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5 New England Patriots Youngsters on the Rise After First Preseason Game

By Mike Dussault, 1 week 3 days ago
It's important to never get too carried away after the first NFL preseason game, but there's no denying Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots continue to replenish their cupboard with solid rookies who can immediately play. In fact, quite a few of them were on display Thursday night against the Packers. With near-complete turnover at cornerback and running back, along...

5 Areas of Focus for New England Patriots' Preseason Game vs. Green Bay Packers

By Mike Dussault, 2 weeks 1 day ago
The New England Patriots open their preseason on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of one of the best regular season games of 2014. Of course, the starters will see limited time, the schemes will be simplified and the result won't mean much of anything, but there will still be plenty of players fighting for a roster spot in many wide-open position battles. ...

NFL Scouts Talk Anonymously About AFC East Teams

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Winners of 11 of the last 12 division titles, the AFC East has been dominated by New England ever since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady joined forces in 2001. However, with Brady's four-game suspension, along with the departure of several key defensive players, this prolific run could be in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets have new coaching staffs and has added...

New Faces Standing Out at New England Patriots Training Camp

By Mike Dussault, 3 weeks 2 days ago
After losing four cornerbacks this offseason, as well as their top two running backs, there was no question the New England Patriots would feature a number of new faces in significant roles in 2015. While high-round draft picks and high-profile external free agents often get most of the attention, mid-round rookies and low-priced veterans are often the Pats' players of choice. With a...

Why Tom Brady Deserves the Suspension

By Josh Hamburger, 3 weeks 6 days ago
With the recent outrage from the New England Patriots’ organization and fans over Tom Brady’s upheld suspension, the punishment must be seen as worthy as per the NFL’s findings. If Brady in any way knew about deflating the footballs, then he indeed deserves the four-game suspension. Any manipulation or violation of the established, well-known rules is changing the playing field...

Did the NFL Want Tom Brady's Phone Or Not?

By Mike Dussault, 4 weeks 1 day ago
The only new detail to emerge from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling on Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal was that Brady had "destroyed" his phone prior to meeting with investigator Ted Wells in early March. This was the item that cemented Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension, and the headline that was the final nail in Brady's coffin in the...

Tom Brady's Suspension Upheld, What Now for the Patriots QB?

By Mike Dussault, 1 month 16 hours ago
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handed down his decision on Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for Deflategate Tuesday, upholding Brady's full punishment and setting the stage for him to either accept sitting out the first quarter of the 2015 season, or take the NFL to court.In his 20-page ruling, Goodell reveals that Brady had destroyed his cell phone on March 6,...

Twitter Reacts to the Upheld Tom Brady Suspension

By Josh Hamburger, 1 month 18 hours ago
As the NFL announced that they would uphold Tom Brady's four game suspension for his role in deflating footballs, Twitter users reacted to the situation. The suspension allegedly remained in part due to Tom Brady destroying his cell, a key piece of evidence during the investigation. Take a look at some of the best Tweets: #TomBrady should have a celebratory TD dance that looks like...

Answering the AFC East's Biggest Questions in 2015

By Braden Gall, 1 month 1 day ago
NFL training camps are opening up all across the nation, signaling the official return of pro football. Athlon Sports is going division by division, asking and (trying to) answering the biggest question for every team in the league entering the 2015 season. AFC East Buffalo: Can the QB distribute the ball effectively?The Bills' coaching staff has been stabilized with the...

Examining the Over/Under 2015 Win Totals for the AFC East

By Matt Josephs, 1 month 1 week ago
The AFC East will be one of the most intriguing divisions in the NFL this season. With Tom Brady suspended by the NFL, the Patriots become a bit more vulnerable in a division that is continually trying to catch them. Buffalo, Miami and New York all improved themselves, but was it enough? LeSean McCoy, Ndamukong Suh and Brandon Marshall are some of the new faces in the division. Much like I...