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Week 9 showdown between Patriots-Broncos already toughest ticket in league

08.07.14 at 6:15 am ET
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Let’s just get to Nov. 2 already.

The 2014 regular-season hasn’t begun yet, but the most expensive game of the year is shaping up to be the November showdown between the Patriots and Broncos at Gillette Stadium. According to the ticket site VividSeats — which sells NFL tickets online — the median ticket price for the game is $495.

Overall, Vivid estimates the Patriots currently have the fourth-hottest ticket in the NFL, with an average ticket price of $376. New England’€™s most expensive home game is when the Broncos visit Week 9, which has an average price of $575.

On the road, the Patriots rank as the sixth-most popular road team, increasing median ticket prices on average by 37.7 percent as the visiting opponent.

Danny Amendola ‘all good’ with Tom Brady calling receivers ‘pygmies’

08.06.14 at 3:49 pm ET
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RICHMOND, Va. — Don’t worry Patriots fans. Danny Amendola says his feelings weren’t hurt by Tom Brady making fun of his lack of height and the similar stature of fellow receiver Julian Edelman.

After practice Tuesday, Tom Brady was asked if he appreciates throwing to 6-foot-3 Brandon LaFell.

“Absolutely. I’ve got some of the little pygmies out there like Julian and Danny and it’€™s nice to have a little bigger guy out there from time to time who has a bigger catch radius,” Brady joked. “Hopefully Danny and Julian don’€™t get mad at me for saying that. They won’€™t. They know I’€™m joking.”

Amendola confirmed Brady’s instinct after Wednesday’s walkthrough.

“I did hear that,” Amendola said with a good-natured smile. “I don’t know. It’s all good. I don’t even know what [a pygmy] is.”

That’s why we’re here. A Wikipedia search revealed the following:

A pygmy is a member of an ethnic group whose average height is unusually short; many anthropologists define pygmy as a member of any group where adult men are on average less than 150 cm tall.

For the record, Amendola (180 cm) and Edelman (178 cm) are well above the cutoff. So, how are Edelman, Amendola, LaFell and Thompkins all getting along?

“We’re all boys, we’re all really good friends,” Amendola said. “We work well together and we’re just trying to get better every day.”

Only time will tell if “The Pygmies” will join the ranks of “The Smurfs” and “The Fun Bunch” as other great diminutive receiving corps in NFL lore.

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Ryan Mallett on his future: ‘You can’t control what you can’t control’

08.06.14 at 2:52 pm ET
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RICHMOND, Va. — Ryan Mallett knows the clock is ticking.

Bill Belichick announced Tuesday that his back-up quarterback will get a lot of playing time this preseason. Mike Mayock believes he is a starting quarterback in the NFL and has been “popping” in practice.

“I haven’t [heard the praise] but I’ve always felt that way about myself because I’m confident in myself. I appreciate his nice words but I’ve always felt that way,” Mallett said.

There are many who feel Mallett is at a key crossroads of his young career, entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal. Mallett is not one of them.

“I don’t [think about the future]. I live day to day, man. I’m happy where I’m at right now,” he insisted. “I’m having a blast. I’m on a great team. I’ve got a great organization around me. My teammates are awesome. That doesn’t cross my mind. I’m just doing whatever I can to help my team every day.

“€œYou can’€™t control what you can’€™t control. It’€™s the uncontrollable. You have to deal with it. I was dealt the hand I was dealt, so I’€™m playing cards.”

Now comes the fun part for Mallett. He actually gets a legitimate chance to show it in game competition. Mallett has played in just four regular season games in his three years behind Tom Brady. He’s attempted four passes. But Thursday night, after Brady comes out (likely after one or two series), Mallett gets to show that he can reach a consistent level of play that critics say he has yet to achieve.

“€œI’€™m very excited about the opportunity to be able to play a lot,”€ said Mallett, who has totaled just four pass attempts in the regular season over the last three years, coming in at the end of four games. “€œI haven’€™t really gotten too many chances during the regular season because I have a pretty good guy in front of me. Any time I get to play, I look forward to it.

