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VIDEO: Julian Edelman’s Nerf Duel With Patriots Teammates

Robert Alvarez
October 10, 2019 at 4:00 am ET

Julian Edelman was back sharing new content on his YouTube channel Wednesday.

Check out Jules squaring off in a really corny, but funny Nerf Blaster duel with New England Patriots teammates Chase Winovich and Ted Karras.

Is it an ad? Yes. But it may be worth a few laughs.

Best Of Social Media: Week 5 Patriots vs Redskins

Robert Alvarez
October 9, 2019 at 11:34 pm ET

The New England Patriots traveled to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday looking for their fifth 5-0 start in franchise history.

Check out all the best sights and sounds from social media as it happened below.

In the first quarter the Patriots offense struggled early, and the Redskins kept the game surprisingly close.

The Patriots defense however, continued its strong start to 2019, a theme that would continue throughout the afternoon.

A Steven Sims Jr. 65 yard run gave the Redskins a 7-0 lead.

Like they have all year so far, the Patriots responded when Julian Edelman hauled in a six pass from Tom Brady but a Mike Nugent PAT failed.

7-6 Redskins after one quarter of play.

A Mike Nugent 37 yard field goal gave the Patriots their first lead of the game at 9-7 to open the second.

Although the Patriots defense settled in after Simms big touchdown, the offense remained in a funk, and had to settle for another Mike Nugent field Goal to push the lead to 12-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Patriots halftime adjustments took over as Brandon Bolden nabbed a 29 yard pass from Tom Brady to extend the lead to 19-7.

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After failing to gain traction in the first half, the Patriots running game came alive in the third as Sony Michel capped off another scoring drive.

26-7 New England through three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots defense continued to stifle the Redskins offense and Tom Brady iced the win with a wide open touchdown pass to rookie Ryan Izzo.

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The Patriots would leave Washington with a convincing 33-7 victory to move to 5-0 on the season.

The 2019 Patriots joined the 1974, 2004, 2007, 2015, and 2019 with 5-0 records.

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Calling All Pats Fans, Kyle Van Noy Needs Your Help Designing A Shirt For “The Boogeymen”

Robert Alvarez
at 1:00 pm ET

Are you a graphic designer and love the New England Patriots?

Well, Kyle Van Noy wants your help, and he has an enticing reward for a job well done.

On Twitter Tuesday, Van Noy fired off a few recruitment tweets seeking a shirt/sweatshirt design for “the boogeymen”, a nickname for the Patriots linebacker corps coined by Dont’a Hightower.

If you think you have what it takes to win over what currently stands as the NFL’s best linebackers, get to work and send your shirt designs over to Van Noy before the weekend.

Through five games the defense has 24 sacks and is on pace for 77, a mark that would break the NFL record of 72, set by the 1984 Chicago Bears.

For even more perspective, the Patriots had 30 sacks total in 2018 and the team record sits at 57 which was set in 1979.

The Patriots also have 11 interceptions to lead the NFL.

Hightower voiced his praise for the defenses record setting start following Sunday’s win.

“We compete. It’s a great group not just in the linebacker room but the defense, we all want to compete. … We’re trying to get more picks, more forced fumbles. It’s a great defense”

The “boogeymen” meanwhile, will look to add to the record setting defensive numbers on Thursday night against a banged up Giants team, and perhaps celebrate another victory in new shirts.

VIDEO: Sights And Sounds From The Patriots Week 5 Win

Robert Alvarez
at 9:53 am ET

The New England Patriots became the sole remaining undefeated team in the AFC on Sunday when they defeated the Washington Redskins 33-7.

The Patriots (5-0) and the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers (4-0) are the only teams without a loss in the NFL.

The Patriots play the New York Giants on Thursday night, and as you’ll see in the locker room footage below, head coach Bill Belichick is wasting no time moving onto week 6.

“Big thing now is we’ve got to turn the page – it’s Wednesday night…Just look at it that way, it’s Wednesday night on a Sunday game. We’ve got a quick turnaround here. Let’s get some rest, let’s do a good job of being ready to go tomorrow and finishing this game, and then get on to the Giants. This one is gonna be right on top of us.”

Check out some more behind-the-scenes sights and sounds from the Patriots fifth win of 2019 below.

FOX Sports Adds Rob Gronkowski As Television NFL Analyst

Robert Alvarez
October 8, 2019 at 4:51 am ET

Rob Gronkowski is returning to football, well sort of.

On Tuesday, FOX Sports announced the hiring of Gronkowski as an NFL Analyst during its television programming.

“We’re thrilled Rob chose FOX Sports for the next phase of his football life,” FOX Sports Executive Producer and Executive Vice President Brad Zager said.

“He is one of the most popular players to ever play the game and also one of the best tight ends in NFL history. His passion for the game and larger-than-life personality make him a perfect fit for FOX Sports.”

