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Jerod Mayo believes LB Ja'Whaun Bentley can play key role in Patriots' shuffled defense
New England lost more than 2,500 linebacker snaps from last season with Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts leaving in free agency and Dont'a Hightower opting out. Will Ja'Whaun Bentley pick up the slack?
Training Camp Debrief: COVID-19 reshaping NFL before season starts
NFL training camps are open, but the league is facing unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gregg Rosenthal examines how opt-outs and positive tests are impacting rosters and the free agents who remain.
Opt-outs reach 67 players as Thursday deadline passes
Under the amended collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association, agreed to on July 24, players have the choice to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung among six Patriots to opt out
Two massive pieces of the New England Patriots' defense decided to opt out of the 2020 season: LB Dont'a Hightower and safety Patrick Chung. The defenders will receive a $150,000 salary advance, and their contracts will toll.
Myles Garrett, Nick Bosa among NFL's top 10 disruptors of 2019
Which pass rushers were the most disruptive in 2019? Nick Shook dives into Next Gen Stats to find the answer, and he delivers a top-10 list with some surprises.
NFL draft guide: Each GM's best pick, top value pick, tendencies
With the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner, Charley Casserly digs into the men who'll be making the selections. What does each general manager's track record look like? Here are the best picks, value picks and tendencies for everyone.
Which 2019 NFL playoff teams look the shakiest this offseason?
Will the 2020 NFL postseason field NOT include Deshaun Watson's Texans or Bill Belichick's Patriots? Marc Sessler spotlights three 2019 playoff teams heading in the wrong direction this offseason.
2012 NFL Draft do-over: Colts take Luck; Foles saves Browns?
Gil Brandt jumps back eight years and re-picks the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Who goes No. 1 overall? Do teams pounce on Ryan Tannehill, or do the Miami Dolphins get another chance?
Charles Davis 2020 NFL mock draft 1.0: Jeff Okudah out of top 10
In Charles Davis' first mock draft of 2020, he has a top defensive prospect falling out of the top 10 while three quarterbacks come off the board in the top five.
One thing each AFC team can do to dethrone the Chiefs in 2020
Super Bowl LIV's nearly upon us, but 30 teams already have begun the effort to reach Tampa a year from now for Super Bowl LV. Gregg Rosenthal supplies one thing each AFC team can do to supplant the Chiefs as conference champions.
What to watch during Sat. triple-header on NFL Network
An NFL tripleheader -- with every game airing live on NFL Network -- offers up three games brimming with playoff implications and high-profile talent.
2020 Pro Bowl snubs: Vikings' Kirk Cousins leads top 10
Now that the 2020 Pro Bowl rosters have been revealed, Nick Shook identifies 10 snubs. Should the Vikings' Kirk Cousins be on the NFC roster instead of the Packers' Aaron Rodgers?
Week 14 injury report for Sunday's NFL games
Week 14 of the 2019 season is upon us. Here is a full tally of the official injury report and gameday designations for all 14 Sunday games.
Week 13 injury report for Sunday's NFL games
Week 13 of the 2019 season is upon us. Here is a full tally of the official injury report and gameday designations for all 12 Sunday games.
RB Index, Week 9: Sony Michel poised for second-half breakout
Maurice Jones-Drew scans the league and identifies four young running backs who are poised to break out in the second half of the season. Plus, have a look at his updated ranking of the top 15 RBs.
Bill Belichick's throwback Pats; plus, assessing deadline trades
Gregg Rosenthal runs through the latest trades at the deadline -- plus, how Bill Belichick is getting the most out of the 2019 Patriots by taking them back to the roots of New England's NFL dynasty.
What we learned from Sunday's Week 8 games
Happy returns! After five weeks away, Drew Brees was back in New Orleans' starting lineup as the Saints claimed their sixth straight win. Here's what we've learned so far from Sunday's Week 8 games.
Roundup: Alvin Kamara (ankle) to be limited this week
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is dealing with an ankle injury that NFL Network's Tom Pelissero describes as a "high ankle-type" issue.
What we learned from Patriots' win over Giants
There was no 18-1 miracle to be had on Thursday night. The Patriots (6-0) forced four turnovers and scored twice off defense and special teams in a 35-14 mid-week win over the Giants (2-4) to stay undefeated.
Injuries: Jets TE Chris Herndon likely out two weeks
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Jets tight end Chris Herndon is likely out two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury last Friday. Plus other injuries we're monitoring around the league.
What to watch for in Giants-Patriots on 'TNF'
The latest chapter of the New York Giants (2-3) and New England Patriots (5-0) story awaits as Daniel Jones makes his "Thursday Night Football" debut against Tom Brady and the NFL's top defense.
New England Patriots' defense stifling opponents at historic rate
Is this the most dominant Patriots defense in memory? Mike Giardi explores the unit's staggering success five games into the 2019 season, and it's easy to see where Tom Brady's coming from when he says, "It is really spectacular to watch from the sideline."
What we learned from Sunday's Week 5 games
The have-nots didn't have it on Sunday afternoon, as winless squads in Washington, New York and Cincinnati all lost again. Here's what we learned from Sunday's Week 5 contests.
Battista recaps her biggest storylines to watch in 2020
NFL Media's Judy Battista breaks down some of the most notable storylines from her annual article previewing the top narratives of the upcoming NFL season.
Pelissero: Implications of Hightower, Bolden opting out of '20 season
NFL Network's Pelissero details implications of New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower and Brandon Bolden opting out of 2020.
Bills vs. Patriots highlights | Week 16
Watch the Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots highlights from Week 16 of the 2019 season.
Pats swarm Josh Allen for critical third-down sack
New England Patriots swarm Josh Allen for critical third-down sack.
Patriots vs. Eagles highlights | Week 11
Watch the highlights from the Week 11 game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dont'a Hightower plants Carson Wentz for huge loss on third-down sack
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower gets the third-down sack on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Dont'a Hightower rumbles for defensive TD after ball slips away from Nick Chubb
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower recovers fumble for touchdown.
Jets vs. Patriots highlights | Week 3
Watch the highlights from the week 3 game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.
Best defensive plays from Patriots' dominant win | Super Bowl LIII
The Patriots became the second team in NFL history to hold an opponent without a touchdown in a Super Bowl. Here are the defense's top plays.
Hightower plants Goff for MASSIVE loss on third-down sack
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff for a loss of 9 yards.
NFL Network's Mike Giardi: New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower missed walkthrough practice due to illness
NFL Network's Mike Giardi reports on New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower missing walkthrough practice for Super Bowl LIII due to illness.
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower explains the challenges of facing Los Angeles Rams' two-back rushing attack
NFL Network's Willie McGinest catches up with New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower at Super Bowl LIII Opening Night.
Patriots vs. Bears highlights | Week 7
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws for three touchdowns and the Chicago Bears' last-second Hail Mary attempt comes up just short in a 38-31 Patriots victory in Week 7 of NFL action.
Hightower blocks punt, Van Noy runs it in for TD
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower blocks the Bears punt and linebacker Kyle Van Noy scoops it up and runs it in for a touchdown.
Chiefs vs. Patriots highlights | Week 6
Watch the highlights from the Week 6 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.
Alternate angle shows how Hightower read Mahomes for INT | True View
Watch a new aerial view of Dont'a Hightower's first-quarter interception against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the Week 6 matchup at Gillette Stadium in the 2018 season.
Hightower reads Mahomes for INT early in game
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower snags interception with quick hands.
Texans vs. Patriots highlights | Week 1
Watch the highlights from the Houston Texans-New England Patriots matchup in Week 1 of the 2018 season.