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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowki is a full go at OTAs

As if the defending champion New England Patriots needed any more good news, it appears that star tight end Rob Gronkowski is 100 percent recovered from back surgery that cost him all but eight games last season.According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski has been a full go during OTAs for the Patriots this week.It isn’t necessarily a huge surprise. But with Gronkowski, we never really know how he is feeling physically. Despite being a dominating performer when he’s on...

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Rob Gronkowski’s restructured contract with the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots did another uncharacteristic move earlier this week. They reworked star tight end Rob Gronkowski’s contract for the 2017-2018 season, giving him the ability to make $10.75 million by doing one of two things. He can either play 90 percent of the offensive snaps, 80 catches, and 1200 receiving yards. This is not a difficult task for Gronkowski to attain, especially if he is healthy for the full season. When Gronkowski is healthy, he is the best tight end in the NFL,...

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Matthew Rewinski

Why I’m a fan of the New England Patriots: the 2001 Pats, of course

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Let’s have some fun, be good to each other, and look back on some great times.

Welcome to the refreshed Pats Pulpit! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post (fewer than 800 words). Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [contest rules]....

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Bernd Buchmasser

New England Patriots 2017 roster breakdown: #19 WR Malcolm Mitchell

After a promising rookie campaign, Mitchell’s role is projected to grow even further.

We have entered the deepest depths of the NFL offseason. Free agency and the draft are behind us, while minicamp and training camp won't start until early June and late July, respectively. However, while the football world seemingly turns slower these days it does not stop.

After all, until the late-August's roster cuts, players need to have secured their spots on the team. Over the course of the next few...

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Tom Brady's weapons in 2017 are his best in 17 years as starter

Tom Brady's weapons in 2017 are his best in 17 years as starter

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Brandin Cooks wants to know if bow-and-arrow celebration will be flagged under NFL’s new policy

The NFL is taking a much more relaxed approach to celebration penalties this upcoming season, but there still seems to be some confusion over what will and what will not be allowed. New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks is among those who would like to get some clarification over one particular celebration: the bow and arrow. The act of pulling out an imaginary arrow and shooting it in celebration of a big play has until now been penalized, as Cooks and Josh Norman know all too...

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Patriots to sponsor Gay Bowl in Boston this fall

The New England Patriots look like they’re attempting to move forward with an environment of inclusion with the local Boston LGBT community.The Boston-based LGBT Flag Football group announced that the Patriots will sponsor the league’s annual Gay Bowl in Boston this upcoming October.According to SB Nation’s Outsports, the Patriots confirmed this news just recently.The Gay Bowl was created back in 2002 as a national championship between dozens of LGBT flag football teams. The San Diego...

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The 2017 New England Patriots just might run the table

I recall sitting with a few coworkers in the newsroom at The Score Television Network in Toronto, 10 years ago this spring, and gawking at the New England Patriots depth chart online. Somebody pulled it up and called us over to his workstation in order to broadly establish his point. The Patriots didn’t look like a team that could lose, he shouted. And none of us could disagree. The Pats were coming off a first-place, 12-win season. But they had refueled by adding Randy Moss, Wes...

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Rich Hill

Could Patriots WR Julian Edelman see more time in the slot?

The Patriots wide receiver could become more of a slot receiver moving forward.

The New England Patriots have a trio of wide receivers in Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, and Chris Hogan that can play both on the sideline and in the slot. Add in tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back James White and you have an offense that will be brutal to defend.

When I was looking at Tom Brady’s performance in 2007 and comparing it to his potential in 2017, I noticed how essential Wes Welker was to...

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Marima

New England Patriots links 5/26/17 - Whew! Belichick says team is fully caught up

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Andy Hart shares some notes from the rainy practice fields of Foxborough. Paul Perillo: Butler, Patriots back to work at OTAs. Media Availability Transcripts: Bill Belichick and Julian Edelman. Patriots Today - Patriots gearing up for the 2017 season. (3.17 min. video) Check out some of the sights from Thursday's Patriots OTA practice. (30 second clip) Highlights of Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia as they address the media in day three of OTAs. (1.36...

