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NYJetsFans.com on plane with cheaters banner flying over Gillette Stadium: ‘We got our money’s worth, I think’ 07.30.15 at 1:28 pm ET
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The banner flying over Gillette Stadium Thursday read, "Cheaters look up!" (Joe Zarbano/WEEI)

The banner flying over Gillette Stadium Thursday read, “Cheaters look up!” (Joe Zarbano/WEEI.com)

The talk of the day at Gillette Stadium was the plane flying over the Patriots’ first training camp practice with a banner that read, “Cheaters Look Up! @JETSFANMEDIA”

Tyson Rauch, the website’s media relations representative, joined Middays with MFB on Thursday to discuss what the group did — something that has been in the works for a few weeks.

“For a couple weeks now,” he said. “We figured the New England Patriots are the most hated team in professional sports, so we tried to spark up some interest.”

“We got our money’s worth, I think,” he added.

The plane originated in New Jersey and the pilot was a Jets fan more than willing to fly the plane.

Rauch said the group did not do this for attention.

“We don’t need attention,” he said. “[The Patriots] get the attention by the way they cheat, break the rules, bend the rules, things like that. The Patriots are the most hated team in sports.”

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Poll: Whose legacy will be negatively affected the most due to Deflategate saga? 07.29.15 at 1:53 pm ET
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Recapping the non-Deflategate events of Patriots offseason 07.22.15 at 9:17 am ET
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Darrelle Revis left the Patriots for the Jets. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis left the Patriots for the Jets. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The offseason is rarely quiet for Super Bowl champions. Such would have been the case for the Patriots regardless of Deflategate, but the circus that’€™s accompanied the NFL’€™s handling has overshadowed what would have been an eventful offseason anyway.

Here’€™s a timeline of every major (non-Deflategate) event regarding the Patriots this offseason:

Feb 2: Rob Gronkowski begins another summer of Gronk with Jimmy Kimmel appearance

The veteran tight end has made the rounds this offseason, also appearing on Kelly & Michael and Celebrity Family Feud.

March 5: Vince Wilfork announces he won’€™t return

The 2004 first-round pick announced in a tweet that the team had declined his option, making him a free agent the next week. He ended up taking a two-year deal with the Texans on Marc 16.

March 9: Re-signed Devin McCourty

The 2010 first-round pick got a five-year, $47.5 million contract.

March 10: Lost Darrelle Revis, declined option on Brandon Browner

The Pats let Revis get to free agency by declining his $20 million option for next season. That led to the former Jet returning to his first employer on a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed.

Without Revis, the Pats opted to move away from playing press coverage, so they declined Browner’€™s option and let him sign with the Saints.

March 11: Released Kyle Arrington, signed Brandon Gibson

Arrington was a solid slot corner for the Pats over the years, but the 29-year-old struggled in the Super Bowl before being replaced by Malcolm Butler. He signed on with the Ravens.

Gibson joins Danny Amendola as former Rams receivers who eventually followed Josh McDaniels to New England. The Pats also signed fellow receiver Kevin Dorsey that day, but released him in May.

March 12: Signed (and later released) Chimdi Chekwa

Not the only free agent signing who didn’€™t make it through the offseason. Among others, former Redskins tight end Fred Davis experienced a similar fate.

March 16: Signed Scott Chandler

The former Bill figures to give the Patriots the best 1-2 punch they’€™ve had at tight end since Aaron Hernandez was released.

March 18: Signed Brandon Spikes for a very short time

Spikes’€™ Patriots reunion lasted less than a month before a motor vehicle incident involving Spikes’€™ car resulted in the Pats to cut bait. He was eventually charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, speeding and failure to stay within marked lanes.

March 18: Signed Bradley Fletcher

The former Eagle figures to compete for a starting job on a New England team that’€™s thin and young at cornerback.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Poll: Should Patriots try to sign Reggie Wayne? 07.20.15 at 11:29 am ET
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ABC News’ Ryan Smith on MFB: Tom Brady, NFLPA potential court battle ‘complicated issue with timing’ 07.16.15 at 1:48 pm ET
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ABC legal analyst Ryan Smith joined Middays with MFB on Thursday to discuss Tom Brady‘s appeal process and what is to come. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

On Thursday, Smith reported the NFLPA will head to federal court to challenge the league if Brady still is suspended for any games once Roger Goodell’s ruling is announced. He does not know when that will be.

“We’re like you, in a sense, we’re all waiting for a decision to come from the league,” Smith said. “Roger Goodell was spoken to last week and said a decision was coming soon. There was a thought that a decision would come some time this week and here we are on Thursday and we haven’t heard anything yet. It doesn’t mean it can’t come later today, Friday, who knows. At this point no decision yet. Our NFLPA sources told us that unless it’s vacated completely, they are going to court.”

Smith went onto describe the process and Brady’s camp would want things to happen sooner rather than later because if things get dragged on too long, Brady could end up missing meaningful games later in the season.

“I would think for the NFLPA and Brady’s representatives, they want to try and have all this stuff wrapped up by Labor Day because let’s say they give him a couple of games — he goes to federal court. He’s going to seek a temporary injunction. ‘Hey guys, I want to get on the field right now while you decide this issue.’ I think there’s a pretty good chance he gets it, but the ultimate goal is to get a permanent injunction or get it overturned. And that sometimes takes some time,” Smith said. “Court systems don’t necessarily care that you’re Tom Brady or Robert Kraft. ‘Hey, you’re just the next guy in line.’ The fear would be, let’s say he fought two or three games and he lost, let’s say he loses in December — what happens then? The NFL gets to impose that suspension around playoff time, when everyone is fighting for a spot.

“There is a bit of a complicated issue with timing. If he ends up getting a suspension and the courts end up by holding that or the NFL ends up pressing this all the way, is this something that ends up getting served later rather than sooner? And wouldn’t you want to do it sooner, game one or game two, rather than (game) 15 or 16.”

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Dont’a Hightower hopes to return for season-opener 07.14.15 at 8:21 am ET
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Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

Patriots linebacker Dont’€™a Hightower told ESPN.com Monday that his shoulder recovery is ahead of schedule and that he hopes to play in New England’€™s season-opener.

Hightower, who had surgery on the shoulder in February, was expected to miss six to seven months. He said he doesn’€™t have a target date, but that his recovery is ‘€œgoing great’€ and that his fingers are crossed for Sept. 10.

“I’ve seen doc, and everything is going great right now,’€ Hightower said. ‘€œI’€™m right on track, if not a little ahead of schedule. It’s something that’s going to take time. I can’t say ‘three weeks’ or whatever. It feels great. I’m doing good. Doc loved everything. He said I’m ahead of schedule, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”

As for Tom Brady, Hightower expressed a preference to have his quarterback on the field with him when the season starts. Brady and the rest of the league are awaiting word on the appeal of Brady’€™s four-game suspension.

“Obviously, I would rather him not be suspended,” Hightower said. “It’s out of my hands and it’s way out of my pay grade. We’re just sitting and waiting, I guess.”

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What Deflategate worry? Tom Brady chills with daughter and Gisele 07.12.15 at 3:50 pm ET
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The fate of Tom Brady‘s appeal may be announced this week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but the quarterback himself hardly looks worried.

Brady’s wife Gisele posted a picture Sunday of Brady lying on a golf course in some resort area with mountains as a scenic backdrop. He is holding their daughter Vivian.

Brady is waiting to hear if Goodell will reduce his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

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