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Patriots Release Cornerback Leigh Bodden

The Patriots have cut ties with cornerback Leigh Bodden. “He’s enjoyed this time in New England, but after meeting with coach Belichick this morning, both parties agreed it was time to move on,” Bodden’s agent Alvin Keels told ESPNBoston.com. “Leigh still has a strong desire to play football and welcomes his next opportunity to compete […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 5

Though it wasn’t the 45-3 dismembering the Patriots gave the Jets last season, the Patriots still drew first blood against their rivals from New Jersey Sunday when they beat the Jets, 30-21. The Patriots are now one 30-point game shy of the St. Louis Rams’ NFL-record 14 consecutive games. Who’s moving to the head of […]

Tonight: Patriots Kickoff NFL Preseason against Jaguars

It seems like just yesterday that the NFL lockout finally ended and training camp began for the New England Patriots. Actually, it was less than two weeks ago. And now the Patriots are hours from their first preseason game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Patriots starters usually play for just a few plays […]

Patriots 2011 Cornerbacks Preview: McCourty, Bodden, Etc.

Over the past few seasons, no group of players in the New England organization has been subject to as much criticism as the Patriots’ defensive backfield. Heading into 2011 however, this group finally appears to have a firm foundation of talent and experience that has plagued the back end of the Pats’ defense since their […]

Patriots Place Leigh Bodden on IR

If you thought the Patriots defense was bad, look out: it’s about to get a whole lot worse. The Patriots surprisingly placed No. 1 cornerback Leigh Bodden on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Bodden’s injury comes just two days before the team’s final preseason game, and less than two weeks before the regular […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: The Defensive Backs

The New England defense was not one of the NFL’s elite last season. They were mediocre on both sides of the ball, but did show signs of life from time to time, especially with the defensive backs. There was no star in the backfield. No single guy that served as a leader. Just a bunch […]

Wes Welker Returns to Practice: Too Soon?

When the Patriots took the field for OTAs on Wednesday, a familiar, but unexpected face took the field with them. Only four months removed from major surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL, Wes Welker was just another Patriots player getting some reps in under the beating sun. Extent of Activity While he did […]

Patriots Release Shawn Springs: Younger Defense Prevails

Bill Belichick is making more curious moves in his secondary. The Patriots released 35-year-old cornerback Shawn Springs yesterday, an unexpected roster move that seems to be part of an effort to get younger players involved on the Patriots’ defense. “It’s hard to evaluate and give young guys a shot if you’ve got me,’’ Springs said […]

Patriots NFL Draft Review: Pats Take McCourty, Confuse Us All

Patriots fans had a lot of questions leading up to New England’s first round pick in this year’s draft. But, after trading down multiple spots, fans had even more questions after the team made its first pick. Who is Devin McCourty? Sure, a select few draft nerds had heard the name. But even fewer expected […]

Patriots, Leigh Bodden Agree on Long-Term Deal

The Patriots and cornerback Leigh Bodden finally agreed on a contract Tuesday, signing a four-year deal through 2013. Bodden had visited with the Houston Texans on Monday, but always maintained his interested in re-signing with the Pats. Bodden’s agent, Alvin Keels, announced the deal via Twitter: Leigh Bodden has officially agreed to terms with the […]

New England Patriots Offseason: What To Do With This Defense?

Ask any Patriots fan what the Patriots need to improve on and about 90 percent will tell you the defense. The other 10 percent will continue to live in the fantasy world that was 2001-2007. In 2010, the defense definitely struggled to find veteran leadership after they shipped off Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel and […]

Patriots’ Road Woes Over in Buffalo

London and Tampa aren’t enough. The Patriots finally managed to eke out their first true road win of the season, defeating the Buffalo Bills, 17-10. From the opening kickoff, the Bills started by rushing the ball forward, and quite effectively at that. Nine of thirteen plays, not including the kickoff return or resulting field goal, […]

PATS on the Back: Week 11

And just like that, “4th and 2” is a thing of the past. Ok, maybe not… Sunday’s big 31-14 win over weepy Rex Ryan, mouthy Darrelle Revis, turnover-y Mark Sanchez, and the rest of the New York Jets went a long way to put the Green Machine in the rear view mirror in terms of […]

Strong Defense Leads Patriots Past Jets

The Patriots and Jets met up Sunday in Foxboro for the next round in their divisional rivalry. The Patriots were coming off of a devastating loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week and were itching for some revenge from not only that game, but also their earlier-in-the-season loss to the New York Jets on the […]

Vollmer, Patriots Silence Joey Porter

On Sunday, Nov. 9, the Patriots took the field against the Dolphins on what they were hoping to be a snowy field, but the Dolphins were a few weeks too late. Instead they got a sunny, 65-degree day, which is what you would expect from a Miami home game. Despite the wacky weather, the Patriots […]