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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – In order to get down to the NFL-mandated 46-man game day roster limit, New England only had three players to deactivate Monday night. That’s because prior to arriving in the New York metropolitan area, the Patriots had already ruled out four: WR Josh Gordon (knee/ankle), TEs Ryan Izzo (concussion) and Matt LaCosse (knee), and RB Rex Burkhead (foot), who was downgraded on Sunday afternoon while the team was still in Foxborough.

The biggest news Monday is that the Patriots will shelve safety Patrick Chung (heel/chest), who couldn’t finish the previous game against the Giants. His absence tonight means we could see more of Terrence Brooks on defense. Brooks figured into the personnel groupings last game after Chung exited early.

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On a positive note, WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) will be back in action, his first game time since being injured against Washington two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, OL Korey Cunningham is a healthy scratch tonight (not listed on the injury report), while DL Michael Bennett is serving a team-imposed suspension. Bennett’s playing time has dwindled in recent weeks, so, the Patriots should be able to withstand his absence tonight, particularly in light of New York’s inactive list.

From the Jets’ perspective, QB Sam Darnold’s blind side could be vulnerable in this game, as both starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder) are out of commission. New England’s sack-happy D could target this area in an effort to pressure Darnold.

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As can be seen, Brady’s numbers across the board get worse when he is pressured: he is less accurate, throws fewer touchdowns and more interceptions, and posts a lower yards-per-attempt statistic. All of this has to be expected, though, as no quarterback in the NFL is getting better when he is facing pressure. The problem, however, is just how comparatively ineffective the future Hall of Famer gets when opponents disrupt him.

Brady’s passer rating of 47.9 ranks him as the fourth-worst starting quarterback in the league under pressure, while it is simultaneously his worst since PFF started charting players in 2006. For comparison, he ranked 15th in the NFL in passer rating when pressured last season (71.2). The year before that, he led the league with a 96.6 mark. Of course, he also only achieved a 53.4 during a 2014 season that ultimately ended in a Super Bowl win.

The impact that quarterback rating can have on the overall success of a team can be disputed — passes that are thrown away are part of the equation, for example, but preferable to sacks or other negative plays that are not — but the bigger issue still remains: Brady’s performance while facing pressures leaves some to be desired, and the drop in adjusted completion percentage from 81.9% to 55.7% illustrates this very clearly.

So, where does this leave the Patriots? Above all else, they will need to find a way to protect Brady. Getting back starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a toe injury in Week 2, should certainly help in this regard: Wynn’s replacement, Marshall Newhouse, has been highly inconsistent and is responsible for 21 of the 74 pressures New England’s blockers have surrendered through nine games this season.

Despite that, however, the team still ranks among the best in football when it comes to pressure rate at this point of the season: Brady has been sacked, hit or hurried only just 29.7% of his drop-backs so the protection has actually been fine most of the times (PFF, meanwhile, has New England ranked as the 13th best pass-blocking team in football). That being said, the quarterback’s statistical drop-off resulting from the pressure cannot be ignored.

If Wynn’s return plus the added time the rest of the offensive line has spent together — center Ted Karras, for example, replaced David Andrews just shortly before the season began — can improve the Patriots’ pass protection and give Brady just a few more clean pockets to work with, there is little doubt he can work his magic again. At this point in time, the 42-year-old’s success is closely tied to the level of pressure a defense applies.

The Patriots need to make sure this level is kept at a minimum.

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Patriots re-sign QB Cody Kessler

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed QB Cody Kessler. Kessler was signed by New England on Sept. 25 and released on Oct. 15 after being inactive for three games.

Kessler, 26, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft selection (93rd overall) by Cleveland in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Southern California. 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has played in 17 regular-season games with 12 starts over his three-year career with Cleveland (2016-17) and Jacksonville (2018) and has completed 224-of-349 pass attempts (64.2%) for 2,215 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Last season with the Jaguars, Kessler appeared in five games with four starts and completed 85-of-131 pass attempts (64.9%) for 709 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while leading the Jaguars to a 2-2 record. He went to training camp with Philadelphia this past summer was and was released on Aug. 30, 2019.

