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Patriots signed LB Dane Fletcher.

Fletcher spent the first four years of his career (2010-13) with the Patriots as a key special teamer. He went to the Bucs last year, where he started four games at middle linebacker and finished with a career-high 39 tackles. Now Fletcher is back in New England along with Brandon Spikes to provide insurance while Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo rehab injuries.
May 26 - 9:01 AM

No date has been set in Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

The CBA states that a date for the appeal must be set within 10 days after the appeal is filed. That would be Wednesday, although both sides could agree to a delay. Meanwhile the NFLPA has asked Roger Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal, but the commissioner will not because he considers hearing the case his responsibility. We may not know exactly how many games Brady will miss for another 2-3 weeks.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 8:20 AM

NESN's Doug Kyed believes second-year RB James White is the favorite to replace Shane Vereen as the passing-down back.

After a hype-filled preseason, White only managed 31 offensive snaps last season and spent most of the year inactive. Viewed as a plus pass catcher and blocker coming out of Wisconsin, White has the ability to beat out Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for the Patriots' third-down role, but he will have to show more explosion and playmaking ability this preseason to win the job.
Source: NESN.com
May 23 - 1:13 PM

The NFL has rejected the NFL Players Association's motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal.

The rejection may not bode well for Tom Terrific's chances of having his ban eliminated, unless of course the Patriots have a wink-nod agreement with Goodell, as has been rumored and/or speculated. We still tentatively expect Brady's suspension to be reduced, but probably not rescinded altogether.
May 22 - 4:10 PM

Contacted by Profootballtalk.com, the NFL office stated Friday that there is no date currently set for the appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Although owner Bob Kraft backed down from the league, Brady isn't, and is pursuing a reduction of his ban. For selfish reasons (read: fantasy magazine deadline), our hope is there will be a resolution in Brady's case by early June.
May 22 - 2:35 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated Wednesday that he is open to hearing any "new information" Tom Brady can offer in connection with his Deflategate suspension, prior to Brady's appeal.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport came away believing the "door seems very open" to a reduction of Brady's four-game ban. On Tuesday, owner Bob Kraft announced the Patriots would not appeal their $1 million fine and loss of draft picks, which led some observers to speculate the Pats might have a tacit agreement that the NFL would, in turn, back off on its discipline of Brady. Brady initially balked at providing the league with his cellphone and email. Perhaps the suspension will be reduced if he gives them those things now.
May 20 - 3:47 PM

A "high-ranking NFL source" tells Sports Illustrated's Greg A. Bedard that the Patriots' decision to forego an appeal of their Deflategate punishment does not include a tacit agreement that Tom Brady's suspension will be reduced.

Owner Robert Kraft is getting praised for having some sort of master plan, but it appears he's going more by gut feel. It stands to reason to any logical person that Tuesday's announcement will work in Brady's favor as he works to get his four-game ban reduced. It also remains possible Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell reached a wink/nod agreement behind closed doors.
May 19 - 1:55 PM

The Patriots will not appeal their $1 million fine and loss of draft picks in the "Deflategate" scandal.

Owner Robert Kraft is waving the white flag on New England's 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-rounder. Kraft says he's doing it for the greater good of the NFL, but perhaps he hopes it will curry favor in Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Kraft is correct that this absurd saga has drawn on for months too long. The Pats broke the rules, but it should have never been a federal case. Hopefully the Pats' surrender is a step toward downsizing the punishment-industrial complex that's enveloped the NFL over the past few seasons.
May 19 - 1:16 PM

Patriots signed ILB Brandon Spikes to a one-year contract.

Spikes spent the first four years of his career with the Patriots, starting 39 regular-season games and five playoff games (including Super Bowl XLVI). After a one-year stint in Buffalo, he returns to New England as depth behind rehabbing Jerod Mayo (patellar tendon) and Dont'a Hightower (labrum). It's cheap and viable insurance for Bill Belichick.
May 18 - 10:15 AM

Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee) said he'll be "fully ready" for training camp.

With Vince Wilfork now in Houston, the Patriots need their 2014 first-round pick to sustain health. It's far from a given, though, after Easley tore both of his ACLs at the University of Florida and then dealt with complications last year.
May 18 - 7:58 AM

Tom Brady hasn't missed any of the Patriots' voluntary workouts this offseason.

In the past, Brady has skipped these workouts in favor of training elsewhere. But with a four-game suspension looming, he wants to get as many reps in as possible, hoping to build a foundation with his teammates before handing the reigns over to Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots are hoping Brady's appeal will lead to a reduced punishment.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 9:24 AM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will personally preside over Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

Reporter Mike Freeman calls the development "huge and unexpected." The NFLPA had been seeking a neutral arbitrator. With Goodell personally taking responsibility for the case, he's putting the result squarely on his own shoulders. We'd interpret it as the commissioner looking for an out after a week of brutal publicity. It wouldn't be shocking if Brady's four-game ban was slashed to 1-2 games. Although it's become clear there were willful rule violations by the Pats, this is a molehill that's become a mountain. Ball pressure simply isn't that big of an advantage, and appears to be a rule that is skirted league wide, not just in New England.
May 14 - 10:27 PM

The Patriots are claiming the term "Deflator" was used to reference Jim McNally losing weight, not deflate footballs.

The Patriots have launched a website called WellsReportContext (linked below) that responds to the assertions made in the Wells Report. "The conclusions of the Wells Report are, at best, incomplete, incorrect and lack context," the introduction says. The site goes on to cite a Nobel Prize winner about PSI levels and makes the insulting claim that football handler McNally called himself the "Deflator" because he was trying to shed pounds. We've reached new lows in the absurdity of Deflategate.
May 14 - 12:04 PM

A source tells WGR 550 Buffalo it’s "highly unlikely" the Bills bring back free agent ILB Brandon Spikes.

The top linebacker remaining on the free-agent market, Spikes left his New England visit without a contract. Spikes graded as a top-10 run stopper by PFF last season and will eventually land a role as a two-down player. The Bills are set to move forward with Ty Powell behind Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham.
May 13 - 6:37 PM

One source texted ESPN's Adam Schefter saying he thinks Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be overturned altogether.

Another source described the legal team Brady is putting together for his appeal as "unreal." It's made up of a load of experienced lawyers, including Jeffrey Kessler. Many believe Brady at least has a better than even chance to have his suspension reduced. "I don't think the Patriots are going to go quietly into the night," Schefter said. "I think this story is just getting started." Deflategate still has months to go, but smart money is on Brady not serving his full four-game ban.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 9:14 AM


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