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Judge: ‘Not sure’ Roger Goodell understands there is a CBA

08.26.15 at 12:40 pm ET
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Judge David Doty is no fan of Roger Goodell. (Layne KennedyGetty Images) Football: Portrait of NFL anti-trust trial judge David Doty alone in chambers.  (Photo by Layne Kennedy/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Judge David Doty is no fan of Roger Goodell. (Layne KennedyGetty Images)

U.S. District Judge David S. Doty, who has ruled on several NFL labor matters over the last few years, took a shot at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his interpretation of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday.

At a hearing Wednesday on a contempt motion filed by the NFL Players Association in the Adrian Peterson case, Doty said everyone was “curious” as to how Judge Richard Berman would rule in the case of Tom Brady and Deflategate. In the process, he took the opportunity to get in a dig at Goodell.

“I’m not sure the commissioner understands there is a CBA,” Doty said.

Doty has ruled against the NFL on many occasions, including a decision to vacate the arbitration award that upheld Peterson’s suspension.

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots’ preseason passing game

08.26.15 at 11:02 am ET
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Jonathan Krause

Jonathan Krause

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer or coach might have in said pass catcher. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities in the preseason, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown after the first two preseason games.

WR Chris Harper: 12 catches on 15 targets
WR Brandon Gibson: 12 catches on 13 targets
WR Jonathan Krause: 9 catches on 9 targets
RB James White: 5 catches on 6 targets
RB Dion Lewis: 5 catches on 5 targets
TE Jimmay Mundine: 3 catches on 5 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 2 catches on 11 targets
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target
RB LeGarrette Blount: 1 catch on 1 target
WR Danny Amendola: 0 catches on 2 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 0 catches on 1 target
FB Eric Kettani: 1 catch on 1 target

One note on the peerless performance of Krause: His 9-for-9 start to the preseason is the best preseason start for a New England pass catcher since Julian Edelman went 10-for-10 last preseason.

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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties through 2015 preseason

08.26.15 at 10:41 am ET
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Through two preseason games, the Patriots have been hit with 12 penalties for 121 yards. Here’s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots to this point in the preseason, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
CB/ST Jimmy Jean 2 (offensive holding, facemask), 25 yards
CB Robert McClain 1 (defensive pass interference), 18 yards
CB Daxton Swanson 1 (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
S Duron Harmon 1 (personal foul), 15 yards
LB Cameron Gordon 1 (roughing the passer), 13 yards
WR Jonathan Krause 1 (offensive holding), 10 yards
DL Sealver Siliga 1 (encroachment), 5 yards
DL Rob Ninkovich 1 (defensive offsides), 5 yards
OL Jordan Devey 1 (false start), 5 yards
CB Logan Ryan 1 (defensive holding), 5 yards
Team 1 (12 men on the field), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Cornerback: 4 penalties, 53 yards
Defensive line: 2 penalties, 10 yards
Safety: 1 penalty, 15 yards
Linebacker: 1 penalty, 13 yards
Special teams: 1 penalty, 10 yards
Wide receiver: 1 penalty, 10 yards
Offensive line: 1 penalty, 5 yards
Team: 1 penalty, 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties
Offensive holding: 2
Facemask: 1
Defensive pass interference: 1
Encroachment: 1
Defensive offsides: 1
False start: 1
Unnecessary roughness: 1
Defensive holding: 1
12 men on the field: 1
Personal foul: 1
Roughing the passer: 1

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players in preseason

08.26.15 at 8:45 am ET
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Jonas Gray

Jonas Gray

Every week, we list the Patriots’ “offensive touches,” a running tally of which one of the offensive skill position players is getting the most looks. Like our weekly look at targets, it can occasionally be an inexact stat, but it remains a good barometer of how confident the coaches (and quarterback) are when it comes to the skill position players at their disposal. While it’s understandable to be dubious about these numbers in the preseason, it’s worth mentioning that one of the ways Jonas Gray managed to land a roster spot was because he took advantage of his opportunities in the preseason last year. (He led the team in touches last preseason.) Here’s a breakdown of the New England offense after the two preseason games of 2015:

RB James White: 22 (17 carries, 5 catches)
RB Jonas Gray: 14 (14 carries)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 14 (13 carries, 1 catch)
WR Chris Harper: 12 (12 catches)
WR Brandon Gibson: 12 (12 catches)
WR Jonathan Krause: 10 (1 carry, 9 catches)
RB Dion Lewis: 8 (3 carries, 5 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 4 (4 carries)
TE Jimmay Mundine: 3 (3 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 2 (2 catches)
RB Tony Creecy: 1 (1 carry)
RB Eric Kettani: 1 (1 catch)
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 (1 catch)

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How much does Tom Brady usually play in the third preseason game?

