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Mac Jones living up to high football IQ reputation with Pats

The general scouting report on Mac Jones prior to the NFL Draft was that he had possibly the highest football IQ of any quarterback in the class without the elite skill set.

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Patriots reportedly on track to sign wideout Devin Ross

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Devin Ross participated in New England’s minicamp on a tryout basis.

The New England Patriots are expected to sign wide receiver Devin Ross to the 90-man roster, Mike Reiss of ESPN reported Monday.

Ross recently participated in New England’s three-day mandatory minicamp on a tryout basis, wearing No. 87.

It marked a return to the Gillette Stadium backfields for Ross, who originally signed to New England’s practice squad in the fall of 2019...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots roster breakdown: RB Damien Harris

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Related: Patriots roster breakdown: LB Brandon King

With the offseason workout program and mandatory minicamp in the books, the New England Patriots are already fully “on to 2021.”

The team currently has 90 players under contract, but only 53 of them will be able to survive roster cutdowns in August and September and ultimately make the active team. Over the course of spring and summer, just like we have in years past, we will take a look at...

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New England Patriots links 6/21/21 - 5 Weeks ‘til training camp: ‘Speculation season’ kicks off!

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Father and son, coach and student: Jonathan Jones’ bond with his dad. (5.12 min. video)

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Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Stage is set for Patriots QB competition between Cam Newton, Mac Jones; Stephon Gilmore’s statement; More. Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news: OTAs, minicamp is about Belichick teaching; More. Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: How will Patriots...

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Bernd Buchmasser

2021 should mark the return of the Patriots’ two-tight end offense

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Related: Patriots positional preview: Wide receivers

“Whatever style you want to be, it should reflect the talents of your team.”

Josh McDaniels said those words during the 2019 offseason. He and the rest of the New England Patriots have lived by them before and since.

Be it the spread looks of the late 2000s, the up-tempo and two-tight end attacks that followed it, or the ground-and-pound approach used during the 2018 Super Bowl run, the...

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Report: Mac Jones Playing Like 'What the Patriots Thought They Were Getting' at 15

The New England Patriots selected Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Jones hasn't been a Patriot for two months...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Brian Hoyer embraces his role in the Patriots’ quarterback room

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Related: Brian Hoyer reveals who will help coach the Patriots’ quarterbacks this year

Other teams expressed interest in Brian Hoyer, but in the end the veteran decided to stay put after all. Hoyer signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, returning to a familiar quarterback room — but one that looked different from 2020’s in one major way: Mac Jones has been added to the mix via the first round of the draft.

Despite the added...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Brandon Bolden’s grandfather inspired his jersey number change

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Related: Patriots announce new jersey numbers for 29 of their veteran players

When Brandon Bolden arrived in the NFL as an undrafted rookie signing by the New England Patriots in 2012, he picked the No. 38 jersey as his own — a number that served him well. Not only did Bolden make the 53-man roster as a rotational running back and special teamer, he also established himself as a valuable presence on the team.

Over the years that followed, Bolden appeared in...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots roster breakdown: LB Brandon King

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Related: Patriots roster breakdown: CB Michael Jackson Sr.

With the offseason workout program and mandatory minicamp in the books, the New England Patriots are already fully “on to 2021.”

The team currently has 90 players under contract, but only 53 of them will be able to survive roster cutdowns in August and September and ultimately make the active team. Over the course of spring and summer, just like we have in years past, we will take a look at the...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots roster breakdown: CB Michael Jackson Sr.

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Related: Patriots roster breakdown: RB Tyler Gaffney

With the offseason workout program and mandatory minicamp in the books, the New England Patriots are already fully “on to 2021.”

The team currently has 90 players under contract, but only 53 of them will be able to survive roster cutdowns in August and September and ultimately make the active team. Over the course of spring and summer, just like we have in years past, we...

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No acrimony between Stephon Gilmore, Patriots despite CB's holdout?

The Patriots and CB Stephon Gilmore have not made much progress in extension talks, but the relationship between player and team is not in a bad place.

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No Acrimony Between Patriots, Stephon Gilmore

The Patriots and CB Stephon Gilmore have not made much progress in extension talks, but Mike Reiss of ESPN.com does not believe the relationship between player and team is in a bad place.

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Stage is set for Patriots QB competition between Cam Newton, Mac Jones

The veteran was assertive and promising. The rookie was impressive and eager. All eyes are on the game's most important position in New England.

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Patriots positional preview: Wide receivers

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Related: Patriots positional preview: Quarterbacks

The New England Patriots’ receiving corps was an abject disaster in 2020. You all remember so we’ll spare you the details, but if there is a single positive that came out of a season full of grim receiver play, it’s the fact that the team was almost forced to make upgrades.

Two free agents and $48.5 million later, New England’s wide receiver room is expected to be more well rounded and...

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Mac Jones generating significant buzz at New England Patriots minicamp

The New England Patriots are confident they have their franchise quarterback and if the early practice reports are a sign of what’s to come, Mac Jones has a bright NFL future and will be starting sooner than expected.

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Alec Shane

The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2020: Number 7

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Our offseason countdown continues with the Number 7 Most Memorable Patriots Moment of 2020.

I wish I were fishing with Bill Belichick right now.

Actually, that’s not really true. I get seasick if I stay in the bathtub for too long, so boats aren’t really my thing. I realize that this is borderline blasphemy if you’re a New Englander, but what can you do. It would be awesome to be hanging out with Belichick during these...

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New England Patriots links 6/18/21 - Josh Uche all-in on all-important second-year leap

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Daily news and links for Friday

TEAM TALK

Patriots sign offensive lineman R.J. Prince; release kicker Roberto Aguayo and long snapper Wes Farnsworth. Mike Dussault gives us five key takeaways from Patriots minicamp: Tight ends key the offense; Defense is loaded with options; Kicker competition; More. Patriots Unfiltered 6/17: Minicamp recap, evaluating the QBs, More. (2 hours)

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Patriots roster breakdown: RB Tyler Gaffney

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Related: Patriots roster breakdown: CB Joejuan Williams

With the offseason workout program and mandatory minicamp in the books, the New England Patriots are already fully “on to 2021.”

The team currently has 90 players under contract, but only 53 of them will be able to survive roster cutdowns in August and September and ultimately make the active team. Over the course of spring and summer, just like we have in years past, we will take a look at the...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots choose ‘science over misinformation’ when it comes to Covid-19 vaccination

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Related: Vaccinated players will have a much easier life this summer, per the NFL’s new Covid-19 rules

As the modified Coronavirus guidelines released earlier this week show, the NFL, like the rest of the country, is slowly but steadily returning to normalcy again. This has been made possible thanks to Covid-19 vaccination.

While not all players are happy about this process — the Buffalo Bills’ Cole Beasley and the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon stand...

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Bernd Buchmasser

If there ever is a season for Bill Belichick to win Coach of the Year again this is it

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Related: Why you won’t find Bill Belichick in the Madden NFL franchise

Even though some are trying to come up with arguments against it, Bill Belichick is widely considered as the best head coach in the NFL and one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all time. However, Belichick has been suspiciously absent from the Coach of the Year winners list as of late.

Despite leading the New England Patriots to six Super Bowls since taking over in 2000 and...

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