FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots center David Andrews had only one thought as his team held a 17-14 lead over the Steelers and faced third down late in the fourth quarter.
“You are going back to the huddle thinking, ‘Oh man, I hope they call a run here,’” he recalled.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Mac Jones returned to practice a day after sitting out with an illness, putting him on track to start New England's game with Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Jones hasn't missed a regular-season start since being drafted No.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Intrigue surrounded the Patriots throughout the preseason as they looked to remake their offense following the departure of coordinator Josh McDaniels.
The initial reviews are in, and most of them aren’t good.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — NEW ENGLAND (10-8) at MIAMI (9-8)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Miami by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Over his two-plus decades in New England, Bill Belichick has often said it can take until the midpoint of the season before he knows what type of team he has.
The Patriots coach held to that maxim Monday when describing how he felt about the state of his team less than 24 hours before selecting his first 53-man roster of the 2022 season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The performance didn't come close to matching the hype for the 2021 quarterback class.
With QBs going 1-2-3 for third time ever in the common draft era and five going off the board in the first round for the fourth time, expectations were high for Trevor Lawrence and Co.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For now, the title of offensive coordinator officially remains unfilled on the Patriots coaching staff, with Bill Belichick yet to make any definitive statement on who will be calling plays on that side of the ball this season.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-8; lost to Buffalo in wild-card round)
CAMP SITE: Foxborough, Massachusetts
LAST YEAR: Bill Belichick made the bold move of selecting rookie Mac Jones as his starter at quarterback after a strong preseason.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne probably needed to do a double take when he saw quarterback Mac Jones.
Bourne noted that Jones is lacking something he brought with him when he arrived in New England as a first-round draft pick out of Alabama last year.
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.
The New England Patriots picked up three players to protect quarterback Mac Jones and one to back him up.
After making a surprising reach for Chattanooga guard Cole Strange in the first round of the NFL draft, the Patriots on Saturday added another guard, LSU's Chasen Hines, and Michigan offensive tackle Andrew Stueber.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots made a move down the board, then another to replenish their offensive line, selecting guard Cole Strange with the 29th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — When the Patriots had their seven-game win streak snapped two weeks ago at Indianapolis, rookie quarterback Mac Jones said the best thing to do was to “flush this game down the toilet and just roll.”
It didn't take long for the New England Patriots to become the New England Patriots again.
After stumbling through a 7-9 season last year while watching Tom Brady win a seventh ring in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bill Belichick's squad is once again the class of the AFC.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Whether it was the gusting wind or New England’s unrelenting running attack, the Buffalo Bills' two biggest deficiencies this season were exposed yet again on Monday night.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Matt Judon praised the Patriots offense while taking a playful swipe at rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
“Hats off to the offense. Really everybody, probably besides Mac,” Judon said breaking into a smile.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — In Devin McCourty’s 12 NFL seasons, the Patriots safety has seen plenty of the Buffalo Bills.
He’s never seen them playing as well and as difficult to figure out as they’ve been the past three seasons.
Even the most die-hard Atlanta fans might avoid watching Thursday night's matchup with New England. They all know that Fox will be hitting hard on that February 2017 night in Houston when the Falcons went brain dead and allowed the Patriots to steal a Super Bowl.
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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — This was supposed to be the Cam Newton game.
It was to be Newton’s homecoming, and a chance for the Carolina Panthers’ 2011 No. 1 draft pick to face his former team after releasing him before the 2020 season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots experienced their share of near misses in opening the season with four consecutive losses at Gillette Stadium.
On Sunday there wasn’t much they didn’t do well in routing the Jets 54-13 to post their first home victory of 2021.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's left pectoral remains tender. His hip is apparently some unidentifiable shade of black and blue. His numbers aren't great. His team's record is even worse.
Yet the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback insists he's not at the end.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Zach Wilson's first pass ended up in the other team's hands.
So did his second.
By the time it was all over — a nightmarish four quarters — the New York Jets quarterback had tossed four interceptions, leading to an ugly 25-6 loss to fellow rookie Mac Jones and the New England Patriots on Sunday.
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.
Southeastern Conference defenses are stealing the show for some of the top contenders after a season when the league championship game featured stratospheric offensive stats.
