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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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Patriots free-agent fit: Off-the-line LB

Third in a multipart series on free-agent fits at various positions leading into the start of free agency March 10. Position: Off-the-line linebacker Players under contract for 2015: Jerod Mayo (2017); Jamie Collins (2016), Dont’a Hightower (2016), Darius Fleming (2015), Cameron Gordon (2016), Deontae Skinner (2015) Level of need: Moderate to high Projected top targets: …

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Tedy Bruschi Patriots chat recap

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Every day after the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi holds a chat on ESPNBoston.com. Today’s chat kicked off at 11 a.m., can be recapped here, and includes some of the following topics: 1. Sharing thoughts on the NFL looking into the possibility that the Patriots purposely deflated footballs in the AFC …

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Injury report: Only four players limited

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As expected, the new england patriots took advantage of the bye week by getting healthy for Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots removed 13 players from the team’s injury report since the last one was released on Dec. 26, two days before the season finale against the …

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Highlighting the rise of Patriots' sub defense

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In a news conference this week, new england patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the value of having a versatile linebacker like Jamie Collins who never comes off the field regardless of the situation, which sparked an answer of how Belichick has seen defensive football change. Belichick’s comments provide a springboard …

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Leftovers from Patriots' finale

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It didn’t take long for new england patriots quarterback Tom Brady to shift his focus to the postseason. In his news conference following Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Brady said, “We’re looking forward.” Part of that was tied to the Patriots approaching the season finale like a preseason game of …

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Decision to sit Rob Gronkowski speaks volumes about his value

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season finale is one of those games where it’s dangerous to read too much into what unfolded. Having locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, the Patriots played it safe with some of their injured players, most …

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