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John Harbaugh, Derek Carr, Derrick Henry headline NFL statement-makers in Week 2
The second Sunday of the 2021 season provided significant developments across the NFL. Adam Schein identifies the nine biggest statements from Week 2, spotlighting inspired defensive showings by the Cowboys and Patriots, as well as another prolific outing from Derrick Henry.
2021 NFL season preview: Fifty-six things to watch on the road to Super Bowl LVI
With the 2021 NFL campaign about to kick off, Judy Battista identifies 56 things to watch en route to Super Bowl LVI. What can we expect from the first 17-game regular season? Which showdowns will be must-see TV?
NFL Preseason Week 2 winners and losers: Whose stock is rising? On the decline?
Did Teddy Bridgewater pull into the lead in the Broncos' QB race? Is Micah Parsons the new face of the Cowboys' defense? How did Justin Fields fare in his second pro outing? Gregg Rosenthal identifies the winners and losers of NFL Preseason Week 2.
Top 25 NFL free agents in 2022: Prospective class loaded with pass catchers and defensive backs
Which players are poised to cash in on the 2021 NFL season? Gregg Rosenthal provides an early look at the top 25 free agents in 2022, and the class is absolutely loaded with talented pass catchers and defensive backs.
2021 NFL Preseason, Week 2: 1 thing to watch for from all 32 teams
Will edge rusher Arden Key flash for the 49ers against the Chargers on Sunday night? Chase Goodbread identifies one thing to watch for from all 32 teams in preseason Week 2.
NFL's top nine defenses in 2021: Rams and Bucs reign supreme, but Broncos have immense upside
Stopping today's high-octane offenses is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Adam Schein projects the top nine NFL defenses in 2021. Who claims the No. 1 spot? Which stout units just missed the cut?
State of the 2021 New England Patriots: Bounce-back year for Cam Newton and Co.?
After a flurry of offseason activity, are the Patriots ready to return to their winning ways? Adam Rank explores the state of the franchise entering the 2021 campaign.
AFC East training camp preview: Bills must protect Josh Allen; Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones
Will the Bills solve an O-line spot in front of Josh Allen? Can Cam Newton hold off Mac Jones for the Pats' QB job? Jeremy Bergman sets the stage for each AFC East team heading into training camp.
2021 NFL season: Predicting each AFC team's MVP
Will Myles Garrett have his best season yet in Cleveland? Can Carson Wentz regain his form in Indy? What impact will Julio Jones have in Tennessee? Dan Hanzus predicts each AFC team's MVP for the 2021 season.
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower 'looking forward' to facing Tom Brady in Week 4
The absence of Dont'a Hightower and others who opted out added to the struggles in the first season of the post-Tom Brady era. Now that he's back, the LB has the date with his former QB circled on the calendar.
AFC East projected starters: Bills blessed with depth on offense; Tua Tagovailoa set for second-year leap?
Are the Bills loaded enough on offense to knock off the Chiefs? Is Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa poised for a breakout campaign? What's the current makeup of the Patriots and Jets? Gregg Rosenthal projects the starters for every AFC East team.
Patriots' throwback approach should frighten NFL; five surprise free-agent signings
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Patriots' throwback approach should frighten the rest of the NFL. Plus, five surprising free-agent signings and more.
Key Patriots opt-outs Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Marcus Cannon set to return in 2021
New England is set to welcome back three significant players who opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon -- NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
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.
Judon and Hightower combine for crushing sack of Mayfield
New England Patriots linebacker Matt Judon and linebacker Dont'a Hightower combine for crushing sack of Mayfield.
Comparing Buccaneers and Patriots rosters | 'Move the Sticks'
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks compare the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots rosters ahead of their matchup in Week 4.
Van Noy, Hightower corral Tagovailoa for big third-down sack
New England Patriots linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Dont'a Hightower corral Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for big third-down sack.
Players who missed '20 season we're excited to see in '21 | 'NFL Total Access'
NFL Network's Michael Robinson and DeAngelo Hall discuss players who missed '20 season we're excited to see in '21.
2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates | 'Around The NFL'
'Around The NFL' crew shares their 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates.
Return of the Pats: Did New England get better in free agency?
The Patriots have been busy, but are they better? We take a statistical deep dive into New England's revamped roster.
Rapoport: Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Marcus Cannon to return to Pats in 2021
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport shares the three New England Patriots players expected to play in 2021.
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.