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Patriots QB Mac Jones (ankle) limited at practice; rookie Bailey Zappe in line to start vs. Lions?
Oct 05, 2022
All eyes in New England could be on Patriots rookie QB Bailey Zappe this Sunday vs. the Lions. While Mac Jones returned to practice Wednesday, Zappe appears in line to start if Jones and Brian Hoyer are unable to go.
The 10 players and coaches who had the biggest impact on Tom Brady
Feb 01, 2022
Tom Brady is retiring as the greatest of all time with seven Super Bowl titles over 22 NFL seasons. Which players and coaches meant the most to him over the years? Mike Giardi lists the 10 players and coaches who had the biggest impact on Brady in his career.
Bill Belichick's secret sauce? New England Patriots continue to unearth UDFA gems at cornerback
Nov 05, 2021
How do the New England Patriots keep turning undrafted free agents into keepers at the cornerback position? Mike Giardi talks to Bill Belichick and several players about this unique advantage in Foxborough.
Ahead of Tom Brady's return, New England Patriots simply focused on turning season around
Oct 01, 2021
All eyes will be on Tom Brady in his return to New England, but Mike Giardi says the Patriots are primarily concerned with shaking off a 1-2 start. One offensive player: "I don't know what happened between Coach and Tom. Frankly, I don't care."
Afraid of the deep ball? Josh McDaniels says Pats aren't 'holding back' offense with rookie Mac Jones
Sep 21, 2021
Mac Jones has impressed through the first two regular-season outings of his NFL career, but one area of his game is missing in action: the deep ball. Mike Giardi examines the Patriots' offense to start the season.
Patriots' QB competition heats up as Cam Newton, Mac Jones impress in preseason win over Eagles
Aug 20, 2021
In New England's preseason win over Philadelphia, rookie Mac Jones reinforced the notion that he is the Patriots' quarterback of the future. But how quickly that ascension occurs hinges largely on the play of Cam Newton. Mike Giardi says both signal-callers impressed Thursday night.
Cam Newton: Belichick has not said which Patriots QB will start Week 1
Aug 16, 2021
Patriots HC Bill Belichick has said many times that Cam Newton is the team's starting QB. But with the former MVP struggling, and rookie Mac Jones making his own case to be QB1, Newton said Belichick has not told him privately whether he'll get the starting nod to begin the season, Mike Giardi reports.
All eyes on Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa as QB enters pressure-packed Year 2 in Miami
Jul 05, 2021
After an up-and-down rookie campaign and one notorious practice outing, Tua Tagovailoa is heading into a pressure-packed season in Miami. Mike Giardi provides helpful context on what to make of the former No. 5 overall pick.
Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones: New England Patriots set for true quarterback competition in training camp
Jun 28, 2021
Mike Giardi says a legit quarterback competition is on tap for the Patriots this summer, with Cam Newton and rookie Mac Jones both vying for the opportunity to lead New England into the 2021 season.
Lavonte David recalls Brady's NFC title postgame message: 'What the (expletive) you crying for?'
Feb 05, 2021
Lavonte David's eyes have seen a lot in Tampa Bay, and for his first eight seasons there, most of it wasn't good. Multiple head coaches, multiple coordinators, but just one winning season. But that all changed in March of this past year.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft surprises healthcare workers with Super Bowl trips
Feb 02, 2021
The New England Patriots procured 76 tickets to Sunday's Super Bowl between the Buccaneers and Chiefs and handed them out to New England healthcare workers as a thank you for "putting your lives on the line," Robert Kraft told them.
NFL Super Wild Card Weekend: Will Titans continue to dominate Ravens in red zone?
Jan 07, 2021
The Titans have had Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' number in the red zone during their two most recent meetings. Mike Giardi explores the key to Tennessee's success, and Baltimore's plan to break out of the funk.
New England Patriots enter offseason shrouded in questions, particularly at quarterback
Jan 06, 2021
For the first time in 12 years, the New England Patriots' season is over before the playoffs. Mike Giardi says Bill Belichick's team is hitting the offseason with questions everywhere, particularly at the game's most important position.
RB AJ Dillon's path to NFL driven by mother's endless support
Apr 14, 2020
When AJ Dillon was a child, he and his mother mapped out the path to his NFL dream. Now, it's on the verge of being a reality. Mike Giardi details the Boston College running back's determination and the relationship that helped get him here.
Tom Brady, Patriots receivers struggling to get on same page
Dec 02, 2019
The New England Patriots' passing attack has been in a rut for several weeks, with Tom Brady and his receivers seemingly not on the same page. Mike Giardi highlights several communication breakdowns between the QB and his pass catchers from Sunday night's loss to the Houston Texans.
Dante Scarnecchia's enduring brilliance integral to Pats dynasty
Aug 30, 2019
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the headliners of New England's dynastic run, but another man has played an integral role in the franchise's Super Bowl splurge. Mike Giardi profiles the Patriots' O-line whisperer, Dante Scarnecchia.
Patriots' Jakobi Meyers leaving undrafted label in the dust
Aug 23, 2019
Not a single NFL team wanted to use a draft pick on Jakobi Meyers in April -- and now he's turning heads as a rookie with the New England Patriots. Mike Giardi dives into why the receiver went undrafted, his relationship with Tom Brady and more.
NFL's CB1? Patriots' Stephon Gilmore lets his play do the talking
Jan 30, 2019
You'll see the Patriots' Stephon Gilmore making plays on Sunday, but you probably won't see him showing off or talking trash -- he tells Mike Giardi he's too afraid that would take him away from the play that's put him in the conversation for the NFL's CB1.