|Judge requests Tom Brady, Roger Goodell meet at settlement conference Aug. 12||07.31.15 at 6:14 pm ET|
It seems things are getting closer and closer to getting resolved in the Tom Brady Deflategate case.
According to several reports, New York Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a settlement conference for Wednesday, August 12 in which he’s requested both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell be present.
“Let’s see what we can accomplish at that conference,” Berman wrote in the order.
He also requests the two sides keep talking before the conference.
“Lastly, I request that you all engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12, 2015,” he wrote.
The Patriots likely won’t have a full practice Aug. 12 as it is the day before their preseason opener against the Packers.
It now seems more and more likely this will be resolved by the opening night, Sept. 10., especially given that was what both sides requested Friday.
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‘ Bob McGovern (@BobMcGovernJr) July 31, 2015
|James White: ‘I am coming with a more aggressive approach’||07.31.15 at 1:32 pm ET|
FOXBORO — For James White, 2014 was like a red-shirt season for the rookie running back out of Wisconsin.
White, a fourth-round pick last year, played in just three games — rushing for 38 yards on nine carries and catching five passes for 23 years out of the backfield. With the departures of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, a prominent running back spot is there for the taking and it appears White is ready to take it.
“I am coming with a more aggressive approach,” White said. “I want to be aggressive in my technique and I want to go out here and be a reliable player. That is what I am going to try out and do every single day.”
The 23-year-old had a great career at Wisconsin. In his senior year he ran for 1,444 yards on 221 carries and 13 touchdowns, while catching 39 passes out of the backfield for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Being the Patriots’ third-down back might be his best shot at seeing significant playing time with LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray more run-first running backs. White saw significant time working with Tom Brady and the offense Friday, a good sign for the second-year player.
“For me, I am just taking it day-by-day and I am trying to come out here and prove, show the team what I have and I can play,” White said.
“We’re all just competing,” he added of all the running backs. “We’re all working together trying to make each other better and do whatever we can to help this team win.”
Thursday and Friday’s training camp sessions were shorts and t-shirts. Over the weekend the team will strap the pads on for the first time and that’s something White is looking forward to.
“Of course. You have to be excited to put the pads on,” he said with a smile. “You’re going to play in a game again. It’s an aggressive nature and you have to accept that challenge.”
|Chandler Jones ‘hungry to have an opportunity’ to win another Super Bowl||07.31.15 at 1:01 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Just six months ago the Patriots hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLIX.
With training camp opening this week it’s a new season and the general message from the team is the Super Bowl is now in the past. Defensive end Chandler Jones admitted it’s hard not to think back to that experience, but he’s using that as motivation to get back there again this year.
“For me, from a personal aspect, it was a lot of fun going through that again,” Jones said. “Trying not to think about it is hard, yeah. But, knowing that task and knowing what you have to do to get back there and do it again makes you that much more hungry. That’s how I feel right now. I am hungry to have an opportunity to go out there and do it again.”
“The motivation is there itself,” he added. “We aren’t trying to focus on the past success behind us. Just the moments we’ve went through and been through. Last year makes you hungry enough to experience those things again.”
Jones reportedly had offseason surgery. It wasn’t reported what the surgery was for, but he did miss six games in the middle of last year with a hip injury.
He was mum answering questions on his health in typical Patriots fashion, as he said he’s just taking things day-by-day.
“Each and every day I am taking it a day at a time,” he said.
Despite the shortened offseason by way of winning the Super Bowl, Jones said it still felt long and was excited to return this week.
“Definitely. I was very excited to get back to football,” he said. “Even though we were one of the last teams to play, it was a very long offseason and he was excited to get back here and we were are at training camp.”
|Countdown to camp: Special teams||07.30.15 at 1:46 pm ET|
As training camp approaches, we’ll offer a position-by-position breakdown of the 2015 Patriots. We started with the offensive side of the ball and then the defense, now we close with special teams.
