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Video reveals several vets already on field in Foxboro

07.26.16 at 5:58 pm ET
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Nate Solder

Nate Solder

We won’t get our first look at the Patriots on the practice field until Thursday, but via a team-posted video from earlier in the week, you can already get a sense of who’s on the field.

Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, LeGarrette Blount, Nate Solder and Duron Harmon were among those spotted running through drills Monday on the practice fields behind Gillette. When it comes to Solder and Blount, it’s a positive sign, as both saw their 2015 seasons come to a premature end because of injury. In addition, Harmon was in a red non-contact jersey, but the sight of the safety — who was absent from spring workouts — is another positive sign when it comes to the health of the defensive back.

While assistant coaches and some veterans will be made available to the media on Wednesday, the first full day of on-field workouts (in front of fans and the media) for veterans and rookies is set for Thursday morning.

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On 15th anniversary of their Super Bowl season, Patriots set to pay tribute to 2001 title team

07.26.16 at 5:19 pm ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

The Patriots announced Tuesday they will be holding a series of events over the course of the 2016 season to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 2001 Super Bowl team.

The weekly features will run throughout the season and culminate on Dec. 4 with a special reunion of the 2001 team during a halftime ceremony of the Patriots game against the Rams at Gillette Stadium.

“The Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams was the first championship for our team and will always hold a very special place in our hearts,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a statement issued by the team. “The victory made everyone that ever wore a Patriots uniform or rooted for the Patriots on the bleachers at Foxboro Stadium feel proud to be a fan. I know I am looking forward to reliving some of those great memories throughout the 2016 season.”

The series of tributes will include video segments accessible via the Patriots Twitter feed and Facebook page, and will feature key stories from the 2001 season, including the Tom Brady/Drew Bledsoe quarterback debate, the infamous Snow Bowl playoff game against the Raiders and the events surrounding Super Bowl XXXVI. In addition, there will be “Where Are They Now?” segments on “Patriots All-Access” that will highlight members of that year’s team, as well as a special exhibit at the Patriots Hall of Fame.

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Jets coach Todd Bowles on Tom Brady-less Patriots: ‘Jimmy Garoppolo can play’

07.26.16 at 12:58 pm ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

Mark the Jets as one team that’s not taking Jimmy Garoppolo lightly.

Asked Monday about the possibility of Tom Brady’s absence opening the door for them in the AFC East, the Jets said all the right things.

“(Jimmy) Garoppolo can play,” New York coach Todd Bowles told the Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.

“They got a good team,” Bowles added. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They’re a tough team. They’re a tough out. They’ve had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There’s a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They’ve found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to.”

Are the Patriots more vulnerable now without Brady for the first quarter of the season?

”I don’t know,” said New York defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. “I don’t like playing the Patriots when (Brady is) not on the field. I like knocking the top dogs off their chair. Personally, I like the challenge. I like going against the best.  He’s one of the best. Probably the best to ever play.”

That’s not to suggest that Richardson has gone soft on the prospect of his division rivals.

“Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I have to be disrespectful to them,” he said.

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Report: Tom Jackson likely out at ESPN

07.26.16 at 10:41 am ET
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There have already been a few changes to ESPN’s NFL programming this season with the addition of Randy Moss and now it appears there will be another shake up.

According to the New York Daily News, analyst Tom Jackson is likely out at the network after 28 years.

Once source told the paper he is weighing his options, while another said the odds of him returning are “long.”

Following last season ESPN parted ways with Mike Ditka (he remains with ESPN in a limited capacity), Cris Carter, and Keyshawn Johnson. There are also reports that this will be Chris Berman’s last season with the network as well.

In addition to Moss, ESPN has hired Matt Hasselbeck, and Charles Woodson for their NFL shows this season.

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Live chat: Talk all things Patriots with Chris Price, Tuesday at noon

07.25.16 at 9:23 pm ET
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Join Chris Price of WEEI.com for a pre-camp chat Tuesday at noon.

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Patriots place 7 on physically unable to perform list, including Julian Edelman

07.25.16 at 6:21 pm ET
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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Clay Harbor, Tre’ Jackson, Dion Lewis, Shaq Mason and Sebastian Vollmer were all placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to Monday’s NFL transaction wire.

No big surprises here, as some of them were slowed by injury at the end of the 2015 season (like Lewis), while others had offseason surgeries or procedures (like Edelman) and missed portions of the spring workouts.

The PUP list allows players who are unable to start training camp the ability to sit out until the medical staff provides clearance. Once they are medically cleared, they’re allowed to practice immediately. For the players who start training camp on the list, they will be eligible for the reserve PUP list at the start of the regular season — as long as they have never been removed from the Active PUP list during training camp.

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In wake of NFL decision on Peyton Manning, NFLPA issues statement

07.25.16 at 12:02 pm ET
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In the wake of the NFL’s decision to clear Peyton Manning in the Al-Jazeera/HGH case, the NFLPA has issued a statement.

“As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest. The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights.”

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