“I’m just trying to get better every day. We’re out here working, especially against these guys. It’s good for us to see another team. Going against our defense, they see the same stuff a lot of times so they start cheating a little bit so it’s good to get out here against a different team and see where we’re at.”

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Reports: Sealver Siliga returns to Boston for tests on left hand, will miss time

08.06.14 at 2:07 pm ET
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RICHMOND, Va. — The news is not encouraging regarding one of the younger and more promising members of the Patriots’ defensive line.

Both the Boston Globe and ESPN Boston report that the team is concerned about the severity of the injury to the left hand of Sealver Siliga. The 24-year-old out of Utah injured the hand in Tuesday’s practice and left early. He returned to the practice field without his shoulder pads with about 15 minutes left in practice and did not participate at all on Wednesday.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that Siliga returned to Boston to have further tests on the left hand while Ben Volin of the Boston Globe also confirmed the team’s concern about the injury.

Chris Jones took several snaps with the first team defensive line unit on Wednesday, playing with Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly in a 3-4 base.

The Patriots signed Siliga to their practice squad on Oct. 23, 2013. On Nov. 27, 2013, Siliga was added to the active roster and played the final five games and both playoff games. He recorded three sacks and 23 tackles in his five regular season games and was projected as one of the up and coming talents on the defensive front.

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Snap to it: Looking at how much Tom Brady has played in preseason openers in last 5 years

08.06.14 at 1:47 pm ET
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Here’s a quick look at the number of snaps and final stats for quarterback Tom Brady in the Patriots’ first preseason game of the summer, dating back to 2009:

2013: 19 snaps against Philadelphia — 7-for-8, 65 yards, 1 TD
2012: 19 snaps against New Orleans — 4-for-7, 30 yards, 1 sack
2011: DNP against Jacksonville (Brady was not injured, but the opener came roughly two weeks after the end of the lockout. It what was likely a preventive measure to guard against starters being injured, most of the No. 1 offense and defense had the night off.)
2010: 17 snaps vs. New Orleans — 5-for-8, 67 yards
2009: 24 snaps vs. Philadelphia — 10-for-15, 100 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

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Jason Cole on MFB: Robert Kraft ‘laying the foundation’ to try to convince Darrelle Revis to stay long term

08.06.14 at 12:29 pm ET
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Bleacher Report NFL reporter Jason Cole joined Middays with MFB Wednesday to discuss Patriots corner Darrelle Revis and his contract. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Cole reported Tuesday that the Patriots have had initial discussions with Revis regarding a contract extension after an impressive showing early in training camp.

“They haven’t started negotiating, so let’s peel it back a little bit,” Cole said. “I will say that Robert Kraft is laying the foundation and the work for trying to convince Darrelle to stay here long term. He’s doing the thing that he’s best at, which is schmoozing people and making people feel like they should buy into the Patriot Way and all those kinds of things that Kraft is excellent at. But as far as terms of getting to the point of talking about dollars and cents, they haven’t gotten that far.”

Added Cole: “It’s more like, ‘We love how you’ve done this offseason and we love how you’ve done in camp. You would look great in a Patriot uniform for the rest of your career.’ All of those little things that you put into somebody’s mind that make them think that being a Patriot long term is in the best interest of themselves, not just of the Patriots as a team.

“That’s probably why Robert Kraft is the best businessman in the league. He’s really good at convincing people to do things his way and making them understand, at least from his viewpoint, that you’re actually good for them, too.”

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Mike Petraglia wraps up Day 3 Patriots, Redskins practices, looks ahead to preseason opener

08.06.14 at 12:25 pm ET
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RICHMOND, Va. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia wraps up Day 3 of joint practices Wednesday between the Patriots and Redskins in Richmond. Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo all got in their final reps in a light walkthrough while DeSean Jackson appeared to get tangled up with Darrelle Revis and left practice early. Petraglia details which rookies to be on the lookout for as the Patriots and Redskins open the preseason Thursday night at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Read More: 2014 training camp, Darrelle Revis, DeSean Jackson, Mike Petraglia
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