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The NFL’s memorable Elite 8s? Who may join them as the NFL’s 2018 champion-to-be?

So the new Bovada Super Bowl odds came out the other day, and if my math is correct, we’re still only 95 days past the playing of last season’s ultimate game, and almost eight full months shy of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. But even in early May, it’s a reminder that perhaps a great team will

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Ranking the playoff chances of the NFL’s seven new head coaches

The NFL’s 2017 season turned out to be ultra-productive for the league’s crop of new head coaches, with half of the six-man class getting their teams to the playoffs in their first try, overcoming burdensome legacies of losing in the process. The AFC East’s Bills ended their ignominious NFL-worst

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Patriots Sign OL Ulrick John

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today the signing of OL Ulrick John. Terms of the contract were not announced.  John, 25, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2014-15), Miami Dolphins (2015-16), Arizona C…

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Don Banks’ NFL Mock Draft 3.0

With the first round of what promises to be the most intriguing NFL Draft in years just two weeks or so away, here’s our latest attempt to mock out what will transpire in Arlington, Tex., on the night of April 26. The Patriots now own two first-rounders (at No. 23 and 31) after trading receiver Brandin

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Best of Chris Hogan

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) completes a reception during team warm ups prior to the NFL week 2 regular season football game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Sept. 17, 2017 in New Orleans. The Patriots won the game 36-20….

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Helmet hit rule expanded and strengthened

ORLANDO – Relatively late in the day on Tuesday, the NFL somewhat surprisingly moved to expand and significantly sharpen its rules against players lowering their head and using their helmets to make contact, instituting a 15-yard penalty for such an ac…

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View from Above: An Open Letter to NFL Ownership

Dear NFL Ownership: Can we please get back to the simple things in life? Controversy sets its’ sights squarely on the NFL all-too-often these days.  We can’t go a week without some convoluted rule change to ponder, a renegade knucklehead making headlines for the wrong reasons (and that includes

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Bill Belichick speaks with Boston media at NFL annual meeting

ORLANDO – Describing himself as “thrilled” to retain offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday that in-depth conversations with McDaniels immediately after the Super Bowl led to his assistant’s surprising decision to reverse course and not accept the

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NFL Owners Meetings: The catch rule finally makes some sense

ORLANDO – Nothing accomplished at this week’s NFL annual meeting here in vacation-land will match the importance of the league finally taking steps to fix the catch rule, that confusing word salad that has bedeviled the game and mystified all parties for a couple decades now. Have no fear football

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Samsonite Make Your Case: Home Improvement?

It’s been an active offseason thus far for the Patriots, but not all of the transactions have been positive. The team has seen its share of important departures, such as Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola while also adding some badly needed reinforcements to the mix. The newcomers

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Don Banks’ NFL Mock Draft 2.0

On the 50th anniversary of the Jets’ one and only Super Bowl season in 1968, highlighted by Joe Namath’s guaranteed upset of the Colts, it was pretty thoughtful of New York’s vanquished Super Bowl III opponent to aid the Jets in their never-ending quest to find the next Namath. And that is

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Samsonite Make Your Case: Biggest Free Agent Loss

This week, the Patriots saw four significant players sign with other teams in free agency. Of those, the consensus seems to be that left tackle Nate Solder will be the most difficult to replace on the roster this season. With that in mind, the Patriots…

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Dissecting the busy veteran quarterback market this NFL offseason

Nothing has remotely matched the hyperactive veteran quarterback market for creating intrigue and interest thus far this NFL offseason. And it cranked to life even before that offseason began for all 32 teams, given that Kansas City struck its blockbus…

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Free Agent Forecast: Linebackers

The new NFL year begins Wednesday, March 14, and with it, the advent of 2018’s free agent marketplace. Leading up to that first day, we’ll examine the landscape from a Patriots perspective, continuing with another potentially important position group for New England: linebacker. Read PATRIOTS

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Free Agent Forecast: Defensive Line

The new NFL year begins Wednesday, March 14, and with it, the advent of 2018’s free agent marketplace. Leading up to that first day, we’ll examine the landscape from a Patriots perspective, continuing with another potentially important position group for New England: defensive line. Read PATRIOTS

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Run or pass, Eagles WRs are vital

MINNEAPOLIS – You may be hearing the football acronym RPO tossed around frequently during Super Bowl Week. It stands for Run-Pass Option, a component of offenses that gives the quarterback the choice of handing the football off to a back, keeping it an…

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