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Patriots Add Some Defensive Depth; Ink Veteran DT Ricky Jean Francois

The Patriots Tuesday added defensive line depth by inking defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.

The nine-year veteran played for the Green Bay Packers this season, appearing in six games and making two tackles. He was released on Nov. 1. The 30-year-old defensive tackle has also played for Washington, Indianapolis and San Francisco.

A seventh-round pick by the 49ers, Jean-Francois played in San Francisco for his first four seasons. He then started 23 of 26 games for the Colts in 2013 and 2014. The defensive lineman spent the past two years with the Redskins. He has made 155 tackles and 12 sacks in his career.

Giveaway: Take Your Tailgating Game To The Next Level With A Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Grill

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The start of the NFL season is finally here, and we’re excited to see if the Patriots can bring home their 6th Super Bowl win this year!

You can be sure that we’ll be cheering the Pats on at Gillette Stadium at each of their home games, and like many of you, we’ll be tailgating in the hours leading up to the game as well. Because lets face it, nothing beats getting ready for the game surrounded by friends and family with good food on the grill.

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Julian Edleman Tweets Out a ‘Thank You’ To Patriots Fans

Patriots wide out Julian Edleman tweeted out the following today – saying a big ‘Thank you’ to Pats fans for what they have said to him about his recent season ending injury.
 

Patriots Make Deal with Bengals for LB Marquis Flowers

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The Patriots have made a deal with a fellow AFC club today, trading with the Cincinnati Bengals for linebacker Marquis Flowers. The Pats give up a seventh round pick for Flowers.

Flowers hasn’t done much on defense but is a solid special teams player, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick tends to like low-cost players who can help on special teams. Flowers is due a $690,000 salary on the final year of his rookie contract.

Patriots RB Mike Gillislee Dealing With Hamstring Injury

One of the new Patriots running backs is dealing with a hamstring injury, as Mike Gillislee has been working on the side at recent practices according to PFT.

Running back Mike Gillislee has been working on the side at recent Patriots practices and it seems the reason is his hamstring.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Gillislee is dealing with a hamstring injury and that he was hindered by a similar issue during OTAs this spring.

That lack of recent activity may have contributed to the team listing Gillislee with the third string on the depth chart they unveiled on Wednesday. James White and Dion Lewis are both listed with the first team while Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden are with the second team.

Former Patriots NT Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement

Vince Wilfork is retiring from the NFL, and he made the announcement in a method befitting the 300-plus-pound nose tackle, ESPN reports.

Wilfork declared the end of his career in a tweet that also served as an advertisement for Kingsford Charcoal, saying he would hold a “farewell tailgate” before the New England Patriots open the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7 at Gillette Stadium.

Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, played the past two seasons for the Houston Texans after playing his first 11 seasons with the Patriots.

Patriots QB Tom Brady on Concussions: “I Really Don’t Think That’s Anybody’s Business”

Tom Brady didn’t deny that he suffered a concussion last season, Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.

Talking to the media for the first time since the day after the Super Bowl, the Patriots quarterback was asked Friday about what his wife, Gisele, said in a TV interview back in May that Brady had suffered a concussion. He was asked point blank if that was accurate.

“You know, I don’t … I don’t want to get into things that happened in my past,” Brady said. “Certainly, medical history and so forth. I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business. What happened last year, I’m focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at. That’s how I approach everything. I’m not sitting there worrying about last year or five years ago. There’s other people who do worry about that, my wife or my parents, my sister, people that love me and care about me, but I do the best that I can do to come out and be prepared to play mentally and physically and I give the game everything I can.”

Brady was never listed on the injury report for a concussion or any head injury last season, which is a contrast to what his wife said in that interview.

“As a wife, I’m a little bit — it’s not the most, let’s say, unaggressive sport,” Gisele said on CBS. “Football — he had a concussion last year. I mean, he has concussions pretty much every — I mean, we don’t talk about them. But he has concussions.”

Video: Rob Gronkowski Says He’s Devoted ‘At All Levels’ – Do You Buy It?

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Rob Gronkowski wants to devote himself ‘at all levels’ and has decided to work out with Alex Guerrero at TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Tom Curran believes this is the best choice for him if he want to keep playing.