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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots
When it comes to Gronkowski's restructured deal, 15 is the magic number
Can Rob Gronkowski stay healthy for the 2017 season? If he can, he'll probably be paid as the top tight end in the league.
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New England Patriots' James White celebrates his game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl 51.
Now-and-again Fun League? NFL lightens up on touchdown celebrations
Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday that the NFL would ease off its restrictions on touchdown celebrations going forward. 
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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on Quick Slants The Podcast
Quick Slants The Podcast: Arkansas coach discusses his Patriots pipeline
Listen to Phil Perry’s interview with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who has funneled his college players — James White, Trey Flowers, and others — to the Patriots.
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Would Gronk benefit from work with Guerrero? Revisiting Brady's response
Back in December, after Rob Gronkowski went under the knife, Tom Brady was asked if his tight end would benefit from work with his "body coach."
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Breaking down Rob Gronkowski's wild music video
A scene-by-scene breakdown of the video for 3LAU’s “On My Mind,” which sees Gronkowski have a bunch of fantasies while talking to a woman at the bar.
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice
Rob Gronkowski is participating in OTA practices, and judging by the pictures on the team's website he's feeling pretty good.
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Should Patriots have restructured Butler like Gronkowski?
Tom E. Curran and our Boston Sports Tonight crew debate whether the New England Patriots could have restructured Malcolm Butler's contract like they did Rob Gronkowski's.
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Report: Patriots, Gronkowski restructure contract for 2017 season
Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
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Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change
Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that the NFL was "relaxing" its stance on celebrations. That was music to Brandin Cooks' ears. 
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Patriots rookie Josh Augusta cut out pizza and lost a lot of weight
The former Missouri defensive tackle also has experience at fullback and wide receiver. 
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Garcia has an early feel for Scarnecchia: 'Intense...very intense'
Tony Garcia knows a whole lot more about Dante Scarnecchia now than he did when he was first drafted. 
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NFL shortens overtime period from 15 minutes to 10
The effort is presented as a player safety issue, as an extra five minutes of football after 70 can generally be considered to be too much.
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Patriots to have joint practices with Jags Aug. 7-8 ahead of preseason opener
For the sixth season in a row, the Patriots will conduct joint practices with an opponent ahead of playing a preseason game. The team announced they'll work out with the Jacksonville Jaguars Aug.
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Is Julian Edelman heading into final season with Patriots?
Our Arbella Early Edition crew debate whether Julian Edelman is entering his last season with the Patriots, and whether he is due for a Wes Welker type exit.
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Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots at training camp practice
Five position groups with the most to learn during Patriots OTAs
Bill Belichick calls Phase Three of the Pats' offseason program 'the learning phase'. Here are positions where players have the most to learn.
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Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White
The Patriots brought back one of last year's practice-squad staples to help fill out their 90-man roster. 
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Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots at training camp practice
Five position groups with the most to learn during Patriots OTAs
Bill Belichick calls Phase Three of the Pats' offseason program 'the learning phase'. Here are the positions where players have the most to learn.
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Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame
Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. 
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Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Kyle Shanahan: One play I regret in Falcons' collapse vs. Patriots
Former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan tells the NFL Network's Rich Eisen there's one play from Atlanta's Super Bowl loss to the Patriots he'd like to have back.  
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday at 2017 the Preakness Stakes.
Belichick ditches the hoodie, all dressed up at Preakness in Instgram post
Not to be outdone by Boston legends Tom Brady and David Ortiz getting all dressed up and heading to the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was at the Preakness on Saturday.  
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Quick Slants Podcast: NFL.com's Judy Battista on Brady concussions
Phil Perry speaks with Judy Battista, columnist for NFL.com, about the statement released by Don Yee regarding Tom Brady’s history with alleged concussions.
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Agent says Brady wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion last year
Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Brady “was not diagnosed with a concussion last year.”  
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Tom Brady anonymous player quote from Bleacher Report
Report: AFC East player says Brady playing until 45 ‘a joke’
Tom Brady wants to play until he’s 45, but an anonymous AFC East rival of TB12 told Bleacher Report that's “a joke.”
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Ferentz-Belichick connection continues as Patriots sign free-agent lineman
Bill Belichick knew James Ferentz's dad when James was a small child. Now James is under contract with the Patriots.
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Giardi: Brady is 'full of crap' over concussions
Mike Giardi joins Arbella Early Edition to explain why he thinks Tom Brady may be irresponsible for claiming that he is less susceptible to concussions.
