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Final Super Bowl notebook cleaned out

GLENDALE, Ariz. — One more Super Bowl XLIX notebook to clean out: 1. There was a meaningful moment in the postgame celebration for special teams captain Matthew Slater, as he shared an emotional embrace with his father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater. “More than anything, this is special to me because my dad …

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Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater playing for more than himself

CHANDLER, Ariz. — When the new england patriots advanced to Super Bowl XLIX, one of the most meaningful conversations that special teams captain Matthew Slater had was with his father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater. The father-son bond has remained strong and football is a big part of it. In many ways, Slater …

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Patriots' send-off rally set for Monday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host a Super Bowl send-off rally for the New England Patriots on Monday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. ET in City Hall Plaza. As part of the send-off rally, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, president Jonathan Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and captains Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, …

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Leftovers from Patriots' locker room

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A few leftovers from the New England Patriots’ locker room before players took a three-day break on their playoff bye week: Players surprised by canceled Thursday practice. The players we spoke with fully expected to practice Thursday, and were pleasantly surprised when Bill Belichick called it off. “If Coach says it’s best …

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Patriots all business this week in San Diego

The New England Patriots are practicing in California this week in preparation for their game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. Being away from home for an entire week during the regular season is a bit of a change for Patriots players, but they are looking to make the most out of the …

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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. …

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Training Camp Day 9

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wrapping up the ninth day of training camp and the key storylines: Belichick orders 3 laps after 2 scuffles. After saying that he didn##Q##t think Wednesday night##Q##s full-team scuffle was a big deal, Patriots coach Bill Belichick seemed to view things differently Friday when two more full-team scuffles broke out. After the …

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New England Patriots News – Analysis of Taylor Price release: Did the wide receiver lose the confidence game?

patriots patriots Taylor Price was released by the patriots Sunday. (AP) The release of Taylor Price brings to an end a relatively forgettable year-plus in the patriots system where the young receiver could never seem to mesh with the offense. Price, a third-round pick  in 2010 out of Ohio, was inactive for 15 of the …

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New England Patriots News – Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through 10 games?

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might …

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