A rare appearance by Armond Armstead who just announced his retirement, nepatriotslife.com

Who is Armond Armstead? Currently he is one of the most discussed New England Patriots, and he never even played a snap for the team.

Armstead was a defensive tackle for the University of Southern California Trojans from 2008-10. His numbers weren’t eye popping with 59 tackles in 17 games but he was declared medically ineligible by the USC staff for the 2011 season. He ended up suing the school for giving him pain killers which he believed caused him to suffer a heart attack.

After going undrafted in 2012, Armstead decided to sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). His CFL campaign was successful as he recorded 43 tackles, six sacks and was named a CFL all-star. The Argonauts would go on to win the Grey Cup (the equivalent of the Lombardi Trophy). Continue reading Armond Armstead: We Never Knew Ye »

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Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the start of training camp just one week away, it’s time to look at the state of the Patriot’s wide receivers heading into the 2014 season. The group was the subject of much criticism last season. While Julian Edelman emerged into a solid replacement for Wes Welker, Danny Amendola and rookie Aaron Dobson struggled to stay on the field for the Pats.

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New Blood

The receiving core is relatively the same group that contributed to the league’s third ranked scoring offense a year ago. The one notable addition during the off-season was ex-Panther Brandon LaFell. The former Carolina receiver had a solid campaign in 2013, netting 627 yards on 49 receptions with 5 touchdowns. At 6’3″ LaFell offers tremendous versatility at the position, as he can play both in the slot and on the outside. Continue reading Patriots 2014 Wide Receivers Preview: Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, Dobson »

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Brady unanimous top 5 choice for CBS writers, opposingviews.com

Naming 100 players in the NFL could be a daunting task for some, but most everyone would agree that ranking the 100 best players is a difficult task for anyone. Any list that tries to rank the best players in a sport will likely meet with contention and debate but at the same time people love lists. They are simple, easy to read, and most importantly they get the competitive and analytical juices flowing.

Two people could have very different takes on what it means to be a top player which is likely why when two CBSSports.com writers compiled recent lists, there were a disparate number of Patriots on each. Pete Prisco included four current Patriots while his colleague Pat Kirwan was able to squeeze in six from New England. Continue reading Several Different Patriots Crack Top 100 Lists »

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The Patriots officially signed first round pick Dominique Easley on Monday. (Boston Globe)

Are you ready for some football?

Apparently first round pick Dominique Easley is, as the New England Patriots officially announced his signing on Monday. He was the final unsigned rookie draft pick of the Patriots.

Easley, who was the 29th overall pick out of Florida, reportedly signed a four-year contract worth $7.3 million, including a $3.63 million signing bonus and $5.89 million guaranteed.

Continue reading First Round Pick Dominique Easley Officially Signs with Patriots »

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Rob Gronkowski

Patriots players and coaches have taken to the practice field, and Rob Gronkowski was spotted running up a hill.

Consequently, it is time to begin thinking about which Patriot players you will want on your fantasy squad, and which players you should avoid. What do the odds makers say? Bet now on the best NFL odds here.

Everyone wants their favorite NFL player to succeed on their fantasy roster, but you must consider where you should take them and what should you expect from them. Let’s examine:

Continue reading 2014 Fantasy Value of Patriots Players »

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Jets Playbook

According to new Browns coach Mike Pettine, the former Jets defensive coordinator, old 2011 copies of the Jets defensive playbook may be in the Patriots’ possession.

“The initial playbook itself is actually quite thin, and that’€™s by design,” Pettine told SI’s Greg Bedard. “€œI don’€™t put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it’€™s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.”

Pettine claims there was a story circulating that at Wes Welker’s 2012 wedding, Tom Brady laughed with Jets linebackers coach Mike Smith (Welker’s college roommate) that the Patriots “may or may not” have the Jets playbook. Continue reading Do the Patriots have the Jets Playbook? »

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Aaron Hernandez

The Patriots and Robert Kraft have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez.

The suit is related to the South End double murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, according to WBZ. Continue reading Patriots, Robert Kraft Named in Lawsuit Against Aaron Hernandez »

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