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Julian Edelman: “Patience” Week 11 Hype Video

Robert Alvarez
November 16, 2019 at 9:38 am ET

The New England Patriots haven’t played a game in 13 days, and wide receiver Julian Edelman can’t wait any longer for Sunday’s kickoff in Philadelphia.

“It feels like it’s been a super long time,” Edelman said on Friday.

“Sometimes the bye week’s great and then it’s kinda like ‘let’s get this show on the road, I’m sick of being on the practice field and I want to go play football.’ You sit and you’ve got a lot of time to prepare and it’s almost like ‘let’s go.’ It’s definitely awesome that it’s only two days away.”

On social media Saturday, Edelman shared a week 11 hype video.

“Patience” Edelman wrote in a caption.

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Patience… ⏱

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The Patriots will look to get back to their winning ways against an Eagles offense that will be missing two starting wide receivers in Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson.

Speaking with WEEI’s Greg Hill Show Friday, Edelman explained what the team has to do differently to avoid a slow start like they did in Baltimore two weeks ago.

“We have to go out and we have to start fast,” Edelman said. “Anytime you go on the road you don’t want to get behind quick because then you mess things up and put the offense in kind of a one-sided game. I think that is what we’re going to try and do. You have to get up and get your mind right and be ready to execute early. That is something that you have to do on the road if you want to win on the road, especially in hostile environments against really good football teams.”

ICYMI: Tom Brady Jokes About His Super Bowl 52 Drop In Latest Twitter Exchange

Robert Alvarez
August 21, 2019 at 9:17 pm ET

On Tuesday Tom Brady continued to dominate Twitter by poking fun at himself before everyone else could.

Originally Brady shared a photograph of himself catching a football and shared some funny fantasy football advice by saying “I know your drafts are coming up so I need to let all of you know I’m a PPR threat now.”

Which in most cases is fine except for one thing…The tweet opened the door for Philadelphia Eagles fans to make jokes about his dropped pass in Super Bowl 52.

Unfortunately for them even online you can’t underestimate The Goat.

Brady followed up his tweet with a humorous disclaimer that read “We’re in the trust tree here, no Super Bowl 52 jokes please.”

That’s how you get in front of the endless stream of drop gifs, which flooded his mentions.

For Tom Brady, a guy who once said he’d never get a Twitter, continues to show off his funny self-awareness and social media savy talents.

One fan ignored the request and Brady shocked him with a reply he’ll never forget.

This won’t be the last time Brady encounters Philadelphians, The Patriots will head to ‘The Linc” for a Super Bowl rematch November 17th.

Patriots Fans Receive Eagles Super Bowl Cups At Mass Dunkin Donuts

Robert Alvarez
September 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm ET

All Patriots fans want to do is move on from their teams Super Bowl LII defeat, but even their local Dunkin Donuts served up the sad reminder in addition to the morning coffee.

Over Labor day weekend, a few Massachusetts south coast Dunkin Donuts locations received the wrong shipment of beverage cups that contained Philadelphia Eagles “World Champion” branding and logos causing a stir among local Pats fans.

“I thought, ‘is this some kind of a joke’? This is Patriots Nation,”  Pats fan Patti Panzer told Jim Hand of Attleboro’s Sun Chronicle.

Dunkin Donuts, a Canton MA based company, quickly released an apology to its New England customers.

“We appreciate our loyal customers for bringing this to our attention, and we are taking steps to ensure all of our local stores are stocked with the correct cups. Go Pats,” Dunkin corporate said in a statement to Hand.

PHOTO: Malcolm Butler Receives 2017 AFC Champions Ring

Robert Alvarez
July 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm ET

On his Instagram story Monday, Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler shared a photo of his 2017 AFC Championship ring with a “blessed emoji.”

Although the game may not have turned out the way Butler or the Patriots would have liked, he continues to show nothing but praise and appreciation for head coach Bill Belichick despite the surprise benching in the Super Bowl.

On Monday, Butler compared his current head coach Mike Vrabel to Belichick, stating, “You can tell Mike played for Belichick because you can see some of the similarities. They’re about winning the way New England is about winning.”

“One thing I saw early: Mike will put you on blast. He don’t care who’s around. He’s going to say what’s right. He might be a bit looser than Bill Belichick, but they’re both great guys. A man caught a ball on me—honestly I don’t know his name yet—but Mike let me hear about it. ‘Don’t get stuck on top of the routes like that! Make a play!’ Nobody cares where you come from or what you make. Everyone’s equal. And you can tell from the head coach all the way down to the interns, everybody wants to win.”