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Patriots sign rookie free agent tight end Sam Cotton from Nebraska
The Patriots have brought aboard yet another tight end. The team has had some significant shakeup at that spot in the last week.
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Patriots sign Wise to rookie contract, have two of four picks locked up
The Patriots have now signed two of their four 2017 draft picks. Third-rounders Derek Rivers and Antonio Garcia haven't yet put pen to paper.
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After losing Ryan, who will play slot corner for the Patriots?
Logan Ryan played more snaps last season as a slot corner, or "star," than any other Patriots player in the last decade. Who'll take his place?
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Blount on time with Patriots: 'I don't regret a single second'
LeGarrette Blount seems to harbor no ill will for the Patriots despite the fact that he'll be playing elsewhere in 2017. 
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What Tom Brady has said about concussions in the past
Tom Brady has yet to weigh in on this week's concussion rumors, but here's what he's said about head injuries in the recent past. 
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Wise leaning on Flowers, Ninkovich as he adjusts to life with Patriots
Deatrich Wise watched Trey Flowers burst onto the scene in 2016 and felt a mix of pride and encouragement. 
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PODCAST: Celtics off to a bad start
We recap a tough start to the Eastern Conference Fianls for the C's, discuss the NBA Draft, and weigh-in on Gisele's comments on her husband playing with concussions.
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Do Brady concussion rumors change Patriots plans at QB?
Our Boston Sports Tonight crew debate whether the news of Tom Brady possible having multiple concussions will change the New England Patriots plans with Jimmy Garoppolo.
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Patriots work out wide receivers despite being deep as ever at wide receiver
If for some reason you needed more evidence that Bill Belichick and his staff are always updating information on potential fits for their roster, look no further than what they did on Wednesday. 
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Rob Housler of the Chicago Bears and Jordan Richards of the New England Patriots
Patriots release tight end Rob Housler with failed physical designation
The Patriots cut their numbers at tight end by one more on Wednesday. The team released veteran Rob Housler with a failed physical designation less than a week after parting ways with tight end Michael Willi
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NFL: No signs Brady exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms
Though Gisele Bundchen told Charlie Rose in an interview that aired Wednesday that Tom Brady has suffered concussions and had one last year, the NFL released a statement saying that there are no signs that B
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Vollmer jokes Brady is probably going to play until he's 50
Sebastian Vollmer appeared on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" and said he wouldn't be surprised if Tom Brady was still playing during the 2016 Patriots reunion.
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LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots
Blount departure might not gain Patriots a pick, but it may help them retain one
Seems as though we've been discussing compensatory picks quite a bit lately. And with good reason. 
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Curran: Odds are Brady, not Pats, hid any concussions
If Tom Brady has had concussions, as his wife said today, it's very likely he didn't tell the Pats or their medical staff about them.
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Vince Wilfork says he's not ready to retire just yet
Vince Wilfork hinted at retirment last season. He waved goodbye to the crowd at Gillette after being knocked out of the playoffs. But he says he's not ready to call it a career just yet. 
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LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots
Former Patriots RB Blount agrees to new contract with the Eagles
LeGarrette Blount is moving on. He's agreed to a new deal with the Eagles, providing them with a hard-charging runner between the tackles. 
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Gisele: Brady 'had a concussion' during 2016 Patriots season
Gisele Bundchen, appearing on CBS today, tells Charlie Rose that Tom Brady "had a concussion last year" and she worries about his health.
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Vollmer shed 75 pounds, doesn't plan to play again
Sebastian Vollmer told Sirius XM Radio that he doesn't plan to play again after shedding a lot of weight since last playing two seasons ago.
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Ealy says he's committed to 'buying in' as a member of the Patriots
Kony Ealy just wants to "buy in" as a member of the Patriots. His coach in Carolina made it seem as though he had a hard time doing that during his first few years in the league. 
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Kayce Smith on Brady being a 'system QB': 'He is the system'
Our Boston Sports Tonight crew debates whether the Patriots would have been able to win a Super Bowl without Tom Brady.
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Report: Pats targeted guard Dan Feeney, missed him by one pick
The Patriots reportedly planned on using their first pick on Indiana guard Dan Feeney.
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Brady tells ESPN playing until 45 'seems like a pretty good number'
Tom Brady again says he'd like to play into his mid-40s and adds in an ESPN interview that wife Gisele Bundchen is on board with the plan.  
