FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots again added to their growing pipeline of former Alabama players, including defensive lineman LaBryan Ray among eight players signed Monday as undrafted free agents.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — New England defensive back Kyle Dugger and linebacker Dont’a Hightower returned to the lineup for the Patriots' wild-card playoff game at the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night after missing last week’s regular-season finale.
PATRIOTS (10-7) at BUFFALO (11-6)
Saturday, 8:15 p.m. EST, CBS
BETTING LINE: Bills by 4, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots squandered an opportunity to lock up the AFC East title in a humbling loss to the Bills last week.
They took out their frustrations on the lowly Jaguars to earn their way back into the postseason.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots could have their two top contributors on offense back on the field for Sunday’s key AFC East matchup with the Bills.
Leading rusher Damien Harris returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out last week’s loss at Indianapolis with a hamstring injury.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Danny Pinter replaced Ryan Kelly in the starting lineup Saturday night against the New England Patriots after Kelly was deactivated.
Kelly missed a game two weeks ago after testing positive for COVID-19.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots and Browns have waded through differing levels of adversity to make it back above .500.
Cleveland (5-4) has lived through quarterback Baker Mayfield playing through left shoulder issues and disgruntled receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
NEW ENGLAND (4-4) at CAROLINA (4-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
OPENING LINE: Patriots by 4, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots haven’t played their best football in close games this season.
A red zone fumble by Damien Harris cost them late against Miami in the season opener. A stalled drive and missed field goal ended their comeback hopes against Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.
We’ve got quite a few games under our belts at this point, so touchdown dependencies are starting to level out, giving us a good idea of who can keep up their high-scoring ways. These are my best bets to score going into Week 8 of the NFL season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots walked off the field Sunday with the type of win that had eluded them. The Jets left with two losses, one that could further complicate an already frustrating year.
Brian Robinson Jr. returned for a fifth season at top-ranked Alabama ready for a bigger role as the primary rusher.
The senior running back is not only handling the added responsibilities with the same explosiveness as his standout predecessors, but showing durability that is impressing NFL scouts.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mac Jones kept his mistakes to a minimum, moved the ball down the field and did enough to earn his first NFL victory with the New England Patriots.
Thanks, also, in large part to a nightmarish outing by Zach Wilson for the New York Jets.
So it's the day after an NFL game. Or the day before. Or the morning of.
And there are the coaches, reminding players about how damaging giveaways can be and how rewarding takeaways are. Call it the Turnover Topic.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The choreographed movements of the handshake Mac Jones and Damien Harris share before every practice are fast and hard to decipher.
It begins with a quick grasp of hands and touch of the fingertips, followed by two palm slaps.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Xavien Howard was one of the NFL’s best players at causing turnovers in 2020. He was back at it Sunday to help the Dolphins preserve a victory to open this season.
“Every game I feel like I have to make something happen for the team and give the ball to the offense.
Mac Jones didn’t want to save the football from his first career NFL touchdown pass. He never got a second.
The New England Patriots rookie completed 29 of 39 passes for 281 yards and a TD on Sunday in his NFL debut.
MIAMI (10-6) at NEW ENGLAND (7-9)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Patriots by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Questions and more questions.
The Patriots still have a lot of things to iron out on offense before the start of the regular season.
Cam Newton looked close to locking up the starting job at quarterback last week, but a COVID-19 testing mishap left him sidelined to begin this week.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The first start of his NFL career wasn’t bad — for starters.
Activated off the injured reserve list, Damien Harris kicked off his second season with the New England Patriots by carrying 17 times for 100 yards (a 5.9-yard average) in a 26-10 loss to Kansas City in Week Four of 2020.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots signed running back and fourth-round draft pick Rhamondre Stevenson on Wednesday.
Stevenson, out of Oklahoma, is the fifth member of the Patriots’ 2021 draft class to sign.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy missed Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh to be with his pregnant wife, who was in labor...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Najee Harris has been a presence in Alabama's backfield since he arrived as one of the nation's top recruits...
MOBILE — Three days after he captured his sixth national championship, Nick Saban sent five Alabama juniors into the NFL draft, equalling the most in his 11-year tenure.