Rob Gronkowski says he’ll play in Patriots opener

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) walks during an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


The tight end said he is “ready to go” on Sunday vs. the Dolphins.

Jets fans undoubtedly will be clamoring for Michael Vick, but he is not the No. 1 quarterback. AP Photo/Julio Cortez


Rex Ryan has high hopes for his Jets

The bombastic coach asserts, “We feel great about our situation, feel great about our team.”

Patriots sign 10 to practice squad

Three defensive linemen and a quarterback are among the players signed Monday.

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// Patriots’ skimpy return for Ryan Mallett shows how teams view QB

The Patriots got the equivalent of a bag of footballs and 20 rolls of athletic tape from the Texans in the Ryan Mallett trade.

Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Texans

Multiple reports said the Patriots received a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick in 2016.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos are seeking to be back in the Super Bowl this season.

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Best and worst scenarios for all 32 NFL teams

Here’s an outline for how the 2014 season could play out and who might be lifting the Lombardi Trophy.


Ray McDonald of 49ers arrested on felony domestic violence charges

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

Michael Sam (right) couldn’t make a team that was stocked with pass-rushing linemen.

NFL notes: Michael Sam released by Rams

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, couldn’t make a team that was stocked with pass-rushing linemen.

Patriots preseason schedule

Scores: NFL scoreboard
Aug. 7: Washington 23, New England 6
Aug. 15: New England 42, Philadelphia 35
Aug. 22: New England 30, Carolina 7
Aug. 28: NY Giants 16, New England 13
Sept. 7: Regular season begins - New England at Miami, 1 p.m.
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