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Brady says he hasn't replaced Montana as the GOAT
Tom Brady had a long conversation with ESPN's Ian O'Connor that touched on a variety of topics, including where he ranks among the game's greats.
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Why did Tom Brady accept being on the cover of Madden?
Mike Felger and Phil Perry discuss why Tom Brady chose now to accept being on the cover of Madden.
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Perry: Don't think Patriots are going 'all in' this season
Phil Perry joins Mike Felger on Sports Sunday to explain why he does not think the Patriots are loading up for the upcoming season.
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Brady makes Instagram dedication to mother
Brady's mother, Galynn, attended only the Super Bowl last season due to her battle with cancer. 
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Tom Brady Madden Curse "bubble" Facebook post.
Brady, in bubble, again spoofs Madden Curse in Facebook post
A day after revealing that he'll be the Madden '18 cover boy and thumbing his nose at its so-called curse, Tom Brady chafes at wearing protective bubble in his latest Facebook post.
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Commitment to Andrews gives Patriots a shot at long-term continuity on interior
When Dante Scarnecchia returned from his two-year retirement to reclaim his post as Patriots offensive line coach, he made it clear that the unit's struggles in 2015 could be traced back to the mixing and ma
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Perry: Pats aren't necessarily 'all in' to win in 2017
Brandin Cooks says the Patriots seem to be 'on a mission,' which may be true. But they're not throwing all their chips on the table for another Lombardi Trophy.
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Tom Brady lands on Madden cover, spits in face of 'curse'
Tom Brady posts a video that shows -- without question -- he's not worried the Madden NFL cover 'curse'.
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Patriots sign center David Andrews to a contract extension
The New England Patriots have locked up center David Andrews to a contract extension as CSN's Mike Giardi reported they were working on Thursday night [1]. [1] https://twitter.com/MikeGiardi/status/8628253
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Is Brissett a factor in Patriots plans for Garoppolo?
Our Arbella Early Edition crew discusses whether they think Jacoby Brissett is more of a factor in the New England Patriots plans for Garoppolo than most people think.
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Does Gilmore need to justify his contract to Patriots teammates?
Mike Giardi joins Early Edition to discuss how New England Patriots players will deal with Gilmore being paid over Butler, and whether that means he will need to justify his free agent contract to his teamma
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Gilmore looking forward to teaming up with Butler: 'It'll be fun'
Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler might be the top corner duo in the NFL in 2017. 
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Cooks ready to race for title of fastest Patriot? 'I'm sure that time will come'
Brandin Cooks laughed a little bit when he heard the question. Not because he thought it was funny or strange or because it made him uncomfortable. It was more like he'd heard it before
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LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots
Why would Patriots make $1.1 million tender offer to Blount?
Our Boston Sports Tonight crew reacts to the Patriots offering a $1.1M tender offer to Blount even though they have plenty of running backs.
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Cooks: No 'X' on the calendar for Week 2 matchup with the Saints
You could understand it if Brandin Cooks wasn't all that fond of the Saints.
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Report: Floyd signs 1-year deal with Vikings
Floyd played in three games for New England after being claimed last season. 
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold.
Free-agent center Mangold: Belichick isn't 'all that fond of me'
Nick Mangold said in a recent interview that it would be "awfully difficult" to play for the Patriots and that Bill Belichick isn't all that fond of him. 
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Trick-shot kicker says he got 'great feedback' from Patriots coaches
Josh Gable participated in Patriots rookie minicamp last weekend. He hasn't signed, but he said he got some "great feedback" from coaches there. 
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Tomlin takes jab at Pats during commencement speech
The Steelers coach revisits some of his Antonio Brown Facebook Live humor.
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Why would the Patriots bring in RB Christine Michael for a visit?
The Patriots are loaded at running back so why would they host Christine Michael on a visit?
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LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots
UPDATE: Patriots could receive comp pick for Blount after issuing May 9 tender
The deadline for free agents who will count against the compensatory pick formula has come and gone. 
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Report: Edelman's night with model led to Matt Harvey's suspension
According to the New York Post, Matt Harvey failed to show for a game and was suspended by the Mets because he was upset the Patriots' Julian Edelman was with model Adriana Lima.
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Lombardi: Pats see beyond two options with Brady and Garoppolo
Mike Lombardi joins to discuss what could happen down the road with Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo and he says that the Patriots have more options than you may think.
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Curran: Doesn’t serve Butler to be a distraction
Tom E. Curran believes that Malcolm Butler will not be a distraction for the Patriots as it wouldn't help him out in the future.