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Colts working out ex-Patriots kicker Mike Nugent with Adam Vinatieri struggling

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It appears the Indianapolis Colts may decide to go from one ex-New England Patriots kicker to another this season.

With the 46-year-old Adam Vinatieri continuing to struggle, the Colts brought in four kickers for workouts on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

One of those kickers was Mike Nugent, who briefly filled in for the injured Stephen Gostkowski in New England before being replaced by Nick Folk.

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Vinatieri is 14-for-19 in field goal attempts this year and 14-for-20 in extra points. The former Pats hero missed a crucial PAT during the Colts’ loss to the lowly Dolphins on Sunday.

The 11 total missed kicks tie Vinatieri’s career high set way back in 1996, when he missed eight field goals and three PATs as a 23-year-old rookie.

As for Nugent, the 37-year-old went 5-of-8 for field goals and a nearly perfect 15-of-16 in extra points in four games with the Patriots.

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Patriots release K Mike Nugent and TE Eric Tomlinson; Release OL Aaron Monteiro from practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have released K Mike Nugent and TE Eric Tomlinson from the 53-man roster and OL Aaron Monteiro from the practice squad.

Nugent, 37, signed with New England on Oct. 3, 2019. He played in four games and made converted 5-of-8 field goal attempts and 15-of 16 extra point attempts. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the second-round (47th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Nugent spent four seasons with the Jets before moving on to Arizona (2009), Tampa Bay (2009), Cincinnati (2010-16), Chicago (2017), Dallas (2017) and Oakland (2018).

Nugent has appeared in 168 regular-season games and converted 258-of-319 (80.9%) field-goal attempts and 378-of-393 extra-point attempts for 1,122 career points. He has also played in five postseason contests and made 7-of-8 field goal attempts and all five extra points he has attempted.

Tomlinson, 27, signed with the Patriots on Oct. 15, 2019. He started both games he appeared in and caught one pass for 5 yards. Tomlinson originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 out of Texas El Paso. The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder, spent the first year and half on the Houston practice squad before being signed to the New York Jets on Nov. 5, 2016 from the Houston practice squad. He spent three seasons with the Jets, playing in 36 games with 29 starts and accumulating 16 receptions for 193 yards with one touchdown. Tomlinson was released by the Jets on Aug. 31, 2019 and claimed off waivers by the New York Giants on Sept. 1. After playing in three games, Tomlinson was released by the Giants on Sept. 24, 2019.

Monteiro, 22, joined the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 22, 2019. He was originally signed by Miami as a rookie free agent out of Boston College on May 9, 2019, and released on Aug. 31, 2019. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at left tackle at Boston College.

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Justin Bethel giving New England Patriots teammates information on Baltimore Ravens, Starter jackets

New Patriot Justin Bethel had some jackets to give to some of his new teammates

FOXBOROUGH – Give Justin Bethel credit. The New England Patriots’ new special teams ace knows how to get on the fast track to locker room popularity.

Upon joining the Patriots, an associate of his reached out to tell him about a contact at the apparel company Starter and offered to send some jackets.

Bethel shared the wealth of warmth with his new teammates. The royal blue zip-ups with old school Patriots font across the front and the Pat the Patriot logo on the left arm were very popular.

Ten days ago, Bethel was a Raven getting ready to play New England, but now he’s handing out Patriots gear.

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“Hey I’m all in,” he said.

Under the NFL’s complicated draft pick compensation rules, Bethel, a former special teams Pro Bowler, was cut last week to protect a fourth-round pick, even though coach John Harbaugh was disappointed to cut him loose.

“Very tough, very tough. I mean, that’s a decision that was made, and sometimes you make decisions based on long-term ramifications,” Harbaugh said on a conference call with New England media Wednesday. “I think in the short term, it’s not something that helped us. It’s a good player that we don’t have anymore. Ironically, he ends up there, who we’re playing next, and I think that’s just kind of the way that the Lord works sometimes. But, it wasn’t good for us as far as a short-term football thing.”