Marquis Flowers Goes After Patriots Critics With A Series Of Tweets

Robert Alvarez
February 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET

As the New England Patriots continue the process of moving on from the 2017 season, linebacker Marquis Flowers took to his Twitter account Monday to try and clear the air with those criticizing himself and his team in the aftermath of Super Bowl LII.

Beginning with an article in the Boston Sports Journal by Greg Bedard that viewed Flowers Super Bowl performance as worse than the issue with Malcolm Butler’s benching, Flowers defended his head coaches decision making while also holding himself accountable for a bad game.




Secondly, Flowers responded to a quote from Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Lane Johnson who referred to the Patriots as a “fear based organization.”


When a fan pushed Flowers further on defending Belichick with a tweet that read “so you believe your teammate malcolm butler who you worked with all year the blood sweat and tears he didnt deserve to play???? did u tell him that marquis??” Flowers reiterated how those decisions were out of his control.


To conclude his series of tweets, Flowers shared what a full season under Belichick helped him with most while also calling out a few internet trolls that wanted to give him a hard time.


Flowers will head into the off season as a free agent, but judging by his defense and outpouring of emotion towards his time so far New England, he certainly learned a lot in just one full season.

Tom Brady Shares Reflects On 2017 Season, Super Bowl Loss

Robert Alvarez
February 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm ET

It wasn’t the end the New England Patriots envisioned, but quarterback Tom Brady took to his social media accounts for the first time since the Super Bowl defeat to share some parting thoughts on the 2017 season.

In a lengthy posting shared to Instagram and Facebook, Brady thanked his teammates and the organization for all their efforts and congratulated the Philadelphia Eagles on their first Super Bowl championship.

With that, Brady officially turned his attention to 2018.

It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a postitive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced. Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win. Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship) Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are. And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams. Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom

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Malcolm Butler Releases Statement Clarifying Rumors About Super Bowl Benching

Robert Alvarez
February 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm ET

One of the top story lines following the Patriots Super Bowl LII defeat was the notable absence of cornerback Malcolm Butler for all but one snap (on special teams) during the game.

In the hours that followed the loss, a flurry of rumors and speculation circled throughout the media as to why Butler didn’t play despite not being listed as inactive. Some ranged from missing a team meeting, to attending a concert during the week.

It wasn’t until shortly before kickoff that cornerback Eric Rowe would make the surprise start in Butler’s place. Butler played in 97.8 percent of the defensive snaps in the 2017 regular season.

When asked during his Monday press conference, head coach Bill Belichick stated “I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness, and I’m sure that he felt like he could have helped,” Belichick told reporters. “I’m sure other players felt the same way. In the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team, and that’s what we did, that’s what I did.”

Over his social media accounts Tuesday, Butler shared his side of the story with a statement that refuted rumors said about him while also hinting at a goodbye to Patriots fans. Butler is set to be a free agent in March.

On the Instagram version of the statement, a few teammates including quarterback Tom Brady showed some support with comments and likes.

PHOTOS: The Brady Family Is Ready For Super Bowl

Robert Alvarez
February 4, 2018 at 10:58 am ET

On Instagram Saturday afternoon, it was all smiles and quality time with the family for quarterback Tom Brady in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Taking to their Instagram accounts, both Brady and his wife Gisele shared some pictures of the Brady bunch soaking it all in on the U.S. Bank Stadium field, with Brady’s mother Galynn most notably in attendance.

“Family and Football.”

Family and Football ❤️ #gopats

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Best Of Social Media: The Patriots Send Off Rally and Opening Night

Robert Alvarez
January 31, 2018 at 1:26 pm ET

On Monday. the New England Patriots held a send off rally at Gillette Stadium before the team departed for TF Green Airport in Warwick Rhode Island and a flight to Minneapolis for the Super Bowl Opening Night media session later that evening,

Below is a compilation of the best sights and sounds from the first day of Super Bowl week across New England Patriots social media.







Came a long way #SBLII

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What a time to be alive!!!#sb52

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Super Bowl Sneak Peek, Eagles and Patriots Are Evenly Matched

Steve Balestrieri
January 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm ET

This is shaping up to be a Super Bowl worthy of its name as the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for this Sunday’s championship. And in the Super Bowl, you’ll hardly find two teams more evenly matched.

The Patriots scored one more point offensively than the Eagles 458-457, and the Eagles allowed one less point defensively than the Patriots 295-296. It doesn’t get much closer than that points wise. Both are 13-3 and both are the #1 seed in their respective conference. Both have had to overcome serious injuries to get here.

