Patriots release safety Don Jones

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In a move that registers as a surprise, the new england patriots waived safety Don Jones — one of their best special teams players — on Thursday.

Jones has played in nine games this season, with all of his snaps coming on special teams. Coaches credited him with eight special-teams tackles, which was the third-highest total on the team. A second-year player out of Arkansas State, Jones regularly plays on the punt coverage team (gunner), punt return (against the gunner) and kickoff coverage teams. …read more

Chandler Jones limited in Patriots’ practice again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In a sign that he is making progress in his return from a hip injury sustained Oct. 16, defensive end Chandler Jones was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. But the difference between Thursday and Wednesday is that the Patriots held a more traditional practice. On Wednesday, it was a walkthrough (no pads and more mental work than physical work).

Elsewhere on the injury report, core special teamer Chris White was a new addition with an ankle injury. …read more

‘A lot of good snaps’ from DT Alan Branch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick’s weekly breakdown of plays following a victory, on Patriots.com, highlighted strong work on offense, defense and special teams – a fitting recap because last Sunday’s win over the Lions was a complete-team effort.

Alan Branch showing up. A sack in the first quarter (7:27) showed how the combination of good coverage married up with good rush to produce the desired result. This is generally one of Belichick’s preferred plays to show in these breakdowns and one thing he said confirmed what was pointed out in film review: defensive tackle Alan Branch played a solid game. …read more

Patriots-Packers through a stats-based lens

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A look at Sunday’s New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers game through a stats-based lens (via ESPN’s Stats & Information):

1. Brady and Rodgers: QBR kings. This marks the first starting quarterback matchup of Tom Brady and the Patriots against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Since Week 4, Rodgers (91.2) and Brady (84.7) are first and second in Total QBR and both are 7-1 in that span.

2. Packers putting up big numbers at home. …read more

Tom Brady lauds Aaron Rodgers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrived for his weekly news conference Wednesday wearing a gray sweatshirt without sleeves, giving it the look of a muscle shirt. Brady relayed that he took it from receiver Brandon LaFell.

“When you’ve got guns like this, you’ve got to show these things off,” Brady cracked. “I’ve been working hard on these things.”

Brady then touched on a number of topics, including facing Aaron Rodgers for the first time with both as starters. …read more

Patriots’ injury report: Chandler Jones, eight others limited

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) was a limited participant in the New England Patriots’ walk-through practice on Wednesday.

This is the first time Jones has participated in a practice since injuring his hip during Week 7 against the New York Jets. It is a good sign to see Jones edging closer to a return with his first practice, even if it was just a walk-through.

Long snapper Danny Aiken (concussion) is a new addition to the injury report, as he was limited on Wednesday. …read more

Chandler Jones at Patriots’ walk-through

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones returned for the team’s walk-through practice on Wednesday.

Jones has been out with a hip injury since Week 7. He played the entirety of that game against the Jets, but has not played in a game or practice since then.

While the practice was just a walk-through, this is a good sign in his recovery that the team has him present.

Defensive lineman Sealver Siliga was also spotted entering the Dana-Farber Field House. …read more

Campbell to Purchase & Personally Deliver $2,000 Worth of Food to Local Shelters on Thanksgiving Day

BOSTON, MA – For the fourth time since joining the Boston Bruins organization, Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will purchase and personally deliver $2,000 worth of Thanksgiving food to New England Center of Homeless Veterans, St. Francis House, Pi… …read more

Follow-up thoughts on Matthew Slater’s contract extension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A few follow-up thoughts on special-teams captain Matthew Slater’s contract extension through 2016, which was reported by ESPN.com NFL Insider Field Yates.

Slater could have driven a harder bargain. This reminds me a little bit of linebacker Tedy Bruschi when he re-signed with the Patriots at one point later in his career. Could Bruschi have hit the market and driven a harder bargain at the time? Absolutely. But he made the decision that staying in New England was his only option, so he worked out the best deal he could with that in mind. …read more

Patriots RB Jonas Gray’s very bad day

Everyone knows new england patriots running back Jonas Gray had a tough day on the field this past Sunday, as he did not receive any snaps during the Patriots’ win over the Lions.

Gray went from AFC Offensive Player of the Week with 37 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns the previous week to sideline fixture, apparently for showing up late to practice Nov. 21.

But Gray also had a tough day off the field. On Sunday, his car was towed. …read more