Because the Ravens were on a bye last week, Bethel was beginning prep to face New England before he was cut and then joined them. The Patriots and Ravens play Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

“It’s definitely weird. Before I came up here we talking about coming off the bye and going to play the Patriots,” he said. “It’s definitely strange. I was with those guys all through OTAs, training camp and the first half of the season. So It will definitely be interesting going back up there. I’m sure they’ll have something dialed up for me. They know how I play. They’ve seen me in practice. It’ll be interesting.”

Bethel, 29, spent six seasons in Arizona and one in Atlanta before joining Baltimore this year. He appeared in over 70 percent of the Ravens’ special teams snaps in each of the first seven games this season. He said the transition to playing in New England hasn’t been too difficult.

“It wasn’t too crazy. Obviously I’ve been playing special teams for a long time. It’s kind of the same thing,” he said. “Run down on punt, run down on kickoff. Try to make a tackle, cover. It’s trying to learn the environment more so than trying to change my play. I think I did pretty good. I’ll try to get better as the year goes on.”

He wasn’t sure how much he’d be asked to help prepare for Baltimore, but he was ready to assist if called up.

“If they ask me something I’ll help where I can,” Bethel said. “It’s been great.”

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Tedy Bruschi pays visit to 16-year-old who suffered from a stroke

When Tedy Bruschi suffered from his first stroke in 2005 at the age of 31, he became an advocate for knowing the signs. He started Tedy’s Team to raise awareness and break the stigma of who could be at-risk.

Just more than three months after a “mini-stroke” over the summer, Bruschi surprised a 16-year-old patient at Spaulding Rehab, a person he had never met before but with whom he shares a bond.

In September, Ayden Merchure, a sophomore in high school, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he stayed for about a month and a half before being transferred to Spaulding Rehab in October.

A teenager dealing with a stroke is something no parent ever wants to think about and something most teenagers assume would never happen to them. As horrific as the last two and half months have been for Merchure and his family, his mother, Jess Decorpo, said she was blown away by the strength that her son exhibited through it all.

“I knew he was a mentally strong kid, but this really proved tenfold that that’s very, very true,” Decorpo said. “He was intubated for 24 hours. When he was extubated, he spoke almost immediately. He wasn’t just speaking. He was demanding things. From there on, he really just surprised and amazed everybody at how much he could do and how quickly, how well, after something so significant happened to him. Physically, I’ve always known that he was strong, but really with something like this especially I think it’s more mental than anything.”

The resiliency Merchure showed continued to surprise those around him, but Bruschi’s visit provided him with a bright spot that will only help him as his recovery continues.

“I feel like it’s a memory that’s always going to be there and stay with me and help me throughout things that I might not get through on my own,” he said.

Bruschi and Merchure talked about their recoveries and posed for a picture. Before leaving, Bruschi signed a football, writing, “From one survivor to another.”

Though the visit was a small moment on this road to recovery, both Merchure and Decorpo appreciated Bruschi taking time to share encouragement. Since then, Merchure has returned home, and he hopes his journey helps others learn a crucial lesson.

“I hope that they just learn that nothing is permanent,” Merchure said. “Any situation that you’re in, or my situation, you can get through it. It’s just all about your mindset and how you perceive things.”

For Decorpo, she has a new appreciation for life and for the perseverance of her teenage son.

“I didn’t think that he was going to live and the fact that I’m sitting here next to him today is something that I won’t ever take for granted again,” she said. “I’m grateful that I have a child that can still annoy me and still amaze me and still frustrate me and still make me feel overcome with such incredible love. It has put a lot of things for me into perspective and I’m just really, really grateful

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Mohamed Sanu will wear No. 14 for the Patriots, because 12 was unavailable solely due to pesky NFL rules

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By Matt Dolloff,

Veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is officially a member of the New England Patriots. Just one problem: he’s worn No. 12 his whole career. And thanks solely to pesky NFL rules, he needs a new jersey number.

