be able to survive roster cutdowns and ultimately make the active team, with others competing for practice...

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Patriots' Position Battles to Watch Ahead of 2023 NFL Season

The New England Patriots have plenty of questions to answer around Mac Jones on their offense ahead of the 2023 NFL season. Competitions for the backup…

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