The SEC's seven ranked teams all have formidable — or at least improved — defenses.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Former Patriots quarterback Cam Newton says he was caught by surprise by his release in New England and believes his weeklong absence near the end of training camp due to a mishap related to COVID-19 testing protocols contributed to coach Bill Belichick’s decision.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones spent most of his college career at Alabama watching from the sideline — first behind Jalen Hurts and then backing up Tua Tagovailoa.
Hurts was first to join the Crimson Tide program in 2016, followed by Jones and Tagovailoa in 2017.
Here are things to watch in the Southeastern Conference in Week 1:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Two high-level SEC-ACC matchups start the season with No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami in Atlanta and No.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones has the keys to his first NFL offense.
The rookie quarterback won’t be the only one tasked with steering the New England Patriots back into relevance in the AFC East following a fiasco of a first season without Tom Brady.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-9)
New faces: QB Mac Jones, TE Jonnu Smith, TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor, WR Kendrick Bourne, DT Davon Godchaux, LB Matt Judon, DB Jalen Mills, DL Henry Anderson, LB Kyle Van Noy, DL Christian Barmore, DE Ronnie Perkins, special assistant Matt Patricia.
Cam Newton followed Mac Jones along the sideline, holding his right hand up, waiting for the rookie quarterback to slap it after the No.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Top two overall draft picks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are set to step right in and become starting NFL quarterbacks in Week 1 of their rookie season.
Mac Jones will join them after beating out Cam Newton for the job in New England, which should make this year's draft class just the second since the merger with at least three Week 1 rookie starters at quarterback.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick still isn’t saying whether Cam Newton or rookie Mac Jones will be his Week 1 starter at quarterback.
But that’s just one of several intriguing decisions the Patriots coach must make before Tuesday’s 53-man roster cutdown.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One thing rookie quarterback Mac Jones has learned during his infant New England Patriots career is that no matter the situation, his coaches want to see confidence in everything he does on the field.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mac Jones is amazed at how Cam Newton can bring instant levity to the meeting room. Though he’s sure he could never pull off the veteran’s often unique clothing choices.
Newton is equally taken aback by how much “swag” his clean-cut 22-year-old rookie teammate has displayed and his surprising knowledge of hip-hop music.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots on Tuesday signed quarterback Mac Jones, their first-round draft pick and the latest potential long-term replacement for Tom Brady.
The No. 15 overall selection, Jones led Alabama to the 2020 national championship.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Wearing No. 50, Patriots rookie Mac Jones may not look like a guy who belongs in the quarterbacks room at Gillette Stadium.
According to one of the team’s receivers, though, Jones carries himself like a quarterback who truly belongs there.
BOSTON (AP) — Mac Jones has only been to New England once, a trip to Boston about 10 years ago to catch a cruise.
His lingering memory? Almost losing a foot when his sandal got stuck in an escalator.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Thirteen prospects will attend next week's NFL draft in person.
One year after the entire draft was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league is attempting to return to some normalcy...
DeVonta Smith was there for quarterback Mac Jones once again, this time it was at Alabama's latest pro day...
Patrick Surtain II used Alabama's first of two pro days on Tuesday to show he deserves to be considered at the top of his school's extremely competitive class of draft picks...
Nick Saban and Alabama opened spring practice Friday with an immediate goal. Along with winning another national championship, that is...
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mac Jones’ last game was for a national championship. The next game he plays is for his NFL draft stock, provided the Alabama quarterback's gimpy left ankle is good to go...
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Mac Jones injured his left ankle Thursday in a Senior Bowl practice and said he wasn't sure of his status for the game...
Ohio State junior quarterback Justin Fields is among 98 players granted special eligibility by the NFL into the league's draft, while national championship-winning QBs Mac Jones from Alabama and Trevor Lawrence from Clemson are among another 30 players eligible after completing their degrees and deciding not to play more in college...
Four stars from Alabama's national championship team, including Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Mac Jones, are leaving early to enter the NFL draft...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable...
By halftime, with Alabama clearly unstoppable and cruising toward a perfect season, the mind began to wander toward an obvious question...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The celebration was at once familiar and unique. The confetti cannons sent a crimson and white shower into the air and Alabama players ran to the sideline to grab their championship hats and T-shirts...