The new Patriots receivers face a task that so many have failed at over the past decade: Proving to Brady they’re ready to perform with him.
Amendola, signed to replace Wes Welker, missed 20 games the past 2 seasons. But friends say it’s toughness that defines him, not injury history.
For more than a decade, the Patriots have flopped while drafting wide receivers. So they have big hopes that the 2nd-round pick can step up.
The Patriots enter this season without a receiver over the age of 27, which is a big departure from the rest of the Belichick-Tom Brady era.
Not too long ago in the NFL, receivers were basically bullied by defenders who marginalized most of them. The NFL has gradually adjusted its rules, though, to allow receivers to thrive.
Christopher L. Gasper says John Stallworth and Lynn Swann were tops, but Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne from the modern era aren’t too far behind.
In today’s NFL, there’s Calvin Johnson and then there’s everybody else.
Many fans don’t know of Hutson, who starred for the Packers from 1935-45. But he was the Jerry Rice of an era when passing offense was rare, and many of his records still stand today.
Calvin Johnson may be the NFL’s best receiver, but he lags far behind Denver’s Eric Decker in being a sure bet to find the end zone.
For 10 straight years, a team that finished last in its division has won the division the following season. Could Stevie Johnson and the Bills be next?
What can the Patriots look forward to this season? Examine the details of their 16-game schedule, with a look back at memorable past matchups against this year’s opponents.
This may be the most question-filled roster the Patriots have brought into a new season in several years.
The 49ers were one play away from winning the Super Bowl, and there’s little reason to think Colin Kaepernick & Co. won’t compete for another trip there.
Adding Wes Welker has given Peyton Manning and the Broncos an air of confidence that they could ride all the way to the Super Bowl.
Our football staffers make their picks for the 2013 season.
|Week 1: at Buffalo , 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 2: vs. NY Jets, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN/Thursday)|
|Week 3: vs. Tampa, 1 p.m. (Fox)|
|Week 4: at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)|
|Week 5: at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 6: vs. New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)|
|Week 7: at NY Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 8: vs. Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 10: Bye|
|Week 11: at Carolina, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN/Monday)|
|Week 12: vs. Denver, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)|
|Week 13: at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 14: vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 15: at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
|Week 16: at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)|
|Week 17: vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)|
Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.
2012 season recap
Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2012 season before their eventual loss to the Ravens in the AFC title game.
NFL experts for the TV network that is home to most of the Patriots’ games say they expect them to be a contender for the Super Bowl again.