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Commissioner Roger Goodell has declined to recuse himself from Tom Brady's appeal hearing.

"Because protecting the integrity of the game is the commissioner’s most important responsibility, I decline to rewrite our CBA to abrogate my authority and discretion to hear any appeal in a conduct detrimental proceeding," Goodell said. The NFLPA's request was always a long shot. Brady and Goodell will meet on June 23.
Jun 2 - 2:43 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss says there hasn't been a Tom Brady backup who has as much promise as Jimmy Garoppolo in recent memory.

Garoppolo is getting half of the first-team reps at OTAs and impressing. Reiss says the second-year man has been sharp in terms of receiving the play-call, getting everyone lined up properly, making checks and then "delivering the ball on time and accurately." If Brady's four-game suspension stands, Garoppolo appears poised to keep the Patriots on track while pushing for top-14 fantasy quarterback status.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 1 - 8:39 AM

Rob Gronkowski has enjoyed a fully healthy offseason.

During the previous few offseasons, Gronkowski has been rehabbing back, knee and/or elbow issues. This year, however, he's been able to simply concentrate on reveling in the Summer of Gronk. He'll enter 2015 head-and-shoulders above the rest of the fantasy tight end class and a lock first-round pick. Gronkowski has scored 50 touchdowns in his last 55 games (including playoffs).
Jun 1 - 7:57 AM

The Patriots have used Devin McCourty at his usual free safety position throughout OTAs.

McCourty came into the league as a cornerback but switched to safety full-time in 2012. The bigger need is at cornerback, and some had speculated McCourty might move back there following the departures of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Due to the loss of their man-coverage specialists, expect the Patriots to lean on more zone in the secondary this season.
May 31 - 8:47 AM

Bradley Fletcher and Logan Ryan lined up as the top corners at Patriots' OTAs.

Ryan has been a solid player through two seasons, but Fletcher was a disaster with the Eagles last year. At least one of the two should open the season as a starter, with Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, who did not participate in practice, also in the mix. The Patriots have serious concerns in their secondary.
May 30 - 12:02 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady are splitting first-team quarterback reps 50-50 at Patriots OTAs.

Normally, Brady would handle nearly all of the first-team reps in these practices. With Brady tentatively facing a four-game suspension, Garoppolo's reps have increased because he is being prepared to start. Although preseason isn't always indicative of real-game performance, Garoppolo shined last August with a 5:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.8 YPA on 79 exhibition-game attempts.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 29 - 8:35 PM

The appeal of Tom Brady's suspension will be heard on June 23.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the appeal hearing could even be pushed back further to June 25. In other words, we won't know the actual length of Brady's (for now, four-game) suspension for nearly another month. The Patriots decided against filing an appeal for the draft picks they lost and money they were fined by Roger Goodell, which may ultimately work in Brady's favor during his individual appeal. Still, the fact that it will be Goodell himself presiding over the appeal can't bode particularly well. In semi-related news, lots of fantasy magazines will be published this summer without a concrete timeline on Brady's ban.
May 29 - 8:15 PM

Patriots DE Jake Bequette has also been working at tight end during OTAs.

Bequette, the 90th pick in the 2012 draft, has appeared in eight regular-season games through three years and was demoted to the practice squad full-time last season. With New England reloading its defensive line during the offseason, Bequette has to find another way to make the team. He remains a long-shot.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 9:14 AM

Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney (knee) appears close to 100 percent.

The Patriots controversially claimed Gaffney off waivers 10 months ago when the Panthers tried to put him in injured reserve. Now healthy, he'll compete with Jonas Gray for big back duties behind LeGarrette Blount. Multiple reports this winter suggested the Patriots are high on Gaffney.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 28 - 9:13 AM

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


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