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Look out, James Develin: Rob Gronkowski says James Corden could be a fullback 06.24.16 at 3:13 pm ET
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On “The Late Late Show” Thursday night, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski talked football with host James Corden and fellow guest Luke Wilson. In this clip, Gronkowski sizes up Corden as a potential fullback.

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Report: Three NFL players mentioned in Al-Jazeera PED report will be questioned by league next month, probe into Peyton Manning ‘progressing’ 06.24.16 at 1:27 pm ET
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The NFL will interview three players named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance enhancers and other drugs before the start of training camp next month, according to USA Today.

According to this report, Green Bay’s Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh’s James Harrison will be scheduled for interviews the day camps open regarding the story from last year regarding potential PED use.

The news came via a letter from Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, to NFL counsel Heather McPhee.

The letter did not mention Peyton Manning, who was the most prominent name mentioned in the initial report. However, USA Today says the probe into Manning “is also progressing,” according to a source.

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Marcus Cannon, Terrance Knighton will be part of NFL edition of ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ next month 06.23.16 at 1:35 pm ET
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Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon and Terrance Knighton are slated to appear on an NFL edition of “Celebrity Family Feud” later this summer, it was announced Thursday by the NFLPA.

Cannon will be a part of the AFC roster, while Knighton (who played for the Redskins last season), will be a part of the NFC squad. The two contests, which were taped earlier this offseason, will help raise money for charity. The first show will have the AFC Offense, playing for Active Minds, compete against the NFC Defense, playing for Got Your 6. The second episode will have the AFC Defense, playing for Still Strong Foundation, compete against the NFC Offense, playing for Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF).

Cannon’s teammates will include Brandon Marshall of the Jets and Steve Smith Sr. of the Ravens. Knighton will be a part of an NFC team that includes Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals and Cliff Avril of the Seahawks.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Patriots have been involved in “Celebrity Family Feud.” Last summer Rob Gronkowski and his family were a part of the show.

This year’s shows will air back-to-back on July 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Team-building never stops: Patriots have always made a few moves during slow portion of NFL calendar 06.23.16 at 1:24 pm ET
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Matt Flynn was a summertime pickup for the Patriots last year. (USA Today Sports)

Former Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn was a summertime pickup for the Patriots last year. (USA Today Sports)

While the NFL transaction wire slows dramatically between the middle of June and the end of July — and the start of training camp — it’s worth reminding people that there’s always seems to be some roster movement in that stretch, including from the Patriots.

In 2013 — not counting the signing of their own draft picks — the Patriots made eight personnel moves between the end of minicamp (June 13) and the start of training camp (July 25), including the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receiver Donald Jones.

In 2014 (again, not counting the signings of their own draft picks), the team made 10 moves between the middle of June and end of July, including the announcement of Armond Armstead’s retirement. And during that same stretch in 2015, the team added free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn and released tight end Fred Davis.

Fundamentally, always keep in mind that even though the coach may be spending most of his days on his boat — and the moves are rarely seismic in nature — the team-building process never stops.

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By the numbers: Tom Brady poised to climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016 06.23.16 at 11:17 am ET
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Tom Brady can climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016. (Winslow Townson/USA Today)

Tom Brady can climb several all-time statistical lists in 2016. (Winslow Townson/USA Today)

When it comes to covering the NFL, one of the greatest single resources is the statistical database at Pro Football Reference. And with a free hour, we decided to take a look at where Tom Brady currently stands — at least statistically — when it comes to measuring his individual numbers against some of the best in the game, and where he might end up before it’s all said and done.

Career passing yards — 58,028, fifth overall
Brady (58,028) and Drew Brees (60,903 yards, fourth overall) should both pass Dan Marino (61,361, third overall) sometime this season. If he stays healthy, it seems likely Brady is ticketed for fourth all-time behind Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838) and Brees, but could surpass the Saints’ signal-caller.

Career passing touchdowns — 428, tied for third overall with Brees
Brees and Brady both passed Marino last season, and while it all depends on how long they can play, both have a shot at passing Favre (508, second overall) within the next two or three years. Manning retired at the top of the heap with 539. Not unreachable, but it would take at  one more extraordinary season for either Brees or Brady to jump start that conversation.

Career passes completed — 4,953, fifth overall
Again, Brady, Marino (4,967, fourth overall) and Brees (5,365, third overall) are all in the same neighborhood. Brady should pass Marino to move into the fourth spot this season. Favre (6,300, first overall) and Manning (6,125, second overall) are way ahead of the rest of the pack.

Career passing attempts — 7,792, fifth overall
Brady will probably remain fifth overall for the next year-plus, as Brees (8,085, fourth) should continue to move in lockstep ahead of him, provided both remain healthy. Favre (10,169), Manning (9,380) and Marino (8,358) are the top three.

Career interceptions — 150, 55th overall
Brady is in the same neighborhood as a few of his contemporaries, including Carson Palmer (166, 45th overall), Ben Roethlisberger (147, 59th overall) and Philip Rivers (135, 72nd overall). By way of comparison, Brady has fewer pass attempts, but also has fewer career picks than Brees (205, 24th overall), Manning (251, ninth overall) and Favre (336, first overall).

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Patriots announce schedule for first five days of training camp 06.23.16 at 10:18 am ET
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The Patriots have announced the tentative practice schedule for the first five days of training camp later this summer:

Thursday, July 28
Morning Practice: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Fan Zone: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, July 29
Morning Practice: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Fan Zone: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, July 30
Morning Practice: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Fan Zone: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, July 31
Morning Practice: 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Fan Zone: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 1
2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Kevin Faulk on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon (free and open to the public): Begins at 5 p.m.
In-stadium ticketed practice for Patriots Season Ticket Members and Foxborough residents: 7 p.m.

Other Important Dates
Aug. 9-10: Joint practice sessions with the Saints
Aug. 11: Patriots host Saints in the 2016 preseason opener at 7:30 p.m.
Aug 15-16: Joint practice sessions with the Bears
Aug. 18: Practice host the Bears at 8 p.m.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

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Ben Affleck goes all in on Roger Goodell, NFL in expletive-laced Deflategate rant on new Bill Simmons show 06.22.16 at 11:48 pm ET
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During the premiere of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” this week, Ben Affleck went on a lengthy, expletive-filled rant about Deflategate, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Check out the video below. (Warning: NSFW)

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