Patriots-Saints Q3: Hoyer, Vereen step up

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Patriots-Saints Q3: Hoyer, Vereen step up

FOXBORO -- It was all Brian Hoyer and Shane Vereen in the third quarter.

The Patriots received the ball to begin the second half, and went on a 14-play, 97-yard drive that resulted in a three-yard Hoyer touchdown pass to Britt Davis at the goal line.

Hoyer -- who returned to the game after being replaced by Ryan Mallett in the first half -- finished the drive 3-for-7 for 20 yards, making Vereen the story of the drive. Of the 97 yards the Patriots gained, Vereen accounted for 73 of those yards -- 63 on the ground, and 10 receiving.

It looked as if Julian Edelman was going to be the early goat of the second half, as he decided to run the opening kickoff out of the end zone after hesitating with several dekes. As a result, Edelman was tackled at his own 3-yard line. it wouldn't matter though, because the Patriots ended up scoring a touchdown and taking a 7-3 lead, which lasted into the fourth quarter.

Vereen finished the third quarter with 64 rushing yards on 11 carries, and 17 receiving yards on two receptions.

Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask any questions

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Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask any questions

BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.

Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.

She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.

"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.

Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.

Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.

Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald talks with Toucher and Rich about the report that the Patriots inquired what the price would be to acquire Seahawks Pro Bowl corner Richard Sherman via trade.