1. Even in Limited Participation, Rob Gronkowski Can Make Huge Impact in Week 1

    Eight months after reconstructive surgery to repair his right ACL , New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins . His role will be limited, but his impact on the field could be tremendous...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 7 hours ago 3,653 reads 5 comments

  2. Ryan Mallett Trade Puts Spotlight on Jimmy Garoppolo as Patriots' Future QB

    The Ryan Mallett era is over in New England. It never truly began anyway. The Patriots traded Mallett to the Houston Texans for a conditional draft pick in 2015. The trade was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 2 days ago 16,273 reads 44 comments

  3. Aaron Dobson Looks Ready to Go for Regular Season

    If the New England Patriots ' final preseason game is any indication, wide receiver Aaron Dobson should be ready to contribute from an early stage in the regular season...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 4 days ago 9,911 reads 24 comments

  4. Jimmy Garoppolo's Strong Preseason Not Enough for Patriots to Cut Ryan Mallett

    After a few strong preseason performances, New England Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had begun to earn the nickname "Jimmy Gameday...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 5 days ago 11,608 reads 22 comments

  5. Which Patriots Players Stand to Benefit from Logan Mankins Trade?

    The New England Patriots locker room was filled with sadness in the wake of the trade that sent guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 6 days ago 15,216 reads 27 comments

  6. Stephen Hill Trade Rumors Are Whispers That Will Fall on Deaf Ears

    Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL . New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill has been pretty secure in his job, being a former second-round pick with a world of athletic potential...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 7 days ago 1,116 reads 0 comments

  7. Trading Logan Mankins for Tim Wright Gives Pats Much-Needed Depth at 'Move' TE

    Ever since the New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested for allegedly murdering Odin Lloyd in June 2013, the search has been on for more depth at tight end...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 7 days ago 37,484 reads 83 comments

  8. What Do Patriots' Recent Veteran Cuts Mean for the Defense?

    One man's loss is another man's gain, and while there are a lot of mixed feelings around NFL locker rooms at this time of year, there are opportunities opening up, and players need to be ready to capitalize...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 8 days ago 16,481 reads 13 comments

  9. Bills Offense Has Weapons, but EJ Manuel Showing Little Progress, Development

    The Buffalo Bills have done all they can to give EJ Manuel the help he needs on offense. Now, the second-year quarterback must help himself. Manuel's faults have been on display this preseason, but he has also shown signs of hope...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 10 days ago 10,571 reads 50 comments

  10. Tom Brady, Patriots Offense in Midseason Form in Dominant Showing over Carolina

    FOXBOROUGH—As sports writers, we are constantly asked to react to events at the drop of a hat. This column comes to you no more than an hour-and-a-half after the New England ...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 11 days ago 7,695 reads 62 comments

  11. Miami Dolphins Must Use Dion Jordan as Versatile Chess Piece

    Dion Jordan is a jack of all trades. But by sticking the former Oregon linebacker at defensive end, the Miami Dolphins are hoping to make him a master of one: rushing the passer...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 12 days ago 4,438 reads 17 comments

  12. What Does the Future Hold for the Jets at Cornerback?

    With a top-notch defensive line that features Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, it's going to be tough to run against the New York Jets defense...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 13 days ago 7,654 reads 27 comments

  13. Dolphins' Absent Running Game Increases Pressure on Ryan Tannehill

    It's a good thing the Miami Dolphins have weapons in the passing game like Mike Wallace , Brian Hartline, Charles Clay, Rishard Matthews, Brandon Gibson and rookie Jarvis Landry...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 14 days ago 5,812 reads 17 comments

  14. Geno Smith Showing Signs of Development with Both Arm and Legs

    There may or may not have ever been a true competition for the New York Jets ' quarterback position, but either way, Geno Smith is still the front-runner...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 17 days ago 9,178 reads 75 comments

  15. Jimmy Garoppolo's Strong Play Making Case for Patriots No. 2 QB

    FOXBOROUGH—For the first two weeks of training camp, New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could not have looked much worse. He was usually good for an interception or a fumble (sometimes both) in each practice...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 18 days ago 13,901 reads 28 comments

  16. 5 Things to Watch in Patriots' Preseason Week 2 Matchup vs. Eagles

    The only things that can derail the New England Patriots ' season are injuries. In that sense, we'll get a good look at some of their plan B's in Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles , set to kick off at 7:30 p...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 19 days ago 9,106 reads 11 comments

  17. Patriots' Trades for Jerel Worthy, Ben Bass Point to Tenuous Depth at DT

    FOXBOROUGH , Mass. — Eleven months ago, defensive tackles Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga were not even on the New England Patriots roster...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 20 days ago 10,285 reads 5 comments

  18. Bills QB EJ Manuel Shows Signs of Progress in Preseason Week 1 vs. Panthers

    Some NFL players use the preseason to knock the rust off. Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel used his first preseason action to remind the world of the areas where he struggled in 2013...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 21 days ago 3,986 reads 5 comments

  19. New York Jets Must Temper Expectations for Chris Johnson After Preseason Debut

    New York Jets running back Chris Johnson is a far way removed from the days when he was earning the moniker CJ2K. In the Jets backfield, it's going to be more like CJ?K...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 22 days ago 8,860 reads 11 comments

  20. Winners and Losers from NFL Preseason Week 1

    It's never too early to make sweeping conclusions about the NFL preseason. Oh, wait, yes it is. Well, that's not what we're going to do here...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 24 days ago 187,264 reads 215 comments

  21. Bill Lazor Offense Looks Like a Fit for Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

    There were some questions as to whether Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill could ever adjust to a new system after spending six years on the short leash that was offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's scheme...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 25 days ago 18,939 reads 46 comments

  22. 5 Things to Watch in Dolphins Preseason Opener vs. Falcons

    The Miami Dolphins open up the preseason on Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons at 7 p.m. Eastern. It will be our first in-game look at the team in 2014; its last regular-season game was December 29, 2013, against the New York Jets ...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 26 days ago 4,320 reads 5 comments

  23. Ryan Mallett's Strong Training Camp Takes a Hit in Inconsistent Preseason Opener

    Given the opportunity to start in the New England Patriots ' preseason opener against the Washington Redskins , Thursday night could have been a showcase for quarterback Ryan Mallett ...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 26 days ago 9,923 reads 20 comments

  24. New England Patriots Secondary Managing Expectations While Jelling as a Unit

    On Friday, cornerback Ty Law was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. As part of a secondary that included the likes of Lawyer Milloy, Otis Smith, Rodney Harrison and others, ...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 27 days ago 9,894 reads 16 comments

  25. Can the Miami Dolphins Survive at Center Without Mike Pouncey?

    At center, the Miami Dolphins have to make a snap judgment. At this point, it looks like a long shot for Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey to be ready for Week 1 against the New England Patriots ...

    Erik Frenz Written by Erik Frenz about 28 days ago 875 reads 6 comments