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Past articles by Jeff:

NFL Week 4 takeaways: How good are the Eagles? Who performed best Sunday?

The Chargers bounced back, Cooper Rush led Dallas to another win without Dak Prescott, and the Bills and Eagles earned important victories. → Read More

Howe: There's been no greater winner than Tom Brady — there might never be

The now-retired legendary QB always set expectations higher than anyone and found a way to live up to them. → Read More

How did the rest of the NFL allow Mac Jones to fall to the Patriots?

The NFL should have seen this coming. And yet? Jones waited in the NFL Draft green room for hours until Bill Belichick called → Read More

NFL 100: At No. 1, Tom Brady — 'He's the winner of all winners'

Our series concludes with Tom Brady, the QB who wanted to be the best, then went out and became the best NFL player there's ever been. → Read More

Matt Judon, Mac Jones, Kendrick Bourne and more: Patriots roster is overhauled as they set for new season

Jones is the face of the new era in New England, but he is merely one piece among an offseason of sweeping changes. → Read More

Tom Brady, Bucs discuss new contract: Source

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has discussed a new contract with the team, a source told The Athletic on Saturday. → Read More

Smurf feet, falling on his face and beer chugging: Patriots reveal their favorite Tom Brady stories – The Athletic

From causing stage fright in the bathroom, to sleeping at Gillette Stadium during a low point in his career, to some of his on-field heroics, the stories about Brady vastly differ. → Read More

Sunday Playbook: Superstitious to the extreme, Julian Edelman won’t let himself look back – The Athletic

It's a tactic he learned from the most important people in his life -- though there are downsides. “The bad thing is sometimes you look back and it’s 10 years later,” he said. → Read More

Patriots notebook: LaAdrian Waddle is leading candidate to take the left tackle job

ORLANDO, Fla. — With a vacancy at left tackle for the first time in nearly two decades, Bill Belichick maintained yesterday that every option would continue to be considered in the coming months.LaAdrian Waddle is likely the leader in the clubhouse, but he’ll have to win the job in camp. His competition will include Tony Garcia, Cole Croston, Matt Tobin, Andrew Jelks and the assumption of a… → Read More

Bill Belichick has a plan for Patriots that goes years ahead

ORLANDO — For nearly two decades, Bill Belichick has been viewed by his peers as the NFL’s best salary cap manager. → Read More

Patriots notebook: Robert Kraft realizes team needs to draft Tom Brady QB insurance

ORLANDO, Fla. — After clearing the heir, the Patriots should be expected to target another quarterback next month in the draft.Owner Robert Kraft did little yesterday to dismiss the idea the Patriots would be seeking out a younger model, which really shouldn’t be all that surprising. They traded Jimmy Garoppolo last season and are under a time crunch to develop Tom Brady’s successor. → Read More

What to watch for at NFL owners' meetings this week

ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL converged upon Orlando last night, hoping the backdrop of the Magic Kingdom can help them fulfill a fantasy of determining the true definition of a catch.That’s again the league’s lead agenda at its annual spring meeting, which is always held at a swanky resort in a warm-weather location and a good excuse for each team’s ownership, general manager and head coach to gather… → Read More

Bill Belichick has positive outlook on Tom Brady's future with Pats

ORLANDO — Bill Belichick conducted an impromptu, private conversation with local reporters Sunday night to offer his initial analysis of the → Read More

Howe: Cordarrelle Patterson a nice grab on special teams for Patriots

The Patriots bolstered their special teams last night in a surprising trade with the Raiders.They acquired wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and a sixth-round draft pick in exchange for a fifth-rounder, according to a source. Patterson, a first-rounder in 2013, will fill the kick return void that was left by outgoing running back Dion Lewis, and he might be of service as a depth receiver. → Read More

Patriots add pass rusher Adrian Clayborn as they bolster roster depth

The Patriots continued to restock their defense yesterday.Defensive end Adrian Clayborn, viewed among the best pass rushers in free agency, agreed to join the AFC champions last night after a fruitful visit to Gillette Stadium, according to a source. The two sides hit it off throughout the day, and momentum built during the afternoon to align the forces. → Read More

Patriots add Jason McCourty as they seek familiar names to bolster roster

After punting on the initial wave of priority free agents, the Patriots got to work yesterday in an attempt to stockpile the middle tier of the ros → Read More

Malcolm Butler opens up about Super Bowl benching

Former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who signed with the Titans today, discussed a wide range of topics with the Boston Herald, including his Super Bowl LI benching against the Eagles.Butler never got an explanation for the benching and hasn’t spoken with Bill Belichick since the Patriots departed Minnesota. But he did surmise why he didn’t take the field on defense. → Read More

Booming receiver market means Brandin Cooks could cost Patriots big money

Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks hasn’t caught a pass in more than a month, yet his value has continued to skyrocket. → Read More

Source: Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis to sign with the Titans

The wait proved to be worth it for Malcolm Butler. → Read More

Malcolm Butler, Dion Lewis will leave Patriots for Titans

The wait proved to be worth it for Malcolm Butler. → Read More