08.26.15 at 8:00 am ET
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The third week of the preseason is always the one that people point to as the last chance for the starters to get significant game reps before the beginning of the regular season, and that has pretty much been the case when it comes to Tom Brady. The Patriots quarterback has played in nine of the last 10 third preseason games of the summer, and often, he’s gone into the second half. With the Patriots traveling to Carolina for their third preseason game of the summer Friday night, here’s a look at how Brady has done in the third preseason game of the summer going back 10 years.

2014: 17-for-21, 204 yards, two touchdowns, 42 snaps vs. Panthers
2013: 16-for-24, 185 yards, one interception, two sacks, 46 snaps vs. Lions
2012: 13-for-20, 127 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two sacks, 45 snaps vs. Bucs
2011: 12-for-22, 145 yards, one touchdown, one interception, two sacks, 37 snaps vs. Lions
2010: 18-for-22, 273 yards, three touchdowns, 30 snaps vs. Rams
2009: 12-for-19 for 150 yards, two touchdowns, one sack, 29 snaps vs. Redskins
2008: DNP
2007: 17-for-22, 167 yards, two touchdowns, 47 snaps vs. Panthers
2006: 17-for-30, 231 yards, one touchdown, 49 snaps vs. Redskins
2005: 12-for-21, 127 yards, one touchdown, one sack, 40 snaps vs. Packers

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Patriots officially place Brian Tyms on injured reserve after clearing waivers

08.25.15 at 5:57 pm ET
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Brian Tyms

Brian Tyms

FOXBORO -€“- Brian Tyms will spend the season rehabbing with the Patriots.

After the injured Tyms cleared waivers on Monday, the Patriots announced Tuesday they have placed the 26-year-old on injured reserve.

Tyms, who reportedly suffered a season-ending foot injury last week in West Virginia, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on July 27, 2014, and was re-signed by the team on March 11, 2015. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Florida A&M in 2012.

After being released by the 49ers at the end of training camp, he was signed to the Miami practice squad where he spent his entire rookie season. Tyms started the 2013 season on Miami’€™s practice squad before being signed by the Cleveland Browns midseason.

Tyms played in seven games for the Browns in 2013 and caught two passes for 12 yards. Last season with the Patriots, Tyms played in 11 games with two starts and finished with five receptions for 82 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the 37-22 victory at Buffalo on Oct. 12. Tyms played in the AFC Divisional Playoff vs. Baltimore but was inactive for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLIX.

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Report: Patriots acquire TE-turned-OT Michael Williams from Lions

08.25.15 at 5:42 pm ET
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Michael Williams began his career in Detroit as a tight end.  (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michael Williams began his career in Detroit as a tight end. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Patriots continue to look for ways to bolster their offensive line.

One week after trading offensive lineman Jordan Devey to San Francisco for tight end Asante Cleveland, and two weeks after adding offensive lineman Ryan Groy in a trade with the Bears, the team has acquired offensive tackle Michael Williams from the Lions, according to a report from the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.

ESPN reports that the Patriots will send a future seventh round pick to Detroit in exchange for Williams.

Williams played college football at Alabama, where he was a tight end. He was drafted in the seventh round, 211th overall by the Lions in the 2013 NFL Draft as a tight end.

During his rookie season Williams, who was not invited to the NFL Combine, had to sit out due to an injury to his hand.

In May of 2014, the Lions announced they were switching the 24-year-old, 6-foot-6, 300-pound Williams to offensive tackle.

The move by the Lions was due, primarily, to the drafting of tight end Eric Ebron out of North Carolina.

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