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VIDEO: Devin and Jason McCourty’s Best Plays From 2019

Robert Alvarez
March 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm ET

The McCourty twins will be reuniting in the Patriots backfield for a third consecutive season in 2020.

Back on March 15th, Devin signed a two-year, $23 million contract extension to remain in Foxboro likely the remainder of his career.

Devin’s twin brother Jason signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension a year earlier in 2019.

Take a look back at the twins best plays from 2019 below.

PHOTO: Kyle Van Noy Thanks New England Following Signing With Miami

Robert Alvarez
March 16, 2020 at 9:50 pm ET

On Monday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announced that free agent linebacker Kyle Van Noy had come to an agreement with the Miami Dolphins on a four-year deal worth $51 million dollars.

Van Noy had spent the past four seasons with the Patriots following a trade from the Detroit Lions and was apart of three trips to the Super Bowl and two championships.

In 2019, Van Noy posted career-highs in sacks (6.5) and quarterback hits (15).

The signing reunites Van Noy with head coach Brian Flores who was his linebacker coach with the Patriots from 2016-2018.

On his social media accounts Monday night, Van Noy posted a thank you to Patriots nation.

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A few ex-teammtes tweeted out congratulatory messages to Van Noy following the news.

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VIDEO: Devin McCourty Signs Two-Year Extension To Remain With Patriots

Robert Alvarez
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The McCourty twins will remain together in Foxboro for another season.

On the “Double Coverage with the McCourty Twins” YouTube channel Sunday, Devin announced he will be resigning with the Patriots on a two-year deal.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Devin signed a two-year deal worth $23 million, with $17 guaranteed.

Devin mulled retirement leading up to Super Bowl LIII, but the extension all but guarantees he’ll remain a Patriot until the end of his career.

A key piece to the Patriots defense since his drafting in 2010, Devin’s durability has also been remarkable over his career, he hasn’t missed a game since 2015.

In addition to three Super Bowl rings, Devin has earned two Pro Bowl selections and three Second-team All Pro honors over his 11-year career.

VIDEO: Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Commercial Reveals Explanation To Cryptic Tweet

Robert Alvarez
February 3, 2020 at 3:27 am ET

Remember the Tom Brady social media photo that blew up the internet on Friday?

As it turns out, it was nothing more than a teaser advertisement for Brady’s Super Bowl commercial for Hulu…yes Hulu the online streaming service.

“They say all good things must come to an end, and that the best just know when to walk away,” Brady says in the ad. “So to my teammates, my family, and most of all, my fans, you deserve hear this from me: Hulu doesn’t just have live sports. According to the script they just gave me, Hulu also has your favorite cable channels plus the greatest shows, movies and originals of all time. So it’s time to say goodbye to TV as you know it.

“But me? I’m not going anywhere.”

Speaking with Westwood One at halftime during the Super Bowl, Brady was asked about the spot, and shared his daughters reaction.

“It was pretty fun,” Brady said “I’m glad everyone enjoyed it. My daughter loved it. When I walked in and saw her, she says to me, ‘Daddy, we’re not going anywhere!’ I thought it was so cute. She gave me a big hug.”

Unfortunately for Patriots fans, the commercial isn’t the official guarantee of a return to New England, but a few of his teammates had some funny/positive reactions after they viewed it.

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Building the 2020 Patriots Roster, Where are the Biggest Needs?

Steve Balestrieri
January 17, 2020 at 7:00 am ET

The Patriots have a lot of work to do in the offseason and although the new league year doesn’t begin until March, their 2020 season starts now. They have to replace another coordinator (STs/WR coach Joe Judge) and perhaps their college scouting director (Monti Ossenfort) who is being interviewed for the open Cleveland Browns GM position.

Then there are a slew of the team’s free agents to decide upon. We’ll get to those in good time as we’ll take a look at where the team needs are. And a lot of what drives the train is always money. The Patriots have about $49 million to spend. It sounds like a lot. It is not. Especially when considering if the Patriots cut ties with Tom Brady is will cost them $13.5 million in dead money and a new contract will not come cheaply. 