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Will Brandin Cooks be Julian Edelman’s replacement?
With Julian Edelman about to turn 31 and with a history of concussions, Tanguay, Giardi, and Bertrand discuss if Brandin Cooks could be Edelman's history.
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Curran: The Patriots, Tom Brady and the gathering storm
Inevitably, the Patriots will have to choose between Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. If history's any indication, it won't be a popular decision.
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Bennett adapting just fine to his surroundings in Green Bay
If you thought Martellus Bennett would fade into the background after signing with the Packers . . . think again.
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Cooks OK with No. 14, never bothered to ask Garoppolo for No. 10
Brandin Cooks was No. 10 for his first three years in New Orleans. Now that he's with the Patriots, he'll be No. 14. 
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Cooks taking a big-picture approach to learning Patriots offense
Brandin Cooks seems to have the right idea on how to approach his new playbook. He's not focused on learning one position. He wants to learn them all. 
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Judge erases Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction
Judge Susan Garsh rules hat a legal doctrine that calls for vacating convictions when a defendant dies before an appeal can be heard was binding precedent
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Best of BST Podcast: Kelly Olynyk - dirty player? Andrew Benintendi's ceiling; Malcolm Butler still here
In Tuesday morning's episode of "The best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", we bring you highlights from last night's show including Cedric Maxwell on Draymond Green's claim that Kelly Olynyk is a dirty pla
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Curran and Perry: Five questions for the Patriots defense
Phil Perry and Tom Curran ask and answer five questions about the Patriots defense for the upcoming season and look into Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Malcom Brown, Trey Flowers and Dont'a Hightower.
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New England Patriots Super Bowl championship ring from 2004.
Report: Patriots to receive Super Bowl LI rings June 9
What is almost an annual event for the Patriots - the party at owner Robert Kraft's house where the team receives its Super Bowl championship rings - is expected to happen this year on June 9, ESPN reports.
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Bovada NFL win over/unders for 2017-18 season.
Bovada sets over/under on Patriots wins at 12.5
The Patriots are expected to be very, very good in 2017. But will they be good enough to hit the over?
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New Patriots jersey numbers are out: Brandin Cooks to don No. 14
The Patriots have posted their jersey numbers for 2017, meaning replica jerseys in the team's pro shop can't be far behind. 
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Ranking the Patriots' Kentucky Derby outfits
Tom Brady is known for three things: Winning, a weird diet and Kentucky Derby trips. 
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Ranking the Patriots' Kentucky Derby outfits
Tom Brady is known for three things: Winning, a weird diet and Kentucky Derby trips.
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Former Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady at the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Brady and crew arrive at Derby, meet up with David Ortiz
Tom Brady and his Patriots and ex-Patriots entourage have arrived at the Kentucky Derby, where he met up with David Ortiz. 
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Floyd reportedly talking to Vikings and others, hopes to have deal soon
Michael Floyd could find a new team soon. How soon could impact whether or not the Patriots end up with a compensatory pick next year. 
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen on Jimmy Fallon "Tonight Show."
Gisele on Jimmy Fallon: 'I feel like a little responsible' for Patriots' Super Bowl comeback
Tom Brady's supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen tells Jimmy Fallon that her meditating may have been the key to the Patriots' historic Super Bowl victory. 
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Patriots announce UDFA class, continue to dip into Arkansas program
With the Patriots signing four Arkansas players in the last three years, can we refer to that program as Rutgers South?
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What line in Aaron Hernandez's suicide note stands out?
Our Arbella Early Edition crew gives their opinions after reading Aaron Hernandez's suicide note, and what line in it stands out the most to them.
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Giardi: Butler would be happy wherever they 'show him the money'
Mike Giardi clears up confusion by Patriots fans who were upset that Butler wanted to join the Saints, he says Butler would have liked to go anywhere that paid him.
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Brady brings Garoppolo, Brissett on Derby trip
Tom Brady and his backup quarterbacks took off on a jet for Kentucky to dress sharply and take in the Derby.
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Hernandez' final letter to fiancé released
Hernandez called his fiancé "an angel" and quoted Savage Garden.
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McDermott signs rookie deal with Patriots
Conor McDermott is the first of New England's rookies to sign on the dotted line. 
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Is David Price weeks away or months away?
Jared Carrabis joins the Boston Sports Tonight crew to discuss a possible return of David Price.
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Kraft: 'Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases'
Patriots owner and CEO Robert Kraft is still taking shots about Deflategate.  Our Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses Kraft's comments and who he should really be targeting.
