Stallworth: Pats not focused on New Orleans yet

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Stallworth: Pats not focused on New Orleans yet

FOXBORO -- It's been five years since Donte' Stallworth wore a Patriots jersey at Gillette Stadium. Wednesday night he returned to the turf, wearing No. 18 instead of 19, but happy nonetheless.
"It's special," he said of New England. "It's a great fan base here. It's always been that way as long as I can remember. It's a great area. Mr. Kraft is one of the best owners in all of sports and Coach Belichick has had a lot of success here. The fans cherish that and we try to put out a good product on the field."
The next step forward is an important one.
In less than seven days, New Orleans will land in Foxboro for joint practices. Training camp only just began and yet it's almost time for intersquad action...
Stallworth put on the brakes on that too-quick thinking.
"I think our plan's being put in place now. We're not necessarily focused on the Saints now. We're still focusing on ourselves, trying to get ourselves better -- running the routes better in practice, running different plays, different schemes."
Is there any worry, though, that New Orleans might be moving at a quicker pace? The Saints will have already played in August 5's Hall of Fame game by the time they arrive in New England.
Stallworth believes the Patriots can make up the difference.
One day at a time.
"They will have already played a game and that's huge, but that's what preseason's for, that's what training camp's for. Right now we're just working. Today should be a good day for us. It's good weather, the fans are out, and we're looking forward to having a good day."

Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

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Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.

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Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.

Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

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Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

Must be Bills week. 

After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?

"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."

There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday

Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both.