Philadelphia lost MVP candidate, QB Carson Wentz late in the season, offensive tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles. The Patriots lost Julian Edelman, linebacker Dont’a Hightower and tackle Marcus Cannon amongst others.

While the teams met in the 2015 season, both are very different from the ones who played in Gillette. We’ll do a detailed break down of the key matchups later this week  But here is our quick look at the Philadelphia Eagles and what we’ve seen in watching the film of some of their games this season.

Foles Shook Off Criticism to Play Very Well in the Playoffs:
Nick Foles is in his second stint with the Eagles and they are certainly glad he’s back. After Wentz went down with a torn ACL, Foles stepped in and after some initial struggles to find his comfort level in the offense, he’s been excellent in the postseason.

Foles has completed 77 percent of his throws in the playoffs with three touchdowns and more importantly zero interceptions. The important factor for Philly has been, they didn’t have to change the offense with Foles at the helm.

With his comfort level in the pocket, the Eagles are clicking offensively. It will be the Patriots’ defense to change that comfort level early in the game by disguising looks and pressures. Otherwise, it could be a long evening.

Run-Pass Option (you’ll hear about this all week), RPO is NOT a New Star Wars Character:
One area of the Eagles offense that will be discussed a lot this week is the RPO.  Foles and the Eagles carved up Minnesota’s defense with this badly in the NFC Championship game. They took advantage of the Vikings aggressive nature and shredded them with it. The keys were the quick slants off of them, much in the manner that Jacksonville ran.

The Patriots, however, aren’t an aggressive defense, but more of a read and react group. So the key from New England’s perspective is maintaining gap integrity and setting the edge. Foles isn’t as mobile as Wentz so he’s not the threat to run that the starter was.

Linebacker play will be key here. With two good and very different styles of backs in LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, Foles will have the option of handing it off or faking it and passing the ball in the quick open field.

The Eagles Run Defense is Excellent:
Philadelphia’s run defense is #1 in the NFL allowing just 79.2 yards per game. It begins with the big men in the middle, Fletcher Cox, and Timmy Jernigan. They are the big, immovable objects in the center of the line.

They make things very tough to run in the middle of the field, exactly where the Patriots like to run. The stretch plays and the slow developing runs to the outside are very tough on this defense because of the way they flow to the ball.

The Jaguars defense made running the ball tough last week on the Patriots offense. The opportunities will be there but Josh McDaniels will have to be creative. Which segways into our next topic…

The Patriots Need to Find Success on Early Downs:
Philadelphia’s subpackage defense is really tough. They go to a NASCAR type package in their pass rushers with Cox and moving Brandon Graham inside, then they still have Vinny Curry, Chris Long and Derek Barnett as their edge rushers.

While the Eagles don’t blitz a ton but will send safeties or corners on third and long situations and don’t rack up huge sack numbers, they do rack up a ton of QB pressure. Consistent pressure is what drives the defense and they’re very good at it.

So from a Patriots perspective, they need to be successful on first and second down. Mix things up, use play-action passes which should be very effective against their linebackers and use the hurry up once they get a first down to keep the Eagles from substituting. Of course, they’ll need to produce as well. Otherwise, it is just getting the Philly offense back on the field that much quicker.

The Eagles front four is deep and talented, arguably the best in the NFL. Getting in obvious passing situations on third down is inviting trouble and they’ll respond by bringing the pressure. In their last four games, Philly’s defense hasn’t allowed more than 10 points.

The Tight Ends for Both Teams are the Focus:
While both offenses operate quite differently, the tight end in each is a big part of what makes them go. The Eagles boast three good tight ends with Zack Ertz, Brent Celek, and Trey Burton. Ertz was their leading receiver in 2017 and was Foles’ go-to guy against the Vikings, completing first down after first down. He’ll be matched up with Pat Chung and if New England is going to be successful, Ertz can’t be allowed to become that kind of target again.

For New England, Rob Gronkowski (if he’s healthy) is the gold-standard for TEs in the NFL. While Malcolm Jenkins will probably see him a lot in this matchup. The Eagles may try to pull a page out of Jacksonville’s book and double up Gronk with Jenkins and Corey Graham. If that is the case, then the WRs will have to win one-on-one matchups.

Philly played a lot of zone coverage this year, Brady will pick those apart. Look for them to match up in man coverage. Their corners are ok but not great, they look better because of the pass rush, much like the Pittsburgh corners used to be in years past.

It is just another interesting piece of the chess match. We’ll be back later this week with the full matchups and our prediction.

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