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Rivers on what it will be like to meet Brady: 'I'm going to be starstruck'
Tom Brady has admitted that it's been more and more of a challenge to relate to teammates as he's gotten older. 
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Kraft on Pats' draft class: 'The height . . . we think we're competitive with the Celts'
The Patriots introduce their four-man draft class on Thursday, and there's one big quality that all four share.
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Patriots reportedly invite trick-shot kicker to rookie minicamp
The Patriots are interested in taking a closer look at a kicker who has a series of trick-shot kicks posted online. 
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Quick Slants Pod: What is the fate of Butler and Garoppolo?
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down the relatively small Patriots draft class from 2017.
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Report: Patriots will try out free-agent safety Taylor Mays
The Patriots are pretty well set at the safety spot, but that won't keep them from seeking out potential fits for their training camp roster.
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Will this be the best secondary in Patriots' history?
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry wonder if the Patriots secondary this upcoming season could be their best yet.
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Curran: Butler showing up to voluntary workouts 'great sign'
Tom E. Curran thinks it is a great sign for the Patriots that Malcolm Butler showed up to voluntary workouts.
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Patriots file to trademark 'Unequivocally the Sweetest"
The Patriots love trademarking things. Here's the latest Super Bowl-related quote they've used. 
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Spicer references Patriots Super Bowl in response to Clinton
Hilary Clinton's comment that she would have won the election if it were held earlier set up a Super Bowl LI reference from Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
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Butler returns to Gillette Stadium for Patriots workouts
Malcolm Butler could've stayed at home. He could've continued to make it clear that he wasn't happy with his contract situation. He could've let his teammates prepare for the 2017 season without him.
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Report: Giants, Lions potential suitors for Blount
Despite an NFL-leading 18 TDs last season with the Patriots, LeGarrette Blount is still looking for work. The Giants and Lions are interested, Yahoo Sports reports.
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Former Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Street was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots.
Patriots reunited with WR Street after claiming him off waivers
The Indianapolis Colts waived Devin Street and the Patriots didn't hesitate to bring him back into the fold.  
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Putting Patriots Twitter spin on every Bill Belichick draft
If you consider trades for players "draft picks," here's how every Patriots draft under Bill Belichick would look. 
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Brady shares Federer photo from Met Gala
Tom Brady had himself quite a time hosting the Met Gala with wife Gisele Bundchen. Now come all the fun photos.
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Patriots pay up to nab undrafted free agents, augment rookie class
The Patriots only ended up taking four players in this year's draft. But their undrafted free agent class is huge, and they're paying big bucks to get the players they want.
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Patriots RB Gillislee: 'I ended up with the best being here'
Mike Gillislee wasn't sure any teams would be making him contract offers as a restricted free agent. But the Patriots came swooping in at the last minute. 
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Best of BST Podcast: Red Sox get punked
In this morning's episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", we talk about an ugly night at Fenway with Lou Merloni, Mike Giardi and Evan Drellich.
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Tom E. Curran crashes Early Edition set to yell at Felger
Tom E. Curran was so upset by Mike Felger ripping the New England Patriots for a poor draft that he jumped on Early Edition in a t-shirt.
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Felger goes on epic rant on why Patriots deserve 'F' draft grade
Michael Felger goes on an epic rant about why the New England Patriots deserve a 'F' draft grade
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Will Belichick or Kraft make final call on moving on from Tom Brady?
Our Arbella Early Edition crew discusses whether it will be Belichick or Kraft that make the final call on the New England Patriots eventually moving on from Tom Brady?
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How does Brady feel about Patriots keeping Garoppolo?
Mike Giardi gives his impression on how he thinks Tom Brady truly feels about the New England Patriots keeping Jimmy Garoppolo.
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Brady and Gisele set for Met Gala
The couple will host the party of the year with Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry, among others. 
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Pats projected for NFL-best 11 wins in 2017 season
The Patriots are projected for more wins than any other NFL team, yet their projected total would mark their worst season since 2009. 
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Kiper gives Patriots 'A' in draft grades
The Chargers were the only other team given as high a grade. 
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Breer on Brady-Garoppolo: I don't think this is a Bill [Belichick] decision
Mike Felger and Bert Breer discuss a transition of quarterbacks between Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, and when or if a move would happen.
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Four-player draft class an indication of Patriots confidence in roster
The Patriots had between 50 and 75 players on their draft board. They took only four. Does that mean this was a particularly bad draft? 