Depth chart: Kicker- Stephen Gostkowski, Punter- Ryan Allen, Long snapper- Joe Cardona
THREE THINGS WE KNOW
1. Gostkowski is one of the best. In 2014 he hit 35 of his 37 field goal attempts for a career-high 94.6 percent mark, leading to his third Pro Bowl selection and a second-team All-Pro honor. He also led the league in scoring with 156 points, booted 53 kickoffs for touchbacks (tied for fifth most in the league) and hit all 51 PATs he attempted. He was rewarded with a new four-year contract extension worth $17 million after being hit with the franchise tag earlier in the offseason.
2. New coaching staff. After Scott O’Brien’s retirement following last season, there will be a new face leading the unit. Joe Judge will take over as the special teams coach and the team hired former Patriot Ray Ventrone as his assistant. Judge served as O’Brien’s assistant for each of the last few seasons, so he is used to the system. Although O’Brien is gone, it would appear much of what he preached will still be implemented. The players who have spoken so far seem excited to work with the new coaches.
3. New long snapper in town. The Patriots moved on from long snapper Danny Aiken and drafted Cardona out of Navy in the fifth-round, the highest-drafted long snapper in NFL history. His Naval assignment has been delayed until after the 2015 NFL season so that he will be able to play for this year and possibly beyond. It appears from the spring he has developed a good connection with Gostkowski and Allen.
|New York judge hearing Tom Brady case tells NFL, NFLPA to ‘tone down the rhetoric,’ pursue mutual resolution||07.30.15 at 12:32 pm ET|
After Minnesota judge Richard Kyle ruled the Tom Brady/NFLPA lawsuit against the NFL the case would not be heard in Minnesota, rather in New York, New York Judge Richard Berman released an order to both sides.
In that order he states, “While this litigation is ongoing, it is appropriate (and helpful) for all counsel and all parties in this case to tone down their rhetoric.”
Kyle also states he would like the two parties to come to an agreement.
“If they have not already done so, the parties and counsel are directed forthwith actively to begin to pursue a mutually acceptable resolution of this case,” he wrote.
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‘ Raffi Melkonian (@RMFifthCircuit) July 30, 2015
|Jeffrey Kessler: NFLPA angered by way NFL portrayed destruction of Tom Brady cell phone||07.30.15 at 10:05 am ET|
Tom Brady and the NFLPA hired attorney Jeffrey Kessler to represent him in court as the attorney has a history of beating the NFL in court.
Kessler isn’t pleased with the way the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell portrayed Brady destroying his cell phone.
“It’s just grasping at straws to try to divert attention from their complete lack of evidence or legal process to justify what’s happened here,” Kessler told USA Today. “You heard the outrage today from Mr. Kraft. That was completely justified. I’ve never more agreed with Robert Kraft in my life, about anything.”
The attorney doesn’t understand why the case is now not focused on the science, but now limited to Brady’s phone.
“The NFL has made no claim that somehow they’re missing something,” Kessler said. “They made this argument, ‘Well, maybe if they looked at his phone, they’d find some incriminating e-mail like from Tom to his father.’ Really? That’s what they’re arguing about?”
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|Report: Minnesota judge orders NFLPA, Tom Brady lawsuit to be transferred to Manhattan||07.30.15 at 9:35 am ET|
This is not good news for Tom Brady.
According to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, a Minnesota judge has ordered the NFLPA lawsuit over Brady be transferred to Manhattan, which is where the NFL filed.
It’s not good news as Minnesota has been known to be labor-friendly, but instead it appears the case will be heard in New York.
U.S. district judge Richard Kyle wrote: “The court appreciates no “compelling circumstances” undermining application of the first-filed rule to transfer this action from Minnesota to New York, where the first action was filed. Indeed, the Court sees little reason for this action to have commenced in Minnesota at all. Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the Union is headquartered in Washington D.C.; the NFL is headquarted in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York. In the undersigned view, therefore, it makes eminent sense the NFL would have commenced its action seeking confirmation of the award in the Southern District of New York.”
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Big news, Minnesota judge has ordered this morning the NFLPA lawsuit over Brady b transferred to Manhattan, where the NFL first filed
‘ daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) July 30, 2015