Tom Brady nominated for ESPN’s Best Player

Tom Brady nominated for Best NFL Player

Tom Brady nominated for Best NFL Player

The Patriots four time Super Bowl Champion QB Tom Brady is up for ESPY’s NFL’s Best Player Award against Cam Newton, JJ Watt, Antonio Brown, and Julio Jones.

ESPY’s 2016 will be live on July 13th on ABC at 8:00 pm EST and will be hosted by WWE superstar John Cena.

You can check out the full nominations and nominees HERE.

You, the FANS, can cast your vote right HERE.

Patriots Nation go vote because we know, ESPN and non Patriots fan will in no way vote for our QB!

 

 

Patriots’ new faces making big splashes

Brady and Garoppolo during Pats Camp. Photo by: John Wilcox.

Brady and Garoppolo during Pats Camp.
Photo by: John Wilcox.

According to all reports, WR Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, DJ Foster and CB Cyrus Jones made big splashes during the team’s three day mini camp.

Hogan looked to be the best wide out on the field thanks to Edelman and Amendola missing camp, Mitchell looks more than a rookie and Jones’ ready to play. DJ Foster has looked great in the pass-catching role at RB, but keep in mind, it’s just minicamp, but reports look good for the new faces and old.

Check out the full report of the team’s minicamp right HERE.

And HERE. 

Patriots release Tight End Michael Williams

The Patriots released tight end Michael Williams, the team announced.

Williams tore his ACL during the team’s 7-7 drill during minicamp, if he clears waivers, he will land on Patriots IR.

Williams was used as a blocking tight end for the Patriots last season after they made the trade for the 25 year old from the Lions.

Williams converted from tight end to OT during his short time with the Lions in 2014 on the team’s practice squad.

 

Patriots Players will be fined if they miss a day of minicamp

Malcolm Butler. (Photo By: HANDOUT VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Malcolm Butler.
(Photo By: HANDOUT VIA GETTY IMAGES)

The Patriots will fine any player who misses a day of mandatory minicamp, which will run three days starting this week, $25,000.

The total for the three days will be $76,580 under the collective bargaining agreement.

This will be used to entice players, especially players with hopeful new contracts on the horizon to show up for the three day sessions, for the Patriots the big names are Hightower, Collins, and Butler.

Collins and Hightower, both showed up to the optional workouts held late last month, so you can pretty much pencil them in for minicamp while the one big name who did not was Butler.

Butler will most likely show up considering the penalty for missing would cost him 8.2 percent of his base salary. 

Also, it is in his best interest to report to training camp too, for the full details please click this link highlighted in blue.

Butler has to tread lightly with how he proceeds to get the Patriots to pay him, they have let bigger names and more established players go like Revis and Samuels over how much money they wanted, but Butler does have the age to his advantage than Revis and Samuel did.

I think Butler is a young talent, a Super Bowl hero, and a number one corner who will only get better so he should get a fair deal, but I hope for the Patriots and his sake, he doesn’t get carried away with the money and how he goes about getting a new deal.

Roger Goodell Says There Will Be No Settlement Talks With Patriots QB Brady

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Tom Brady’s status for the 2016 season is still up in the air.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April ruled he’ll have to serve the four-game suspension the league issued against him following Deflategate. Brady has since appealed.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaking on Mike and Mike in the morning on ESPN Radio via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com said there will be no settlement talks as of now.

“I don’t think it’s an issue of length,” Goodell said. “It’s been litigated, We’re not going to hand the integrity of the game off’ to somebody else.”

Tom Brady files appeal against NFL

(Photo By: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

(Photo By: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

Tom Brady filed for his second appeal against the NFL on Monday to a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against the NFL’s four game suspension, reported first by ESPN.

“The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,” NFL Players Association attorney Theodore B. Olson told ABC News in an interview aired on “Good Morning America.”

Tom Brady successfully appealed the NFL last year when they handed down their four game punishment, but the NFL appealed that decision, which was won in a 2-1 vote that Goodell’s  punishment was fair and just in the collective bargaining agreement.

“A divided panel of this Court affirmed Goodell in a decision that repudiates longstanding labor law principles and that, if left undisturbed, will fuel unpredictability in labor arbitrations everywhere and make labor arbitration increasingly capricious and undesirable for employers and employees alike,” Brady’s attorneys said in their filing.

If the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not hear Brady’s case he will then take the appeal to the Supreme Court.

Brady’s win last year was good for the players, a loss this year will be a loss for the players and owners as well, who are now figuring that out.

If Brady ends up serving his four game suspension, I wouldn’t be shock if a players strike follows at some point.

 

 

 

Danny Amendola underwent knee and ankle surgery earlier this off-season

Patriots WR should be ready for training camp. (Photo By: Chris Keane/Associated Press)

Patriots WR should be ready for training camp.
(Photo By: Chris Keane/Associated Press)

Patriots WR Danny Amendola had surgery on his left knee and his ankle earlier this off-season, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. 

He had bone spurs removed from his ankle and is recovering really well so far, and is already moving around well, according to ESPN.

Other news concerning the Patriots is the joint practice between the Bears and Patriots on Monday, August 15th and 16th.

The Patriots may hold a joint practice with the Saints, but jury still out on that one.

Dwight Freeney, former Colts DE, and current Cardinals free agent says he would play for the Patriots.

“Well, that’s hard to fathom. But I’m not against Bill [Belichick],” Freeney said when asked about playing for the Patriots by Peter King of MMQB.com. “I understand the dynamic involved, but at the end of the day, this is a business. My first allegiance right now is to Arizona, if they’re interested. But if it happened that I ended up in New England, I can tell you, both sides would win.”

Rob Gronkowski lands Cover of ‘Madden NFL 17’

Gronk the new Madden Cover Boy! (Photo From Sports Center)

Gronk the new Madden Cover Boy!
(Photo From Sports Center)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be on the new cover of ‘Madden NFL 17,’ announced by Gronk yesterday.

My rookie year [in 2010], it was just an honor to be in the game, just using yourself as a player, throwing yourself the ball every single time you can at home, just playing the game,” Gronkowski told Sports Center. “Now it’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.”

Gronk’s dream came true with landing the cover, making the announcement on the same day he was announced as June’s GQ cover boy.

Gronk also told Sports Center he was with Brady when his four game suspension was reinstated and admitted he thinks Deflate Gate is stupid.

“It was actually a surprise — a surprise to everyone,” said Gronkowski. “I thought it was totally done (the Deflategate saga). It was crazy just even seeing that happen again. It’s kind of getting stupid, getting to the point where it’s at now — why it’s still going on and all.”

He also believes Brady will play every game this season.

“I feel like he’s going to be playing 16 games again,” Gronkowski stated. “I feel that’s the way that it’s been going on, and that’s the way it’s going to work. It’s the same thing as last year. It’s kind of just dragging on. It’s pretty stupid to the point where it’s at — that it hasn’t been resolved yet. But everyone just keeps on grinding. You’ve got to focus on what you’ve got to focus on. Myself, what I’ve got to focus on, is becoming the best player I can be in the offseason right now.”

But, enough of Deflate Gate, this is a huge CONGRATS to Gronk for another dream coming true and landing the Madden Cover.

I don’t believe it is a curse and I’m happy for Gronk to land the cover, he’s the best tight end in the NFL and his AFC Title Game performance was beyond spectacular. He’s one of the best players in the game and he’s the first Patriots player to get the honor. He’s also the first tight end! Congrats!

 

“When I first found out, I was blessed. It was a surreal moment,” said Gronk.

Also, today is Gronk’s 27th Birthday! Happy Birthday Rob Gronkowski!