As reported by Mike Reiss, Sanu will wear No. 14 for the Patriots. Reiss also reported that special teams DB Justin Bethel will wear 29.

Former Patriots WR, now-Jets WR Braxton Berrios was the last to wear 14. It’s also been worn by Brandin Cooks, and most notably quarterback Steve Grogan from 1975-90.

Unfortunately for Sanu, NFL rules prohibit players from changing jersey numbers mid-season. Otherwise, Sanu would’ve almost certainly had No. 12 gifted to him by 2000 sixth-round pick Tom Brady. Sanu was a third-round pick so he gets seniority in all situations where the rules allow. Everyone knows that’s how it works.

Brady better do the No. 12 proud, or else it’s going to be horribly contentious in the Patriots locker room.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff.

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Rob Gronkowski is not coming back to the Patriots so can we stop speculating on it? | Matt Vautour
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Rob Gronkowski is not coming back.

He’s not. Definitely not this season. Probably not ever. Former (that’s right former) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has moved on. It’s time for everyone else to catch up

Ian Rapoport’s story that got everybody riled up this weekend was that Robert Kraft had told Gronk that he hoped to have him back for the playoffs. If the Patriots’ owner had said that last week it would be one thing, but he said it in March. And even if he said yesterday, it doesn’t mean there’s reason Gronkowki would change his mind.

But since Kraft’s comments in March, Gronk has:

1. Lost a ton of weight and presumably some muscle that he’d need to be an NFL tight end.

2. Regaled countless broadcasters about how much pain he was in while he was playing and how many concussions he had.

3. Become a broadcaster.

4. Become the lead spokesman for a product that the NFL still has on its banned substance list.

5. Said countless times that he has no plans to come back.

On top of that, the Patriots have spent much of their available salary cap money elsewhere. If Gronkowski came back now, he’d make less money than he did before. Why would he want to do that?

The Patriots are coming off their worst game of the season and their tight end position has been bad all year. Matt LaCosse can’t stop getting hurt and Benjamin Watson can’t stop being old. The trade deadline has passed so any additions have to be free agents, which usually means lousy or retired.

It’s good for Gronkowski’s celebrity and his brand to leave the door open a crack and there’s no requirement to turn in retirement papers. If he doesn’t outright crave the attention that comes his way every time someone speculates about him coming back, he certainly doesn’t mind it.

Some 2.3 percent of ESPN’s Fantasy Football teams (it’s 4 percent on Yahoo) still have Gronkowski on their roster. According to a New York Post article, around 75 million people play fantasy football. If ESPN is similar to most leagues that means, 1.725 million people are either still holding out hope or have teams so bad, they’ve stopped checking them. But 0.3 percent of teams (225,000) added him this week after Rapoport’s report. You can passively forget to drop somebody, but you have to actively add them.

There’s no rumors floating around about Gronkowski ramping up workouts or discussing a return with his inner circle with his Nov. 30 signing day looming. When he was still playing and thinking about retiring, the rumors were rampant.

There are no rumors because it’s not happening. Move on.

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Yes, we all know the New England Patriots are the most successful football team of our times. It seems like they win pretty much every year, and if they don’t they are pretty close to winning. If you follow football even a little bit you know the fans of the New England Patriots are very proud of their team, some might even say overly so. You also know there a ton of fans who absolutely hate the Patriots, fans of the team will say they’re just jealous.

Whether you love the Patriots or you hate them, the team has definitely has had its share of odd situations over the years. Whether it be allegations of cheating, players having brushes with the law, or just some shady situations, in general, there are a lot of things the Patriots want to keep on the down-low.

Here are 20 things the Patriots don’t want fans to know.



Back in the day, the Patriots were actually an underdog, remember when they beat the St. Louis Rams team in Super Bowl XXXVI? Well, come to find out the Patriots were actually taping signals of opposing coaches and had been doing it for a long time. For shame.


Ahh good old Deflategate. Remember how mad Patriots fans were after Tom Brady was suspended? If you don’t remember, and the Patriots hope you don’t, the team used to deflate their footballs so Tom Brady had an advantage. Such bad form.