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Projecting the 2017 New England Patriots’ offensive starters

Heading into the 2017 season, the New England Patriots will be one of the top teams in the league. Following additions including Brandin Cooks and Mike Gillislee, the Patriots were able to create more depth to the offense that will create some position battles. Some positions are already filled with great players, but other roles are up to grabs. With that said, the Patriots’ starting core will feature many surprises following some interesting training camp battles on the offensive...

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Rich Hill

Watch Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia explain a few of his coaching strategies

The Patriots offensive line coach is a fountain of wisdom.

New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia recently spoke at a coaching clinic and a few snippets of his speech has been posted online. Scarnecchia entered retirement after the 2013 season, but returned to the Patriots in 2016 after a two-year hiatus.

Scarnecchia discusses his approach to cohesiveness, defending a rip move, and the appropriate degree of aggression in pass protection.

Dante Scarnecchia : There's a...

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Bernd Buchmasser

New England Patriots 2017 roster breakdown: #16 WR Andrew Hawkins

Over the course of the summer, Hawkins will try to earn a spot on the Patriots’ roster.

We have entered the deepest depths of the NFL offseason. Free agency and the draft are behind us, while minicamp and training camp won't start until early June and late July, respectively. However, while the football world seemingly turns slower these days it does not stop.

After all, until the late-August's roster cuts, players need to have secured their spots on the team. Over the course of the next...

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Rich Hill

After Patriots give Rob Gronkowski a new contract, it’s hard not to think of Malcolm Butler

What does the Patriots All Pro cornerback think about Gronkowski’s new deal?

The New England Patriots restructured the contract of TE Rob Gronkowski to allow him to make up to $5.5 million more in 2017, and didn’t ask for anything in return. Gronkowski needs to play at an All Pro level to receive all the incentives, but he didn’t take a pay cut in 2018 or 2019, he didn’t add a year to his contract, and he didn’t save the team any cap space.

There was no financial reason for the...

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Tom Brady is still the hardest working player at Patriots OTAs

Tom Brady is still the hardest working player at Patriots OTAs

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Oliver Thomas

From walk-on to 90-catch campaign: Undrafted Patriots wideout Austin Carr

Northwestern’s 2016 season was one prolific surge for redshirt senior Austin Carr.

Austin Carr tallied 2,325 yards of offense and 30 touchdowns during his senior year at Benicia High School. But the Division-I offers eluded him. And as he walked onto the Northwestern football team in 2012, the numbers did not follow him.

Not for four years, at least.

The rusher-slash-receiver from the San Francisco Bay Area redshirted as a freshman in Evanston, Ill. He didn’t see the field in 2013,...

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Putting contract situation aside, Malcolm Butler all-in at voluntary OTAs

Putting contract situation aside, Malcolm Butler all-in at voluntary OTAs

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Brian Phillips

Patriots OTA highlights: A focused Malcolm Butler noncommittal on his future

All the news and notes from Thursday’s OTAs.

Cold fronts and Bill Belichick-ran practices — a match made in football heaven.

“It’s perfect.” Belichick told reporters on Thursday afternoon according to the team’s transcripts. “Good day to work.”

Temperatures on Thursday in Foxborough hovered in the low fifties, with an annoying rain-mist mix that dampened the area. It was as if the Patriots’ head coach had planned it — a welcoming gift to the media on their first day of...

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Back-to-back TDs for Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks highlight OTA

Back-to-back TDs for Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks highlight OTA

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Oliver Thomas

Andrew Hawkins can call himself a Patriot, a decade after his brother

Artrell Hawkins spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons in Foxborough. His younger brother now aims to follow.

Twelve years before wide receiver Andrew Hawkins joined the New England Patriots, his older brother did the same.

Artrell Hawkins, a veteran defensive back by way of the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins, signed with New England on Nov. 16, 2005 and went on to play in five games during the regular season and two games that postseason.

The corner-turned-safety...

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