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Patriots Talk: Malcolm Butler Attends Workouts at Gillette Stadium

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With free agency and the NFL Draft now officially over, the Patriots have loaded up their roster and are ready for off-season workouts. Many Patriots are now going through their contract negotiations after workouts are finished and positional drills will be worked on in the upcoming weeks as the team transitions to Phase 2. It was reported by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald that yesterday [cornerback] Malcolm Butler attended off-season workouts at Gillette Stadium on Monday.

 

 

Butler missed his first two weeks of the program due to ‘personal and business matters.’ The absence was not considered a holdout by the Patriots since the program is strictly voluntary. It’s been stated that Butler was on a family vacation to Disneyland for his son, Malcolm Butler Jr’s birthday, two weeks ago. In addition, he was discussing potential sponsorship obligations with Visa last week during the NFL draft (which lasted from Thursday through Saturday).

 

 

With Butler being present, It is indicating that Butler will be fully committed to the team for the 2017 season. This comes as a relief as both sides didn’t reach a long-term contract extension. This isn’t even counting how he must have felt when the Patriots signing former Buffalo Bills’ [cornerback] Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract out of nowhere.

Butler was a restricted free agent this offseason and was signed to a first round tender. He mainly got interest from the New Orleans Saints, who were the only team to give him a visit to tryout. However, the Saints elected not to sign Butler to an offer sheet, due to the Patriots likely pursuing their 11th overall pick in the draft, if they decided to match New England’s offer.

After Butler signed tender which was worth over, $3.91 million, there were talks between New England and New Orleans in making a trade, but it ultimately fell through with the Saints drafting Ohio State [cornerback] Marshon Lattimore with the 11th pick. Personally, I feel Malcolm is worth more than the first round pick that was spent on Latimore as he possesses a competitve spirit that will likely be at full force this upcoming season. Butler and Gilmore could likely be the duo that equals Aqib Talib and Chris Harris from the Denver Broncos.

 

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Patriots Talk: 27-23 Loss To Texans Shows Need For Improvement

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Patriots Talk: 27-23 Loss To Texans Shows Need For Improvement

It’s hard to believe that the Patriots still won their fifth Super Bowl at NRG Stadium (the second time in the team’s history this has happened since Super Bowl 38).

With this game, the Patriots were competing with the Houston Texans lead by former Patriots OC Bill O’Brien but the difference between the two was fairly clear: The team still has a lot of question marks on their depth chart. After Saturday night’s game, much of the team showed some good but there was quite a bit of bad.

Despite, this being the first preseason game that Rob Gronkowski played since 2012, he was relatively non-factor since the starters were only in the game for the 1st quarter only. In fact, the majority of the Patriots starters including Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks were among those who played in the first quarter.

Here is who stood out and what ultimately burned out. Just click the next button to continue.

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Patriots Bits and Pieces- Super Bowl Confetti and More

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The Bits and Pieces of a Patriots Weekend

Well, you know what they say about pre-season football in the NFL?

No really, do you know because I do not. I do know that it is never a good indication of how the regular season may pan out for any team. It is still a trial period for most teams and coaches to try new plays, let some rookies and newbies get some playtime, and for the New England Patriots, return to the site of last year’s Super Bowl and remember their amazing second-half come from behind victory in which I am still awe-struck.

Here some bits and pieces of what went down in Houston. And with a fumbling backup quarterback, a star defensive end not in action, and a 27-23 loss; I hope the Patriots don’t have a problem in regular season.

The Patriots got a friendly reminder of Super Bowl LI when they returned to Houston’s NRG Stadium Saturday night. Red and blue confetti were found in the Microsoft Surface phone system along the sideline. Could this be a sign from the football gods that the Pats are destined to go the distance again this year?

Tight End Rob Gronkowski played his first preseason game since 2012. The Gronk’s non-play up until now was based on coach’s decisions to limit exposure to injuries the star tight end was recovering from. Gronkowski for 14 of the team’s first 16 plays, but he finished with no catches and no targeted passes.

“It felt good to be out there, get my feet wet, to get the speed of the game. I love to play football,” Gronkowski said.

On the other side of the football, defensive end Trey Flowers did not play Saturday night. Flowers led the team with seven sacks last season. It is not believed that he is dealing with an injury, as he is one of the few top players that was not in action.

Quarterback Tom Brady also started Saturday night in Houston, playing for two drives and completing 6 of 9 passes with 67 yards and one touchdown.

In a post-game news conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s ended with a question on if there was a feeling of nostalgia returning to NRG Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LI.

“That’s all in the past,” he responded. “I mean, it was great, but we’re on to 2017. I don’t think last year, two years ago or 12 years ago is that important. Trying to get this team ready to go, and this year’s team is this year’s team. It’s my responsibility to make a strong commitment to this group. I’m not trying to live in the past. I’m not trying to live in the future. I’m just trying to do a good job with the team we have today.”

New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was hard on himself following Saturday night’s 27-23 loss to the, as he lost a fumble on a crunching sack and later threw a sideline interception when he was attempting to throw the ball away.

“I was just trying to throw it away, but didn’t put enough on it,” he explained, as he was on the move to evade an oncoming defensive end. “It was just a bad play.”

The back-up to Tom Brady did look to stand tough in the pocket, taking some huge hits and leading New England on a scoring drive. The miscues, however, gave the Texans two scores and a 27-23 victory.

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Patriots Talk: Odd Brady Video, Gillette Sign Moved

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Patriots Talk: Odd Tom Brady Video, Gillette Stadium Sign Moved

Sunday was an off day for the New England Patriots, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any news.

At Gillette Stadium on Sunday the Patriots had the stadium sign raised in order to create room for the new banner placement.

With the franchise winning its fifth Super Bowl title this past February the location where the banners were kept was simply not big enough.

This is what the current banner location looked like.

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fireworks go off as the New England Patriots reveal their Super Bowl XLIX championship banner before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here is what the team did on Sunday. As you can see below they lifted the Gillette Stadium sign up with the banners presumably going right underneath it.

New England will unveil their Super Bowl banner in week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other Patriots news, QB Tom Brady posted an odd video to Instagram on Sunday afternoon. His words, “No Day’s Off”.

#nodaysoff 😂@tb12sports

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Video looks to be taken in the gym in Brady’s Brookline house. A little odd, but what else is new with the 40-year-old future hall of famer.

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