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Reports: Belichick at UConn Pro Day

03.25.09 at 10:15 pm ET
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According to several reports, Patriots coach Bill Belichick attended Pro Day at the University of Connecticut Wednesday, and was one of 21 NFL representatives in attendance. Most of who were there to see running back Donald Brown, who led the nation in rushing last season with 2,086 yards as a junior while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. (NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has him rated as the second-best running back in the draft, behind only Knowshon Moreno of Georgia.) Brown told NFL.com as many as 12 teams have shown interest in him, and he has visits set up with the Chargers, Bengals, Eagles and Jets.

Other Huskies of note who participated included cornerback Darius Butler, offensive tackle William Beatty and defensive end/linebacker Cody Brown.

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Patriots work out FSU linebacker Nicholson

03.25.09 at 9:26 pm ET
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WEEI.com has confirmed a report the Patriots worked out Florida State linebacker Derek Nicholson earlier this month. Nicholson, a 6-foot-2, 233-pounder, was the Seminoles leading tackler last season. The North Carolina native is known for his durability, as he started every FSU game the last two years, and statistically, was one of the most consistent defenders on the team, leading the team in tackles the last two seasons. His bloodlines would certainly qualify him for a spot in the National Football League ‘€” his father Darrell was a linebacker with the Giants, while his brother A.J. was taken in the fifth round of the 2006 draft by Cincinnati.

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Billy Sullivan headed to Pats HOF

03.24.09 at 4:46 pm ET
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Without Billy Sullivan, there would be no NFL franchise in Foxboro. Without Billy Sullivan, there likely would never have been Pat Patriot or the Flying Elvis. And without Billy Sullivan, there would be no Gillette Stadium, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and three Lombardi trophies sitting at One Patriot Place.

Owner Robert Kraft, one of the franchise’s most famous fans, realizes this and on Tuesday recognized the team’s first owner by inducting him into the team’s Hall of Fame.

The team issued the following release.

In a fitting tribute on the occasion of the New England Patriots‘€™ 50th anniversary celebration, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft has inducted the franchise’€™s original owner, Billy Sullivan, into the Patriots Hall of Fame as a contributor. Sullivan is the first contributor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was heretofore comprised of 13 players, with a 14th to be selected by fans in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ex-Patriot WR Patten inks deal with Browns

03.23.09 at 9:31 pm ET
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Former Patriots wide receiver David Patten signed a deal with Cleveland last night. Patten, who played in New England from 2001 through 2004, has 324 catches in his 13-year NFL career. The 34-year-old Patten has also played for the New York Giants, Cleveland, Washington and New Orleans, as well as a brief stint in the Arena Football League.

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Pats sign Duckett

03.23.09 at 5:39 pm ET
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The Patriots just announced they have signed veteran offensive lineman Damane Duckett. Here’s the text of the press release:

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It’s official: Pats will open on “MNF”

03.23.09 at 4:08 pm ET
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Here’s the text of the announcement just sent out by the league:

The NFL announced today its 2009 Kickoff Weekend primetime television schedule ‘€“ including a Monday night ‘€œAFL 50th’€ doubleheader ‘€“ and the Thanksgiving Day national TV tripleheader.

On Monday night, September 14, ESPN will host a Monday Night Football doubleheader that will be part of the NFL’€™s celebration of the 50th anniversary season of the American Football League. The four clubs competing that night began playing in the inaugural 1960 AFL season.  The first game (7:00 PM ET) will send the Buffalo Bills to Foxborough to visit the New England Patriots, the decade’€™s winningest team (102-42 since 2000).   The MNF nightcap (10:15 PM ET) will be an AFC West battle as the Oakland Raiders host the three-time defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers.

In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL Thursday night season kickoff the following year.  This September 10 at 8:30 PM ET on NBC, the Super Bowl XLIII champion Pittsburgh Steelers will host the AFC South champion Tennessee Titans, who had an NFL-best 13-3 record last season.

The Sunday night primetime game (8:30 PM ET) on NBC will feature a division matchup as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears. Green Bay and Chicago have won seven of the past eight NFC North titles.

Continuing an innovation introduced in 2006, the NFL will serve up three nationally-televised games on Thanksgiving Day.

The early game (FOX, 12:30 PM ET) will be an NFC North meeting of the Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions.  The second game (CBS, 4:15 PM ET) features the Oakland Raiders visiting the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders’€™ first Thanksgiving game since 1970.

The Thanksgiving primetime game will be at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network with the defending NFC East champion New York Giants visiting the Denver Broncos, marking the first Thanksgiving contest in Denver since 1963.

The announcement of the Kickoff Weekend and Thanksgiving games was made Monday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL Annual Meeting in Dana Point, California.

Reports: Pats to open season on “MNF” against Bills

03.23.09 at 1:50 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Patriots will open their season in a “Monday Night Football” clash against the Bills in what will be a “throwback” game featuring vintage-style uniforms. The game would be the first of a doubleheader ‘€” the New England-Buffalo game would start at 7 p.m.

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