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Unconventional NFL draft grades
Miss the draft because you were watching other sports (or literally doing anything else)? We've got you covered. 
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Unconventional NFL draft grades
Miss the draft because you were watching other sports (or literally doing anything else)? We've got you covered.
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Caserio: Brady's age has nothing to do with draft approach
The Patriots decided to use multiple picks in this year's draft to acquire more proven players via trade.
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Patriots take just 4 players in smallest draft class in franchise history
The Patriots didn't pick early or often in the 2017 NFL draft.
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Patriots begin to stock up on undrafted free agents with Mizzou DT Augusta
The Patriots only drafted four players this weekend, which means they'll be stocking up on undrafted players to round out the roster.
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Pats trade up in sixth for UCLA tackle Conor McDermott
If things stand as is, the Patriots will be done with the 2017 draft having made four selections. 
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Report: Tests show no drugs in Aaron Hernandez's system at time of death
Tests showed no trace of synthetic marijuana or "K2" or any illegal drugs in Aaron Hernandez's system at the time of his death, WCVB-TV reports.   
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Wise: Patriots DE and Arkansas teammate Flowers 'an older-brother type'
Trey Flowers helped show Deatrich Wise the way at Arkansas. The two will team up again in New England on the Patriots defensive line.
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Brady posts Instagram commemorating late-round pick
In case you needed another reminder, Tom Brady was the 199th pick. 
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Patriots grab long-armed DE Deatrich Wise in the fourth round
The Patriots needed depth on the edge. It was maybe their only immediate need in this year's draft. And with two of their first three picks, they've created that depth.
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Pats trade fifth-round pick for Chiefs TE O'Shaughnessy
The trade left the Patriots with picks remaining in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds. 
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Report: Patriots pick up fifth-year option on WR Brandin Cooks for 2018
As expected, the Patriots have picked up the 2018 option on wide receiver Brandin Cooks' contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.  
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More bad blood ahead for Celtics vs Wizards series?
Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles break down the Celtics closing out the Bulls and preview the next round against Washington with Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely.
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Patriots third-rounder Rivers takes winding road to Foxboro
When you look at the physical profile cut by Derek Rivers, you may wonder, "How did the Patriots have an opportunity to draft this guy at No. 83?"
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Belichick not concerned about competition level Rivers faced at Youngstown
Derek Rivers dominated the FBS competition he went up against at Youngstown State, but Bill Belichick didn't seem overly concerned about the jump in competition Rivers will face in the NFL.
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Giardi and Perry break down Patriots 3rd-round picks
Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots two 3rd-round picks, defensive end Derek Rivers and offensive tackle Antonio Garcia.
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Pats draft pick Garcia not worried about weight
Considered a lanky prospect, Antonio Garcia says he's currently over 300 pounds. 
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Belichick: Pats see Garcia as left tackle
The Patriots like versatility, but Bill Belichick seems to see the 85th overall pick filling one spot. 
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Former Jet botches J-E-T-S spelling during pick
J-E-T ... what comes next? 
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New Pats tackle criticized Solder during Super Bowl
New Pats tackle Antonio Garcia may one day replace Nate Solder, making this tweet awkward. 
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Pats trade up to take Troy LT Garcia
The Pats traded a fourth-round pick to move up and take a left tackle. 
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Patriots take Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers at No. 83
The Patriots have given themselves some much-needed depth on the edge by taking athletic pass-rusher Derek Rivers with their first pick of the draft. 
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Patriots trade down with first scheduled pick
The Patriots had to wait quite a while to make their first pick of the 2017 draft. Then they traded it. 
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Browns pursuit of Garoppolo on hold after Kizer selection?
The Browns landed a quarterback in the draft, but does that mean they're out on Jimmy Garoppolo?
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Patriots call Cooks 'our first-round pick'
The Pats traded their first-rounder to the Saints for Cooks last month.
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Tom Brady's pre-draft Facebook post.
Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks
Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 
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Bills trade down, land a corner to help replace Gilmore
The Bills seemed to make a wise choice on Thursday when they traded down, picked up some extra draft capital, and were still able to draft one of the top corners in this year's class.
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Best of BST Podcast: Charlie Weis
On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast" with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith...former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis joined us in-studio to discus a
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Report: Browns called Patriots for Garoppolo trade on Day 1 of the draft
Cleveland took three players on Thursday night. None of them were QBs. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to acquire a passer on Day 1 of the draft.