So, let’s take a dive into the roster by position …as currently constructed and see where they’re at.

Quarterback: 

Jarrett Stidham, Cody Kessler
*Free agent: Tom Brady 

The Elephant in the room and all of the ridiculous (and it IS as ridiculous as it is maddening) drivel about non-existent homes in Greenwich, his luxury suite at Gillette and the amateur psychologists who became overnight experts at reading body language and hidden meaning in every word of his have gotten out of control.

Our feeling here hasn’t changed. We feel that Brady will return given that the Patriots don’t really want to ear $13.5 million bucks. Plus, there isn’t anyone on the roster that is a no-brainer to take over. Stidham may well be that guy, but we don’t know and haven’t seen him take a meaningful snap in months.  So until Bill Belichick or Brady comes out and definitely says he’s not returning, we’re going under the assumption he’ll be back.

Running Back:

Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris, Fullbacks James Develin, Jakob Johnson 

Here is where things can get interesting. The team is set here at running back. In fact they’re a little too deep. They could add $4 million in cap space by releasing Rex Burkhead. However, Burkhead was their most productive back down the stretch, as he was a year ago. But injuries always seem to cut into his season and the team just spent a good draft pick on Damien Harris. Burkhead is a guy to keep an eye on. 

Develin had a neck injury and those can be tough to come back from. Don’t be shocked if they add another fullback this spring.

Wide Receiver: 

Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Quincy Adeboyejo (future), Devin Ross (future)
*Free agent: Phillip Dorsett

The need for a speedy, reliable wide receiver here is critical. Edelman is going to be 34, Sanu will get all spring/summer to acclimate into the offense. Meyers and Harry will be fine. A lot of their issues had to do with overthinking things and that will be rectified in Year  2. Look for them to try to sign a fast, veteran outside wide receiver, possibly two and cut their ties with Dorsett. 

Tight End: 

Matt LaCosse Ryan Izzo
*Free agent: Ben Watson 

The most critical need of the Patriots, of the offense and the team overall. The offense really lacked a viable target down the seams all season.  Look for Ben Watson to retire and the team to double-dip here. Look for the team to sign a veteran free agent (Austin Hooper, Hunter Henry?) or try to swing a trade for an established veteran (O.J. Howard attempt again). And then address the need again with a young guy in the draft. 

Offensive Line:  

Isaiah Wynn, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Korey Cunningham, Yodny Cajuste, Hjalte Froholdt, Najee Toran (future)
*Free agents: James Ferentz, Ted Karras, Marshall Newhouse, Joe Thuney, Jermaine Eluemunor (RFA) 

Another area of need. We heard through the grapevine that Marcus Cannon won’t be returning. If he doesn’t it will free up $5.8 million in cap space, despite him signing an extension last summer. Coupled with the unlikely scenario of Joe Thuney returning means the offensive line has a lot of work to do. 

Yodny Cajuste didn’t take a snap in either a game or practice last year. So, expecting him to just jump in and start is a very long shot. Is Froholdt going to be ready? Doubtful too. Look for the Patriots to bring back Karras and Eluemunor for sure and then address tackle and guard in either free agency or the draft. 

Defensive Line:  

Lawrence Guy, Deatrich Wise, John Simon, Byron Cowart, Nick Thurman (future), Tashawn Bower (future)
*Free agents: Danny Shelton, Adam Butler (RFA), Keionta Davis (ERFA) 

Look for the team to attempt to bring back Shelton and Butler. But they’d still need at least another big run stuffer and a defensive end that can rush the QB. 

Linebacker:  

Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Chase Winovich, Derek Rivers, Brandon King, Terez Hall (future)
*Free agents: Shilique Calhoun, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy 

Winovich should be in line for a big uptick in snaps this season. He’s more of a pass rusher than a coverage guy and I’d expect he’ll be tasked with filling the big shoes of Van Noy. I don’t expect Van Noy back this year, he’s in line for a big payday. I do expect them to make a push to bring back both Collins and Roberts. 

