Ryan Malllett is heading to Houston (Jim Rogash)

The Ryan Mallett era in New England has come to an end.

The Patriots have traded the fourth year quarterback to the Houston Texans for a sixth-round draft pick.

Mallett failed to impress in this his fourth training camp, and has never really been a good fit for the Patriots system.

With the Texans starting mediocre veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, Mallett could be given a shot to start by mid-season if the Harvard alum struggles. Mallett will be reunited with former Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien, who is now the head coach in Houston. Continue reading Patriots Trade QB Ryan Mallett to Houston Texans, report says »

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It may have been the preseason, but Patriots fans should be encourage by Aaron Dobson's spectacular leaping catch for a touchdown in his debut. (John Minchillo/AP)

Who says preseason games are meaningless?

Sure, the only snap that Tom Brady played in the New England Patriots’ final preseason game was as the holder on an extra point attempt, and typical starters Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, and Sebastian Vollmer, among others, didn’t even dress for Thursday night’s “game.”

Nonetheless, last night’s game was good for a couple notable takeaways, beginning with Jimmy Garoppolo getting the start and playing the entire contest. But perhaps even more importantly, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who began training camp on the PUP list after offseason surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot, suited up for the first time this preseason. And what a debut it was.

Continue reading Video: Dobson Debuts with Can’t-Miss TD Catch from Garoppolo »

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Shipping up to Boston:

As many of you New England Sports fans know, the Patriots recently executed a trade where they sent Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a 2015 draft pick. This is huge because Mankins was a big presence on the offensive line and provided the veteran leadership when it came to protecting Tom Brady. Many are reporting that the only issue here was the inability by the Patriots front office to come to an agreement in terms of contract and Mankins wanted more money.

It will be tough to replace him on the offensive line, but his departure will allow the Patriots to use extra salary to go after big weapons offensively. Continue reading Recapping Recent Patriots Offseason Moves »

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Logan Mankins is heading to Tampa Bay for TE Tim Wright and a draft pick. (Getty Images)

Reports are coming in that the Patriots have agreed to send guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.

This trade certainly comes as a shock to Patriot fans. Most around the team believed that this would be Mankins’ final season with the team, due to his massive contract and declining ability. However, I don’t think a trade or release this season was on anyone’s radar.

Continue reading Report: Patriots Trade Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay »

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Patriots running back Stevan Ridley must hold on to the football. (USA Today Sports)

The Patriots played their third preseason game in Foxboro against the Carolina Panthers Friday night, winning 30-7. The third preseason game is usually a dress-rehearsal, meaning the teams go through regular game-prep through the week, and both teams starters will likely play into the third quarter — and they did.

This is the one of the four preseason games where watching the starters will be more intriguing than the fringe players. Here is a list of what we were watching: Continue reading Patriots 30, Panthers 7: What we were watching for »

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Kenbrell Thompkins scored on a beautiful backs-houlder throw from Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the first two pre-season games in the books this Patriots team is beginning to fold into shape.

Offense

Save a pick-six that was intended for tackle turned tight-end Steve Maneri, the first string offense looked very impressive.

The highlight of the night was Tom Brady’s back-shoulder touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. The back-shoulder throw has emerged as an almost unstoppable weapon in the NFL the past few years (nobody uses it more than Aaron Rodgers), but Brady rarely utilizes it. Thompkins started the game at receiver alongside Edelman and Amendola, and it’ll very interesting to see how he is used in Week 1. Continue reading Monday Afternoon Rewind: Patriots vs Eagles »

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Cornerback Darelle Revis will take the field as a Patriot for the first time tonight. (AP Photo)

Tonight marks the second pre-season game for the New England Patriots. They’ll be taking on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. This will be the first time we’ll get to see the Patriots starters in action, as most of the top players sat out the game in Washington last week. Providing an in-depth preview for pre-season games is useless, but here is a list of things to keep an eye on during the game tonight.

  • Tom Brady will likely play just a series or two. This will be his warm-up game, but he should be expected to play the entire first half next week against Carolina.
  • Darrelle Revis play his first snaps in a Patriots uniform. Just stay healthy.
  • Receiver Brian Tyms. Last week’s breakout offensive player could see some action with the 1′s tonight.
  • Rookie running back James White saw an increase in reps during practice this week. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s involved during the first few offensive possessions.
  • Jerod Mayo has missed the past three practices. I’ll be surprised if he plays tonight, but hopefully we’ll learn more about his absences soon.
  • Offensive line. The unit struggled to protect Ryan Mallett last week. Their performance will be under a microscope tonight.
  • Who starts at safety? Duron Harmon has been the favorite to start alongside Devin McCourty, but Patrick Chung has seems to have surpassed Harmon in practice. It’ll be interesting to see how the reps are divided tonight.
  • Backup quarterback. Ryan Mallett will have to improve upon his poor performance last week. Jimmy Garoppolo had an outstanding week of practice, and Mallett could become expendable if he continues to struggle and Garoppolo continues to shine.

Continue reading Patriots vs Eagles: What to Watch for »

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