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Sources: Patriots keep key assistant QB coach

The Patriots are bringing back assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, sources told ESPN. Schuplinski, who helped develop Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett in recent years, was considered a prime candidate to follow Josh McDaniels to the Colts. …read more

Sources: Steelers plan to rest Big Ben, Bell

Since they have secured a first-round bye in the playoffs, the Steelers will rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell on Sunday vs. the Browns, sources told ESPN. Receiver Antonio Brown was already ruled out with a calf injury. …read more

ASG selection show: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

The long holiday weekend might be over, but Major League Baseball’s All-Star fireworks haven’t gone off just yet. The starting-position players for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show at 7 ET tonight on ESPN, prior to the broadcast of the Pirates-Cardinals game. And on Friday at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network, the winners of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote in each league will be revealed. …read more

Patriots rank high in cash spending

The New England Patriots’ cash spending for 2015 is currently at $135.5 million, according to ESPN’s roster management system which tracks every contract in the NFL. The $135.5 million figure ranks as the fourth-highest total among the league’s 32 teams. 1. Buffalo Bills — $148.0 million 2. Philadelphia Eagles — $142.7 million 3. New York …

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Why free-agent LB Rolando McClain might appeal to Patriots

The New England Patriots are hosting free-agent linebacker Rolando McClain on a visit at Gillette Stadium on Monday, as reported by Field Yates of ESPN.com Insider and Dallas Cowboys ESPN.com NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer. Let’s look at why McClain might appeal to the Patriots. It starts with the makeup of the current roster and …

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One view of Patriots' free-agent approach

Mike Sando of ESPN.com’s Insider puts together his initial thoughts/grades on each NFL team’s free-agency moves, tapping the analysis of scouts and front-office personnel. It’s always an enjoyable read. As they were last year, these grades will be revisited in the coming months and adjusted so corrections can be made. For example, the Buccaneers were …

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Class of '09: Julian Edelman, Sebastian Vollmer rate highly in Mel Kiper Jr. re-draft

It’s the NFL draft season, which means various analysts produce their “re-drafts” from the past, looking back on a draft and considering how it would unfold today based on the players’ performance. As part of an ESPN.com Insider piece , Mel Kiper goes through the exercise for 2009, and the new england patriots land two …

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Polling Nation on Patriots' cornerback visits

The New England Patriots hosted a handful of free-agent cornerbacks on visits Tuesday, and ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters from their prior teams share insight. Tarell Brown: He was a starter last year before he was injured in December and broke his foot. He was a good part of the 49ers’ defense in previous years. He …

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