Calhoun may come back and flashed some potential. Rivers is going to have to have a big spring or he may not even be around for training camp.  Retooling Hightower’s contract could free up some space.

Cornerback: 

Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams, Justin Bethel, D’Angelo Ross 

The Patriots are in great shape here. With Gilmore, Jackson, and Jones, they have three starting corners who excel at their position. Williams played sparingly in his rookie season and could be ready for a big uptick in snaps. That could put McCourty on the block. If the team were to release him, they’d save an additional $3.8 million.  Also, reworking Gilmore’s contract could free up some cap space

Safety: 

Patrick Chung Duron Harmon Terrence Brooks Obi Melifonwu (future) Malik Gant Adarius Pickett (future)
*Free agent: Devin McCourty 

Big decisions loom here. McCourty arguably had the best season of his career in 2019 and would normally be ready for a big payday. But he’s 33 and with both he and Chung are getting older, the team needs to begin to address the future. Harmon has ostensibly been a starter for several years. Gant flashed a bit in camp last year while Brooks played well. I’d expect they’ll try to bring back McCourty for one more year, but it is time to bring in some younger players and get them groomed for down the road.  

Special Teams:  

K Stephen Gostkowski P Jake Bailey LS Joe Cardona
*Free agents: Nick Folk, Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner, Justin Bethel 

I don’t see the team bringing Folk back and I think they’ll bring in another kicker for competition with Gostkowski this summer. Matthew Slater is the gold standard for special teams players. I expect the team to bring him back and to make an effort to bring back both Ebner and Bethel.

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PHOTOS: Jason McCourty Reflects On Playing With His Brother

Robert Alvarez
January 8, 2020 at 10:30 am ET

For the past two seasons, cornerback Jason McCourty has lived out part of his NFL dream playing alongside his twin brother Devin.

In 2018, the brothers made NFL history becoming the first set of twins to win a Super Bowl together.

Jason made a pivotal end zone pass break up to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, preventing a late touchdown.

On Instagram this week, Jason reflected back on their two years playing together as Devin enters free agency.

Devin, expects to play in 2020, but whether or not he returns to Foxboro remains to be seen.

“I definitely see me playing football next year,” McCourty said after the Wild Card loss to the Titans.

“I’ve had a lot of fun this year with this group of guys. Each year, we get young guys in here, get to stay in the locker room, mold (these) guys, tell them stories of my past 10 years and how much fun I’ve had,” McCourty said.

“So, I can’t see it happening, me not playing football next year. So, I think over time, I’ll take some time away from football and I think the rest will kind of work itself out. We’ll see how that goes, but I definitely plan to be playing.”

Quarterback Tom Brady later voiced his appreciation for the twins with a comment on Jason’s posting.

“The best!!!! Thank you both for being who you are EVERY day!!!”, Brady wrote.

Best Of Social Media: Week 16 Bills vs Patriots

Robert Alvarez
December 24, 2019 at 10:54 am ET

The Patriots returned home to Gillette Stadium for a rare Saturday night matchup with the rival Buffalo Bills.

With a win, the Patriots would clinch their 11th consecutive AFC East title and remain on track for a first round bye in the playoffs as the two seed.

Check out all the best sights and sounds as they occurred over social media from the game below.

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Urgency. #GameDay

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In the first quarter, the Bills made it known earlier this team was different than past years.

A forced fumble by safety Jordan Poyer gave the Bills an opportunity for points and a lead.

A Stephen Hauschka 35 yard field Goal gave the Bills the early road lead.

The Patriots responded, with quarterback Tom Brady finding tight end Matt Lacosse for a 7-3 lead after a quarter.

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The second quarter opened with Brady continuing his hot start, passing aside, Brady also showed off his rare blocking abilities.

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Let’s Ride‼️

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A Nick Folk 36 yard field goal pushed the lead to seven. 10-7 Patriots midway through the second.