Gronkowski is expected to make his analyst debut during the Thursday Night Football pregame show at 7:30 EST on FOX Thursday night when the Patriots take on the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining FOX Sports,” Gronkowski said in a statement. “For the past 25 years, they’ve offered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio. Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I’ll be able to learn from the best in the business.”

His longtime quarterback Tom Brady was asked for his reaction on Gronk’s new job during his Tuesday press conference.

“He’ll be good…He’s been pretty good at everything he’s done. I didn’t know (about the job). That’s good for him. A great opportunity.”

When told Gronkowski’s debut will be on Thursday, Brady replied saying “Oh good. Hard hitting analysis.”

Brady also acknowledged Gronkowski joins a growing list of retired Patriots who have found success with sports media television jobs.

“It’s great to see a lot of our guys get a lot of great opportunities like that”

Ben Watson Releases Statement Thanking Patriots Following Release

Robert Alvarez
October 7, 2019 at 4:54 pm ET

A second stint of catching passes for the New England Patriots appears to be over before it even begins for tight end Benjamin Watson.

On Monday, the 4pm deadline to activate Watson from his roster exemption expired, formally making him a free agent. The decision was first reported by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss.

Watson missed the first four games of 2019 due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy and was inactive for the Patriots week five victory over the Washington Redskins.

On Monday, during an interview with WEEI’s Ordaway, Merloni and Fauria program, head coach Bill Belichick was asked what factored into the decision to move on from Watson.

“Just don’t have a roster spot,” Belichick told WEEI. “We only have so many roster spots. If we put somebody on, we have to take somebody off. Right now, there wasn’t a roster spot. We didn’t feel like there was somebody we could create a roster spot with. Everybody came out of the game healthy. We have a decent team. So I think that’s where we’re at.”

Watson acknowledged the Patriots decision over Twitter and thanked the organization for the opportunity.

A few teammates shared their disappointment over the news, quarterback Tom Brady shared his reaction during his Tuesday morning press conference. 

“A lot of guys I have played with, I have played with a lot of guys over the years and Ben is a great player. He has been a great player for this team, other teams. He has had an incredible career. Hopefully he can keep playing. I know he was looking forward to playing.

“I’ll miss him. He was right next to me. For as great of a player he was, he was 10 times a better person. Just the highest integrity. I can’t say enough good things about Ben and what he’s meant to me and my family, our team. We’re going to miss him.”

“Ben is just a great person to be around,” veteran cornerback Jason McCourty said Monday. “Football aside, a guy who is strong in his faith, mature, a father of seven, so a lot to learn from him from that standpoint.”

Watson’s departure leaves Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo as the only tight ends on the Patriots roster.

Izzo hauled in his first career touchdown pass on Sunday.

By not activating Watson, the Patriots created roughly $2 million in cap space ahead of the October 29th trade deadline.

Now a free agent, Watson intends to continue his NFL career and forgo any retirement plans for the immediate future.

VIDEO: Episode 3 Of Elite Eats With Kyle Van Noy

Robert Alvarez
October 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm ET

New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy is back with an all new episode of his “Elite Eats” web series on his YouTube channel.

In this episode, Van Noy brings along cornerback Stephon Gilmore for brunch at the “Farmers Daughter” restaurant in Easton, Massachusetts.

VIDEO: The Patriots Wins Included In The NFL Top 100 Games Of All Time

Robert Alvarez
at 11:01 pm ET

On Friday night, NFL Network concluded their list of the top 100 games in the history of the National Football League.

Ten New England Patriots games cracked the list, including seven victories.

Check out the video highlights of the wins all in order below.

Number 8: Super Bowl XLIX

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Number 9: Super Bowl LI

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Number 15: 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff

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Number 20: Super Bowl XXXVI

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Number 36: 2018 AFC Championship

Number 37: Super Bowl XXXVIII

Number 94: The 1982 “Snow Plow Game”

ICYMI VIDEO: Do Your Job – Ted Harper, Team Sports Dietitian

Robert Alvarez
October 4, 2019 at 11:45 pm ET

The New England Patriots debuted season 2 of “Do Your Job”, a behind the scenes look at front office operational staff roles.

In episode one, viewers are introduced to team Dietitian Ted Harper as he discusses what it takes to feed a pro football team.

Check out Harper’s role and story in the video below.

VIDEO: NFL Turning Point – Patriots Goal Line Stand In Buffalo

Robert Alvarez
at 8:20 pm ET

The Patriots defense continued to show off its dominance in Buffalo during week four.

Clinging to just a six point lead late in the fourth quarter, Bills backup quarterback Matt Barkley was unable to come away with points inside the ten when the Patriots defense forced a turnover on downs.

Check out the pivotal moments through NFL Films cameras in this weeks “Turning Point” video below.