New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th107.9 (18th)257.6 (9th)
Defense13th104.3 (9th)239.8 (17th)

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Game Leaders

Passing: T. Brady (37-50, 328)
Rushing: L. Blount (14-40)
Receiving: J. Edelman (9-109)

Passing: R. Wilson (12-21, 247)
Rushing: M. Lynch (24-102)
Receiving: C. Matthews (4-109)


Sun Sep 7
L 33 - 20at MIA
Sun Sep 14
W 30 - 7at MIN
Sun Sep 21
W 16 - 9OAK
Mon Sep 29
L 41 - 14at KC
Sun Oct 5
W 43 - 17CIN
Sun Oct 12
W 37 - 22at BUF
Thu Oct 16
W 27 - 25NYJ
Sun Oct 26
W 51 - 23CHI
Sun Nov 2
W 43 - 21DEN
Sun Nov 16
W 42 - 20at IND
Sun Nov 23
W 34 - 9DET
Sun Nov 30
L 26 - 21at GB
Sun Dec 7
W 23 - 14at SD
Sun Dec 14
W 41 - 13MIA
Sun Dec 21
W 17 - 16at NYJ
Sun Dec 28
L 17 - 9BUF
Sat Jan 10
W 35 - 31BAL
Sun Jan 18
W 45 - 7IND
Sun Feb 1
W 28 - 24at SEA


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New York4-12-01-5-0
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower to miss at least six months
by Dave Peters |

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is going to miss between six and seven months, according to the Boston Globe.

Hightower had surgery this February to repair a torn right labrum. The team is concerned that he might not be able to be ready for the start of the reguar season. He played through the injury for a good portion of the 2014 season prior to surgery.

The 25-year-old started all 12 games he played, collecting 89 total tackles, six sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

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Payton: Pass protection will be key for RB Travaris Cadet
by Larry Hartstein |

Saints coach Sean Payton said running back Travaris Cadet, now with the Patriots, is a "work in progress with regards to protection," reports Payton noted Cadet is a converted receiver who hasn't played running back long.

"He’ll know who to have, but he just hasn’t had the snaps or the experience that so many of the other running backs have," Payton said of Cadet, who hopes to replace Shane Vereen as New England's pass-catching back.

Payton estimated Cadet was asked to pass protect only 10 to 12 times last season, the report said. But Payton believes Cadet can develop into a solid pass protector.

"He’s tough enough, he’ll know who to have, [so] that will be a technique and an ongoing skill and development [thing]," Payton said. "We felt like he definitely could become a protector because what keeps guys from being that third-down back is they don’t know who to block. That’s the first thing that keeps them from playing that position. They scan and see the guy that’s free; the problem with that is when the guy they are supposed to block doesn’t come and they’re in the backfield still and you have a flare-control issue – he’s supposed to be out in the route but he’s floating in the backfield before he leaves, it doesn’t work. So he’ll know who to block, it will just be a matter of technique.”

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Report: RT Sebastian Vollmer recovering from shoulder surgery
by Larry Hartstein |

Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer had surgery on his labrum following the Super Bowl, reports Vollmer played through the nagging injury last season, missing only the regular-season finale when New England rested starters.

The team has not talked about Vollmer's surgery, rehab or timetable for return. But the report said there is optimism Vollmer "will be ready for action when it counts."

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Belichick: Losing Darrelle Revis 'not a big story' to Patriots
by Shawn Krest |

The Patriots lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to the division rival Jets, but Bill Belichick isn't concerned. 

Meeting the media at the NFL Owners Meetings, Belichick said, "That’s NFL free agency ... Players leave teams and go to teams in free agency every year. That’s not a big story." Per ESPN's Mike Reiss

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Report: NFL investigated Jets over pursuit of Darrelle Revis
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Jets were investigated days before agreeing to a five-year, $70 million contract with cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to the New York Daily News.

The NFL sent an investigator to the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J., on March 8 -- which was during the three-day window teams had to negotiate prior to the start of free agency -- to interrogate general manager Mike Maccagnan and front office personnel about the pursuit of Revis, according to sources. Owner Woody Johnson was not interviewed.

Late last year, the Patriots levied a tampering charge against their AFC East foe after Johnson said Dec. 29 that he’d “love for Darrelle to come back." 

Johnson’s comments in December violated the NFL Anti-Tampering policy, but it appears the allure of returning to New York and the Jets' financial resources were the determining factors in Revis' decision. The Patriots were out of the Revis sweepstakes a full day before the Jets agreed to terms with the Pro Bowl cornerback, according to sources.

“Champ (Bailey) was able to play at a very high level well into his 30s,” Maccagnan said in a conference call Thursday. “I kind of view Darrelle in the same (way). He’s playing at a very high level. We thought he could potentially be able to play at a high level for a number of years going forward, so we thought it was worth the financial investment.”

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