|Patriots announce individual tickets on sale July 14||06.16.16 at 1:11 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There will be a chance to buy tickets to Patriots games this year.
As has been the case in years past, a limited number of individual game tickets will be put on sale for the general public on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
When those tickets are sold, it will mark the 23rd consecutive season that the Patriots have sold out every game prior to the start of the season, extending the current streak to 249 consecutive games by season’s end. The streak began in 1994, the year Robert Kraft purchased the franchise, and includes preseason, regular season and postseason games.
The Patriots annually cap season ticket sales, leaving a limited number in reserve for Patriots fans who wish to purchase individual game tickets. All ticket orders will be processed exclusively through Ticketmaster. Tickets will not be sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office.
Ticket orders can be completed online at Ticketmaster, or by phone by calling 800-745-3000. Visa, a Patriots and NFL sponsor, will once again be the only form of payment accepted to purchase Patriots tickets. Purchases will be limited to four tickets per game. In recent years, all tickets to regular season games sold out within minutes.
For wheelchair accessible seating, the number is 508-384-9191. The Patriots have once again limited sales to four tickets per game.
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Pats receivers, end of mini camp||06.09.16 at 5:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the 2016 Patriots mini-camp, which finished up Thursday on a wild and windy day at Gillette Stadium. Patriots receivers Aaron Dobson, Malcolm Mitchell, Nate Washington, Chris Hogan and Keshawn Martin all had impressive days, with Dobson and Mitchell standing out.
|Even Bill Belichick impressed with the receivers: ‘They’ve all showed up and made plays down the field’||at 4:55 pm ET|
FOXBORO — This week in minicamp has been a chance for the receivers behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to step up.
According to Bill Belichick after the final mini-camp practice on Thursday, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
The quintet of Aaron Dobson, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin and Nate Washington have looked good without the pads on.
All five of those receivers made big plays over the three days, including Dobson and Mitchell, both of whom made acrobatic catches in the end zone for touchdowns. Belichick was taking note.
“Our receivers have been good. We have good competition at that position and they’ve all showed up and made plays down the field, caught the ball well. It’s been good,” Belichick said.
And while Washington is new to the team he’s not new to the type of offense the Patriots run. His experience with former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in Houston showed up this week, as he looked like a receiver comfortable with the routes.
“[With] Nate, they played it in Houston, so he’s kind of familiar with it,” Belichick said. “Those guys have done a good job. I think our receiver group overall has done well – gotten open, caught the ball. Nate and Keshawn have both done a good job.”
Belichick, meanwhile, surprised no one when he didn’t offer an update on the status of tight end/tackle Michael Williams. The Globe’s Jim McBride reported Thursday that Williams suffered an ACL tear on Wednesday and might be headed to injured reserve.
“I don’t think we’re doing injury reports here,” Belichick said. “Maybe the league will require us to do those.”
One of those who might step forward with Williams out is newcomer Clay Harbor.
“Professional. Works hard. He’s a versatile guy,” Belichick said of Harbor. “He’s done a lot of different things. Philadelphia and Jacksonville, he did the same thing, special teams and offense. Hopefully a number of roles if he can do them and get an opportunity to do them.”
|Mike Petraglia, Ryan Hannable talk Malcolm Butler, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson||06.07.16 at 3:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss the debut of Malcolm Butler at Patriots mini-camp, his contract status and what to make of the absence of an apparently healthy Rob Gronkowski, who missed the mandatory workout Tuesday outside Gillette Stadium. The pair also discuss an impressive workout from wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who caught a long touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in 11-on-11 drills.
|Matthew Slater on Tom Brady: ‘We stand by him. He’s been nothing but a great teammate.’||06.02.16 at 4:00 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Robert Kraft may not have wanted to offer any comment on the amicus brief he filed in support of Tom Brady in court last week.
But special teams captain Matthew Slater, the team’s union rep, made it clear Thursday that the Patriots quarterback has the full and undisputed support of every player in the locker room.
The NFLPA has been supported by Kraft and the team (last week) and the AFL-CIO (this week) in their request to allow Tom Brady his day in court in an en banc hearing before a panel of judges. Brady and his attorneys want to prove that the NFL improperly administered its punishment of the quarterback and that the Second Circuit Appellate Court was wrong to re-instate the four-game suspension, thus overturning Judge Richard Berman’s decision of last September.
“Well, without going too deep into that, it’s a very complicated situation,” Slater said. “There are a lot of layers to it and there are a lot of layers that even I don’t understand and don’t see so I don’t think it’d be right for me to give a comment on that.
“I will say, as I’ve said several times in the past, that we support Tom. We stand by him. He’s been nothing but a great teammate and a great leader for this football team. I understand this is a difficult situation for various different reasons and we’ll just have to see how it plays itself out. But I know the guys in that locker room – we support Tom and we’re just going to continue to work hard and focus on the things that we can control.
“A lot of that situation is out of our control and we can’t spend time worrying about, ‘This court, that court’, because we don’t understand that. We don’t have the full knowledge and understanding of what’s going on so all I’ll say is we support Tom and we’re just going to continue to work the way we have been. However it plays out, it plays out.”
|IIWII Cast: Chris Price, Mike Petraglia talk Malcolm Butler, Tom Brady and Roger Goodell||06.01.16 at 9:19 pm ET|
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price checks in with colleague Mike Petraglia on the state of the Patriots halfway through the offseason, Deflategate, whether Tom Brady will beat the rap, and whether or not Malcolm Butler is going to get paid. The guys also discuss what makes a good commissioner.
|Chris Long on working with Patriots: ‘I love the way we go about business’||05.27.16 at 10:09 am ET|
FOXBORO — Chris Long sounds like a guy who’s really ready to re-start his career in New England.
The 31-year-old defensive end signed a one-year, $2 million deal in New England in March after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.
Long finished his first week of OTAs with his new team on Thursday in the heat on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium. And while this time of the offseason is usually centered around learning, the competitor in Long knows he definitely has something to prove to his new employer and teammates.
“I love the way we go about business,” Long said. “I love getting out here and competing. It was a competitive couple of days. I have lot to worry about to get to the point where I can do my job the way I want to do it here. There’s a lot of learning for me. I’m excited to learn and pick it up. You’ve just got to be a sponge.”
Long is trying to regain the form he showed earlier in his career with the Rams that made him one of the most effective defensive ends in football. In 2011, the Virginia product had a career-best 13 sacks. The next season he had 11.5. He’s played just 18 games in the last two seasons, racking up four sacks and 24 tackles.
“Great thing about that is that’s yesterday. It’s in the past,” Long added. “I’m out here with a great attitude every day, trying to get better and every day you try to re-prove yourself. As a player, you should come out every day trying to re-prove yourself and that’s all I try to do every day. New situation, old situation, whatever, it’s just one day at a time for me.
“I came in with no expectations either way. I’m just here to do my job and do what I’m asked to do. Whatever the coaches want me to do, wherever I line up, I didn’t have any expectations. I just want to come in here and compete and help this team. It was awesome. It was a great day to get to work. We had a great week. I’m excited to look at the film and see how we can get better after three days. It was really fun to be out here, playing football, and competing.”
Long was part of an offseason defensive re-boot for the Patriots, as he figures to slot in and help take the reps of Chandler Jones, who was traded to Arizona. He was out on the field this week, along with fellow veteran newcomers Terrance Knighton, Shea McClellin and E.J. Biggers.
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