With the clock winding down on the first half, the Bills continued to show their resiliency and creativity.

A big man touchdown for Bills lineman Dion Dawkins tied the game at ten going into halftime.

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Rex Burkhead bounced back from his earlier mistake to setup a go-ahead field goal with career highs in receiving yards.

A 13-10 Patriots lead following a Nick Folk 51 yard good attempt.

Once again the Bills battled back on the heels of Josh Allen’s arm.

A John Brown 53 yard touchdown pass Allen gave the Bills a 17-13 after three quarters.

Needing a spark on offense, who else but Julian Edelman to get it going for the Patriots to open the fourth quarter.

The Bills defense held up, and the Patriots had to settle with a Nick Folk 20 Yd Field Goal to cut the deficit to one at 17-16.

With five minutes to go in the game, and the Patriots defense remaining stout, a Brady QB sneak setup the go-ahead winning score.

A Rex Burkhead rushing touchdown following by a successful two-point conversion to Julian Edelman gave the Patriots a 24-17 lead.

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Now trailing by seven, Allen and the Bills had one more opportunity to keep the game alive and force overtime.

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A defensive stop inside the 15 gave the Patriots the victory and a division title.

The Patriots move to 12-3 with a 24-17 victory over the Bills.

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The force is strong in my family…

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My savages!! Great pic @adamrichinsphoto

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Hats&T-Shirts.

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The fam ❤️

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Celebrate Thanksgiving

Robert Alvarez
November 29, 2019 at 9:21 am ET

After a 10-1 start to 2019, the New England Patriots have a lot to be thankful for this season.

Check out some of the best social media postings from the Patriots on Turkey Day as they put a pause on football to spend time with their friends and families Thursday.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

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Turkey Day with my turkeys

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A few retired Patriots also shared some Thanksgiving messages.

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Honor Veterans Day

Robert Alvarez
November 12, 2019 at 9:43 am ET

Monday marked Veterans Day in the United States, and current and former members of the New England Patriots took time to honor the true Patriots with appreciation and reflection posts over social media.

Check out some of the best photos and messages below.

From everyone at PatsFans, we thank you all for your service and sacrifice.

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Best Of Social Media: Week 4 Patriots vs Bills

Robert Alvarez
October 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm ET

The Patriots traveled out to Buffalo to square off in a battle of 3-0 teams and were seeking their fifth 4-0 start under head coach Bill Belichick.

Check out some of the best sights and sounds from social media over the course of the game below.

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Weekend business trip #LFG

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In the first quarter, the Patriots jumped out to a fast start on all phases.

Safety Devin McCourty made team history with four interceptions in four consecutive games.

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A Brandon Bolden four yard run gave the Patriots the first points of the night, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski continued his early season struggles with another missed extra point. 

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After going ahead 6-0, special teams captain Matthew Slater returned a blocked punt for his first career NFL touchdown.

13-0 New England after one quarter of play.

A rare Tom Brady interception in the end zone gave the Bills life just before halftime.

A Stephen Hauschka 46 Yd Field Goal cut the deficit to ten at 13-3.

 

In the third quarter, an opposing offense finally broke through on the Patriots stout defense as a Josh Allen opening drive rushing score made it a three point game.

13-10 New England

A Stephen Gostkowski 23 Yd Field Goal pushed the lead back to six after three quarters in a battle between two strong defenses.

The fourth quarter saw zero scoring from either side, but the Patriots defense out-dueled the Bills.

A Josh Allen/Jonathan Jones collision knocked Allen out of the game.

Jones’ hit drew a flag but not an ejection nor suspension.

The Patriots defense sealed the win when Kyle Van Noy came away with an interception of backup quarterback Matt Barkley.

A 16-10 Patriots victory marked the fifth time under Bill Belichick and first since 2015, that his team started a season 4-0.

The Patriots will head to Washington to take on the 0-4 Redskins on Sunday at 1pm.

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Great team win #4-0 #next

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W.

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For the man next to you.

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