While the Patriots didn’t really do anything wrong here, they still got lucky. Tom Brady looked like he fumbled during their first Super Bowl win but because of the Tuck Rule that states “any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass,” the play was ruled an incomplete pass.


Just because Tom Brady is a star quarterback doesn’t mean you know everything about health. Tom wrote a book called “TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.” Some reviews of the book have been pretty negative.


While it’s true a lot of people think it is super cool that Tom Brady is with Gisele Bundchen, who is a famous supermodel a lot of others just find the two of them annoying. Maybe it’s just jealousy rearing its ugly head but either way, a lot of people don’t like these two.


Way back in 1982, the Patriots were playing the Miami Dolphins in the middle of a huge blizzard. The field was covered in snow which would make any sort of kick difficult. They were attempting a field goal to win the game. Patriots had a snowplow operator come out and clear a spot on the field to make the kick easier. They made it and won.


Everyone knows Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be pretty rude sometimes but when it comes to the press he takes it to a whole other level. He’s not only rude to the press but he seems to get a big kick out of being that way. That’s never a good look.


A slogan is a slogan, and yes a lot of them can be pretty irritating. With that said there is something about the Patriots and their fans using the “Do Your Job” slogan that’s really irritating. The Patriots don’t want people to know how many people can’t stand this slogan.


Whether it’s true or not a lot of fans of the rest of the league think the Patriots get all the calls. Sure if a team is good, and the Patriots always are, they’re probably going to get the benefit of some calls. But seriously? The Patriots won’t admit it but they get a lot of calls that go their way.


Sure it’s true that almost every team’s local media gives the home team the benefit of the doubt, but when it comes to the Patriots it’s just ridiculous. The Boston media tends to fall all over themselves talking about how the Patriots can simply do no wrong.


Tiquan Underwood was cut 24 hours before the Patriots played in Super Bowl XLVI, even though he had a great attitude, even to the extent he had the Patriots logo shaved into his high-top fade haircut. These guys are cold, and there is no doubt about it.


Jon Bon Jovi isn’t even from Boston, in fact, he is from New Jersey, which is not an area known for its love of sports. But ever since the Patriots cranked “Living on a Prayer” during a playoff game it seems he is a huge Patriots fan. Talk about lame.


The Patriots make it sounds like they have a loyal fanbase, but in reality, the opposite is true. Most of the fans who follow the team are just all about winning and haven’t been long term fans. Some Patriots fans are okay but quite a few of them are insufferable.


Entitled is one thing, but come on many Patriots fans are also obnoxious. Many of them act like they were the ones out on the field winning games and not just fans of the team. They don’t care about irritating other teams fans though, they seem to enjoy it.


After the Chicago Bears won the SuperBowl they put together a video called the Super Bowl Shuffle. The Patriots made their own attempt at something like this, they did a video back in 1986 called “New England, the Patriots and We.” It was ridiculously awful.


Sure Tom Brady is awesome. Probably the best quarterback ever. So why does he whine all the time? It’s almost like every single play that doesn’t go his way is something for him to complain about. Being a sore loser is bad, but being a sore winner is just ridiculous.


Bob Kraft has always seemed kind of odd, but when he was arrested in a Florida prostitution sting he took it from “odd” to “creepy.” Not to mention he was about 40 years older than his girlfriend at the time of his arrest. Hey Bob, not a good look.


Drew Bledsoe was a darn good quarterback and the face of the Patriots for years. In 2001 he suffered a near-fatal injury and was replaced as the starter by backup Tom Brady. He got healthy in time for the playoffs but the Patriots kept Brady as the starter leaving Bledsoe in the dust.


Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent a lot of time acting in a way he only could have gotten away with because he was rich and famous. A good example of this is when, according to Business Insider, he was at a charity event in 2012 and took his shirt off and dumped drinks on numerous women.


Of course, we all know about Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder, but many other Patriots have also been arrested recently. Some of them include Brandon Spikes, Willie Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Terry Glenn, Ty Law, and Irving Fryar among many others. Yay team!