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Date: Team: Pos:

Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Tavon Wilson will train with Jets CB Darrelle Revis for two weeks in Arizona beginning July 12.

The four players did the same routine last offseason. Practicing in Arizona's dry heat is a good way to prep for training camp. With Revis in New York, Ryan is expected to start at cornerback alongside Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 8:28 AM

Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder) could open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Vollmer didn’t get in any work during OTAs. He’ll be only five months removed from surgery for the start of camp. Vollmer is fully expected to be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 27 - 2:45 PM

The NFLPA has filed a complaint against the Patriots for their OTA "benching" of CB Malcolm Butler.

Butler missed a flight into New England due to inclement weather one day before OTAs opened. Bill Belichick responded by holding Butler out of all practices from May 28-June 5. It's worth noting the complaint was done without Butler's approval -- we still expect him to start opposite Logan Ryan come Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 12:07 PM

A decision on Tom Brady's appeal is not expected until mid- or late-July.

Article 46 of the CBA requires a decision to be issued "as soon as practicable." As we've seen before in cases like this, it's going to take a while. The post-hearing briefs in the appeal aren't even due until late next week, and then Roger Goodell will digest them. If Brady's camp isn't happy with the ruling, he'll then challenge the NFL in court. PFT suggests that path could lead to Brady being under center in Week 1 against the Steelers as the case gets tied up in the courts.
Source: Fox Sports
Jun 25 - 8:15 AM

A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that Tom Brady "simply reiterated his denial" regarding involvement in or knowledge of deflating footballs during Tuesday's appeal with commissioner Roger Goodell, and "the answers were regarded by some in the room as not entirely credible."

Reports following Brady's meeting with Goodell indicated Tom Terrific gave an "A+ performance," but it seems league officials disagree. Brady reportedly attacked the Wells Report and stated he "didn't do anything wrong." PFT's Mike Florio -- a former attorney -- believes it is "unlikely" that Goodell will "fully exonerate" Brady, and may opt to uphold his four-game suspension.
Jun 24 - 1:34 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tom Brady was his own "greatest ally" in Tuesday's appeal hearing and gave an "A+ performance."

Per Schefter, Brady "offered explanations in all areas." Brady was present for the entirety of the marathon 10-11 hour session, and appears to have spent a good deal of time on the hot seat. It's unknown when commissioner Roger Goodell will reach a decision. It's extremely unlikely to come before the end of June.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 9:28 PM

Tom Brady's appeal hearing concluded after 10 hours on Tuesday, and there are "no further hearings scheduled."

Commissioner Roger Goodell has apparently heard all he needs to hear. Now the waiting game begins. The league isn't exactly known for its expedient decisions, so things could drag out until near the start of training camp. Brady's strategy at Tuesday's meeting is unknown. NFL Network reported that Brady's four-game ban would stand if he didn't change his tune from the Ted Wells report.
Jun 23 - 8:39 PM

A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that if Tom Brady says the same thing he did to Ted Wells, his four-game suspension will stand on appeal.

Brady's job at Tuesday's 9:30am appeal hearing is to convince Roger Goodell he isn't guilty. Proving the league's process is flawed won't help. One way to go down a different path than Brady did with Wells is to make his cell phone records available. Even if he does that, though, Goodell could very well deem it too late and deny the appeal. Brady will be testifying under oath.
Jun 23 - 8:58 AM

Ted Wells will be present for Tom Brady's appeal hearing on Tuesday.

It's quite notable, as the sides have been at war since Wells released his "Deflategate" report on May 6. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he's open to "new information" in Brady's appeal, while Brady's camp will be allowed to question Wells on Tuesday. The proceedings will continue for a second day on Thursday if they aren't wrapped up on Day 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 1:56 PM

The Boston Herald says James White "looks like a carbon copy of Shane Vereen."

The Herald notes White has looked "great" while "lining up in all the same places (as Vereen), and turned in some spectacular catches, particularly on wheel routes coming out of the backfield." However, White was also a standout at this time last year before falling off the map once the pads went on in August. And just a few days ago, the Boston Globe said Travaris Cadet has a leg up on White for the passing back role. This is a competition that won't end anytime soon. Ultimately, neither of these guys are talented enough to earn 9.9 touches per game like Vereen did over the previous two years.
Jun 22 - 8:06 AM

Patriots CB Bradley Fletcher failed to distinguish himself during OTAs and minicamp.

Unfortunately for fantasy owners, it looks like Fletcher is going to end up as sub-package depth for the Patriots. Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan are expected to be the starters with Robert McClain in the slot. Seventh-round rookie Darryl Roberts has also outplayed Fletcher.
Jun 22 - 8:02 AM

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson said he is fully healthy after a foot injury derailed his 2014 season.

"I’m healthy. I feel good," Dobson said. "I feel good out here now. I’m getting more comfortable with the playbook, so I’m just trying to play fast." Dobson missed out on most of the offseason program and saw action in just four games last season. Now healthy, Dobson has an opportunity to carve out a role behind starters Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman.
Jun 20 - 12:22 PM

Patriots signed first-round DT Malcolm Brown to a four-year contract.

It comes with a fifth-year team option. Brown is expected to compete with Sealver Siliga for snaps next to 2014 first-rounder Dominique Easley on the interior of the Patriots' line. The front seven is the strength of New England's defense.
Jun 19 - 12:31 PM

The Boston Globe believes Travaris Cadet has "the leg up" on James White for the passing back role.

Shane Vereen averaged 9.9 touches per game over the last two seasons, playing the majority of third-down and two-minute drill snaps. His role could be filled by committee, with Cadet, White and Brandon Bolden all in the mix. But if one of these guys can separate at camp, he'll be on the PPR radar. It's a competition worth watching come August.
Source: CBS Boston
Jun 18 - 9:58 AM

Seventh-round CB Darryl Roberts is getting some reps with the starters.

The Patriots have holes to fill at the cornerback position and Roberts has athletic ability. The Marshall product ran a 4.36 at the Combine and also banged out 28 reps on the bench. "Roberts keeps making a play a day and is a dark horse to steal a cornerback job," says the Boston Herald.
Jun 18 - 8:48 AM


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