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Dolphins looking to make Brady's life difficult with Missouri's Harris
The Dolphins released Mario Williams earlier this offseason and Cameron Wake is getting a little long in the tooth. They needed pass-rush help, and they got it when they drafted Charles Harris at No.
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Breaking down some of the Patriots' best NFL Draft decisions
Michael Holley and Tom E. Curran discuss the drafts/draft traits that stand out from the last 16 years of New England Patriots drafts.
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Jimmy Garoppolo stays put as quarterbacks go high, Browns make moves
The Browns made three first-round picks Thursday, but they still haven't gotten their quarterback. 
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Jets nab LSU's Jamal Adams who seems like a sure thing at safety
If you were hoping the Jets would face-plant with their first-round pick, Thursday night wasn't your night. 
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Does Saints selection of top CB Lattimore take a Butler deal off the table?
The Saints were in the market for a cornerback, and arguably the top player at that position fell to them at pick No. 11. 
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NFL DRAFT: Garrett 1st to Browns, Bears trade up for QB Trubisky
No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns.
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Charlie Weis joins CSN to talk Tom Brady, Patriots and NFL Draft
Charlie Weis joined CSN to discuss a number of New England Patriots topics including Tom Brady, the NFL Draft and more
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Weis says Bethel Johnson was a Patriots player who 'didn't get it'
Charlie Weis tells us why Bethel Johnson just didn't get it and why Tom Brady decided to not throw to him during a practice.
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Charlie Weis explains what it's like inside Patriots war room
Charlie Weis explains what it is like to be in the New England Patriots War Room on draft day, even when they don't have any 1st round picks.
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Charlie Weis wanted Patriots to draft Tomlinson over Seymour in 2001
Charlie Weis tells the story of wanting to draft LaDainian Tomlinson over Richard Seymour in the 2001 draft.
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Weis on Brady: We got lucky. We passed on him five times too
Charlie Weis discusses the New England Patriots drafting Tom Brady in the 6th round, after passing him over several times.
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Quick Slants The Column: On booing Goodell and overvaluing Jimmy G
Will Roger hear it from the crowd it Philly? Will the Patriots part with Jimmy G?   
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Patriots seven-round mock draft: Shakeup in the secondary
In order to shake things up a bit in our third and final mock draft of the pre-draft season, we went ahead and made a trade for the Patriots.
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Patriots seven-round mock draft: Shakeup in the secondary
In order to shake things up a bit in our third and final mock draft of the pre-draft season, we went ahead and made a trade for the Patriots.
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Prototypical Patriots: Versatility makes Iowa TE George Kittle a weapon
If the Patriots want a versatile piece to add some depth to their group of tight ends, there are few better options than Iowa's George Kittle. 
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Garoppolo has 'no nerves' despite trade rumors ahead of draft
New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo isn't worried about trade rumors heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Curran: Richard Sherman wants to be a New England Patriot
Tom E. Curran discusses the most recent news regarding Richard Sherman and whether there is still a chance the New England Patriots could acquire him.
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Patriots host free agents Skuta, Fusco
With no work to do (at this point, at least) ahead of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, the Patriots are keeping busy with free agents.
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Prototypical Patriots: Hansen's size, elusiveness would be a handful
The Patriots are loaded at receiver, but there are a handful of pass-catchers in this year's draft class who look like they'd make Tom Brady's life a little easier. 
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Prototypical Patriots: Do-it-all McCaffrey would thrive under McDaniels
The Patriots may not be in the market for another "sub back," but it's a lot of fun to picture Christian McCaffrey in New England. 
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Hubbuch explains why his story on Kraft was not hit piece
Bart Hubbuch explains that his article was not a Robert Kraft ‘hit piece’ it was mot to expose the NFL’s hypocrisy and push toward legalizing gambling.
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Report: Hernandez jurors were invited to funeral
A member of the jury that acquitted Aaron Hernandez of double-murder said jurors were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez, The Boston Herald reported. 
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Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'
With LeGarrette Blount done in New England, the Giants could become his next team. 
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Felger: How Patriots can get their draft picks back
Mike Felger has found a way for the New England Patriots to get their picks back.
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Felger and Mazz throw markers to predict TEs drafted
Felger and Mazz have correctly predicted at least one Patriots draft pick for 5 straight seasons by throwing markers at their big board. Here are this year's tight end draft class.
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Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee
The Bills have opted to part ways with running back Mike Gillislee, meaning they'll receive a fifth-round pick from the Patriots in return for losing the restricted free agent back. 
