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Tuesday July 29, 2014

Contributors: Sports - In The Huddle

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    Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Lots of learning for UMaine’s Johnson on Day 1 of Training Camp

    Some thoughts from Day One of the New England Patriots training camp: Former University of Maine wide receiver Derrick Johnson had a busy day. In addition to running all the drills with wide receivers, he was running around with the special teams units as well. He knows it’s good to show versatility if he wants to earn one of the 53 roster spots this fall. “I did a lot of […]

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  • Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    “Welcome to football season”

    With those four words, Bill Belichick opened the New England Patriots 2014 season Wednesday afternoon. Yes, training camp doesn’t officially open until Thursday with a practice at 9:15 a.m. But as Belichick noted in his early-morning press conference, players have been floating around Gillette Stadium for days, with many already completing their conditioning test. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Belichick’s time with the media: Rob Gronkowski is […]

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  • Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Brady’s ranking reflects great respect from his peers

    I tuned into the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2014 Wednesday night, eager to see where Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fit in the Top 10. I expected him to be near No. 10. And I kept waiting. And waiting. Finally, Brady came in at No.3. And, frankly, I was a bit surprised. Earlier this year we heard opinions that he was not an elite quarterback any longer. And every […]

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  • Monday Jun 30, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Tickets, training camp and more

    Yes, it is still summer. Early summer. And lately the weather has been incredibly good. But I know some of you are already thinking about the Fall. It’s in your blood. You can’t wait for the Patriots, and the NFL, to return. So this one’s for you. Individual game tickets for the 2014 season will go on sale July 15 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. I know some of you […]

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  • Saturday May 10, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Patriots go offensive in fourth round

    The Patriots added some much-needed youth and depth to a couple of offensive positions in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday. They selected offensive linemen Bryan Stork, of Florida State, and Cameron Fleming, of Stanford, and running back James White, of Wisconsin, with their three fourth-round picks. Stork and Fleming are huge, and look to add to the competitiveness of the offensive line, which struggled at times last […]

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  • Friday May 09, 2014 | 11:21 pm

    Garoppolo willing to wait for his turn

    Jimmy Garoppolo may not have expected to be drafted by the Patriots. Now that he has, he’s ready to learn how to take his game to the next level. Speaking to the New England media in a conference call late Friday after he was selected – surprisingly – in the second round, Garoppolo said he "couldn’t have pictured it any better.” The former Eastern Illinois quarterback said he is more […]

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  • Friday May 09, 2014 | 9:48 pm

    Another surprise pick for Patriots in second round

    Well that was interesting. When looking at the Patriots’ biggests needs coming into the NFL draft, back-up quarterback wasn’t at the top of the list. With everyone expecting New England to improve its offensive line, tight end position or even the linebackers. the Patriots took quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois with the 62nd pick, 30th in the second round. The selection was met with mixed reviews by just about […]

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  • Thursday May 08, 2014 | 11:57 pm

    Patriots draft defensive lineman at 29

    The headlines are always elsewhere when it comes to the NFL draft and the Patriots. While the nation watched breathlessly as Johnny Football kept sliding and sliding down the first round – all the way to 22 and the Cleveland Browns – the Patriots simply did what they always do: confound nearly everyone. The Patriots didn’t trade up, didn’t trade down as many expected. Instead, they used the 29th selection […]

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  • Wednesday Dec 18, 2013 | 9:19 pm

    Christmas, NSA, Tom Petty and Position Changes

    Sometimes you travel to Foxborough to check out the New England Patriots and you come back with a nearly-blank notebook and a dazed look. Other days, like Tuesday, you have so much good stuff you could fill a couple of blogs. Like this week. I’ll be blogging off Tuesday’s interviews and press conferences all week! They covered a lot of topics and including a lot of laughs. So let’s get […]

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