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Prototypical Patriots: Asiata would provide power on the interior
Why might Bill Belichick and his staff be looking at interior offensive linemen in this year's draft?
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Judge grants motion for Hernandez family to read suicide notes
The family attorney, George Leontire, had filed the motion, saying the family should be able to "know their loved one’s final thoughts" as a "necessary part of the grieving process."
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Report: Saints, Patriots trade involving Butler appears unlikely
The Saints and Malcolm Butler reportedly have a deal worked out, but that's only if the Patriots and Saints can work out a trade first.
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Prototypical Patriots: Garcia an athletic option at offensive tackle
The Patriots have both of their starting tackles from last year's run to the Super Bowl scheduled to return. But might it be time to pick up another?
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Ex-Patriot Tre' Jackson fails physical with Rams
The Patriots' waiving of guard Tre' Jackson may have been related to his physical status, judging by what's happened since he left Foxboro.
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Prototypical Patriots: Foreman's size, athleticism ideal for 'big back' role
The Patriots may have their "big back" for 2017 and beyond by Monday if the Bills decide not to match the offer sheet Mike Gillislee.
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Aaron Hernandez's funeral will be Monday in Connecticut
The funeral for Aaron Hernandez, the ex-Patriots tight end who committed suicide in prison, will be Monday in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.
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Report: Hernandez's bisexuality considered as motive for Lloyd murder
Police entertained the possibiltiy that Aaron Hernandez's secretive bisexuality played a role in the murder of Odin Lloyd.
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Reports: Hernandez left note for prison lover
According to multiple reports, one of the three notes left behind by Aaron Hernandez was for his gay lover. 
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Seymour joins Vrabel, Clayborn as Patriots Hall of Fame finalists
This is going to start getting really tough on Patriots fans now that more and more players from the Bill Belichick Era are becoming eligible.
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Texans GM: The expectation is that Wilfork will retire
Vince Wilfork is 35 years old and has acknowledged that he's considered retirement. It sounds as though that's the route he will take, according to Houston's general manager.
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Tom Brady Instagram post for Isaiah Thomas
Brady sends message of sympathy and support to Isaiah on Instagram
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sends a good luck message to Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on Friday as the Celtics look to turn their series around against the Chicago Bulls. 
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Seahawks GM: Odds of Sherman trade not very good
Cold water has already been thrown on the Richard Sherman-to-the-Patriots trade rumors, but Seahawks GM John Schneider may have silenced them completely Thursday.
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Which NFL coaches should be worried about their jobs?
Albert Breer and Tom E. Curran give their opinion on which NFL coaches are on the hot seat heading into the 2017 season.
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Breaking down Patriots 2017 schedule and opponents
The season opens on Thursday, September 7 in Foxboro. Here's a look at each of the Patriots' opponents this season and what they've done in the offseason.
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Bean: Breaking down Pats' 2017 opponents
We always knew who the Pats were playing; now we know when. And here's some things you might not know about the teams on their schedule.
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Hernandez death ruled suicide; three notes found near Bible
A statement released Thursday notes that 'there were no signs of a struggle' and that it was determined that 'Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging.'
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Report: Patriots to open with Chiefs Sept. 7
The Patriots will open the 2017 regular season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7, the Boston Globe reports. The NFL schedules will be announced tonight at 8.   
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Bristol sheriff: 'Highly unlikely' Hernandez's death involved foul play
Bristol county sheriff Thomas Hodgson seemed confident Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide was, indeed, a suicide.
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Patriots send tweets correcting New York Times attendance photos
After missing a lot of players at the White House Wednesday -- some of whom chose not to go because of Donald Trump -- the Patriots are on the defensive when it comes to the presentation of their attendance.
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Bristol county sheriff discusses 'master-manipulator' Aaron Hernandez
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson joins to talk about Aaron Hernandez taking his own life while in prison.
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Report: Hernandez had 'John 3:16' written on forehead
A follow-up report clarified it was written in marker, not blood. 
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In death, Hernandez's murder conviction likely to be tossed
Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.
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Trump opts not to mention Brady during Patriots ceremony at White House
During Donald Trump's remarks at the Patriots White House ceremony, several names were mentioned. Tom Brady's was not. 
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Trump: The 'Patriot way' starts with Coach Belichick
President Trump reminisces on the letter that Coach Belichick sent him when he won the primaries.
Patriots have 34 players present for Trump White House visit
The Patriots invited 68 players to attend Wednesday's White House ceremony. Exactly half that number showed up, which was expected. 
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